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Old 08-06-2019, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One of the many, many items on my list of things to do on my 83 C20 that I bought last Friday, is to replace the door strikers. The strikers themselves are perfectly fine and installed correctly, but the plastic bushings were long gone making closing the door a do-over every time.

Admittedly this annoyance was pretty far down my list, well behind addressing my glow plug issue.

That was what brought me to the auto parts store today, where I had to slam the door closed three times getting out of the truck.

And there on the rack was a Dorman 4 pack of door striker bushings! And only $3.99! How's that for karma? Scratch that one off the list . . .

But, of course, nothing is that easy. When I got home I removed the door striker and tried to slide the new bushing on. But no! It was just a hair too narrow to narrow to fit my striker.

Arrrrrrgggghhhh!! This was even more annoying than having to slam the door three times! I was not going to take this laying down.

Filled with righteous indignation, having already removed the striker from the truck and with the full knowledge that I was not going to be getting a refund from the auto parts store, I did the only thing a man with a modestly equipped garage can do.

Using a 1/2 drive deep well socket I drove that bushing onto the striker with the shop press.

And it worked! (for now) The fact that it's plastic and this is August in Chicago probably has something to do with why I was able to press that plastic bushing onto a stud it has no business being on. I make no guarantees they won't crack off come January. Of course, it was a four pack, so I have two left and I can always press two more on next May.

In the meantime I have doors that close like the truck came off the showroom last week so I'm a happy camper.

And it only cost me $3.99 and one Harbor Freight Torx driver; that passenger side striker was on there pretty tight.

And it only cost

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Old 08-06-2019, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In the meantime I have doors that close like the truck came off the showroom last week so I'm a happy camper.

If this was the end result then it was 100% worth it.


Also 1/2" Pex works perfect from what I have seen.

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Old 08-06-2019, 07:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If this was the end result then it was 100% worth it.


Also 1/2" Pex works perfect from what I have seen.
I've used electrical tape and wrapped around the striker 10 times for a perfect door close every time
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup that's a good fix.


I tend to be a goon if the striker doesn't loosen easily as I just go get the huge set of vice grips, grab the head with everything I got and pull on it like my wife from my wallet ....


Buff the high spots with a file ... GTG.


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I would have used my lathe to make the I.D. a bit bigger, or if I didn't have one, drilled it out a bit...
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OK, I'm going to ruin your damn day. You could of done this job for about the same price in 3 minutes with 1/2" PEX. Pick a color, cut off about 3/4" of PEX, split it down the middle, slide over the striker. BAM done! I have a gallon bag full of these that I hand out to guys at truck shows. Bought a 10ft stick for like 5 bucks and cut it down.
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Yes, but then I wouldn't have gotten to play with my shop press.

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That's a lot of strikers, Bob.
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Yes, but then I wouldn't have gotten to play with my shop press.

Excuses excuses.


Not sure if you saw my post asking for pics, would like a variety from all angles, and cap off with a pic worthy of centerfold material.
From the pics you posted looks like it's in nice shape.


BTW pics of squares never get old.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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here you go

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