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Studenut65
04-05-2005, 04:31 PM
Okay, so I did it once before and busted the plastic rings...this was okay b/c I was replacing them anyhow. How do I remove the door handles w/o busting those little rings on our 1960 Stude Lark. I want to take off the door panel to see what is causing my windows to rattle and not go up at all or go up very hard. I'm ordering new wiskers for the windows and any seals that keep the window from rattling. This is my first minor undertaking with the car. My next move will be to check the pump for the top to see that it is full of fluid. Where can I find that pump. I found the master cylinder...under the drivers floor, right? Any heads up. Its a neat little car to drive. Oh yea, one last thing, the vin is 60V13083. Can anyone decipher this? Thanks, Nate.

P.S.-sorry for any spelling errors/poor sentences, Im writing in a hurry.

Nate

62champ
04-05-2005, 05:12 PM
Those plastic rings were a decorative item. On the really cheap cars they did not put them on.

Do you have this tool?

http://www.georgetown.txed.net/faculty/tippit/fuchs/dhr.jpg
http://www.rightlook.com/browseproducts/Door-Handle-Remover.html

This slides in behind the door handle to remove the clip. Window regulator might be dry - remove, lube, and return to former position.

Vin shows you have a 1960 Lark V8 - the 12083 one off the assembly line. That would make it pretty early in the model year.

Good luck


My 7E7 - Restored by my Uncle Denson in 1995
http://www.georgetown.txed.net/faculty/tippit/fuchs/Champ.jpg

Studenut65
04-05-2005, 07:22 PM
I dont have that tool, where can you get them? I might be able to make one out of thin steel too.

Roscomacaw
04-05-2005, 08:27 PM
You might well be able to get one at a local auto parts store. That same tool is used for many GM applications of the era. It's definitly not Stude-specific.;)

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65cruiser
04-06-2005, 08:58 AM
I bought one of those at Autozone. It's still no guarantee you won't bust that plastic ring though.

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1965 Studebaker Cruiser

Roscomacaw
04-06-2005, 05:03 PM
The plastic rings ("escutcheon" in the proper name for it) are 40 or more years old now. Plastic gets brittle with age. They're easier to snap now. Just BE Careful inserting that tool. Keep it flat against the door panel as you push it in to dislodge the keeper clip.;)

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65cruiser
05-18-2005, 08:39 PM
FWIW, you can still buy those rings cheap. I ordered some from one of the evyl vendors for about 4 bucks apiece.

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1965 Studebaker Cruiser

Studenut65
05-20-2005, 04:39 PM
Hey Guys,
I did get those handles off. I went to Autozone and after a few minutes of hunting, found that tool. The window tracks are fixed/replaced, lubed up, and now all the rattles are gone when you slam the door. Thanks for the advice.

Nate