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I am trying to remove the passenger door handle from my 86 Spider. The original one is missing the pull lever and is scratched an pitted so I am installing a reconditioned one. I have removed the three nuts on the inner side that hold the entire mechanism to the door and I also removed the single nut that connects the pull handle mechanism to the door latch. the whole handle unit is loose but the darn thing is slightly too big to remove from the door. Any tricks to getting it out? The shop manual has been completely worthless on this one.
 

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I've done a couple.

The end towards the front of the car should come out first. I think that the holes are different from car to car, as some just pop right out and others require manipulation.
Prolly production variances in the size of the hole.
 

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Thanks gents. Just wanted to make sure there was not some secret that I needed to know. One thing for sure, the Italians don't make these cars with service and repair in mind!
 

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Door handle was the first thing I ever did for my car. Just be patient and don't force it (even though it is tempting). The part that gave me the most trouble was getting the interior back on the door. I learned the hard way not to force the clips. :eek:
 

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I am going to give it another try this evening...but it sure is tempting to get out the hammer and screwdriver and pry that sucker out of there! I would like to think that the italians just manufacturer to a very high degree of percision so things fit perfectly withing very close tolerances but as an owner of several Ferraris I know the truth! It's part of the charm of owning any Italian car. Thanks for the help guys. :eek:
 

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I am going to give it another try this evening...but it sure is tempting to get out the hammer and screwdriver and pry that sucker out of there! I would like to think that the italians just manufacturer to a very high degree of percision so things fit perfectly withing very close tolerances but as an owner of several Ferraris I know the truth! It's part of the charm of owning any Italian car. Thanks for the help guys. :eek:
You don't have to force it. Just keep trying different angles, it's like a puzzle - eventually you'll find the right angle and it will pop right out.

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The kink is the locking mechanism. I have had luck removing it with a nut driver. Some use a phillips screw. If you can get that off it will slip right out.
HOWEVER I have recently had my 91 painted and removed the handles before I had it done. I worked with the drivers side for hours and then almost like
majic it slipped right out.. How It happened I got no clue. I kept trying to reposition the locking ring but it never seemed to help. Holding your mouth right is VERY important with door handles. You can slip the rubber ring completely off which will give you more room.. but could cause scratches. I put masking tape on the small end and removed the rubber gasket.
 
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