Join Date: Jan 2015
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Paul, Welcome to the forum! On the cable style trunk release, have you been able to look at cable where it sticks out of the casing. Ask, as am not aquainted with the cable in this particular very rare '64 option. Am much more aquainted with the vacuum releases and the electric trunk releases.
When you noted a comparison to a speedo cable, the cable inside a speedo cable casing, itself, is near a 1/8" in diameter, it's a tightly wound cable, you can run the cable through 2 fingernails and feel each ridge, i.e., wrap of the outer wire cable. Speedo cables, one can replace the entire inner cable, the service cable has to be carefully measured, then tape wrapped around where it's going to be cut then the plastic tip heat installed on the end that that mates up with the back of the speedo head. Hood release cables, even very long ones that feed into the interior of he car, they are a stranded wire cable, but no where near as thick as a speedo cable. I'm sure in your case, the cable can be replaced. Do you have a picture of how the cable is terminated at the end where it attaches to the latch asm in the trunk?