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    Side door latch rebuild

    Turbo has needed this for a long time, and I did it once before but not correctly, because I didn't fully understand how everything worked.
    First off my old weld repair broke

    I ground off the old weld

    then the plate can be separated from the spindle


    another problem was I had the detent spring behind the plate instead of riding on the edge of it
    Last edited by TurboVan; 06-02-2013 at 10:45 PM.
    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

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    they put this handy nail hole here to hold the spring retracted during assembly

    got my rig all set up

    the handle must be parallel with the latch when the plate is in the fully closed position

    not too bad for stick welded

    cleaned her up a little, including the hole (with a square file)

    this is how it goes together inside the door

    all greased up and ready for installation!

    and now it works like a dream, better than new!

    and boy was it easy to install with that big 8 inch hole!
    Last edited by TurboVan; 06-04-2013 at 11:13 PM.
    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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    Great pics!!

    Nice, a step by step how-to. Thanks for posting this with detailed pics. Very helpful.



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    Thanks

    I've been meaning to fix it for a while, and I forgot about most of the details in the meantime, so I thought I better document it.
    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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    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.
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    Got one you want to sell ? seriously

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    Great tutorial! I need to do this with both of mine before it goes back together.

    John, if I have an extra and you haven't gotten one by then, I'll fix you one up too.
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    Great work on the "Tutorial" Turbo!
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    Cool

    getting to learn a new trick like this is why this old dog keeps coming back........

    I got lucky the last set of doors i woked on the handle still stands straight out when the dor is latched...........

    .........wookee
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyrde View Post
    Got one you want to sell ? seriously
    Send me yours and I will rebuild it for you, 50 bucks incl shipping.
    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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