|Project by Ken Reed||posted 1554 days ago||1920 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
This was a project I did a number of years ago…before I got a digital camera so the photos are just scans of snapshots.
The car is a 1932 DV32 Stutz. I did NOT restore the entire car…I just did the woodwork. Back in the day all cars were built like coaches: they were framed with wood and just skinned over with metal or wicker or wood or leather….
The first shot is the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which is sorta like the World Series of car shows; quite posh, cars are shown by invitation only. The next two shots are of the car the way I received it….not much to go on! My buddy and I kinda made it up as we went along because the car is a one off. (Actually only the back was much of a mystery as I had the doors and the cowl so those shapes were a given.) The last picture was the car “in process”. We did the woodwork that shows on the interior as well; door garnish moldings and some other trim but the pictures seem to have evaporated. If they turn up I’ll post them.
All the cars that I did (there were quite a few) I did utilizing the WEST System (Wood Epoxy Saturation Technique). This is a great product and sure helped out a lot as once the wood was glued up it was incredibly strong and the epoxy has great gap filling properties so we could “fudge” a bit by cutting mortises a bit loose and adjusting the part on the car. I don’t think this wood will need to be replaced in the next fifty years! The encapsulation of the wood will keep it from rotting ever again.