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Old 10-16-2018, 07:13 PM   #1
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Who restores door latches

My driver's door latch is pretty worn out. Is there a member that restores OE latches? If not, what repro brand are recommended. I found a pair of used repro latches in my truck stash, which look pretty new but very worn and my writing of "POS repro". So I guess so far reproductions and my don't get along very well.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:54 PM   #2
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Re: Who restores door latches

It took me a few months, but I got NOS originals for my truck on Ebay, along with the outer handles. Damn I love NOS stuff!

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Old 10-16-2018, 09:55 PM   #3
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Re: Who restores door latches

What exact year is your truck?

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Old 10-16-2018, 09:57 PM   #4
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Re: Who restores door latches

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-52-55-C...tCJ2:rk:3:pf:0
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:26 PM   #5
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Re: Who restores door latches

Sorry about that. My truck is a '50
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:54 AM   #6
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Re: Who restores door latches

I found NOS ones for my 48 along with handles, they are out there, give it a search every once in a while.

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Old 10-17-2018, 10:15 AM   #7
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Re: Who restores door latches

Thanks all. Yes, I need to be a little more regular on flea bay.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:33 AM   #8
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Re: Who restores door latches

What I will do is go to "advanced search" on ebay. Put in a pretty wide search like "1948 Chevy truck NOS" but DO NOT put the "quotation marks." Then down at the bottom of the page at the "sort by" tab put "Time, newly listed."

You then save this to your favorites on your browser and can click on that every morning seeing the stuff that was listed that day! Do three or four with 1949 and 1950 and 1951 for instance so you have these few favorites you can check every day.

The broader the better, with my Rambler it's easy, there isn't much Rambler stuff so I simply put in the search Rambler NOS and came up with all kinds of stuff like an NOS steering wheel for $75, that was cool.

Searching like that has worked well for me.

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Old 10-18-2018, 01:58 PM   #9
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Re: Who restores door latches

I'd agree with what Brian said. You just have to do some artful hunting and be prepared to pay. Watch out for those clowns that think NOS means used original though. There seems to be a lot of that.

On the original question I don't know of anyone rebuilding original latches. In the early 70's I bought new latches from the local Chevy garage in McGregor Tx for under 25 bucks for all four pieces for both sides. They even had them in stock.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:12 PM   #10
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Re: Who restores door latches

I don't know what you are starting with but I have a couple of sets laying around in the shop that seem to just be worn at the latching piece on the door side and similar spot on the jamb side. I have been told you can just take a welder and build it up and grind it back into shape. The repo's don't cost that much compared to what it might cost to have someone do it but I don't really know. I decided to go with bear claw.
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