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    Default deck lid wouldnt stay open

    Had a strange one this week. Got my 83 out of winter storage from my buddies barn last weekend and when I was putting the car cover away in the trunk the dam deck lid wouldn't stay open.

    Ever since Ive owned the car I could hit the trunk button and it would pop open on its own and stayed open. After car sat from Oct to March untouched it wouldn't. I actually had to move one of the torsion rods up a notch to get it to stay open again.

    Anyone else ever run into this? Just seemed strange
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    I have never seen that issue. I did install gas struts on my trunk lid and did away with the torsion rods
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnietbird View Post
    I have never seen that issue. I did install gas struts on my trunk lid and did away with the torsion rods
    Pics?
    84 COUGAR/88HO, 1.7RRs, performer RPM,700DP, equal length shorties, stainless EXH ,T-5,Hurst pro-billet, KC clutch, 8.8/ 4.10s, line-lok, bla ,bla, bla.
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    are the hinges greased?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnietbird View Post
    I have never seen that issue. I did install gas struts on my trunk lid and did away with the torsion rods
    Pics X2, I wanna see how you did that. My deck lid falls shut if the car is parked on any sort of incline.

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    I made mounts for the hinges from steel and added the snap on ball adapters for the strut to hook on to. The floor mounts are just L brackets made for the struts.
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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    Thanks Vinnie.
    84 COUGAR/88HO, 1.7RRs, performer RPM,700DP, equal length shorties, stainless EXH ,T-5,Hurst pro-billet, KC clutch, 8.8/ 4.10s, line-lok, bla ,bla, bla.
    71 COMET/289,351w heads, 12.5 TRWs, 750DP, Liberty TL, 9"/6.00s, 11.9x @112 , bla,bla,bla.

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    Yeah that's pretty slick! I think that's gotta be my next project. Tired of getting hit in the back of the head with the trunk
    1986 Ford Thunderchicken, 5.0 AOD w/ Shift kit, 354,XXX miles. 1-Family owned. Original engine+trans.
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    I did similar on my '96 XR7 only I welded the mount higher and out of the way.

    trunkstrut.jpg
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    adjust the torsion rods,,, and wear gloves. move one side i think "down" a notch.

    or check lube on pivot point.

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