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Offline Henry Magno

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Kiekert Door latches
« on: November 16, 2016, 11:20:10 AM »
I have now produced replacement threaded and broached bushings for the interior handle out of steel, to repair the later Kiekert latches, with the die cast bushing. I  can rebuild your latch in most circumstances. They will be assembled with new threaded spacer bushings and machine screws, which would facilitate any future repairs, probably unlikely. There are a few more parts which sometimes need to be replaced, and I have a limited supply of these used. At the point where the supply dries up, I plan to make these parts as well.

If you are restoring a Cab A and have a lot of damage at the cone from door drop, I have a limited number of good aluminum housings that can be substituted for your damaged one.

These will be repaired at shop rates plus parts. If you have any latches you don't need, even if broken, I would be interested in buying them for parts. In particular, one of the problem parts is the die cast "L" shaped part that supports the exterior door handle.

Offline vincpie

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Re: Kiekert Door latches for W187 Cabriolet A
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 04:04:16 PM »
Hi,

I need to replace (repair?) the right door lock mechanism of my 220 Cabriolet A (pls find the car's catalog picture of the part).
The aluminium bits have disintegrated and the handle has no grip on the bering.

Is it something you can help me with? I live in the UK and would be happy to buy a reproduced part or send you mine for repairs.

Thanks

Pietro

Offline Henry Magno

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Re: Kiekert Door latches
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 09:21:52 AM »
Pietro,

I'm not planning on selling parts only. There are more issues usually than the threaded bushing. We have yet to make the L shaped support for the exterior handle shank, but it's in progress. When that is done, I will price out the cost of a complete overhaul.

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Re: Kiekert Door latches
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 11:32:49 AM »
I was actually suggesting I send you the whole unit for refurbishment.
Would that make sense?

Offline Henry Magno

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Re: Kiekert Door latches
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 08:44:00 AM »
Yes, but let me set a basic price first for the overhaul. I'm still costing out the price of the various parts, especially the L piece which we haven't made yet. Do you have any damage to the aluminum casting at the cone where the striker enters. Usually the Cab A's have some damage from dropping doors. At this point I may be able to swap the aluminum casting, but the good castings are from sedans. The only problem with that is that you will most likely have to drill and tap for the two 4? mm trim screws. Only the Cab A has these screws and without the large mounting plate that the latch attaches to, I have no way of ensuring these are in the right place.

I plan to have a basic price for the overhaul, which will include the new bushing, and reworked lever that it goes into, and the L shaped support. There is a small lever which is frequently cracked and we have repaired spares by welding them. I have a supply of other internal parts if needed. The steel backs will be zinc plated and the whole thing is reassembled with new stepped bushings which allow assembling the unit with machine screws. Exposed parts will be polished (within reason, I can't fix gouges and deep scratches in the base price). Casting swaps or repairs will be extra. It's possible to repair the castings by welding, but that will be time consuming.

As I said before, I'm interested in buying good cores without casting damage.