I took off the running boards on my 1927 Tudor two weeks ago. The wood supports, though potentially usable, are quite indented due to eighty+ years of use. Reading past threads, it was mentioned that the new supports are not made to original specs and, thus, are ill-fitting. I have the tools to make my own supports. What kind of wood was used? Thanks.
Since they are mostly covered, I'd just use some hardwood like Oak or White Ash. varnish them to seal them up and bolt them on. Mike
Don't forget to drip some varnish in the bolt holes
Sugar Maple would be a good choice, as well as Oak and Ash. Your profile doesn't say where you are, but since there's snow in your picture you may have Maple trees around. For sure seal them up well, so the car's owner won't have the same problem in another 80 years.
All wood block drawings that I have seen from Ford called out Hard Maple as the material for them to be made from.
Thank you, John. For those who may not know, "Hard Maple" is a generic term for the wood known as "Sugar Maple." Another name for it in the New England states is "Rock Maple." It is "hard as a rock" and very close-grained.
Here in northern Michigan you could get some ash for next to nothing. There are acres full of dead ash trees, all thanks to the emerald ash borer. I have a friend with about 18 acres, mostly dead ash going for firewood. The days of ash trees here are over. Jim Derocher, AuGres, Michigan
Jim, ash is beautiful firewood. It only has around 17% moisture when it is alive. We are really seeing the effects of the oak wilt virus around Grayling as well. It is expected to take all the red oak variants from the Mississippi to the east coast.
Just use an old hockey stick.
(Message edited by Ken Todd on October 02, 2014)