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Old 03-14-2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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Rock Guard and Door Sprung Latches

My '72 Tradewind has black plastic sprung latches which hold the door open and the rock guard down. One of them has been knocked off and I can't figure out how to get to the screws to re-fasten. Is there a secret to taking these apart and re-assembling once fastened to the trailer? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:15 AM   #2
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spring loaded latch

Yup -I am trying to figure these little beauties out myself how does one reconnect it to the trailer withoput buying a new one?-mine still works but I cant see how to re-rivet it to the trailer this is what it looks like;
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:15 AM   #3
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That's exactly what I'm talking about. Thanks for posting the picture. I know I have to get the thumb lever part off to access the screws, but that seems to be easier said than done.
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latch question

its a cool latch,and still works but how do it come apart? maybe it was pop riveted on from the inside before the interior skin was put in? When it slides back and forth theres an interior part that acts as a stop each way-maybe if that part could be lifted out then the slide would come off the end? I know-clear as mud!!-I just know this things going to haunt me til I figure it out Has no one ever fixed one of these ever?--jim
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I noticed a seam on the side and am thinking I'll explore that a little this evening when I get home. Perhaps the "base" is screwed into place and the top portion, housing the latch and covering the spring and screws, is epoxied or snapped into place? Time to break out my tools!
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You've got it. The base is screwed down. The slider and spring snap onto the base.

Sometimes they can be taken apart (with a flat screwdriver)- sometimes they will break during disassembly...

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You've got it. The base is screwed down. The slider and spring snap onto the base.

Sometimes they can be taken apart (with a flat screwdriver)- sometimes they will break during disassembly...

- Mark
Thanks Mark. My old VW Westfalia had similar latches and you had a 50/50 chance of breaking one whenever you tried to take it apart.
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