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NJHMG Jack H
Deer Park, TX, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB
So I was trying to get some keys made for my doors which I don’t have. So I was told to get the number off the latch On the boot lid.

I couldn’t read it so I took it off, and closed the boot...

I am fairly certain it is permanently locked.....

Say it ain’t so

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CountBasey Silver Member Thomas Basey
Brunswick, OH, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Opus"
There is a John Twist video out there somewhere where he removes one of the backup lights and goes in at an angle with a coat hanger. He actually fails in the video but says with more time it can be done.

Anyone else?



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NJHMG Jack H
Deer Park, TX, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB
Thanks I am watching it now.

I actually told my wife, I have no idea how it locked I have the latch in my hand... wrong

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rdgreen Gold Member Robert Green
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   AUS
You can get a cheap Borescope off ebay for about $20 that connects to a mobile phone and that will help locate the latch....otherwise it's down to luck and patience.

Edit: As suggested go through the backup lights opening.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2019-03-08 07:01 PM by rdgreen.

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melbaver Gold Member Chris Howells
Carrington, NSW, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGB "Moneypit"
2012 Dodge Journey "Another Shopping Trolley"
This solution (goes back to 2012) is ideal and being a dyed in the wool belt and braces person I will be installing in my B.........................once I get the bleeding lid to sit properly.

https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mgb-and-gt-forum.1/dprototype-a-success-d.2002056/#msg-2002056



Chris Howells

1968 MGB Purchased already dis-assembled but which is largely back together so I'm a lot less ignorant.

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greenrman Gold Member Don B
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1973 MG MGB "Oscar"
2005 BMW 3 Series Cabriolet "Sabrina"
LIFE LESSON? Never EVER lock an MGB, be it door, trunk or glovebox. Well,...maybe glovebox.

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Diver648 Gold Member Warren Siringer
Tucson, AZ, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB
1967 MG MGB GT
1969 MG MGB MkII
1971 MG MGB GT    & more
There have been some other posts on this recently including drilling out the lock that worked, check the search menu.

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ClayJ Silver Member Clay Johnston
Mt. Olive, MS, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB
I understand not locking the doors on a convertible. Why not lock the boot(trunk)?

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ga duke Mike Dooley
Newnan, GA, USA   USA
Lock the glovebox?...what’s a glovebox?,,,

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greenrman Gold Member Don B
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1973 MG MGB "Oscar"
2005 BMW 3 Series Cabriolet "Sabrina"
^ it's the glovebox. where you put your driving gloves, and your insurance papers, in the compartment in front of the passenger.

(I, at 1st, thought this was a Q from a UK member... smileys with beer )

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
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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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sweep Gold Member Chris W
Gosford, NSW, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB "Basil"
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Audi A3
So you locked yourself out of your boot. Look on the bright side. It's better than locking yourself INSIDE your boot. Been there!



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billymgb1000 Silver Member william gaulin
harrisville, harrisville RI, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB
1974 MG MGB V8 Conversion "Sweet Thing"
If you have the latch in your hand, how is it locked? you should be able to open it. Push the button on the latch and bang above the latch with the palm of your hand and pull with the other. worth a try.

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78mgb White Wonder 78mgb
apple valley, MN, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB
If all else fails, you can buy a new lock from Moss:

https://mossmotors.com/lock-assembly-w-two-keys-barrel-locking-nut?assoc=21971

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oleanderjoe Gold Member Joseph Baba
Fresno, CA, USA   USA
NOPE: That piece he has in his hand with the number on it, IS the part that is attached to the "PUSH BUTTON" (Barrel) part that pushes on the Lever to open it. When you actually engage the LOCK option, the key and tumblers swing that same part off to the side, so there is no 'PUSHEY, PUSHEY" function. And since the LATCH is encased within the latch mechanism. ??? WELL, the only way I have EVER been able to do it is to drill it out. BUT. since this subject came up, I have seen that part fall off all by itself and lock the trunk. That screw is a good 'candidate for some 'LOCKTITE" Enough said. smileys with beer

In reply to # 3905406 by billymgb1000 If you have the latch in your hand, how is it locked? you should be able to open it. Push the button on the latch and bang above the latch with the palm of your hand and pull with the other. worth a try.



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