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Old 05-27-2013, 05:49 PM
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Trunk in Fiberglass Roadster question.

I have a Fiberglass 1930 roadster body. The trunk area is outlined to look like a trunk lid but there isn't one. I want to cut the trunk open , but my problem is making some kind of rests for the lid to rest on when shut. Has anybody ever done this and how? Thanks for the help in advance.

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Get out the fiberglass supplies. Woodworking skills.

I had a 29 roadster body shell. Cut out the panel then made oak pieces, from lumber supply, for drip rail/side supports. Glued in with construction adhesive. Covered them with fiberglass. Same with inner structure of lid and body. Then used Pinto trunk lid hinges.

Hardest part was truing/finishing up the edges of the trunk panel. A cheap spray lay up and loose glass hairy edges took a bit to finish.

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Get out the fiberglass supplies. Woodworking skills.

I had a 29 roadster body shell. Cut out the panel then made oak pieces, from lumber supply, for drip rail/side supports. Glued in with construction adhesive. Covered them with fiberglass. Same with inner structure of lid and body. Then used Pinto trunk lid hinges.

Hardest part was truing/finishing up the edges of the trunk panel. A cheap spray lay up and loose glass hairy edges took a bit to finish.
Than ks for the advice. I didn't think of using wood for the supports, only thought of metal or aluminum. Looks like I'll be giving it a try. Thanks again.
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I did when I built my homemade 32 roadster..
I flipped my body over and layed a 1'' flat bar down and taped the endsWaxed the flat bar and layed my glass over the flat bar, Only to the body on one side..Leaving the other side right up to the eage of the flat bar.. Before you start,, Drill some small holes in the corners of the trunk lid,, This will let you know where to lay out the back side... The two flat spots,(top and bottom) will be flat flat bars,, The side you will have to bend the flat bars to fit the shape of the body and tape them into place.. Not sure if your under standing this or not...Here is some pictures I found... Not the best shot's but may help..

Cut the lid out AFTER you glass in the lip's.. Much easiers...





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Here'a shot of it done..

Sorry it's the best I found..




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Have you contacted some of the body makers to see if they have a kit of the gutters? Then buy a lid from them and wham, it's rock and roll time.

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As usual, Randy (New Interiors) does his great photo write up. I just want to add that you will lose a fair amount of body strength if you open up that trunk area and will probably have to add some reinforcing, especially if you are using a Model A frame as the last couple of feet hang out with little support after that last bolt inside the trunk. I do like the oak (or maple/hickory/ash) for trunk edge supports but that wood will move around somewhat with climate changes - so using steel is probably the best. Then there are the replacement gutters - and they are available at most Model A restoration stores like Bratton's, Snyders or MAC's, but I'll only guess that they wont fit well as the original Model A was 18ga steel(or thereabouts) and that fiberglass is a lot thicker for strength and probably not very smooth plus the body manufacturer may have not been very true to the original. You can see some of the steel I added in in the trunk of my steel bodied '31 along with OEM gutters:





The unpainted steel stock as well as the black painted were all add on's.



The wood is just for attaching upholstery while the steel keeps everything else from 'flopping around' - and it for sure does with a slight penalty for weight.

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