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Offline MustangAndFairlane1867

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Trunk lid torsion rod
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:54:23 AM »
I have to remove the trunk lid on my '65 Mustang fastback and I've been repeatedly warned that the removal and replacement of the lid's torsion rod can be tricky and possibly even somewhat dangerous.  I've done several searches here and online but haven't been able to find a good primer or video on how to best approach this project.  If someone can point me in the right direction it would be very helpful.  Thanks in advance!  Ron

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 12:27:04 PM »
I've not had any problems, unless you don't prop up the lid. There are a couple of different types of rods so a picture of the ends would clue us in as to what to expect.
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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 12:31:28 PM »
Thanks, Jim.  I'll get the pictures posted today.  FYI, the car had a February '65 assembly date in San Jose.  Ron...

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 05:45:42 PM »
As a related side note it appears from the estimated build period your car was at the point of transition between the factory using the electrical clip on the drivers end of the fastback trunk spring and them dropping that practice
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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 06:47:12 PM »
As a related side note it appears from the estimated build period your car was at the point of transition between the factory using the electrical clip on the drivers end of the fastback trunk spring and them dropping that practice
An electrical clip?  What?  That makes no sense.  Can you show a picture? 

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 07:16:03 PM »
An electrical clip?  What?  That makes no sense.  Can you show a picture?

Of course. Been discussed and pictures posted before

http://www.concoursmustang.com/forum/index.php?topic=6866.msg38841#msg38841

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http://www.concoursmustang.com/forum/index.php?topic=7839.msg44851#msg44851



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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 07:23:28 PM »
Another variation.
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Offline MustangAndFairlane1867

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 10:43:27 PM »
I'm Ron who started this thread with a promise to post pictures of my trunk lid torsion rod.  I'm still trying to figure out the best way to control the energy in this beast as I try to dismantle it and get my deck lid off.  If you've been-there-done-that with this early style torsion rod, I would really like to hear from you.  Thanks, Ron

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 11:12:43 PM »
Trying again to get all the pictures posted (I'm using Win10 picture app which drives me completely nuts);

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 11:15:25 PM »
One more Trunk lid Torsion rod pictures.  Apparently I can only post one at a time:

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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 11:36:47 PM »
Done these more than a dozen times.  Just can't recall how I controlled the release - if I did control it, at the moment

Don't have any on the cars at home with the spring so can't go out and give it a look. Sure someone will offer and we'll go from there

And thanks for another data point for the spreadsheets
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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 12:40:34 AM »
The clip appears to be 372047-S100, a common electrical wiring retainer. Coincidently, this clip is used on 65-66 Fastback wiring en-route to the trunk, which leads me to believe that some enterprising assembly line worker "borrowed" one (there were two) and put it to use solving the problem of the trunk lid torsion rod popping out.
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Re: Trunk lid torsion rod
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 12:10:43 PM »
Jim
 
If so, he used a lot of them.  I’ve see those on numerous ‘65s.  BTW, was the trunk lid tension rod arrangement—including brackets and fasteners, etc.—the same on coupes and convertibles of the same year?
 
Ron