inside door handle for rear barn door

inside door handle for rear barn door

Postby snapper388 [OP] » October 23rd 2013, 8:33pm

I would like to install an inside door handle on my 95 astro has anyone done this ? or does anyone have any suggestions? door panel is wood covered with cloth and a pocket in the center.
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Re: inside door handle for rear barn door

Postby 97cargocrawler » October 23rd 2013, 9:10pm

I have not done it yet but I will someday. You will need a two part mechanism: one to lock/unlock and another to open. If you pull the panel off you will see two sets of vertical rods. The further one cycles the lock and the front one opens the door if you grab it and force it down. I have to use my rear door to get in and out so I do this daily. I have my panel removed so I just reach in there and force the rod down to open the door.

If you have power door locks you could wire in a momentary switch to a hot wire to unlock. A similar mechanism (power door lock actuator) for the door opener could be used as well, or fabricate a lever in the door panel.

The left lever is for the lock, the right lever to open:

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Lock actuator:

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You might even be able to re-purpose the lock actuator to open the door. Put it on it's own circuit so the door doesn't open when you hit the power locks up front. :think: I dunno, maybe it's not strong enough.
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Re: inside door handle for rear barn door

Postby Big_kid » October 23rd 2013, 11:54pm

95 Astro Conversion of unknown irrelevant lineage
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Re: inside door handle for rear barn door

Postby snapper388 [OP] » October 24th 2013, 1:13am

I thought about using the door lock actuator but none of mine work .and thanks for the pics
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