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  '69 to '73 -- The Musclecar Mustang
  Locked Out!!!

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robcleo1
Journeyman

Posts: 9
From: Lanham, Md
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 10-19-2006 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robcleo1        Reply w/Quote
I own a '70 coupe. I'm locked out of my vehicle. The driver's door is in the unlocked position, the window is down, and I can't seem to open the door from inside or out. I believe that the linkage in side the door may have seperated itself. Does anyone have any tricks to get the door open without having to destroy it???

68 Coop
Gearhead

Posts: 5847
From: Mesquite, NV. 89027
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 10-19-2006 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop        Reply w/Quote
The door panel is going to HAVE to come off. I had mine done, but I know on the 68's there's a rod that connect to the latch that opens it, from the inside. I'm thinking the cotter pin came loose, and the rod dropped off. Why it don't open from the outside is a mystery, mine would open from that side, just not the inside. Maybe the latch itself gave up the ghost.

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William
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68 Coupe
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Barry70Stang
Gearhead

Posts: 306
From: West Monroe, La USA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 10-20-2006 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Barry70Stang        Reply w/Quote
I have the opposite problem, I can open my passenger side door from the inside, but not the outside Sorry I'm no help! I would like to know what you do to fix the problem though. For the meantime I have bigger problems to deal with

Barry

SteveLaRiviere
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Posts: 48752
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 10-21-2006 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
If you shine a small penlight down the window gap you should be able to see the lever enough to trip it with a coat hanger.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

cobravenom71
Gearhead

Posts: 1349
From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-22-2006 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
This exact procedure is described in the Ford shop manual for just such emergencys:

"Use 1/8" welders wire or equivalent. The completed tool will be 29" long, with a 1/2" right angle bend on one end, and a 3" right-angle bend on the other. Roll down the window,slip the end with the short bend down inside the door panel at the rear and trip the latch pawl."

Sounds easy, but it will probably take some fiddling to do.

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 10-22-2006 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
My answer incuded a penlight.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

cobravenom71
Gearhead

Posts: 1349
From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-22-2006 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Ah yes, but mine was the 'official" Ford procedure. So there.

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 10-22-2006 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
You win.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

cobravenom71
Gearhead

Posts: 1349
From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-22-2006 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Nah, Man...we all drive Mustangs so we're all winners!

to paraphrase: "I'd rather coat-hanger open my Mustang's door than to pull the window away from the body to unlock my Camaro!"

(anyone who has owned a 2nd-gen Camaro/Bird will know EXACTLY what I am talking about!)

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 10-24-2006 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

66HIPO&more
Gearhead

Posts: 4244
From: SLC, UT
Registered: Jul 99

posted 10-26-2006 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66HIPO&more        Reply w/Quote
I'm chuckling...
Drove a 70 coupe for eight years. It regularly locked me out or in - had to climb over to passenger side. Had forgotten about that. Ahhh, the memories we make with these old cars.
Thanks,
J.

[This message has been edited by 66HIPO&more (edited 10-26-2006).]

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