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Old 09-30-2004, 05:06 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ALANSD
that sure looks good, although not very retro
ALANSD: Thx. I would have to agree that this is a case of function over form. And I would hate to see anyone install this on their vintage Airstream. But since my deadbolt was installed on the trailer by the PO and I have grown accustomed to the convenience and security it offers, I'm not in a hurry to change it back to original. I think Airstream should offer a similar locking system as an option on their new models.


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Old 09-30-2004, 05:40 PM   #16
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Brad, do you know where the PO got the lock? silver suz

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Old 10-02-2004, 09:06 AM   #17
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The original deadbolt on our 1964 Overlander wasn't keyed and could only be locked from the outside. The doorknob is keyed, but it is worn to the point where it can't be locked.

I removed the original deadbolt lock and replaced it with a Baldwin deadbolt. The Baldwin was more expensive than a regular deadbolt, but I think its worth it for the way it looks. I didn't have to do anything to the bolt, it fit fine in the original pocket. The only changes I had to make were:

1. Cut larger holes in the door skin and interior door skin.
2. Replace the block of wood which supported the skin around the previous lock with one with a larger hole to fit the Baldwin.
3. Bend the edge of the door in slightly where the deadbolt screws into it so it was recessed enough to clear the door frame. I did this by hitting it lightly with a punch and hammer until it would clear - sounds scary, but it doesn't show when everything is installed.

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:34 PM   #18
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Update to this thread ....

Last post was 10.20.2004

This just in 6.20.2014 ... I just ordered a deadbolt from Vintage Trailer Supply .com that has been modified with a small pin for the dead bolt that will not require a large hole in the door frame.

I'll be installing it in the body just above the assist handle next to the door on my '69 Tradewind.

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