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first and foremost i want to introduce myself, my name is jessie and I bought a 68 2002 a few weeks ago. It is fun little car and I'm really glad to finally own one. I just bought some new door handles for it and I'm having trouble getting them to lock. I've looked at the other lock for reference and it looks like i installed it the same as the other one. Does anyone have any insight or advice. Thanks, Jessie.

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first and foremost i want to introduce myself, my name is jessie and I bought a 68 2002 a few weeks ago. It is fun little car and I'm really glad to finally own one. I just bought some new door handles for it and I'm having trouble getting them to lock. I've looked at the other lock for reference and it looks like i installed it the same as the other one. Does anyone have any insight or advice. Thanks, Jessie.

First off, Hi Jessie and welcome!

Though this should have been posted in the '02 General Discussion I'll answer it here anyway.

#1 the door latches are worn and could be replaced....

#2 the door latch has old dry grease and should be cleaned/soaked in a solvent to remove all the old grease before new stuff can be applied properly. I recommend Wurth HHS-K to re-grease the latch and a dab of normal heavier stuff in the U shaped portion of the locking arm.

#3 the arm of the door latch that the handle operates can be bent towards the rear of the door for smoother lock operation. The latch must be removed to do this and be very careful of not bending the area where the arm slides into the round rivet or it will bind. I have accidentally done this and been able to file that little pad where the arm slides into the rivet to fix it.... The U shaped portion must also be kept horizontal. So, bend it over not down...

HTH

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