MGB Door Hinge Mounting Screws
Removal of the doors on your MGB for restoration/door re-skinning is often an exercise in frustration!
Access to the screw heads is not particularly good. The job is further complicated by the fact that the screw heads are of the “Phillips” or “cross slotted” variety. These are easily stripped by carelessness or the use of a worn out screwdriver during removal attempts. Once the screw heads become stripped, removal becomes a major headache. Stripped screw heads will usually necessitate drilling the screws out. This is a long and unpleasant job, best avoided.
Here’s our suggestion: Several days before the job, we suggest daily soaking of the screws with penetrating oil. This will help loosen the rust, which locks the threads of the mounting screws to the hinges.
Go to your local hardware store and purchase a manual impact driver with the correct size of Phillips headed adapter to match the door hinge screws. (This will only cost you $10-30 and it will be a valuable addition to your toolbox for years to come!)
Offer up the impact driver to one of the hinge screws (put its screwdriver head into one of the screw heads). Using a good size hammer give it several sharp blows. This will usually loosen the screw without stripping the head out of it.
If the screw is stubborn and doesn’t budge, repeat the procedure as necessary.
Loosen all the hinge screws in this manner. Once all the screws have been loosened they can be removed with a conventional screwdriver.
We recommend that you purchase and install all new hinge screws unless your old ones are in perfect condition.
This will make the job of removal a lot easier next time it becomes necessary (and it will happen again!).
Our hinge screws are almost exact duplicates of the factory originals except ours are plated to reduce corrosion.
Each door hinge requires 7 screws. (28 needed per car)