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Offline Phil Weber

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Bonnet Hinge Repair
« on: May 11, 2018, 04:57:15 PM »
I need to have my bonnet hinges repaired on my 76 Deville. The pivot pins/rivets are worn out .

I can send them to the US but I'm hoping somebody here might know a good repairer in Australia.


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Re: Bonnet Hinge Repair
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 06:56:16 AM »
just an update on my bonnet hinge repair .
I did manage to find a place in Melbourne to do the job .
I won't be recommending them to anybody and the next time I want the work done I will be sending it to the US .



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Re: Bonnet Hinge Repair
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2018, 10:17:42 AM »
I can understand your pain.

If the hinges were so badly worn that they needed that sort of work, then I would simply have tried to obtain a pair of hinges from a low mileage vehicle out of USA, which I did for a friend here with a '71 Eldo with damaged hinges.

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Re: Bonnet Hinge Repair
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2018, 10:57:37 AM »
Hi Bruce

I looked into used hinges first . Prices range from $250 to $400 US and the chances are they are no better than what you have .

My car only has 37k miles on it and the r/h hinge pins were really sloppy .

It cost me $380 to have both hinges fitted with new pins and it took 3 months .

I'm looking into having billet aluminium manufactured .

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Re: Bonnet Hinge Repair
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2018, 11:58:57 AM »
Phil,

Those bonnets are HEAVY, and need all the spring pressure they can get to assist in opening, and holding open.

I got a good used set from USA for $100.00, but they were for the Eldorado.   Not sure if they are any different to the DeVille.

Maybe i just got lucky.

Bruce. :devil:

PS.   How does a car with that low a mileage suffer from hinge damage?

PPS.   When I close my bonnet down, I tend to push rearwards as I pull it down.   This assists the closing operation of the hinge.
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Re: Bonnet Hinge Repair
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 07:42:56 AM »
The 75-76 Deville has a different hinge to the earlier models .
The part that attaches to the inner fender is smaller and only has two mounting bolts . If you compare it to the 71-74 models they have a large mounting plate and four bolts .
Why the one side wore out is a mystery . The other side was really tight .

Phil