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 Posted: 10-23-2008 01:12 am
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Triplesn8s
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Hi All,

I am going to take the doors of the shell tonight but am immediately stymied by the Phillips head screw holding the hinges to the body.  The hinges are in great shape but maybe they never go bad in which case I would just let them go with the shell.  Should I try to save the hinges?

Any tips on removing these screws without resorting to the drill?

Bill

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 Posted: 10-23-2008 01:57 am
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JodyFKerr
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Those "big screws" are #3 phillips head.

Don't bother with a screwdriver. If you've got some old-school tools out in the garage, see if you have an impact driver (It's a hammerable cylinder that rotates the screw head with impact). I often find that these old tools work best on old cars. :)

If that doesn't work, try an electric impact driver. Modern version of above.

If you don't want to wreck the whole thing, you can detach the hinge at the door instead. Those are (iirc) 13 mm bolts.

That also gives you much better access to the screws.

Jody

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 Posted: 10-23-2008 02:01 am
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Art DeKneef
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About half of mine I was able to loosen with just a large screwdriver and muscle. This was after spraying some Kroil on the screws.

The remaining ones I used one of those hand-held impact drivers. It had a large Philips bit included and after a few hits from the hammer they were able to be loosened with the large screwdriver.

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 Posted: 10-23-2008 02:35 pm
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On 15851 I had to resort to using an impact driver preceeded by some WD40. Some came out easily, while others offered a lot more resistance and finally relented after a stern talking to! When I put the car back together I located some coutersunk allen screws and used those (along with a lot of anti seize) instead of the old philips type. Not that I ever expect to take them out again! Good luck, Colin

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