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Old 03-28-2007, 10:24 PM
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Got my new electric door actuators for bear claw latches and power door locks ,for my 34 Ford does anybody know where in the door you should cut the holes?

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Old 03-28-2007, 10:35 PM
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If the bear claw latch has a lever that moves down to open the latch, put the actuator down low in the door, in front of the window channel. Look for the area that has the most space between the inner and outer panel, IIRC it is about 8" back from the front and up about 1' from the bottom. Aim the actuator at the latch lever. What kind of actuators are they?


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Its a dakota digitals commander10,000 with a 12 lb. actuator
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If you put weatherstrip around your door and it gives a fair amount of doorseal pressure, that 12# actuator will have a hard time opening the door.
We used to use Unkl Al's 30# solenoids on the '34 coupe glass bodies, and they would not always open the doors with a dovetail and weather strip all the way around.. We went to a set of Al's "super solenoids" and had no problems after that.

If you are using just a bearclaw latch with no dovetails and no weatherstripping you should have no problem.
Adjust the actuator so it disengages the latch at the bottom end of it's travel. That way it'll get a running start.

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