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Username Post: Trunk latch not working        (Topic#357999)
usmile4 
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09-09-19 01:37 PM - Post#2775163    

I have the stock keyed latch on my 51. I am always fighting to get it to latch and keep it latched. I’ve tried all the adjustment that I can and after a bit it comes unlatched. It feels solidly latched and then after a few good bumps on the road, it will be unpatched when I get to where I’m going. I’ve had a helper lock me inside and it seems to catch and latch just fine.

I’m about ready to find a complete latch both the keyed lid part and the catch part to see if the replacement parts work any better than what I have.

Has anyone replaced the stock parts with something off a newer year car? I don’t want to have to cut and weld as I don’t want to ruin the paint from excessive heat.

Thanks, Bill

Bill Gommel

49 chevy Styleline (Sold), 51 Styleline 2 dr Special, 235 (from a 61 truck) bored .060 over, Dual Carter/Webers, Fenton Headers, T5- 5 speed with a 56 rear end.


 


drew1987 
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09-15-19 12:18 PM - Post#2775579    
    In response to usmile4

A replacement from your year, if yours isn’t fixable, would be a better choice. If you know how to rekey a house deadbolt you’ll be able to get through rekeying the new latch. Or an old school locksmith could do it for you

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

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Mel Foye 
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09-15-19 02:38 PM - Post#2775587    
    In response to usmile4

Bill I can't picture your assembly in my mind but here goes. Do you have the latch assembly fully cleaned and lubed?
Any spring that may be too stretched or missing?
How fresh is the trunk weather strip?
Were there ever any stops or springs on the bottom lip of the trunk?
When you push down hard on the trunk lid how do the gaps look all around?



 
drew1987 
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09-15-19 04:52 PM - Post#2775602    
    In response to Mel Foye



  • Mel Foye Said:
Bill I can't picture your assembly in my mind but here goes. Do you have the latch assembly fully cleaned and lubed?
Any spring that may be too stretched or missing?
How fresh is the trunk weather strip?
Were there ever any stops or springs on the bottom lip of the trunk?
When you push down hard on the trunk lid how do the gaps look all around?




Good point about lubed. I’ve “fixed” so many hoods that don’t latch correctly just with 5w30 and wiggling. See how freely everything moves


Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

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johnwd98 
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09-16-19 06:04 AM - Post#2775625    
    In response to usmile4

I've had good luck with soaking old latches in parts cleaner and then blowing them out with compressed air. Look for old dried up grease, and get it all cleaned out. Then lightly oil the moving parts, and as mentioned look for worn parts or broken springs. I replaced my trunk latch with a newer one, but it took some fabrication and welding.

1950 Fleetline, 355 TBI, mild cam, 700R4, 3.73 posi rear Blazer axle, MII front. Remote door and trunk locks, GM cruise control, A/C,


 


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