I have the cornerstones (cornerwoods) done. All the timbers in this body are oversize compared to that available nowdays, so I have to machine them from larger stock.
I made a blue whrn I cut one of the angles from the wrong side.Having no more wide,oversize boards, I had to resort to this little correction. I was not happy.
I was somewhat pleased to find this.
This is a factory correction, so I am in good company. The problem is, I cut my timbers from these originals, so perhaps I will be looking at having to make the same correction.Damn!
Allan from down under.
Allen, looks good. My mentor told me there is no such thing as a mistake, "Unless you can not fix it" When Im re-wooding a body, Im somewhat a perfectionist or purist. Ill replicate the original mistakes. I try to use the same saw techniques, and leave the same saw/tooling marks as they were on the original piece. But that's just me, being me . The only thing I really hope you are doing is to use straight slot screws. Keep the pics coming, we like to see others projects, unfold.... Donnie Brown ....
I think I know how you feel. "It was good enough back in the day" doesn't really answer. They did 50 or whatever cars a day and you're taking months or whatever on one. Shim or re-cut as you must. Please yourself.
I am laughing out loud! Donnie B, you and I must be very much alike. Thirty years ago, when I was restoring the first boat-tail roadster that I had (the green one). I had enough of the original wood (in poor condition) to duplicate the original structure. I very carefully duplicated the miscut on the underside of the tail's backbone.
Yeah. I know. I am crazy.
Allen B, If it makes you feel any better? There are a few "corrections" hidden inside the '15 runabout I am currently working on also. I have seen lots of original corrections in several original cars I have worked on over the years. Including a couple in the remaining original wood in my runabout.
Thank you for the update! I love that special roadster of yours.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Donnie, whenever we go travelling, my wife visits antique and opportunity shops and I haunt hardware shops. I am always looking for slotted wood screws and square nuts, both long since deleted from normal lines. I have a couple of lifetime supplies of screws but the square black nuts in 1/4" are getting low.
The really hard to find ones are what you fellows call oval heads. 4 and 5 gauge nickel plated brass ones are used to attach the turnbuckle fittings for side curtains. I thought I had plenty, until I used 120 of them on my shooting brake. If I sell that car they will be changed out for the same in nickel plated steel, and I will keep the brass ones for another project.
Allan from down under.