Windshield hinge fix

73fj

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So I decided on Friday that since I'm going to paint the truck again I might as well take off the windshield frame too and replace the glass and weatherstripping. Got a couple of those phillip head screws out no problem. Then the trouble started, after 35 years they didn't want to come out. Ended getting all but two on the drivers side, which broke. Now I'm getting grumpy. So I broke out the cutting wheel. HA!
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73fj

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Once I had the piece out it was easy to spin out the broken part with some heat and WD-40. Then I broke out my welder and put it back.
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Then I shined it up. When I'm ready for paint, a little filler and she's all good. Nice little Sunday afternoon project. Then I had a :beer:.
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Um.........perhaps I am a little late with this, and it doesn't always work. But next time try this, if the screw gives any resistance. Heat it red hot with a torch, wait for it to cool down to black ( about 20 seconds) and they usually come right out.
 
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Great so I'm not the only one working on broken old busted bolts over this weekend.
I've got to say " that's one way to do things". I don't have the tools nor the experience to give all that a try but I had about ten or so bolt like this:
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took me just under two hours; slow drilling, patience, more slow drill, and patience. In the end I broke to drill bits but was satisfied with the results. Now I've got to rivet on the from windshield brace to the fiberglass top and I'm in business.
Keep on keeping on.....

Chris
 

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Um.........perhaps I am a little late with this, and it doesn't always work. But next time try this, if the screw gives any resistance. Heat it red hot with a torch, wait for it to cool down to black ( about 20 seconds) and they usually come right out.

Those were the only two that really gave me real grief, and they both broke flush. I tried one of those gimmick " grabit " tools that are supposed to reverse the broken part out, they broke too.
 
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I just heard a new one last week. A buddy and I were talking about tricks learned from old guys, and this particular old guy was a tractor mechanic for John Deere for 40 years.
Removing a broken off bolt/screw: Take a flat washer and center it over the broken off bolt. Weld it around the inside. Grind flat if needed. Weld a nut or bolt to the washer. Simple, but offers advantages over trying to weld a nut or bolt directly to the broken off bolt.
 
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I just heard a new one last week. A buddy and I were talking about tricks learned from old guys, and this particular old guy was a tractor mechanic for John Deere for 40 years.
Removing a broken off bolt/screw: Take a flat washer and center it over the broken off bolt. Weld it around the inside. Grind flat if needed. Weld a nut or bolt to the washer. Simple, but offers advantages over trying to weld a nut or bolt directly to the broken off bolt.
As a current Deere tech, I use that trick almost daily. It's quick and easy and, it almost always works
 
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Hinge Repair

Looks good . I need to do the same but someone ruined the threaded part inside if someone knows of some source for these parts. 69 fj40
 

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