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Re: [T3] Squareback Rear hatch hinge problems.

Hi Folks,

We had to undertake this repair on my 64 1500S Squareback last year, and the
fault appeared all of a sudden - the hatch appearing to  open over far and
lock up solid. The hinge itself displayed stress cracks.

 We came to two conclusions :-

The failure is probably due to seizure and / or ovaling of one of the hinge
pins - so lubrication is a good idea if you can gain access . (The hinge
cover means that until it fails its a case of out of sight out of mind.)

The later hinges are strengthened in the area that cracked on mine -
certainly for me the later hinge could be used to replace the earlier item .
I'm guessing that VW spotted problem during the 60's - sadly I don't know
the year of the hinge that I obtained but when compared it shows an extra
long section of reinforcing down one side of the arm.

Mike Jones

1964 1500S Variant     -     Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Wilson" <paulwilsonone@hotmail.com>
To: <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 1:18 AM
Subject: Re: [T3] Squareback Rear hatch hinge problems.

> Jim,
> Success!! By the time I got through the second hinge, things were going
> pretty smooth. We ended up removing the two pins from the hinge and
> installing the two pieces separately. This worked!!
> Thanks a lot for the help with this. It took about an hour and a half to
> install the hinges and realign the hatch.
> Paul
> >From: Jim Adney <jadney@vwtype3.org>
> >Reply-To: type3@vwtype3.org
> >To: type3@vwtype3.org
> >Subject: Re: [T3] Squareback Rear hatch hinge problems.
> >Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 09:57:36 -0600
> >
> >On 27 Oct 2003 at 17:36, Paul Wilson wrote:
> >
> > > The rear hatch hinges on my 66 Squareback are bent. When the hatch is
> > > opened, it appears to go up too far, you then have to use a big
> >screwdriver
> > > and pry between the hinge parts before it will close.
> >
> >You'll have to take the rear door off before you even start this job.
> >remove the hinge cover(s) and possibly open up the rear end of the
> >headliner.
> >
> >This is a job that deserves a healthy dose of care and respect. Go at it
> >too
> >quickly and you are likely to lose a finger, or worse. I use a small and
> >medium
> >sized crowbar and a big screwdriver, as well as a special bending lever I
> >made.
> >Even with these tools it's a scary job. It may be better with 2 people,
> >it
> >would have to be a helper you work well with and really trust.
> >
> >Even skilled help may not be enough. Part of the problem is finding a way
> >to do
> >this job while keeping the spring loaded hinge from slipping away from
> >tooling and snapping at you.
> >
> >There is probably a special tool that makes this job easy, but I haven't
> >found
> >it yet.
> >
> >--
> >*******************************
> >Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
> >Madison, Wisconsin, USA
> >*******************************
> >
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