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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the process of getting my 1966 convertible interior upgraded to deluxe/pony option. Today I was told by the upholstery shop that the interior pony door handles won't fit on the splined shafts. I need a remote control or shaft extension so that they can be mounted. Can anyone help explain exactly what I need? Which vendor sells this extension? I have looked through numerous Mustang vendor catalogs and I see no reference to a different window regulator shaft for pony handles.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 07:21 PM
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I'm not sure your upholstery shop knows what they're talking about. I have one pony door and one standard door in my car (the one door was replaced by a PO). I took the pony door handle off and put a standard handle on.

Now, one thing I have noticed, though ... the pony door window regulator sticks out further than the standard door. On my standard door, the window crank is flush against the door. On the pony door, there's about a 1/8th - 3/16ths inch gap.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 07:35 PM
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I've been down this road personally. The pony handle will go on a standard shaft if you really push them hard into place, then you only get a couple of threads on the screw (if you use the chrome decorative pieces and plastic washers that mount between the door panel and the door handle.

If you look at an NPD catalog, you'll see there are 2 different mechanisms for opening the door. One is for a pony, one is for a standard door handle. The standard has a shorter shaft.

If you don't use the decorative chrome piece and plastic washer, you might be okay. But with them, in time, the splines wear down and the handle comes loose due to a poor contact surface.

I don't know if there is an extension that you can add to your existing door mecanism or not. If so, that might be the cheaper way to go. If not, you really should do it right the first time in my opinion. Otherwise, you'll probabaly be fixing it later.

The above paragraphs refer to the door handle only, not the window crank.

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