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Old 05-28-2010, 04:14:43 PM   #1
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Cheaper Door Hinge Detent Roller Solution...

Being the tight wad that I am, I refused to pay the $45.95 at Year One for their detent roller repair kit. I ended up using a roller and pin from a 4th gen F-body that isn't an exact match, but does seem to work on our hinges. These are GM parts that are still available at GM parts counters...

Roller = GM # 20058035 ....list price is $10.49 each
Pin = GM # 20262500 ....list price is $1.32 each


Here's a couple pics of the new parts compared to the old. The roller is the same diameter, but a little taller. The pin is taller as well. (the bushing from my old roller is missing)






The old pin that holds the roller on our hinges is a splined press fit. To remove my old one I just heated the area around the pin with a torch. I then grabbed it with pliers and gave em two good whacks with a hammer. The pin came out pretty easy.

The new pin will press into the existing splined hole. It's a tight fit, but mine went in using a c-clamp.

Here's a couple pics of the new roller installed compared to my other hinge with the original roller...






And then complete with the spring...





Again, not an exact duplicate of the original, but it works. Also nice because you don't have to buy a complete set if you only need to repair one hinge. Hope this info helps someone out.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:18:59 PM   #2
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Looks good to me. Nice work, great info.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:05:47 PM   #3
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Awsome write-up and good info! Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:29:59 AM   #4
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GREAT information and fantastic write up! I need to rebuild the detents on my '73 and found this post---I ordered my parts this morning

Thanks for sharing RePhil!!

(Maybe we can make this a "sticky"???)

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Old 03-17-2011, 10:56:18 AM   #5
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VERY NICE!!!

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:16:22 AM   #6
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I actually like the design of the newer style roller with the flange instead of just a groove. Looks more stable. I'm assuming that the additional length of the pin is not a problem with the hinge closing since the roller itself is thicker?

Unless someone is doing a 100% resto, this is a great find for people with cars they take out and drive!

Thanks for sharing the excellent details and photos!
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:24:59 PM   #8
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I LOVE it when guys fix the parts they have instead of running out & buying new reproduction - GREAT job!!!
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:30:22 PM   #9
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Nice find!
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:38:50 PM   #10
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I'm assuming that the additional length of the pin is not a problem with the hinge closing since the roller itself is thicker?


Correct. Functions the same when installed on the car. Mine has been on the car for about 8 months with no problems.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:40:24 PM   #11
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:05:20 PM   #12
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Thats great.I think the way you did it is better.Looks beefier.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:59:21 PM   #13
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now that's what i call using your head. i ran into similar thing replacing window rollers on b bodies. a cheap cutlass part is $4, a new regulator is over $100!
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:47:54 PM   #14
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yeah I wish I had found this out before I bought a set of hinges on Ebay! Then when I got them the drivers roller was messed up! So I bought another set but made sure the rollers were good! Guess I'll Blast and prime them all and rebuild them and sell the other 2 sets or save them for my next project! I had just found out today before finding this thread that the rollers were on a press fit pin! At least now i know what parts I need to fix them!

Thanks for the write up!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:00:28 AM   #15
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Older thread great info. the parts are in stock at my Chevy dealer. I am going to pick them up at lunch time today and will provide some feedback. I love it when people come up with easy, creative, functional work arounds!
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