[T3] Sagging Door & Thermostat Parts

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Fri Apr 6 16:31:22 PDT 2012

The hinge pin press is a bit like the screw devices for separating
ball-joints, but on a smaller scale.  Basically, it's a yoke on a bar which
brackets the hinge and a screw which is turned to press the pin out.  I
think our pins are parallel, so I'm not sure it matters which way you press
it out, but I guess you will need an oversize pin and open out the hinge
hole to match, if you've got wear on the hinge itself.

Maybe you could use a ball-joint press with some suitable spacer rods.

UK VW Type 3&4 Club


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[mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org] On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: 27 March 2012 04:22
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Sagging Door & Thermostat Parts

> So, my question on repair is has anyone replaced the hinge pin/ hinge 
> and how might I go about it?

I've never done this, but I've seen the instructions somewhere. First off,
this MUST be done off the car. If you try to drive the pins out with the
door mounted in the car, you'll damage the body.

The door halves of the hinges are part of the door and are not separately
replacable. When driving the pins out, you have to support the hinge parts
separately, so there is never any stress on the door to hinge connection.

The part I can never remember is which way the pins get driven out. 
They are either driven away from each other or toward each other.

I THINK Dave has a drawing for a special VW tool to do this job. If so, the
drawing has the details of how to use it.

> I'm missing the pivot (and it's bracket) that bolts to the top of the 
> head, the horizontal linkage rod to the flaps, the spring that returns 
> the flaps to open, and a good thermostat.  Any chance anyone has these 
> parts that they would part with.

I have all those parts other than the return spring. You can probably come
up with a spring locally that will work, but I'm trying to get set up to
make duplicates for these and some others that we occasionally need.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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