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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-15 8:01 PM (#590179)
Subject: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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4 door 1959 dodge  door handles seem to release on the first  catch/ striker and then won't  open the door completely . I can open from the inside fine  but  not on the outside.  what needs to be adjusted ? or are the latches just worn out?

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ronbo97
Posted 2019-11-15 10:46 PM (#590186 - in reply to #590179)
Subject: RE: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge


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On the door handle, there is a racheted extension on the inside of the door that mates to another racheted piece that is attached to the door lock mechanism. They are held together by a small hex head bolt. You access these via a rubber plug on the inside of the door near where the latch is. These are mis-adjusted. Loosen bolt, readjust to remove the play. Retighten, then test out.

Ron

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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-15 11:27 PM (#590187 - in reply to #590179)
Subject: Re: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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Thanks Ron . I already checked into that adjustment with success. from what I can see........... it's in the latch mechanism where that movement from the door handle upward movement moves the mechanism where there is a pin and slotted rod on the insideof latch ........... the slotted rod on the latch moves a large pin , that movement is worn and elongated . If I move that pin just a little farther the door will open . either I need a new latch or weld the slot shut about a 1/8" . It just doesn't have enough movement to move that arm/ pin . also ........ I did the adjust that rod you suggested in the inner part of door thru that plug hole Ron. it's adjusted all the way .
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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-16 10:17 AM (#590198 - in reply to #590179)
Subject: Re: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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here is a pic of a latch not not mine .
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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-16 10:17 AM (#590199 - in reply to #590179)
Subject: Re: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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here is a pic of a latch not not mine .



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lozrox58
Posted 2019-11-17 4:21 AM (#590266 - in reply to #590179)
Subject: RE: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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Typically on the rear door handles it's the outside handle that fails.
There is a small S shaped link on the outside handle. This link collapses with use.
This link was out of shape on all of my rear handles. I managed to pick up a NOS handle and made up a replacement for the other side.

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57burb
Posted 2019-11-18 5:25 PM (#590348 - in reply to #590266)
Subject: RE: door handles don't open door properly 1959 dodge



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I've found many times that the issue is corrosion and gunk caught up in the handle mechanism itself. Even though you can freely move the handle, the internal components are not moving.

Usually spraying some penetrant and working the mechanism will free it up. I'd at least give that a try before taking it apart.
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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-18 6:29 PM (#590351 - in reply to #590179)
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I sprayed several times with lubricant . , I'll try washing it off and start over again. worth a try.
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ronbo97
Posted 2019-11-18 10:38 PM (#590375 - in reply to #590351)
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dodge59 - 2019-11-18 6:29 PM I sprayed several times with lubricant . , I'll try washing it off and start over again. worth a try.

If the pin is loose, no amount of spraying will solve the problem. You've already determined that it is the pin. So you need to remove the latch, then replace it. All 59 Mopars use the same latch. So shouldn't be that difficult to find.

Ron

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