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G3GM 1973 to 1977 A-bodys. Chevelles, Monte Carlos, El Caminos, Laguna, 442, Cutlass, Malibu, GTO, LeMans, Century, Regal, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Sprint, Gran Sport, Can Am, Hurst-olds, and other 73-77 A-bodies
I thought installing a factory trunk solenoid would be easy but I should know better by now. Do I need to cut some sheet metal to make the trunk release work? The solenoid itself installs fine but the flipper? rests on the V cut out (left of the lock shaft) and cannot move to the left when activated to push the lever to unlock the trunk. Am I installing it correctly? It seems like it can only go on one way though. Are the trunk locks different on certain years? This is on a 1977.
Yes...you may need to grind off a little sheet metal so that "flipper" rod can move freely. I had forgotten about needing to do that. Think I used my Dremel with a grinding wheel bit and it didn't take much. I know that probably doesn't sit well with a freshly painted trunk lid...but, just put some touch-up paint on it and you'll be good.