Anybody ever try to retrofit a 34T Coupe with a rumble seat?

dholckdholck Expert Adviser
in HUDSON Posts: 58
What about retrofitting a 34T coupe with a trunk into a rumble seat?  I know reproduction rumble seat hinges and seat springs are available for 34 Fords, Chevys etc. I have the bumper and fender steps from back when those were available. Presumably the trunk lid could be reworked to use as rumble seat lid? Is there more to it than that and it is not feasible?  

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  • RichardDRichardD Member
    Posts: 442
    On a 34 Plymouth the whole trunk lid must be changed, since the RS lid is half as long as the T lid that goes down to the bumper. And welding is needed to fill in the lower part. I have a business PE coupe that I would love to be a RS coupe. Alas, it is a big deal. The Hudson is most likely the same configuration.
  • dholckdholck Expert Adviser
    Posts: 58
    From the images I see online, the opening looks to be the same - just with the lid hinged the other way. What I need to do is find a RS coupe and look at it - makes me sorry I did not take a closer look and take more inside pictures when I was parked next to a 35 Hudson convertible coupe at the National in 2013. I'd look up where the nearest 34 or 35 rumble seat coupe is, but that vehicle registry thing on the HET Club site does not appear to work. 
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  • 33kc198933kc1989 Senior Contributor
    Posts: 187
    Personally I'd rather have a trunk.  
  • Uncle JoshUncle Josh Senior Contributor
    Posts: 2,451
    I'm staying with a trunk on my 40 and getting some drawer slides rated at 350# and making a box that slides in and out like some of the coupes had.  Then I can take it to the truck show also.
  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Senior Contributor
    Posts: 3,235
    Rumble-seat lid pivots on the sides , it does not swing on rear mounted hinges. The rear of the rumble seat lid has a lip for the weather strip to seal. The  rear edge of the RS lid swings down into the "trunk" when the RS is used. A lot of engineering and fabrication would need doing to convert the standard trunk lid into a RS.
  • tombiatombia Member
    Posts: 95
    Check your lid and if it has embossed areas on the inside panel at the lower part or half way up it is a easy job also the uprights on the body between the floor and the upper body will have holes for hinge pins in them. If these things are present then its easy, if not good look.
  • dholckdholck Expert Adviser
    Posts: 58
    TKS - yes, those things are all there; embossed areas, holes in the uprights, holes at the top where a rumble seat latch would attach. I have always thought that it looked like it was manufactured to use either as trunk or rumble - just never did anything about it over the past 45 years.

    "Easy" you say ...using Ford reproduction hinges and springs? Certainly there are not going to be any Hudson or Terraplane parts out there.



  • bob wardbob ward Senior Contributor
    Posts: 938
    The hinges - pivot is probably a more accurate term - are just fancy bolts. 
    Lockyer Valley, Queensland
  • tombiatombia Member
    Posts: 95
    Both the hinges and the pivots are easy, hinges are made of 11ga steel and are kind of a triangle, except the inner that is bent at a 90 degree angle. pivots are 7/16 bolts. kind of hard to explain, but if you email me your snail mail address I will draw you a picture. Springs can be made of thick foam on a plywood base
  • PAULARGETYPEPAULARGETYPE Senior Contributor
    Posts: 1,772
    HI I HAVE A SET OF HEAVY PAPPER PATTERNS TO MAKE THE HINGES TO INSTALL A RUMBLE SEAT IN 34/35 HUDSON OR TERRAPLANE EMAIL ME IF YOUR STILL INTERESTED HETHUDSON1957@AOL.COM PLEASE DROP THE HET FROM MY EMAIL
  • dholckdholck Expert Adviser
    Posts: 58
    Gents; thanks for the info! I am at HETdmholck@hotmail.com. I see that all kinds of reproduction parts are available for Fords, so I'll be interested to see if those parts will work, based on info on Hudson parts.  Old Ford shops and LaBaron Bonney, etc. have hinges, stops, and seat and back springs for Ford rumble seats available.
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