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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Broken door handle on a 97. I have not disassembled inner panel yet. Is there anything inside i can tie a string to so that it can be pulled on from outside to open until a handle can be sourced somewhere.
Our parts stores are somewhat of a joke up here in Canada.
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A string won't really work because the lever inside the door needs to be pushed down, not pulled up. Just buy one on ebay, there are plenty of them there and I'm sure someone will be willing to ship to Canada.

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I suppose you could MacGyver it with some sort of pulley at the bottom of the door to use a string but for that amount of work you might as well just replace the handle. I thought the same thing after the plastic rod retainer broke when I saw some other car use the kind of bungee cord with the ball but I was disappointed when I removed the door panel. Then I was happy to see that parts stores do sell the plastic pieces and one of these days I'll finally install it.

Parts stores are a bit of a joke down here too. Online shopping is sometimes the only way to go when you aren't forced to scour the junkyards.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Ya i don't know what to do about this. a wrecking yard that may or may not have a bird in is a four hour drive from me each way. for a 60 dollar item if I find on ebay, by the time the government rapes you at the border, your price is doubled. then our dollar is the lowest it been in years so you get bent over again.
Then comes trying to get a price for a simple rivet it on the car job. probably 100 up here without it getting painted, my rivet gun is not big enough, and then proceed to Ford to buy the rivets. Again, Canada prices.
Do carriage bolts clear the window track if they are used instead of rivets?

Has anyone tried that door handle fix in the sticky?
that might be my only option because the car is in not bad enough shape to scrap it just yet cuz most parts are obsolete.
My patience is pretty much done at this point though.

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Buy the rivets from a local body shop, they'll probably have them in stock and could sell you two (no shipping charges). Princess Auto sells the massive rivet gun, I think it was $35 last time it was on sale.

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