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Project by MichaelA posted 03-01-2014 12:58 AM 1390 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a falling apart buggy I picked up at a auction. I just couldn’t understand why no-one wanted it! So the bidding competition wasn’t fierce. Even the Amish didn’t seem interested! I could see the aged oak spindles screaming save us!!!! I know they say wood can’t speak but you just had to be there!!! All the restoring of all wood parts was easy enough. When I came to the wheel bearings there where none! I finally went over to my neighbors the Amish. They told me my doctor’s buggy was very old and back in those days they used leather and grease. So I made me up some leather bearings and presto. A single tree and a double tree came with it. I started out with the single tree. I figured a doctor needs a fast rig!!!! So why have one horsepower when two are available. Now that gets me to thinking we have four horses, I just wonder if those bearings can handle all that speed. No the doctor has to get there alive, back to the single tree. This buggy sold very Quick. Probably best for me I would of been trying to get the amish to race to town for pink (owner) slips.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 01:26 AM

Awesome restoration. I would have had trouble selling it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 01:33 AM

Oh wow, Nice find and nice restore. I have several horses that drive and I have restored an 1890’s wagon. There is something about this old stuff that calls to me and obviously to you. I would have tried to pick up this buggy too, especially since I’m a doctor…........... Well then a dentist that makes house calls.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 01:37 AM

Nice save. Michael.
If wood talks ….... It certainly talks to you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 02:23 AM

Very nice save.

My dad would probably agree with your determination 4 horses would be a bit much.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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MichaelA

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 02:31 AM

Thanks Monte, If you could of seen the look on the ladies face when she hooked up and road to town. We have hitchin posts in town for the people who still use buckboards and buggies when they go to town. Some times it draws allot of people. You would of thought she had a Ferrari or a stealth viper! Nothing better than bringing a smile to some ones face!!!!!! Schwieb keep on looking and if you can’t find one, well heck if you restored a 1890’s wagon a doctors buggy would be kiddies play for a stepper like you!!!!! Happy hunting! Paul I learned at a very young age to listen to all Mother Nature and I had a Timber Wolf for 15 yrs. that was more wise than any human I have met! Thanks again my friend you have a kind heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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MichaelA

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 02:36 AM

Ohh!!!!!!! TopamaxSurvivor now you got me biting at the bit. That is just so wonderful. Don’t you just wish you could be driving that team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 03-01-2014 02:46 AM

I doubt if I could. It is hard to see in the picture, but the leader’s eye has a reflection of the camera flash. Dad is running her without blinder’s. She was in harness for the first time the night of the first race. I never thought to ask him, but I’m sure it was to scare her into pulling or at least keep out of the way ;-) After they were broken to harness, I sure would like to drive them a few laps.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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steve_in_ohio

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 03:02 AM

that is really cool

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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MichaelA

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 03:55 AM

TopamaxSurvivor thank you for your drive down memory lane!!!!!!! I really like your ending signature by Lawrence . Steve yes it was a fun project and the lady who has it now feels really cool!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 03-01-2014 04:02 AM

Your Helen Keller quote is pretty good too!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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oldrivers

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#11 posted 03-01-2014 04:14 AM

Whew Doggie you have done it now! A great find. You did a super restoration. I go to the Amish country now and again and trade with a few of those people up in Ethridge Tn. And I can’t recall seeing a buggy just like this and I have been to their Buggy shop. This little Buggy has speed written all over it; short light body full size wheels looks slick. I would not worry about the leather bearings, I owned a 54 Ford as a teenager a rod started knocking that throw was worn out no bearing to fit I installed a leather bearing and put it back on the road ran a few months, (Of course it had an oil supply but under much more stress.) Buggy Looks extremelly GOOD, live a little enjoy it. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Hawaiilad

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#12 posted 03-01-2014 04:48 AM

Wow that is really nice. I grew up in Ohio and of course there were allot of Amish living in the area. The wife and I visited there several years ago and one day she was shopping and I was standing outside looking around. I saw a store that had cars parked in front and on the side were the buggy parking area. One guy pulled up in his buggy and found the parking space a bit small….he climbed down from his buggy, walked to the next buggy and lifted up the rear wheel and move it over and then parked his buggy in the now larger space. Sure can’t do that with a car or truck can you. I didn’t know there were Amish living in Texas

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Hawaiilad

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#13 posted 03-01-2014 04:49 AM

Wow that is really nice. I grew up in Ohio and of course there were allot of Amish living in the area. The wife and I visited there several years ago and one day she was shopping and I was standing outside looking around. I saw a store that had cars parked in front and on the side were the buggy parking area. One guy pulled up in his buggy and found the parking space a bit small….he climbed down from his buggy, walked to the next buggy and lifted up the rear wheel and move it over and then parked his buggy in the now larger space. Sure can’t do that with a car or truck can you.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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MichaelA

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#14 posted 03-01-2014 04:56 AM

Thanks Larry our ranch was in Colorado San luis Valley not texas. We would just head down to Texas for the winter. -30 below gets to be old quick!!!!!! But the nice thing about a buggy is you can easily pick them up to move them!!!!!!! O’Neals this is a very common Doctors buggy for the times.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#15 posted 03-01-2014 12:38 PM

Nice job man

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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