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Old 06-09-2019, 07:20 PM
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Exterior door handles

Since NOS GM is impossible to find without having to donate a body part, I tried the Dorman replacement. The studs are smaller than OEM and I can’t seem to find any speed nuts that will work.

Anyone found a solution or a replacement brand that actually works/comes with ALL hardware?

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I was in the Auto Repair Business long enough to remember when Dorman was made in USA and top quality.
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I had the same problem. I noticed that if you find some ooooold stock they work perfect but the "new" stuff is garbage. I lucked out and found several NOS when needed.
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Re: Exterior door handles

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Since NOS GM is impossible to find with having to donate a body part, I tried the Dorman replacement. The studs are smaller than OEM and I canít seem to find any speed nuts that will work.

Anyone found a solution or a replacement brand that actually works/comes with ALL hardware?
I took my Doormat parts to my local body shop and he had some speed nuts that fit. That was the only way I was able to make them work. I will say it is ridiculous for a manufacturer to not include the proper hardware with their parts.
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Re: Exterior door handles

Originally Posted by vinny R View Post
I took my Doormat parts to my local body shop and he had some speed nuts that fit. That was the only way I was able to make them work. I will say it is ridiculous for a manufacturer to not include the proper hardware with their parts.

Absolutely right! For a couple pennies, Dorman could have made a repro handle that might work. Instead, they leave a "Surprise"! for the installer, to find after tearing down the door. Start driving around town, looking for a special nut, in an odd size.
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Like everything thirdgen related, I always check if I can upgrade to 4th Gen parts when possible. 4th gen door handles bolt right in and in my opinion look a little bit better. That's just my opinion though and they don't come in chrome. The new ones are probably made by Dorman too.
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Re: Exterior door handles

Originally Posted by 96BlownSSragtop View Post
Since NOS GM is impossible to find without having to donate a body part, I tried the Dorman replacement. The studs are smaller than OEM and I canít seem to find any speed nuts that will work.

Anyone found a solution or a replacement brand that actually works/comes with ALL hardware?
I have a solution for you. I did this on my 82 and I just did this again a few days ago on a car I'm working on for someone else. As you know, the posts are too small. Made in China is always on top of their game. Also, go ahead and buy two sets of door handles and use the best pair. They like to put the posts too far up or too far down and they also like to have shotty paintwork on them. It's all garbage, but you can make the best of it.

On the speed nuts, place your FACTORY ones with the nut side up on hard metal/concrete surface, then take a hammer and tap them (don't pile drive them), tap them lightly until the top surface is flat and closes back up. They will then start on the posts after a few cusswords. Go ahead and run them on just a few threads, but not all of the way. Once on the door, then you start them again and take them all of the way. They will eventually screw all of the way down tight.
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On the speed nuts, place your FACTORY ones with the nut side up on hard metal/concrete surface, then take a hammer and tap them (don't pile drive them), tap them lightly until the top surface is flat and closes back up. They will then start on the posts after a few cusswords. Go ahead and run them on just a few threads, but not all of the way. Once on the door, then you start them again and take them all of the way. They will eventually screw all of the way down tight.
Tried that but couldnít get it to work. Iíve ordered new NOS speed nuts and handles from 1AAuto so weíll how this works. If that doesnít work, Iíll find good used ones.
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No such thing as "good used ones".Theyre a junk design to start and only get worse once used.I used the method KITT mentioned and it worked quite well on new doorman pieces as well
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