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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 03, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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I need to open the trunk but do not have the key. I took the back seat out and can reach the lock mechnism but it will not turn with the lock handle shaft in the lock. How can I get in?

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Small amounts of high explosives! Either that or pull out the clip that holds the lock cylinder in. Which ever is easier.....

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Use a really loooonnng extension setup and either remove the two bolts that hold the striker plate to the deck lid, or the three bolts that hold the latch mechanism to the rear panel - all of them face forward so you can get a socket on them. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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Small kids and trained animals work well too!!.. Just kidding...seriously though JohnZ's advice is the best.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 03, 08:03 AM
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Call a locksmith.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 03, 02:10 PM
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Mark:

Why would you want to go and post a simple solution to this problem. I was looking forward to reading more ideas on how to get in there!!

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If you cannot turn the shaft from the inside, then crawl in and remove the clip that holds the lock cylinder in place, a small screw on the side holds the clip in. remove the lock cylinder and then turn the lock with a screwdriver from the outside(or Inside).


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If you need a new trunk lid, practice your welding and cut a hole.

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Mat has the right idea to open trunk from inside. Carry a flashlight, 5/16 socket wrench, and flatblade screwdriver.

Once the lock cylinder is out, locksmith can 'fix' tumblers to match your existing door key, if you have one. If no door key, he can 'file' one to fit all three, er four cylinders, glove box is same key.

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Joe,
I know the other ideas are entertaining, but I have called the locksmith myself a few times. It costs around $20-$25 every time. The smoke wrench method WILL work though.

I would send the 3 yr old in there through the rear bulkhead but he is still afraid of the dark.

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Mark:

Time to get the drop light plugged in so the 3 year old will be ok. Don't forget to give him his teddy bear and blanket if he needs to catch a few winks between tasks.

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I never need to get in my trunk, I'll give you my key.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 04, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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I would take it if it would work. One out of 230 or so. I think I will call the lock smith. Thank you for the grat replies. Weston

1967 RS L30/M20 2nd owner numbers matching
1968 Z28 Butternut Yellow original BU rear end
1968 SS/BB 396, Daughters Camaro BB not numbers matching.
1968 Coupe 2nd owner Sons Camaro numbers matching
1969 RS LM1 2nd owner numbers matching
1966 Chevy II SB 400 alum trick flow heads, Turbo 400, Dana 44 rear
1970 Camaro coupe, 350 L65, 350 auto, numbers matching,
1968 Chevelle Malibu, 327 L30, 3 speed on the tree, third owner.
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