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Old 01-08-2008, 09:29 AM
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I would like to install a rumble seat in a 1936 Chevy Master Coupe. Are kits avaible? Could I use or modify Model A hinges?

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I do not know about a 36 Chevy ... but here is two photos I found on the internet ... one rumble seat and one trunk ... I do NOT know if these were both factory done ...

On the earlier Fords ... like the 32 ... you can convert from a trunk to a rumble seat and use the same deck lid ... but the opening around the trunk lip is different ... and so is the bracing.
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I have done about 15 factory rumble seat installations in 34 and model A fiberglass replica bodies.( I worked at a glass body manufacturer for 13+ years)

I have also converted several 34's from trunk to rumble and it is a PITA.

I can tell you this much, If you can find the factory hinge, do so. The placement of the pivot point is critical to a rumble lid that works and looks good. Also, you will need to remove your lower rain drain from the below decklid panel, possibly replace it with a different support(if it has one), and you may be in for some floor panel changes as some cars have a dip in the floor to accomodate the swing of the decklid.

The swing of the decklid's various points and edges, final open position and clearance past obstruction while opening/closing are all heavily influenced by the pivot position, and the hinge needs to be surdy enough to hold the hinge when you have people sitting in it, so bracing is important also.

It looks like the lid in the pic that Deuce found is leaning too far forward, this may be because the stops are not positioned properly or the pivot is up too high on the decklid.

If there are no factory hinges available, I would look for 35/36 ford hinges, as the decklid shape and dimensions look to be close to your 36 chevy. The angle of the decklid is close to what a 35 ford has.

Model A hinges are small and the angle of the mount would not be even close to what you need.

32 Ford hinges are very close in shape to "A" hinges.

33/4 hinges are a possibility, as are 35/6.

What I would do is look for a factory or replica hinge, failing that I'd get a ford hinge, mock it up on your decklid with plywood uprights or whatever to see if it will operate, and go from there. maybe you can find a rumble hinge car, take some measurements, mock the whole mess up with wood and angle iron to see if it will work.

Alot of hassle, I know, but there is nothing as irritating as having a car with a poorly designed and executed hinge system that does not work.

Here is a page with Ford hinges, and Wescotts is a good company to order from if you choose to buy them.

Here is a thread on the HAMB that I found with some good pics of an installation on a 36 ford. Those HAMB'ers are wild and crazy, but there is some really good tech stuff there as well

For replica chevy hinges I'd try someplace like Chevs of the 40's, RB's Obsolete ..maybe those guys will have some leads.

Take a picture of your current opening, rain drain, rear "below the decklid" panel ,bracing and the decklid inner panel and post it here.. maybe we will have some more insightful and helpful thoughts..

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