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Rebuilding AD Door Latches
#1384010 Tue Nov 10 2020 01:55 AM
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When I got my truck, the doors were sagging badly and the driver's door had been used so much that the safety catch and the ramp were worn really badly. The passenger latch was also worn but not as badly. So when I disassembled the doors, I decided to use weld to repair the safety catches and ramp. I used some copper strips (old pipe) to isolate where I was welding to keep from fusing welding the catch to the latch.
Here's a few pics - first of building up weld on the ramp.

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Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384012 Tue Nov 10 2020 02:03 AM
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Then pics of building up the safety catch itself, again with copper strips on the ramp to protect it. And one of the finished product. Most of the grinding was done with a dremel tool, and some hand filing. Also welded up the driver's door outside handle stem where it typically wears on the square end.

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Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384013 Tue Nov 10 2020 02:42 AM
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'Bolter
Kevin, GREAT Job! A few years ago I had to disassembly my passenger door latch and weld a detached (pressed in) piece in the latch body. In all honesty, I don't recall the details but it wasn't anywhere near the work you did so well.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384020 Tue Nov 10 2020 03:44 AM
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Thanks Ron,
For my next trick, I may try zinc plating these and other hardware. Been researching that on the web. Doesn't look that difficult.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384031 Tue Nov 10 2020 04:52 AM
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Those doors will close with a THUD now. I know mine did when I did this in my 53 style doors. Nicely done, Kevin.


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Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384059 Tue Nov 10 2020 03:25 PM
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Have you considered nickel plating them? It is pretty easy if you can get them clean enough. Depending, you may need to copper plate them first, but that's not a big trick.


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Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1384087 Tue Nov 10 2020 07:44 PM
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Nice work Kevin! I'm certain that your work will be head and shoulders above the cheap reproduction latches. If I'm not mistaken, 52Carl has done something similar.

A while back, I purchased an entire lot of door latches and striker plates all in various states of disrepair. My plan is to do exactly what you're doing. Let us know how this works out for you.


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Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
Jon G #1384089 Tue Nov 10 2020 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jon G
Have you considered nickel plating them? It is pretty easy if you can get them clean enough. Depending, you may need to copper plate them first, but that's not a big trick.
Interesting idea. I just looked up DIY nickel plating and it looks like it would go directly on iron without copper plating first. But I think they were originally zinc plated (I'd need a spectrometer to be sure, and don't have one of those in my back pocket. wink )
I will definitely update this on my plating efforts. Looks like I'll need to derust them a bit more before plating. Currently out of Evaporust, so this is on the back burner till I get more of that. I do have some muriatic acid, but that stuff is nasty. eek It would take off any remaining zinc plating as well as rust.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1385783 Wed Nov 25 2020 12:15 AM
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Kevin - nice job on repairing your 51-3100 door latches! I did the same on my 51-3100 latches and they work much better, except I still have a problem. The door closes in the safety catch position fine but the fully closed/latched position is too far inboard by about 1/8" - 3/16". I tried adjusting the door latch but the mounting holes only allow for vertical adjustment, not horizontal adjustment. Don't know if you ran into the same problem or not and what you did to remedy it. Is elongating the mounting holes the only solution? Seems like we are at about the same points in our builds. Thanks!


Charlie

'51 3100 5-Window (Restomod in progress)
Re: Rebuilding AD Door Latches
klhansen #1385787 Wed Nov 25 2020 12:37 AM
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Charlie, you may need to consider bending the door hinges. You'd need to bend in the opposite direction I needed in my door tuning efforts.

Good Luck

RR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



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