This one is mostly for my own future reference so to those that are quite sick of reading more about my escapades with rusty old iron I make no apologies.
Have to admit that facebook and the internet has been a huge help in this and other projects over the years. Some more experienced Ford fixers on facebook were able to post pictures of the elusive clips I needed to remove to get the inner door handles off the 52 Mercury (without breaking them). Today I was finally successful at finding and removing them. There is a special tool for the job but as usual I improvised with a small hook and a hack saw blade. And then the door panel. This allowed me to remove the outer door handle (the screws are inside the door) and see why the push button on that handle had never worked for years. I guess somebody figured if the door would not open we just need to push harder on the button or maybe tap it with a hammer. It was obvious the little white metal backing plate for the push spring had broken and was flexing far enough that it would not push the button back out. JB Weld to the rescue again and I think that should hold it just fine for my purposes. White metal is pretty unforgiving when it comes to bending or straightening so I'll just glue it up and call it good.
There must have been nearly half a shovel full of dry, rusty dust and dirt in the bottom of the door. Just imagine sitting outside with rain running down the glass settling in that dirt to rust out the metal. The benefits of indoor parking are obvious.
Now if I can get the window crank to open the window, un-stick the lock button, maybe make a new inner door panel?
I'm trying to post a picture of it but blogger is really fighting me on it today. Probably end up with a duplicate.