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Bear claw latches on a model A

I made my hinges now I need latches.The doors on my model A coupe are thin and not much space between the inside and the window channel.Has anybody done this and what did you use? Thanks for any info.
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i used the small bearclaws.
i had to fab up some linkages but it was very hard.
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One tip is don't scrimp on price. There are bear claw latches then there are bear claw latches.

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Thanks to both. I know I saw bear claw and bear jaw in Speedway. I figure the bear jaw are cheap knock offs. Am I right?
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i used the small bearclaws.
i had to fab up some linkages but it was very hard.
How did you fit them between the window channel and the inside of the door. The measurements advertised seem to be too wide unless you widen the door?Any pics?
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You need to use the small single rotor bear claws. Mine for the '31 roadster came from Rocky Hinge. It takes some work along with their 'installation kit' but are worth the effort.

I had to hole saw some additional access holes too. That door opening solenoid is gone as well:





The latch levers (Watson's Street Works) and the 'suicide door' pins (Juliano's) - used because they are single rotor latches:



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IMHO Rocky Hinge is one of the primo bear claw latches.

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i used the small bearclaws.
i had to fab up some linkages but it was very hard.
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How did you fit them between the window channel and the inside of the door. The measurements advertised seem to be too wide unless you widen the door?Any pics?
i typed that before i was awake all the way
imeant to say it WASNT very hard.
they went to the inside of the channel on my 27 chevy (towards the cars interior)
it has thin doors.
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You need to use the small single rotor bear claws. Mine for the '31 roadster came from Rocky Hinge. It takes some work along with their 'installation kit' but are worth the effort.

I had to hole saw some additional access holes too. That door opening solenoid is gone as well:





The latch levers (Watson's Street Works) and the 'suicide door' pins (Juliano's) - used because they are single rotor latches:



Dave W
Thanks,but you have a roadster with no windows. My problem is according to the measurements advertised they are wider than the distance between my window channel and the inside of the door.But I will check on the ones you recommended.
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i typed that before i was awake all the way
imeant to say it WASNT very hard.
they went to the inside of the channel on my 27 chevy (towards the cars interior)
it has thin doors.
Thanks,I know the install will not be hard if I have enough space. I don't know if your Chevy doors are thicker than mine.
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Thanks Irelands child. I just went to Watson street works site and they just came out with smaller ones just for Model A's and VW's.I think they will be what I need. I saw similar ones in Speedway but they didn't say anything about being rated for 750 Lbs like watsons.I don't want my wife falling out of my car when I make a hard turn.
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