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    Quote Originally Posted by gregw98 View Post
    I set mine where the handle is in the non-drooping stance. Then carefully remove thew handle and then the assembly. Next I tack weld it in place and re-install it, minus the rods. If all is good, I do the final weld on the bung hole. Finally put it all back together. BTW: while the assembly was out, I soaked it in a barrel of gasoline while at lunch. Brush it down and hose it off, air dry and re-grease everything. All new again.
    First time around I tacked it and the handle ended up flaccid, so I had to grind off the tack and re-do it, after super-gluing the spindle in place first.
    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

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    Thumbs up Outstanding

    Great work on this thread I half way did mine but used solder,,, should wear out soon. so I'll be refering to your fine work here.

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    Thanks Turbo:

    This thread cut out the learning curve for me and I went straight to the repair.

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    I didn't bother to grind down the weld because there is plenty of room for the bead to stay as it is and it will be stronger when not ground.

    I noticed; even though the square hole is parrallel with the latch hammer, I have one handle slope down and one sit straight in the same latch. I can see now that on one of my handles the steel shaft has a slight twist to it. I will heat it with a torch and give it a twidt so that handle sits straight.


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    Don't ask me!! I'm still stuck on "who am I?" and "What do I want?"

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    Cool

    We do need to "sticky"this thread...........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    We do need to "sticky"this thread...........
    we should have a 'how to' or 'tutorial' section for write ups. maybe read only or approved additions as to keep it on point. comment in the other sections? great write up, by the way.
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    Straight handles now!

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    I also bought a second side door latch to use in the rear door so I would have an inside handle and lock.

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    M1D
    Don't ask me!! I'm still stuck on "who am I?" and "What do I want?"

    1965 G10 all window "ChevyVan" with 1988 305 Tuned port injection V8, 700R4, 1980 10 bolt posi.
    1968 G10 "sportVan Custom" under construction.

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    Great!

    Looks good!
    I guess I could have done a better job organizing the how-to.
    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

    '65 Panel, with turbocharged 327 (originally 153 four), TH400 (originally 3-speed), and 3.31 '67 Camaro 12 bolt rear (my first car, 1970)
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...meE_Jf-hgJU2mG

    '69 Sportvan 108 with turbocharged original 250 six and 700R4 (originally Powerglide), 3.73 rear, starred in eight Taco Bell commercials
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDfPJ3xmwjY


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    Bummer, the pictures are gone!!

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    Cool thread. Pics came up for me?
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