Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit (1967-1968) Installation Instructions

Tools Required:
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • 5/16-inch Socket or Wrench
Install Difficulty:
  • Moderate
  • Moderate Project
1. Installation of your new Mustang Scott Drake C7ZZ-6522404-5P Show Quality Exterior Door Handle Kit is easiest on a door shell if the window is not yet installed. If a door handle is being replaced on a door with a window, the installation becomes more difficult as you have to maneuver around the window regulator and tracks.
2. Removal of an existing door handle will be opposite of the installation instructions, however it will be briefly summarized here first. The door panel needs to be removed. First, unscrew the two screws holding the Mustang arm rest on, as well as the screws for the window crank handle and door handle.
3. With a door panel removal tool or two flat head screw drivers, slide a flat head screw driver beneath the Mustang door panel and locate a panel clip. Flank each side of the clip with a flat head screw driver and carefully pry up to pop the clip out of the door. Continue around in this fashion until the panel is removed.
4. A plastic weather seal may be under the door panel. The adhesive can be salvaged if it is heated with a heat gun to soften the adhesive. It will get gummy and stringy and allow the weather seal to be carefully pulled away.
5. The door latch actuator rod must be disconnected from the Mustang exterior door handle. It is attached to the door handle latch mechanism with a clip. The clip has a tab at the end of it. Slide a flat head screw driver under this tab and pry up to pop the clip off the actuator rod. It may take some effort. Then pull the rod out of the door handle latch mechanism. A picture of this clip is shown below in the installation.
6. Remove the nut (accessible from the inside of the Mustang door/door skin) with a 5/16-inch wrench or socket that attaches the small end of the handle to the door.
7. Remove the Phillips screw from the large end of the door handle, accessible from the exterior jamb of the door.
8. Carefully remove the old door handle. It will require some twisting and turning to get all the guts through the hole in the door.
9. Assemble the new door handle button mechanism as shown in the picture below:
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image
10. The door handle button mechanism will be marked with an L and an R on each side of it. Snap the clip for the Mustang door lock rod into the hole for the side of the car the door handle is being installed. This door handle is for the right side; you can see the clip installed on the “R” side in the image above.
11. Insert the button mechanism into the door handle. Place the tab of the button mechanism in the hole on the bottom of the door handle, and then screw to the door handle with a Phillips screw driver as shown.
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image
12. Thread the threaded stud into the small end of the door handle. Hang the gaskets in place on the door handle. Place the new door handle onto the door and position the gaskets.
13. Start the long Phillips screw, accessible from the door jamb. Leave it loose for now.
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image
14. Start the nut on the threaded stud from the small end of the door handle with a 5/16-inch wrench. This is only accessible from the inside of the Mustang door shell. Leave this loose for now too.
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image
15. Once the screw and nut are both started, push the door handle tight against the door so both ends of the handle are mated tightly to the door. Tighten the screw, and then finish tightening the nut. Do not over tighten or you risk cracking the paint. These do not need to be overly tight, just tight enough that the door handle doesn't wiggle.
16. Locate the door latch actuator rod inside the door, slide it into the eye of the clip on the door handle button mechanism, and then snap the sleeve of the clip around the actuator rod.
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image
17. Test the Mustang exterior door handle to make sure everything functions properly.
Mustang Scott Drake Exterior Door Handle Kit Install Image