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Technical Model A bear claw latch install

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Wesley Laster, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Wesley Laster
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    When I decided to install a bear claw style latch assembly , I thought I'd post some pictures as I went along. Not that there isn't posts out with some , but another one cant hurt ..
    I started with a set off of ebay ( mini cat claw) lol that's not a knock off is it ... and was vary happy with the quality and function. And really, if it was wrapped in a name brand box , you wouldn't tell the difference... 20200320_102821.jpg

    Now where my installation is different, is that my coupe has a 5" chop . So that gave me some more room in the door than most ( my window doesn't need to roll all the way down to clear the window opening) .
     
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    If you notice in picture #3 , you'll see the bottom of the glass frame ... when my window is rolled down, that is as far as it will go . That's also why I did away with the window track , allowing me to mount the latch further in and flush with the door .
     
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    I would imagine that most guys modify the old latch assembly like I did , in order to use the stock handle. If you notice I had to lengthen the the arm a little more to help get the rod further out and away from the latch .. I needed more room for the bell crank coming ..

    All thread rod and little threaded barrel's with a stud work great in this situation... ( wish I had enough laying around cor the other side)
     
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    This is where I'm leaving this for the night .. I need to acquire the parts to make a nice bell crank , I only wanna do it one time ...

    But I moved onto the B pillar where the striker will go
     
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    I shut the door and closed the latch so I could mark the center of the striker hole . Drilled a hole all the way through the post , and held the striker plate in place with a screw driver so I could draw the outline ...
     
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    It took awhile to chisel a pocket in the wood just right to fit the striker plate ... came out great! . Look out "This Old House"... hahaha....
     
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    I'll post pictures when I make and complete the bell crank and the inner door handle...
     
  13. fiftyv8
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    Nice job.
    Lower mounting probably has its benefits.
    A buddy had a 32 with bear claw latches and we both would get our belt loops on our pants hood on the B pillar peg of the latch.
    Annoying as hell.
    You may have just avoided that scenario.
    I look forward to the rest of your pic's when you are ready..
     
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    It's already happening... I was in and out of the car today while I was mounting the under dash pedal assembly, and I snagged myself a few times ...uggg
     
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    Done for the most part . I'll have to go in and weld up a spot ( you can all see where,lol) . I plan on doing the inside handle with a cable of some kind .... just gotta do the other one now ....
     
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  17. Thankyou. This is like the old HAMB, people showing HOW they did something.:)
     
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    I would like to thank you also - this too is why I joined da H.A.M.B.
    Good work sir and thanks for the post


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  19. Excellent how to thread. Thanks for the pics and explanation .
     
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    Great thread.... Thanks for the pictures.... I'm getting ready to put a set in my model a sedan.... You just made my job a lot easier.... Bill
     
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    Good job, very informative!
     
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    I almost for got .... you can see in this picture the barrels .... they are furniture hardware from ACE . I put them in my drill press and used a file to turn them down ... way faster than setting up a lathe .
     
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    Thanks guys ... I think some don't post things out of fear of being shamed on there execution or fab skills ... I personally dont have that problem..

    And pictures are way more helpful than words ( imo) , when it comes to things like this ...


    Next week will be the inner handle...
     
  25. Model A Gomez
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    Isn't the nut for the bell crank going to keep your door panel from fitting right? The nut is going to hold the panel out in that area.
     
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    Good place to use an elevator bolt.
     
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    It appears that way , but it shouldn't...
     

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