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Default 1965 Mustang Trunk Torsion Rods

Can anyone tell me or show me the correct installation of the trunk torsion rod, clamps??, bumpers, etc. for 1965 2+2. I have all the manuals and cannot find the correct setup nor can I find any parts online that relate to the correct installation of the deck lid and torsion rod.
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If they clip onto a bracket with a ball, there's a small clip that wraps around the top that clips onto the ball. Just take a small screwdriver, and slide it in behind the clip and pop it out then pull the rod off the ball. Repeat the same for the other side. I'm just guessing now, if they're anything like the rods on the trunk on my 96 Cobra or 89 Notch. I hope it helps, and they are the same. If so it's a 2 minute job, MIke SCT Tuner.
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I have a 65 FB also. Let's start with the deck lid and torsion bar. Then let me know what help you need with the bumpers.

Installing the deck lid is mostly trial and error. Also helps if you have a friend to assist. Begin by bolting the deck lid onto the hinge assembly (pic 0718). Snug the bolts down but not so tight that the deck lid won't move left to right or forward and rearward. Make your adjustments a little at a time. The object is to get the gaps as even as possible on all sides. Just get as close as you can because you'll come back later for final adjustment. Now go to the hinge assembly. You can adjust the height of the deck lid (pic 0729). Again, snug the bolts so the hinge assemble will move up and down. More trial and error. Make your adjustments a little at a time until you get the height of the deck lid flush with the rear quarters and back deck. Once your satisfied with the height, go back to the deck lid bolts and make any final adjustments until your satisfied with the way it looks.

Now for the torsion bar. Thread it through the right hinge first and then back it up so the square end goes through the left hinge (pic 719). Now take some vice grips or channel locks and twist the bar until you can get the end through the bracket on the right hinge. Careful here. That torsion bar has a lot of force. Once you get it through the bracket, cap it off with a speed nut (I used 2) or some type of fastener that will allow the bar to turn but not come off the bracket. Lube the bar with some white lithium grease to reduce friction (pic 725). Your deck lid should now stay open by itself. Now for the center bracket. Take a piece of rubber tubing, slice it length wise and slip it on the torsion bar. Now take your bracket and secure it to the 2 holes in the center of your deck lid . That should do it. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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If it's anything like my 66 coupe, there will be slots that will allow you to adjust the tension. There's got to be quite a bit of tension on it so the trunk springs open.
WARNING.... be vaery careful when doing this! I put a fiberglass trunk on my car,therefore I had to disconnect/release the tension bar altogether. The thing nearly took my head off. Fair warning!
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Mines an early 65 and there are no adjustment slots. Wish there were. Only way to adjust is to take a hammer and gently tap the bar to either side of the hinge slot. Not much margin for error. Scary !
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`Thank you for the pictures. My torsion rod has the rubber bumper on it but the bracket is gone. ANy ideas who might sell it. I have not been able to find it online? I did not know where the rubber piece went but i do now thanks to the pictures.
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Go to NPD (National Parts Depot) catalog. Look up part # 373028-S. Retainer bracket, Torsion Rod.

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