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Where have all the decklids gone

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1ton, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 357


    Original decklids for T and A roadsters may not be in the holy grail of parts catagory but it seems that there are none. Did they all rust out or just get damaged beyond repair? Was there a fad at one time to remove them and toss em? It is extremely rare for one to come up for sale and when it does, it's gone immediatly. You find all sorts of original bodies for sale yet the decklid is always absent. I've been searching for two years to score anything usable for my 27 T, without any luck. Just the inner structure would be a great start. Someone must be hoarding them all. Who are you.
  2. They are in the same place doors for the 32-34 Ford trucks are being held.
  3. lowsquire
    Joined: Feb 21, 2002
    Posts: 2,564

    from Austin, TX

  4. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,154


    I paid way too much for my 26/27 roadster lid that needs lots of help, just to get a stock inner. I've talked to Chris at Salt Flats Speed Shop about making some. To make it worth it for both parties we'd have to get multiple people interested.

    He's capable of replicating a stock decklid, for sure.
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  5. myoldcrap
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 71

    Howell's Sheetmetal
    These guys repop T and some A part form deck lids to door skins!
  6. JJK
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 853


    Try finding one for a zephyr coupe.....
  7. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    I knew I was a lucky sombitch the day I found a whole 27 turtledeck(w/lid) for $100.:D
  8. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,520

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    Back in the day ( depression era times ) ... the deck lids were removed to make a truck ... out of the coupes. Owners built a wooden ( or metal ) box to go in the area were the trunk had been. :D
  9. 18n57
    Joined: Jun 29, 2007
    Posts: 572


    Also, during WW11, T's and A's were already old cars and many of them were converted to pickups. Decklid removed, donated to scrap drive. Box fabricated out of wood and inserted into area that once was a trunk. Presto..a truck and farm trucks were eligible for more generous gas ration stamps than passenger cars.
    Well, that's my theory anyway..............
  10. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,987

    Member Emeritus

    Anyone who questions the fate of all of the lost deck lids has never had the experience of climbing aboard an inverted hood or deck lid at the top of a snow covered hill and launched themselves toward the bottom. After a day of this sort of activity throwing said deck lid into the trash would be the only logical outcome. As to what became of the other 3 I haven't a clue.:rolleyes:

  11. Frank,,,I hate to admit this but when I was about 12 years old my friends and I confiscated a 40 Ford hood leaning against the back wall of my grandfathers barn that probably belonged to my uncle and used it for sliding down the hills in the snow.

    We spent quiet a bit of time with a sledgehammer flatting out all the louvers in the hood,,this is the first time I have thought about this in almost 50 years. :rolleyes: HRP
  12. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,613

    from Minnesota

    There is a shadowy group of hoarders that for years have been roaming the countrysides at night gathering all the lids and storing them in barns waiting for younger hot rodders to ask about them so they can say no leading to posts on forums wailing about the lack of lids.
    It's that or they were used as rock or human sleds,take your pick.
  13. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 357


    I've used old refridgerator doors for sledding but not old car parts.
    And yes,the Howells repops will probably do fine. I'm leaning in that direction.
  14. hippy killer
    Joined: Jan 11, 2011
    Posts: 210

    hippy killer

    i think this was because trucks were sold mor fuel than cars

    i have sean a lid or 2 on old building for water diversion over walk in doors
  15. pincher
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 378

    from Saginaw

    I to am in need of a deck lid for my 27 T coupe. Chadillac made one from scratch it turned out real nice. I think i will try to build my own also............PINCHER
  16. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,682


    Yes, we call them stone boats here in New England.:) Bob
  17. Kume
    Joined: Jan 23, 2010
    Posts: 856



    Quite spooky as I was just talking about this issue with my hotrod mentor the other day. There is something weird going on here. I don't think its the pickup treatment as you would just unbolt the whole turtle and slap on a deck. I bought one from Howells as trying to get an original in NZ is impossible.
    My lid hinges were intact albeit rather rusty so it appears to have been unbolted rather than ripped off or rusted away. Check the hinge area to see if there is evidence of a violent non-consensual removal or a calculated dismembering.

    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012

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