Shaved handles undoubtedly look cool, though living with them on a daily basis can get wearing after a while. But what do you do if you don't want the stock handles and don't want them shaved? This was the dilemma a buddy of ours voiced while we were tackling some body mods on his 1956 F-100.
Our immediate response was to replace the stock ones with 1946-48 Lincoln door handles, which are essentially a button rather than a "handle". Now, 1946-48 Lincolns weren't exactly common when new, and rarer still today, so finding a pair was the next task. Logic Industries manufactures a superb reproduction, but it's a reproduction from the outside only, and relies on a huge nut and threaded housing to attach it behind the doorskin. This isn't a problem on most cars, but the F-100 simply didn't have the space, with limited room between the inner door structure and window channel.
In addition, our doorskin was curved, and both the Lincoln button and reproduction mount to a flat surface. Slightly frenching the button would overcome this, however. As usual, the Internet came to our rescue, and pretty soon an original pair of Lincoln buttons were winging its way to us. We were lucky, as even these only just cleared the door structure and window channel, but would push against the stock door latch lever as we'd planned, meaning that part of the installation would be simple.
Of course now that we had a means to unlatch the door, we needed something that would actually open it, as we no longer had a handle to pull on. AutoLoc sells a number of different spring-loaded door poppers, so we selected a heavy-duty pair capable of handling the weight of the truck doors. With everything done, the doors now pop open at the push of a button, and look good doing so!