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Old 03-04-2010, 12:19 PM
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Handle travel on claw latches

I am in the process of installing claw style latches in my '46. Being very cheap I've made all of the mounting stuff and the thing works. My question is, I'm not even sure if I have a problem, the outside handle only moves about a half inch and releases the latch. Is this a problem? Can it be accidently tripped since it doesn't move very much? I did measure the L shaped trip lever and it can only move 1/4 inch, so I would guess there is only a very small movement even possible. I have attached the latch to my stock handle with a reworked rod from a modern door. The yellow piece is the mockup, I tried different holes but the first is the one that works best.
So am I worrying too much?
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All you need to do is move your actuating rod to a hole closer to the handle. Simple as that.

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Thanks Brian, but I tried that and the holes closer in caused the rod to hang up. The rod would catch on the upright of the L or would just bypass everything and not release the catch. I could make a much longer arm maybe. The location of the latch is the best I can find but it seems to put it very close to the handle so not a lot of room to work. So maybe I should make a bunch of arms...those square holes sure are a hassle to file. It could work okay as is.
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Make a rod that goes straight up, over the arm an inch or so then loops back down to the hole. This will give the same connecting points but room for the arm to move without interfering with the rod.

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Old 03-08-2010, 03:14 PM
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Brian,
Thanks again for your help and advice. I was able to get help from a friend/body man and we worked it out. I used a small piece from the original latch (arrow) which has the square hole and welded on a small piece of rod, all of which sits on top of the nut which also holds the strap (yellow in back) going to the inside door handle. We also added a return spring that goes up in side the window garnish. The handle now pushes the latch down with a little bit of delay which make me feel better about it being too easy. Both handles release the door well and it closes with a nice thunk instead of it's usual clang.
Thanks again for all your advice,
Noel Cummins
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Cool, yeah, some of the old door latches were horrible when new, let alone after 50-80 years!

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