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Old 08-03-2015, 10:03 PM   #29
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Have to be logged in on my end. Im on a desktop. You ever Hear from harry or keep in touch? He sure was an interesting guy. Wondered what he went to after your trailer. Or into some other hobby, maybe back to sailing.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:04 PM   #30
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never really kept in touch, so not really sure.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:50 AM   #31
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If it were mine I would take the hinge apart and wire brush everything. I would replace the washers with 316 series stainless steel washers. I would repaint the hinges with quality paint. Before reassembling the hinges I would spray everything with BIOSHIELD T9. I use this on my salt water boat motor and its really good stuff.keeps all external corrosion at bay. I would respray those hinges again every few months just because replacing might be impossible in the future.

Why Boeshield | Boeshield T-9
This really sounds like a prudent option. A thorough cleaning, repainting and stainless washers sprayed by Boeshield T-9 with periodic re spraying thereafter should work. We have had boats in salt water for many years and lived aboard and cruised the Atlantic coast for several years. Boeshield T-9 was the best anti-corrosive we found.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:03 PM   #32
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It was related to me during my visit to the previous Parkliner "factory" that the U-joints used in the hinges are actually socket wrench u-joints so a replacement may not be quite so difficult. Go to Sears and get a couple! See if a local machinist can remove the old ones and install the new ones.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:35 PM   #33
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Actually it was mentioned earlier that one was marked "Kobalt 377347" which is a Home Depot tool trade name. See Posts 15 & 22.


Actually that fix would only result in the problem coming back again because welding a new u-joint in place will burn off the plating. What's needed here are a some stainless steel components, at least at the flex pivot points.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:56 PM   #34
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Has anyone ever seen a flexible socket used as a door hinge on anything else ever??? If not, I guess one could call it innovative, or it could just be a quick and easy way to hang a door without having to worry about accurate hinge alignment in the short term, at least until components start rusting. Interesting concept, curious motives....
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Actually it was mentioned earlier that one was marked "Kobalt 377347" which is a Home Depot tool trade name. See Posts 15 & 22.


Actually that fix would only result in the problem coming back again because welding a new u-joint in place will burn off the plating. What's needed here are a some stainless steel components, at least at the flex pivot points.
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I may be mistaken but from the looks of mine no welding would be necessary if you reused the cross pins.
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I may be mistaken but from the looks of mine no welding would be necessary if you reused the cross pins.
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Yep, I think that it was an earlier suggestion to get new pivot blocks made of stainless steel and put them in with stainless steel roll pins. And be sure to get all of the existing rust out of the original welds etc. Ordinary tool steel will rust from exposure to the elements.

if you can't get rid of what's rusting it will return, it's the nature of the beast.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:42 PM   #37
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Has anyone ever seen a flexible socket used as a door hinge on anything else ever??? If not, I guess one could call it innovative, or it could just be a quick and easy way to hang a door without having to worry about accurate hinge alignment in the short term, at least until components start rusting. Interesting concept, curious motives....
Look at how doors on commercial aircraft swing closed. I have seen several variations on the U-Joint hinge in that application. I will check out the 737 and the Dash-8 doors next week and report back
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Look at how doors on commercial aircraft swing closed. I have seen several variations on the U-Joint hinge in that application. I will check out the 737 and the Dash-8 doors next week and report back
I never noticed! Perhaps Parkliner simply borrowed the concept from the aircraft industry. Who'da thunk it.....
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:55 PM   #39
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Thanks, Frank.
That is very useful information. Washer replacement and regular treatment with Boeshield will hopefully keep the rust at bay.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:22 PM   #40
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Amazon carries it, in case you don't find it locally, Bill. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?redirect=true


My hinges are just starting to rust at the top. Have ordered some of the lubricant. Note that the rust removal t-9 will "dull paint" per one of the Amazon Q&As.


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A bit disconcerting that the hinges are already showing rust on a 2014 model. Has this been an ongoing problem with earlier models too, but just now coming to light?
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A bit disconcerting that the hinges are already showing rust on a 2014 model. Has this been an ongoing problem with earlier models too, but just now coming to light?
It certainly has been a problem with our 2013 model. The majority of the rust was on the plain steel washers which had not been painted unlike the other hinge components. As I mentioned in my post #17 in this thread, my bigger concern was the difficulty I had latching the deadbolt without having to lift up on the lower corner of the door. Replacing the two steel washers at each hinge with four stainless steel washers raised the door enough that the deadbolt now works perfectly and hopefully the rust can be kept at bay with regular lubrication of the hinges. So far it seems to be working...
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