1950 Chevy Suburban Buildup - Project Sublime

Part 5: Hidden Hinges, Door Poppers, Solenoids and Latches

Bob Ryder
Nov 1, 2010
Photographers: Bob Ryder
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To create a clean and smooth complexion on our '50 Chevy Suburban dubbed Project "Sublime," we decided to shave the door handles and the external rear barn-door hinges. By removing the door handles, we eliminated external access to Sublime's spacious interior. To remedy the situation, a phone call was made to The Hoffman Group AutoLoc. We ordered a pair of Bear Claw latches and installation kits, AutoLoc's adjustable power solenoids, and door poppers.
Photo 2/17   |   1950 Chevy Suburban Buildup street Rods By Dowdy
To replace the full-fisted factory rear door hinges, we contacted the folks at Hagan Street Rod Necessities in New Bremen, Ohio, and placed an order for their large hidden-hinge kit. We were confident that replacing the 60-year-old factory door hinges, latches, and strikers with new and improved Hagan and AutoLoc components would extend Sublime's accessibility. Today's advanced AutoLoc electric door solenoids and poppers allowed us the custom touch of shaving the front and rear-door handles.
Photo 3/17   |   1950 Chevy Suburban Buildup rendering
After inserting a fresh memory card and batteries into my camera, I followed along as Dan Dowdy of Street Rods by Dowdy installed the Hagan hidden-hinges, Bear Claw door latches and AutoLoc solenoids and door poppers.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
From an aesthetic perspective, the Hagan Hidden Hinges installation made an incredible improvement to the overall appearance by smoothing out the Suburban's rear barn doors. After installing the Bear Claw Door Latches, AutoLoc Power Solenoids, and AutoLoc Door Poppers, it made for simple, effortless cab access.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 8 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Needed:
3/8-inch-drive ratchet, 1/2-inch socket, portable drill, step bit, Phillips screwdriver, Allen wrench, pencil, pneumatic disc sander, MIG welder.
Parts Used:
Bear Claw Door Latch kit BCLG101234 $45.00 pr.
Bear Claw Door Latch install kit BCInSt-L10939 $45.00 pr.
AutoLoc Adjustable Power Solenoid 100 lbs. kit $225.00
($75.00/3 each)
AutoLoc Standard Adjustable Door Popper kit DP2500#107380 $59.85 ($19.95/3 each)
Hagan Hidden Hinges PNHHH2 two doors $395.00
Total: $769.85

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Fair Market Price $45,946
MSRP $49,000
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Mileage 16 City / 23 Highway
Engine 5.3L V8
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Sources

The Hoffman Group
Portland, OR 97214
800-651-1970
http://www.thehoffmangroup.com/
Street Rods By Dowdy
Dolan Springs, AZ 86441
928-767-3171
www.desertconcepts.com
Hagan Street Rod Necessities
New Bremen, OH 45869
419-629-1969
www.haganauto.com

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