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1938 Special - trunk info needed


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Guest 1938McLaughlin

I have a 1938 Special 4dr trunkback. Unfortunately the car was incomplete when I got it, everything in the trunk was missing. I need to come up with a pattern/ picture/ detailed description of the raised portion of the floor that sits above the spare tire.

What type of material was it made of? thickness?

Is it a single piece? ...if not, were does it join?

How far to each side of the support does it go?

Any and all help appreciated.

thanks

Edward

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Mine was original in that area, so I am pretty confident in this info. Others can certainly confirm as well.

I found a grossly delaminated plywood deck, in two pieces - roughly divided across the middle of the deck (from side to side) with a metal channel. I saved the material as a pattern to cut two new pieces out of plywood - the metal channel width suggested I use 5/8 inch, if I recall. The outer edges of the deck follow the contours of the inner fenders, but leave about a 1/4 inch clearance. The metal channel could be reproduced with two u-shaped pieces, back to back. I didn't fasten the wood to the channel, because the two sections screw into the angle iron brackets, and cannot move. I think the metal piece is just to add stiffness. There is also a bracket that hangs down from the forward piece, to keep the spare tire from moving too far forward.

Make sense?

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Guest 1938McLaughlin

That makes sense to me. Explains why the middle bolt holes are closer together on the side angle support pieces. And more importantly I just could not see getting a single piece large enough to cover the hole area, to go it at once.

Excellent description Jeff.

thanks

Edward

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