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4/10/15 11:00am - Original Message: 'Driver Side Door Handle'
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1968 coupe bought in 1999, 2nd owner, 427 custom built, 4 speed (M20), 3:36 posi rear end, Recaro seats, Intro wheels, Nitto tires, Flowmasters, etc. Painted nite race metallic blue.

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I can not open the driver side door from the inside. The handle seems to be stuck. The door can be open from the outside. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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4/10/15 11:02am - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Sounds like you're going to have to take the door panel off and investigate.  Maybe a rod came off and is jammed on something.

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4/10/15 1:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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F4Gary said: Sounds like you're going to have to take the door panel off and investigate.  Maybe a rod came off and is jammed on something.


I'd hafta agree with that. Prolly one of the clips that hold the rod(s) to the handle, or latch, has broken. Time for exploratory surgery....Ouch


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4/10/15 8:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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It's not a difficult job. Remove the screws from the door handle, power locks (if you have them) and all the hiden screws.
Once you have the panel off you can operate the handle from inside and see what is moving and what isn't.
When you get it back working, lube the moving joints and button it back up.


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4/11/15 9:39am - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Pull the door panel, try "hosing" down the mechanism below the outside handle with a lube. Mine have done that and a lever of some sort deep inside was not sliding back into place when the door was shut to allow the inside handle to trip it to release.

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4/14/15 10:18am - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will not be able to get to it until the weekend or next week. I will let you all know.

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4/14/15 10:47am - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Thumbs Down   The cosmoline they used in 1968 to keep things slippery is now pretty sticky. Clean up the culprit with a good solution and grease it well. Good for another 40+ moons.

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4/28/15 11:17am - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Okay, all fixed now. A small lever that slides was frozen. A bigger lever was bent because of the frozen lever. Thanks for your suggestions. Door opens now from inside, after greasing and straightening levers, like new.

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4/28/15 12:31pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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10/17/15 7:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Dacula, GA - USA

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I have the oposite issue. I can't open my door from the outside. I'm getting ready to take the door apart to see if I can find anything. Does anyone have any suggestions.
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10/18/15 1:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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my80Vette said: I have the oposite issue. I can't open my door from the outside. I'm getting ready to take the door apart to see if I can find anything. Does anyone have any suggestions.
Thanks


Does the hansle go all the way in?  You may have the same problem.  Gotta get into the door to see whats happening!!!
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10/18/15 2:40pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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my80Vette said: I have the oposite issue. I can't open my door from the outside. I'm getting ready to take the door apart to see if I can find anything. Does anyone have any suggestions.
Thanks

Grease fixed mine.



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10/18/15 2:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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I've experienced no entry from the exterior a few times on several different cars. If the door will open from the interior that's some good news, at least the main mechanism is working. From the exterior handle to the main mechanism there is a connecting rod that may have popped off. It's supposed to have a clip on each end but the clips break or get lost as different people have taken the door apart. Another possibility is at the bottom of the handle assembly itself. There is a pivoted lever that is riveted to a flange at the bottom of the handle housing. I have found the bottom of the flange busted off and the pivot dangling in space. If the pivot is busted away you need a new handle, if it's simply the rod or missing clips it's an easier fix, very tight quarters to work in but it can be done. Take the door panel off and do some inspection, let us know what you find. Good luck !!

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10/18/15 9:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Vman you nailed it. The bottom piece of the handle is broken in half. Hopefully that is all. Picking up new handle tomorrow on my way home from work to attempt the fix😳
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10/19/15 5:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Mitch - glad to hear you found the problem. Door handles are fairly straight forward to replace but can rate high on the frustration factor because of the tight quarters going on in there. Don't know if you've done it before but here are a few tips from my experience.

The first thing in you way is the plastic shield that covers the top of the main mechanism and the linkage to the handle. If that shield is already missing from your car the good news is it's not in your way, the bad news anybody with a thin wire or coat hanger can get into your car. If the shield is there, it's the first thing you need to remove. If it's not try to find one and get it put back in. It's the last thing to reinstall before the door panel.

The second thing in your way is the main latch mechanism, no need to remove it just disconnect the linkage coming from the interior handle and remove the three screws that hold the mechanism and let it drop down. Moving that mechanism down will get you a lot more access to the bottom of the handle assembly.

Now to the rod from the main mechanism to the handle, it will probably need to be disconnected on both ends. Note if there is a clip on each end and it's orientation on the rod. Also this rod has a threaded adjustment on the bottom. If your handle used to work fine, the adjustment was probably fine, just don't go spinning the bottom end without reason. 

With the rod out of the way, next on to the two nuts holding the handle. The one towards the front is fairly easy to get to but the rear one will certainly test your patience. I have found it easiest to raise up the handle as you loosen this back nut, there's less room for the nut and your wrench as the nut spins down the stud. Don't worry if either of the two studs come out of the handle with the nuts, I'm sure your new handle will come with new studs.

With the old handle out of the way, now is the perfect time to replace the old gasket and clean up the gunk that accumulates around the outer edge of the old handle.

Reassembly is pretty much the reverse order of how you took it apart. Don't over tighten the new handle from underneath as it will distort the housing and the flipper will stick on the way down. Secondly, before you reinstall the plastic shield or door panel. make sure the handles open the door properly, both inside and out. If the exterior handle seems to trigger the main mechanism but needs a little extra oomph to get the door open, lengthen the connecting rod mentioned above by rotating the connector down the rod, you won't need much.

Hope this helps, let us know if you have any issues.

 


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10/19/15 8:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Driver Side Door Handle'
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Well I accomplished replacing the door handle, only took a couple hours and a lot of patience 😄 Thanks for the step by step. It was perfect.
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