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Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Bob Schaefer on July 12, 2010, 03:29:32 PM
I'm starting to see my own name in here alot... but I'm learning alot, so thanks in advance...
 
When I bought this '69 Monaco Wagon, the guy told me the doors weren't lined up right, so he had to lift up on the door handles to get the rear doors open.
 
My daughter found that the doors open just fine from the inside, so I presumed it was something in the linkage for the door latch mechanism.
 
Everything looked to be hooked up ok, but the button in the handle was not operating the latch, so I disconnected it, and removed the latch, and it really just seems to need some cleaning and lubrication.
 
So, the question part is... What sort of grease or lubricant is best, once I have cleaned the latch mechanism?
 
The fun part will be getting it all back in right, but I'm not worried about it much.
 
Thanks, as always...
 
Bob
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Steve on July 13, 2010, 05:49:34 AM
Actually heavy motor oil works pretty good and last a long time.
 
White lith Grease dries out over time.  I always used axle grease which hangs in forever.
 
You don't have to worry too much about the dust.  It took years to get the mechs this far.  LOL
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Bob Schaefer on July 13, 2010, 10:10:30 AM
Thanks... I will pick up some axle grease on the way home, and see if I can get it hooked back up properly.
 
Speaking of dust, do you keep the plastic lining between the panel and the door? I intend to, since it's there, but I wondered what others do.
 
Thanks again,
 
Bob
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Steve on July 13, 2010, 10:27:14 AM
The plastic lining is a vapor barrier and prevents drafts at the same time.  I suggest you keep it.  It will prevent the back of the door panel from mildewing
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Bob Schaefer on July 15, 2010, 08:45:03 AM
I'll definitely keep it. If I can't get it to stick on it's own, I'll get some double sided tape, or use duct tape. I don't need any mildew.
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Steve on July 15, 2010, 10:47:42 AM
Weather stripping adheasive works good
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: firedome on July 16, 2010, 02:53:11 PM
Or just good 'ol rubber ce-ment, worked for me.

Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Dan Cluley on July 16, 2010, 04:46:51 PM
Make sure the bottom edge of the plastic is tucked back inside the door.  That way water drains out the holes in the bottom of the door, not into the car.
 
While you're in there, make sure those drain holes are clear.
Title: Door Latches - Rear Doors
Post by: Bob Schaefer on July 16, 2010, 04:56:52 PM
Thanks, I was looking at the bottom of the door, and before I put it all back together, I am going to vacuum out that area, and I'll tuck the plastic in there too.