I have been collecting old auto/trucks for some 30 years. Today I have my latest restoration. A 1917 International [Harvester] Model ‘H’ truck. The truck was discovered complete, but with every board in the coachwork rotten. The wheels are wooden, and they were in salvagable condition. Today I got the truck up and running again.
I had it running two years ago, making sure all of the machinery would function. Today, it ran for the first time in nearly two years. Yesterday I fitted the last piece of red oak to the ‘wagon’ body. Tuesday, a sign painter is to come to replicate the hand lettering, as was the manufacturer’s orgininal style. I need to touch up a few bolts, and install the rubber on the running boards. [Does everybody know what ‘Running Boards’ are?]
I was forced to recdondition the wood spoke wheels. That step required manufacturing a 35.5”D x 7” deep ‘Bath Tub’ which was filled with linseed oil. Each wheel spent 10 weeks soaking up the goodness of the the linseed oil. After drying for a few months, I spent about ten hours per wheel, scraping, sanding, preping, and giving multiple coats of spar varnish with sanding between coats. I am hopefull the treatment will prove to be a lifetime [for me, at least] conditioning. Of course, the truck will never spend a nite outdoors, so that treatment should last for years and years.
I should have a few before-and-after pics to post by mid week.
-- Rustfever, Central California