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In the next week or so I'

In the next week or so I'll be going over the procedures for "replacing Door Hinge Pins" on a 308 to eliminate or seriously reduce 'door sag'.

Anyone interested stay tuned or if you've done this before and have helpful tips & tricks post away to help out others.

Regards, JRV
 
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JRV,

May i humbly also su


JRV,

May i humbly also suggest folks replace their door lock striker, spacer and gaskets. These items are now nearly decades old and replaced the ones on my car during the restoration. Just trying to help.

Enjoy the Drive,

Steven R. Rochlin
 
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Steve,

Thank you, excellent


Steve,

Thank you, excellent suggestion. And now that you mention the strikers, I see plenty of doors that are in dire need of striker plate adjustment.

The striker plates on 308 series cars especially seem prone to coming loose or falling out of adjustment. Left unattended this malady tends to wear out the door lock itself. So when the doors become diffult when closing or hang up when opening it's time to pay attention to the hinge pins and the striker plates before the problem gets worse. When properly aligned and adjusted the doors should close rather smoothly and tightly against the weather seal. When they fail to do so it's really not that difficult to readjust the striker for a nice fit. After carefully loosening the 4 striker plate bolts (the heads round out easily so be very careful or simply use an impact hammer with proper socket) then snugging them back up and eyeing the mechanisms while carefully closing & opening the door fine adjustments can be made to the striker to achieve nice alignment with the lock, once satisfied the alignment is as good as it can get re-tighten the holding fastners to secure everything in position. However if the hinge pins are worn out this nice alignment may not be possible, more on hinge pins later.

Regards, JRV
 
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JRV,

You hit the nail on


JRV,

You hit the nail on the head. Great description and directions! The strikers are very easy to adjust (four bolts). They were a small part of the restoration and gap alignment done on the 1985 Euro 308GTS QV here.

How about tackling the headlight adjustment too at some point? Seems so few folks know exactly how to do this. They mess around with the wrong part (lifter dual-threaded screw with plastic ends) instead of the adjustment screws on the body itself :-(

Enjoy the Drive,

Steven R. Rochlin
 
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>>How about tackling t

>>How about tackling the headlight adjustment too at some point?<<

Excellent suggestion....maybe in a few weeks I can tackle that also or in the meantime anyone that's familiar with the procedures start a new thread and go for it. {
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Regards, JRV
 
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JVR,

i can cover that in


JVR,

i can cover that in a week or so. My parents are coming here tomorrow and staying the week. They want to see the car for the first time, go for a drive, etc. and best it not be in bits and pieces in my garage :)

Enjoy the Drive,

Steven R. Rochlin
 
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