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post #1 of 35 Old 08-21-2019, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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oem Storage box hinge question

Has anyone ever replaced the hinge on one of the old CJ7 oem storage boxes?
Ive read some of the old threads talking about home depot as a source but no luck nowadays

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-21-2019, 01:19 PM
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It's called a piano hinge, and Grainger has them in different lengths.

https://www.grainger.com/product/4PB...SABEgIHOvD_BwE

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you can also go to your local hardware store and get them..
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I actually found the exact length on Amz but wasn't sure about removing the rivets without damaging the box.? YOu may see it up for sale here soon haha
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Thx, tried that initially but none even close
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If you are considering selling it, I'd be interested, as I'm sure others would be as well!

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For sure I will (and at a reasonable price)
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Getting the rivets out should not be a problem. To make it look right, you want an aluminum hinge that YOU drill the holes in. To get the rivets out, start small and keep working up a size with a full set of NUMBER, Letter and Fraction bits. You want to be sure you have the right size choices and not drill too big or you will drill into the plastic where the new rivets need to grip. You don't want to spin the rivet which could melt the plastic. With a full set of bits to choose from, you can probably drill it out with three different drill sizes. If I was doing it, I would cool the rivet while drilling with a spray bottle full of water so the plastic does not melt. The rivets look to be aluminum. I would save the old hinge and use it as a template to drill the new aluminum hinge. If you look around and find the same sized aluminum pop rivets, and the proper aluminum hinge, you will have a 100% restoration of the hinge part of the box. You should be able to get the little ends of the rivets that fall off out of the hole that is in the front of the box. You can leave them in if you don't mind the extra pieces rattling around in there. There are lots of people around who would like one of those boxes. Good Luck.
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If you are going to sell it why not as is with the oem hinge and the new owner can deal with it how they wish? It will still sell.

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Getting the rivets out should not be a problem. To make it look right, you want an aluminum hinge that YOU drill the holes in. To get the rivets out, start small and keep working up a size with a full set of NUMBER, Letter and Fraction bits. You want to be sure you have the right size choices and not drill too big or you will drill into the plastic where the new rivets need to grip. You don't want to spin the rivet which could melt the plastic. With a full set of bits to choose from, you can probably drill it out with three different drill sizes. If I was doing it, I would cool the rivet while drilling with a spray bottle full of water so the plastic does not melt. The rivets look to be aluminum. I would save the old hinge and use it as a template to drill the new aluminum hinge. If you look around and find the same sized aluminum pop rivets, and the proper aluminum hinge, you will have a 100% restoration of the hinge part of the box. You should be able to get the little ends of the rivets that fall off out of the hole that is in the front of the box. You can leave them in if you don't mind the extra pieces rattling around in there. There are lots of people around who would like one of those boxes. Good Luck.
As Stonetower mentioned, you want to drill the holes in the hinge so that the spacing is correct. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re on a common number like 4 inches center to center. But if they were drilled on installation they could be a little off.

McMaster Carr is also a good spot to look for the hinge you need.

I have never seen one of these storage boxes, would it be possible that there’s a steel backer or washers behind the plastic to back up the rivets? I know they’re pop rivets but I wouldn’t expect a lot of gripping power with just the plastic.
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I have never seen one of these storage boxes, would it be possible that there’s a steel backer or washers behind the plastic to back up the rivets? I know they’re pop rivets but I wouldn’t expect a lot of gripping power with just the plastic.
Yep spot on. Alum washers. Hinge is alum... just took pic...
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These are all undrilled aluminum hinges.

https://www.grainger.com/category/ha...&filters=attrs
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I bought a stainless piano hinge for mine from Amazon. It was under $20, free shipping, and it worked well. Still don't know how Amazon made money on that deal. The box, shipping and handling costs had to be $20+.

Stainless Steel 304 Continuous Hinge with Hole, Bright Annealed Finish, 0.04" Leaf Thickness, 1-1/4" Open Width, 5/64" Pin Diameter, 1/2" Knuckle Length, 4' Long (Pack of 1)
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Wow, really excellent information. I've ordered a similar hinge yesterday so will see how it works. Did you have to drill new holes or did the new hinge line up properly?
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post #15 of 35 Old 08-23-2019, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Great info and suggestions! Thanks. Will update once the hinge arrives!
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