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You will need to 1st cut out the old handle.2nd Make a patch to cover it in sheet metal. 3rd weld it in. 4th.get a shaved door handle kit which will include bearclaw latches and remotes to open the doors. Also make sure you have a hidden wire connected to the latch to open the door in case of electrical failure.Check out some of the street rod mags for a shaved door handle kit. There are lots of them out there
 

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Shouldn't have to cut anything out really. Just make a small patch for the rear part of the handle and weld the front bolt hole up. Grind it down and do your bodywork.
 

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Don't need Bearclaw latches either. Just buy a good quality solenoid kit (50 pound pull or more). I mounted my solenoids at the bottom rear of the door. It's a straight pull down to release. I shaved the door locks too since they're pointless.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't the bear locks allow you to setup a cable so you can get in if you have a loss of power? With the solenoid in the door, if you have a loss of power there seems like there is no way in. You've got to have something set up I would imagine.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't the bear locks allow you to setup a cable so you can get in if you have a loss of power? With the solenoid in the door, if you have a loss of power there seems like there is no way in. You've got to have something set up I would imagine.
You can run an emergency release cable to the door mechanism. Bearclaws are an optional replacement for ancient door latch mechanisms (such as in street rods).
 
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