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door striker #1310713 Tue May 14 2019 06:22 PM
Joined: Dec 2012
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Tom B Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
My project is "done". However, I continue to tinker with it and make it "better". As recommended in other posts, I replaced the weatherstrip I had originally installed because the doors shut too hard. The new weatherstrip works great. When adjusting the striker, I must have tightened the striker too tight and stripped one of the screws--or more specifically the hole into which the screw is threaded. The screw appears fine, but it threads only part way into the hole and then spins freely.

I have looked through the shop manual and the factory assembly manual and cannot determine if there is a "threaded plate" on the backside of the lock pillar that is removable and therefore replaceable. Or, is the "plate" welded onto the backside of the lock pillar? Depending on the answer, I think I have two choices: 1) Replace the removable threaded plate; or, 2) drill and thread a slightly larger hole into the plate that is welded onto the lock pillar. Looking through a couple of parts catalogs, I see replacement plates, but they don't match my year of vehicle--'53 Chevy 3604.

Any and all thoughts on this problem are welcome and appreciated.

Tom B
Re: door striker [Re: Tom B] #1310754 Tue May 14 2019 11:57 PM
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HandyAndy Offline
Shop Shark
Tom B,

On my '47 3100 there are threaded movable anchor plates behind the door strikers. These plates fit into 'pockets' that allow the strikers to be adjusted vertically and horizontally. Take the side that you are having trouble with apart and you will see the plates. I'm sure you can make a replacement plate quite easily. Perhaps the '53 is different?

Good luck,


His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"A Jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one." - Benjamin Franklin
Re: door striker [Re: Tom B] #1310767 Wed May 15 2019 02:02 AM
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52Carl Offline
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The '53 ones are different, but Andy's suggestion still applies.

Re: door striker [Re: Tom B] #1310788 Wed May 15 2019 03:39 AM
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Brad Allen Offline
Shop Shark
Here are some pictures for you. The first shows a set of GMC strikers and hardware (I believe these were ‘52 or 53), it seemed the became more numerous as time went on?
The previous versions 1947-50 were much thicker, two per side.
Here are some NOS shims used for spacing adjustment. I can not recommend strongly enough the use of NOS parts if possible, reproduction latches and strikers are in my experience of poor quality. NOS originals are available frequently on eBay, original hardware installations are now some 6-7 decades old!
Thin striker locks/spacer detail.
You might try an ad in the Swap Meet for a replacement.

Re: door striker [Re: Tom B] #1310822 Wed May 15 2019 05:00 PM
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Tom B Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Thank you everyone. I will take apart the upholstery and look behind the lock pillar to see what is actually there. The parts catalogs indicate that there are differences between '51 and '53. Will do a follow-up post when I get it resolved.

Tom B
Re: door striker [Re: Tom B] #1311056 Sat May 18 2019 12:07 PM
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Jon G Offline
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Where did you purchase your new door weatherstrip, Tom?


1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end

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