my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

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my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Army of Six » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:46 pm

geez....what a pain in the butt to post pics on this site....anyways, i gave up (and yes ALL my pic were re sized to 590x440)

anyways, here is a link to the post at the ford econoline site..

http://www.ford-econoline.com/forum/vie ... ?p=567#567

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Re: my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Does10s » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:13 am

Great idea!

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Postby jamyers » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:34 am

Nice! You going to use one center latch at the bottom, or two (one for each 'door')?

Some gas struts would be nice lift and hold it open.
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Postby Army of Six » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:04 pm

I plan on running 2 gas struts and i plan to have just one latch centered at the bottom...the cons, the latch pin will be sticking up out of the floor as you enter and exit. i plan on painting it orange but on sure its going to reach out and grab all 6 of us eventually.

the latch will be popped open with a solenoid from my remote like i have in my doors. if i run 2 latches in the sides i will have to double the the solenoids.

we will see. i havent completely ruled out 2 latches in the sides.
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Postby Does10s » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:29 am

At least the two latch concept would get them out of the way of the foot traffic. :thumbup:

Might also help with flexing and noise.
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Postby mutt » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:30 pm

the side doors being closed adds a lot to the rigidity of the box....from a structural standpoint, two lower latches would be the thing.
Glad to hear about the gas struts, that thing would kill ya if if it slammed shut at the wrong time.
Neat concept....well executed.
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Re: my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Army of Six » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:01 pm

those are good points. if put the latch on the bottom center it will be harder to install the latch but easier to install the pin as i would make a bracket that that would attach to the existing 3 screw bracket. If i chose 2 in the sides it will be easier to install the latches because there is more room but harder to install the pins because there really isnt much there to mount the pins to...just thin sheet metal.

im going to sleep on it. i probably wont be able to mess with it until monday.

thanks for your input.
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Postby sasktrini » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:45 pm

What about "bearclaws" on your lower door jambs and install pins on your doors? Oh, but then you need to actuate both bear claws...

Okay, what about relocating the door handle from the rear inside handle, position it running horizontally, similar to old garage doors? Use reinforcing plate just like the stock door latch plates?

Great stuff! Got me thinking!
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Re: my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Army of Six » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:15 am

well i am going to use the bear claw type latches and i did look at installing the latch on the floor and the striker pin on the door but that would require alot of cutting and chopping up of the van floor which i really dont want to do

as for the handle and running it horizontally....well, im not going to have any handles..inside or out. i do plan to have a small pull type cable on the inside to pop the latch if the solenoid fails but thats it.

thanks again for the input.

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Postby jamyers » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:11 pm

I'd think some time spent wandering around a wrecking yard looking at door latches would be worthwhile. I'd think you should be able to trip two latches with one solenoid, just need two rods from the mechanism out to the latches.
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Re: my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Army of Six » Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:14 pm

i went to the parts store and picked up 2 gas struts. i bought 2 of the larger ones because the door will be heavy at the lifting point of the struts which will be approx 18 inches from the hinges. i wanted to see how much was needed to compress the gas struts and i took every ounce of my 200lbs ass to compress just one of them. so now im thinking that i am going to need some pretty beefy mounting brackets. i dont think the stock 20 ga or so sheet metal will last too long under those forces.

i still havent had much time to look at the hinge setup. i have to pull some panels first to see what the body looks like underneath. I did finish welding in sheet metal to cover the bare spots where the hinges used to be. i also applied some bondo before it all has a chance to rust.

hopefull monday i will be able to really tear into it again and get the latche(s) and struts installed

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Re: my gull wing econline install :) (pics)

Postby Army of Six » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:01 pm

i added some more pics of the gas strut install to the original post if you guys want to check it out.

http://www.ford-econoline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=226

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