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Old 01-21-2010, 09:55 AM
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29 Model A High boy Rumble Seat or Trunk

Wanted to take a poll and get opinions on should I build the Highboy with a rumble seat or trunk car?

As probably very common, this project started 20 years ago when daughter was 2 and rumble seat sounded real good but now that she is 18 and I have chassis complete but starting the body, Not so sure I still want the rumble seat.

Trunk is sounding a little more practical but this is my first 29 Model A Highboy on a 32 frame that I have built and will own so I just wanted to get some other perspectives.

It currently has the rumble lid but I have no problem changing to a trunk.

Thanks for your opinions.

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Old 01-21-2010, 10:09 AM
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RUMBLE SEAT !!!!!!!! Dont be silly....
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whos gonna sit in it? .......make it a trunk, you can put your chairs and cooler in there. people sitting in the rumble seat wont want to have this stuff sitting on their laps.
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Wanted to take a poll and get opinions on should I build the Highboy with a rumble seat or trunk car?

Thanks for your opinions.
So, what are you going to do with your ride?
Is it a driver that'll you'll be putting lots of miles on? That calls for the trunk...or considering a trailer if you go with the rumble seat.
Is it a low-miles car (local runs, maybe parades, maybe a lot of sitting around at the local fairgrounds shows)?...the rumble seat may be a little more impactful visually.
Are you going to be putting a big huffer in the engine compartment with zoomies for a true performance look? Then, the rumble seat may not be in character.
Who's gonna be in the car usually (just you and the wifey?) or do you have a real need to seat more than two?

I'd say figure out how the car is going to be built and used and then see if your decision comes any easier.

Good luck.
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whos gonna sit in it? .......make it a trunk, you can put your chairs and cooler in there. people sitting in the rumble seat wont want to have this stuff sitting on their laps.
Sit in it????? dont let any one sit in it.... Its not very practical but they sure look cool.....
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rumble seat

My grandkids like my old cars so I'll do a rumble seat in my full fendered 29. I've got a couple of old trailers made from A pickup beds so they will be used for cargo.
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Yea that is the problem I'm having going back and forth between rumble or trunk.

Rumble looks cool, but not very practical. Have to step on the big tire, step over the body and onto the seat to sit down

Trunk you can put a couple of chairs, cooler, tools or suitcase.

As far as how I'm going to use the car, it more than likely will be just my wife and I, realistically probably local one day car runs, 100 to 200 miles away.

Probably a few overnight, maybe in the 500 mile range.

Not building strictly for show but occasional driver just wanted to get everyones perspective because I don't want to have builders remorse.

I'm kind of leaning toward the practical side since I don't see the rumble seat being used much but just wanted to get opinions if anyone has gone thru the same issues and have pro's and cons.

We also have a 28 Model A sedan street rod that can hold a few more people and enclosed.

Thanks for your input

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I would leave the rumble and simply put thinner seat cushions so you have the best of both worlds.

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Rumble seat equals:
- No storage space
- Scratches on the fenders
- Too many "friends"
- Bigger chance for leaks
- Another place to upholster(tho mine is done)

With a trunk you can flatten that rumble seat riser and mount a battery, a gas tank, a radio and even have enough room for a small suitcase.

This is my '31 with just the battery, but it now has the stereo as well. My gas tank is a '32 style modded to the '31chassis.



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Thats funny Rumble seat = to many friends... Ilmao Where were they when you were building it? I always wanted a rumble seat (never did get one)what about both? a trunk lid that opens like a rumble seat? It'll still look cool when its open and you get a trunk too...(kind of) and you wont have all them friends asking for a ride in the back.
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Thats funny Rumble seat = to many friends... Ilmao Where were they when you were building it? :

They sure weren't around most of the time when I needed help putting it together even with an adult beverage or few as a bribe. Thank goodness my DW "understands". Sorta

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you could set it up that the rumble seat removes & then have "space" for long trips.

I saw something like that at NSRA York Nats East on a 31.
when the seats are pulled the rodder had upholstered panels to put in where the cushions were. looked good.
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I have a rumble in my 30 A. I love the rumble but I really dont like driving with people in it. Im in San Diego and the traffic is just nuts. It seems like every night on the way home someone is getting rear ended and everytime I think "What if that was the Model A and I had my kids in it" I hate to be a killjoy here but in todays traffic I just dont think they are safe. If your in a quiet country community it might be different, City driving I'd go trunk.
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I really don't have anything new to contribute, but felt the need to put my 2-cents worth in anyway. Rumble seats look cool, but being an old, practical guy, I'd way prefer a trunk. Gotta have some storage space. Besides, there's always the safety issue that somebody already mentioned.
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I still have the original rumble seat in my A
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