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    Add A door lock on interior of cargo doors?

    Has anyone added an interior door lock for cargo doors? I was thinking it might not be too hard or complicated to do so the way the door hardware mechanism works. Hoping for a simple solution! Pictures would be a great plus.

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    Sportvan (at least Custom, & Deluxe)has them on the inside of R side door, toward the front(so you can reach from front seat)
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    How hard or complicated really depends on the person doing the work. I coulde make something up out of my head, another person could copy the sportvan linkage, and another could do it with all the factory pieces at hand. And there are some who would be better off paying to have it done. Nothing to be ashamed of.

    Point being, you need to assess your own fabrication skills. IMO, this would be a good 'starter project' sincce it won't require modifying much of the original door. If it doesn't work, remove the added parts and you are back to square one.

    The sportvan linkage has a soft Z bend to move the kn ob forward in the door. With some 1/8" rod it could be bent up, and the appropriate clip to attach to the latch would be needed. It's bee a while since I looked at the latch, but I am pretty sure there is an extra hole for the linkage. There is a small bumpout on the sportvan door to accomodate the knob, I don't think the panel vans have this but a Dorman knob escutcheon should work. You'll need to tap the end of the rod for the knob, I think it's 10-32.
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    Thanks for the help guys. If anyone has done a retrofit please chime n.

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    I pulled one from a 69 parts van and installed in a 65

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    Found 1 Sportvan latch with inside door lock,
    2nd pic is of arm on latch for door lock
    3rd is of top part of lock
    last is back door(Was off Sport) on my Nodoor with lock button (kind of see it)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails IMG_0719.jpg   IMG_0720.jpg   IMG_0721.jpg   IMG_0717.jpg  
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    Wow TOM, big help. Will have to better look at it when I get back to my PC, too small on my phone. If Im seeing it right the lock is on the hinge side. Never would have imagined that! Thanks!

    I am changing the lock mechanism on the back of my no door so I can have an interior handle and figured if I could have a way to lock and unlock it on the interior Id feel a lot more comfortable sleeping in it.

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    Cheap Lock Option

    You could also take an old belt, shorten it up so that it makes a loop that just fits over the two upright door handles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 108VanGuy View Post
    You could also take an old belt, shorten it up so that it makes a loop that just fits over the two upright door handles.
    108VanGuy...
    thanks. That’s a good option for security while sleeping! I’m also concerned of being trapped in the van if it’s locked from the outside
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    I thought about a small hook and eye attached which can be used which is very cheap and can be out of the way?
    When I used to camp, I would just crawl into the back after locking the outside doors. I figured the front has two sides to get out. And really if you had to... you could kick open a barn door if in an emergency arose.
    But be safe, but not worried.
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