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I have a few old broken drivers side outside door handles that are broken where the rod attaches,,,  i now realize i have a broker passenger side handle.. can i use the old drivers side handles for passenger side and just put the rod on the other side of the handle that is still good??? will that work or are the handles specific to the side???

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i put in broken door handle from drivers side to passenger side,,,,  it will technically work but half of the handle still pulls out of the door.. it wont last long.. its like a half arse handle .... im trying to jb weld it so it will work more like a normal handle..

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JB weld probably won't work in this situation. It doesn't like to be flexed. Seals holes, drill it, mill it. Can even pull on it, but flexing, not so much

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Those doorhandles are made of zamac.. It's a disasterous "metal" a mix of aluminium,copper,zinc.. it rusts from the inside of airbubbles that are IN the alloy.. so you can't stop the decay  The ornament "Z"on the c-pillar, (air outlet), are also made of that stuff.. a restorers nightmare! 😞 

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The topic is....

Can i use broken drivers side door handle on passenger side??

BTW... have we all read this correctly?  you can't use a broken one! On any side!!  (Yeah i know i'm what we call overhere a : "muggezifter"  ...  No translation possible..  let say someone who is very critic on his (or sometimes other peoples) work.. 🙊

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You CAN use a broken handle on the other side but I did not realize it will not fully hold the handle in the door. When pulled it will half come out and fells like after a few pulls and open and close of the door a few times it will break right off. Better to just get a new one. 

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4 hours ago, Shawninvancouver said:

You CAN use a broken handle on the other side but I did not realize it will not fully hold the handle in the door. When pulled it will half come out and fells like after a few pulls and open and close of the door a few times it will break right off. Better to just get a new one. 

Yours must have broken at a different spot than normal.  They generally break on the arm where it meets the base.  I've swapped them many times and the offside arm serves no purpose, so with it broken off, once the handles are swapped, they function perfectly.  Yours must have broken lower on the casting where it actually mounts to the door.  I've never seen one break there.  Weird.

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22 hours ago, Jeff G 78 said:

Yours must have broken at a different spot than normal.  They generally break on the arm where it meets the base.  I've swapped them many times and the offside arm serves no purpose, so with it broken off, once the handles are swapped, they function perfectly.  Yours must have broken lower on the casting where it actually mounts to the door.  I've never seen one break there.  Weird.

This has been my experience also.

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As I look back over this thread we should have asked you for a picture of the broken handle so we could have helped you better.

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