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Old 11-13-2019, 04:46 PM   #8
dmsfrr
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Default Re: 1955 ford Ranch Wagon door latch.

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Originally Posted by L5wolvesf View Post
This got me wondering . . . can a 55 be updated to the 56 latch mechanism?
If the measurements I just got from the door frames of a pair of Birds ('55 & '57) is an indication, it's not a bolt-in swap. But I've never tried it either.
The recess in the door post for the '55 striker plate is approx 7/16 deep and the striker plate itself is approx 1/2 inch thick, including the shim behind it.
The full depth star wheel sticks out of the door about 1/2 inch.

The recess in the door post for the '56/'57 style striker plate is approx 9/16 deep and the striker plate itself is approx 7/8 inch thick, including the outer cover plate and shim against the door frame.
The '56/'57 star wheel sticks out of the door on its shaft about 5/8 inch.
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File Type: jpg '55 door latch.jpg (29.5 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg '55 striker plate.jpg (24.9 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg '57 door latch.jpg (19.6 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg '57 striker plate.jpg (21.6 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg '57 striker plate, bottom.jpg (21.8 KB, 5 views)

Last edited by dmsfrr; 11-14-2019 at 02:06 PM. Reason: correction to thickness of '57 striker plate
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