A simple theme to apply when it comes to trunks is that size and shape matter. Proportion is important. Too small a trunk on a large car can appear as ridiculous as an oversized trunk being used on a small car. Length, width, height, and shape are all important when it comes to designing your trunk. In most cases, the rack and mounting hardware can dictate the basic dimensions and there are instances where even the body contour or placement of the fuel filler cap can determine the trunk's final shape.
Here are some things to consider:
These are design features to consider when researching the right trunk design for your specific Marque. Be sure to research your car to see which of these features are right for your car. To help, we've added Photos 4-18 which show many different trunk configurations for you to consider. Photo 18 documents an authentic trunk for our car and was used as a guide during this fabrication.
If you are fortunate enough to have found an example of the trunk originally offered for your car, be sure to take exact measurements of every facet of the trunk, including such things as the exact position of handles or decorative features. Clarify your findings with sketches and/or photos.
Once you have determed the size, shape and design of your trunk it is good practice to create some basic working drawings. This is invaluable when working through the project and requires you to give some thought about how the trunk is to be constructed before you start cutting the wood.
Here are some important things to consider when determining the actual construction of the trunk:
Photo 4 — This example has a piano style hinge on top which could leak. The remnants of a leather corner are on the left and the piano hinge was configured extra wide to form around the curve and nailed at the very end.
Photo 5 — Another example of a piano style hinge nailed in place. Note the nail spacing on the piano hinge at the end is about 1 inch then approximately 2 inch spacing thereafter. Also this used separate metal strips around the curve and the nails likely were lead coated steel.
Photo 6 — This trunk employs three strap style hinges on the front panel. Note the horizontal metal edges on both the front panel and the base which were likely added after the fabric was applied. The vertical chrome strips on the edges are used as decoration and sometimes they are used to cover seams.
Photo 7 — Close up view of the trunk from Photo 6. It uses a polished trim around the curved edge and the leather corner at the base. Molded leather corners were typically found at the top corners while this example used them in both upper and lower. Note the nail's head style and that low profile truss is almost identical to the threaded rivet used on this project.
Photo 8 — This example also employed the use of a separate metal strip over the piano hinge curved around the side of the panel and nailed on the end. The mating seams are flat butt style seams. Likely under the seam is another wood edge that overlaps the hinged panel for providing protection from the weather. This is the preferred method for a practical joint between surfaces.