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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 12, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone install a trunk release?

Without doing any looking or research I came across a 'universal', trunk release kit with a solenoid and popper button for a good deal. Its not looking like it will work on my 67 so before I put it up on the shelf of things I hope to use on future projects and probably never will, I decided to ask if its possible at all and if anyone had it done.

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Re: anyone install a trunk release?

30 plus years ago I got mine out of a junk yard some 60's GM, ( don't remember what )
bolted it in, ran a wire to glove compt. tapped to light, so switch is hot all times.
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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

Bought one off of eBay a few years ago and installed it just like John did.

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

Same here, I installed one 20+ years ago on my first Camaro. It was a universal one with basically just a solenoid and a switch. I mounted the solenoid at the latch and it attached with a 1/8" cable to a point on the latch, and mounted the button in the trunk. It took some creativity but it was a pretty simple deal.

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Same here, I installed one 20+ years ago on my first Camaro. It was a universal one with basically just a solenoid and a switch. I mounted the solenoid at the latch and it attached with a 1/8" cable to a point on the latch, and mounted the button in the trunk. It took some creativity but it was a pretty simple deal.
Sean, I have one that bolts to the rear latch support assembly and the lock rod goes through it. A power wire runs under the carpet,rocker cover and it attaches to a power button mounted in the glove box. A 12v wire then is run to the fuse box. Not sure why you would mount a button in the trunk..because you need to open the trunk to access the button you mounted in the trunk. It that a mis-type ? if not please explain.

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Sean, I have one that bolts to the rear latch support assembly and the lock rod goes through it. A power wire runs under the carpet,rocker cover and it attaches to a power button mounted in the glove box. A 12v wire then is run to the fuse box. Not sure why you would mount a button in the trunk..because you need to open the trunk to access the button you mounted in the trunk. It that a mis-type ? if not please explain.

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Haha, huh, I wondered why I could never get in the trunk... I was doing it wrong...

No I meant glove box. Button in the trunk, that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense would it, lol.


Connecting with a rod would be best, but the one I got just had the solenoid and a length of 1/8" cable, and the button. It was a budget deal, I was only 16-17 at the time. But it actually mounted clean and worked flawlessly for all the years I had it.

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

My problem is that there's no where to attach the cable to on my latch. I can see the piece of small flat stock that resembles a small popsicle stick, but it won't turn unless the key is in the lock, I can post pics later but would like to see some of your guys pics if I could. Thanks for the feedback.

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[QUOTE=Whysohigh;1746193]My problem is that there's no where to attach the cable to on my latch.QUOTE]

What? There is no cable. Your latch is replaced with the electric solonoid unit. A wire is then run to the push button switch under the dash or in the glove box.

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

I understand that, I've hooked these up many times before. The kit I have contains a pull/plunger type solenoid with a small cable attached, I have the wire ran and button installed. I've not mounted the solenoid because the cable needs to pull the latch to open the trunk. I can not remove the latch or there us no way for the trunk to 'latch' and stay closed. I guess pics are necessary at this time.

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 12, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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here is the trunk latch viewed from inside the trunk, then the actual deck lid/trunk itself the latch grabs to lock and close, then my solinoid. thanks guys.

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Hmmmmm. Never saw one like that before. Not sure where it would install. Will be watching.

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

Thats exactly like the one I had, but with a 25 year or so newer solenoid design.

I mounted mine under the latch on the support and the cable pulled down. It's been so long ago I can't exactly recall how I did mine, but on the bottom side of the latch there was a part of the mechanism exposed enough that I could drill a little hole and attach the cable if I remember correctly, and by pulling on it it released. Take a look under the latch, you might need to remove it to see.

Thats pretty much all I can remember though, I was 16 or 17 and I'm pretty sure my mind was on other things....

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

The kit I have bolted where the original latch is bolted using the same three bolts that are shown. the slot you see is the same also and the flat latch rod that connects to the key lock and goes through the latch does the same thing. It is an original 60's item that was installed by the Chevrolet Dealerships.

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If someone could find me the kit or latch you guys are describing that would be awesome. I have the mechanics of this latch down and it appears there is no way to release it without the key inserted.

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Re: Anyone install a trunk release?

You will have to mount some kind of flat stock to the original lock shaft that goes thru the trunk lock. Like you said you have to turn the key/ lock shaft to unlock the trunk. Is there anyway to insert another piece of flat stock thru the lock so you can hook the cable to the solenoid? You would have to bend it in a 90 degree and mount the solenoid below the lock so it puills down and turns the lock.

Or buy a trunk lock with the solenoid mounted to it.

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