Straightening bent door hinges.

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Straightening bent door hinges.

Postby VolksKid83 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:20 pm

So, following not one of the best months, i am currently sorting my Passat after being side swiped by a drunk driver.

I have sorted the new panels (front drivers wing and drivers door), and have them ready to go on with replacement hinges for the door (the door half). However the other half of the hinge is bent, as so:

ImageWP_002998 by Mathew Richardson, on Flickr

Compared to a scrap B3:
ImageWP_002969 by Mathew Richardson, on Flickr

So, has anyone straightened these successfully before? As it stands i believe i have three options:
1) Straighten these. I've had a crack today with a King Dick adjustable spanner and a length scaffold tube, they are better but nowhere near and the tool slips off now!

2) Replace the individual hinges, doable however i anticipate getting those perfectly square difficult. Plus not sure if my migs up to doing such deep welds!

3) Replace the outer skin of the A-pillar from a donor with the hinges unmoved. Suggested by a local Mk2 Golf specialist, however looking at the many skins and spot welds it seems alot of chopping, welding and disturbing on a rot free structural area!
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