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1932 Canadian Oldsmobile DCR


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I recently had dropped off one of only 16 Olds wire wheeled DCR ever made in CN and it’s probably the only surviving car. It’s come in for a complete rewooding and body sheet metal repair. It needs 100% of the wood and the sheet metal is in fair to poor condition to the point it was on the cusp of not being worth the work. But because of its rarity, both as an olds DCR and a CN one at that, the owner decided to restore it. I will only be doing the body including repairing and installing the doors complete with windows and latches. Because the owner committed earlier in the year, I started on the wood before the car got here making all the lower wood, the B pillars, and part of the belt rail.  Since the car came in, it was better evaluated, parts blasted, and one side of the cowl has been repaired. 
     I also started making more of the wood. I reassembled the pieces the customer had along with some of the original pieces I had from my car to mock up the rear framing. After adding some pieces to the rotted wood to make things fit right, I disassembled the mock up and used the pieces as patterns. Between yesterday and today I made up the deck rails and the rear upper deck cross sill. The deck rails required that long finger joint (the reason I made the cutter) and the joints came out great. The deck rails are a very involved piece to make with lots of shaping and inletting so they take some time. The rear upper deck sill requires some more inletting so a jig was made so the router could follow and make the inletting for the top edge of the rain gutter. The repo gutter was fit in place to check and it fit perfectly both to width and curvature to the deck rails. Tomorrow I’ll start on the lower deck rail and end blocks for the knife edge. I haven’t taken any pictures of the sheet metal yet but will and will post those. 

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Today I made up the lower belt rail and squared up everything. Took lots of measurements and all is even the way it’s supposed to be. Thank god! Drilled a lot of holes and put in a ton of screws. As usual I use damp bar soap on all the screws and I’m using my Ryobi impact driver. What a difference putting in screws with that. I used my box joint cutter again and I’m really getting the hang of it. It makes really nice tight joints. Like the majority of car woodwork. Lots of measuring, cutting, sanding, and inletting. Once it’s all together the body will be fitted and if all is good, the wood will get all disassembled, glued, reassembled, then treated with copper naphthalene to preserve and insect proof it.

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