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Old 08-11-2007, 07:55 PM
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67 Chev Pickup Door stuck

My passenger door will only open an inch or two.. i have removed the door panel and have tried working the lock.. from the outside you can see the lock lower as the lock button is pushed. i have pushed, pulled, etc... no luck.. how do you pop a door without damage?? I can fit a screw driver into the star / latch mechanism, but that doesn't seem to do anything either... Any Ideas??


Thanks to all who replied... finally I got that door open. You were right.. a screw was jamming me up all this time... apparently I got mad enough to power that door open.. Being new to the "hot rod" business... I tried finesse first.. need more red meat!! thanks!!!

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Old 08-11-2007, 08:35 PM
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If it is opening up an inch or two, the latch isn't the problem. Look to see if the door is hitting the fender.

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or if the hinges are siezed soak em down with pb blaster.
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Still no luck

I checked to make sure it was not hitting on the hinge side... no luck.. here is a few pictures ... 1st one is door closed... 2nd how far i can get it open before it stops... 3rd trying to show the latch and star( dont know proper terminology ) how do these "star" work with the latch? in looking at the door that works, it is a star configuration that rotates, the lock comes up from underneath... i am trying to find a drawing on how these work so i can figure out a way to "jimmy it".. any thoughts??

P.s. sorry about the flash...turns the red paint orange!! tried putting my finger over it...
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Well, I was going to try to help, but I thought your truck was red, being it REALLY orange, I am not going to say a thing.

Check out the drivers door, open it up then slowly close it and see how far open it is on the "first latch". If it is as far open as the one on the passenger side then your latch IS getting caught. But I don't think it is that far open, usually the "first latch" or "first catch" of the latch is within a quarter inch or so from closing.

If your other door's first catch is closer than this one, I would say it is time to just yank on it. If the door isn't hitting the fender or rocker, or windshield post up front, it isn't going to hurt anything to just yank like mad on the door. It may just be catching on the striker wrong, or a screw has backed out or something like that and catching on the striker.

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I don't have acess to a 67-72. Is it a star shaped wheel for the drivers side that you can look at? If it is a star, the inner or outer handle lets that star spin free. It would have internal notches on the star just like a hub on a come-a-long winch. So when you push the door handle button in, the dog pops out of those notches to let the star spin.

You should study the working one real close to see what the inner & outer handles feel like to release the star. You can do that with the driver door open as well as closed.

Man, that paint looks perfect with no chips....don't let me near it with tools
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The plate mounted in the cab jamb has a cutout that encompasses the part of the latch that sticks out of the door. Only the bottom of the cutout actually engages the latch since the rest of the star is in a housing. So you have one of two problems IMO. Either the star is jambing inside the latch (which you can't get to since it's inside the door) or the plate is adjusted too high in the jamb
(or door too low)and catching.
I would first push the door handle button in and pull UP and OUT hard on the door. Pulling the door up may compensate for the latch adjustment. If that didn't work, I'd mask the paint and stick a screwdriver between the star and striker and pry the star over.

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Before using a screwdriver and scratching that pretty red paint can you get to it from the inside by tahing the door panel off?
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Any luck?
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Luck!!

Thanks for the follow up Shane... I managed to get it open last Sunday.. It was a screw stuck in there all this time... rattled loose like a lot of nuts/bolts do on this truck.. I tried to finesse this door for a long time... just muscled it open with an extremley hard pull... no damage... we are good to go!! thanks..
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