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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 00, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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I've had a problem with my 68 since I got it. The glove box door won't pop open when you push in the button. I have to put a screw driver or knife behind the door and push in the lock, otherwise I can't push it in and release it fast enough to get it to pop open. Is there some spring I'm missing? I kind of remember a spring that went in the hinge of a 59 Impala I had.
For now I solved the problem with a very small round spring I attached at the hole where the rubber bumper should be. That's kind of hoaky, but it beats trying to open it with one hand while sitting in the driver's seat.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 00, 06:49 AM
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I wish I knew. I think its just a real bad design which is why they changed it. If you find a easy way to do it with one hand and not using any tools so it opens like a normal car post it here. Some engineers are on some good stuff to design a lock that you have to push IN the knob to get the door to open OUT. No quality checks there
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i have the same problem with mine. i usually can get it open by using the key in the lock and a little wiggling. it is a pain.

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I went to the hardware store and bought a real small round spring (about 1/4" diameter) and cut it off so it's about a 1/4" long. Then I stretched it out so that when you compress it it expands back out. Then I inserted a screw into it and bent the tang end around the screw. This I screwed into the hole where the rubber bumper was. It does cause the door to pop open now but I sure would have thought they would have designed it to work.
I vaugely remember a 59 Impala I had 30 years ago that had a spring in the hinge somehow and I thought maybe the Camaro was supposed to have one also.
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My glove box also used to be a pain to open.I took it apart one day and noticed that the little "hook" on the lock mechanism,the part that actually locks into the latch,was worn at it's base.So when I was pushing the button in,the hook wasn't moving away from the latch far enough for the door to open easily.I ordered a new lock,I think about $12,and it has worked great even since.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 00, 03:10 AM
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me too, I had the same problem, but mine was in the catch, someone (or somthing) bent it too far and when I depressed the button , it wouldnt move enough to clear the catch, ordered a new catch and it works great. (get some new glove box rubber bumpers while your at it , there only 1.00

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 00, 12:06 PM
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My '68 HAD the same problem. Adjusting the plate that the latch hooks into helped a bit, but, when I bought one of those rubber body bumper kits and replaced the two rubber things in the corners of the glovebox opening, it now pops open every time. I think these might get a little flat over the years, and in my case, one was missing.



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mine pops open on its own driving down the road scare's my wife every time it pops open I always get a laugh when it happens!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 00, 04:05 AM
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Its just one of those annoying things about Camaros, Every one has the same problem, adjusting the latch is most likely going to solve your problem, adjust it too loose and the darn things rattles, too much and you can't open it.
I used a piece of heat shrink over the latch arm and it helps some. Trial and Error.
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