Hi guys, I am loading the photos of the kit I have on here so others can see how it was made - and because I can not reply with photos in a message to a member here that wants to purchase the kit.
I paid dearly for this about 10 years ago - 600.00 + shipping, and decided to keep my car original for two reasons: 1st my car is near a 100 point show car. 2nd I don't like the idea of having my new trunk floor stomped on, or my rear fender that I worked 20 hours on getting straight. So I have offered it for 250.00 sale pending - probably WAY to cheap, but hey it buys a new top.
I never got any hardware with it but was told the top is 1926 Model T standard trunk hardware, and the bottom is Model A hardware? The top says second and was clearly made by someone to fit the bottom. The bottom appears to be original.
QUESTION: Ideas on hardware?
Travis E. Towle
I don't see how the Model A rumble hinges would work on that--but maybe the A trunk lid hinges MIGHT. They are basically a shouldered bolt and a threaded reinforcement plate
Here's an earlier thread showing the solution on a repro Rex accessory rumble seat: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/80257/89746.html
I've got a pair of model A rumble seat hinges I may try to adopt to my runabout - some rebuilding needed to make it possible for the original lid to slide down rearwards while it flips open, the shorter Rex lid can be flipped open with a much simpler hinge.
Thanks for the links!
Ok so what I know for sure now is the top panel needs the forward trunk internal drip edge, the standard trunk holder up latch, and hinges that are all standard to the 26-27 t's
The bottom used 2 gate hinges hooked to the back of the trunk frame, allowing it to swing back. The bottom either needs a chain to hold the back in position or even better a 1/4 x 1" steel strap bar that will act as a back rest seat stop, hooked to the trunk internal side frame with a wing nut.
Then just do your seats like the front nailed to screwed in tack strips. The hardware looks pretty easy to make.
I think the one you have may be one of the few that my good friend Dan made. The details are different than the ones offered in the '70's. I would be interested in buying it!!
I would not install the rumble seat except that the car had it when I bought it. It is only big enough for children. A young small adult can fit in. It is also easy to drop it on your finger which will cause pain and possible amputation.
The ones Dan made had hidden hinges for the lower "half". His were also ALL steel construction. The one I have and I suspect that Norman has are wood framed and the hinges kind of hand out like a sore thumb