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I know this has been covered before but I can't find it. What years and cars could I use the electric trunk release from to install in my 67? Is the release for a 70 trunk the same? I have one here that belongs to Copy Cat, think he'll mind if I borrow it? LOL!!
 

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A quick search shows quitea few threads about this. The first really good one I came across was from a couple of years ago; even had a pic ture of some latch mechanisms posted by CougarCJ. Maybe he'll see this and jump in with his experiences.

http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/showthread.php?41845-Electric-Trunk-release

OBTW - not knocking on the Forum's standard "Search Button"; but the "Google Custom Search" button right below it finds things right here on mc.net that somehow don't get picked up on the "standard" button. Weird.

There's also a Scott Drake repro that Don sells in the WCCC catalog; but I'm not so sure I'd want a release button down on the door sill next to the seat, and the price (still less than the asking price at other places) once again pokes at my conscience saying that my wallet isn't cut out for some aspects of Cougar ownership!
 

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Keep in mind the WCCC electric remote release will not fit a Cougar. Ask me how I know. :)

I went with the conventional cable release. Electric might be a cleaner install, but the cable release works well and gives me quick access to my HalGuard fire extinguisher in the trunk.

 

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Joe, does the cable come up the middle of the trunk lid in 'factory installations'? I'm sure it's easier to do, but that area will likely be the home of my Amateur Radio antenna cabling; and adding something else would just be "clutter".

I'd be willing to modify an existing electric trunk release (like the article that was in TCCN 2) to fit because; if I have put smoething down and dig out my keys to open the door to get at the cable release lever, I might as well put something down, dig out my keys, and just unlock the trunk! Yes, ulitmately, I'd have a "remote".

EDIT: Looking again at your picture; how well are those gas struts working out in place of the torsion rods for lifting the lid? Did you use 1 or 2? And where did you find the ball mounts?
 

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early 90's t-bird is the one i used---had to slightly enlarge the opening in the trunk lid to get it in place---the key still work and the button was installed on an abs panel in the consol rear ash tray---you can reach it from inside or outside---the mustang aftermarket unit will not fit
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Joe, does the cable come up the middle of the trunk lid in 'factory installations'?
I'm not sure. I think I had to route it up the middle because the length of the cable would not allow me to route it any other way.

EDIT: Looking again at your picture; how well are those gas struts working out in place of the torsion rods for lifting the lid? Did you use 1 or 2? And where did you find the ball mounts?
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They work like most new cars in the sense that the trunk will lift about 2 inches when released, you lift the trunk slightly with one finger, and the struts open the trunk completely.

I dug up my receipt...this is what I purchased:
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DD, for our71-73s, from what I can remember from 25+ years ago, I'm 95% sure that the electric release is the same as a '72 LTD. Not sure about other year LTDs, but a friend's dad had the same part number release on his '72 LTD that I have in AlphaCat. Lots more of those overlooked loaded full-size cars in junkyards than our rare Cats.
 

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Didn't even know that LTD's of that vintage had electric trunk releases!

My Dad's '71 Brougham somehow missed that one on the option list; but then again, maybe because that one was a Hertz Rent-a-Car originally. He got it with only something like 9500 miles on the clock, and the 429/C6 combo was in excellent shape; so I think he didn't care (if he knew) about it not having a remote release.
 

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Thanks so much for all the info, I really appreciate the stuff that goes on here be it helping a computer idiot find something or even just covering an old subject again!! Thanks again I'm off to the wrecking yard to find more stuff for the winter project.
 

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I got my electric trunk latch from a 77-78 Lincoln Town Car. I installed it a long time ago, still have to hook it up and install the switch....
 

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I have mine wired into the two-button alarm I use for remote entry and trunk release (and alarm). Also have the factory type button installed on the bottom of the lower dash. Works fabulously, with the wing and a gas strut assist with torsion spring pressures set to match. Trunk opens fully and stays open and at just the right rate. Love it.
 

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Show off!!:1poke:
 

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I bought one too from this guy in 08. Guess I'll see if it fits a 68 now that it's painted.
 

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I've bought the same one for both of my cougars from the same seller 'dennyb68'. Works great. Pretty much bolts in. Had to lower the tension on my trunk springs so the trunk doesn't fly open. At some point I have to look into installing struts for the trunk because even with the tension lowered the trunk still bounces and can cause stress on the inner sheet metal where the hinge bolts to the trunk. Actually cracked the inner metal on the '69 on one side. '68 has the button just below the glove box and the '69 has it in the center console.
 
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