I installed shaved doors (solenoids) on my 1980 Daytona Widebody mainly because I had to totally remove the original skins and wasn't sure if the original door fixtures would fit properly over the wider door profile.
Just curious if anyone has ever done a shaved door install on their vette or other vehicle and have ideas on a mechanical backup entry system.
I was thinking of running a cable from the backside of the front fenderwell into the door. Inside the door it could be connected to the latch release at a variety of places.
I also thought of a backup battery system, but that still is reliant on a battery and not a basic "can't fail" mechanical solution.
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
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Basic, "can't fail" solution? Certainly! Easy peasy, and this one never fails to allow access to the vehicle, battery power or not.....
(Sorry man...it was just too dang easy......)
Most electric doors I've ever seem always had a cable operated over-ride, pretty much like you are thinking of doing. The only problem is if the door is locked....you may need two separate cables...one to unlock, and one to open.
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Vette(s): 1974 L-48 Auto.
Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(
All of the C6 cars have solenoid operated door mechanisms with a convoluted cable backup. I've seen several that mount aux battery terminals in the nose of the car so it can be "jumped" to provide power to operate the door mechs. I'd suggest something like that. Put each door on a different fuse; the odds of them both failing so that you couldn't open the car are pretty remote. (I'm assuming your inside door handles still work?)
The one in the link below is kinda fugly, but you could certainly come up with something more discrete.
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