I have the D&F roadster body timberwork completed as far as I can go.
The framework is an imported Malaysian meranti while the flooring is radiata pine. The plane is an early 1900s Stanley no 10 1/2 rebating plane.
From the side you can see the original steam bent blackwood piece which goes from the top of the door pillar on one side right around to the other side.
This makes for a particularly strong construction.
There are no timbers between the firewall and the front door pillars. Nor is there any timberwork around the firewall itself. The metal bracketry you see first maintained the correct relationship between the firewall and the cowl. Because the cowl panel is hand formed to the black horse-shoe which follows the cowl edge, I then had to stiffen up the horse-shoe so the firewall could then be removed. The panel edge is beaten around the shoe and spot welded on the edge. Once that cowl panel is made, I can get on with hanging the original doors.
Then comes the challenge of re-skinning the body. Fortunately, most of the panels are flat rather than 3 dimensional.
Allan from down under.
Wow, its looking good. As someone who has dabbled in wood framing and panel work I can appreciate what is going on there.
I just want to point out one understatement: "most of the panels are flat rather than 3 dimensional". In the last photo, sighting along the side from the hinge pillar to the seat forward pillar: That door panel must have some twist in it!
Keep up the good work.
(Message edited by Andrew Brand on September 06, 2015)
Thank you so much for posting the update and including the photos and details. It is going to be one beautiful T when you are finished.
Keep up the great work.
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Allan -- I see you avoided the previous controversy by putting a small block of wood under the heel of the plane, so as not to abrade the blade. Good thinking!
I noticed that to, but was going to keep quiet!!
Looks wonderful Allan. This is quite an undertaking, but the car should be solid for another 100 years.
That looks so nice, and solid. After these, I don't think I will post any photos of my runabout's re-wood. It doesn't look nearly so nice. But I am happy with it coming along nonetheless.
Thank you so much for posting your updates! It is a rare opportunity to see the details of your rare Australian bodied car. And such wonderful workmanship.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Fellows, today I covered all that nice wood with a single coat of 50/50 black enamel and mineral turpentine. It is a black wash which soaks right in and leaves no gloss, just like original. Seems a shame, but that's the way it is.
Allan from down under.
Allan -- I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of it after painting. But then, I'm the kind of guy who paints wood spokes black.