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Thread: How do you replace a lower driver's " Door Hinge Check " on a 78 - 83 Ford?

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    Default How do you replace a lower driver's " Door Hinge Check " on a 78 - 83 Ford?

    A while back I heard this loud "snap noise" on my drivers door (of my 1980 T-bird) and realized that the round steel rod that is incorporated into the lower door hinge, had simply snapped in half.
    My first though is you have to be kidding...it's a thick steel rod, about as round as a pencil.
    The rod is somewhat shaped like a stretched out letter "S" shape. It's inserted into the lower hinge and it's job is to hold the door when its open... so that a light breeze or such doesn't allow the door to flop around. I just couldn't believe the darn thing had snapped right in half.

    Today, I found a replacement online and wondered if anyone here has ever replaced that part of the lower door hinge?

    I think Ford changed the design after 1983 but the part I found, shows its used on a 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 and 1983 Fairmont and Zephyr, 1980 through 1982 Granada, 1980 Monarch, and 1980 through 1982 Thunderbird and Cougar. The part number is: D8BZ-5422886-A in for anyone in the same boat.
    Here is a link to a picture of it, just for reference. http://www.ebay.com/itm/360863015123...84.m1436.l2649

    Has anyone replaced on of these? I'm assuming the whole darn hinge has to come off the car and take it apart, but I'm not sure.

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    Anyone here have an idea on how its done?

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    Just a point of info.... I ended up finding a set of original hinges off an 1981 Fairmont. The Fairmont reverses the position of the lower and upper hinge (It's simply opposite of the T-bird's positioning) but the same two hinges are identical.

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