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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. tred
    Joined: Mar 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,337


    yeah, that's what i was thinking, it doesn't look like the door can be removed simply by unbolting the hinges and fiddle fucking with it.
  2. Let me know if you need/want help. I can be a second set of hands/eyes.

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  3. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,153


    But, can you unbolt the hinges at all with the door shut? That might loosen it enough and give you the option to wiggle the door a bit more and free things up.
  4. rjones35
    Joined: May 12, 2008
    Posts: 865


    By this point I would have started poking around in there anywhere I could with a bent coat hanger or piece of metal or something just to see by chance if it would do something. After that, I would have drilled a hole in the door like Squirrel suggested a while back.
  5. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,535


    I like the freezing solution. If the parts will contact enough, maybe ..... . Then it's time for the nuke the mutha.
  6. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,641


    Ok i lied i have another idea. I went out and looked at my truck. Can you get in the other side? If so mark on the hinges where you can line everything back up( drivers door). Take the bolts out of hinges. The top is behind the 12 x24 cardboard or what ever is there. 2nd you will have to take off bottom Access cover .. You may be able to just loosen the bolts, enough to slide door a little forward. Then use screwdriver to move the dovetail/latch part.I swear my passenger side would partially latch, and you could not open it at all.
    NEXT You may be able to use a drill and drill a hole on the small flange inside the cab where striker plate is(you can feel behind curve of cab where it is) and get punch/screwdriver in and push on dove tail.I wish i could send pics of where i'm talking about. TILL NEXT TIME.
  7. I feel like some of us are trying harder than others..

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  8. too many fords
    Joined: Jul 1, 2015
    Posts: 98

    too many fords
    from Las Vegas

    if shimming the striker caused this, the door needs to move forward to get back enough room to open. I'd pull the hinges and pull the door away from the body, to get it forward a bit. if that didn't work, I would try the kick from the inside method. then the air chisel would come out.....
    <---Collision bodyman
  9. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 988


    I'm starting to think he really doesn't have a door problem, he's feeling lonely and wants to know people care.:D:D:D
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  10. inthweedz
    Joined: Mar 29, 2011
    Posts: 403


    It may sound dumb, but is it worth taking out the opposite door latch and check out which lever needs to be pulled or pushed to release the catch??
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017
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  11. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,617


    Unbelievable that this door is kicking the HAMBs ass! How about a port-a-power to spread the body apart just enough to give clearance to push it open. I feel for ya Tred!!
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  12. tred
    Joined: Mar 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,337


    i know what part of the latch needs to be moved, i have the original latch still for reference, i have tried holding the latch in various positions as i shove the door from the inside with my shoulder.
    i have had TWO hamb offers for people to come over and help, and as my buddy fell through and me trying stuff all on my own isn't working, i may take someone up on their offer. also note, i have not been doing anything during the week, i only have time on the weekends lately.
    i really feel in my guts that the shims behind the striker are the reason this happened, it's gotta be, even cheap chinese made door latches wouldn't just do this, right?
  13. When a new problem shows up, go back to the last thing you fixed. SOOO
    You added shims and now the door won't open would be a good and plausible explanation.

    Are '54 latches the same ?
    I have a 54 here that I can put up good pictures. The cabs door jamb construction blocks any pry bar from spreading the joint.
  14. how did Socal open these doors from the outside?
  15. Try jacking up the drivers front until the tire is off the ground, it might put enough twist in the cab to release it.
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  16. tred
    Joined: Mar 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,337


    apparently, they just never locked the wing windows.
    reach through and grab the inside door handle.
  17. For folks who lock their keys in the car, the locksmith has a rubber bubble they pump up to pry the door away from the jamb somewhere and hit the electric lock button. Would that help you in some way do ya think?
  18. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,202


    :eek: I guess as a final resort,a one ounce shaped charge of C4 or semtex might work:rolleyes::p.Ain`t working on the old stuff FUN?
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  19. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,887

    Bandit Billy

    I had a 72 Camaro once that I crammed a 454 into and the damn doors wouldn't open after you jabbed the go pedal a few times. Like the Camaro, try twisting that frame in the opposite direction like was suggested above or the porta power. I like Squirrels idea if all else fails and I agree, no door handles never looked like a good idea to me either.
  20. So.... still doing this?

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  21. tred
    Joined: Mar 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,337


    i have been really sick for the last week and a half, missed a of of time from work, i enlisted the help of a buddy of mine, i'll update everyone soon, later this week probably.
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  22. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    Sick of messin with that door, maybe

  23. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    It's like waiting for a baby to be born. I wish you luck.
  24. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,279

    Jalopy Joker

    if ya got em , use em
  25. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,683


    Weld it shut. Call it the next big thing.
  26. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 2,284


    use a Sawzall inside the door jamb to cut the latch.
    Then replace all the "junk quality" repro parts.

    Then fit door handle while you're at it :D
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017
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  27. The rule, never lock your wind wing if you have shaved door handles, reach in and pull the handle on the inside. You can cut off the wind wing catch so it looks locked and you're set.
  28. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    Change it to right hand drive?
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  29. There's a giant electromagnet in the B pillar holding the door shut. Lucky for you there'll be a total eclipse of the sun next month, park it in the direct path by 9am pst and it'll pop open like a 16 year old on prom night.
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  30. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,533


    5 pages and 149 posts on how to get a door open....... and it's still not open. What is happening to the HAMB?
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