DECK LID LATCH
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|During restoration I addressed the deck latch. You could
call this an upgrade or just a change but I did something a little
different with mine.
My latch mount as well as the latch needed some attention but I also wanted to try a different style of latch. This latch is a better latch then the original but the big advantage to this latch was it does a better job of holding the deck lid from moving left to right.
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|Latch does not bolt up.||New mount cut from scrap metal. Thin cut off blade in grinder works well.|
|Holes drilled and 1/4" bolt welded in place to hold latch. Zinc sanded off edge of bolt before welded. In hind sight I would have welded on nuts instead of studs. It would have been a little easier to finish grinding and sanding the area and probably a little cleaner.||Plate welded in. I left the nuts on when
grinding the welds. It helps keep from knocking the threads with the
All welding done with MIG.
|Latch mounted.||Card board bolted to deck lid. Mark location of latch with marker.|
|A piece of angle iron bolted to deck lid
When building bracket for latch bolt be sure the rubber trim is in place to assure alignment of deck lid.
|Angle iron cut down to fit latch and bolted
Very little pressure on spring latch required to release.
|Latch releases by cable which can be ran anywhere. No need for key hole.||I may hook mechanism to servo?????|
|Hatch cover cut using Dremal cutoff wheel and rotary sander.||Cover cleans the inside of the bay.|
|The two deck latch components where welded together and cleaned up to make a better looking singular piece.|
Latch obtained from A-Plus Rod and Kustom. Ask for:
ROC-HT002 "Hood and Trunk Latch Side mount"