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    On my 62 I have issues with the pass door closing tightly. I would close but just rattle/bounce around on the latch or what ever type of mechanism is there. I used to be able to just slam it a bit harder but tonight not so much luck. Nothing seems to be blocking it, I had window all the way down, all the weather stripping is old, so nothing I have changed to have caused this. There is nothing blocking it making it bounce back out. I have to assume it is in the latch set up.
    I searched the site only found a post on something like this for a 1960 bird
    Tim
    1962 Conv Tbird
    1993 Miata LE
    1994 Miata

  • #2
    The door is not sagging, fyi
    Tim
    1962 Conv Tbird
    1993 Miata LE
    1994 Miata

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    • #3
      Push the door button in and spin the latch mechanism on the door. If it doesn't turn freely then it probably needs to be oiled. Try spinning it with the door button not pushed in. It should not spin freely but should lock in place. If it spins freely the mechanism inside the door is either broken or seized. Also make sure the inside door handle is all the way down. If it doesn't return all the way after you pull up on it to open the door it will not latch. Try taking the top screw out and spraying some WD-40 or other lubricant inside and work the door button, inside door handle and latch and see if you can get it to lock.

      John
      Last edited by jopizz; July 18th, 2018, 08:37 PM.
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      • #4
        I had the same issue with my '60. It felt like something had broken in the door catch mechanism. Johns advice is sound, take out the top screw and fire a load of WD40 in there. Worked a treat for me

        Jon
        Jon
        Deepest Hertfordshire
        Old enough to know I'm right...
        1960 Hardtop T'bird
        1961 Hotchkiss M201

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        • #5
          Take the screw out of the top of what?

          Well I went and looked at the car today. The door handle in the car was all the way down. It goes back to that position after you have pulled it to open rather well, no play in it.
          I opened the door, the part that spins on the door spins and works identical to the drivers, button pushed in or not, etc, so that is working fine if it is working identical to the drivers door. They spine with some ease, I would not call then seized up at all. I will spray some lube in non the less.
          I gave it a good slam today a few times then it latched on tight.
          So not sure where to go now other then don't open it. ha ha
          Tim
          1962 Conv Tbird
          1993 Miata LE
          1994 Miata

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          • #6
            Originally posted by blue62tbird View Post
            Take the screw out of the top of what?
            The door latch that spins is held in place by two screws. One on top and one on the bottom. Take the top screw out.

            John
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