Scott Drake Show Quality Chrome Exterior Door Handle Kit for 1965-1966 Mustangs.
Get your exterior door handles looking and working like new, with this show quality chrome plated door handle kit from Scott Drake. This kit now includes pivot mechanisms and rod clips. Scott Drake door handles are the absolute best on the market.
Made in the U.S.A.Includes:
-Driver & passenger handles
| 1966-1977 Ford Broncos|
| 1964-1965 Mercury Comets|
| 1964-1965 Ford Falcons|
With all the chrome on the outside of your classic Mustang, the exterior door handles are probably the ones that take the most abuse. Between the wear and tear of being on the outside of the car, plus the use they get every time you open the door, faded, pitted door handles are pretty common.
Today we’re going to replace the door handles on this ‘67 Mustang convertible using these show quality replacements from Scott Drake. The kit includes both left and right side USA-made door handles, new gaskets, internal hinges, as well as springs and hardware. For this installation you’ll need a door panel removal tool, Phillips head screw driver, quarter inch ratchet, 3/8” deep socket, 3/8” shallow socket, pliers, flashlight, and a small screw driver or pick.
As you can see our existing door handles are in pretty bad shape. Pitting and wear, it’s very typical of the exterior door handles. To remove them, there’s a screw over here and there’s another one on the inside that we’ll have to take the door panel off to get to. We’ll start with the screw. To get to the inside nut, the door panel is going to have to come off. We’re going to start with the window crank and the door handle. Both of them are held in place by one Phillips head screw.
Now we’re going to remove our armrests. Two bolts at the bottom of the arm rest hold it to the door. Next we need to remove the bezel for our remote mirror; these just simply thread in place and usually are pretty tight. If you can’t get it off by hand, grab a set of pliers; just put something over to make sure you don’t damage the chrome. The last step in removing the door panel is to remove all the clips around the outside edge. We’re going to carefully peel back the water shield. We’re going to roll our window up so it’s out of the way and you can reach the door handle nut. The nut should be a 3/8”. You want to get a swivel if you have it, or some sort of a ratcheting wrench would help as well. You’re going to go up through here, underneath the regulator up to get the nut off. You want to make sure the window is as high as possible so you can fit your arm in easily.
The stud is most likely going to come out with the nut, which is okay. You want to make sure you’re holding onto the handle. On a freshly painted car, it’s not a bad idea to put some painters tape around it, because the handle will be loose now. Once you have the hardware removed, you need to remove the rod that goes from the door handle to the door latch itself and its going to be at the bottom of the door. There’s a little metal clip; once you pull the clip off, pull up the handle at an angle, and pull the whole assembly out of the door. Now we need to remove the rod from the factory handle. There’s a little metal clip here. As you push up on the clip and the rod will slide out.
Now we can assemble our new door handle. We’ll start by taking the O-ring and putting it over the button; just roll it down to the bottom. We’ll put the button into the handle. Put it through from the inside, and then place the spring over the back of the button. Now you want to put your exterior gasket on first and then the latch can go on. This black grommet is going to go over the back of the button, push it down into place and use the provided screw to hold it in. Make sure the buttons and the springs are seated properly. Now we are going to reinstall the door latch rod. Make sure it goes on the inside hole, not the outside. Install the new supplied clip, press the rod through, lock the clip into place.
The last step before reinstalling the handle is to put the threaded rod on the outside and pull through. We’re ready to reinstall our handle; I want to make sure we have both gaskets seated properly on the handle. We are going to fish the lock rod down; we’re just going to get the handle in place. We’re going to install the outside screws to hold the handle in place so we can reconnect the door latch rod. Now we can connect the rod to our latch itself, connection is the same way on top, the bar is going to slide in and have a little metal clip to go over it, you can see it from the side, the best way though is to put your arm in and just go by feel.
Now our last step inside the door is to put the new nut on the stud for the handle. You want to make sure the gaskets line up on the outside and we’re going to tighten the screw down. Our last step before we put the door panel back together, make sure our handle is working properly, you can close the latch with your finger, push the button, working properly. We’ll double check the lock just to make sure nothing got disconnected, close it again, lock it, everything is working properly. Now we know our new Scott Drake chrome door handles look great, they’re functional as well. The most time consuming part of the installation is going to be the door latch rods, figure on about an hour per door and you’ll be back on the road in no time.