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Old 10-07-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default 1940 Ford Trunk Handle

Currently, I have to use the trunk latch key each time I open the trunk on my '40 Ford. How can I fix my trunk handle to remain unlocked and than lock it with the key when needed?

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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They are all like that. I have an origianl handle and it must be locked to remove the key.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #3
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Grind the head of a spare key small enough that the spring loaded cover will fit over it. Leave it unlocked until you need to secure it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #4
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Thanks 40cpe. I had a '47 Tudor with an original handle and I was able to keep it locked or unlocked. I bought a new chromed one and it was such that you needed to use a key each time to open the truck. I guess I should have switched the key lock?
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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I don't know about the '47, but I've never heard of anyone being able to remove the key from a '40 with the key cylinder in unlocked position.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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I can modify your lock cylinder to allow removal of the key in the open position. Only requirement is that you have a working key and that the cylinder is a "Hurd" manufactured OEM cylinder (it would be chrome or nickle plated rather than the Briggs and Stratton stainless clad design). If you are interested in the modification, give me a call.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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I don't know about the '40 but I can remove the key from our '39 CS trunk latch and it will remain unlocked, the same thing on our '47 Ford however, on the '39 LZ you have to lock the trunk to remove the key... Another Ford anomaly...
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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I just did this modification to my '40 this past summer to make it easier to get the folding chairs in an out of the trunk. I did not document the procedure at the time, but it was very easy and straight forward. Take out the lock and look at it and how it works. There is a little tab somewhere that you can grind off and the trunk opens and closes without the key. You shouldn't have any problems.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #9
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I just did this modification to my '40 this past summer to make it easier to get the folding chairs in an out of the trunk. I did not document the procedure at the time, but it was very easy and straight forward. Take out the lock and look at it and how it works. There is a little tab somewhere that you can grind off and the trunk opens and closes without the key. You shouldn't have any problems.

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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Thanks Hugh and John............and everyone. I'll gitter done.......... :-)
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #11
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I can remove my key locked or unlocked on my Drake handle. it may not be correct but sure is handy.
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