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Old 03-03-2008, 11:55 PM
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Bear Claw Latch Install

Hey all. This is my first post. I am just starting a re-build of my 46 Merc. One of the items that I am insisting on is bear claw latches. I have shaved the outside handles.
My question. Should I mount the latch on the B pillar or door? If I go with the B pillar then I have to have a remote button to release the doors from the inside. It's OK but not preferred. If I mount the latches in the door I cant see how to clear the window channel which runs very close to the door skin and in the middle of the edge of teh door.
So does anyone have suggestions?? Preferrences? Also, do any of you have pictures on when you did your install. I am a visual kinda guy.
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Bear Claw latch

You might want to check the website for "Two Guys Garage" they devoted a whole episode to the install 2 weeks ago.
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Thanks Jeff. Checked the site and forum and nothing on bear claws
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I checked the site again it is there,www.twoguysgarage.com/episodes/ go down to episode #619
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You aren't limited to using the same place on the door as the OEM latches. When you buy the latches, all that I've seen also offer an installation kit as well. This is not much more then a bent piece of steel, a big hole for the bear claw and a couple of screw holes. You then mount the latch wherever you want. If I can find room in a 1.25" thick Model A roadster door then add electric solenoids, for sure a 4-5 inch thick door like a '46 Merc has should be a breeze .

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Here is how I installed bear claws in my 54 truck. The process should lend itself to different vehicles. I did not shave the handles so that element will not be addressed in my technique.
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...64&uid=2902753
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Here is how I installed bear claws in my 54 truck. The process should lend itself to different vehicles. I did not shave the handles so that element will not be addressed in my technique.
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...64&uid=2902753
Houston, very good info. and pics. I'll be fabbing my doors and latches in a couple of weeks your post will be a big help.

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Hope it helps. One thing I found when I installed the door glass is that it would be better to move the latch assembly outward on the door so that it is not snug up against the glass channel. This has resulted in my windows being a tad stiff to roll up and down. Again though, your results may vary.
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An Example of Bear Claw Latch Installation

I put my latches on the door frame side. Check it out at http://www.meyerbrosrods.com/photos/...k/default.aspx. I did this so I could put remote popers in the frame without needing to run wiring. This will also make setting up a manual open easiler. Bottom line, this is the best way to install these type of latches with the door handles shaved.
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