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Old 02-11-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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Door Hinges

Well, I just got a call from the Newmar dealer, here in Ft. Myers. Entry door hinges are not available for a 1998 Kountry Star. I couldn't find a thing on the net.

The middle hinge is totally seized. I have top and bottom functional, but would like to do a proper fix.

This puts me one step closer to total trailerpark trashism!

Help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:42 PM   #2
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Can you get it off the door?

Most any mom and pop hardware store may have catalogs of hardware items and may be able to locate one.

We have odd blade type cabinet hinges and needed some replacements and could not find anything anywhere.

Local large m&p hardware store had catalog with them in it and the distributor was in same city...lucky day...

Anyway the hinge may be close to something that they can order.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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Use some Liquid Wrench on the hinges, not the spray can, use liquid.
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If you cannot get new ones then rebuild yours.

Likely aluminum plates with steel or aluminum pin.

Get the pin out then clean out with pipe cleaner

Replace with music wire or drill rod.

Brass wire works too.
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I work on Model T's so I know rust. In the T world we understand that the best penetrating oil is a 50/50 mix of transmission oil and acetone. Spray it on every day for a week then try to move that hinge. It has worked for me.
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Straight paint thinner too
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I work on Model T's so I know rust. In the T world we understand that the best penetrating oil is a 50/50 mix of transmission oil and acetone. Spray it on every day for a week then try to move that hinge. It has worked for me.
It's an excellent recipe for freeing corroded parts, the acetone thins the oil to the point it penetrates very well and then the acetone flashes off to leave just light oil. For me it has freed many a seriously jammed part.
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Thanks for the input, everybody. I was hoping for someone who is hopefully duplicating the factory hinges. It's not just getting them freed up, they are seriously worn.
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