This is a driver's side outer door handle for your 1979-1993 Mustang. The original door handles on the later Fox Mustangs were made from plastic and commonly tend to break over time. Our new replacement door handles are made from metal instead of plastic for a long lasting fix for your Mustang. This door handle comes painted black and ready to install.
Product: 1979-93 Mustang Black Outer Door Handle Kit Brand: 5.0 Resto Fits: Mustang LX, GT, Coupe, Hatch and Convertible Year Models: 1979 (79) 1980 (80) 1981 (81) 1982 (82) 1983 (83) 1984 (84) 1985 (85) 1986 (86) 1987 (87) 1988 (88) 1989 (89) 1990 (90) 1991 (91) 1992 (92) 1993 (93) LRS Part #: LRS-22404K
Broken Outer Door Handles on Fox Body Mustangs are a common problem. Nothing is worse than not being able to open your Mustang door! Follow along in the video as Jmac shows you how to replace/install/remove your Mustang door handles.
This is a driver and passenger side outer door handle kit for your 1979-1993 Mustang. The original door handles on the later Fox Mustangs were made from plastic and commonly tend to break over time. Our new replacement door handles are made from metal instead of plastic for a long lasting fix for your Mustang. This door handle kit comes with a black painted finish and ready to be installed.
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Hi I'm Jonathon.
And I'm Jeff and we're with latemodelrestoration.com. Today we're going to show you how to replace those broken outer door handles on your '79 to '93 Fox Mustang. This is actually a very common problem on these year models because of the factory plastic handles that were on the outside of the car. Now Jonathan, tell them a little bit more about the 5.0 Resto replacement handle kit.
Absolutely Jeff. Our 5.0 Resto handles are made out of metal so you don't ever have to worry about them breaking again. We have them coated in both trim black and in chrome. And that way we've got you covered, no matter what your car requires. And we always include the attaching rivets.
All right Jonathan. Also it looks like you've brought your tools. Tell them a little bit more about the specialty ones that are required for the install.
Tools you'll need to put on your door handle-- take off and put on your door handle-- hammer and a drift and get out the original mandrels from the existing rivets, drill and 3H drill bit to drill out the existing rivet heads, and then a large rivet gun to install your new door handle and rivets.
All right. Looks like we've got all the tools. Let's get back here Jonathan and get this install started.
Sounds good. While Jeff was removing the door panel I went ahead and taped off the area around the door handle. That way we wouldn't damage the paint.
All right guys. Now if you have any questions on removing your door panel, make sure you check out our YouTube channel for a how to video on removing your door panel.
To get started with removing your door handle, grab your hammer and your drift. And you're going to have these little hardened steel mandrels that are left in the original rivets. Just go ahead and knock those into the door. And Jeff, if you would pull those out whenever they come in.
Then you can go ahead and take your drill [INAUDIBLE]. And you don't want to completely drill through the rivet. Just drill through the head and whenever the head pops loose, stop drilling. Now that you have the rivet heads removed, you can go ahead and push down on the inside rod and remove the handle from the door. Go back on with your new handle. Slide it in and engage it with the rod.
As you can see, I've already got one rivet in place. Go ahead and grab your large rivet gun. Insert the rivet. And you can engage the door.
All right Jonathan, looks like you're finishing up. Now I know sometimes people use bolts to install these door handles but we used rivets. Can you tell me a little bit more on why?
Sure thing Jeff. A lot of people will tell you that using carriage bolts with some nylon lock nuts is an easier and cheaper way to install your door handles. That's simply not the case because those lock nuts will loosen over time and you end up with a loose door handle which is just like having a broken one. We use the OE type rivets. That way you end up with a permanent installation.
All right appreciate it Jonathan. Looks great. Now if you need more tech tips and install videos for your Fox Mustang, make sure you check out latemodelrestoration.com.
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I put new handles on my car after I bought it 2 years ago. The passenger side worked well in the beginning and still works well. After a short time the driver's side became "loose". Not the base plate that is riveted to the door panel, but the actual handle. It had so much play that it started scratching my door paint and the paint off of the handle where it contacted my door every time I opened it. You can see in the pic on the right side and also scratches going to the left of that all along where it contacted my door every time I opened it. I figured it was a fluke and maybe I installed it wrong. Anyway, this summer it was driving me crazy so I ordered a new driver's side door handle to fix it. When I removed the handle that was on the car I could immediately see what the problem was. The silver pin on the right side has way too much free-play. It should be very tight. The new one that I didn't install yet seemed much tighter. Well I installed the new handle, and the first time I opened the door I had the same problem. That pin on the right side is I guess not quite big enough. I do NOT know why the passenger handle (which doesn't get used as much but still quite frequently) works well or why it is just the one pin on the driver's handles that doesn't fit right. But this is my second handle with the same exact problem. I riveted all three handles the same way and the base plates are very strongly attached to the door panel. The base plates are as tight as can be to the door. It is the actual handle which loosens itself from the base plate due to inaccurate pin sizing. Another case of a good idea having metal door handles available to replace the plastic ones, but not worth it unless they fix the flaw.
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Better than the original!
Francisco J S. on
On a very cold morning I went to open my 25 year old car door and the handle broke, upon inspecting it, I saw that it was made of plastic and I couldn't believe it. I ordered a new metal door handle from Latemodel Restoration and in 2 days it was at my door step. Not only did the new handle look just like the original and was real easy to install, but I also have the peace of mind that I'll never break it again. I am completely satisfied with my buy and recommend people buy this before they go through the inconvenience of a broken door handle.
Yes, I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Looks just like OEM
Ricardo R. on
Quality piece that does it's job and looks good doing it
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