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Thread: 1956 Hawk Trunk Lock and Latch

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    1956 Hawk Trunk Lock and Latch

    I have a '62 Hawk and the trunk lid is from a '56 Hawk. What does the latch look Like? I have the lock mechanism that fits the trunk hole but does not even touch the latch I have. If I knew what type latch I was looking for maybe I could lock the trunk. Chet445

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    They are quite dissimiliar. We have a Skyhawk and a 62 GT. Best thing is go to parts book and look at the pics there.You would need the 56 latch to make it work- it would not be correct for a 62 and it you have the Al overlay that would not work either. The 62 is just a key release, but the 56 has a very nice latch so that you can close truck without locking it. See if some one near by wants to swap!

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    I have since learned that the lock and latch for '56 Hawk is one of a kind. Apparently 53 to 55 interchanged as did 57 through 64. My 62 Gran Tourismo has been a car with new surprises everyday. What an experience doing a restro...ugh.

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    Question? I have a '61 Hawk with a '56 trunk lid. What is the difference between the '61 and '56 latches? Mine will catch some times, but will not stay latched.-Jim

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    Jim, I have one on the way and will advise you of difference when I get it.

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    Thank you!-Jim

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    Jim, the part I received is same as what I have. I suspect the problem is in the lock mechanism. The person I spoke with said the latch I received was for a '56. The saga continues and I will get it and reply accordingly. Chet

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    P/M me if you find a solution, I will do the same-Jim

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    Check your email; or send P/M. Chet

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    Trunk Latches

    In reading your request again, no one seems to have sent you photos, so here's what the 56J and '62GT trunk locks look like. Sorry for the fuzzy 56J latch shot but it's an old low resolution photo and magnified quite a bit from the original trunk shot.

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    56J Under trunk.jpg

    And here's my '62 GT set-up:

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    Last edited by 56GH; 07-10-2018 at 02:00 PM. Reason: More photos
    Bill L.
    1962 GT Hawk

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    It is obvious that because of the major Height difference of the location of the Locks, that the Latch has to be radically different.
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    There is no "radical" difference. The difference vs is the 56 lock acts directly on the latch release. The later locks since they are higher have to use a link to connect them. (The lock and latch assembly) either can be modified to work.

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    I agree the 56 lock works directly on the latch but the real difference is that the lock, on the 56 has a longer "tail" that rests against the latch. The tail is about 1 1/2' inches long versus the 3/4" on the back of the lock.

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