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TECH: Cheap + easy door solenoids.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rocket88, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Rocket88
    Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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    Here's a few pics of the door solenoinds in my bro's 50 fleetline after he shaved the handles.

    In the first shot you can see where he drilled a hole in the door latch for the pull rod (a piece of coat hanger) to go.

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    Here's the back side, notice the larger hole he drilled to allow the rod to be installed.

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    Here's the solenoid he used, your basic bone yard GM power door solenoid.

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  2. Crease
    Joined: May 7, 2002
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    Junk yard actuators? I didn't even realize that they were linear. I always assumed that they were built into the mechanism. Ya just saved me some cash, thanks!
     
  3. Shaggy's Dad
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    Brilliant!

    I remember Cal! He was a true pioneer.
     
  4. Bob K
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    from Antigo Wi.

    Thanks R88, good tech.

    B:DB
     

  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Another tip, if you need a more powerfull solonoid like the heavy duty 35lb ones advertised...............use a SBC starter solonoid!!!!!!!!!! Thats all the store bought ones are!
     
  6. cadlights
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    from Hooper, Ut

    I got a bunch of these if anybody needs em. $5.00 ea plus shipping.



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  7. 286merc
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    from Pelham, NH

    A common reason for weak solenoid pulling is undersized wire and a large voltage drop. Ive used #12 wire and GM actuators with good results.
     

  8. or try these

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    S10 Blazer TailGate solenoid
    found this while getting some stuff for Large Marg. compact w/a pulley& bracket. pull only w/return action. they measure about 4inches long & 1 3/4 across(total of about 3" across w/bracket).dont know the PSI they pull but does give a hellva yank when tested. look for S10 Blazer 1994 & older & they may be the same in 2nd Generation also.
    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b358/TooMany2count/solinoid.bmp
     
  9. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
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    I'll take a pair of those... PM sent :D
     
  10. hotrod54chevy
    Joined: Nov 7, 2003
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    from Ohio

    supposedly,though,the starter 'noids have a tendancy to burn up the wires...
    creepy
     
  11. Always wondered if those solenoids would work on a door latch, I have some laying around in doors I have to get rid of - I'll probably just cut the insides out and save the power stuff. But I had thought to try them for this ... wow, like 10 years ago, just never got that far on that car.
     
  12. FiddyFour
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    yea, they might suck a little more juice, what might work is run heavier gauge wire from the solenoid to a relay and then the battery, and wire the switch to the relay... :confused:
     
  13. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    Thanks for posting. Do you need one of those spring loaded poppers?
     
  14. Model A Vette
    Joined: Mar 8, 2002
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    That one posted by TooMany2Count (S10 tailgate) is also used in GM "A" body station wagon tailgates in the 80s-90s. The bracket is a little shallower on the wagons.
     

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