How to loosen stiff door hinges

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Oct 21, 2008
Davie, Florida
I just installed new bushings on my door hinges. I used those brass ones the guy on EBAY sells. The hinge pins were a PITA to put back in, I haven't attached the doors yet, but the hinges are real stiff. On one of them the hinge pin rotates when I move the hinge. Will these loosen up? What can be done to loosen the hinges?
Did you use new hinge pins?
If you had to beat them in, the pins are too large or the bushings a bit too small. I'm betting it's the hinge pins. Hate to say it, but the only way to fix this is to pull it back apart and ream the bushings very slightly to fit the pins. The bushing that's spinning will just wear down the outside and become loose pretty quick.
I just painted the whole rig and am piecing it back together..time for some respraying. I'm hoping to post the restoration inthe next week or so.

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