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chris Platinum Member Chris Roop
Pendleton, OR, USA   USA
Joe x2. When the OP pictured it and said "locked out" most all of the favorite bits of advice came up wanting.


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Jcrcleeman John Leeman
Burton Pidsea, East Yorkshire, UK   GBR
1978 MG MGB
You're not the first and won't be the last!

Here's how I got mine open......

1. Cut out a small keyhole in rear bulkhead big enough to allow a socket wrench extention bar through.
2. Join at least 3 socket bar extentions together and secure the joints with gaffer tape.
3. Put suitable socket (1/2" ?) on end of extention bar and undo the two bolts holding the lock to the boot frame.
4. Locking plate falls off inside boot.....boot opens!
5. Plug hole in rear bulkhead with an aerosol's plastic cap (cut down to 1l2" long) and glue in place.
6. Replace carpets and no-one need ever know....unless you post here....oops!

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rdgreen Gold Member Robert Green
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   AUS
In reply to # 3905531 by little G I agree...people don't care what they take these days ...it's like a world full of cleptomaniacs !...with a small tool box , a spare wire wheel that idiots would want as man cave wall art and anything else I put in there when out and parked....the boot gets locked !

I used to have Kleptomania, but i'm taking something for it now.....

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Aridgerunner Silver Member Bill Bussler
Montoursville, PA, USA   USA
1956 MG MGA 1500 "The A"
1959 Triumph TR3A "The Mistress"
John, that's a fantastic solution, unless the big amplifier is mounted on the bulkhead. �

Remind me I need to Loctite that screw.

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
I like the idea of getting a key made and removing the cylinder.



Gary

Hammer: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive car parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.

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tahoe36c Paul Hruza
Panama City, FL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC GT "Little Red Rocket..."
1972 MG MGB GT "Tiny Dancer"
2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna
Call Pop-A-Lock...

$50 will get it open!!! smoking smiley

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Donthuis Don van Riet
Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands   NLD
Welcome to the club smileys with beer

By now I even use my secondary bonnet release option, release cable end hidden under the left fender more than the regular one. smiling bouncing smiley
The boot one I never hope to use after modifying my boot lock excenter along the lines I explained on MGE years ago and using Loctite on the bolt holding this excenter to the lock assembly thumbs up

In reply to # 3905670 by Nicecar Not gloating. After reading about many others over the years unable to open, just two days ago I finished my secondary boot release that I've been working on for months over winter.
Did my bonnet some years ago.

An ounce of prevention.....

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bk Bill Kiger
Thomasville, NC, USA   USA
1971 MG MGB
1972 MG MGB
1973 MG MGB
1974 MG MGB GT    & more
May be a little late but there is one more method you can use if your car has rear side markers. Remove the lense cover and drill off the heads of the two mounting studs and you can remove the base and pop the latch with a rod or extension.
Had my local tire shop call me a few months ago when they had a customer come in with the same issue on afresh restoration. I figured this way when my dumbass did a simpler thing on my resto way back. Did not have the nut tight enough and there you go.
It all comes down to access. If you got speakers good to go, if you have fresh paint or do not want to cut a hole in the bulkhead one of the other methods can work.
Not sure about pulling the lock barrel as I seem to recal it has some fastener to keep it in place even with the tab removed.
I may be incorrect on that. Would have to look at one again to confirm.
And I did put a drop of lock tight on the nut when I replaced the tab.
Best of luck with whatever method you use.
Bill

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NJHMG Jack H
Deer Park, TX, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB
I got it!

I made the tool (kind of) from UM video. And added a HF borescope. The first iteration of the tool didn’t work and I spent three hours trying to get it.

The second tool took 5 minutes. Second one is much stiffer. Popped right open.


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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
Good for you. Look at the bottom right of your #39 and do us a favour - click the 'solved' button.



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell with VW Golf flared guards, flush fit front and rear valances with front guards immovable. Front and rear seams removed,Torana XU1 vents, frenched indicators front & Mk1 rear lights. Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimaera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. All new interior with MrMikes covers on MX5 seats. Retro4 7x15 rims (zero offset) and 205/55 rubber. Colour: Jaguar Storm. Not for sale - it's my sanity!

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little G Charlie T
queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
1964 MG MGB "Little G"
Before you do ....did you go through the light with that implement ??

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Nicecar Gary (ex "Harv") G
Victoria, BC, Canada   CAN
1980 MG MGB "Red On Red On Red"
Why you old hoot! (Imagine owl screaming what sounds like; "Van Riet, Van Riet"!

"By now I even use my secondary bonnet release option, release cable end hidden under the left fender more than the regular one."
Me Too! & I love showing off especially to other MG owners, as I deftly reach in, slight pull and POP goes the top, and watch their faces!

"The boot one I never hope to use......"
Me neither, but testing a few times a year (and why should it ever fail?), gives real piece of mind over an unlikely event,
but one that could have PROFOUND consequences!

The bad event you may never forget.
If you do something pro-active, event never occurs, no bad memories.

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NJHMG Jack H
Deer Park, TX, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB
Yes I went through the light.

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steve00136 Steve Livesley
Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, UK   GBR
1975 MG MGB
You may be interested in the remote boot lid opener I made. There were a few "prototypes" that failed before I got one that worked OK.
More pics and details on my blog at www.mymgb.info



Steve
Nottingham, UK
(my blog:- www.mymgb.info)


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