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How do I open the trunk on after someone broke off half the tumbler and the other half of the tumbler is too mangled to admit my key?

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There are 2 possibilities. 1. Persuade it from the outside. Depending on the damage you might be able to just stick a large screwdriver in to the tumbler and turn it clockwise. OR if the rest of the lock and tumbler can be removed without further damage to the metal around it then remove it. You can then shine a flash light in and see a small rectangle where the lock rod used to go in to. Use a screw driver to unlock the trunk by inserting it in to the rectangle and turning clockwise. 2. Remove the back seat. If you can't remove the rest of the lock cylinder, then you'll have to remove the back seat, crawl through the trunk and use a pair of pliers to grab and twist the lock rod that goes through the trunk lock. To remove the rear set you first push backwards and lift up on the bottom seat frame. You'll need to apply force to the lowest point possible on the frame. Tt is easiest to do one side at a time. Sometimes if you look under the seat you can see where the seat frame hooks in to the body of the car. Once the lower seat cusion is out you'll need to unbolt the lower corners of the seat. I believe on this car the bolts that hold the lower part of the upper seat cushion also hold in the seat belts. Seat Belt bolts require a large TORX bit. You might also need an impact wrench to get the seatbelt bolts out. I have seen people rip the seat back away from the bolts as it is only paperboard between the seat and bolt. Keep in mind though if you do this you will not be able to properly reinstall the seat and that could be hazardous in a sudden stop or accident. Once the seat back is unbolted it lifts off of a couple of hooks on the body. Then you'll need to remove some insulating materials and finally you can crawl in to the trunk.

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I have a 1972 Chevy Chevelle, and i lost the keys to the trunk. I'm selling it, but i need to remove my speakers and amp from the trunk. I looked online and found out i could use a screwdriver and hammer to force the lock to turn. I tried that, still couldnt get it to open. Someone suggested that i use a screwdriver and just pop out the whole lock then use a screwdriver to open the trunk. Guess what? I have no idea on how to pop out the whole lock. Could anyone help me with that?

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