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Old 01-18-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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KT lock question

My '72 has a hard to operate door latch. I can work it with a little difficulty, but my wife who has little patience is going to break it.
When the door is open, the bolt can be pushed back a little, and I believe this is the problem.The bolt does not fully retract.
I removed the lock and observed the inside handle operator was bent forward where it hits a split pin on the bolt shaft, I straightened it and replaced the roll pin and believe that it will now work ok from the inside.
The outside seems to work on a pawl that hits a split pin on the bolt shaft and the pawl has a groove in it where it meets the pin
This seems to allow about .125" less travel on the bolt.
Should I fill the groove ( weld it )< difficult > or can I just grind .125 off the end of the bolt <easy>?
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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My '72 has a hard to operate door latch. I can work it with a little difficulty, but my wife who has little patience is going to break it.
When the door is open, the bolt can be pushed back a little, and I believe this is the problem.The bolt does not fully retract.
I removed the lock and observed the inside handle operator was bent forward where it hits a split pin on the bolt shaft, I straightened it and replaced the roll pin and believe that it will now work ok from the inside.
The outside seems to work on a pawl that hits a split pin on the bolt shaft and the pawl has a groove in it where it meets the pin
This seems to allow about .125" less travel on the bolt.
Should I fill the groove ( weld it )< difficult > or can I just grind .125 off the end of the bolt <easy>?
Do not shorten the striker bolt, as it will allow the door to fly open far easier than it is now.

Have someone overhaul the KT lock, that knows how and that has the proper parts.

That's far cheaper than replacing a damaged door and a caved in side sheet.

Since your original lock only lasted 38 years or so, a proper rebuild will give you that much time again.

Andy
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Mine too

Andy, My 1976 has similar problems. Is an Airstream dealer setup for these rebuild and still get parts. Is there any outside companies that do this type work. Any idea the cost of a replacement as opposed to rebuild. Mine generally opens but the lock loosen and drops down and impossible to unlock.
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Andy, My 1976 has similar problems. Is an Airstream dealer setup for these rebuild and still get parts. Is there any outside companies that do this type work. Any idea the cost of a replacement as opposed to rebuild. Mine generally opens but the lock loosen and drops down and impossible to unlock.
Not all dealers even know what a KT lock is.

Then you have dealers that only sell parts.

Then, you have dealers that sell parts "and" overhaul those parts that can be overhauled.

A new KT lock is way over $500.00.

Repair parts are not cheap, either.

Or, you can modify the door and install a different type of lock, for less money.

Or, you could send your lock into a dealer that you know overhauls them, and ask for an estimate.

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Old 01-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #5
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Helps on the way.

Bonita Farms and Gat. Can you post pics of your locks. I have had success in repairing the lock on my '74. I'll be glad to help if I can. My lock looks like this.




Out of Doors Mart has parts for this lock. www.odmrv.com
Bonitafarms; Go to parts; locks and keys; Search for part SKU3043 or 380348
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Mine is the same, found the part at Out of Doors mart with the new part #& ordered it, many thanks !!
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