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I've a 1984 Spider Veloce, with the lovely door latches, but they drive me nuts.
Both doors open just fine from the inside, but not from the outside.
I am aware of the locked position, but they are both unlocked, and the outer handles will pull up like normal.
When locked they are not able to be pulled up.
It would seem the outer latches are not triggering the inner latch.
I remember something about bending a tab to increase the contact.
The body lines line up very well, and I've tried all manner of adjusting the sill latch, and triangle bumper to no avail.
I'm resorting to leaning in and using the inside handle to get in.
Don Jamieson
Vancouver Island B.C.
Canada
 

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Don!

I’ve been there and done that!

Step 1. Remove door card (let me know if you need instructions)

Step 2: use a flashlight and peer into the door cavity, looking all the way toward the back and upper area.

Activate the door handle (make sure it’s unlocked!)


.. and watch as the door handle itself pushes onto a mechanical mechanism on the wall of the inside of the door cavity.

You can bend the “nose” of that actuator, but don’t do it too much!

If you do it won’t let you lock the door..
 

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The “nose” that can be bent:




Remember nice and easy!

Test everything including locking the door before putting the door card back on!
 

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Spider door latches adjustment

Removal of the outer latch assembly is needed, or can it be dealt with while still in the door ?
Would the adjustment bend be done with a blade screwdriver and increase the V spread ?
By 1, or 2mm ?
Thanks by the way.
Don
 

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Removal of the outer latch assembly is needed, or can it be dealt with while still in the door ?

Would the adjustment bend be done with a blade screwdriver and increase the V spread ?

By 1, or 2mm ?

Thanks by the way.

Don


I had my door handle out when I did this, but it may be possible to do while all mechanicals are still inside.

You’d need some kind pliers if I remember correctly.


First step:

Use a flash light and watch the mechanicals work inside as you pull the door handle over and over again.

This will help you understand what needs to be done and how your door operates generally.


Take a look at the return spring while you’re in there, spring located inside door handle. Many rust/break.
 

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I had the same issue however I started by WD-40ing the inside workings and presto! it worked. May end up having to do more tweaking eventually however it did the trick for now.
 

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Okay that was easy, the tab contact point on the door latch was handy to bend slightly, when the chrome outer handle was removed.
The outer handle assembly got a full lubrication, but that's not what I bent.
The tab that is inside the door, that the lever engages, is obvious with the handle off, and easy to bend.
Had to do it 2X of course, as I bent it too much first try.
Siliconed the window cables, and glass runners, and buttoned it up.
Works dandy now, thanks.
;-D o n
 
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