Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-15-2020, 07:36 PM   #1
dfairty1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 13
Default Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Not sure what is causing this. Happens randomly. I moved the catch plate in a bit, that helped, but it's still happening. I hope it isn't frame related! Help! I don't want to lose a passenger.
dfairty1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2020, 09:18 PM   #2
DNLs1930
Senior Member
 
DNLs1930's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Fort Worth side of DFW
Posts: 144
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Quote:
Originally Posted by dfairty1 View Post
Not sure what is causing this. Happens randomly. I moved the catch plate in a bit, that helped, but it's still happening. I hope it isn't frame related! Help! I don't want to lose a passenger.
OMG!!! Just had the drivers door open on a right hand turn and had a flash back to someone on The Ford Barn saying the reason you have seat belts is because the door will fly OPEN!!! Well I will get my lap belts installed ASAP and will figure out how to add shoulder belt to what I have. I will also be installing new door latch hardware (which I knew was worn)
DNLs1930 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 06-15-2020, 09:20 PM   #3
TerryO
Senior Member
 
TerryO's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: N. GA
Posts: 321
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

My issue was a weak spring in latch...


TOB
TerryO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2020, 09:07 AM   #4
Ruth
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Glide, Oregon
Posts: 657
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Quote:
Originally Posted by dfairty1 View Post
Not sure what is causing this. Happens randomly. I moved the catch plate in a bit, that helped, but it's still happening. I hope it isn't frame related! Help! I don't want to lose a passenger.
Which model do you have? The different models have different door latches and may have different solutions to your problem.
__________________
"Sometimes you really DO need to read the whole thread"
Ruth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2020, 10:06 AM   #5
Purdy Swoft
Senior Member
 
Purdy Swoft's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 8,077
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

If the striker is adjusted too tight it will cause the door to spring open . I always leave a little bit of slack in the adjustment .
Purdy Swoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2020, 11:28 AM   #6
Werner
Senior Member
 
Werner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Germany, near Aachen
Posts: 881
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
On my roadster I had the same problem. The "noses" on the door were badly worn and the doors opend on jumpy streets. I welded the noses thick and then filed them into the old shape.

Yes, see above, it is good to leave a small gap of 1/20 ". Do not grease the nose!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P1110089.JPG (171.0 KB, 106 views)
__________________
Beste Gruesse aus Deutschland,
Werner


Ford Model A Roadster, 1928
Citroen 11 CV, 1947
Hercules NSU-Wankel Rotary Engine, 1976 (Canadian version)
Werner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2020, 12:45 PM   #7
Bob C
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: So Cal
Posts: 7,116
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Warner, was there anything on your "RESTORED" car that wasn't broken or
wore out when you got it. Seems like you have had to repair almost everything
on that car. You have done a great job on that Roadster.
Bob C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2020, 08:24 AM   #8
Werner
Senior Member
 
Werner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Germany, near Aachen
Posts: 881
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Hi Bob!
I made the typical mistake and bought the car with a "warm heart". A "coole head" would have been better. But when I saw the car in the spotlight there, I immediately fell in love with it.


<<< This Model A drives excellent and is a very popular Roadster.

The Model A has been frame off restored and is in a excellent condition.

The Roadster has the Deluxe package which makes it very special.

This car is in very good condition. The paint, the chrome, the beautiful spoke wheels and the interior are all in top condition.

The top is new and in a very good condition.

The engine runs great and the transmission shifts perfectly.

This car is lovely to take out for a spin!


US Import, This car already has been imported in the European Union.
All import taxes and fees are already paid for.
The car has a US Title and EU Customs documents.
We can organize transport for you. >>>



__________________
Beste Gruesse aus Deutschland,
Werner


Ford Model A Roadster, 1928
Citroen 11 CV, 1947
Hercules NSU-Wankel Rotary Engine, 1976 (Canadian version)
Werner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2020, 12:17 PM   #9
dfairty1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 13
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth View Post
Which model do you have? The different models have different door latches and may have different solutions to your problem.
It's a '30 2 door Sport Coupe.
dfairty1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2020, 02:24 PM   #10
trulyvintage
Senior Member
 
trulyvintage's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Direct Enclosed Transport Since 2006
Posts: 2,732
Lightbulb Letís Go For A Ride 1

Do you have a mother in law ?


Jim
trulyvintage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2020, 09:12 AM   #11
FrankWest
Senior Member
 
FrankWest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2,902
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

my cousin married a nasty and bad mechanic that had the passenger side of his car door tied with rope, funny. Never forgot it.
FrankWest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2020, 07:58 PM   #12
wwirz
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Corning NY
Posts: 60
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Is this what is referred to as a "suicide door" or is that something else
wwirz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2020, 08:00 PM   #13
wwirz
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Corning NY
Posts: 60
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Seriously my wife is genuinely worried about the door opening when I take a curve at 20 mph. She leans toward me every time. If I only had this car when I was 20. Seat belts might be a safe option.....better safe than sorry
wwirz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2020, 03:00 PM   #14
Werner
Senior Member
 
Werner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Germany, near Aachen
Posts: 881
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Quote:
Originally Posted by wwirz View Post
Is this what is referred to as a "suicide door" or is that something else
No, "suicide doors" are those that are hinged to the B-pillar. If they jump open during the drive they will be torn fully up by the driving wind!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Frings 25873.jpg (77.1 KB, 19 views)
__________________
Beste Gruesse aus Deutschland,
Werner


Ford Model A Roadster, 1928
Citroen 11 CV, 1947
Hercules NSU-Wankel Rotary Engine, 1976 (Canadian version)
Werner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2020, 05:56 PM   #15
FrankWest
Senior Member
 
FrankWest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2,902
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

4 suicide doors, what a way to go.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1933 fort interior.jpg (21.6 KB, 18 views)
FrankWest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2020, 09:40 PM   #16
Aok
Senior Member
 
Aok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tx
Posts: 500
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

My passenger side door usually opens when my wife is in the car.
She is use to a modern car and does closer the door hard enough to latch it.
Aok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2020, 12:52 AM   #17
Bill G
Senior Member
 
Bill G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 768
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

When ever I give anyone a ride in the front seat, I make it a point to tell them that handle on the door isn't for holding onto when I go around corners because it's purpose is to open the doors. I recently installed seatbelts for the very reason that I don't want anyone ever falling out. Bad things can happen if one falls out!
__________________
-Bill G
Member of Walla Walla Sweet A's Model A Club
Bill G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2020, 04:31 AM   #18
EJ
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Birmingham UK
Posts: 27
Default Re: Passenger door opens while driving '30 A

Never had this problem on my 31 coupe, probably more so on 4 door or open top cars where you would get more twist in the body, but still worth keeping an eye on.
EJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:02 AM.