Latch Bolt restoration (Bargman L400) - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Latch Bolt restoration (Bargman L400)

I suppose that many peoples have the same problem that I had with the latch bolt of my handle. It was so worn out that it was not holding the door closed any more.

The choice was to buy a parts kit on E-Bay costing more than 150$ or to rebuild the bolt that I have witch is what I decided to do.

Here is the result of my work. The new bolt is made of aluminium and is glue to the steel part with epoxy glue.

The old bolt, made with soft metal has been very easy to remove using a normal plumbing torch. It melt away in less than 3 minutes.

The Bargman L400 handle is installed on many Trilliums and Bolers. On other brands too. It is extremely difficult to find it at a reasonable price.

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Old 06-11-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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Here is the result of my work. The new bolt is made of aluminium and is glue to the steel part with epoxy glue.
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If the epoxy lets go you might try drilling and running a small bolt through. You could cut, file and trim the bolt flush.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:34 AM   #3
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I used the LEPAGE Regular epoxy glue. It take a long time to set but make a very strong bond. Since there is just a small stress at this point I am confident that it will hold. We'll see!!

I made the bolt a little bit longer than the original, about 1/8 to 3/16 inch longer. It will fit better for the gap I have between the door and the frame.

The dimension of the part I made is: 3/4" by 15/32" (just a little bit less than 1/2") by 1 1/2". The cut angle is 40 degree. I splitted the bolt up to 5/8" using a metal saw then opened the gap with a thin file.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:33 AM   #4
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Here is the handle installed. It is working nicely.
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Nice work

I am currently looking for an L300 replacement for my '76 Trillium. Failing that I may have to follow your plan. After 36 years things tend to wear out. Hope I can do as good a job. Thanks for the idea and the pics. D.
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Alain - how is this holding up, after three years?

I need to do the same thing ...

thanks,
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I have not been here for a long long time.

The bolt is still holding very well, like if it was the first day of installation. No wear whatsoever.

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Bonjour Alain, pourrais-tu me'expliquer ta réparation en français? Merci.
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