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46 door not latch

Guest papete

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If the latch still has "spring" action it may just be sticking? You might remove the push button and shoot some penetrating oil into the mechanism. I freed up the latches on my '46 sedan that way. With the door open you can manually rotate the latch ( on the door) down while applying the penetrate. Hopefully the sticking parts will free up and when you rotate the latch down it will stay down ( latched position) until you release the latch with the door button or the lever behind the exterior push button. You may have to work it a few times. Another possibility is that the stud on the center post for the latch may have moved out of place? You may need to check that alignment.

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