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Is it possiable to make trunk channel

Howdy,
We just purchased a 37' Dodge coupe. A former owner cut the upper part of the lid to make a rumble seat and welded the bottom piece to the body. The lower piece of channel was cut out. We have a replacement lid but need to replace the missing channel any ideas would be appreciated

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You might post a photo or 2 of what it is that you are trying to replace. It would be easier to explain how to make one that way.

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Sounds like a job for a stretcher/shrinker
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After working on the piece of crap that I have...I'm convinced you can fix anything on an old car if you put your mind to it.

The folks on the forum have been a huge help to me. I just figure if its in bad shape you have nothing to lose.
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re: Is it possiable to make trunk channel

Here are a couple of pictures. The channel is about 7/8 in wide and about 1 1/2 in deep on the body side. The foreground is the lower part of the channel.

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easy fix. bend a piece of sheet metal to 90 degrees on a break and use a stretcher die to make the bends.
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Is it possiable to make trunk channe

After the 90 deg. bend the channel needs a flat and then another 90 deg. so it can hold the weather strip. How do you get the other 90 deg. before stretchering
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I have been pondering your dilemma, and can think of three ways to skin this Cat (although I'm certain there are more)-

First, I think I would do as mechEcwru suggests, if the Channel is made of 18 Gauge, you could get some 18 Gauge CRS (cold rolled Steel) and shear it the width (or slightly larger and trim), brake the 90 degree, and use a Stretcher or Shrinker (Lancaster type) to make the Channel. Then, using a strip of 18 Gauge, weld the other 90 degree (Body or Weatherstrip side). The question here is the thickness of the Channel-I've been working on the Trunk of my Car lately and mine has a thicker Metal than 18 Gauge (which is the limit that a Lancaster Shrinker/Stretcher can handle).

Secondly, if it is thicker than 18 Gauge, then you could make a pattern of the curved part of the Channel and cut it out of flat stock and weld it up-more work here, but doable.

Thirdly, get some Channel Iron and make relief cuts in it for make your curves, then weld them up-I think finding Channel Iron in the correct width may be a challenge, so you could do the same thing with Angle Iron and then weld a piece of strap on it to finish your Channel.
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Here are a couple of pictures. The channel is about 7/8 in wide and about 1 1/2 in deep on the body side. The foreground is the lower part of the channel.

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Post another photo showing what has been cut off so we know exactly what you are replacing. Obviously the project is quite different if the cut was made right up at the skin as opposed to down in the bottom of the channel.

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If you have access to a shrinker/stretcher and a brake, it would be relatively easy. You can make it in 2 pieces and weld them together. Bend 2 pieces at 90 deg angles. Use the shrinker/stretcher to make them both fit the bends in the body. You can then either lap them to weld, or butt weld them on the bottom flat area.

To be able to weld them to the body, you can bend one piece in a "z" shape before the S/S work and you will have a flange for welding.

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re: Is it possiable to make trunk channel

I would take my portable saws all and head to the bone yard, i will bet ya can find a channel that size or very close to it, with maybe a little modification.
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re:37' Dodge coupe

Would that be the same as a 39 dodge 4 door?
The reason I ask is my neighbor is scrapping a 39 dodge 4 door and I believe the trunk and the lip all around is still there if you like i could take some pics, if it will work im sure it could be cut out and packed up. sure it would not be in one piece but it may just be what you need.

If it will work, all it would cost you is the price of the shipping.

Let me know i can take some pics tomorrow If you drop me a PM with an email address I could send them to you

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