What year did the door latch move?

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Akgriffith
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What year did the door latch move?

Postby Akgriffith » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:32 am

Anybody out there know when Fiat changed the door latch location? I have a '77 that has a damaged drivers door, I got a door from a donor '70. The door does bolt right to the hinges and it does fit, however the door latch on the door and the striker on the car body don't line up. They are off by at least 1.5 inches. Upon further inspection it seems the '77 door has a large support brace inside going front to back. I assum it's to help with side impact crashes. The donor door being older does not have this brace. That leads me to believe that sometime between '70 & '77 Fiat added this brace and had to move the latch because of it. Now I need another donor door, but don't want to end up with the same problem. So does anyone know when they made this change?
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1977 124 Spider - Slowly coming together

Akgriffith
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Your car is a: 1977 and 1970 Spider

Re: What year did the door latch move?

Postby Akgriffith » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:11 pm

Someone out there must know when this changed. You guys know everything about these cars!
Alex Griffith
1977 124 Spider - Slowly coming together

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Re: What year did the door latch move?

Postby seabeelt » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:27 pm

Sometime between 72 and 74 I think (probably closer to 74)
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Akgriffith
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Re: What year did the door latch move?

Postby Akgriffith » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:48 pm

Thanks Seabeelt!
Alex Griffith
1977 124 Spider - Slowly coming together


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