To create a clean and smooth complexion on our '50 Chevy Suburban dubbed Project "Sublime," we decided to shave the door handles and the external rear barn-door hinges. By removing the door handles, we eliminated external access to Sublime's spacious interior. To remedy the situation, a phone call was made to The Hoffman Group AutoLoc. We ordered a pair of Bear Claw latches and installation kits, AutoLoc's adjustable power solenoids, and door poppers.
To replace the full-fisted factory rear door hinges, we contacted the folks at Hagan Street Rod Necessities in New Bremen, Ohio, and placed an order for their large hidden-hinge kit. We were confident that replacing the 60-year-old factory door hinges, latches, and strikers with new and improved Hagan and AutoLoc components would extend Sublime's accessibility. Today's advanced AutoLoc electric door solenoids and poppers allowed us the custom touch of shaving the front and rear-door handles.
After inserting a fresh memory card and batteries into my camera, I followed along as Dan Dowdy of Street Rods by Dowdy installed the Hagan hidden-hinges, Bear Claw door latches and AutoLoc solenoids and door poppers.
Hagan Street Rod Necessities hidden-hinge kits come complete with hinge pockets, hinges, a
After holes were cut into the rear barn-door casings to house the heavy-duty Hagan hidden
The inboard Hagan door hinges were aligned and then secured to the inner door panels. They
The AutoLoc adjustable door poppers will allow the doors to be popped open for easy access
The AutoLoc door popper was then dropped into position and secured with two Phillip head s
In case of any electrical power failure, a panic L-rod was welded onto the end of the Auto
We accomplished our goal of a smooth, clean rear end. The shaved rear-door handle and hidd
The AutoLoc Solenoid and Bear Claw latch and striker will allow the driver and passenger d
Dan Dowdy used a thin cutting disc to cut along the penciled line of the latch panel.
After the Bear Claw latch panel was cut to shape, it was welded into position using a MIG
New Bear Claw striker plates and strikers were located and MIG welded into the door jams,
A No. 2 pencil was used to mark the holes of the solenoid mounting plate.
The solenoid cable was threaded through the solenoid shaft. The loop was then secured with
We achieved what we wanted for Sublime, an oh-so smooth, clean skin complexion.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
From an aesthetic perspective, the Hagan Hidden Hinges installation made an incredible improvement to the overall appearance by smoothing out the Suburban's rear barn doors. After installing the Bear Claw Door Latches, AutoLoc Power Solenoids, and AutoLoc Door Poppers, it made for simple, effortless cab access.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 8 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Intermediate
3/8-inch-drive ratchet, 1/2-inch socket, portable drill, step bit, Phillips screwdriver, Allen wrench, pencil, pneumatic disc sander, MIG welder.
Bear Claw Door Latch kit BCLG101234 $45.00 pr.
Bear Claw Door Latch install kit BCInSt-L10939 $45.00 pr.
AutoLoc Adjustable Power Solenoid 100 lbs. kit $225.00
AutoLoc Standard Adjustable Door Popper kit DP2500#107380 $59.85 ($19.95/3 each)
Hagan Hidden Hinges PNHHH2 two doors $395.00