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 Posted: May 25, 2017 08:58PM
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Member since:Sep 8, 2003
CA
Just did this on a MK1 Countryman, the square pegs were slightly loose in the square holes, shimming the holes to take up the slack fixed the problem. I used some tig rod that I hammered flat.

Sean Windrum

1996 MGF VVC
1970 1275 GT Racer
66 Austin Countryman
63 997 Cooper (Under Construction)
63 MG 1100

 

 Posted: May 20, 2017 02:03PM
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Member since:Apr 7, 2000
US
i was told years ago by a old BMC tech to remove the handle and put the door handle shaft in a vise and give it some heat and give it a twist to make it straight again, i have done this trick for years it works great and very easy fix

 Posted: May 20, 2017 08:03AM
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My Mk 1 Van's original outer handles have no springs. Am I missing something here? The handles have no sag at all. Apparently the latch springs are doing their job.

It appears the cat ate some of my Scrabble tiles. His next trip to the litter box could spell disaster.

 

'66 Austin Van; 1275 .040 over;  EN40B crossdrilled crank; Cam Techniques F-270-8 cam; MED modified alloy 7 port; 1.5:1 MED roller rockers; 40 DCOE carbs; rod change box...

 Posted: May 17, 2017 10:03AM
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Thanks SXS!  Not sure why it sometimes goes in as a link, sometimes not!

Good point on the latches!  Those springs get soft too!  In fact the description for these says it's to fix "terminal door sag"!


http://www.minimania.com/part/24A2143-P/Classic-Austin-Mini-Inside-Door-Latches

Jemal

Sales & Technical Support at MiniMania

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 Posted: May 17, 2017 09:25AM
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No I think he's saying it's pretty easy to add something like a carb return spring to the interior "spoon" to help your 50+ year old handles stay up.....   Kinda like what Big Al said too!

Or you can go with reproduction handles like these, with young and resilient springs:

http://www.minimania.com/part/24A1140-KIT/Classic-Austin-Mini-Door-Handle-And-Boot-Kit-1959-1965-Mk1

Jemal

Sales & Technical Support at MiniMania

Follow progress on all my projects at CooperRoadMini.com

 

 Posted: May 17, 2017 08:11AM
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Member since:Mar 13, 2017
So, you are saying there is nothing that can be done to restore to normal?

 Posted: May 17, 2017 08:03AM
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I remember fitting some springs years ago.

Rather like how a garage door spring aids in lifting.

 Posted: May 17, 2017 07:47AM
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Yes, its' called viagara

Big AL

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Niagara Ontario Canada

 Posted: May 17, 2017 06:30AM
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Member since:Mar 13, 2017
Is there a proper fix to the perennial sagging door handles (both inside and out) on a Mk 1 Mini?