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Author Topic: Replacing locks on a briefcase  (Read 4183 times)
Alice Jernigan
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« on: April 14, 2013, 03:30:55 pm »

Hi!

I'm just asking for a friend - how do you replace the locks on a briefcase?

Here's a picture:


Thanks, Alice.
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DreamHazard
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Xander Wood


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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 03:35:01 pm »

It appears you have attempted to post an email attachment as an image, this won't work as we don't have permission to access your gmail account. Please use an image hosting site such as imageshack or photobucket and try again Smiley
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Alice Jernigan
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 12:07:09 am »

Sorry, I didn't realise! Roll Eyes Is this better?

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 12:18:57 am »

Much better, though I don't have a clue how to help you, unfortunately Sad
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Wilhelm Smydle
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 03:02:19 am »

Is there an old leather shop or cobbler in the area?
They might be able to source parts.

It looks like the rivets in the corners hold the lock mechanism in place.
Once you have the replacement bits, use a micro die grinder to sand/grind off the heads and pull the rivets through.

The construction may vary depending on model and production year.
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Alice Jernigan
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 06:35:34 pm »

Thanks  Smiley
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frances
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 06:49:08 pm »

OOoo, is it locked?  Would there be something exciting inside if only you could get at it??
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Ravenson
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013, 06:59:07 pm »

These are actually a lot easier to replace than they look.  With you being in the UK I do not know where to tell you to get the parts tho.  I do know a supplier in the States if that will help you.  Once you have you new parts it will be a lot easier to see what you need to do to get the old ones off.  First you are going to have to open the case. Some of this style of look is held on with Rivets and some are not.  When you open the case look closely at the area behind the lock.  If you see rivets then you are going to have to grind off the head and drill them out. You may not see rivets on some cases ( usually newer ones)  the latches are held on with tabs that are bent over after being pushed threw the body of the case.  If you case has the tabs carefully unbend them and you should be able to remove the latch.  Then it is a simple matter to install the new latch.    If you want the supplier state side for the latches just let me know.


JJ
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