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Elan Sprint interior door handle issues

PostPost by: bloodknock » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:52 am

Good day People
I am in the process of assembling my Sprint doors. The interior door handle has a flip lock made of plastic in its construction.
Unfortunately the plastic part of mine had broken, at the hinge pin.
I located a replacement damaged handle with the part i need in good condition. however the part I need had to be extracted from the rest of the handle. This proved to be very dificult, the roll pins used in the part have seized solid. Ive tried everything to remove them, to no avail. The body component was such a tight fit that i could not prise it apart to remove the locking plate, I had to grind back the pin with a pointed burr to extract the plate. Now of course there is no "meat" left on the roll pins by which to attempt extraction. Ive tried stud extractors but ther is no grip.
Has anyone had similar experience and sorted the issue? If so can you please advise.
Alternatively, doe anyone know of a source for the errant part?
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:16 pm

This any good for parts or to fit with a bit of modification .....
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-Maxi- ... =R40&rt=nc
The usual suspects also list replacements although they are a little pricey.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm

MGB handles are very similar.
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:25 am

Quite a few BL models had these. The elan version requires the back plate to be removed and some new holes to be drilled in the main pressing - easy to do and takes 30 mins tops then you can simply replace the whole thing. They pop up on ebay as cheap NOS often and I have a bag full. All my restorations get new ones as the originals are usually rusty and the plastic brittle. Can't possibly be worth the time trying to repair an old one, surely?
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:05 pm

Thanks gents I'll check on EBay
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Clips for attaching Rods from sjsportscars.

I hope you have small hands and can stay zen :wink:
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:13 pm

Hands are small and have emergency brandy
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:51 pm

Will it tap or press out with a parallel punch inside it?
Presumably not as later posts point out that there are 2 short pins rather than 1 long - which makes a lot more sense.
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:15 am

Rod clips are common to the Reliant three-wheeler range and much cheaper from those sources than elsewhere... :D
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:00 am

In case anyone else needs to remove the locking flap ...... there are two short roll pins in blind holes and they should pull out easily with a small pair of end or side cutters. It's only necessary to remove one then there's enough clearance to wriggle the flap out of the frame. The flaps are not handed and I swapped mine left to right as the holes for the lock rod had worn oval.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:06 am

nigelrbfurness wrote:Rod clips are common to the Reliant three-wheeler range and much cheaper from those sources than elsewhere... :D


Can you give us a link for supplier please

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:18 am

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Perhaps a self tapper and pincers will do the trick?
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:44 am

Mark
Finally managed to remove using localised heat, then, as described by Roger, pulled the other with end cutters. What a bugger though, they took some shifting! Although Im trying to use all the original parts, I must admit I'm tempted to get the MGB version, because one of the holes is slightly enlarged (Localised heating collateral damage) and it looks like ive got to tap out and use screws to act as the pivots.
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