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Offline Gordon

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Door hinge check spring
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:35:45 PM »
Some of you may have come across the very rare door hinge check spring that was factory fitted to the upper front door hinges. Most of these are long gone by now and have been replaced with blocks of wood that are jammed into the hinge opening to keep the doors open when doing work on your van. Well I've recently managed to find half of a spring and am investigating having a batch of replacements made up by a local spring manufacturer (luckily we can mirror the half of the spring that is left to replicate a full spring). I met with their Design Engineer earlier today who informed me that the bulk of the cost will be in the setup of the jig. The way to bring down the setup cost is to split it over a larger number of springs.

So this posting is just a preliminary one to see how many of you would be interested in sourcing a set of springs. I will have more detail over the coming days in terms of unit cost.

Please let me know if there is any interest. Postage costs would be minor as the springs are pretty compact and light.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2014, 07:39:22 PM by Gordon »
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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 10:21:52 PM »
Hi Gordon,

Count me in for two set.

Greg

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014, 10:43:22 PM »
Yeah im interested,
Depending on price and if they work ok.
They need to be hardened spring steel to work properly.

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 08:28:45 AM »
If you think they will work I would be keen on a set. Just let us know cost once you have worked it out.
Thanks Dave
It's on my to do list!

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 08:30:21 AM »
im interested, have to check my doors though to see if i need a set

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 09:32:32 AM »
What about mounting them?

I might have a loose complete one up in Auckland if you need a template to copy off, will be a few weeks before I go back up though
There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say "watch me"

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 10:54:12 AM »
Count me in for 2.

Mike

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2014, 11:04:23 AM »
Thanks for the replies to date everyone.

Busy, I'm looking into 3 possible mounting options to replace the factory original rivets. First option is to tap the existing holes in the hinge and to then use a small button head bolt to reattach the new spring. Second option is to use a stainless steel pop rivet. Last option is a button head bolt with a machined down (thinner nut) on the back so that we don't limit hinge throw.
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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2014, 11:28:07 AM »
I'll have a look around the spares pile. I'm sure I remember seeing one around a year or two back.

Cheers,
Garry.

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Re: Door hinge check spring
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2014, 05:57:57 PM »
god yes, count me in 2 sets, i can throw my skateboard wheels away! ;)
Hammer...check, shifter...check, electrical tape...check, now wheres my #%$@ wallet!??

 

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