Tom Boehm

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

44 Excellent

About Tom Boehm


  • Biography
    I am restoring a 1940 Lasalle woodie.

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. This patent picture of a 1940 Plymouth is the closest I have found. Mary Ellen's 1940 Plymouth is very close. The horizontal beltline piece goes through the rear post instead of ending at it as in the subject photo. Could the car in the subject photo be early production 1940 Plymouth? Maybe they made running changes in the production year. I like woodies and this question is a real challenge.
  2. I looked at a lot of woodie truck pictures also. Truck based woodies have taller quarter panels than the vehicle in the picture.
  3. Yes the car is a woodie station wagon and it is most probably made 1939-1942 era. I looked in 7 woodie books that I have and could not identify the make. It is closest to a '40/'41 Plymouth or a 1941 Oldsmobile woodie. I could not match up all the details for a positive ID. The car has large rectangular rear fenders instead of the more common teardrop shape of the period. Also the shape of the glass is unusual as is the straight rain gutter. This could be a custom bodied car.
  4. The belt line molding and the thin chrome around the windows indicate to me that the third car is a 1939 or 1940 GM B body car. This body was used on certain models of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Lasalle in 1939 and 1940. That is all that can be said for certain about the third car given how little of it shows. Those cars had suicide doors and I only see one door handle so my guess is it is a two door sedan. Coupes had a slanted b pillar.
  5. Hello Mr. Puleo, I have been following your thread anonymously for years. I am fascinated by your efforts to make this Mitchell engine run again. But I have a question about the big picture here. Where are you in this restoration? What parts do you still have to make to run this engine? Are you going going to restore the entire car so it is driveable? What have you completed and what do you still have to do on the car itself? ( other than the engine). Do you have a goal of when the whole project will be finished? Thanks, Tom Boehm
  6. Hello Mercer09, What are your plans for this car? Are you going to rebuild the wood yourself? Are you going to keep it or refurbish for resale? I went back and looked at the pictures in the for sale section.
  7. On my woodie station wagon I use Elmers Wood Glue Max. It is "waterproof". Some wood glues are only "water resistant". There is a difference. When I have to glue a complicated assembly with many pieces I use Titebond II Extend Wood Glue. It is also "weatherproof" but it has a longer open time. It also dries lighter so the glue line is less noticeable. The Elmers is available everywhere but the Titebond II Extend I got at Woodcraft. I used AAbatron wood consolidant epoxy on rotten wood only to hold it together so I could remove it without falling apart. I am reproducing the entire body. I don't have a strong opinion on using soak in epoxy to save original wood. Remember that these cars will be pampered in a garage away from daily exposure to weather. It probably will suffice to save original wood when used properly.
  8. When I disassembled the middle floor of my 1940 Lasalle Woodie I found horseshoe nails and pieces of coal. After researching the history of the car it seems a previous owner in the 40's and 50's was a farrier (horseshoer) from St. Louis. Among his "customers" were the Budweiser Clydesdales.
  9. I sent you a personal message. I am interested in buying. Tom Boehm 1940 Lasalle woodie.
  10. Hello Trimacar, The fabric backing is actually canvas. Can that be stretched also? If it has to be seamed, how is it done? By stitching? or by heat sealing? How does the seam become waterproof? Your comment about SMS's instock availability concerns me. I have heard that many times about them. Is there some way to verify if they actually have the material in stock? This material is exactly what was on the car. Thanks, Tom
  11. I posted above about brown cobra grain roof fabric. I contacted SMS and they sent me a sample of medium/dark brown long cobra grain vinyl on canvas. Exactly what I was looking for. 65 inches wide roll at $85.00 per yard. If it was 66" wide I could get away without seaming it. This is for the restoration of my 1940 Lasalle Woodie. Info in the National Woodie Club section on this forum.
  12. What kind of wood are you using for the framing and the panels? Are you doing the woodwork yourself? See photos of my 1940 Lasalle woodie in the National Woodie Club section of this forum.
  13. I'm restoring a woodie also. Does anyplace sell cobra grain in dark brown? Thanks
  14. EVAPO RUST is the way to go!!!! Non toxic. When it is depleted you can dump it down the drain. It has an ingredient that prevents flash rust. It will only attack rust. It will not eat away at the solid metal underneath. I used to use phosphoric acid but I prefer Evapo rust. I think it works about as fast as phosphoric acid and is not hazardous. It will not remove plating.
  15. The fine grit in the glove left a "haze" in the new chrome. The simichrome took away the haze but did not take all the scratches out. Overall, the damage is a lot less noticeable and I am satisfied. I am not going to try anything else. I applied and buffed off the simichrome about 5 times with a flannel rag.