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jk1969z28

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Anyone ever take a trunk lid apart..... I did!!
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:09:33 AM »
I lucked out and found an original 1969 trunk lid for $150 and it was in very good shape and no rust.  However it had a few minor dents on the inside brace by the leading edge.  And when I picked it up you could hear alot of stuff inside moving around.  The car it came off of was said to be a 1967 RS that was wrecked and the deck was stored indoors since the late 70s.  The ad said 67-69 Camaro trunk lid $150 and had one poor picture of the top side.  After learning so much from this board I knew what to look for, so I had the guy email me some pictures, that is when I knew it was a 69 lid.  After getting it home it appeared to have a lot of filler so I figured it had a lot of holes drilled and excess lose filler was what was making all the noise.  I looked it over a while and got the bright idea I could take it apart without grinding the edges like they do on the door panels.  With a few different size screwdrivers and a hammer, I got it apart, and I might add without butchering it up.  What I learned was that when they build the lid they put alot of dabs of black caulk? like stuff inside to fill the gaps between the panels, and through the years this stuff drys out and falls apart and that is what was making all the noise.  Now that it is apart I can tap out the dents on the brace and after inspecting the top side there is two small creases that also can be worked, but they sure did use alot of filler for small creases.  I've attached a few pictures and if anyone would like any more specific shots let me know while I have it apart.  Thought this would be interesting to some and I hope this helps.

Jerry K.
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Re: Anyone ever take a trunk lid apart..... I did!!
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 02:43:32 AM »
why?

jk1969z28

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Re: Anyone ever take a trunk lid apart..... I did!!
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 03:16:01 AM »
Take it apart? or Post about it?

Take it apart - To try and save an original piece and mainly to prove to myself that I could do it on my own.  I did not want to have a ton of putty in it and I felt if I could get it apart that it would be easier for me to do the metal work.  I'm sure a good body man would have approached it another way.  I've also heard they sometimes send them out whole to have them acid dipped to get any of the rust on the inside taken care of, but after getting it apart I can get it down to bare metal and etch prime it on the inside.  After it is all said and done I still might screw it up, but to tell you the truth it has been interesting so far.  And if anyone has any tips I'm all ears.

Post about it - Thought someone else might find it interesting or have someone offer me tips if they have taken this approach before.

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Re: Anyone ever take a trunk lid apart..... I did!!
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 01:54:41 PM »
I thought it was interesting. So did 160 other people that viewed the pics.
Gary

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