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Q about 1980s trunk release button

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my question is for the Lincoln town car models early 1980s where was the trunk release at? Could you pop it from like a release lever over by the driver side or was it in the glove compartment? And did the key have to be in the car in order to pop the trunk from inside the car?

I am writing a screenplay that has a scene with a early 1980s Lincoln town car in it and just want to be accurate. If somebody was sitting in the seat would they be able to look over and see the trunk release or?
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I can’t help with the trunk release, but after watching thousands of Hollywood movies, I would personally appreciate it if the rear view mirror wasn’t removed, and the dash lights aren’t so bright as to blind the driver and passenger. You know, just for accuracy😉
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I can answer the question. In the early-'80s, a remote trunk release was still an optional novelty for most cars. Those that did have it had the release button located in the glove box, on the left side, a yellow pushbutton visible when the glove box hatch was opened. The driver could reach it, but that would mean leaning across the front seat(s). That was the case with Lincolns that were fitted with that option.

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I think it would have an electric switch, so the ignition would need to be on. For a vacuum control, the engine would need to be running.
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They did already go electric; Lincoln went electric by '72, possibly earlier. So, the key would have to be in ON or ACC position to use the button.

On a side note, I'm not sure whether the engine had to be running for the old '60s vacuum release. That option was tapped into the power locks, which were designed to work even with the engine off, at least for several cycles before the vacuum supply ran out. I may be wrong as I never had a vacuum release in my cars; but from what I read in the shop manuals I think they could still be used with the engine off.

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Tony, you’re right. At least my ‘62 has a vacuum reservoir for the trunk release, and good for quite a few unlocking cycles in fact.
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The glove box was the location for most American cars back then so even if you didn't see it thats where most people would have looked. Reason being you could lock the glove box and then valet or whoever you've given the ignition key to can't get into the trunk.
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Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.
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