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Old 01-05-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

I'm restoring a 1967 GMC and decided to have my exterior door handles re chromed. The problem with these door handles is that it's impossible to disassemble them without breaking the tabs that hold the plunger in place. I came up with a cheap solution that j wanted to share because these break a lot also and this is a cheap alternative to buying new handles. I picked up a piece of 1 inch aluminum tubing from Menards for a few dollars.


I cut a 1 1/4 inch chunk off of it then cut that piece down the middle.



Then I drilled a hole for the plunger and fit the piece inside the door handle. The opening is tapered a little bit so you have to grind one end to get it to fit properly. I put the plunger back in the door handle followed by the spring then used some aluminum rivets to hold the whole thing in place.




There you have it. Just a few dollars and about 15 minutes and your door handle is better than new.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

That's pretty slick. Thanks for sharing the idea.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:01 AM   #3
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Nice job its well done an should last.
I could've used this fix 2 months ago on a 71. Instead I used a 67 handle on it. Witch is something I didn't wanna do.

Its these kinda threads that makes this board so great.

Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:26 AM   #4
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Nice innovation and great pics.Thnaks
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:31 PM   #5
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Nice job!
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:18 PM   #6
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

That's good thinking and looks like it will hold up for a long time too.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

The best thing about the way the door handles work on these trucks, is if it does happen to brake, you can still open the door without the button, I've done it a few times, just being to lazy to change the handle.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:45 AM   #8
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Thanks for this solution. Another quick solution (when still having the square plates) can be done by two electric wires (cupper 2.5mm).

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Old 07-21-2016, 09:44 AM   #9
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

I'm gonna try this, the plunger on my passenger door fell apart recently. Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:08 PM   #10
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Thank you! The PS handle on our 72 popped apart this week. Using your idea, we just bent up a piece of 14ga steel since that's what we had, and use #8 flat head sheet metal screws, countersinking the handle. Installed no problem, works great.
Appreciate the great advice,
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:46 PM   #11
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Hope to never need this, but if I do...
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:57 PM   #12
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Re: Quick and Easy Fix for Exterior Door Handles

Excellent Idea. I have a couple broken handles I've been thinking of rebuilding and was thinking of bending something up and doing something similar. I like just cutting some square tubing better.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:39 PM   #13
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Awesome innovation. Thank you!
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