In the beginning, I used a stick. Then I tried the gas strut kit from a forum vendor, but it deformed my trunk lid. Now I'm back to the original stick. I might try the trunk prop rod from Finish Line, which is like the originals.
I cut the hood prop rod from the donor and mounted it to the truck floor on th passenger side and put a rubber tip in it. I used a plastic line clamp mounted on the truck on the driver's side to hold it stable on the trunk floor when not in use.
2Fast, I also use a stick when keeping the trunk lid open for prolonged periods of time. There’s nothing wrong with that. For those who like the period look the Trunk Prop Rod from FinishLine is 18-inches long with an original style finish and costs $20.00 (US). It works great.
That is the one I was thinking about, but I don't have that lip hanging down that yours is mounted to (Mk II had the curved top for better trunk space. However, I was thinking I might fabricate a bracket from the curved loop to mount it on?
Bill, that warping issue was one of my worries, also. I have been trying to find one of those rods that expand out and lock with a twist (kind of like a camera tripod leg), but have not been able to locate them.
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