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PROJECT: DOOR LATCH

January, 2011

I'm not sure why, but I have received a bunch of requests for info on how I made my door latch for the simpit.  It's really easy.  I mean... if I was able to do it then you certainly can!

Latch It

You can see the latch, connecting wire, and handle in black mounted on the right console.

There is a similar silver handle on the edge of the seat.  It is the exact same build, but I use it for the slide lock on the seat.

You Pull It

Here is a closer shot of the rig.  By squeezing the flat plate, it pivots and pulls the wire which raises the sprung loaded pin assembly at the bottom.

Chain Bolt

The is the sprung loaded pin which is actually called a chain bolt.  I replaced the chain with the braided wire shown in the pics above.

Handle It

This is a U-bolt assembly I picked up about three feet away from the chain bolt.  The toughest part of the whole build was drilling the two holes in the round U-bolt so that I could create the pivot assembly on the left side of the release arm.

If you are going to try this, here's a big hint.  Grind or file a flat spot on the Ubolt where you want the pivot pins to go, and THEN drill the holes.  I spent about 5 very frustrating minutes and damn near broke the drill bit trying to drill on the rounded surface of the bolt.  

Really sad how some of the simplest things stump me at times...