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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 3 - Page 6

Photo 70 — Overall view of the project trunk tested fitted on the rack. Comparing Photo 18 and this one, the distance between the top of the trunk and the body molding is slightly higher, but the overall size of the vehicle

Photo 70 — Overall view of our new trunk fitted onto the rack. Comparing Photo 18 and this one, the distance between the top of the trunk and the body molding is slightly higher, but the overall size of the vehicle easily "absorbs" this height and it fits well on the rack. Conclusion; a project trunk that is show worthy.


While not used on this project, leather corners can be formed by immersing the oversized thick leather in near-boiling water for 15 minutes and temporarily stretching & tacking it over a preformed wooden shape and allowed to dry over several days. Frank Chervan offers small nickel head nails perfect for nailing these leather corners. Finally, the inside finish could be either paper or cloth covering. The green and pattern print selected for this trunk is of the 1930's style and the colors were chosen to compliment the exterior and interior colors.

When mounting the trunk to the car an aluminum plate is added to the underside of the trunk. This is a simple period correct method to provide protection against road dirt, insects, water, etc. from penetrating the underside of the trunk. Another material that could have been used is tin. It has folded edges to provide a crisp appearance to the outside edge. It is nailed on to the bottom using small 1/2 inch long upholstery nails along the edges and corners. You fit the plate by simply centering it on the bottom. The edges should fit snuggly to the side of the trunk.

Summary

  1. The design you follow will be critical to how your project will turn out. Examine how the use of hard wood pieces may compliment or interfere with other hardware. This is why we recommend #2 below.
  2. Purchase all hasp, hinge and decorative hardware ahead of time and include their actual dimensions and placement into your design.
  3. Purchase the covering material (or at least samples) and have it on hand when finalizing your design. The thickness of the material will likely dictate the final dimensions and spaces or gaps between mating surfaces. Purchase enough to cover your project trunk. Use brown paper to make practice coverings.
  4. Fill in all recessed screw heads and seams with Kwik-Poly and sand smooth.
  5. Use a quality wood sealer before applying contact adhesive.
  6. Stainless Steel hinges, metal trim, and threaded rivets can be polished to provide a high luster long-lasting appearance.
  7. Consider having other hardware plated to perfectly match each other. Finish variations between vendors may warrant plating hasps and other hardware.
  8. Save the inside covering for last as it will cover some of the threaded rivet's holes.

References:

  1. Brettuns Village Trunk Supply, Lewiston, ME (207) 782-7863 (covering material)
  2. Restoration Supply Company, Escondido, CA (800) 306-7008 (threaded Rivets, hasps and leather handles)
  3. Ohio Travel Bag Company, Solon, OH 800-800-1941 (hasps, corners, handles)
  4. Gane Brothers, Elk Grove Village, IL (800) 323-0596 (book binding supplies for thin vinyl covering material)
  5. McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply, Atlanta, GA (404) 346-7000 (stainless steel piano hinge)
  6. Tioga Stainless, (threaded rivets)
  7. Totally Stainless, (threaded rivets)
  8. Titebond III Ultimate wood glue, available at most woodworking suppliers such as Klingspors, Hickory, NC, 800-228-0000 (wood working supplies)
  9. Microfasteners, (small fasteners and brass thread inserts
  10. Frank Chervan Upholstery Supplies, Bedford, VA 24523 (800) 245-6782 (decorative domed head nails)