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    Electrically operated boot lock

    Anybody done this ? I couldn't find anything searching. Anyway, I want to have a boot that opens from a button in the car. No external lock required. Scrapyards must be full of the things. Any tips gratefully received

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    I've always just used a starter motor solenoid from the top of a starter connected by stainless wire cable and run a normal push button operate.

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    Mondeo MkIII have them. Old MkII Cavaliar had them but probably no chance of finding one of those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    Mondeo MkIII have them. Old MkII Cavaliar had them but probably no chance of finding one of those!
    pretty sure focus has them too.
    i use a t handle fire extinguisher cable (like a long choke cable) to operate them from inside. rally design do them in 6' and 12' lengths (i usually cut the long one to suit). no solenoid to fail that way.
    neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    I've got a couple of Vauxhall Carlton boot solenoids in the garage. Could stick one in the post to you?
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    I've got the bits from an E39 touring, but wiring seems to be a bit complicated - it seems there's a module involved ! For what it's worth, the Jensen GT had a cable system back in 1975 too
    Mattblack, do you know how the Carleton ones get wired ?
    Thanks all so far

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    what cars it for with what kind of lock obviously more involved if its a twist knob like a morris minor or mini if its a turn key to unlock boot much easier her indoors's 57 plated beetle has leccy opening, quite a few in scrappies I use and for some reason a switch at bottom of drivers door. may be an idea to incorporate secret hidden cable in case of failure?

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    I'll have a look tonight, from memory they just have a feed to them from the push button and earth through the casing.
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    I should have posted this at the start. It's called a Fiberfab Jamaican, based on an Austin Healey 3000. As bought it has no boot opening. So far, I've created the boot with hinges bonded in underneath, and at present there's no boot catch at all. I've also go to figure out how to make a way to have a seal under the lid

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    look at many people carriers, Chrysler voyager has full electric opening tailgate and its quite easy to wire the latch mechanism.

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