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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – front door hinge

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We are slowly getting around to replacing the two front doors, one at a time. Internally they are quite rusted away at the bottom, as these doors are prone to do. We thought that part of that effort should include replacing hinges and fixtures, so we made a start there. You can get lovely hinges made of machined aluminium, which will last for ever, but, aside from the price, they don’t quite fit the look of this vehicle – too good looking for it! So, we got the original Land Rover part (lower front right LR074026), a classic bit of cast metal. Obviously this was unpainted, so in turn it was lightly rubbed over with wet sand paper, cleaned with white spirit, then sprayed with etch primer, grey primer, the body colour (“Epsom Green”) and finally the protecting lacquer. The existing rusty hinge bolts came out surprisingly easily and the new one fitted up, using new stainless steel fasteners. Looks much nicer. Only three more to do.

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