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Old 11-07-2011, 07:42 AM   #1
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I am reskinning my door and rethinking the lock options. I know the cast oem locks are weak and priced like they are cast from gold, so I'm thinking of having just a pull on the door and moving the lock / deadbolt to the right of the door on the shell. Maybe use a commercial door lockset. Anyone do this??

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I am reskinning my door and rethinking the lock options. I know the cast oem locks are weak and priced like they are cast from gold, so I'm thinking of having just a pull on the door and moving the lock / deadbolt to the right of the door on the shell. Maybe use a commercial door lockset. Anyone do this??

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Whatever you do, keep in mind that thinning the cast entrance door frame, will weaken it, which usually results in the frame cracking.

I would suggest, staying with the original, in spite of it's cost, since that's much cheaper than repairing the cast door frame.

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I have essentially the same deadbolt retrofit as TG Twinkie, shown here.

Mine was installed by the PO and works well.
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Whatever you do, keep in mind that thinning the cast entrance door frame, will weaken it, which usually results in the frame cracking.

I would suggest, staying with the original, in spite of it's cost, since that's much cheaper than repairing the cast door frame.

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This is the door that i am rebuilding as a longer door and i was planning on tig'ing in some reinforcement anyway.
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I have essentially the same deadbolt retrofit as TG Twinkie, shown here.

Mine was installed by the PO and works well.
Ah! cool! That was what I was thinking with the addition of a lock / knob
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I was thinking something like this..

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This is the door that i am rebuilding as a longer door and i was planning on tig'ing in some reinforcement anyway.
That will work.

Keep the hole as small as you can for a dead bolt.

The dead bolt can be cut down to a fraction of it's original size.

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That will work.

Keep the hole as small as you can for a dead bolt.

The dead bolt can be cut down to a fraction of it's original size.

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Thanks Andy thats a good point...
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if you can find something with a round deadbolt hole, would it be keep the frame stronger? i can't really tell from this pic but it does look rounder than the oval ones i usually see.

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if you can find something with a round deadbolt hole, would it be keep the frame stronger? i can't really tell from this pic but it does look rounder than the oval ones i usually see.

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Well you could pull the bolt out and throw it on the lathe and turn down the diameter. I don't know what hardness those bolts are though.
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I used stainless lock assemblies found in the marine supply area. Many styles that look great and work well on an Airstream. Check 'em out. I hate house type locks...they always LOOK like they belong on a house.
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I used stainless lock assemblies found in the marine supply area. Many styles that look great and work well on an Airstream. Check 'em out. I hate house type locks...they always LOOK like they belong on a house.
That's a good idea
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