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Evening Guys,

When driving down the road, the overhead panel trap door that has the CB and TV monitor in it likes to open up on me. This thing literally scared the "You Know What" out of when it came open at 55 mph I was sure glad to see that, there were a couple of safety wires to hold it from falling all the way open I inspected the latching system, and theres not much of a latching tab on the knob and what it's supose latch to seems to be soild and un damaged. I pushed the panel door in and lined up the latching tab, thinking I had it secured, but it happened again. In any event, have any of you ever had this type of thing happen, and if so, whats the cure/fix Also, I have two latch keepers on the doors below my passenger side couch that have worn out from vibration and no longer keep the doors closed. Where can I get a couple of these latch plates As always, thank you for any ideas
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Unless the rotating catch tab is broke, they should just need adjusting. Usually the striker plate needs the adjusting.

Also, take a careful look at their actual operation because the silver lever should turn about 90 degrees with the knob being rotated to pull the latch tight once it is engaged.

Know what ya mean about it unexpectedly falling out. Keep those safety chains hooked when driving

Hope this helps!
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Rich,
I had the very same problem. Tried to adjust it one day without doing much good. Finally I made a new catch arm to replace the pot metal one on the left side closest to the monitor. Of coarse I don't have any pictures it was one of those spur of the moment deals.

I made it out of 10 ga. steel ( 1/8" ) by about 5/16" wide, it has to slide in the slot as you turn the adjusting knob, drilled and tapped to # 10 -24 i believe and ground a radius till it fit in the slot where it needed to. Then used the original as a model and bent two 90 degree bends leaving the last tang that will catch the striker plate about a 1/2" long. Worked great and took about a half hour to build.

I am about to do this again on the upper panel, the one with the speakers and will photo document.
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Thanks guys....I think I need to give them a more detailed inspection when time allows.
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Unless the rotating catch tab is broke, they should just need adjusting. Usually the striker plate needs the adjusting.

Also, take a careful look at their actual operation because the silver lever should turn about 90 degrees with the knob being rotated to pull the latch tight once it is engaged.

Know what ya mean about it unexpectedly falling out. Keep those safety chains hooked when driving

Hope this helps!

While crossing I-20 east of Birmingham, Alabama in a one lane construction zone while it was being repaved and was extremely bumpy in places, I had the large front overhead compartment door come loose and fall down narrowly missing me, as the passengers side safety chain S hook was bent by the weight of the door as it fell releasing the safety chain. I had to hold onto the door with my right hand as it swung until I could get off at the next exit and secure it back in place.




I had evidently not allowed the latching arm to clear the cabinet edge and it was just partially latched. I now make sure that I adjust it back far enough so that when it swings over 90 degrees, I can actually hear and feel it swing over into the securing position.
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Speaking of Latches, I think I asked this before....
My dog house has no latch on the cover.
Does anyone know of a source of the large latch used on the FC dog houses?
I have seen several sites with latches, but they all appear to be too small.
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I got latches like John showed at Mc Master / CARR. You can also try wood working hardware sites.
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I got latches like John showed at Mc Master / CARR. You can also try wood working hardware sites.
Thanks Mark, I just checked out their catalogue and think I might have found what I need. Just need to go out and measure for the length I need!
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Yikes John, that sounds like a scary moment er two! Thanks for the info makes more sense on how these latches work now
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My latches did the same also.
My solution, not which many would do, was to get boating chrome sliding bolt latches.
I mounted them at the top corners of the overhead, and never had another problem.
To me, anyways, they don't look bad and are a positive lock.
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