I agree that someone botched the first try. Maybe that's why it's missing. I thought that when I finally find a latch that will fit the openings I would add another small plate behind it to stiffin it up and add more support. I appreciate the suggestion on the Bear Claw latch. I'll contact them prior to buying so I can get some measurements before I purchase.... I had installed an actuator on the lid of my model A but it was so slow in opening I didn't like it. In addition, having no latch, I was unable to open the trunk lid on a dead batt. Sometimes I forget that you just can't put a batt. in a trunk with a trunk that opens on electricity... duh.... Thanks for your comeback.