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11-02-2016 03:30 PM
farina I got it open, then I removed the latch from the trunk lid. The 89 is going into storage for the winter. I will be working on a latch mechanism and using my 87 to prove it over the winter. Thanks for asking. I love all the help from everyone. Thanks again.
11-01-2016 06:21 PM
lgbalfa did you ever get the trunk fixed?
11-01-2016 02:20 PM
BobG
Photos of Access Hole Below Trunk Latch

Here are a couple of photos showing the access hole from above the latch on my '74 S2.

Top of both photos is the rear end of the trunk; the open end at the bottom faces the trunk.

I'd be curious if anyone has been successful in releasing the latch from this access hole. If so, please tell us about how it went.
11-01-2016 09:14 AM
alfaloco I ran my emergency hood pull cable across from the latch, to the brake master cylinder, then downward along the body structure next to the speedo encoder, and hung a ring on the end so I could pull it from underneath. I used 50 lb. test nylon fishing line.
11-01-2016 09:10 AM
spiderserie4
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Originally Posted by farina View Post
The good news is: I got it open and it wasn't that bad.I see the last post that came in is almost exactly what I've done. I'll add my pictures when I figure out how. I'm not too swift on these on line things.
Good news!
As Vin says, put an emergency cable on the hood pronto, because when that breaks and the hood is closed, it is a real
11-01-2016 08:28 AM
farina The good news is: I got it open and it wasn't that bad.I see the last post that came in is almost exactly what I've done. I'll add my pictures when I figure out how. I'm not too swift on these on line things.
11-01-2016 08:22 AM
Vintre This happened to me on my '87 Quad.

I spent hours on my back with that hole but with no luck. You cant see anything other than you stuck a long screwdriver or whatever up that hole.

I ended up removing the license plate and drilling a hole. 15 minutes and I was in.

Here are a few pictures of the location and a tool that was posted if you wish.

Attachment 1131465
Attachment 1131441
Attachment 1131449
Attachment 1131457

Also good advice to tape the new cable to the old when pulling through to the latch and make an emergence cable for next time.

Now that this has happened do you have an emergency cable installed for the hood? You should.

Good luck,

Vin
11-01-2016 02:48 AM
spiderserie4 when you get it open and it comes to renewing the trunk cable, it is wise to firmly tape the new one onto the end of the old one and pull it through......
BUT you will need to remove the carpet on the left inside the trunk as the cable sheath is secured to the inside of the fender with a metal tag (at least that is what my S4 has) somewhere near the fuel filler hose in there....you need to bend out that tag to loosen the grip on the cable sheath, or it won't pull through.

If the outer sheath is fine, then maybe easier would be just to feed the new inner cable through the old outer sheath.
10-31-2016 08:12 PM
alfaloco My emergency trunk pull consists of a length of wire, which I stuck through a small hole I made in the gas filler rubber boot, ran along the inside edge of the rear panel and tied to the trunk latch lever. Formed a loop in the end to pull on when/if I need to use it.
10-31-2016 05:26 PM
farina Tomorrow, first thing, around 10 AM i'll be under there checking for the emergency hole! I hope it's there!
10-31-2016 02:24 PM
alfasrule My 82 doesn't have a hole in the back. Can someone provide a picture? When I rebuilt her I did put a piece of nylon string (strong stuff) as an emergency if this would happen.
10-31-2016 01:23 PM
mcola
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nice idea, but I cant see that working on any spider with the rear carpet that covers the latch and is firmly clamped at the top by 4 big plastic rivets.......that rear carpet is difficult enough to get under when the trunk is open

maybe early spiders with rubber trunk mats are easier??
You are absolutely correct! Please disregard as this isn't a viable option for your '89.
10-31-2016 01:17 PM
spiderserie4
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I've also read that you can lower the rear carpet and remove one of the two small sheet metal plates (2-4 screws) which gives you direct access to the trunk, and you reach in with a broomstick or equivalent to disengage the latch.

see pics here, and I suggest going from the passenger side (more space, no evap system parts in the way)
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...tallation.html
nice idea, but I cant see that working on any spider with the rear carpet that covers the latch and is firmly clamped at the top by 4 big plastic rivets.......that rear carpet is difficult enough to get under when the trunk is open

maybe early spiders with rubber trunk mats are easier??
10-31-2016 11:43 AM
mcola I've also read that you can lower the rear carpet and remove one of the two small sheet metal plates (2-4 screws) which gives you direct access to the trunk, and you reach in with a broomstick or equivalent to disengage the latch.

see pics here, and I suggest going from the passenger side (more space, no evap system parts in the way)
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...tallation.html
10-31-2016 08:58 AM
spiderserie4
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Originally Posted by Norseman50 View Post
I have personally not verified this on my Series 3, and I cannot vouch if it is true for all years, but the post in the following link indicates that there is a 1/2" diameter access hole, directly under the trunk latch, that will allow you to thread a long screwdriver or hook up from below to release the latch mechanism:

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...tml#post149419

I have also heard that some Spider owners remove the rear license mounting plate and drill a small hole in the sheet metal behind it to gain access to the latch mechanism.
I never found the hole in my euro S4

driling the hole method is outlined in post # 42 & 43 of that thread.
That method is useful ,because when it breaks again, you just remove the license plate and use it again (an 'emergency hole' if you will!)

...you know its is there but others don't...well apart from a few thousand BBers....but we're an honest bunch of guys...

and anyway your avatar shows two hungry dogs about the size of european bison!!!
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