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Old 10-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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My left rear door latch stopped popping back after opening. Upon removal I found the spiral spring was broken. I have ordered a new one, but I need a picture of how it looks when installed and how much tension should be on it. Also any tricks to get it installed correctly.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I assume this is a Fordor, and not a Phaeton.
I only have pictures of my Tudor and Phaeton latches.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Yes, It is a closed car 4 door, Murray body.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Tom, could you post pictures of the Tudor latch? I was trying to get my drivers side door latch apart last week and bloke it. I managed to force a spring in there and make it work for a 500 mile trip this past weekend. I tried removing the handle, turn 1/4 turn, pull out, and it wouldn't budge. What am I doing wrong there?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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John, Here's the link to what I posted.

http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...dor+door+latch

I wonder how different the Fordor latch would be?
I have a spare latch in the basement. I'll have to see if it's what Bill needs a picture of.

To remove the door handle in my picture, you must remove the 2 screws on the outside handle, then turn the handle 45*, or 1/8 turn, just as though you were going to open the door, then wiggle it and pull at the same time. Spray some Kroil onto the shaft to help it slide out. I also push in on the latch to take a little pressure off the shaft, as I wiggle and pull on the handle.

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Old 10-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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I just checked my spare latch in the basement, and it's from a 1930-1 Tudor. I'm not familure with the latch on a Fordor, as I don't ever recall working on one.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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I just replaced the spring on my roadster latch. I ground down the press tabs holding it together so you can open it up, put a spring in from my spring parts bin and tack welded it back together and now it works great.
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