Posted February 14th, 2020 at 5:53 pm by Dan Musick
Taylor garage doors have been obsolete since the early 1990’s. After they ceased production we often had to replace an entire door if only one of the sections was rusty or damaged.
All the hardware, tracks and torsion assembly parts for the older Taylor doors are replaceable with standard hardware.
For example, the old plastic Taylor hinges can be replaced with standard 14 gauge hinges. As a matter of fact, a former wholesale supplier used to buy truckloads of sections from Taylor, and then they made their own hardware kits that included standard 14 gauge hinges.
When it comes to replacing these hinges there are two things to consider.
The first is the width of the hinges; the 14 gauge hinges are wider than the narrow plastic Taylor hinges. If you replace the old end hinge with a new wider end hinge, the rollers will probably bind in the tracks. The solution is to mount the hinge further to the inside of the door so the outside of the hinge is flush with the end of the section.
The second issue is the end stile. Taylor made 2″ thick doors with steel end stiles built into the section. Their thinner 1 3/8″ thick doors used wood stiles. When installing standard 14 gauge end hinges, you will need self-drilling teks for the steel stiles in the 2″ thick doors and you’ll need lag screws for the 1 3/8″ thick door with wood end stiles. You also may need to add extra teks or screws to secure the outer edges of the end hinges.
If you prefer to pay extra, you can purchase Taylor OEM black hinges at the diydoorstore.