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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
    Posts: 911


    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.


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


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

  2. Crease
    Joined: May 7, 2002
    Posts: 2,878


    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
    Joined: Feb 2, 2005
    Posts: 136

    Shaggy's Dad


    I remember Cal! He was a true pioneer.
  4. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,773

    Bob K
    Member Emeritus
    from Antigo Wi.

    Thanks R88, good tech.


  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,159


    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
    Joined: Jun 12, 2003
    Posts: 865

    from Hooper, Ut

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

  7. 286merc
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,793

    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


    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.
  9. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    I'll take a pair of those... PM sent :D
  10. hotrod54chevy
    Joined: Nov 7, 2003
    Posts: 1,590

    from Ohio

    supposedly,though,the starter 'noids have a tendancy to burn up the wires...
  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
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    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
    Posts: 22,047


    Thanks for posting. Do you need one of those spring loaded poppers?
  14. Model A Vette
    Joined: Mar 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,072

    Model A Vette

    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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