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37 1/2 ton door handle return spring #1339119 Wed Dec 25 2019 03:30 PM
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Bill Trotter Offline OP
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Hey Bolters, anyone have a picture of where and how the return spring goes. Mine were both missing. Thanks Bill

Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343197 Wed Jan 22 2020 05:22 AM
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just got a 37 and have same question. starting to tear down and having a heck of a time with those clutch head screws.

Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343285 Thu Jan 23 2020 12:36 AM
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Be prepared for some work. I bought a set of clutch head sockets and it worked on some and not on others. Sprayed them up with kroil, let them set and tried again. One I could get a vice grips on also came out. Sometimes it helps to tighten a little bit first then back out. I am just about done with my truck after 2 years of work. If I can be of any help feel free to private message me or email. If you get inside the door and can see how the handle return spring is mounted please take a picture for me. Good luck, Bill

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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343293 Thu Jan 23 2020 01:01 AM
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The key to removing old rusted clutch head screws starts with Bill's advice above. Get the proper size clutch head drivers and use a penetrating oil, like Kroil. Also, be sure to take a sharp tool, like an awl or ice pick, to clean out the old rust and crud from the head. The sides are straight and if you clean them out the driver will remain in place and you can place maximum torque on the hardware. Much better than slotted screw heads or phillips, in my opinion. Some are so rusted that you break the head off. That is not the fault of the design of the hardware, just Old Man Rust winning a skirmish.
Kent


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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343332 Thu Jan 23 2020 01:39 PM
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Impact drivers are your friend in removing clutch head screws. Tighten them just enough to make them move and break the bond.
I used my pneumatic hammer with a clutch head tip welded on. I also added a screwdriver welded to it as a handle to help turn the tip.


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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343866 Mon Jan 27 2020 01:16 PM
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On mine the only springs are in the lock itself and a small one on lock release arm. I found some clutch head bits for a nut driver and ground them flat to keep them sharp. Kroil is the best for sure




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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343869 Mon Jan 27 2020 01:21 PM
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.......ORIGINAL QUESTION:

Originally Posted by Bill Trotter
Hey Bolters, anyone have a picture of where and how the return spring goes. Mine were both missing. Thanks Bill



Bill, sorry I can't get to mine right now. If you don't get an answer pretty soon let me know and I'll go pull mine..

Last edited by Achipmunk; Mon Jan 27 2020 01:23 PM.

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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343878 Mon Jan 27 2020 02:39 PM
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Bill,
The only spring I am aware of is internal in the door latch. What spring are you asking about?

Kent


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1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
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Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343883 Mon Jan 27 2020 03:01 PM
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The handle return spring that keeps the handle level. I found nothing on mine when they were disassemble. I do have new springs but no way of knowing how the mount.

Re: 37 1/2 ton door handle return spring [Re: Bill Trotter] #1343886 Mon Jan 27 2020 03:32 PM
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Bill,
There are no externally visible springs on the door mechanism. The spring that returns the latch and holds the handle level are internal to the latch box. So you are saying you have disassembled the latch itself and there is no spring?

Fortunately, both my latches function normally, so I have never taken the latch box itself apart. Thus, I can't help you with your question.

Kent

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Mon Jan 27 2020 03:35 PM.

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1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
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1950 Chevy COE Model 5700 ~ "Barney" ~ And more pix
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