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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old October 2nd, 2019, 20:33 Thread Starter
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91 MR2 NA, I have this bike lock metal rod looking thing that needs a circle key. This thing is next to the engine hood lever behind the driver seat. Any ideas what it is?
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91 MR2 NA, I have this bike lock metal rod looking thing that needs a circle key. This thing is next to the engine hood lever behind the driver seat. Any ideas what it is?
Do you have a photo of it? Doesn't sound like an OEM item but then the USA market got some real odd stuff the JDM cars didn't get which is what I am used to.
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Definitely going to need a picture, I'm curious.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old October 3rd, 2019, 21:21 Thread Starter
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Here you go. wish mobile web would let me attach. better late then never..
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That's just as lock someone has added in. Clearly doesn't lock anything but maybe was there to hold something in place.
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Wow that looks awful
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Yep. It indeed is some kind of lock guessing for the engine hood from the 90s...gonna need to remove it asap. Thanks guys.
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Hey, a penny! lol

Looks terrible, good luck fixing that.
Always fun to fix shoddy work by previous owners
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LOL. terrible!
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Aftermarket counterweight to reduce snap oversteer. Lol Idfk that’s a weird spot for a lock.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old October 9th, 2019, 19:23
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OK you young uns' that's what was called a Chapman or Z-Lok.
They were very popular during the seventies and eighties.
They were big money makers for the auto salesman at the time - they'd cost about $50 to install and sold for $250 - cha-ching!

The installs were really gross - as you can see they would invariably lead to water leaks and rust.

When you pushed in the button it would lock the hood and ground the ignition through a resistor so the car wouldn't start.

Remove it, remove the crappy bracket under the hood and remove it's associated wiring. Then seal the hole through the rear bulkhead and seal the wire where the resistor tapped into the ignition system.
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The more you know...

Thanks for that bit of automobile history.
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Before the days of reasonably priced alarms. There really needs to be a museum on these things. I really like the flame thrower from under the car one lol.
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