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The drivers door on my 79 spitfire 1500 suddenly stopped opening from outside. I have to reach in and open the door using the inside handle. I've removed the door card but can't see anything obvious. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks. 

Tony

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There is a C shape clip which has a split pin passing through the the top and bottom of the clip. Try pushing the clip up the pin. If this cures the problem secure the clip in place with a electrical chocolate block connector.

Graham

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1 minute ago, Graham C said:

There is a C shape clip which has a split pin passing through the the top and bottom of the clip. Try pushing the clip up the pin. If this cures the problem secure the clip in place with a electrical chocolate block connector.

Graham

Thanks Graham. I'll give it a try.

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there is a little yellow clip that breaks and the rod falls out 

the door reemote on many triumphs was made by a sadist  typewriter contortionist  but the spitty has to be the worst

far too many links clips springs slides and it makes meccano seem like rocket science 

some use a hole saw to open up access tot the back ofthe latch 

Pete

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15 minutes ago, Pete Lewis said:

there is a little yellow clip that breaks and the rod falls out 

the door reemote on many triumphs was made my a sadist  typewriter controtionist  but the spitty has to be the worst

far too many links clips springs slides and it makes meccano seem like rocket science 

some use a hole saw to open up access tot the back ofthe latch 

Pete

Thanks Pete. I shall look forward to this later!

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6 minutes ago, Pete Lewis said:

the trouble is the access inside is limited  as soon as you stick your hand in you loose sight of what you are attempting 

so a nice big hole in the inner case makes sense 

dont forget the tin of sticky plasters at the ready   we dont like blood 

Pete

Hmm...you're painting a nice picture here Pete!

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well herald  and vitesse have nice flat rods/strips and built for the war  spitty is a combination of coat hangers and odds and sods which if you 

dont photo when removing will never be the same without strong tea and some happy mushrooms   Ha  ! and a good manual to show the breakdown 

of what the heck goes were

then theres the inner lock lever we tried 3d printing  they are now available in metal but i caant find the link  its on here somewhere 

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27 minutes ago, Pete Lewis said:

well herald  and vitesse have nice flat rods/strips and built for the war  spitty is a combination of coat hangers and odds and sods which if you 

dont photo when removing will never be the same without strong tea and some happy mushrooms   Ha  ! and a good manual to show the breakdown 

of what the heck goes were

then theres the inner lock lever we tried 3d printing  they are now available in metal but i caant find the link  its on here somewhere 

So there is plenty of evidence of previous bodges sorry repairs but these seem to be connected to the locking mechanism rather than the door opening mechanism. I think I will remove the exterior door handle. It's only two nuts. What can possibly go wrong...

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2 hours ago, tonyl999 said:

So there is plenty of evidence of previous bodges sorry repairs but these seem to be connected to the locking mechanism rather than the door opening mechanism. I think I will remove the exterior door handle. It's only two nuts. What can possibly go wrong...

It turns out it's a black plastic piece that's snapped as in the photos. Both Canley and Rimmer don't give a part number and say you have to buy the complete handle. Anybody know if it is available anywhere? Thanks in anticipation. 

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11 minutes ago, PeteH said:

Looking at it. Some judicious carving of one those nylon blocks used for fixing cabinets might create a usable replacement?

Pete

Good idea Pete. If all else fails I may give it a go. Thanks for your help. 

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Hi Pete. Thanks for your latest message. I contacted WBH but they cannot help. They want the original part number (which I cannot locate) and they also have a minimum order number of 25 items.  I have now sent some photos to a 3D printing company to get a quote. It may be a lot cheaper than a new door handle.

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So this evening I followed Pete's suggestion and filed down a plastic furniture block. Unfortunately one of the screw holes is in the way but it's quite close to the original (photo attached). I fitted the handle back in the car and it will now open from the outside but only if you turn the key at the same time. I'll try and file some more off tomorrow and see what happens. 

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