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Tom Boehm

1940 Lasalle woodie restoration pictures

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I am restoring a 1940 Lasalle woodie. The woodie body was built on a 50 series Lasalle commercial chassis in 1940 by Meteor Motor Car Co. of Piqua Ohio. They are better known for building hearses and ambulances. The black and white photos were taken about 1965. The next three are when I got the car in June 1997. Previous owners stored it outside way too long. The last three were taken in December 2017. Tom Boehm    New Albany, Indiana. 

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My hat is off to you for taking on this huge project!  Great looking vehicle from the 1960s photos, and I'm looking forward to seeing your progress and the final product.

 

To pick a small nit, I believe that headlights in fenders indicate a Model 52 (new torpedo body) vs. the Model 50 (older vertical body with headlight pods off the grille surround.  Mechanically, they're all called '50' but virtually all the front sheetmetal is different from 50 to 52. 

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Hello Grimy, You are thinking of the 1939 series 50 Lasalle. That car has separate headlight pods on the side of the grill. Both the 50 and 52 series in 1940 have headlights sunk in the fenders. The difference is the body shell. 

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Hard to believe it's the same car in all the photos. Amazing progress in the last photos.

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I have been working on the roof all spring and summer and I finished it today! 8 ribs and 31 slats all got 7 coats of varnish sanded between coats. 341 #8 x 5/8" wood screws hold the slats on. Next I want to install the linoleum on the middle and rear floors. Thanks for your interest,  Tom

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Thats a very good looking wagon. I think the longer chassis makes for a better result when your building a wagon.  Some just dont look quite right when their on a regular passenger car chassis. Very nice work!!!

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The longer wheelbase (135") allows the rear doors to be rectangular without the notch for the back wheel most woodies have. The longer wheelbase enables greater utility also. This car has three seats and a cargo area. It seems that all woodies sold by manufacturers in the showroom need to have the third seat removed to create a cargo area. 

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Hello n, The slats on my car were screwed on originally. I am using Pettit Captains varnish. I sampled many varnishes and I liked the color of this the best. It is not orange, amber or yellow. It is "golden brown". 

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Wow, if you had been on my ass all along I might have finished this car years ago! Seriously though, I appreciate your interest in my project. I am getting close to installing the linoleum on the floor. There are numerous small tasks that need to be completed before I can do that. I had to make an aluminum trim piece, install a bracket between the floor and the c post, (The bracket was countersunk flush with the surface of the floor), carefully bend an extruded aluminum "T"  molding around the hatch to the spare tire compartment in the floor, install latch hardware to the hatch, and install the original threshold pieces. I will have photos of the floor in a week or two. In the meantime, here are some photos of how I made a sample of the trim piece out of 18 gauge aluminum.  Also ng..... are you restoring a car?    Later edit... I looked up your threads on your '39 Pontiac. Take your time to become familiar with what you have (figure out what parts are there and what is missing and how they go together etc) I took three years to research history and become familiar with what I had before starting restoration. 

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Here is an update of my progress. I installed the linoleum on the floor and the aluminum trim around all the edges. I also finished the hatch to the spare tire compartment under the rear floor. 

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Hello look forward to watching your progress,I don’t believe a lot of people have the patience to do a woody,good thing that project found you,great quality work, keep it up,looking forward to watching your progress,     Dave

 

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