thuderbird door latch


Old 08-26-02, 12:07 PM
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thuderbird door latch

My drivers door won't open on 1978 Thunderbird! Have tried working latch inside door with rod and operating mechanism with rod. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-27-02, 06:06 AM
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Won't open from either the inside or the outside?

That is usually some major trouble. Have someone bang on the door while you pull around in there. Probably a bent or jammed latch...pretty rare.

In the past I have kicked open doors like that which are stuck. But a Ford T bird door is HUGE in that year .

Might choose to have a body shop handle it for you...just have them get it open and change the latch and lube up the mechanism really good.
Old 08-27-02, 06:36 PM
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Joe, Thanks. I have a karate trained 17 year old son who helped get it open. I lubed the mechanism and when you shut it from the outside it doesn't stick as often. I'll get a mechanism from my dealer of a reputable salvage yard and replace it.

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