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    Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    I have replaced the LHS A pillar outer panel and am ready to reinstall. The panel with the hinges was also removed and welded into the new outer panel (therefore I am now about to weld the outer and hinge panel into the car as one piece).

    I am very concerned about correct hinge alignment. Before I removed the old panels I marked the front-back position of the top and bottom hinges.

    When offering the new piece up to the car it appears that the hinges are not going to go back in the correct place. I welded the hinge panel into the outer making sure that they went in the correct vertical position. Given that it is welded on 2 sides there appeared to be no adjustment possible in terms of the horizontal position.

    When offering the new panel up I can either align the hinges with my front-back markings but have the outer panel not fit OR I can mount the outer panel nicely but have the hinges out of front-back alignment (the top hinge is fine but the bottom is towards the back of the car by about 10mm).

    What are your suggestions? I see two options;

    1. drill out all my plug welds, remove the hinge panel and realign
    2. install the panel as is and bend the lower hinge

    I REALLY do not want to do #1. Given that one edge of the hinge panel sits flush against the side of the outer panel I really cannot see how it is possible to even move it???? The new one looks identical to this to the naked eye;



    Can the hinges even be moved/bent?

    When I do the RHS I think I might try to leave the hinge panel on the car and only remove the outer. This will avoid any alignment issues...live and learn
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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    You do have to be brutal, but the hinges can be bent.

    Adjusting the front to rear alignment is easy, up and down is harder!

    A sledgehammer is your friend
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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    Best thing to do is to hang the door and position the front wing, then get some mates to help you to hold the shell and pull the door in the required direction.

    You'll hear some nasty sounding noises but it'll be right in the end
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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    Totally agree...fit the door and swing on it if you have to....worked for me,

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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    OK....I guess these were never precision engineered vehicles from the factory anyway...if I recall Dave posted that the factory used to adjust the hinges by shutting a socket head in the door???

    I am starting to get comfortable that it is in the right psition front to back. Just pray that vertical is correct......

    When I do the RHS should I perhaps leave the hinge panel in place?
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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by MK1_Oz View Post
    When I do the RHS should I perhaps leave the hinge panel in place?
    That's what I did. De-rust it in place on the car. I only had to make very small adjustments to the door hinges despite the amount of cutting and welding I had to do!
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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    Just came across this old thread while searching for info.

    I just put a door back on my mk1 after 2 years, but nothing was moved in terms of hinge points or latches. Yet now the door sits out a mile, whereas before it was correctly aligned.

    I have used up all the adjustment in the door latch. Im guessing it is a case of brute force to align reading this? I just wanted to put on the door so I could make sure I fit my new sill to meet the bottom of the door ok.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort Door Hinge Alignment HELP HELP HELP

    Is it the same door you took off, or a second hand one from somewhere?
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