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Old 01-27-2015, 09:20 PM   #41
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I would assume that's to keep the lid square too the quarters?
Were does the water drain?in?
Actually I was referring to the SMALL rubber PLUGS in the side rain gutters. They fit in the hole for the rumble hinge bracket, when it's a trunk. Look in the gutters about 4" up from the rubber corner bumpers.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:48 AM   #42
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Actually I was referring to the SMALL rubber PLUGS in the side rain gutters. They fit in the hole for the rumble hinge bracket, when it's a trunk. Look in the gutters about 4" up from the rubber corner bumpers.
Thanks Steve!
I thought it was a screw,...like I have in my car. Is that rubber plug
something that the vendor's sell,.....interesting!
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:55 AM   #43
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Hi to All,
I'm posting two photos showing the trunk inner rear body panel, striker, and rubber stops. Also note the Anti-drum Cardboard size on my Original 1928 Mid year Ford Roadster. Jim
Jim,
In your 3rd photo, the panel that makes it a "trunk". The 4 stiffing
ribs on the panel,....which way are they raised, to the front or to
the rear ?? Can you do a better / closer photo of them?
Thanks, Dudley

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Old 01-28-2015, 01:48 PM   #44
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I am posting a picture of an original trunk inner panel in a 28 roadster. As you can see, the ribs are stamped inward.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:54 PM   #45
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All, Through slight of hand, smoke and mirrors and just plain luck (I'm not saying if that was good or bad luck!) I find myself as the Technical Director for our club. I would very much like to assist and (mostly) benefit from the creation of such a "How-to" article. I've had a few of A's and the coupe I had and the roadster I now have both had rumble seats. I love the thought of the rumble seat but I'll be the first to admit they aren't practical and I'd never let anyone ride back there except perhaps in a parade and even then I don't like the idea. Can we work on this together? Thanks for your consideration!
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I am posting a picture of an original trunk inner panel in a 28 roadster. As you can see, the ribs are stamped inward.
Rusty Nelson

That's what my new one from Snyder's looks like.

PeteCruz, send me your email by PM and I'll put you on my info list as I go through the procedure. I probably won't start in earnest until late March or early April.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:46 AM   #47
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This isn't the best pic, but here are some NOS rain gutter rubber plugs when it is a trunk model. I got these from Dan Bixby 5-6 years ago. I can take better pics if anyone is interested. These are not reproduced to my knoledge.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:19 AM   #48
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This isn't the best pic, but here are some NOS rain gutter rubber plugs when it is a trunk model. I got these from Dan Bixby 5-6 years ago. I can take better pics if anyone is interested. These are not reproduced to my knoledge.
Steve,

Thanks for showing these!

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Old 02-02-2015, 11:14 AM   #49
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Just some thoughts about this, after being in this "mess", with emails over the
weekend.

1. Dennis's trunk panel is different, Rusty Nelson (wrndln) pointed this out, Rusty
has one also. The 3 screws, on each side, can be installed from the top,....the panel has a "relief" for the screws. I guess the panel is another "oddity"...?

2. Dennis,...the 6, 1/4" screws at the base of the trunk panel should be "oval
headed, counter sunk",.... are the holes dimpled??
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d.j. here's a photo of the holes .
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d.j. here's a photo of the holes .
Ya,...they look "dimpled",...should be oval headed / counter sunk
screws,....I would think !
Found one in the rusty trunk panel in my "bone yard" out back...

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Old 02-02-2015, 02:46 PM   #52
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Here is a pic of the plugs I have. I may have included them in one of my Restorer articles back in the 80's. The one on the right came from a fairly unmolested May '30 Coupe my buddy Larry Ryder was restoring about 30 years ago. He called me to see them before he attempted to remove them just in case they didn't survive. The funny thing was that Turlock swap meet was about a month later and a found 8-9 NOS ones in the bottom of a box. I've never run across any since!

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Marco, there seems to be some confusion about the placement of the trunk hinge pieces. Could you please look at this thread (https://fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160504) and give us your input regarding differences, if any, between 28-29 and 30-31 installations?

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I received part # A-161-ABTR from Snyder's this morning. It is the inner panel for the trunk conversion which fits in place of the curved rumble seat panel, and it seems to be the correct size (9-1/2"). It includes the anti-rattle brace, the L-channel, and the latch. Of course I won't know if it fits until I get into the project, but this now completes everything I think I'll need to return my coupe to a trunk.
Ray, I have the 1929 std coupe with trunk that I think is original. If you would like sometime I can load it on the trailer and bring it over or you could drop by and take a look at it. Don't know if this would help you but would be happy to do it.
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Ray, I have the 1929 std coupe with trunk that I think is original. If you would like sometime I can load it on the trailer and bring it over or you could drop by and take a look at it. Don't know if this would help you but would be happy to do it.
Fred, if you could just take a picture of your trunk hinge similar to this one from Steve Wastler, that might confirm our theory about 28-29s and save a drive. Isn't the coupe running?
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Ray, yes the coupe is running very well. Have driven it on a couple of our tours. But from our place to yours is about 50 miles one way through traffic and trying to stay out of the way of the weird Portland drivers.

I will try to get some pictures in the A.M. (if it doesn't rain to much)

I messed around with one of the trunk hinges a year or so ago and tried to put in a "new" after market one. This new one never quite did the job. But I think the other side is one of the original ones so may be able to get some pictures of it.
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I am truly sorry about all this ruckess about rumbleseat to trunk conversion but you know what...this is what Model A'ing is all about and I love it!

All you guys contrubuting to this thread ...Thanks.

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Ray, yes the coupe is running very well. Have driven it on a couple of our tours. But from our place to yours is about 50 miles one way through traffic and trying to stay out of the way of the weird Portland drivers.

I will try to get some pictures in the A.M. (if it doesn't rain to much)

I messed around with one of the trunk hinges a year or so ago and tried to put in a "new" after market one. This new one never quite did the job. But I think the other side is one of the original ones so may be able to get some pictures of it.
Fred, if that doesn't work, how about I meet you inbetween? You could take the country roads and this weird Portland driver would like a drive into the wilds of Washington county some sunny day.
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Fred, if that doesn't work, how about I meet you inbetween? You could take the country roads and this weird Portland driver would like a drive into the wilds of Washington county some sunny day.
Ray, let me get some pictures and see if that gets what you need. Sorry about the comment about Portland Drivers!
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Ray and others. Here are some hinge pictures, lock latch and lower right lid corner. I think the right hand one is a bit messed up. It "pops" out of the part of the hinge bolted to the body.

Ray if you need more, I could meet you at the Rock Creek tav for lunch sometime????
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