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Electric power trunk, 66 Pontiac?


Has anyone installed any kind of electric power trunk release in a 66 full size? Originally they were vacuum but those are next to impossible to find (or not affordable when they are for sale) so I'd like to see if I can find an electric option.



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I put one in my 65, but I had to custom build it so the key slot would remain stationary. Operated by a power door lock actuator. 



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Well that is interesting. I can't figure out how you made it to the rotation?

Can you give me more details on how you did it? NO rush at all, just thinking ahead to winter projects (not that I need more...!)



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It was quite the challenge since the latch mechanism won't rotate without the key in. So I built a sleeve and coupler that allows the pwr lock to rotate separately. 

First chance I get, I will post some pics of how I did it.



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Ok, that makes sense because the factory vacuum setups have a little "clutch" installed.



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Power trunk NOS? 67-9 1970 1971 1972 Chevelle Monte Buick Cutlass GTO New Wiring | eBay



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4SPEED427 wrote:

Ok, that makes sense because the factory vacuum setups have a little "clutch" installed.


 Ya that little clutch thingie is the kicker!  everything else is easy!!!



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Power trunk NOS? 67-9 1970 1971 1972 Chevelle Monte Buick Cutlass GTO New Wiring | eBay


 Thanks but I won't be spending that much on a kit! Sure is purdy though....



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4SPEED427 wrote:

Ok, that makes sense because the factory vacuum setups have a little "clutch" installed.


 Ya that little clutch thingie is the kicker!  everything else is easy!!!


 Do you have one of those clutches? I'd like to see how one works, I've forgotten. It's been 10 years since I had one.



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Here's a pic of the hoaky device I built. Basically, the original rod had to be cut to add an outer sleeve with a 90 degree slot that allows the actuator to rotate the latch without turning the rod at the key lock. The key turns both. The actuator is positioned at the top right, pulls the cable to release and has a return spring to retract. It's hoaky, but hidden and works well. Even have a remote fob for both door locks and trunk.

pwr-mech-65.jpg



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1965CS wrote:

Here's a pic of the hoaky device I built. Basically, the original rod had to be cut to add an outer sleeve with a 90 degree slot that allows the actuator to rotate the latch without turning the rod at the key lock. The key turns both. The actuator is positioned at the top right, pulls the cable to release and has a return spring to retract. It's hoaky, but hidden and works well. Even have a remote fob for both door locks and trunk.

pwr-mech-65.jpg


 Perfect Steve, thanks! I will admit I had to study the picture for about 5 minutes but it completely makes sense  now.



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Yes i have one you can look at



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beaumontguru wrote:

Yes i have one you can look at


 Super, thanks. 



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 Perfect Steve, thanks! I will admit I had to study the picture for about 5 minutes but it completely makes sense  now.


 Actually built it as a sort of prototype about 15 years ago but didn't expect it to last. Planned on perfecting it.... one day.....



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1965CS wrote:
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 Perfect Steve, thanks! I will admit I had to study the picture for about 5 minutes but it completely makes sense  now.


 Actually built it as a sort of prototype about 15 years ago but didn't expect it to last. Planned on perfecting it.... one day.....


 That old lesson. When working on a car, there is no such thing as "I'll just do it this way for now" or "this is just temporary". Until it doesn't work any more, it will stay that way!



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I'm impressed Steve. If it works it's good eh.

Would be nice to see a small video of it in operation.



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