Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

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Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by Vairamp » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:03 am

I have a ‘62 Rampside that’s being restored. Both doors do not close properly. By that I mean the doors aren’t latching tight to the body. Everything else is in alignment. I believe the Latch & Striker should be replaced. 1000’s of time over + 50 years, those parts must be worn out.

Is there a cross-reference to another car or truck so I can buy new replacements?

Can these parts be refurbished?

Is there newer hardware that can be substituted easily?

THANKS




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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by ossieoz » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:06 am

http://californiacorvairparts.com/index ... er=product


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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by joe moore » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:12 am

Vairamp wrote:I have a ‘62 Rampside that’s being restored. Both doors do not close properly. By that I mean the doors aren’t latching tight to the body. Everything else is in alignment. I believe the Latch & Striker should be replaced. 1000’s of time over + 50 years, those parts must be worn out.

Is there a cross-reference to another car or truck so I can buy new replacements?

Can these parts be refurbished?

Is there newer hardware that can be substituted easily?

THANKS




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Dorothy had the same problem give jeff a call at corvair ranch he can get you what you need joe

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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by Vairamp » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:02 pm

joe moore wrote:
Vairamp wrote:I have a ‘62 Rampside that’s being restored. Both doors do not close properly. By that I mean the doors aren’t latching tight to the body. Everything else is in alignment. I believe the Latch & Striker should be replaced. 1000’s of time over + 50 years, those parts must be worn out.

Is there a cross-reference to another car or truck so I can buy new replacements?

Can these parts be refurbished?

Is there newer hardware that can be substituted easily?

THANKS




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Dorothy had the same problem give jeff a call at corvair ranch he can get you what you need joe

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I’m trying to get new parts or something else that’s readily available. A more modern mechanism, with a “safer” latching method, that’d be a simple bolt in installation is what I’m ideally looking for.

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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by terribleted » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:51 pm

There will not be any newer more modern bolt in. Maybe you can find some New Old Stock parts. Otherwise the strikers are available as listed above and the latches would be to fix what you have or find serviceable used parts.

Are the doors adjusted properly? What do you mean by the doors are not latching tight to the body. The latch mechanism is a double catch. First catch will hold the door closed but it will be loosely closed in most cases. If the door moving in and out when latched is what you mean the first thing to do is to verify is that the latch is fully latching in the fully latched position (second catch of the latch) If it is not then either the latch assembly has a problem or more likely the strikers are adjusted to far in such that the second catch can not operate. I would first operate the latch manually ( I usually use a large punch or tire iron) to close the latch fully. Observe that the latch catches part way and then again as the inner most part of the latch lever gets even with the latch body. Release the latch using the door handle (you may have to help it unlatch by pulling the latch lever out manually while operating the door handle). If it latches fully and releases after then the likely issue is faulty striker alignment. Try to see if the latch is fully or 1/2 latching when you close the door. If it is fully latching and the door is loose in the opening then the striker needs to move inward. If it is not fully latching (first catch only) then the striker needs to move outwards until the fully latched position can be obtained.
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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by Vairamp » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:24 pm

I guess there’s no cross reference part then.
It’s in a shop a few hours away from me. I was very surprised that it was “adjusted” when I went to see what progress was made on the project. I had to suggest that all the mechanisms be swapped out.


All I can tell you is that when you close the door, no matter how hard or easy you close it, the door never fully closes to the body. I guess that’d be the first catch.

Can the latch be repaired? He didn’t suggest that as an option. I guess because he already mounted the custom Clark’s door panels!

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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by terribleted » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:36 pm

Maybe, maybe not. Test them manually with the door open like I said above. You can actuate the latches with them mounted in the doors and see if they attain a fully latched position. If they do, the door strikers should be readjusted to try to remedy the issue.
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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by dave t » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:49 pm

Sometimes, the latch return spring breaks inside the door. If the latch does not open when manually testing as discussed above, the spring may be broken. Replacement springs used to be made but are discontinued. You may need to get another latch with a good spring. Also, mine were crusted with old dry grease. A gasoline bath and new white lithium grease fixed mine.
Try all the things discussed here and see what you get. Let us know what you find.

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Re: Rampside Door Closure Mechanism

Unread post by Vairamp » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:22 pm

I’ve written the shop with the suggestions.
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