Tom Boehm

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About Tom Boehm

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    I am restoring a 1940 Lasalle woodie.

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  1. Thank you for your response. I already have several which do not match.
  2. You are leaving us in suspense! Did you do the test drive on Monday? How did it go? I have been watching and enjoying your thread for a long time, but this is the first time I have posted a response.
  3. I'm still looking. I bought a pair from ebay but the wedge turned out to be too wide. I did not think there would be such variation in these things.
  4. I assume the rubber mat is deteriorated on your runningboards? You can have new rubber installed at these companies: and The results are very good but this process is expensive. ($2,000.00 +) Options are limited for runningboard rubber since Steele Rubber does not make glue on mats for your car. Do the Packard guys out there know of any other sources?
  5. Alsancle please reread the original post carefully.
  6. It might be a woodie station wagon. Check out the doors and the roof covering.
  7. I used a router and a chisel to make insets for the hardware on the B posts. Now I can varnish and permanently install these posts.
  8. Curti it is from my 1940 Lasalle which had a custom woodie body installed in 1940. I did not mention this because I know it is not from a normal 1940 Lasalle. I do not know which car this is from.
  9. I need two of these. Made of chrome plated steel. Base is 1" x 2 1/4". Possibly mid thirties GM. Wedge is 5/8" at the widest.
  10. Look on this forum under "Our Cars and Restoration Projects" near the top. A guy with a '35 Lincoln shows how he made a V12 stand out of two cheap harbor freight stands.
  11. This emblem is from a Lasalle. It looks like a trunk lid emblem from a 1939 or 1940 Lasalle. Yes it is a knight helmet on top. The dog is a greyhound.
  12. Thanks for your response Bill, Questions: What was correct for your car? Was the roof covering on your car brown originally? What paint did they use to paint it? How wide was the roll of material they used and/or how wide was the roof of your car?
  13. Hello Mike, It seemed like the few premade panels I was seeing on the internet either did not have birch on one side or had interior grade cores I thought would not hold up. I did not use a filler stain. I applied about 7 coats of varnish and wet sanded the 5th or 6th coat. That was enough to fill up the grain. I do not want the red in the mahogany to fade so I want to get enough coats on the panels. That is why I used Flagship on the panels because it has more UV protection. I used Captains on the framing because I like the color. It was "golden brown" not yellow or amber. I did not experiment with Schooner but it seems to be among the top brands. Also I live in New Albany Indiana which is across the Ohio river from Louisville Kentucky. I had my panels made up at Superior Veneer and Plywood in New Albany. For some reason, New Albany is historically a hub for veneer and plywood companies.
  14. Hello, I went through this about a year ago. In a nutshell, what I wanted did not exist so I had it custom made. I ordered high quality marine plywood from Menards, a big box chain in the midwest. I ordered mahogany veneer from I hired a local veneer company to install it on the plywood. Mahogany on one side and birch on the other. As you can imagine all this was expensive. But I got exactly what I wanted and it is beautiful. See pictures of my 1940 Lasalle on this forum in this category. You should consult a veneer/plywood fabricator first before buying plywood and veneer to ensure you get the right stuff. I looked all over the internet and there is very little out there premade that would be suitable for a woodie. I think there might have been a marine supply place that had plywood with mahogany veneer. Also, check with the woodie builders/restorers in the NWC Woodie Times about what they use. Also, I found "Mahogany" is a vague term. True mahogany on antique furniture is Cuban Mahogany. Those trees are gone and that does not exist anymore commercially. A very similar species, Honduran Mahogany is now considered true mahogany. That is what I used. There are some African species of trees whose wood is very similar to Honduran Mahogany. Most commercially available "mahogany" today is African. I admit I can't tell the difference. I could not even determine for sure whether the original on woodies was South American or African. Varnish. After a lot of research I used/use Pettit Captains Varnish on the framework and Pettit Flagship on the panels.