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Removing spring loaded door handles 52 chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jkane, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. jkane
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 70

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    I have had no luck in removing the spring loaded, inside door and window handles on my 52 Chevy. It has wood door panels and I do not want to screw them up. I have tried the standard clip removing tool and it did not work. Any suggestions?
    Thanks
     
  2. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
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    from KCMO

    This one?
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    For these?
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  3. Fat47
    Joined: Nov 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,262

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    They can be a bitch, but I do believe they are held on with a horseshoe clip like all chevys through the 60's. My clip removal tool only gets them about half the time. You have to make sure you are trying to remove the clip from the correct side. I know this seems basic, but it is hard to see them in the tight space and know which is the back side. Once you make sure you are taking them out the right direction you may have to use a small screw driver to "push" the end of the clip, one side at a time, out if pulling with the removal tool doesn't work.

    If you don't have a pulling plier like tool or the one that pushes it out as shown in the previos post, you can easily make one like that shown in the picture
     
  4. essexrat
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
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    On my 52 Pontiac, I had to use a "L" pick to remove mine...pretty good chance you'll either lose the clip behind the panel, or bend it out of shape, but you would probably wanna use new ones anyways. Hope this helps.
     

  5. DD COOPMAN
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
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    The thickness of your WOOD panels is very likely making it difficult (if not impossible) to push the panel back far enough to get access to the clip. DD
     
  6. borntrouble
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 55

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    from NH

    Tape off the panel before you get too far in there, and with a little force on the panel, you should take the pressure off of the clips... use a pick from the back side of it, and you should be able to catch the tabs, and pull them back off the shaft...
     
  7. i have had luck getting stubborn ones off by sliding a rag under the handle, pulling it around so it gets down into the clip area. and then turning it around to get the fibers in the rag to catch the edge of the clip and open it up.
     
  8. jkane
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 70

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    Thanks for the "Pick" suggestion-it worked. The clips are smaller than the usual clips and the tool would not work. Taped off the around the handles so we did not scratch the wood. One guy pushed the spring loaded bezel back with a screw driver, one held the light and I hooked on to it with the pick.
    Thanks once again to all the Hamber's for your help.
    Jeff
     
  9. borntrouble
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 55

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    from NH

    Haha... how many hambers does it take to remove a door handle?....

    Glad you got it worked out.
     
  10. Cantstop
    Joined: Jul 11, 2005
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    3....:d
     
  11. jkane
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 70

    jkane
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    Hey , it's not nice to make fun of old people-LOL
    Thanks again for the advice.
    Jeff
     

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