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    How do you replace this spring?
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    Looks like I somehow have to spread the two tangs of metal on the body of the latch.
    Anyone done this successfully? And who has new springs? I didn't find them in the parts book.
    KURTRUK
    (read it backwards)




    Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

  • #2
    Yes, that's how you fix it. The spring has to be installed so that it applies some pressure (even at rest) against a little pawl that is almost hidden behind the latch hardware. The spring is in section 2417 of the parts book. Part number 278809. I think SI has them.
    Skip Lackie

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    • #3
      Thought about it after I posted. Is this the spring that holds the exterior door handle up in a horizontal position, rather than drooping?
      KURTRUK
      (read it backwards)




      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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      • #4
        Yes, but it also fully retracts the door latch linkage (by a little).
        Skip Lackie

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        • #5
          There's a part# for this, call them and ask. I had the number at one time.

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          • #6
            Hmmm, I had a driver's door that's not shutting propery.

            At first, I thought the striker plate was incorrcetly set, so I bought new screws from SI. After impact driving the stripped off screws out and screwing in the screws, not much difference, except it's now posisble to locate the striker pretty much anywhere I like... but not the result I was hoping.

            What I did notice after careful comparison to the passenger door, is the mechanism on the door latch that spins around, works properly compared to the driver's door and that's where I think the proble is at. I remember thinking to myself at the time that there must be a spring involved that helps re-set the door mechanism each time the door handle is operated... sounds like I might have a similar type issue like kurtruk
            Richard
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            • #7
              I have not found this spring yet. Not on SI's website, or others.
              KURTRUK
              (read it backwards)




              Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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              • #8
                it's not listed, but SI had them when I call a couple years ago. I wish I had bought what I needed, as I have a drooper myself on a 2R5.

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                • #9
                  Part number 278809.
                  Skip Lackie

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skip Lackie View Post
                    Part number 278809.
                    He's done it again! Thanks, Skip. Not to embarrass you but that's why I appreciate your participation on this forum. You inspired me to go into another room, locate my Truck Parts Catalog, and try to locate the appropriate picture...then page over for several pages for the group numbers corresponding to the pictures...then locate the exact part number. I don't do it often enough to be good at it, and I find the process tedious and aggravating.

                    I did not do it to check behind you... but to get a better understanding of the entire mechanism? I was wondering if there is an adjustment mechanism to solve the drooping door handle problem? So far, I don't see one. My conclusion is that drooping door handles are a result of wear in all mechanical joints in the assembly probably due to lack of lubrication and most of us using more force than needed when opening the doors. Giving each pivot point proper lubrication would mean removing the door handles, all the screws for the inside cover panel, and then the panel. That's a lot of trouble, and there's little wonder most of us neglect to do this through the years on any regular basis.

                    Regarding this SPRING...in my manual, the illustration is found on page 485, but the real part number is found on page 509. Fortunately...this is one of those parts that are common to all years C-cab production.
                    John Clary
                    Greer, SC

                    SDC member since 1975

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                    • #11
                      Yes, I've been using that part number you provided in post #2. I have not been able to pull it up on SI's website, or others. There is one available on eBay. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get that one.
                      BTW: this is for a 55 pickup I just bought. I don't have the parts catalog for that one yet. More on the truck later in another post. (John Clary and Jack Vine's favorite year, and mine, too.)
                      KURTRUK
                      (read it backwards)




                      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kurtruk View Post
                        Yes, I've been using that part number you provided in post #2. I have not been able to pull it up on SI's website, or others. There is one available on eBay. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get that one.
                        BTW: this is for a 55 pickup I just bought. I don't have the parts catalog for that one yet. More on the truck later in another post. (John Clary and Jack Vine's favorite year, and mine, too.)
                        Hey Kurt, between two '55 "favorite year" buddies...just drive on over and I'll present you with a spare '55 cab! (has extra ventilation)...it might still have those springs!
                        John Clary
                        Greer, SC

                        SDC member since 1975

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jclary View Post
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                          Regarding this SPRING...in my manual, the illustration is found on page 485, but the real part number is found on page 509. Fortunately...this is one of those parts that are common to all years C-cab production.
                          Thanks. Not sure what version of the truck parts book you are using, but my preference is the January 1961 reprint of the 1949-56 truck parts book. It has all the late corrections and later part numbers, and is especially handy in IDing parts that were used in many models. In that book, the door lock illustration is on page 512 and the parts listing is on page 533.
                          Skip Lackie

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Skip Lackie View Post
                            Thanks. Not sure what version of the truck parts book you are using, but my preference is the January 1961 reprint of the 1949-56 truck parts book. It has all the late corrections and later part numbers, and is especially handy in IDing parts that were used in many models. In that book, the door lock illustration is on page 512 and the parts listing is on page 533.
                            Mine covers '56 & up to include T-cabs. I think I have two of them. I'd like to have one like yours. Right now, I'm unable to check the exact publication number/date.

                            If you have two...let's trade.
                            John Clary
                            Greer, SC

                            SDC member since 1975

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                            • #15
                              John-
                              Thanks for the offer, but I already have multiple copies of most Stude truck parts books (though am not in the same league as Dick Quinn) -- a clean one for my "library" (fancy term for a bookcase) and a grubby one for the garage. Bought them all years ago when I was SDC VP and had to try to answer simple questions sent to the main SDC PO box (pre-Internet era).

                              This is the one you want. This one is expensive, though I have seen grubby ones on ebay for as little at $15-$20. SI sells reprints for about $45.

                              https://www.ebay.com/itm/1949-1956-S...AAAOSwGYhcGc8n
                              Last edited by Skip Lackie; 05-04-2019, 03:15 PM.
                              Skip Lackie

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