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I'd like to install an electric remote trunk solenoid in my 65 Malibu so I can operate it via my alarm. I have been looking for a trunk latch that will work with it. Apparently the stock remote latches were vacuum operated but that won't work with the alarm. I've been told that some Cadillac latches would fit right in. Anyone know what year. Are there any kits out there that I could use with the stock latch. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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My trunk, as well as my doors are all run on remote solenoids. The ones I use are pull cable style.

With my trunk, the way I fashioned mine to work was I took that small skinny piece of metal that generally runs from the lock cylinder down into the latch. Its about 3" long or so, I bent that into a right angle and put it in backwards so the right angle was facing down into the trunk, and towards the front of the car.

I then drilled a small hole it in, fastened the solenoid to the right of it (passenger side) and so when the cable pulls, it pulls the piece of metal to the right and viola, it makes the trunk latch release. I had to fashion a return spring to make it rebound back into the "unlatched" position. But after some tuning, tweaking, and getting locked out my trunk a couple times it works pretty well.

This is on a 69 trunk though, I'm not sure how the 65's are setup (my 62 nova was the same) but I thought you may want to know how someone else delt with the problem.

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btw. the solenoids I used are from VPA. Summit carries them.
 
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That sounds like it would work except that it would disable the key from working. I was hoping to find a way to keep them both working, just in case the battery dies and I need to get into the trunk for jumper cables or something. I tried to modify the latch I have to work with a pull solenoid, but it won't turn without the key moving as well. Thanks for the input though. I'll try it if I can't find some way to get it to work with the key. I'm stubborn that way.
 

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I have a release set up that I removed from a wrecked Celebrity. I was going to try and put it in my 70. Check out some donors at the wrecking yards, you should be able to find someting that will work. The Caprices in the 80's had a similiar lock set up to the Chevelle. if you find one get the switch to it is usually in the glove box.

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