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93 Jeep Cherokee Sport: Door Hinge Plate Came Off

93 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Driver side top hinge plate pulled completely off. Door held on by check strap restraint and bottom hinge. Trying not to use this door. Body shop wants $600 to repair. Their method is standard, cover all the bases to avoid liability in the event the door comes off later. All kinds of parts have to be removed, painted properly. Doesn't use the Chrysler supplied repair kit, just a thorough weld and pain job. Going to try to get a welder to tack it back on minimally until I can scrape up the bucks to do job right. $25 tack job is temporary. Will be looking for alternate methods, welders with design enginerring between the ears. A lot of good welder people out there, but the weld part is the easy part. Repairing with proper pain applied to prevent rust is the way to go. Rust promotes weakness down the road.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Looks like you have a good understanding of what needs to be done. Largest problem is getting a decent size/shape piece of steel into the door pillar to provide a solid re-mounting point. If weld is done properly, there should not be any exterior paint damage. Unless you are going for "factory look", you can spray a good amount of undercoating inside and use bed liner spray with close matching color over it on visible areas to prevent rusting. But, that being said, I don't see a question here...you have it covered..

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Dont weld it first drill and screw it on 2 screws to see if it lines up and closes all right then have it mig welded leave screws in till welded then just totch it up

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