How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

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How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Chris Haynes » Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:52 pm

I have the turtledeck itself. Nothing else. I can't figure out how it attached to the frame. There are no brackets.


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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Erik Johnson » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:10 pm

Four carriage bolts, one at each corner of the wooden frame of the trunk. There should be four corresponding holes in the rear deck of the body.

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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Pep C Strebeck » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:36 pm

Do you have the wood frame for the turtle deck to mount to?

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The turtle deck mounts to the wooden frame shown in the photo above.
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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Chris Haynes » Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:33 pm

My frame has wood under the top of the frame and not a sheet of plywood on top as in the picture.


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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Erik Johnson » Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:49 pm

I presume by "turtle deck" you mean trunk.

The rear platform of the body is sheet metal over wood, not bare wood as shown above.

The trunk itself has a wood frame at it's bottom perimeter. There is a floor in the trunk made from wood board(s) attached to the wood frame.

The frame of the trunk has four holes - one in each corner. There are four corresponding holes in the sheet metal covered rear body deck.

As I posted before, the trunk is attached to the the body deck with four carriage bolts.
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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Jerry VanOoteghem » Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:53 pm

Let's see how these pictures come out... Hopefully, you can see the carriage bolt heads at the corners of the turtle deck framing. My '21 Runabout;
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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Pep C Strebeck » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:29 pm

Chris Haynes wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:33 pm
My frame has wood under the top of the frame and not a sheet of plywood on top as in the picture.

That is not plywood.



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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by Chris Haynes » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:41 pm

Thank you. Now it is clear. :-)


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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by VinTin23 » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:59 am

What a timely thread. I essentially have the same issue. Are the metal Sill & Wood commercially available. My 24 has homemade sills and 2x4 frame. Fender irons are bolted on with lag bolts and Turtle Deck flooring is non existent. I would like to get it back to original if the parts are available.


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Re: How does the turtledeck attach to my '21?

Post by John kuehn » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:56 am

I used plywood for the 1919 on my car deck instead of using the wood slats as original. That was over 30 years ago as it was a piece of cabinet grade plywood. I’ll bet Ford would have used a single sheet of plywood if it was cheaper and readily available. Anyway it’s held up well.

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