how do you remove window cranks and door handels on a 51 ford i am trying to figure out how to remove them so i can get off the door pannel so i can get a new hing pin put in i just cant figure out anything thanks for everyones help
If you don't see a set screw (usually found on replacements rather than on original handles from the 50s), look behind the handle -- push the door panel away from the handle and you'll see a clip that encircles the post, locking the handle in place.
There are "plyers" that are used to get back there to remove these buggers, but the plyers force things apart rather than together, if you know what I mean.
You can sometimes manage it with two screwdrivers -- the clip is open at one end (U-shaped) and with one screwdriver on one "leg" of the clip, you can push the other "leg" of the clip with the other screwdriver and pop that puppy off. Then the handle will easily pull off it's post.
I do believe the originals had a set screw. If it's the "omega" clip (looks like the omega symbol) the either go buy the removal tool at any parts place, or I usually use an old screwdriver that I bent the tip on a 90.
My 51 Ford PU has little pins through the handle and shaft. There is a spring loaded collar behind the handle. When you depress this collar you will see the pin. Knock it out and the handle falls off. If it's a car, I would imagine it's the same. That is the inside handles, right?
Outside handle has a set screw behind the door rubber. You can get at it without wrecking the rubber, just takes a little digging.