Oer junk ! Upper door hinge suggestions 70-73 firebird

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  1. 72BIGBLOCK

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    image.jpg 9954AD26-68C1-43F0-84F4-974BBC150D88.jpeg I bought some oer upper hinges because I didn’t want to deal with the spring on the upper hinge and low and behold not even a year old with very very limited use they are starting to come apart ?! The part where there is a spinning bearing is bending every time I open or close the door, it’s gonna snap soon so I need some suggestions


    Are oer parts that low quality now ?
    Should I look for some used hinges and have them rebuild ?
    Not even a year since replaced on a car that doesn’t move because ive been working on the tunnel to install a 6l80 and has no drive shaft
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    The roller looks to be in bad shape already too.

    You might be able to replace the pin and roller with a better quality piece than OER uses.
    4th gen Camaro parts... Slightly different but they work.

    Check this thread --> https://nastyz28.com/threads/cheaper-door-hinge-detent-roller-solution.186475/

    Parts are available on ebay if your dealer doesn't have them.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-OEM-Loc...374618?hash=item5d8c37055a:g:A-YAAOSwTf9ZQ2Tg

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-LOWER-D...518320?hash=item3d55cd3ab0:g:3LAAAOSw0YlZdFPO
     
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    Those are new :( I put them in about 6 months ago and rarely even open the doors since I didn’t need to
     
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    That thread that Terry linked to is what I used to rebuild mine. The 4th gen roller is a little wider but worked great.
     
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    Update ! Classics stepped up and actually replaced them so big shout out to classic industries!! I do hope they last longer than six months this time
     
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    I bought a set of aftermarket hinges...probably 15 years ago. They weren't OER pieces and I'm not sure what 'brand' they were. I bought them from classicmuscle.com (also used the name Modern Chevrolet back then). They're made better than the GM hinges I took off the car in a side by side visual comparison.

    Now I'm curious about who made them. I'll have to dig through all my invoices from back then to see if I can determine it.
     
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    rebuilding OEM hinges is pretty easy, if you still have them and you have issues with these aftermarket hinges, Id say rebuild your factory ones.
     
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    If those go bad, Dynacorn has excellent hinges.
     

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