how do you remove the rear hatch hinge pins

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Asked by Sep 13, 2014 at 06:33 PM about the 1975 Chevrolet Vega

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have removed the spring clips but the pins won't budge

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which ones? 1..2...3..? click to size up

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the ones at the roof line. there are two in line, tapered at one end and a flat nail head on the other end. each faces out (taper points toward outside of car)

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Ahh, None of the above. Not 1, 2,or 3. Got ya. Ok since the taper points to out, it had to have been installed as a unit, there being no way to use a drift pin to hammer it out. Maybe pull headliner back and see how it's fastened?

.click it

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Headliner is removed. The hinge components are welded to either the body or the hatch itself leaving the pin as the only removable part. There is room for a long drift pin but you have to make contact on the bullet shaped tapered end and the drift pin alignment cannot achieve a straight approach plus the taper is starting to become misshaped. Any other ideas? Is there a body repair website that might have info like this?

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OK. Can you hammer in a small chisel or screwdriver between the head and hinge... Lots of WD-40.. get it out a fraction and use vice-grips, turn and tap out on vice-grips? Even get the pin out that fraction then use drift pin on inside of head on pin? More WD-40 If you can get it out enough to get vice-grips behind head you have it licked. Really ambitious possible...hacksaw head off pin, use center-punch and drill and tap threads in pin..be awfully small bolt to thread in. tossing thoughts

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Thanks for the advice FordNut. I'm soaking with penetrating fluid as I type.

HEY ALL, had the same problem that voglnoe had. I managed to use a sawzall and extracted the pin. Now i'm trying to figure out where I can get a new pin? Is that something I have to have manufactured? Or can I order this somewhere? Any help on how to get a hold of this pin would be appreciated.

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