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Can the spring be replaced in the lower door hinge of a 65 without removing the hinge? I initially thought I could use a screwdriver to compress the spring and slide it in, but now that I have the spring I see its too long for this trick to work. I guess the other option is to compress it in a vise and tie the spring in two places, 90 degrees apart to hold it compressed, then slide the spring in and cut the string, then pull the string out, anyone tried this? Thanks
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Can the spring be replaced in the lower door hinge of a 65 without removing the hinge? I initially thought I could use a screwdriver to compress the spring and slide it in, but now that I have the spring I see its too long for this trick to work. I guess the other option is to compress it in a vise and tie the spring in two places, 90 degrees apart to hold it compressed, then slide the spring in and cut the string, then pull the string out, anyone tried this? Thanks
You might need something stronger like steel wire and don't you mean 180 deg? A spring in a vise could pop out, try threaded stock or a suitable bolt and washers and a nut. I'm also wondering if removing the three hinge bolts on the door side would allow you to rotate the hinge around to get the maximum opening between the mounting points? I haven't tried these ideas, they are just suggestions. I replaced one back in the 70s with screwdrivers, cussing and finally luck but it was too long ago to remember the specifics. Good luck
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Yes, I meant 180 degrees. I have some .032 stainless welding wire that may work, and it would be easier to work with because I could twist it up tight to hold the spring compressed. Maybe someone else will chime in here and tell us if removing the door hinge bolts will help.
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Hello. I always did it with a couple fairly hefty zip ties. You have to make sure that they are very close to exactly 180 degrees and that the tension is the same on both, or one of them will try to walk around to the other and the spring open up some on one end, putting a big bow in the sring which makes it very difficult to install. You have to be careful because that's a lot more stored energy in that spring than one might think. It can easily chip a tooth or something if the ties pop on you.
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Thanks, I may give it a try that way as I have lots of heavy duty zip ties.
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I got the tie wrap trick to work, compressed the spring in a vise and put the ties on, but had a major problem with them walking. The spring has to be compressed 100% to get it into position. I finally used my tie wrap tool to snug the ties up for 100% compression, thanks for the tip Veronica.
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that is a lot better way than the 2 screwdriver technique I always used. oh with significant cursing, ranting and wondering why the heck this was so dang hard.
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Trust me,,,,,,there was still plenty of cursing because the tie wraps kept walking on me,,very frustrating.
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Hi again. That's probably why they were so uncooporative. You hurt their feelings. They do have to be pretty much dead opposite and equal tension, though. You get better at it the more you do it.
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They were uncooperative first,,,I just retaliated.
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