Opening a stuck door on a 59

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by Demolition man, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Demolition man

    Demolition man Well-Known Member

    image.jpeg I have a 59 Electra coupe that I'm parting. Both doors are stuck shut. The car has been sitting in the Forrest since 1974. I can't get any movement on the handles or latches, The sheet metal is all bad and I was thinking of cutting access holes in either the door or 1/4 with a cutting wheel to gain access to the latch. Anybody have any easier suggestions as how to get the doors open?
  2. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Guessing there is no access to the inside of the car?
  3. BBBPat

    BBBPat Well-Known Member

    try drilling a 1/2 inch hole above the handle. spray liberally with acetone/atf mixture for several days. maybe some heat. if the doors are that far gone cut the handle and lock out. the actuator is a tab on the latch to push on (handle button). probably gummed up solid. wear gloves
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2019
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  4. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    If the door is worthy of resale/solid, I’d smash the flat glass out to get inside first.
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  5. woody1640

    woody1640 Well-Known Member

    Can you open one of the wing windows, reach your arm in and roll the window down? Or break the glass in the wing window to gain access?

  6. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Pulled a Ford PU out of the weeds both doors rusted shut.. cut key lock out area out 6x6. to pick on the lock... that didn't work the the hinges were rusted shut. Ended up punching a hole in the center of the bottom of door. Feed a chain though you know the rest.
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  7. Demolition man

    Demolition man Well-Known Member

    image.jpeg Somebody long before me broke out both the wings trying roll down widows. Breaking out the door glass won't get the doors open. It's non power window. I did manage to get the pass door window half way down. I will try the WD40 everywhere and then if that doesn't work I will cut the door section where the latch is and try to sawzall the latch bolt.The doors are junk
    The inside and trunk are FILLED with relics and garbage. I've managed to remove some stuff . Apparently the owner in 1974 was a atomic scientist. Just tossed out his books and notes.
    There are some old comic books,tools torches,sewing machine etc. One of the things I learned long is not to open trunks,glove boxes on junk cars when previous owner is close by. One time while picking up a 61 Lincoln at a scrapyard after I had the car loaded up ,I opened the trunk as the yard owner walked up and there was 2 caddy batwing air cleaners. The yard grabbed them.Another time while picking up a 69 super bee when popped the trunk there was a 6pack intake and carbs and a 4speed.

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  8. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    WOW, a '59 w A/C
  9. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    What if they are locked?
  10. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    Stick an 8-ft 2x4 through the wing and pound the door open from inside while someone pushes the handle knob on the outside.
    That's would be my hillbilly 2 cents :)
    Of course, that would only work if they WERE unlocked.
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  11. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    If the roof is any good and can be used for another car cut it off and save it if not cut it off anyways and voila you're inside the car:cool::D

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