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The driver's door of my '87 B350 is drooping badly. It's wearing away both the striker pin in the door jamb and the guide on the latch mechanism. And maybe other things I can't see.

Is this common?

Is there a fix?

I'm thinking of putting the floor jack under the back of it when nearly closed, with timber to spread the load of course, and putting a load under it to force it back up. But I wonder whether this will just put a dent in the part of the door where the hinge is bolted on which will then just pop out again.

Any experiences among other owners out there?

Any suggestions... all would be appreciated.
 

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That's interesting...

I never thought of actual wear in the hinges, I'll have a look tomorrow when it's daylight and see if that's likely.
 

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hinge wear

A small amount of wear at the hinge is a large amount on the far edge of the door where the strike is located. The lower bolts on the hinge need to be loosened and the door raised to proper height and tightened.
 

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I guess you mean the bolts in the door pillar?

I'll have a look at that. Thank you.
 

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The driver's door of my '87 B350 is drooping badly. It's wearing away both the striker pin in the door jamb and the guide on the latch mechanism. And maybe other things I can't see.

Is this common?

Is there a fix?

I'm thinking of putting the floor jack under the back of it when nearly closed, with timber to spread the load of course, and putting a load under it to force it back up. But I wonder whether this will just put a dent in the part of the door where the hinge is bolted on which will then just pop out again.

Any experiences among other owners out there?

Any suggestions... all would be appreciated.
I have an old AMC that the doors sagged really bad. I rebuilt the hinges with new bushings and pins and they operate like brand new now. Hardest part was getting the door back on and aligned properly. My doors were very long and heavy and required a door dolly to get them back on correctly.

Before you take them off to rebuild the hinges, try and figure out a way to support the door while open so you can put the hinges back on. I would mark the hinges where they are now if you think they are still in the same place as when the door worked.

Good Luck

Robert
 

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I bought these for the same Driver side door problem, but my mechanic talked me out of using them. Saying they don't work. Any pro-tips on installing these inserts?
 

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I bought these for the same Driver side door problem, but my mechanic talked me out of using them. Saying they don't work.
Yet the very post above yours is by someone who actually used them and said the door now works like new. So who are you going to believe, someone who did the repair or someone who doesn't want to be bothered to do the repair?
 

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I bought these for the same Driver side door problem, but my mechanic talked me out of using them. Saying they don't work. Any pro-tips on installing these inserts?
Assuming you purchased the correct pins and bushings, the only reason they would not work is that the wear is beyond the bushings and into the hinges themselves. If that is the case, buy a replacement hinge or if you have the talent, weld up the wear and re-bore the hinge, then add the bushings and pins.
 
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