Tool to remove hinge pin on VW beetlePosted by Carl King - 15/02/09 at 08:02 pm
A Upper hinge pin removal so passenger side mirror can be installed. Everyone on the Internet says what a hard job it is, so I took there word for it and applied penetrating oil every day for a week. Next I tried using a HFH and a punch and quickly realized that would not work. So Harbor Freight to the rescue. I bought a 5 dollar C clamp and made a tool to remove the rusted hinge. First I removed the nickel size piece in the end of the screw and sized the end of the screw to fit into a 3/8″ socket. Second I broke out my Harbor Freight wire welder and welded a bolt on the none adjustable end of the clamp. After grinding down the top I put the clamp on the hinge with the adjusting screw up. I tightened the clamp as tight as I could and hit upward on the clamp with that same HFH and the hinge popped up. Victory at last. I believe the penetrating oil was very instrumental in the process.