- Altman Easy Latch Kits
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While all of our latches can be locked from the outside using your stock lock cylinders, you can not lock your Altman Easy Latch from the inside by pushing the handle forward.
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Are you tired of slamming the doors on your 1947-1951 Chevy Truck?
Are the latches on your classic truck not living up to the other work you've put into your pride and joy?
Face it, most classic truck door latches have been abused over the years and the available options don't offer the quality that your classic or custom Chevy truck deserves. That is where the Altman Easy Latch for 1947-1951 Chevy Trucks comes to the rescue.
The Altman Easy Latch kit is a vehicle specific bolt-on, bear jaw rotary claw latch kit. This kit features contoured jam plates to match the features of your vehicles doors. These are in no way a universal application. Our bear jaw rotary claw latches are each designed to work with the exterior handles, interior handles, and the exterior door lock cylinders of the specified vehicles. Each piece of our bear jaw latches are zinc plated to fight corrosion. Our internal claws are case hardened and black oxide coated. Each kit comes with everything you need for two doors. Latch plates, vehicle specific bear jaw rotary claw latches, templates, hardware, detailed instructions, striker plates, and even stainless steel striker bolts. The Altman Easy Latch kit will have your doors opening and closing smoothly and safely. All of our kits are designed, manufactured, and assembled here in the USA. This particular kit comes with 2 new interior straps that run from your interior handle to your new Altman Easy Latch. Each of our Altman Easy Latch Kits are available for those that wish to use them on a shaved handle application. Make your selection above before clicking the "Add to Cart" button.
I installed the bear claw latches on a 1950 Chevy truck. No more slamming the doors!!
There's a little work involved but well worth the effort! My only little complaint is that the cut-out template could be improved. I cut door from template and still had to make a few adjustments to get hole right. I traced what I had done on first door, flipped it and put on the other door. Cut it and was done. No tweaking. I would definitely recommend these latches! Bobby Thompson on 15th Mar 2017
I have always had issues closing the doors on my pickup since I built it. I have bought 2 different repop latch's that didn't work worth a damn and went back to the original as I was tired of having to slam the door on the passenger side. My gaps and alignment were perfect yet I had to slam the door to close it all the way. The paint is only 3 years old so I was hesitant to cut into the door to fit these. Absolutely no problem. The latch covers all the hole that is cut and my doors work better than most new cars. The only issue was I have full cover door panels and I had to make a notch where the striker didn't clear my panel. If I do another pickup these latch's will be part of the build. Mark Brandon on 15th Feb 2017
I wanted to respond on this issue, the "shims" between the door frame and latch assembly need to be drilled out where the handle rod passes through. Also you should note in the instructions; Hang the shim and latch assembly on the door handle rod before installing the outer plate to adjust mechanism operation. A lot of adjustments can be made in this step such as tweaking the latch control arm for a better feel.
This kit works very good and the next truck will get these sooner.
**As always, we appreciate any feedback our customers give us concerning our products. The instructions do make mention of installing the outside handle first. This is done because the outside handle has to rotate quite far to get the mounting bolt inserted. We could definitely see the benefit in also using this time to adjust the latch accordingly. While not everyone will run into an issue with the outside handle shaft fitting the shim hole, it can be noted in our instructions that the shaft either be "rounded" off on the end or the hole be drilled out to accommodate the difference in sizes. Thank you very much for your input** David Schurr on 12th Jan 2017
The new mechanism was easy to retrofit although I had to call Steve or Chris a couple of times (they were great). The locks were installed on a finished, painted car so I was a little nervous. I'm waiting for the weather stripping to relax but the door shuts well and will be even better. My only criticism is the quality of the photographs with the instructions but they became clearer after I began. Most car guys will sail through the installation. The quality was excellent and I highly recommend these Altman latches. Mike O on 4th Apr 2016
I don't have to get out the passenger side door anymore. I followed the directions and when installed it was tight between door and the sticker. I massaged it with a hammer untill it closed perfect. Now my door works just like the one in the video tight and solid. It took my awhile to buy due to it seemed pricey but it was worth it. The parts are of high quality. Scott on 5th Mar 2016
It's been a year and my doors still work perfectly, but now I'm always having to tell people "You Don't Have to Slam It "
I have recommended these latches to many building these old Chevy trucks as to not have the issues of old latches right off the bat
John Cole John Cole on 4th Mar 2016
the latch now works good. however, before I figured it out, the latch would lock on me. I couldn't get out of the truck from the drivers side. Come to find out there is a lever with a hole drilled in the end of it at the bottom of the latch body, it must be used for a keyed lock cylinder which there is none on the driver door. the lever is held on to the lock body with a screw. The screw was loose and the lever would fall into locked position while driving. I had to remove the lock body and remove this lever and re-install the lock. The latch works well after you adjust the strike plate and position the bolt in the right spot. Its true, I just need to push the door closed a fuzz and it latches. dave on 16th Feb 2016
I can see where these latches could be a pretty easy install, unfortunately my truck had some hidden issues resulting in a lot of fabrication. With that being said after it is all said and done I'm 100% happy with the way my doors work, I don't think my doors could close any easier. I will recommend to all my friends.
Thanks John. John Cole on 9th Jan 2015