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Who would have thunk it!

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Clay Thompson

Who would have thunk it!
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:59:19 PM »

I have been trying to start my TR7 at least once a month while I have  

been sick. I when out today, opened the driver's side door and got in  

the car. It started on the first try! Great! Then I got the radio to  

work, which it hasn't done in three months. Yea! The electric antenna  

is still not working. BOOO!

Turned off the motor, pulled out the key and pulled on the door  

handle. Nothing! It usually just pops open and now it won't budge.  

Ugh! Tried for five minutes and still nothing. Called my wife on the  

cell phone to come out and help me. Still won't budge! Double Ugh! The  

car is parked in the garage with the passenger side right up against  

the wall and I am not as spry as I used to be. With a lot of  

squirming, pushing, pulling and mating elephants, I finally get into  

the passenger seat. You saw this coming, didn't you? I can't get the  

passenger door open enough to get my feet out, even with my wife  

pulling on my pants legs. Had to undo the top enough to half way get  

the feet out, but I don't have enough strength in my legs to get out  

of the car in a seated position. (It's heck getting old!) My wife goes  

around the car, crawls over the stuff lining the garage wall and can  

get a hand in so she can yank me up. More elephant mating! Finally out  

of the car, only took 15 minutes!

I know that it has to be the anti-burst latch that is keeping the door  

jammed, but how do I over come this obstacle? Any advice?

Clay Thompson



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Re: Who would have thunk it!
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 08:14:59 PM »
Clay Jim did an excellent article in one of the Bulletins on this small tang

that needs to be bent up within the striker plate.

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Wayne Simpson

Re: Who would have thunk it!
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 09:05:27 PM »

Odd Hedberg

Re: Who would have thunk it!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 12:47:59 PM »
I had the same problem as Wayne (when my '8 was in Britain for an

overhaul visit)

- and this ended up with S&S fitting a new door to it...

They said the "broken plastic issue" wasn't uncommon, and the only


solution was a crow bar - and a new un-bent door.  Positive side of it:

It got me rid

of a large parking ding in the original door at the same time... :-)


On 2016-03-21 at 02:05 Wayne Simpson wrote:

Wayne Simpson

Re: Who would have thunk it!
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 01:14:49 PM »

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Re: Who would have thunk it!
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2016, 04:27:57 PM »

This is the same lock/latch as used by Jaguar in the XJ-6 and XJ-S. There

should be plenty of them around. Try

 I have two cars a FHC and DHC. Each has had sticky doors and each time it is

the body moving on the DHC. A bit of lube and good to go. However I did have

one break and had a replacement. I also have a few old Jags to pick from.

 All of this is really great fun.

 Safe driving to all !!!




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