What broke now? New Stoddard door striker plates for classic Porsches | Project Porsche 911 Carrera

Hands up if you love finding a broken part when prepping your car for a big event. Exactly.

While getting our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera ready for this weekend’s Radwood show in Lakeland, Florida, something brown and crumbly tumbled from our passenger-side door striker.

[How to prepare for a Radwood event | Project Porsche 911 Carrera]

We were cleaning the door jamb at the time and wondered: What had we dislodged?

A quick look revealed the issue: The striker’s plastic bushings were simply falling apart. Each striker contains two bushings, and while one was crumbling, the other didn’t look so good.

What was the news from the driver’s side of the car? Even worse: The lower bushing was totally missing. How long it had been gone might remain one of life’s great mysteries.

So we turned to Per Schroeder at Stoddard for help. Our cries might have even included a “Halp!”

The bushings act as bumpers as the door is closed and latched,” he explained, “and prevent the round flipper latch on the door from rattling around in the striker plate when it is closed.”

Stoddard offers just the bushings for $29.99 per side–but, as Per cautioned, installation can be a little challenging.

An easier fix, he told us: Stoddard’s own all-new, made-in-house striker plates. These assemblies come ready to install.

The steel blanks are laser cut, machined and coined on the backside to sit flush with the lock/pillar and shims,” Per explained. “They are then either clear zinc plated for late 1967-’68 cars or yellow zinc plated for 1969-’89 cars.

They are assembled with Delrin bushings on one side and softer nylon on the others–both compounds more UV stable than the original so they should not crack.”

Stoddard’s site mentions that replacing the strikers will return that original “ping” as the doors close. Sold.

Price for taking the easy route? $65.00 per side. (Stoddard also offers genuine Porsche striker plate assemblies for $208.36 each.)

Once we’re back from Radwood, we’ll install them.

And a P.S. from Per: Stoddard also makes these striker plates for the Porsche 356. “Seems like a problem across all the cars,” he noted.

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Stealthtercel
Stealthtercel Dork
10/13/22 6:42 p.m.

This is from fairly late in that post: The steel blanks are laser cut, machined and coined on the backside to sit flush with the lock/pillar and shims,” Per explained.

I know what laser cutting and machining are; what's coining? (Google and Oxford didn't help.)

TIA!

CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter)
CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) New Reader
10/13/22 7:36 p.m.

In reply to Stealthtercel :

Probably this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coining_(metalworking) 

Stealthtercel
Stealthtercel Dork
10/13/22 7:44 p.m.

Yup, probably that. Thank you!

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/14/22 10:37 a.m.

Yes, that. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/17/22 11:35 a.m.

New door strikers just arrived.

Details, photos and install to come very soon.

Toebra
Toebra Dork
10/17/22 5:33 p.m.

I will have to go in the garage and look now.  It still sounds like it should when I close the door.  

 

 

I need to do the outer door handle trigger, turns out magnesium is brittle.  Hello, Rennline.

 

Oh yeah, you might as well buy some of those now, it is just a matter of time https://www.rennline.com/eps-door-handle-pull-lever-trigger-sku-eps91153194101/

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/18/22 12:32 p.m.

In reply to Toebra :

I have been looking at the interior door pulls as well. If I changed them, I'd want to keep the stock looks. (And these do look stock.)

Toebra
Toebra Dork
10/27/22 6:53 p.m.

Never heard of the interior handle breaking, probably should not have said that. 

 

Oh yeah, you want to replace the power window switches too, pick up some of the funky Porsche clips for holding the door cards on when you do it.  40 year old plastic gets brittle, go figure.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/22 12:06 p.m.
Toebra said:

Never heard of the interior handle breaking, probably should not have said that. 

 

Oh yeah, you want to replace the power window switches too, pick up some of the funky Porsche clips for holding the door cards on when you do it.  40 year old plastic gets brittle, go figure.

I believe one power window switch has been replaced but, yeah, should likely have fresh ones on hand. 

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