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Customs i feel stoopid, i need some advice, door stuck shut

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tred, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 12,818

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    as posted above i was going to suggest having someone push in on it as you work the latch. i have had that problem before and it cured it. i think the latch gets caught in between closed and released and binds up.
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  2. Marcosmadness
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 286

    from California

    You might try jacking up one corner of the truck. As the chassis flexes you might get the door to open. If it doesn't work on the first try then do a different corner. Try all four corners. Have some one else do the jacking as you pull and push on the door as the truck is being jacked. Jack the truck with the jack placed under the frame to achieve the most twisting/flexing motion. Use a jack that has enough height to really get the corner off the ground to the point that the corner on the other side starts to lift as well.
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  3. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,549

    from Dublin, OH

    Totally agree, someone pushing on the outside of the door near the latch assembly as you work the mechanism.
    They may have to vary the pressure as you are working the latch mechanism, but that should release it.
    As a side note about outside door handles, in some states it is illegal to remove the outside door handle.
    If there were an emergency situation, rescuers would not be able to save your life!
  4. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 1,785


    What no car thieves where you live??? They'll get it open!;)
  5. Ding,Ding,Ding ~ we have a winner. HRP
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  6. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,380


    That's peculiar...I didn't see where he asked for anyone's opinion on shaved door handles? Glad it's not chopped too!
  7. That latch don't have a lock does it?
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 38,806


    The lock on that latch is the same thing that opens the door from the inside. Pull it one way, it opens. Push it the other way, it locks. The lock for the outside original push button is built into the handle, it is not part of the latch assembly.
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  9. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,869

    El Caballo

  10. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 18,864

    Jalopy Joker

    BFH & crowbar - if you have a small floor or bottle try putting on running board under door and very gently jack up - sounds like shims applying extra pressure - get a straight clothes hanger down to latch thru glass opening to pull on latch?
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  12. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,093


    Maybe move the inside door handle the opposite direction ... Sounds dumb but I have done dumb things before. If one direction opens and other locks... Ya never know!

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  13. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 14,417


    As has been mentioned, I would have someone on the outside push inward near the latch, while trying
    On a 1952 GM AD pickup, there is only a lock cylinder on the curb (passenger) side, I think. Or maybe that is 1947-51. I forget.

    The driver's door is latched when you push the inside handle forward from its at-rest position. Then you are supposed to get out the curb side, for safety.
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  14. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 38,806


    The latch assemblies don't really have anything to do with the outside lock, which is in the handle. (in the pushbutton, actually). You can swap the handle with the lock from the pass side to the driver side, if you want. Not sure about AD trucks, but TF deluxe trucks had a key lock on both sides. Regular cheap trucks did not.
  15. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,401

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tred, Today at 6:29 AM.

    You misspelled "stupid".:D

    You'll just have to enter/exit the truck curbside, like they do in old movies.

    Seriously, maybe you can get a nozzle straw in the jamb and hit it with some PB Blaster. Follow that with a few bursts of an air ratchet or rivet gun fitted with a flat mushroom tip on the inside of the door. The vibration along with the solvent may help unsieze the latch.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2017
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  16. Anytime there's a door without handles that malfunctions you're gonna have that. Every single time.

    Doing away with the handles is supposed to look cool, and it does until something stoopid happens and you can't get in your cool looking handless doors.

    Sloppy engineering isn't cool, it isn't stoopid, it's designed to give you troubles, it's supposed to. Getting exactly what you asked for is cool. Just ask wisely
  17. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,380


  18. Where, oh where is tred? Could he be locked in his truck? Haven't heard anything from him since 9:55 this morning. .....
  19. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 14,417


    As far as I remember, this pivot (shown on the passenger side) just goes straight back to unlatch.
    Is it moving, or stuck?
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  20. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 8,550

    from oregon

    Hate to burst your bubble but I had the same thing happen on my 66 Suburban (project).
    Glad someone finally had the courage to ask as I felt as you, it just can't be that hard, right.
    So I'll be watching.
  21. cool lookin truck, hope you get the door to work.. about some more info on it, driveline, etc.thanks.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017
  22. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 965

    King ford
    from 08302

    Hope Tred has somebody to check on him if he's locked in!
  23. please remember, i bought the truck like this. it has history and does look kinda cool. i am not asking for trouble, but like my first marriage, finding plenty of it.
    i will figure this out with the help of everyone here, and i'll keep everyone updated as to what i find.
    totally unrelated, can anyone post pictures of a '52 chevy truck with no doors, kinda like the jeep wrangler guys do it?
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  24. After you get the door open, get a long cable that you can run to somewhere under the hood from the door latch assembly, so you have the ability to manually open one door, pick a side, WHEN your battery is dead.
    If you have electric windows too, you may need to provide yourself with more OOOOHHHH SHITTTTTT protection and prevention.
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  25. Chiss
    Joined: May 12, 2017
    Posts: 174

    from S.C.

    Not a Chevy Man, but can you get to the Post Mount in the back of the Cab Jam?
  26. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 366

    from Texas

    Chevy/GMC truck latches from 1947 through 1959 were mainly designed to kill children. For years we did the drivers side door lock conversion (the locks only came on the passenger side) but now we won't let one out the door without Altman or some other bear claw latch. I dug back through some pictures of the lock conversion and maybe one will show you what has to be done. In the first picture the handle is down and the pawl is raised out of the notches which lets the latch rotate and the door open. In the second picture the pawl is down in the notches (notice the crappy fit) and the latch can't rotate so door is held shut--LOL. You may have to make a hole to pry the pawl out of the notches and rotate the latch but fortunately the mechanism is to the inside of the door. Explore all other suggestions before you start cutting.

    door lock 004.jpg door lock 007.jpg
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  27. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 2,506

    from red oak

    Don`t feel too bad. When I was 16, I got the gas pump nozzle stuck in my gas tank filler neck. It was the first time I ever got gas for the car in my avatar. It took two drunks and 15 minutes later for them to free it.
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  28. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,233


    First thing to do is get some blocks of wood, set on ground. use long 2x4 to GENTLY ,GENTLY pry up on door.if door has sagged any at all this may passenger side used to get hung about half way open/latched. i used a screw driver though the already there hole to open door. but i cant remember what i did.. sorry. but try the prying up on door first
  29. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 38,806


    interesting, what year is that latch? The 55-59 latches don't have a pawl....I didn't see one in the pics of the reproduction 52-55 latches, either.

    I never had problems with doors opening on 55-59 trucks. I guess I got lucky.

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