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I have not tried going through the back seat yet..I know that the trunk has been closed for about 14 years...I didn't know if there was a rodders trick to popping the lock other than just picking it cuz I don't know how..I do appreciate all of the fast responses.. I will try and pu 'll the back seat apart andvtry to get in that way. Thank you
 

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A lock smith will have a pile of keys and just try one after another. Back then there really weren't very many cuts and in a little while you find a key that works. I did this myself one time with a 64 Impala my brother brought home, had a ring of keys and I found one that worked on about the fifth try. :D

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A lock smith will have a pile of keys and just try one after another. Back then there really weren't very many cuts and in a little while you find a key that works. I did this myself one time with a 64 Impala my brother brought home, had a ring of keys and I found one that worked on about the fifth try. :D

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Ain't that the truth! Back when I was just out of HS in 1971, I worked at GE's Schenectady, NY plant (along with 29000 others). Went out to the parking lot after punching out, got in my '70 VW bug and started it up. Something wasn't quite right, and it was then I realized it wasn't my car! Mine was parked several rows over. Same model, year, color, and locks... :eek:

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First off from back seat to trunk latch its about 6 or 7 feet. Very hard to reach. You can't just open it with screwdriver. If I remember there are 2 bolts that hold latch part to body. you need a very long extension. I'd take out glove box lock or door lock and take and get a key made.
 

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I have not tried going through the back seat yet..I know that the trunk has been closed for about 14 years...I didn't know if there was a rodders trick to popping the lock other than just picking it cuz I don't know how..I do appreciate all of the fast responses.. I will try and pu 'll the back seat apart andvtry to get in that way. Thank you
Once you get it open you can remove the lock, take it apart and remove the small pins from the tumbler. This will allow the lock to be actuated w/any key (or even a screwdriver) but it does retain the look of an operational lock as opposed to removing the entire lock, leaving a hole that is an invitation for anyone to open w/a screwdriver.

If you can find a key that fits the lock, chances are there will be at least one pin you removed from the lock that'll match up to one position on the key (or you can carefully grind one or more of your pins to fit the key). This will allow the "new" key to work as it normally would and will keep someone from casually opening the trunk.

Or once the lock is in your hand, it can be rekeyed for a relatively cheap price compared to having a locksmith come to you or to remove the lock for you.
 

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If you know someone with an old set of late 50s door keys...I mean old, almost worn smooth...these will usually open a door with a little massaging from a file

I had a real locksmith make a set of keys for my dads car; he did it right out of his van in 10 minutes. He had a book that had the standard chevy profiles they used, and theres a number stamped on the key which somehow tells him how to stamp the profile on the key. He even had the old sombrero hat key blanks. I think it cost me $50 and a submarine sandwich.

Word to the wise, I did climb though the partition behind the rear seat backrest (I used to be 5' 10 and 140pds in high school) Its very dark, very cramped and by the time you go through what cobalt described, holding a maglite in your teeth...call the locksmith.

Can you call triple-A? I doubt they can pick a lock but worth a shot.

BTW that torsion bar that opens the trunklid? I was riding in the backseat when it broke and it sounded like a 12 gauge went off in the trunk.
 

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Through the back seat is the easiest way. You should be able to turn the latch with a long screwdriver or pop the clip off the lock and pull it out and open it from outside. If it has not been unlocked in 14 years the lock probably would not work even if you had the key.
 

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truth be i havent had time to try any of the suggestions above except try random keys. I have a bunch but none of them fit the bill. Going through the back seat ( I may have no choice) will be a pain in the ***** because i am thinkin i filled the trunk up with all of the trim panels and odds and ends from the car, or at least i am hoping i did. but i was 14 when i took everything off which i am regretting now.
 

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Good news.. I got in and the trunk is full of parts. That makes me smile a bit. I ended up beating a chisle into the lock and turning it with a wrench until the latch released.thank you all for your suggestions.
 
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