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trunk support for 46 ford

I want to use an air support (strut?) to opperate the trunk of my 46 ford coupe sedan. Anyone out there that has tried this with great results. What air support should I look for? Part numbers, where purchased, make and model of car to look for? Anything that would help. Thanks, Joe

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Are you talking about the compressed nitrogen cylinder type struts? If you are and your deck or hood lid is fiberglass over time the constant compressed pressure of the cylinder when the lid is close will warp the fiberglass lid where it is attached. This is the one I eventually went with from Rocky Hinge.


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Thanks for the come back. My trunk is stock. Henry made a heavy one on this car. My stock hinges are all most holding it but not trustworthy. Joe
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looking to do the same thing on my 46 4 dr. I think the thing is make a measurment then find a shock that will work. Lid is so heavy it may take two.
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Thanks for the come back. My trunk is stock. Henry made a heavy one on this car. My stock hinges are all most holding it but not trustworthy. Joe
You will have to use two that are pretty stout. Did you say you had a coupe or a sedan, the coupe has a bigger trunk lid, and heavier, than a sedan. I would not try and lift mind with those as it is heavy but once up I think it will hold it. You will have to figure the angel to get the right ones but to hold that lid open they are going to have to be pretty close to straight. I have a 46 coupe, if it were me I would just get some new ones from Drake or Carpenter, Or little Dearborn in St Paul. They have boxes of nos parts for Ford.

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Thanks for the replyTerraplane. My car is a coupe sedan - which Henry called a coupe w/ a back seat. I assume the trunk lid would be about the same as a business coupe. I know the doors are longer on my car then the business coupe. My stock supports as I indicated are questionable at best. I have not heard of little Dearborn. Do they have a web site? Have you heard of the supports Vince indicated above? Would they work for a stock steel trunk? Thanks, Joe
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Thanks for the replyTerraplane. My car is a coupe sedan - which Henry called a coupe w/ a back seat. I assume the trunk lid would be about the same as a business coupe. I know the doors are longer on my car then the business coupe. My stock supports as I indicated are questionable at best. I have not heard of little Dearborn. Do they have a web site? Have you heard of the supports Vince indicated above? Would they work for a stock steel trunk? Thanks, Joe
Just call up little Dearborn, they are in MN and deal only in ford parts, most of the time they have nos parts.
The supports Vince has I have not heard of, but they are nice looking, I, sure they would work, as long as you have them mounted in the right place, the 46-47-48, trunk lid is not an easy lid to hold up because of the big curve in it, so placement of other than stock will have to be right on. Also I would put one on each side. There are a lot of different ones out there, myself I think I would go with stock ones, they can help lift the lid a little. But I'm old. I do have 2 somewhat like the those Vince has, on my 33, but it is a small lid.

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Thanks for the info 35 Terraplane. I will search for little Dearborn and give them a call. NOS trunk supports for this hood might not be a bad idea after all. My grandkids will be around this car a lot at car shows. I need all the peace of mind I can get without injuries. Thanks again. Joe
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Thanks for the info 35 Terraplane. I will search for little Dearborn and give them a call. NOS trunk supports for this hood might not be a bad idea after all. My grandkids will be around this car a lot at car shows. I need all the peace of mind I can get without injuries. Thanks again. Joe
Joe Just go to a search engine and call up little Dearborn, or little Dearborn auto parts, it should take you right to it, they might be open on sat.

Your welcome for the help glad to do it.

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