I wonder if anyone has come across this problem: the beveled bolt on my Bargman lock (assume L-400
, 1979 Trillium
1300) is badly worn. The door was rehung some years ago (metal plates on the inside) and it probably needs some adjustment. The flat surface of the latch bolt presses against the strike plate (e.g. you need to press against the door to close it), and the continued opening / closing of the latch has worn the bolt quite a bit (e.g. a few mm deep, maybe 4-5 mm wide).
The end result is that the door does not always lock. When you try the handle, the bolt moves a few mm (I'm not sure if it should) and that is enough to get the door to open. Sometimes the door locks, and sometimes it doesn't. It has gotten worse lately.
So, a few questions:
- Should the Bargman L-400
bolt move AT ALL when the latch is “locked”, or is a few mm “normal”? This speaks to the question of “rebuild or replace”.
- I’ve seen some Bargman L-400
rebuild kits on ebay, and scattered throughout these forums. If anyone has used one of these, I will probably have some specific questions (e.g. does a replacement bolt come as part of the kit). I might pony up the extra cost for a rebuild kit off of ebay if the odds of success are good.
I will consider rehanging the re-hung door: the metal plates are sturdy, but things have loosened over time.
I’m going to decide between fixing the Bargman (which includes extending the strike plate out a bit) or replacing the latch with some form of Trimark latch, per examples the forum. I would rather stick with the Bargman for sentimental reasons, but this isn’t a 1957 Ford Mustang that I’m trying to keep as “stock”.