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1930u- Door Linkage Help Please

Before starting the major work on the old Plymouth, I tried to knock out some of the more tedious stuff. I.e. window internals and inside/outside door handle linkages. The windows turned out to be easy because Iím using all the original stuff, regulators and the window run channels, etc.

The windows really fill up the door space and the bear claw latches also limited my options for the linkage. I really had to think through making something that would work. My scanners down, so I cant share a drawing of what I made, so I will try and explain it.

It works but what a contraption it is!

Basically the door glass is sandwiched between two long rods that run vertical from top to bottom in the door. One attaches to the outside handle and the other to the bear claw latch release lever. At the bottom of the door I made stand off mount with a heart shaped cam/pivot. Each lobe of the heart has a mounting hole for the vertical rods. When I operate the door handle the pivot rocks back and forth and pops the latch. I havenít made the inside latch release yet but my thought is to make a straight rod that pivots contacting the latch release lever.

Like I said my home made mess of linkage works but I would be embarrassed if someone looked inside and saw it.

Any other thought/ideals, drawings, pictures of what others may have done are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Before starting the major work on the old Plymouth, I tried to knock out some of the more tedious stuff. I.e. window internals and inside/outside door handle linkages. The windows turned out to be easy because Iím using all the original stuff, regulators and the window run channels, etc.

The windows really fill up the door space and the bear claw latches also limited my options for the linkage. I really had to think through making something that would work. My scanners down, so I cant share a drawing of what I made, so I will try and explain it.

It works but what a contraption it is!

Basically the door glass is sandwiched between two long rods that run vertical from top to bottom in the door. One attaches to the outside handle and the other to the bear claw latch release lever. At the bottom of the door I made stand off mount with a heart shaped cam/pivot. Each lobe of the heart has a mounting hole for the vertical rods. When I operate the door handle the pivot rocks back and forth and pops the latch. I havenít made the inside latch release yet but my thought is to make a straight rod that pivots contacting the latch release lever.

Like I said my home made mess of linkage works but I would be embarrassed if someone looked inside and saw it.

Any other thought/ideals, drawings, pictures of what others may have done are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Found this link - not exactly what I was looking for but definitely helpful for the inside linkage. http://www.streetrodderweb.com/tech/...rod/index.html
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