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Hot Rods BEAR CLAW LATCH LOCKS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cshades, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. cshades
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
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    The thread on mistakes in building made me think about my avatar truck. When I built it i removed the outside door handles, installed bear claw latches and remote openers. After posting on the mistake thread I started wondering about reinstalling the original out side handles and hooking them to the bear claw latches. I don't think it will be too bad to come up with linkages to make it work but how do I make it lockable? It would be way to much work to install the original latch assemblies because when I removed all of that I plated over the door post parts to mount the catch post for the latch. I cant be the only one that has installed these latches how do you make it lockable?
     
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  2. F&J
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    If you could find a proper looking outer locking handles...but, I have no idea of how that will all work with interior lockability.

    Example: 32 Ford did not have a lock in the handle when new, but you can get repro 32 ones that do have locks...so maybe you can find a slightly newer era handle in a repro that has locks?

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  3. rockable
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    I installed them in my 41 Plymouth and they close like a Swiss watch. They are connected to the original handles and they have electric locks, no manual inside lock pulls. Also, I installed an emergency pull wire for if the battery is dead. It's not hard. I don't see any reason you couldn't install manual pulls but the key lock would present a problem.
     
  4. cheezwiz
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    I know its a lotta hoops to jump through but I made my outside door handle operate the electrical switch that activates the door popper or solenoid. then , a keyed outside main power switch and BAM !! your'e locked !!
     
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  5. rockable
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  6. They used to sell a power suiced dead bolt lock that worked off remote that you could use or figure out how to make a keyed door lock work a dead bolt.
     
  7. cshades
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    They have a locking latch that looks like it will fit in place of what I have now. I am going to get some and have a look at them. thanks
     
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  8. Just a heads up that there have been Bearclaws or their Chinese built knock offs that have failed to keep doors closed. (First hand experience on more than one car and more than one door). Just letting you know.
     
  9. HOTFR8
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
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    When I was building my F4 truck I found some handles from a company that kept components for a Bus.
    These have a key in the handle and that makes the handle lock seperate to the bear claw. The bear claw still locks on the inside. A quick GOOGLE search would find you something period correct to suit.

    EDIT: If it helps you for ideas this is the web site I got the handles from >
    https://uesint.com/ as they looked very much like the original handles I had to replace with the exception they had a key in the handle and not in the door.
     
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  10. Non-locking.;)
    I have some.
     
  11. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
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    Bear claw latches are a common sense addition to any door. On any automobile with suicide doors, I would use them, along with sliding safety bolts. I made friends with a couple who had a nice '34. On one visit I noticed his wife was covered with stitches and bruises. I said, rather light hearted, "Reed, you didn't beat your wife, did you?" Both of them laughed at me. As it turns out, she wanted to roll the window down and bumped the door handle. Next thing, she gets pulled out and takes a tumble down the side of a secondary road. I saw her shudder, before she said, "It gets door locks with sliding bolts." This is a true story, so take note. It happens. Belts and suspenders, are just right. Same with door safety. And, think about this: there are some movies that show Olden gassers rolling, and the first thing you notice is the doors flying open and flopping around like a crippled goose trying to fly. It's a.very stomach churning moment. Thanks. Be careful out there.
     
  12. cshades
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
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    I was going to order them yesterday, I emailed them and they are out of stock at this time. I also noticed that the shipping is $20 on a $70 pair of latches. I started thinking about it last night when I got out to the home shop, I have the original handles from the 40 that I had rechromed back when I built the truck. I was looking at them and the locking part is in the handle on one of them and the door I used on the passenger side has a lock cylinder in the door. I am going to see if I can make something work with what I have. Whatever that may be.
     

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