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How to remove window crank/door handle? 1800

I just bought a door off a 68 1800 for my 64' and was begining to take the panels off last night when I became stumped as how to remove the window crank and door handle without breaking the interior door panel. There is a large black plastic sheild around the window crank which precents access to the clip (which I assumes holds it on). Must the window be taken out first? admitably I was working on this with only flashlight ilumination so I did not get a clear look. Anyone with pointers on removing the window crank and door handle?

 





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How to remove window crank/door handle? 1800

To expand on Robert's info. From my 120 days, the first trick is to push the door panel in enough so you can locate the end tangs of the spring clip. It's kind of like a hair (as in Robert?) clip sitting in two grooves. It should be obvious that the spring pulls out of the grooves toward the opposite side. I don't recall any success in grabbing the spring clip except at the tangs although a thin hook with the barb facing out might work. You either push or pull on the end tangs depending on what kind of tool you can come up with. There are generic trim/door removal tools available at auto supply shops with a U-shaped opening and hooks in from either end of the opening. That tool is used to pull the clip off. I always pushed the clip off. Screwdrivers tend to skip off and damage the door panel. I think I had the best success pushing with bent needle nose pliers opened so that each jaw is under a tang. You only have to spread or push the clip a little in order to pull the handle off the shaft. The bent needle nose pliers have the advantage that you can pry the handle out while you've got the clip open, but not too much or you'll damage the panel. Putting the handle back on is dead simple, just install the clip and slam the handle onto the shaft once you've got the desired position.

 




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How to remove window crank/door handle? 1800

I had success in removing mine on a 71 1800 by using an shop towel or rag to kind of sea saw on the clip to pop it off.

 




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How to remove window crank/door handle? 1800

There is a spring clip on the handle shaft and barely enough room to work it off and free the handle. Get the advise of a real 1800 guy for how to do it. There might be a tool, but it took me forever to figure it out and it is hazardous to your door panel.

 




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