Fixed Broken drivers door latch. The door frame with the 3 T-30 Torx screws holding the latch had cracked and broken out. The latch mechanism itself was fine. Used Qcad for Windows and Qcad for Linux to create an AutoCAD DXF file to send to a plasma cutter for cutting me a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Door Panel Patch. See the many pictures in the Fabrication Forum f37 CAD File Forum link around page 3. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/c...l#post17270578
Replacing the Lower Door Hinge Pin with a Doorman's part number 83422 ( 2 bronze sleeves and 1 metal hinge pin) made the door lift over 1/4 inch. Takes about 20-30 minutes to grind out the top of the mushroomed hinge pin with a 4 1/2" grind disc and drive the pin down. The upper hinge pin is too hard to work with, unless using a 1 1/2" dremel grind disc. The sagging door slammed into the striker plate one TOO MANY TIMES
and pushed the latch forward towards the front of the jeep and away from the striker plate. Now I had to use a strap wrapped around the door, the door jamb, and through the open window of the back door to keep the door from swinging open on right hand turns.
Will be working on a door panel patch CAD file for WJ's Door, soon. I liked my Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD door and was bound and determined to fix the missing metal in the door frame.
Use the DXF file to cut your own Driver Door Panel Patch Plate from 16 gauge sheet steel metal. Have the cutting slag ground off, then counter sink the 3 holes for the 3 T-30 Torx screws. For a passenger door, (mirror image) flip the plate left to right and counter sink the 3 holes (ie on the back side) to match a passenger door layout.
Cost $60 to try and have the original cracks, gas welded in the paper thin door metal frame (thought that the welder would use his MIG torch). $40 to have a "one of" plate Plasma CNC cut from 16 gauge sheet metal using the attached DXF file. $30 for Tigard Autobody to weld the plate to the door and primer paint finish. $10 for the PlastiKote color 1012 rattle can paint PW7 color to match my bright white 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I now can enjoy being warm and dry in the upcoming wet Oregon winter.
Found a U-Haul hitch mounted to a Grand Cherokee Jeep at the Sherwood Oregon Pick and Pull. On another Jeep Cherokee vehicle removed the U-Haul wiring harness left behind including the blue wire clips. This made it simple to hook up to my Grand Cherokee with out having to buy the clips. Later found out because of the separate Turn and Stop Lamps, I had to buy a convertor box to go from 3 wire to 2 wire system. Found one tiny 3 to 2 wire convertor box at Stuarts Auto in Salem for $9.99, that I will install. After mounting the U-Haul receiver hitch, I took this Jeep to local Tigard U-Haul and had them torque the four nuts 19 millimeter or ~ 3/4 inch and two bolts to 70 foot lbs, after I had tightened them up best I could with my 1/2" ratchet socket in my driveway.
Monitors, I can edit out the names of the business I used during this repair. PM me. Don't mean to make extra work for you.