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Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:24 pm
by 1969SE5
Hi Chaps

when i bought my 69 5 , it had metal interior door close handles, which looked wrong and i replaced with Cortina style, but just come across this advert on ebay .... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RELIANT-SCIM ... rk:40:pf:0 which has started the thought process again.... would the early 500 cars have had different handles ?

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:29 pm
by roymck
Don’t remember mine having any handles , used the armrest to pull the door shut and yes it was a pre 500.
The EBay parts are the same as fitted to my MGB , as the add said suitable for fitting to a SE5 , that doesn’t mean they were ever fitted .

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:01 pm
by Roger Pennington
FWIW, here's No 004, (photographed in 2016) (obviously I can't give any absolute guarantees on it's originality, nor that what's typical of one is typical of all....)

GTE no 004.jpg
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Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:24 pm
by scim_rebel
I had no reason to believe that 004 wasn't completely original in that particular area (one of the relatively few!) and the combination of handles/armrests shown are typical of all early cars as far as I have seen.

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:26 pm
by AJL Electronics
That is the same as the car I have in for work at the moment. I think that the hinged handles were a later change.

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:41 pm
by Roger Pennington
I couldn't find them in the Se5 Parts List (though I guess that doesn't prove they weren't fitted later, for a short period of time, perhaps)

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:50 pm
by Roger Pennington
In fact they do seem to appear in the Se5a parts list, along with a note saying " Up to Chassis number 454030" which I think is the last Se5a before the uprated engine came in. So they may only be early Se5a, unless they filtered in earlier?

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:43 pm
by Will Anderson
I have an original 1972 SE5a which has the door pull handles similar to the eBay type above and my 1973 SE5a has the type shown in Roger's picture. My 72 car is post the uprated engine and I just always assumed that the early cars had the door pull and at some point between 72 and 73 they changed to the armrest type. :?:

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:00 pm
by Roger Pennington
Sounds as though the armrest went away and then staged a comeback! The Armrest (part no 204924 in black) is listed in the Se5 parts list (tieing-in with my photo above) and then the same armrest, with the same part no, is listed in the Se5a parts list, with the note "from chassis number 931001 (which is the one after the one listed as the end date for the handle above.)

Also I've done a bit more checking and Don's book says the uprated engine came in at 453501

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:31 pm
by Will Anderson
Well, the 72 car is 4537xx and the 73 is 93x20xx so that would tie in.

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:58 pm
by speedy555
I've had the hinged ones on a 1972 car, but all the rest including the 2x 1970 se5's I have are the armrest type

Interior Door Handles on a 5 ?

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:01 am
by 1969SE5
armrest ones are what I have fitted, same as the photo, will stick with that, took me ages to find them as well !!