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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

I just received a pair of door handles for my 52 M38 from John at Midwest Military. Like everything else I've got from him, I'm very well satisfied with them. Both the product and fast service. My question is, the shaft or piece that goes through the door is welded to the outside handle. How do I secure the inside handle to it? There are no threads or screw hole on the inside end of the shaft. I could drill a hole in the end of it and tap it for a #8 or #10 screw. Just wondering what is the correct way. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Originals are bradded/riveted/peened over to hold the handle onto the shaft.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

Thank you. I never knew that. I would like to be able to remove them. I'll think of something. I may do like Bretto and drill out the one that's there now and use a piece of bolt with a lock nut on it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





From the looks of this I will guess it matches your new door handles.

There are several ways to peen the inside over after you assemble the latch handle. All will get the job done but it then becomes a permanent installation with destruction of the handle usually the result if the need arises to disassemble.

I got lucky a few years back and got my hand on the drawings that accompanied the door kit for the M38A1. Note how the handle is assembled for the real Army supplied door kits.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

Yes Wesk. That's exactly what I got from John and it does look like there's just enough extra length to rivet it. That may be what I do when I get to that point.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If there is enough length to properly peen it over then there should also be enough length to allow a Circlip groove.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

Maybe so but I'm not sure that would work. It's half round in that area plus it would be very hard to get a proper groove in it because I couldn't get it in my lathe. I could drill out the shaft that's there and replace it with a threaded piece and use a locknut. That way I could adjust the tension on it to keep it snug.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would cut off the current one and weld in a new one made longer, and threaded, and use a self locking nut and washer, then you can remove it anytime you want. That would be stronger and easier than drilling and tapping the current one as the bolt would have to be small, like 10-32.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

dpcd67, I'm seriously thinking about that. I'll have to enlarge the hole in the interior handle just a tiny bit but still keep the flat area. No problem. I've worked on tougher problems.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather than beat up the exterior handle just take a threaded bolt of the sam diameter. Cut the threaded section off, SQUARED of COURSE, and weld that section to the handle stump then grind the flat in it for the handle.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: M38 door handles. Reply with quote

Not to disagree and everything would be so simple but the end of the shaft has been turned down from 3/8 to 11/32. Replacing the shaft in the exterior handle is no problem at all. Flattening the threaded end of a cut-off bolt is also no problem. I'll just have to enlarge the hole a tiny bit without destroying the flat part.
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