Door latch problems

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  1. Tumbler

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    The other day I was driving around and my door swung open when I went around a turn. The door mostly wants to stay closed but it'll occasionally swing open, and not want to shut. I checked out the latch, and I'm not sure what the right name is, but the parts that clamp around the post on the striker plate are loose and I can easily move then around. Sometimes they'll catch and will stay open or closed.

    I was looking around for any disassembly instructions and this is the best I could find: http://www.1bad6t.com/Maverick/repair/images/untitled388.gif

    I'm not sure I get everything that's going on in that diagram. I feel like I'll have to figure it out as I go along. If anyone has taken one of these apart before, do you think I'll be able to tell what when wrong by just looking at it once it's apart? I'm hoping that something like a spring just came off. Door latches don't look like the most widely available part.
     
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    If the latch mechanism will not hold fast to the striker bolt, then the latch mechanisim is most likely all you need to replace. In that photo it is labeled as assembly 26412. The striker bolt is shown as 22008. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the latch mechanism is left and right specific.
     
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    I spotted the correct latch on ebay, so I grabbed it. These apparently have a left and right side. I couldn't find one any place else. I'll just have to figure out the disassembly as I go.

    Having the driver door swing open when going around a freeway on ramp is a fun problem to have. Trying to pull it closed in that situation takes quite some effort.
     
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    shouldn't be hard to find a used replacement one...post it up in the,,,parts wanted section.
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    What year is the car? Melvins lists the latch for 70-72 so I am guessing you have a later car?
     
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    I have a 73. I look through a few auto restoration websites and I was finding ones for 70-72. Ebay came through this time.

    I'm driving this car everyday, so I want to get this fixed fast. I didn't spend a lot of time shopping around.
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    I wonder what the difference is, might have something to do with the relocated door handle.:huh:
     

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