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Old 03-25-2016, 04:08 PM
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Question 58 (& 59) Convt Question

Hi All!!!!

How do you un-latch the deck lid?
I saw a 59 a few yrs ago that had a chrome
push-button where my conv top switch goes.
Didn't look factory.

Just curious.

I drove ol' Trigger last weekend. Still runs like a swiss watch.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:33 PM
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There's a key lock push button under the dash to unlock the deck solenoids.

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Old 03-26-2016, 10:21 AM
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Mr. Byers good to see that you had " ol trigger " out for a chooch.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:46 PM
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The 1958 and 1959 tops operate like this:

1 - Release the roof latches at the front of the top.
2 - Push the button under the dash to release the deck lid.
3 - Get out of the car and go to the driver's side of the deck lid.
4 - Lift the deck lid manually.
5 - Lift the flapper manually.
6 - Operate the switch at the side of the trunk to raise the top until it folds back into the trunk.
7 - Lower the deck lid manually. Push down to lock.
8 - Get back in the car.

For 1960, except for the roof latches, everything is done automatically.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:31 PM
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Sorry for the slow reply & to dig this up again.
Thanks for all the info!!!

I'm just curious about this (WAY) simple system.
The 60 & newer system is VERY complicated. Guys that work on the Space Shuttle would shrug & say "I dunno". I mean, it's cool to watch & all. But what if you have a dead battery? What if the hyd system fails? Too much to go wrong.

How do those latches work? I've tried to find videos
of an 8 or 9.

I'm going to fix mine, but if I ever get another "Vert" it will
definitely be a 59 (Love that grille too - and no qtr mldgs)

Thanks guys !!
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