1983 Zimmer

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  1. Fishdaddy88

    Fishdaddy88 New Member

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    Hey Everybody,

    I am new to the forums and wanted to ask a few questions, that maybe somebody could help me out with. I am a auctioneer in Alabama and have been asked by an Estate to sell a few cars and I have my eye on one that I just have to have! The car is a 1983 Zimmer, it has been garage kept (in a hangar) for many years so it has just been sitting. I got the car to my shop last week and started to look it over. I can not find the battery anywhere! So I am thinking it is in the trunk but its a electric trunk and I can not get it to pop. Does anybody on here know how to pop the trunk on a 1983 Zimmer? I am selling the car as is, but if I can get it to turn over or maybe start, I want to buy it so that my father and I can have a project. Attached are a few pics of this bad boy. Thing is very cool! But I have read the layout is bad and its junk, but I just really like how it looks.

    Thanks everybody! IMG_5874.jpg
     
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    OldFox Curmudgeon

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    The positive cable has to go to the starter or a solenoid. Hook an auxillary battery to the cable and a good ground. Then open the trunk. My uncle had a Lincoln with the electronic door locks that you had to punch a password into to get the door open. Battery went dead. Dealership had no suggestions other than to break a window out. He ended up running wires from his boat battery into the trailer hitch plug. It gave enough power to open the doors.
     
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    HotRodRacer Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    ^^^ This. Brilliant.

    Could you also attach a charger to the positive terminal on the solenoid and to a good ground, set to 10 or 50 amps, and back-energize the circuit?
     
  4. Silvertwinkiehobo

    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    If it has a battery, it *should* work, even if it's stone dead. But it likely won't if there's no battery.
     
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    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    Just a FYI, your Zimmer would have started out as (most probably) a '82 Ford Thunderbird, on the Ford Fox body chassis...... And now that I'm thinking about it, they COULD have even used a 2-door Fairmont for the basic body and cowl - it would have had the same doors. (It couldn't have been made from a '83 Thunderbird, because the '83 had a new, more rounded body, and the body lines just don't match. Pictures to compare with:
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    1982 Fairmont 2-door:
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  7. Silvertwinkiehobo

    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    A shame that Fairmont is neglected.
     

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