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Can you pop open a Sportdeck trunk access door from inside the interior?
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As luck would have it, the Brancella Diamonds are Forever car has NO keys to it. None of my keys would turn the trunk cylinder, and we couldn't find any keys hidden on the car. We're lucky the doors aren't locked.

I'm curious if the Sportdeck panel in back (haven't owned a Sportdeck '71-73 myself, so I am not sure how to access it) can be popped open from inside the car. It looks to be our only option to access the trunk - short of a locksmith or a few more trunk keys.

Any ideas?

-Kurt

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#2
I believe the latch is in the trunk, so I don't think so..better call a locksmith.

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#3
There is a spring loaded latch on both sides. It was designed to be opened from the trunk. Not sure if you could slip them open from inside car. If you did it would not be easy to close it back from inside if at all.
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Mike429cj;203442 Wrote:There is a spring loaded latch on both sides. It was designed to be opened from the trunk. Not sure if you could slip them open from inside car. If you did it would not be easy to close it back from inside if at all.

Getting it down is all that matters now, which would allow access to disassemble the rear trunk latch. I have one lock cylinder with a good key that I can install in its place for the museum.

-Kurt

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#5
Remove the far rear corner plastic quarter panels and there are holes in the sheet metal to reach through...

Jeff
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#6
The latches are just a couple of inches from the top on both sides. If you look close at the plastic panels, you should see cutouts for them. You may be able to use a screwdriver and work the latches in, depressing them, toward the center of the car, to get them to release. I did it long ago on my '72 when I pulled a bonehead move and locked my keys in the trunk.Dodgy

Steve
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#7
What Steve said or try cutting a V in an old credit card and work it in slowly.

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#8
All great ideas; thank you. Jeff's sticks out as a very viable option though:

jeff8877;203445 Wrote:Remove the far rear corner plastic quarter panels and there are holes in the sheet metal to reach through...

Tell me, Jeff - how much has to be disassembled to lift the Sportdeck quarter sections out of the car? Most of the interior is in really bad shape; the less I have to remove, the less chance I'll break something. The interior C-pillars are already falling in and apart, and the chance of getting them back into place may be nil.

What's more, the rear floorpans are completely shot - I can't put my foot on them without going straight through. Makes it that much more difficult.

I removed the lower seat for this shot, FYI:

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Bragging rights to the fellow who can spot an important bit of modification in this picture.

-Kurt

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#9
Yes Jeffs is best I have never had the plastic of mine so wasn't aware. Thanks for the tip Jeff

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#10
This is how I got to the trunk from the rear seat
http://www.7173mustangs.com/showthread.p...#pid196644

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