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    My trunk lid has a spot when closing that the front of the lid seems
    to clunk into place just before it hits the latch. I got into the trunk and a freind open and closed the lid while I watched the hinges operate. The left hinge has some play and lets the top half of the hinge rub on a bolt head on the bottom half. The right hinge shows some scraping on the same bolt head but there is no play. I think both need replacing. The P. O. had the hole trunk sprayed with undercoating. I spent the last 2 days cleaning it off. The hinges and springs are covered with it. Haven't cleaned hinges or springs. I want to paint the trunk the same as body. Are the hinges & springs painted? '56 Power Hawk. Any thoughts?

  • #2
    Bad News. Trunk hinges on a CK (coupes & Hawks) are a weakspot. I don't think they are being remade, they do tend to wear out and break, and they are getting harder to find.

    Best recommendation I can give you is to keep your eyes open, because they are often thrown out with rusty studes.

    Paul

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    • #3
      Bad News. Trunk hinges on a CK (coupes & Hawks) are a weakspot. I don't think they are being remade, they do tend to wear out and break, and they are getting harder to find.

      Best recommendation I can give you is to keep your eyes open, because they are often thrown out with rusty studes.

      Paul

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      • #4
        Hinges and springs were painted.
        The trunk in my 53 was painted a light gray, not body color. Painting it body color would, ofcourse, be your choice.

        In the meantime, I would keep the hinges as well lubricated as you can.

        Brad Johnson
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        33 Rockne 10
        51 Commander Starlight
        53 Commander Starlight

        previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          Hinges and springs were painted.
          The trunk in my 53 was painted a light gray, not body color. Painting it body color would, ofcourse, be your choice.

          In the meantime, I would keep the hinges as well lubricated as you can.

          Brad Johnson
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          33 Rockne 10
          51 Commander Starlight
          53 Commander Starlight

          previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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          • #6
            Thanks for the comments.[8D] I will keep my eyes open for some hinges. S.I. shows the left hinge in thier 2006 catalog. Has anyone have any advice on removing the springs?[B)]

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            • #7
              Thanks for the comments.[8D] I will keep my eyes open for some hinges. S.I. shows the left hinge in thier 2006 catalog. Has anyone have any advice on removing the springs?[B)]

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              • #8
                I drilled & repinned the hinges in my "K" body to a minimal larger size.The mild steel the pivot pins go through tend to get oval shaped due to lack of lubrication over the years & causes them to collapse prematurly & "thunk" when closing the trunk lid .I cut draw pins to length ,drilled & cotter pinned to keep from backing out.If you are neat & try to keep your repair from being obvious,the hinges will work as they should & nobody will notice,Of course new or good used would be better but they are getting hard to find.Remember to keep all pivot points lubricated even on your Brand X as this is the common cause of failure

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                • #9
                  I drilled & repinned the hinges in my "K" body to a minimal larger size.The mild steel the pivot pins go through tend to get oval shaped due to lack of lubrication over the years & causes them to collapse prematurly & "thunk" when closing the trunk lid .I cut draw pins to length ,drilled & cotter pinned to keep from backing out.If you are neat & try to keep your repair from being obvious,the hinges will work as they should & nobody will notice,Of course new or good used would be better but they are getting hard to find.Remember to keep all pivot points lubricated even on your Brand X as this is the common cause of failure

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                  • #10
                    When the springs are stretched you can put shims-or coins-between the coils. When tension is released, they should be easily removed.
                    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                    • #11
                      When the springs are stretched you can put shims-or coins-between the coils. When tension is released, they should be easily removed.
                      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                      • #12
                        Hey!! That shim idea sure makes sense. Thanks alot.[^]

                        John Ratliff

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                        • #13
                          Hey!! That shim idea sure makes sense. Thanks alot.[^]

                          John Ratliff

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                          • #14
                            Try Stelfords. They were the only vendor that I know of that still had both hinges available NOS. Here is the link: http://www.studebakerclubs.com/stelf...dTopBodies.htm

                            Dan Peterson
                            Montpelier, VT
                            1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                            1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)
                            1962 Lark V-8 Regal Convertible
                            Dan Peterson
                            Montpelier, VT
                            1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                            1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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                            • #15
                              Try Stelfords. They were the only vendor that I know of that still had both hinges available NOS. Here is the link: http://www.studebakerclubs.com/stelf...dTopBodies.htm

                              Dan Peterson
                              Montpelier, VT
                              1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                              1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)
                              1962 Lark V-8 Regal Convertible
                              Dan Peterson
                              Montpelier, VT
                              1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                              1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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