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    Default Project towncar power trunk pull

    It looks like the main unit will bolt right in place of my trunklid catch, and looks like it even lines up right with the latch

    The upper switch might be the trouble... if I cant swap the latch onto my bracket, Im going to have to try and swap the little switch and wiring off the donor latch and onto mine. The latches looked maybe a little different so I may have to do some modifying :hacksaw:

    I was hoping I could eliminate this switch, but it being open tells the pull motor to stop in the up position. The lower switch tells it to stop in the down position, but only when the upper switch is closed as well.

    Take a look at the attached wiring diagram (courtesy of Thaine (gadget) along with most of the parts) and the short video clip of my testing to see how the thing behaves with the switches.

    Hopefully soon I will have video of my trunk getting pulled down

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    You'll forever be worrying about people slamming your trunk now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p71towny
    You'll forever be worrying about people slamming your trunk now.

    I love watching idiot salesmen at car lots do that

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    I hate watching people slam hoods and trunks anyway. I hate the bug sheild on my truck. It messed with the hood latching and I have to really slam it to make it shut properly.

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    what donor car did you get the parts off of???
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    Pete, screw the regular pulldown - be a badass and make a one that closes the trunklid from all the way up open position

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    hell yea do that one

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    The motor is off a towncar - and I think the upper switch Thaine got for me is off a mark something. I dont know if the towncar one is different.

    BUT... it looks like I will be able to rig the switch to attache to my latch. Whether its in the right place to work... we shall see

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    Upper switch is Towncar, pulldown is Mark VII.

    Ivan: The new Townies do have that. Dereck had one at one of the breakfast meets and he was showing it off. It was very cool. Had a motor attached to the hinge and was operated via remote control.

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    Well I got the wire harness for the upper switch in place and run down to the trunklid support (run inside the factory trunk popper loom) and I installed a fused power feed to that point too.
    From there it will all go under the carpet to the catch, after a quick-wire test install of course.
    Hopefully I'll be able to finish it up by sunday

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    Were you able to fix that yet? It looks like the top of the pull needs to come in closer to the trunk to get it to catch that latch.

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    Geeze! its only been 11 minutes

    I am frustrated....already like this with the washers, the rod for the trunk keyhole doesnt reach so it doesnt work.
    The thing lines up perfect on the one axis but cant reach far enough into the center to grab a hold.
    Id have to bend the brackets or something more in order to get them to connect...
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    sorry didnt see the time lol.well your trying and thats what counts.

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    use a bigger hammer pete

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    if the rod for the trunk lock doesn't reach what about one out of a hachback escort? my sister had to replace one once and the things have like a four or six inch long rod on them! a hatched stang or capri might have one long enough as well!
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    well not only does that part not reach, but i had the thing spaced out with washers and it looked like the smaller surface area of the washer holding the e thing to to trunk lid would make it weak.
    I dont know if the funny angles would tweak it some way that might cause damage...

    BUT there is still hope... I was in a random junkyard a few weeks ago and noticed a 90's Continental that had a power trunk pull with the rear edge of the catch extended out like a "P" shape.... it may be what I need. They wanted 20 bucks for it so I passed - I can do better than that.

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    update:

    I grabbed one of those early 90's continental parts and sure enough the thing is extended out just how I need it to be. Wether or not it is enough to make it work, we shall see.
    What I have done is taken apart both pull down motors and swapped the striker catch/gear out of the continental one and into the towncar one.
    The whole continental motor looked like it would have worked as it is, but this particular one had a bad motor, and the wiring of the connector is a little different.

    Stay tuned for the test latch. it will decide the fate of this project!!!!
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    :banana:

    I now have power trunk

    heres a video of it pulling my lid - I tried to get it on youtube but its taking forever



    more pics and info to come after work

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    Fuck yeah!! that rocks. you da mang. So when are you making a conversion kit? lol.
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