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Old 07-23-2020, 11:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy 1940 coupe trunk handle won't open

This morning it took two hands to open my trunk (latch). The next time I tried, I couldn't for the life of me get the handle turned enough to open the trunk. I ended up cutting the base and through the shaft, leaving about 1". I was able to turn the shaft with vice grips and easily opened the trunk. Of course, with my butchered handle/base I have no idea why it quit working. Most of the parts were Vintique. A couple parts were Drake. All nearly new. All the big guns are out of stock. There's an ebay seller, but appears to be Vintique. Great day.....
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:29 AM   #2
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Wow, That is frustrating. I wonder if you could have gone thru the back of the front seat panel.
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Old 07-24-2020, 07:53 PM   #3
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I took a stab at it. But the way my car is upholstered, I risked doing a lot more damage going that route. Frustrated! And not being able to diagnose what was going on...��
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Old 07-24-2020, 09:16 PM   #4
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i know there's questions about DRAKE parts but the trunk handle I bought from him years ago still works good. Does DRAKE still sell them?
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Old 07-24-2020, 09:35 PM   #5
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They're on back order (surprize). C & G said they've had them on order for 3 months, but couldn't tell me if the ones they stock were Drake or Vintique
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Old 07-25-2020, 06:30 AM   #6
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Maybe try to find original parts.Third Gen might have them.
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