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Now that I have installed my front fenders I am replacing the original running boards.  Pretty much everything on this car has been original to date and by the looks of these running boards, they are no exception.  The linoleum is trashed and the side trim is rusted and bent.  Passenger side is better has no rot but the drivers side has some rot at the rear.  My running boards are a solid piece of wood.  There is a 3/4 inch wide piece of trim added to the passenger side board, it looks like they were just using what lumber they had to make it work.   

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Each running board had 3 grooves cut into the underside. Each groove was 7/32 wide and ran the entire length spaced about 2 3/4 inches.     The inner trim was nailed on and the outer trim was screwed on with screws spaced 4 inches apart.

 

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I assumed that the running boards were originally made of white ash since it seems that was used throughout the car mostly.  I was not able to find white ash in wide enough boards so the hardwood store recommended Sapele Mahogany which they said is hard and performs well in moist environments.  I needed boards to be at least 12 inches wide and 1 inch thick so I could cut and plane them to size.  My original boards were 11 5/8" wide the entire length and were 7/8" thick.  The store planed and cut the width to my requirements.  My new boards were about 7" long so I trimmed them after I got home.  I even got Kathy to help me run them through the table saw to cut the grooves on the underside. 

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Now that the boards are fit to the car, the next step is to drill the holes in the right places and countersink the boards for the elevator bolts I ordered.

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Why don't you want to varnish them?? Ugh.....I do not have the photo anymore but a local fellow had a 1928 model 48 Coupe that had oak boards stained and BARTOP clear with a rough Buick script routed in to them.

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 Note the broom sticks with crutch tips to drop the rear of the top so he could get the car thru a 6'-3" high door. The owner had a business installing hardwood flooring. 

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That was what Mr. Whiteford did to all the wood he could expose on his 1922-45 John Fesser and I worked on in Baltimore. Veneered dash. He also sanded all the floorboards, stained and varnished them. Added Luan plywood side kick panels.

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Nice touch! The bar and installed tape player. He had a 12V battery installed just to run the radio/player and the chasing lights he installed under the running boards.

So again everyone this is what the headlights look like for the 1922.

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