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yragat 07-13-2011 09:44 PM

Bear claw latch with stock outside door handles
 
I have a 30 model A Roadster and am thinking about installing the mini bear claw latches in it this winter. This car has stock interior and exterior door handles. Is there a way to keep (especially) the outside handles and make them functional with bear claw latches? I know that a car without windows that I could reach inside to open,but then what do I do about the outside handles---can't shave,the car is already painted :confused:

471A 07-14-2011 01:20 AM

I have a 29 Tudor with stock exterior door handles and mini bear claws. I will recruit my tech-savvy daughter to take digital photos and, assuming that is possible with this website, post the photos of how this was done. Inside the car, the "door handle" is a simple straight rod that slides up and down to open and close.

yragat 07-14-2011 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by 471A
I have a 29 Tudor with stock exterior door handles and mini bear claws. I will recruit my tech-savvy daughter to take digital photos and, assuming that is possible with this website, post the photos of how this was done. Inside the car, the "door handle" is a simple straight rod that slides up and down to open and close.

That would be great
Thanks

471A 07-14-2011 11:25 AM

All of the attached photos depict the 29 Tudor passenger side door. Driver's side installation is the same. Ignore the duct tape.......

471A 07-14-2011 11:30 AM

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yragat 07-14-2011 12:09 PM

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Thank you,did your door always have the raised portion,or did you have to do that to accommodate the new latches?

471A 07-14-2011 12:51 PM

The raised portion was fabricated to make room for the latching mechanism.

Irelands child 07-14-2011 02:20 PM

Those bear claw latches don't have to go in the exact same position as the OEM's. You can mount them lower and run a bell crank and rods to the handles. While I don't have the outside handles, ran mine with that bell crank and a pair of rods and a return spring. As far as the exterior paint - well, you'll have to be careful, but you will have to repaint the door jambs:

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i8...reinforce1.jpg

Shows the rods and an electric actuator that is now been replaced by a spring 'hanger'

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i8...hild/Door1.jpg

Upside down :spank:

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i8...schild/013.jpg

Shows the door release

I also have a suicide door safety pin as the mini bear claw latches while much better then the original latch still have only a single rotor.

Not a job for the faint of heart, as I ended up using a circle saw and adding a couple of access holes to the inner door panel - see the brighter red rattle can primer. You also might consider adding some reinforcing to the body at the door striker - that metal is puny at best

Dave W

yragat 07-15-2011 10:09 AM

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Thanks
The body is already reinforced all the way down the door jamb,so I'm OK there

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