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Re: Does this look right?
Brad Allen #1337572 Sat Dec 14 2019 12:25 AM
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That photo makes sense. The bar was meant to follow the recessed part in the door. Looks like whoever makes these replacement Chevy/GMC Pickup Door Front Relay Remote Controls, didn't know they were changed in 1950. I'll make them work.
Thanks Brad,

Re: Does this look right?
Joel1948 #1337697 Sun Dec 15 2019 01:34 AM
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The change was made by GM to change to pull to open, rather than push to open. I am guessing that it was a safety measure, It would be relatively easy to accidentally push the handle forward with a wayward knee, causing the door to fly open.
There is no reason why an earlier push-to-open door can't be converted by installing the later pull-to-open mechanism. The doors are all the same in terms of attaching either one.
Maybe the reason that the push-to-open mechanisms are not available from the aftermarket is because they are a bad idea in regards to safety.
Carl

Re: Does this look right?
Joel1948 #1337783 Mon Dec 16 2019 12:43 AM
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I ran across a video of a guy installing an Altman EZ latch. I went to the website at Trique mfg and found their latch for the AD trucks is for 47- 51 and 52-54. Must have been some significant changes. I have a spare door from another 48 and I found it is 1/4" shorter in width than the ones on my 48. Might explain why they don't fit although it's hard to imagine why somebody replaced both doors at some point.

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Re: Does this look right?
Joel1948 #1337827 Mon Dec 16 2019 08:06 AM
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47 and early 48 had the bar follow the recess. After that Chevy changed it to angled like yours to reverse the handle pull direction as 52Carl said. Reproduction units only come in the angled configuration. If you want them horizontal you'll have to find some original 47 relays or do what I did: modify 1965 relays:

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Re: Does this look right?
Joel1948 #1337988 Tue Dec 17 2019 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Joel1948
I ran across a video of a guy installing an Altman EZ latch. I went to the website at Trique mfg and found their latch for the AD trucks is for 47- 51 and 52-54. Must have been some significant changes. I have a spare door from another 48 and I found it is 1/4" shorter in width than the ones on my 48. Might explain why they don't fit although it's hard to imagine why somebody replaced both doors at some point.

The change made between 47-51 and 52-54 had to do with the way the latch attaches to the door with the advent of push button exterior handle and its redesigned latch.

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