I am about to go buy the wood for the top of my 1926 coupe. I have received wonderful photos and dimensions from Don Booth.
A few questions-
Don said he used ash but I want to see what the forum thinks.
Number of pieces?
I can count 9 on the Howell's photo of the roof.
It appears to be 2 side rails, 1 front (header) rail, one center rear rail, and 2 rear corner pieces. It looks like Don merged the rear three pieces into one. Does anybody have good photos of the rear corner pieces?
Thanks for all the help and for any reference photos you may have.
Oops, I meant 10 pieces. 4 bows included.
One last question- What should the grain orientation be for the rear corner pieces, if they are in fact separate pieces? My instinct would be to put it at a 45 degree angle to bridge between the grain orientations of the side and rear pieces.
Good question. I was wondering the same about the type of wood to be used. Some people said to go ahead and use pine, ash, teak etc. I'm thinking that any wood would be ok to use but that you would want the strongest wood available due to the wind drag and movement.
Some places sell this for about $450. I think it would be cheaper on the wallet if we invested our time and skills. I can only try...
I also seen a video someplace that showed a 1927 Model T Coupe owner making his wood top. He did a great job and I believe that he used pine.
I re wooded my 24 Touring with white oak. It's strong and rot resistant. I would not use a soft wood like pine.
Ted, are you sure about "rot resistant"? For some reason I've stayed away from Oak because I thought it rots too easy if any moisture is involved. I like working with wood, but I don't know that much about the different types. I know I would not make spokes out of Oak.
White oak is more rot resistant than common red oak. I would likely make the bows themselves out of it, but the side rails I would prefer something more rot resistant and better at taking and holding nails.
Whiskey and wine barrels are made of white oak.
I have made some out of poplar. Works easy, straight grain.