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Old 01-20-2019, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default '53 Convertible top latch

Could somebody post a picture of the top latch handle for a '53 Crestline convertible? I have what appears to be an all original '53 that doesn't seem to have any handle to release the top from the header. All I can see is what appears to be a piece of flat steel that presumeable the handle attaches to? I will try to get a photo of mine soon but the car is in storeage away from home at the moment. Thanks again for the your help
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: '53 Convertible top latch

Here is a photo of what I have.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: '53 Convertible top latch

These are from my 53' Merc. I have to believe it is similar if not the same. Normally these are on e-bay for around $300. If you zoom in you can read the part number. If you want I can send you the originals, just PM me with your e-mail address or send me an e-mail: royd13483@aol.com.

OK, so mine needed to be cleaned up anyway, so I took it off to give you a few better pictures by its self.

Good luck and be careful, because they are made out of pot metal and break quite easily.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:05 PM   #4
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Thanks Roy, Just what I needed

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Buy a header bar and get the handle free:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1952-1953-1...O7Tj:rk:1:pf:0
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I have a 53 Sunliner that had a broken handle. I bought on eon ebay, for around 150.00
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:45 PM   #7
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Buy a header bar and get the handle free:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1952-1953-1...O7Tj:rk:1:pf:0
Thanks for the link, i do really appreciate it, but $400 converts to $600 NZ then the freight cost would make this part cost me about $1000 by the time you include New Zealand tax component of 15% of the total cost including freight and I can't really justify that just to get the handle. I think that I can probably make something that will do the job (and look close to the real thing) a lot cheaper given my labour is kinda free
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If you have access to one a 3D printer might be an alternative. I will let you know if I find others.
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If you have access to one a 3D printer might be an alternative. I will let you know if I find others.
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