convert to manual trunk release? - Third Generation F-Body Message Boards


Electronics Need help wiring something up? Thinking of adding an electrical component to your car? Need help troubleshooting that wiring glitch?

convert to manual trunk release?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
Supreme Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,032

convert to manual trunk release?

Hello all...
I have a 1989 Camaro RS (LS1+T56), anyway...

I hate the electric trunk, it seems pointless to me if the trunk dose not open and close all the way by itself. It also takes longer to wait for the motor to pull the trunk down and up. Is there some way to completely remove the motor and convert it to a manual type???

Has anyone done this??
blakecharles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
Supreme Member
iTrader: (8)
 
fireturd350's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: New Boston, IL, USA
Posts: 3,201
Car: '90 Formula 350
Engine: 383 SBC
Transmission: ProBuilt S/S 700-R4 & ACT 9" Stall
Axle/Gears: 10 bolt 3.23


Re: convert to manual trunk release?

I believe there was an older post (sorry I don't really feel like digging atm) where someone just drilled and bolted the assembly directly to the mount so it didn't slide anymore.
fireturd350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
Supreme Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,032

Re: convert to manual trunk release?

I will look around. ty
blakecharles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
Supreme Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Cary, North Carolina
Posts: 9,192
Car: 1992 RS
Engine: Carbed 350
Transmission: 700R4
Axle/Gears: 3.42 posi


Re: convert to manual trunk release?

The best way is to get the rear hatch parts from a manual car, and bolt them in. I had a car years ago with a bad motor - I marked the parts with hatch closed, removed the assembly, drilled holes through and inserted bolts, reattached to car - it worked, but I could never get the squeek adjusted out of it. Damned thing squeeked on every little bump until I sold the car, and I tried adjusting for months.

If yours isn't opening all the way, you need new hatch struts. If it's not closing all the way, you need to first try adjusting the bumpers on each corner of the hatch (they turn), and otherwise adjust up/down the whole motor assembly - the 4 large bolts can be loosened and the whole assembly adjusted up/down/left/right (the 4 bolts run through large square holes, thus there is adjustment there).

I personally love the electric hatch motor - never get any squeeking from the hatch, or leaking because the motor always pulls it nice and tight. It's just something you have to be gentle with (this isn't a truck, don't close it like a tailgate). The 3rd gen was never intended to 'haul' anything except teenage butts around town - it was never intended to actually open the 'trunk space' unless you needed the spare or were taking the tops out.
camaronewbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 08:00 PM   #5
Supreme Member
iTrader: (3)
 
58mark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mesquite, Texas
Posts: 4,009
Car: 89 rs, 86 Trans Am
Engine: RS-V6... Trans Am-LG4
Transmission: RS-T5... Trans Am 700r4

Re: convert to manual trunk release?

Mine was welded into one piece at the rails. I have a picture of the weld placement if you're interested. I love it that way.
58mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2011, 04:30 AM   #6
Supreme Member
 
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: NWOhioToledoArea
Posts: 8,110
Car: 86-FireBird
Engine: -MPFI
Transmission: T5
Axle/Gears: 3:42


Re: convert to manual trunk release?

few pics in my sig link, I made mine manaul but adjustable.

The track is in two parts, main and the slider.

I drilled holes in the center of the slider part, then welded a nut on it, then welded a rod of metal down the center of the main part, so the bolt had something to run into and grip well.

Then with the plastic covers off inside, I closed the hatch n put a few spare tires on it for weight [maybe use a friend instead] to hold it down tight, then I crawled inside and horsed down the bolts.


Worked out better then just welding it in place, which I did do the first time around but it works better when you can hold it shut tight.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2017, 01:20 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 7


Re: convert to manual trunk release?

Quote:
Originally Posted by 58mark View Post
Mine was welded into one piece at the rails. I have a picture of the weld placement if you're interested. I love it that way.
hey do u still have the pictures I like to see what it looks like
PAJAMAZS57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2017, 10:23 PM   #8
Supreme Member
 
Ron U.S.M.C.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Northern, CA
Posts: 4,476
Car: 1989 Iroc-Z Camaro
Engine: TBI,5.0
Transmission: Automatic 700R4
Axle/Gears: Eaton Posi,3.42,LPW Ultimate Cover


Re: convert to manual trunk release?

I climbed through the car to the back and marked the railes with the plastic removed ,hatch closed and motor unplugged.

Opened it back up and drilled and installed nuts and bolts so it would not move.
(I like to use "nylon lined lock nuts" or "Ny-lock" they are called so they will not back out).

Has been working great like that for many years.
Ron U.S.M.C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Loud "PSH!" sound when starting up engine... Blue419 Tech / General Engine 3 09-10-2015 02:03 PM
Fuel pouring out of my charcoal line TBRays98 Tech / General Engine 6 09-06-2015 06:05 PM
My 1989 Camaro IROC-Z Convertible Vassago Convertibles 15 09-04-2015 10:37 PM
[PA] 1985 Award Winning Trans Am (reposting with link of pics) Hotrodboba400 Firebirds for Sale 1 09-02-2015 10:11 PM
[PA] 1985 Award Winning Modified Pontiac T/A Hotrodboba400 Firebirds for Sale 0 09-02-2015 08:28 PM


Go Back   Third Generation F-Body Message Boards >

Tags
1991, 3rd, 89, camaro, camro, converting, electric, gen, hatch, manual, motor, rear, release, rs, slide, troubleshooting, trunk

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory

1982 Camaro '82 || 1983 Camaro '83 || 1984 Camaro '84 || 1985 Camaro '85 || 1986 Camaro '86 || 1987 Camaro '87 || 1988 Camaro '88 || 1989 Camaro '89 || 1990 Camaro '90 || 1991 Camaro '91 || 1992 Camaro '92


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:39 AM.


All content copyright 1997 - 2014 ThirdGen.org. All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced without the expressed, documented, and written consent of ThirdGen.org's Administrators. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: