Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Valley Falls, KS, USA
Trunk latch fixed. Looks and works good.
I got my trunk latch fixed and it turned out really well. This is long and may be hard to understand but here we go,I am going to say upfront I have access to a milling machine that made this allot easier so be prepared. After removing the latch assembly and disassembling it,I first took the broken arms and hack-sawed the small broken latch cover pieces off. Save these. Then make the little aluminum brackets in the photo and diagram, do not drill the holes in the edge of the new bracket yet.I forgot to say the brackets are made out of .250 thick aluminum. If needed dremel the latch cover down smooth were it broke so the bracket will lay flat on edge directly over were the original arm broke off. Hold new piece square to bracket and scribe a line on the old latch cover down both sides of the new bracket and up the 90 degree tab. Do left and right sides. Use a dial caliber to measure were to drill holes in the cover. Drill holes for #8 screws in the center of the scribe marks. Next place new bracket back on latch cover aligned with scribe marks and scribe the screw holes on new bracket edge. Drill and tap the new bracket holes to #8-32. Next screw the brackets to the cover. Take the little broken pieces you saved and slide them into were they broke off. You will probably have to dremel some material off the broken pieces to get them to lay in place well. When you get them to fit well take the new brackets back off and coat them with a anti stick substance such as cooking spray. Reinstall them. Epoxy the pieces that you saved on the cover were they belong. Use plenty of epoxy on both sides and all edges of the crack. Let dry over night and file and sand all exposed surfaces smooth. Paint cover and install. I tapped the top three holes and the top two on the side of the plastic bracket to 6mm-1.00. Using pan head bolts instead of rivets to reattach plastic bracket.You will have to drill holes bigger in the aluminum latch bar and trunk for bigger screws. Used #10-24 bolts for bottom two holes. I had to lightly file the latch arms as it now latches very tight. Pictures will help a lot. I know this fix is not for most people but thought I would share anyway.
Last edited by sodbuster; May 12th, 2010 at 8:54 pm.