A few weeks back the door paddle lever inside the driver's door gave way to the point where I could no longer open the door without reaching in through the window and opening the door from the inside. I finally got tired of that today and tore apart my driver side door to fix it as well as a few other items using Jeff Scherb's fantastic write up:
The "lever" in the red oval is what is bent out of shape from 28 years of non-stop use:
So, using Jeff's instructions to take apart a door, I finally was able to remove the paddle assembly from the door and bend down the "lever":
While I have the door apart I am going to weld up the infamous crack just below my window vent, strengthen up that area per Jscherb's thread, weld up the window hoop as it comes down to the door panel, and replace all the worn out window trim with new. I will do the same thing on the passenger side once the driver's side is completed to my satisfaction.
One question I do have is what is all the gunk at the bottom of my window?
I was driving South on Main street when a gal decided to turn left right in front of me without yielding (I was traveling around 35mph and I had the green light).
Both air bags went off (1st for me) and the right front end of my pickup seems to be toast. Question for all of you gurus out there, will they total this Ford Ranger with 74k miles on it that was in great shape? or fix it? and, yes, I am OK as well as the other driver...
Lastly, Jeff Scherb, wherever you are? I owe you your favorite beverage, your write up(s) are priceless. so thank you!