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Blog entry by LarryN posted 02-12-2011 12:57 AM 2453 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

helluvawreck suggested I post a blog about making one of these projects so I’m going to give it a try.

I started off wanting to make the fenders and running boards out of cedar. however once i made them both I was trying to fit them to the frame and over sanded them and they ended up in my trash bin. Cedar is soft and takes very little to over do it. in this pic I have the frame, engine and new fenders made out of purpleheart.

here I painstakingly fit the trunk in between the fenders after sanding it all down and rounding off the edges just to realise I have the vehicle sides that must fit between the trunk and the fender. Took trunk out and trimed 3/8” off each side. this time i didnt round it off. engine and trunk are laminated Maple.

laminated some 3.8” strips for the sides so i could keep the grain running in the right direction

Sides cut out, sanded and in place

Now adding a few interior parts while i still can. clutch, brake & gas pedals are blackwood, seat is some chestnut a friend gave me.

put on roof & grill, both purpleheart. the insert on the grill is zebrawood, still not sure if i like how that looks but i’ll give it a few days and see if i like it any better later.

Added door handles (pupleheart), bumpers (chestnut), trim on engine, head & tail lights(pine), rear tire (oak) and license plates (maple)

Finished this a few hours ago, now just have to wait a week or so for the purple to reappear on the purpleheart and hope it looks like i think its going to.

Hope you all like it, it was a nice 3 day project. Thanks for checking out my first attempt at a blog, hope its ok seeing i have no idea what a blog is…

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 01:00 AM

That is very well done… and the pics are good….
BTW welcome to the LJs.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 01:22 AM

thanks Larry and thanks for the assistance in getting my first blog right

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 03:49 AM

Nice Job Larry. I make mine a little I put the trunk and engine nand frame togeather and then fit the fenders I think it goes togather a little easer.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 12:55 PM

Good work Larry and a fine blog with excellent photos too. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 01:56 PM

Hey Larry,
Now that is one sweet Coupe…great combination of lumber…well done.

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 02:08 PM

thank you everyone for taking the time to comment, Chuck nice tip i’ll give that a try on my next car.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 02:17 PM

for not knowing what a blog is you do it dam good :-)
its a great blog and picturebook
thankĀ“s for sharing the build

welcome to L J enjoy and have fun

take care

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 02:22 PM

Thanks Larry! Only three days to complete? I would have thought at least two weeks. Thanks again for the blog.

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 04:15 PM

Thanks Larry. Good build and well documented-does sharing that make it a blog? Whatever-you put together a very fine project with good attention to detail, creatively using the different varieties of wood and, like we see a log of here on LJs, generously sharing your techniques to further inspire and encourage others.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 02:33 AM


Great project. I have made a pickup truck but I had a tough time with the radiator.

Any tips that you could share on it!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 03:00 AM

thanks Alongiron, wish i had a trick for making them easily but i had a difficult time with the radiator on this one myself. ended up doing a lot of sanding and filing to get it as close as i could. the bottom of it being thicker than the top part of it didn’t help. i ended up putting a piece of purpleheart against the engine and tracing the outline to get the basic shape cut it out to that then cut the angle on the front. used scroll saw to remove the center then placed it on a piece of zebra wood to trace the inside of the cutout for zebra wood insert. No sure if any of that helped or if that was the same way you ended up making yours. if you find a better way please share :)

-- Larry, North Carolina

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