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Tom Boehm

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  1. Consider a car from the late 1930's on. To expand on the post from Jon 37, these cars are a lot more "user friendly". By the late 1930's cars had: higher horsepower automatic choke synchronized transmission shifting signal lights automatic spark advance hydraulic brakes independent front suspension. overdrive Consider a 1940 Packard 110 or 120. They had all of the above features and the least art deco styling of the era.
  2. The Cadillac did not begin life as a woodie. I have read other stories about this car. It was converted into a woodie in recent years. I wonder what happened to the other 13?
  3. Hello Jeff, To repeat good advice from above, Join an Oldsmobile club as they will be the best source for rare Oldsmobile parts and authenticity advice. Join the National Woodie Club and get access to their roster and network with other owners of Oldsmobile woodies. Steele Rubber products for all rubber on the car. That's true that there is possible overlap between GM makes so look in Bob's Automobilia Buick parts, and the Filling Station Chevy parts and Chevys of the Forties. Look over the catalog for Restoration Specialties carefully because they have a wide variety of hardware, screws, rubb
  4. So the wood in the "before" picture was reproduction also, according to the first post in this thread? Yours is nicer. Are you going to install the top fabric?
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  6. As always I enjoy seeing your progress reports. I like the floor. What is that between the boards? Did you spray auto clear coat on the ceiling too?
  7. I'm glad that worked out for you. They were the only place that had what I needed. That was about 15 years ago.
  8. www.evapo-rust.com Great stuff. Non toxic rust remover. Will only dissolve rust. Will not harm rubber, plating, sound steel and iron, nonferrous metal. Heat makes it work faster.
  9. I got some reproduction tailgate hardware from this place a long long time ago. I found references to them online as recent as 2017. I don't know if they are still around. Wagon Works 213 S.W. Kline Ankenny Iowa 50021 515 964 5085 evenings All the hardware that was still with my car I was able to use again by sandblasting or Evapo Rust. It was all rust pitted. I made it look good by skimming with bondo or multple coats of SEM high build spray can primer and lots of sanding. It was all painted. The outside handle is stainless.
  10. My 1940 Lasalle woodie is not finished yet and rarely gets out of the workshop. I haven't made the doors yet and the front sheetmetal is not installed. I occasionally do small woodworking jobs for people and one such customer, a woman about 55, came into my workshop to pick up her table. She took one look at the Lasalle and said "what is that vehicle thingee ?" The Lasalle is my favorite subject to talk about and I never pass up an opportunity to tell people its story. This time however I was taken aback and at a loss for words. This was a lost cause. I just said it was an old car I am restor
  11. The picture with your kids is priceless! I have similar pictures of my kids when my Lasalle looked like your truck. My kids are 17-21 now and despite a lot of progress it is still not finished.
  12. To Greenie, My 1940 Lasalle has the same phillips screws in the same places as the 1947 Oldsmobile. (interior frames around the glass) I think that may be the only phillips screws in the whole car.
  13. Restoration Specialties has those. Smaller than normal head. Here is a link to their catalog page: page_197.pdf
  14. I had the plywood custom made because I could get exactly what I wanted with materials and services locally available. I wanted Honduran Mahogany on one side and birch on the other. The ready made mahogany marine plywood used either asian or african mahogany and no birch. I also got the thickness I wanted. I know, I was picky about that. I put about 8 coats of varnish on the mahogany. That filled up the grain and then I wet sanded it and buffed it with rubbing compound. I was not concerned with filling up the grain on the ash. As far as woodworking, I have always liked working wit
  15. The first upholsterer just did not want to deal with anything he would have to get his hands dirty on. The only International woodie I recall seeing in person was also yellow and "mechanically modified". It was at the Frog Follies street rod show near Evansville Indiana about 15? years ago. I think the owner was from west central Illinois because he was acquainted with the guy I bought my Lasalle from.
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