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Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« on: December 04, 2022, 02:06:32 PM »
Thoughts on rechroming originals Vs going the aftermarket path.

I was inspecting my original handles today, in preparation for taking a batch of parts off to the chrome shop. My handles are beyond just doing a good polish..
I realized there is a roll pin that needs to come out. Best way to do that without damaging the handle is to carefully drill it out using an end mill. Then get the 2 parts chromed and reassemble with a new roll pin.

Itís a little bit of extra work, and cost to have them rechromed.
Worth the effort, or are the best reproductions that good, or just a ďsemi-decentĒ copies?

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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2022, 02:24:35 PM »
There are no good reproductions.

The ones offered a trash, they are not indexed properly and prone to breaking
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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2022, 05:35:17 AM »
Greatly appreciate the comments! SAAC Forum is awesome!
If I can find decent NOS handles, Iíll consider them, or just continue with getting mine chromed at Paulís Chrome.

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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2022, 08:45:31 AM »
Greatly appreciate the comments! SAAC Forum is awesome!
If I can find decent NOS handles, Iíll consider them, or just continue with getting mine chromed at Paulís Chrome.

Thank you.
Fran
I once bought 1 side for my 68. Bought both the cheapo and Scott Drake versions. 2007-8. I had a good pass but missing the driver side. When I put both repos on the DS they were not clocked correctly. I contacted Scott drake and their contact person said that was the first they heard of the clocking(experts told me that wasn't true) and it would take 6 months to get the process corrected(Asian parts). From what I hear after 14-15 years they still are not correct. I was able to make the non drake one fit better by elongating my holes properly(circular) for the mechanism bolt up so the handle was parallel  and  the door mechanism still worked properly. This is as far as I would go but is a lot closer than not elongating the holes. RECHROME your originals or if you are lucky buy NOS if there are any out there.
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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2022, 09:30:37 AM »
its been so long, but did other Ford, Mercury products not use the same door opener. 67-68 Merc Park Lane?

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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2022, 10:04:23 AM »
Yes it was used on other cars. There are several vendors, but I would steer clear of Drake
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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2022, 11:59:57 AM »
Anytime anyone complains about fit of repro parts, the standard response is: "first we have heard of that"   :( :(

The repro handles can fit, but it would require modifying the holes in the door to make the slots longer so the handle pull can be rotated.
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Re: Interior Door Handle: restoration question
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2022, 12:28:51 PM »
Anytime anyone complains about fit of repro parts, the standard response is: "first we have heard of that"   :( :(

The repro handles can fit, but it would require modifying the holes in the door to make the slots longer so the handle pull can be rotated.
That is what I did back in 2007-8 in the pic I posted above. A carbide burr on my die grinder did the trick.
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