1896 Chauncey Thomas Rockaway Coach, Boston, MA.

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Project by gdemo posted 06-13-2010 11:41 PM 4078 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest restoration. It is a 1896 Chauncey Thomas Rockaway Enclosed Coach built in Boston Massachusetts. It may have been a taxi cab or a funeral cab. I brought it down to bare wood and metal. Made all neccesary reapairs including some glass panes. primed, painted and and installed two period lamps. It is going to my customers farm museum in Maine. (Lawrence Lords Farm Museum)

-- I ams what I ams and thats all that I ams...(Popye!)

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 12:09 AM

That is very nice….................good restore …..........Schloemoe

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 12:29 AM

that is sweet…you sir, should be proud..very, very nice..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 12:52 AM

I used to do something similar in France with a friend of mine.
He bought the coaches.
I rebuilt them and then he rented them for movies, weddings or parties.
Sometimes he just rode them with his wife for a month or so , on vacation
He had two Fjord horses to pull them. Very beautiful horses
I wish I could do that again, this was a lot of fun.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 12:58 AM

wonderful restoration what a great looking coach.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 01:23 AM

You definitely do some very impressive work. You should show some before pictures so people can see what is involved to restore one of these wonderful coaches. Outstanding job! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 02:12 AM

very nice restore we have an amish family close to us it is great seeing horses and buggys

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 02:27 AM

Very nice restoration! ....When are you gonna build the horse? LOL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 02:47 AM

One horsepower, I bet. Those models had a problem with exhaust emissions. ;) My family and I discovered a fellow near Monterrey, TN that restored horsedrawn buggies and carriages. Can’t remember his name but his workshop was a trip back in time. Had a belt driven mortise and tenon machine for the wheel.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 06:33 AM

Very nice restoration. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 07:16 AM

Those are so fabulous! Excellent restoration!


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#11 posted 06-14-2010 07:44 PM

What a piece of history! Great job.

-- Scott

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 04:27 PM

I don’t know anything about carriages, but this one which was manufactured just at the time when automobiles were coming in, looks to me like the ultimate carriage design with it’s clean lines and comfortable/practical appearance. Very nicely restored. my favorite so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-12-2010 06:26 PM

Great work salvaging pieces of American History. Grandpa fixed up a buggy and a wagon while he was still around. Not to the level you have mastered but functional. This brings back some really good memories. Thanks, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 06:58 PM

Hi gdemo,
I am looking to learn the craft of making and repairing wagon wheels. Do you offer any classes on this? If not, would you know of anyone that does? I live near Saratoga Springs, NY.
Dan (DMJ)

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#15 posted 02-01-2017 11:36 PM

Hi gdemo,

I am currently working on a similar project and I would like to talk to you about your restoration and possibly get some notes and pictures from you. Can you please contact me at your earliest convenience?

Springfield, MO

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