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1965 Grand Prix trunk lock problem sorted.

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Hey Y'all, I gladly give this information freely to any other Grand Prix owners out there who know about the scarcity of the trunk lock assembly for the 65 model.

As we all know,  the 65 model GP had unique trim and that includes the rear fascia that contains the trunk lock. That damn lock is now a rarity. I found ONE on eBay and the dude wanted $US300 plus shipping for it, so he knows too. I was fortunate that my lock assembly is intact but the car came to me without a trunk key and upon inspection of the lock itself, the rear of it where the actuating rod slots in was mangled and was never going to work. I scoured all online sites and eventually found the only thing that looked even close, a Cadillac trunk lock of similar vintage, so I bought it for about 30 bucks. Upon it's arrival, I inspected it and the 'ears' which enable it to be screwed into the fascia weren't wide enough and any modification would have compromised it's integrity to the point of being unusable. However, upon further inspection I noted that the lock cylinder looked identical to my original one. I took it to a competent locksmith and $35 later, I now have a functioning trunk lock that works exactly like the original.

The lock was supplied by PY Classic Locks and part # is PY115A. Obviously, I was lucky that I actually had the original assembly, but you could fabricate one with some patience, an angle grinder and drill and then somehow ream the replacement cylinder in.

I'm finding a lot of 65 GP parts simply aren't available and am fixing what I can and fabricating and substituting, so if you are also restoring a 65, drop me a line. We gotta work together!

The attached photos show the end result. The other happy result is me sitting back with a beer having finally fixed that [email protected]#&%/ lock!!! 10 months I've been looking at it and scratching my head!



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