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Question 69 Mustang - where to install door lock switches

Hello all - looking for ideas here. I'm planning to install power door locks in my 69'. Not sure where to put the door lock switches?


Would love to see pics of what others have done (any model year) or suggestions.


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I went round and round on this on my '67. The trunk release switch too. In the end I didn't like anything and just connected them to the alarm and do the door locks and trunk with the remote. No actual switches in the car. I did think of doing a micro switch on the driver's door lock so the passenger door would slave to it but didn't bother. The idea being that when you unlocked the driver's door with a key, the passenger door would automatically unlock too. But since I just use the remote and never the key I didn't really see the point.
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I went round and round on this on my '67. The trunk release switch too. In the end I didn't like anything and just connected them to the alarm and do the door locks and trunk with the remote. No actual switches in the car. I did think of doing a micro switch on the driver's door lock so the passenger door would slave to it but didn't bother. The idea being that when you unlocked the driver's door with a key, the passenger door would automatically unlock too. But since I just use the remote and never the key I didn't really see the point.
I went the same route. No physical switch for the power door locks. I did add a power trunk release and put a momentary push button just above the radio (not visible on a 69/70) so I have another way to open the trunk. It also opens with the AUX button on my remote.


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I knew someone that had an '80s model Dodge pickup with power locks. As I remember it, it had no switches. You operated both door locks by pushing or pulling the lock pins, which just looked like non-power parts.

I don't know exactly how it worked but I always thought it would be a nice clean way to do a conversion.

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That's kind of what I was trying to say (not very well) above. You would have a microswitch attached to a door lock rod. OEM's just attach the switches into the latch assembly itself. (Volvos are where I got the idea.) After messing around with the idea a bit I figured it wasn't that much more trouble for me to reach across the car as to twist me right arm around to grab the driver's door lock knob. If my fob battery should go dead or something. Still it is indeed a very viable way of not having visible switches. If you wanted to get really tricky about it you could set up the driver's door lock where you twist the door key once to unlock the driver's door and then a second time to also unlock the passenger door. Kind of nice to have on a four door kid-hauler with a skittish driver but a bit over the top for a Mustang. And close to out of my swimming depth to figure out.
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I'm going to do away with the pull up/push down rod and button at the top of the door. If you are outside, use the key if inside, simply raise the inside handle. IMO, they are redundant and not needed.

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You better check yours, my doors do not unlock when I pull the handle.

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Thanks GypsyR and 69GT350H, I was considering no switches as an option as well. I guess its time to select an alarm system ...



What did you use as an actuator for the trunk release? I haven't looked at that yet, but definitely would like to do the same. I've got some Fox Body door lock actuators for the doors, they seem to work great.
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At one time I raided an older junkyard for every 1970's big Ford and Mercury electric trunk latch they had. They are a direct bolt-in for 67-8's and I believe the 69-70's too. I used one, kept a spare, and sold the rest here for what I paid for them. Then a guy in Japan talked me out of my last one and I acquired another car. So I'm keeping an eye out again.
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Thanks GypsyR and 69GT350H, I was considering no switches as an option as well. I guess its time to select an alarm system ...



What did you use as an actuator for the trunk release? I haven't looked at that yet, but definitely would like to do the same. I've got some Fox Body door lock actuators for the doors, they seem to work great.
I used one of these, but quite sure I paid $60 or less for the latch alone.


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I put my door lock switches in the modified center console under the lid, and bough the actuators online.
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I used one of these, but quite sure I paid $60 or less for the latch alone.
Looks like the same one. Only picture I took of mine was the flip side. Next to my original '67's this is the '76 model one I shipped to some APO in Japan for $10. (I'm not very good at selling stuff.)


If/when anyone gets their hands on one of these you can ignore the third bolt hole your original has.
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To run a switch less setup a 5 wire actuator style door lock system is whats needed. As the door lock position is internal of the 5 wire actuator.

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Sounds like a trip to one of the older junkyards around here is in order. Thanks!
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[QUOTE=j persons;10104730]I'm going to do away with the pull up/push down rod and button at the top of the door. If you are outside, use the key if inside, simply raise the inside handle. IMO, they are redundant and not needed.[/QUOTE
...how do you lock the doors while inside the car..there are times that you would need to
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