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#227533 - Mon Feb 19 2007 03:09 AM how do ya fix droopy door handles?
1951 Chevy Truck Offline
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Registered: Fri Aug 18 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Hollister
how do ya fix droopy door handles? My door handles don't sit right. Is there an easy fix or do I need new assemblies.

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#227534 - Mon Feb 19 2007 07:03 AM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
truckernix Offline
Registered: Sun Mar 24 2002 12:00 PM
Posts: 8616
Loc: Bracebridge Ontario Canada
That is caused by a faulty spring inside the mechanism. I have seen references to a replacement spring. Personally I am installing NOS mechanisms. I have seen comments that the repopped assemblies are not as good as the originals but I have no experience with them.
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#227535 - Mon Feb 19 2007 04:32 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
pablos49 Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 26 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Wisconsin
I put new repop door mechanisms in mine and the door handles still droop.
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#227536 - Mon Feb 19 2007 06:12 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
bowtiedaddy Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 30 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 105
Loc: Mena , Arkansas
Once i seen in a hot rod mag where they bend the rod are what ever the handle is on so that the handle would set right .....Never did it my self have push button type handles ,,,don't know if you could do that on that type even .
just a thought ....
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#227537 - Mon Feb 19 2007 06:34 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 23450
Loc: Jarvisburg, NC
Is the spring that is listed at the bottom of this page the part that you have replaced in an attempt to "level" the door handle?
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#227538 - Mon Feb 19 2007 08:10 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
Rusty Rod Offline
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new springs should take the droop out of that door handle...
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#227539 - Tue Feb 20 2007 02:53 AM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
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#227540 - Tue Feb 20 2007 07:46 AM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
Jon D Offline
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Registered: Mon Jul 03 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Missouri
tclederman, that is the spring that needs replacing to fix droopy door handles. Takes alot of work to get it replaced since it is punched in the door hinge.
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#227541 - Tue Feb 20 2007 11:36 AM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
down2sea Offline
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Registered: Tue Nov 07 2000 12:00 PM
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Loc: Brevard County Florida
You may want to take a look at the Door Latch Spring at Jim Carter's. The description of PN DP133 states that it eliminates outside drooping handle. cool
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#227542 - Wed Feb 21 2007 05:40 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles?
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Registered: Tue Oct 10 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: DALLAS/BLANCO TEXAS
Chevy Duty also sells this spring.
http://www.classicparts.com/prodinfo.asp?number=18-575

47-51
(1947-51) Door Latch Spring
Door Latch Spring
47-51

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Price: $4.95
Part # : 18-575
Year : 47-51

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Product Description

Large coil spring fits on door latch to prevent outside door handles from sagging.



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#688817 - Sun Oct 24 2010 03:29 AM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles? [Re: BIG CHEVY 3600]
nrdesieyes Offline
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Registered: Wed Sep 08 2010 02:53 AM
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Hi all,
Can anybody help me out with some proper instructions on how to properly access and reinstall this spring (part 18-575 from Classic Parts)? Is there an easily followed method? The droopy handle issue is such a common problem with these trucks, I would think that a nice, succinct tech tip would be a nice contribution for the site... hint hint. (I'll make you a deal: if you write the instructions, I'll take photos while I follow them grin )
Many thanks,
Nick
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#689942 - Thu Oct 28 2010 01:32 PM Re: how do ya fix droopy door handles? [Re: nrdesieyes]
nrdesieyes Offline
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Registered: Wed Sep 08 2010 02:53 AM
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
All fixed. See this link for details. In my case, replacing this spring (part 18-575 from Classic Parts) did the trick. Hope it works for others too.
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