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Old 10-07-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where I can purchase CORRECT door latch springs? I am attempting to rebuild my latches but can't seem to find any that are correct.

Thanks in advance...
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:56 PM   #2
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Have you tried Restoration Specialties out of Ohio.
Their catalog has lots and lots of stuff for doors.
And they state: If you have a sample of what you are looking for, contact us so we can check our inventory.
Found them at Hershey this year.
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:57 PM   #3
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Does anyone know where I can purchase CORRECT door latch springs? I am attempting to rebuild my latches but can't seem to find any that are correct.

Thanks in advance...
I'll check my stash, I had some once upon a time when I was doing my convertible. Can you post a pic of the correct spring you need?
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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I'll check my stash, I had some once upon a time when I was doing my convertible. Can you post a pic of the correct spring you need?
I have my fingers crossed!
Here's a photo of both the upper and lower springs. Ultimately, I'll need two of each.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:50 AM   #5
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Ran into this when I did mine.Ordered a set from Drake,and other vendors and none were for the conv.They all aid it was for it but not.Found a set from a scrape hinge one a man had.Heny made the conv different.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:18 AM   #6
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Ran into this when I did mine.Ordered a set from Drake,and other vendors and none were for the conv.They all aid it was for it but not.Found a set from a scrape hinge one a man had.Heny made the conv different.
You are of course 100% correct. I've run in to this with each convertible I've restored. Makes me wonder why the vendors continue to wrongly list these springs. Attached is a photo of what they insist are the correct springs. It doesn't take a trained eye to rapidly spot the major inconsistencies.
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:01 AM   #7
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The springs can be found in assortments, but most times not by listings, I solved my problems on my 36 ----will Dennis Carpenter solved them, in their "NOS" sales tent at Hershey I found NOS latches one year for little more than the cost of springs ---the 36-39 conv seadn latches are the same as 40 conv with the exception of the linkage rod
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:44 AM   #8
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Fabricating springs is a challenge but sometimes a necessity if you can't find good or NOS stuff. I've fabricated different types of springs for gun internal parts so I know how difficult it can be. If you find one that is close in size and load capability, that would save some time in fabrication or modification. I sure can't help with finding any you need.
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Old 10-08-2017, 03:44 PM   #9
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I went through a couple of boxes of new springs I have, but nothing for a '40 convertible - sorry
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I have my fingers crossed!
Here's a photo of both the upper and lower springs. Ultimately, I'll need two of each.
I'll be back in shop tomorrow and will check on them.
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I'll be back in shop tomorrow and will check on them.
My fingers remained crossed
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:51 PM   #12
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Hey, Kube, I will look again tomorrow and see if there are any other springs up over the other garage.
Found these but their to early.
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:52 PM   #13
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Hey, Kube, I will look again tomorrow and see if there are any other springs up over the other garage.
Found these but their to early.
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Thanks Bill. I DO appreciate the help you and others have thus far provided. I still have my fingers crossed
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