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door handles

Post by gary_lehocky » Tue Jan 6th, 2004 8:45

My door handles are sagging (among other things!). They are no longer parallel to the ground. They pitch downward quite a bit. Is there any adjustment or thing that can be done to correct this? Thanks for the help.

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Re: door handles

Post by Huds49convert » Thu Mar 18th, 2004 8:02

Gary,

What you describe is very typical of the old mopars. After years of use, the internal mechanisim gets a bit bent out of shape. Every time the door lever was banged down to open the door, it put pressure on a small metal stop where the spring rests. Normally, this stop holds the spring up so the handles do not droop. I found my springs to be OK, and once I took the latch out of the door and rebent the metal perch using a hammer and cold chisel, the handles now stand proudly parallel to the ground. Or you could try to find a NOS door latch (pricey).
Good luck.
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Re: door handles

Post by gary_lehocky » Thu Mar 18th, 2004 12:05

Dear Huds,

Thank you for the response and help. Is the latch mechanism hard to remove? I already have the inside door panels off. By the way my car is a 49 convertible. By your email address you must have one also. Do you?

Thanks again.

Gary
Pittsburgh, PA
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