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Can anyone help with instructions on removing rear hatch lid. We see the hinge pin and have tapped on it, but it won't budge. As a matter of fact, it will bend. Is there a clip holding her in to prevent from coming out? Man is it a tight area to work on.
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There are retention clips on the pins to prevent them from coming out easily. The clips fit into a recessed area on the pin and have little barbs or fingers that when the pin is installed the barbs fold in and then once it's all the way installed the barbs pop out. The clip can be removed by slowly working on pressing the barbs down while driving the pin out but the problem is there are three or four barbs and accessing them is a pain. If the clip with the barbs passes through the one side of the hinge then it may not pass through the other side so again the barbs would have to be depressed to get it all the way out.
The clip with the barbs does rotate on the hinge pin and you may be able to get one pushed in and then rotate the clip and work on the next one. I had the best luck by using a combination of smaller flat bladed screwdrivers and jewelers screwdrivers. It also seems to me since the C clip is not solid I may have been able to open it up slightly and walk it off the end of the hinge pin.
I know too that getting the pin to slide out was a pain and it seems to me I made up a tool using a piece of steel rod to where I could have that on the edge of the pin to drive it out. I had the rod positioned pretty close inline with the pin so as not to bend it. You also need to keep pressure off of the hinge pin while trying to remove it. Disconnect the hatchlid shocks and use a 2x4 off of the hatchfloor to hold the hatchlid open.
Once you do get the pins out and the hatchlid off you may want to look at the modification I did on my 74 hatchback in the links below. On mine now I can easily pull off the hatchlid with the hinges attached to it and the fender washers tack welded above the inside rear roof trim area keep it in position so the gaps stay even.

http://hometown.aol.com/krystaldesigns/page6.html

http://community.webshots.com/album/91804442rchcBW

http://community.webshots.com/photo/352164366/1470134978060464735zaydOi

http://community.webshots.com/photo/352164366/1470136087060464735vycuty

Jim
 

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Great info, thanks Jim. Now we know what to look for.
 
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