Archive for September, 2010

Installing a 1928 – 31 Model A Ford roadster door latch

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
 

Installing a 1928 – 31 Model A Ford roadster door latch in a 1929 Ford Roadster

Well, it’s late Sunday afternoon and time to add another post to 1929fordhotrod.com .  This weekend I decided to stay home and work on my 1929 Ford roadster.  I even helped my wife Janis make some salsa and relish using produce from our garden.  About now, I find that I am loosing interest in the outdoor car shows, cruise in’s, and swap meets.  The feeling for working in the shop is starting to become a strong one, and I guess that is a good thing.  It will start to get cold outside and snow is not far off here in South-western Ontario Canada.  I find that I tend to get more shop time throughout the late fall, winter, and early spring.  During the warm weather, outside activities need to be taken advantage of.  These are some of distractions that take hold of many custom car builders.  Remember, you need to maintain focus and desire to finish any project.

1928 - 29 Model A Ford Roadster inside door latch installed in a Brookville Roadsters new steel door.

1928 - 29 Model A Ford Roadster inside door latch installed in a Brookville Roadsters new steel door.

The topic today will be on how to install a 1928 – 29 open car / roadster inside door latch.  The original1928 Ford Model A roadster did not have an outside handle.  I tend to like nice clean lines on the outside of custom cars, so I decided to use the 1928 Ford Model A inside door latch on my 1929 Ford Roadster.  Even when it came time to paint my 1987 Corvette convertible, I decided to have the outside door handles shaved off and use an Auto Loc system to open the doors from the outside.  Back in the mid 1970’s I shaved the handles off my 1970 Chevrolet Impala using Mercedes Benz Unimog starter solenoids to open the doors.  So for me it makes sense not to have outside door handles on a car.  It must be in my blood or DNA, so no outside door handles for me!!

1928 - 29 Model A Ford Roadster inside door latch view number 2 installed in a Brookville Roadster new steel door.

1928 - 29 Model A Ford Roadster inside door latch view number 2 installed in a Brookville Roadster new steel door.

I remember when I first received the reproduction door latches for my 1929 Ford roadster wondering how they would fit into the doors.  At the time I did not realize that part of the latch is tucked up behind the inside door panel.  I was ready to start cutting and modifying the latches so they would fit in the door.  Fortunately, a little voice in my head said to hold on and let’s figure this out before performing surgery on the latches.  After, looking at a friends 1929 Ford pickup, I realize how everything would go together.  It’s so simple!!

1928 - 31 Model A Ford Roadster striker plate installed on a 1929 Ford Roadster body made by Brookville Roadster.

1928 - 31 Model A Ford Roadster striker plate installed on a 1929 Ford Roadster body made by Brookville Roadster.

1928 - 31 Model A Ford Roadster striker plate package.  An offically Licensed Product by Ford.  This is what was used in the 1929 Ford Model A Roadster.

1928 - 31 Model A Ford Roadster striker plate package. An offically Licensed Product by Ford. This is what was used in the 1929 Ford Model A Roadster.

Here is what I used:

1 – 1928 Ford Door Latch – right side – A-35655-AR

1 – 1928 Ford Door Latch – left side – A-35655-AL

2- Open Car Striker Plates – 1928 – 31 – A-375505

4 – 0.25” x 20 x 0.75” stainless steel bevelled Philips head bolts with nuts and washers

4 – 10 – 32 x 0.5” stainless steel bevelled Philips head screws

4 – 10 – 32 x 0.5” stainless steel bevelled Philips head screws (used on the inside panel of the door)

4 – 10 – 32 x 0.375” stainless steel bevelled Philips head screws (used on the outside edge of the door)

Below is a short video showing how I installed the door latch and striker plate on the passenger side door of my 1929 Ford roadster.  The door is a steel door from Brookville Roadsters in Ohio, USA.

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Waterdown Ontario Swap Meet & Car Show September 24th & 25th 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010
 

 

Waterdown Ontario Swap Meet & Car Show September 24th & 25th 2010

 
Soon it will start to get cold outside and the snow will fly here. This is one of the joys of living in a northern climate and having very distinctive change of seasons. Throughout the late fall, winter, and early spring, work in the shop will become more intense and regular. In general, summertime activities tend to become a good distraction from car building or working in the shop. Attending summertime car events is a chance to chat with other car builders or enthusiasts. Ideas can be exchanged and possibly a new friendship is established. I find by the time summer is over, I am ready to work on the car with great amount of vigour with fresh number of new ideas percolating in my mind.

The Waterdown Ontario Swap Meet & Car Show is always a great event to attend. This fall the car show and swap meet will be on September 24th & 25th 2010. The swap meet and car show is located at: Joe Sams’ Park, 752 Center Road, Waterdown, Ontario.

The link for more information on this event is:  http://www.waterdownswapmeet.com/ .

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Let’s hope the weather will be good for this outdoor event. In the past, there have been well over 1000 cars on display and numerous vendors selling just about anything.

Below are a few videos of the event we attended just last spring. This will give you an idea of what to expect if you can go. You will not be disappointed if you are close enough to attend.

The first one shows me and my friend Jim driving his 37 Chev, arriving at the fair grounds and getting parked.

The second video shows clips of the swap meet and car show. In the past there has been well over 1000 cars on display in the outdoor field. This is an event that should be considered and attended. Enjoy. Just click on the thumbnail to start watching the video.

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