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I am restoring a 1916 Maxwell model 25, I cant seem to get a definative answer on the type of wood I should buy for replacing the floor boards and seat bottoms with. Also does anyone have a trick on making new seat cushion frames---Nothing there, I have pictures and measurements from an original car but dont know where to start on getting springs etc. Thanks for helping a rookie.

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Dear Cardinal:

As RV has noted above, most stuff was ash. There is a problem with ash now and that's a quarantine area for ash in the Ohio-Michigan area (beetles, like Dutch elm disease in the 50's.). Be sure you don't get yourself sideways with the feds on this. Most especially, don't go to a relative's place in Ohio, buy some and take it to Illinois. You'll find yourself in no small amount of problems.

Regards, Dave Corbin

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Try Snyders antique car parts for your springs. You give them the dimensions, they will fabricate the spring sets for you. David Coco Winchester Va.

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A good substitute for ash for a floor board application is white oak. It's has about the same strength and flat sawn boards have very similar color and grain. The Emerald Ash Borer is getting to be a problem here in PA too. I think there is an out of state quarantine on ash lumber....

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Only on AACA could you learn of an ash borer. Great tip on the springs, was hoping you would tell me to find a Lazy Boy by the roadside though. Thanks again.

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Beech is also a decent substitute, it's very straight grained and easy to work, the big drawback is that it is very light colored, almost white. My uncle used a lot of it in his cabinet shop for repair pieces in furniture and for carriage work. (cut and cured his own, "free wood" so to speak)

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