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Hinge Bushing Kit

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by ToddMobile, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. ToddMobile

    ToddMobile FEOA Member

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    Hi. I'm brand new here and I am so glad to find this site!
    My father gifted me an 87 GT a couple years back and now the maintenance problems are mine.

    I need to replace the hinge bushings on the drivers side door. I can't seem to find the actual size of the bushing. None of the part manufacturers seem to have anything that's technically compatible.

    I'm sure I can find something the same size, but I need to know what that is. I don't want to get the door off to measure and then not be able to refit the hinge. I can't get to a scrap yard if the door isn't properly attached. ;)


    This came up a few years ago through another thread but that turned into a dead end on my search.

    I guess the other option is to order a whole bunch of sizes.

    Anyone have a lead on a bushing kit they've used in the last couple years?

    Thanks!
  2. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forums:
    I havent yet needed to fix any door hinges, but you might want to do a search on ebay for something like "ford escort door hinge". I was surprised to see that sellers are even offering tools for pin removal, bushing installing, etc.
    Item # 330939668677 was for a set for a later Escort that cost $55 per door! But the explanatory text in their auction was worth reading, and they posted a phone number, so you could call them and ask if they had a product that would fit your car, if they would know any source, etc. You could probably send an "ebay-email" question to other ebay sellers of hinge-pin-and-bushing sets & the tools, to ask the same questions.
    This particular seller (parts-pros) says "Repairing door hinges is not an easy job." I would said its nothing like as much work as changing a wheel bearing, but it will still involve some trouble. For one thing you dont want to stretch or chafe any wires coming from the body to the door. (Mine are 2nd gen Escorts and have a few wires going into each front door. I dont know about 1st gen Escorts.) Then you want to support the door to avoid twisting/bending the other hinge when you have one of them removed, and so forth.

    Another possible source for such things as door hinge parts would be the 'collision repair' industry. I have walked into such businesses, and often learned useful info. (Walking-in gets past the phone receptionist, who isnt likely to be a tech expert.) Once I wanted to buy the little clips that hold the windshield trim pieces on older Jeeps. I hadnt found any source for the clips, but the collision repair place I went into gave me a big handful of the clips, for free.

    Dorman is a major aftermarket vender, but they are wholesale distributors only - but an auto parts place might have a Dorman online catalog - and might list door hinge pins and bushings for a 1st gen Escort. I did a quick google search for "parts pros automotive" and found some possibly useful listings. Lots of these might be wholesale only, but some of them may also have toll free numbers so you could ask them for what you need.

    At least twice a year I squirt oil onto the hinges on my Escorts, as well as the latch mechanisms. I also put a drop of oil onto the key, and stick it in each door lock and the ignition switch for ten minutes each.

    Your post has reminded me that I need to start thinking about looking for and replacing any worn hinges/bushings on my Escorts - for which I thank you.
  3. Maxwelhse

    Maxwelhse FEOA Member

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    NAPA has a huge selection of door hinge pins and bushings in stock at their warehouse stores. It's usually not that hard to match something up.

    Also... On nearly every bushing/pin job I've done the holes in the hinges are wallowed out anyhow. So you may actually want to step up a size due to the "bigger" holes anyhow. My default is Chevy S-10 and/or fullsize Chevy truck bushings and pins depending on the vehicle they're going into. They're like $10/door.
  4. ToddMobile

    ToddMobile FEOA Member

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    Thanks!
    There's a NAPA around the corner from my house, so I think I'll start by wandering in there. I'll check back and let you know what I find!

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