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Bear claws with outside handles

I found a few threads on bear claw latches but hard to find anyyhing specific on installing bear claws using original 48-50 F-1 PU handles. So, do I use the small bear claws made for '30's hot rods or the larger ones?/ And then, using my stock outside door handles, how do I get them to actuate the new latches? Do I try to retrofit a cable to/from same??

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You can use cables with a return spring but a direct rod linkage works better in the long run as cables eventually stretch requiring adjustment later on. Sometimes you need to make a pivot to change the direction of motion for it to work. I'd use the larger latches and get them installed then mock everything up and figure your linkage design. Robbing parts from donor cars can sometimes save some work but takes some scavanging time. Bob
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