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Technical Hidden rumbleseat latch 1932

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by oldbanger71, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. oldbanger71
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 147


    Hi guys, i'm looking for detail pic's of 1932 - 3 window rumbleseat latch system or how you converted the rumbleseat latch handle to hidden style latch on a 1932 roadster. Mechanical operated latch only.
    I'm about to convert the normal trunk on my traditional 1932 roadster, to rubleseat configuration but do not want to fit a rumblseat latch handle. any ideas and sources for latchsystem is very much aprisiated.
    sorry for my english..... Greetings from sunny Switzerland, oldbanger71
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  2. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,227

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Install a "YOGI" electric lift unit, works great on 3wnd---5wnd---Roadster.
  3. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,901

    sloppy jalopies

    memory says on '33-'34's they called them remote deck latches... think they had them for trunk and rumble... spadaro's and bob drake may have pix [diagrams] in their catalogs... good luck.
  4. oldbanger71
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 147


    @ Deuce Daddy Don,
    Thanks for your answer. The electric stuff is not the way i want to go, thanks anyway.

    @ Sloppy jalopies, thanks for your input and sources.
    I need pic's , which show's , how it's installed, to make sure it is the latch system i need.

    So i ask all those guy's who have remote latch on their rumbleseat if they would provide some pic's either in this thread or e-mail to me, please.
    All help is gratley aprisiated, regards oldbanger 71

  5. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Somebody whose '32 library is handy check the '32 Service bulletins; I believe they cover installing a rumble in a 3 window.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2017
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  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,345

    from oregon

    No kit needed just a little creativity.
    Not necessarily traditional but it works, this is on my Wescott roadster, not sure whether theirs are copied from the original or not. I know they carry a lot of hardware.


    Again not terribly traditional.
    Hood release from 2000 Silverado pickup, perfect length for trunk latch, plenty long for rumble seat configuration, easily hidden.

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  7. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,345

    from oregon

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  9. Hendee
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 155


    Wish I had pics handy. I built one into an older glass roadster. Used the rear deck lid latch mechanism from a late 80,s Ford Probe. Worked well as the spring release pops the lid up about 3/4" so you can get your fingers into it. Latch goes under the drain gutter with a small slot cut for the u-shaped hook that goes on lid. Same config as the original Probe install and all-Ford.

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  10. oldbanger71
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 147


    @ All manny thanks for your ideas and hints.
    @ DDDenny and tb33anda3rd, your pictures where very helpful thanks alot.

    I'll do more thinking and mockup for my latch, but have now a direction to go.
    Happy motoring, Oldbanger71
  11. oldbanger71
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 147


    After some thinking i came to this solution : I used a original Ford 1932 - 39, 3 window rubmleseat latch and bracket, which fits directley. I modified it a little to accept a chokepull to release the lock pic 1 + 2. Pic 3 shows the location, holder and pull handle in the side panel above the seat. Unfortunatley the Chockepull cable came lose and the pipe wasn't properly fixt to the pullhousing, so it moved in and out, this way , i couldn't unlock the lid. In the beginning i had a rope fixed to the lock, just in case... but when i fixed the issiue, all was working like a gem. More pic's while working on the hinge bracket, lid-catch and seatbase-box. Last pic shows finished rumbleseat with old boatseat fitted instead of bulky original seat. I just reupholstered the seats and produced a handy tonneaucover since i have no top, despite living in Switzerland. I made more modification to the floor under the frontseat for relocating batterie and storage and moving handbrake towards frontseat, as i could hadly reach the handle.

    Attached Files:

  12. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,459


    for updating your thread, and showing us what you did.
    Gives me another idea.
    For now I just used a spring loaded pin, but will update it in the future.
    I like the way you have done the upholstery (back rest). - more ideas.

  13. Great ingenuity and thanks again for sharing your work so others can do the same.
  14. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 628


    Long time ago my friend had a 32 , 3 window and he put the handle in the right rear wheel well.
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  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,705

    Atwater Mike

    Slightly off-topic, BUT:
    My '56 Ford convertible was shaved, front and rear. The rear license plate hinged down, for the gas cap. Next to the gas cap was a 'choke cable' knob...a long cable and housing, but a CHEAP one!
    It was mechanical, and the hinges opened the lid about 3"...I just lifted the lid, open Sesame!
    BUT! The cable was akin to dragging thru the outer winding, and one day I was trying to open the lid when the skinny wire slipped in its 'barrel clamp'...Crawled thru the back seat to open it, Grrrrr!
    Found a miracle in a boat store...they had cables, 4 feet to 24 feet length! AND, they were large diameter, smoooth...
    WAY Better than the cheap 'choke cables', these were larger diameter wire: .063" wire, inside a deluxe sleeve, completely flexible.
    I replaced the junk choke cable with the Maritime offering. Never another problem! The boat cable had a polished stainless 'T' handle, too.
    This is what I'd use...Never look back.

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