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  1. #14
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    Just my $0.02 worth... I prefer vans with double swing doors on the side...

    My first van had a sliding side door, it was always a problem. I suspect the door is not built for lots of use, specifically what service vans get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midhvac View Post
    Counter sunk makes sense, because there's almost no clearance between the door and that piece when the door's shut. Guess I could just use a bigger bit to create the counter sink first.

    Is there something in the head to keep turn it with when they install it?
    Are there nuts & washers on the back of the bolt?
    You could mig weld it back or use countersink bolts with hex heads. Is it accessible from behind to install nuts ? How thick is the hinge for countersinking ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midhvac View Post
    Counter sunk makes sense, because there's almost no clearance between the door and that piece when the door's shut. Guess I could just use a bigger bit to create the counter sink first.

    Is there something in the head to keep turn it with when they install it?
    Are there nuts & washers on the back of the bolt?
    If I am right, you might want to contact a specialty bolt company. The screw used is hardened and has a specific angle from the flat head to the body. I would get the proper drill for that angle, as the contact surface should mate properly. And if I remember, the flat head has a cross screwdriver opening. Not sure, I think a long time ago GM had threads in the body for those screws... I am sure they do not now.

    IMO a little research and attention to subtle details might produce a repair that will not require attention in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midhvac View Post
    Counter sunk makes sense, because there's almost no clearance between the door and that piece when the door's shut. Guess I could just use a bigger bit to create the counter sink first.

    Is there something in the head to keep turn it with when they install it?
    Are there nuts & washers on the back of the bolt?
    I was thinking about that, I'll have to take a look see.
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  5. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Just my $0.02 worth... I prefer vans with double swing doors on the side...

    My first van had a sliding side door, it was always a problem. I suspect the door is not built for lots of use, specifically what service vans get.
    These are double swing doors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diceman View Post
    These are double swing doors.
    THX Dice... I went and re-read the thread... I guess I read 'side door' as 'slide door'... Since I am about to get a replacement Chevy 3500 van in a mos or so, I better look carefully at the door hinges. Might need to do the repair we have talked about here (counter-sunk flat-head screws with nuts on the back).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diceman View Post
    And before you start up any crap, its still way better than a Ford.

    GMC=Garage Mans Companion

    That being said, they all have their weak points. I remember waaaay back in the day when I had a few Dodge vans, talk about crap door hinges, I kept them in stock they were so bad, they were a bolt on deal though.


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