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Old 27th October 2017, 22:34   #1
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Default Exterior Door Handle Differences.

Just had a look through the various PPD mods that took place over the production run, but can't find anything on the following.

Had an early and late car parked side-by-side recently, and noticed the 'feel' of the outer chrome door handle was different ? On closer inspection, the later example has handles where the inner edges (that your fingers wrap around) are much more rounded and hence feels 'softer' to the touch. By comparison, the earlier ones almost felt sharp.

Anyone else aware of this little production difference ? Although small, the handles appear to be a completely different casting !
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Old 27th October 2017, 22:56   #2
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Yes I noticed this after working on a variety of 75s and ZT's this year, the earlier models had door handles that have a much sharper feel to them. I like and prefer the feel to them
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Old 28th October 2017, 00:42   #3
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I shall have to inspect this, I have never noticed!
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Old 28th October 2017, 00:53   #4
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One thing I have noticed is theyíre prone to corrosion. **

My current 02 Conny which has spent all of its life in Scotland the handles are perfect but my project 01 plate Conny which has spent almost its entire life on the south coast itís handles are corroded.
Both cars have similar mileageís, around the 60k



** I know itís not corrosion as such itís more a fault within the casting of the handles.
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I've checked the MG Rover EPC, the part numbers are the same from launch to finish, no supersessions. I do recall the "pitting" issues under warranty, I recall, but can't confirm there being a change of supplier due to this.
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I've checked the MG Rover EPC, the part numbers are the same from launch to finish, no supersessions. I do recall the "pitting" issues under warranty, I recall, but can't confirm there being a change of supplier due to this.
I had a closer look today and they are definitely different. If I get chance this week, I'll try and remove one of the early type and take some pics on the bench, to show the differences
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Just had a look through the various PPD mods that took place over the production run, but can't find anything on the following.

Had an early and late car parked side-by-side recently, and noticed the 'feel' of the outer chrome door handle was different ? On closer inspection, the later example has handles where the inner edges (that your fingers wrap around) are much more rounded and hence feels 'softer' to the touch. By comparison, the earlier ones almost felt sharp.

Anyone else aware of this little production difference ? Although small, the handles appear to be a completely different casting !
Agreed as the inner edges of the door handles on my pre-production car have a sharper edge, but the door handles on my 51 plate diesel has a softer more rounded edge to them.

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I had a closer look today and they are definitely different. If I get chance this week, I'll try and remove one of the early type and take some pics on the bench, to show the differences
Well, it's only taken me almost 2 years but I finally got round to comparing the early and late type exterior door handle castings this week (....now there's a topic to impress your friends at parties )

I've taken a pic, as the differences aren't visible whilst fitted to the car. The castings (2 per handle) are completely different and I assume were changed during production to give a softer, better quality feel to the model:



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(Apologies if the image is showing at 90', I've tried to amend to get it straight, but the system seems to keep changing it for some reason ?)
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I remember reading something somewhere that when the 75 was launched some journalists said the door handles were sharp! No!, I am not making this up.

Perhaps they took the comments on board.
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Yes the club car OVP which is a very early example has the sharper handles. Iím glad they changed them for smoother ones, much nicer to the touch

Picture rotated Paul BTW
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