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power barn door locks?

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by darkshadow, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. darkshadow

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    Was think about this, now is ther any reason you CAN't use a door lock acuator and fit it in the back door, to make it a power lock?


    would love to be able to KNOW there locked, so my tools are safe, and well as unlock it from in the truck
     
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    Yes it can be done and it has been done before. Saw a burb on the net about a year ago that had power barn door locks.
     
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    cool, I am going to do it when i pull my other bur apart, will have lots of actuators then :D
     
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    My van with barn doors had power locks so yes it can easily be done.
    Go to a junkyard and look how it is in the van doors, should be the same way.
     
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    i wonder if it ever came stock with power barn door locks
     
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    Nope, wasn't even an option until the late 90's
     
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    My 1990 has a power rear lock on the barn door.
     
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    really!?!?!


    any chance you could pull the panel off and get me a pic???

    is it tied to the doors or is it on a seporate switch?
     
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    It's tied to the doors. I can get you a picture maybe this weekend. It's been sticking lately and doesn't want to unlock all the time.

     
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    get some graphite spray. I sprayed all the internals of my doors. And after that my once "crapped out" door lock actuators work flawlessly now.

    I used this stuff called Jiggaloo... I think that's how you spell it.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the info.
     
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    Any time man.

    I sprayed all the linkages, and pivot points with the stuff.

    The good thing is, the stuff is like spray paint. It goes on wet, and dries really quickly completely dry.

    Just keep a rag handy, it runs, and will stain the paint. It never really comes off. It kinda fades away with scrubbing, but never really cleans up completely.
     
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    Yea my '89 had factory power barn doors, but when the doors got swapped out manual ones went on it. I still have the old doors, Ill get a pics as soon as I can for ya.
     
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    My '86 has power barn doors, I'll take a pic in a min. I can tell you that all the actuators are the same but the barn door mounting bracket is different than all the rest.
     
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    This one is the pins that connect the door lock to the truck
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    Hope these help I have the panel off right now so let me know what else you want pics of. As you can see its kinda tight in there but there is enough room to work
     
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    I converted a setup years ago and I went with wires at the hinge with the speaker wires for the door so I could lock and unlock weather the doors were closed or open. :D
     
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    imiceman...did your van have an inside door release/handle? I want to be able to open the door from the inside of my Burb, right now I just have the panel off and pull the release in the door.
     
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    The one that had power did have a handle, the one I converted didn't, it was originally a cargo van made a conversion van, I made a handle :D .
     
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    mine has power as well.... but dont have a camera sorry
     
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    Cool! I'll go dumpster divin this weekend and see if I can get something to work. I'll post pics if I get somewhere with it.
     

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