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Old 06-24-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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Street Beast Willys Question

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I have a Street Beast 41 Willys. I'd like to put hydralic trunk prop cylinders on my trunk lid. My thougt is to run them down from the lid and mount them on the rear wheel tubes (inside the trunk). My question is; Has anyone done that, and how and where did you mount the cylinder bracket on the inside of the trunk lid? How far down from the top of the lid should I go to drill a hole---is there metal on the inside that I can tap and thread????

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On a glass body you will have to attach some form of support to the inner rear fender well. Usually this is a block of wood suitable large enough to spread the load out and provide attachment. How far down on the fender well depends on a lot of factors, like brand of lift your using and how high you want it to lift the deck lid. With the lift fully retracted sit inside the trunk and close the lid. Position the opener in a position where it will not bind. Mark the position both on the fender well and the underside of the deck lid. Now open the deck lid, extend the opener and position it on your marks. If there are no obstructions or binding that is probably a good mounting position.

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Vince;

Thanks for your response---It's very helpful. I'm REALLY concerned about when I drill into the inner truck lid liner (what or how) can I attach the trunk prop hardware. I can't thread the fiberglass, and if there isn't any metal (or wood) sandwiched between the inner and outer layers of the truck lid, how do I attach it at that point??

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We have done this in our Hot Rod Shop, but I would not do it again! The constant pressure from the shock, in the hot sun, will allow the fiber glass panels to change the shape. I mean a lot !!!!!!! You would be better off with a linear actuator.
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Willys trunk prop

DAVE;

THANKS for your response----I REALLY do appreciate your words of experience. I'm thinking I better go the way you described!!

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The gas lifting rods will deform the lid as they exert pressure constantly. I did not use them on my 34. I used a deck lid support from Rocky Hinge. This is a well made CNC machined deck lid support that locks over center. It is a nice piece of work and is a bargain at $70 compared to some of the traditional rod type.


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Willys trunk Prop

THANKS VINCE!!!

Do you know if there is a web site I can go to inquire about Rocky Hinge?? I'll do a search and see if I can find anything.

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THANKS VINCE!!!

Do you know if there is a web site I can go to inquire about Rocky Hinge?? I'll do a search and see if I can find anything.

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Yep, Rocky Hinge

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Willys Trunk Prop

Vince;

Sorry to keep bothering you----I found Rocky Hinge when I did my search. I ordered a hinge. NOW MY QUESTION!!! Obviously the trunk of my car is fiberglass---Is your 34 also glass? If so how did you fasten the hinge to the inner panel of the trunk lid. If you bolted it did you thread the fiberglass or use some type of of toggle bolt mechanism?

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My deck lid has outer and inner pieces. I first marked the area where I wanted the upper attachment point and drilled two holes in the inner lid. The screws provided are for fiberglass and steel deck lids. The screws for fiberglass look like big wood screws. I intentionally drilled the screw holes a little smaller than required to give the screws more bite. The upper bracket holds real good as long as you do not get too physical with it.

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VINCE;

THANKS AGAIN!!! You've been EXTREMELY helpful. I can only hope to assit you some day.

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VINCE;

THANKS AGAIN!!! You've been EXTREMELY helpful. I can only hope to assit you some day.

VERY RESPECTFULLY

Rick Dolinar
Yer very welcome .
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I've used fabricated steel ( maybe stainless) brackets with holes drilled in them and glassed them drirectly to the fiberglass surface. The holes allow the glass and resin to bond better. Make them considerably larger area than normal where they contact the body or glass surface. In your case (and mine) I think partially filling between the liner and the exterior panel with expanding foam will strengthen the whole part.

I don't think I'd go with the gass struts as noted above. The linear actuator is ok. You wheel tubs shuld be plenty strong. Mine sure are. If in doubt add some plywood and metal thread inserts. Try Mcmaster-Carr for these.

This is how we mounted the bodies on the funny cars.
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I put one on my Willys using a rivnut tools for the thread issue. You can get these tools at most parts houses or Harbor Freight (if you don't plan to use it a lot). It works like a pop rivet tool but installs special threaded nuts, called riv nuts.
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