Classic car lockout


#1

Is there a way (without damage) to get into the trunk of a 1953 Chevrolet convertible with broken linkage in the latch?


#2

Can you remove the back seat and get in that way?


#3

It depends on where the linkage is broken. A locksmith might be able to help.


#4

I doubt that a '53 Chevy has that option. My 65 Chevy didn’t, the trunk was enclosed the whole way.

Try prying off the lock and sticking a finger in the hole(I know that sounds dirtier than I intend :P) looking for a release mechanism.


#5

It appears there’s a solid panel between where the top stores and the trunk. http://search.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?s_it=imageDetails&q=1953+chev+convertible&img=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.classicsareus.com%2Fimg%2Fblastad%2F53chevconv03.jpg&site=&host=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.classicsareus.com%2Fblastad.html&width=150&height=113&thumbUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fimages-partners-tbn.google.com%2Fimages%3Fq%3Dtbn%3AMzV3K-mOfqHSMM%3Awww.classicsareus.com%2Fimg%2Fblastad%2F53chevconv03.jpg&b=image%3Fq%3D1953%2Bchev%2Bconvertible%26page%3D2%26oreq%3D94ba231c9c03dfff&imgHeight=1200&imgWidth=1600&imgTitle=<b>1953<%2Fb>+Chevrolet+<b>Convertible<%2Fb>+-+AFTER&imgSize=428624&hostName=www.classicsareus.com

Tester


#6

Remove the rear seat back. If there are holes in the support panel a socket, rachet and a few long extensions might get the latch off. If not Curly Howard would say “I’d blast”.


#7

Thanks, folks. The locksmiths won’t touch it, and there is a solid steel panel behind the rear seat/top stowage. Still hoping someone has one of these and can see a way in, with the benefit of being able to look inside the trunk, before the blasting starts.


#8

Remove the seat back cushion and drill a hole with a hole saw. These can cut metal. It might be pricey but there are rachet extensions that lock together so they do not come apart. You do not need a special permit for these but you will need a blasting permit.


#9

If you can’t find an easy way in here, have a look here: http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb

Register and ask away.

I scrolled through 20 pages on the 49-54’s but no trunk lock questions.

Somebody will know how to open it without doing damage.

Tons of GM vehicle info here.


#10

Sounds to me like you will probably end up replacing the latch mechanism no matter what. Why not get the replacement and study it? Maybe a way to force the latch with minimal collateral damage will suggest itself.


#11

If they don’t know what’s in the trunk to begin with, cutting into it might not be a good idea