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Old 04-16-2021, 07:13 PM   #1
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1976 Argosy 26
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KT Lock Removal

Hey, couldn’t find info detailing KT lock removal process and thought a description is needed. 1976 Argosy 26 had a culprit pull hard on door handle, yep, stuck out like Alfalfa’s ears. So could not fully disengage door lock. Had no idea what I’d find but took lock box out of door to fix. First no need to take off interior door skin. Three (3) screws on door skin side, mine easily removed, another screw into door frame into latch box just above lock bolt. Then take off interior door handle, screw underneath handle. Screw out slide lock handle, which may not be necessary. Now push out from backside. Rear edge first and jiggle out lock bolt from door frame. Pop. Easy like cotton candy, nothing to it. There is an old gasket on back of latch box, and was probably a pre-cut gasket. I used 1/2” narrow foam window gasket but maybe butyl tape or just caulk would work. Reinstalled fast too. After inspecting what was what I fixed sprung door handle by just gently compressing back to proper position. Two (2) small pins go into the handle rod which has a flipper that moves the lock bolt. I am sure there are diagrams and better descriptions. But the pins either bend, or compress on the handle rod, I did not drill out to see. I did tap down once in place but did not see much depression or movement but would not take much to grab the handle rod. I did remove some rust on the lock bolt and a spray of lubricant really smoothed out operation. You may notice a grove rubbed into back side of lock bolt where worn by door frame contact. I thought of sanding down, but decided to merely continue to push on door by latch and hear clink of bolt. All done, I expect to retightened screws as foam compresses. BUT REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE OFF DOOR SKINS.
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