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Old 02-02-2020, 04:22 AM
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While thinking about this right after posting, I realized that this is wrong. The breakover point would be on a line extended through the trunk hinge point and the strut body mount, not anything about being level. I thought about it and realized that if the above quote was true, and the car was going up a steep hill the lid would not open. AH HA! Well that puts me back to exploring different length struts. Sometimes it just helps to write your thoughts down. I will get this sorted out and post the info if you guys are interested.

Yes, please post any info you come up with. I have a large hood to use these on.

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Well, I now have a deck lid that raises by itself as soon as you turn the key and release the latch. It raises nice and slowly and shuts without excessive pressure. It works great. During the Super Bowl Sunday night (the only football game I have watched all year) I mocked up a full size model and hung 15# at the decklid mount point. I came up with 22# to lift the lid in the model. I got 2-20# struts. I installed one strut. It did not lift the lid, but made it "feel" about neutral. I put the other 20# strut on and it worked perfectly. About a day designing, a day making the brackets and installing and about $35. All the previous planning really helped, as I ended up within 1/4" of where my drawing said to put the strut mounts and the weights worked perfectly the first time.
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Don't you love it when it works ??
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Well, I now have a deck lid that raises by itself as soon as you turn the key and release the latch. It raises nice and slowly and shuts without excessive pressure. It works great. During the Super Bowl Sunday night (the only football game I have watched all year) I mocked up a full size model and hung 15# at the decklid mount point. I came up with 22# to lift the lid in the model. I got 2-20# struts. I installed one strut. It did not lift the lid, but made it "feel" about neutral. I put the other 20# strut on and it worked perfectly. About a day designing, a day making the brackets and installing and about $35. All the previous planning really helped, as I ended up within 1/4" of where my drawing said to put the strut mounts and the weights worked perfectly the first time.

That's terrific. Thanks for posting the results.
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Sure is great when somebody raises the issue, shares the problem and then posts the result.
This is really helpful to me and many others I am sure.
Thankyou for being so sincere and for sharing...
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How does one order these struts.
Obviously 20lbs per strut, but do you specify a closed and opened length etc?
Any help would be much appreciated as I also have a T coupe that I would like to run trunk struts on.

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How does one order these struts.
Obviously 20lbs per strut, but do you specify a closed and opened length etc?
Any help would be much appreciated as I also have a T coupe that I would like to run trunk struts on.
Many thanks, Russ.
Just search for lift struts. There are any number of places to order lift struts. I got mine from amazon. $19/ pair. I also ordered the 10mm ball studs for mounting. The pair I ordered are 20" extended and 12" compressed. If your coupe is a '26 or '27. It will work just like mine. The body mount for the strut is 6" below the trunk hinge and 4.5" out. The deck lid mount for the strut is 7.75" from the bottom lip of the trunk lid. The deck lid mount was easy. 1/8" x 2-1/2" x 6" piece of plate shaped to the curve and screwed to the inner trunk panel with a 90 degree tab for mounting the ball stud. The body mount is trickier. I was lucky enough to have my gas tank to use for support. I used 16 gauge for the bracket with a 1" brake to sit on the gas tank and bolted it to the gutter rail. I used double stick tape between the tank and the bracket. The pictures and drawing will get you pretty close. Good luck.
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Thankyou that is great.
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LOL. I had chance to get the model T out for a ride. My country road is very rough. By the time I got to the corner, my deck lid was up! The original 1926 latch apparently won't hold against 40# of push. It was never a problem until I put on the struts. Now I get to engineer up a latch that will hold.
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