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Source of wood body kits

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:37 pm
by gefrobinson
I have a 1909 Schacht that needs a few frame pieces made. Thinking this time of having someone make them for me.

Who are the brass era wood body makers out there these days?

Thanks a bunch for any leads.

Gerald Robinson
Oakland, CA

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:40 pm
by Shirkwood
You might try Tim Unruh in McPherson, KS. He has built several IHC bodies as well as other cars. You can find him as Unruh Ironwords on Facebook.
Verne Shirk
Wichita, KS

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:52 am
by alsfarms
That is a good "Tip" that we can use for specialty wood needs.
Al

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:36 am
by Jack
Morning boys, the fellow I had build the bodies for my 1910 and 1911 Overland may want to take this on. He is very particular, an excellent craftsman, and a good friend I have known not only in the Fire Service for 35+ years, but on a personal level as well. I can sure ask if you'd like. And, he is VERY reasonable!

I'm sure I can get him to quit using Phillips head screws too!

Thanks,

Jack

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:55 am
by alsfarms
Hello Jack,
Your friend does appear to be a very good craftsman with wood for sure. It looks like your body has been built in Red Oak? Does he do woodwork as a business or as a hobby?
Al

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:10 am
by Jack
Morning Al, mostly as a hobby I believe. He's done a few other projects for people that I know. He built a body for a Creators Popcorn wagon a few years ago that turned out really nice. And yes, I think it was Red Oak. Not being a wood guy, I'm not sure. I can work metal, but not too good at the wood working. Can't get a dowel to strike an arc!

Jack

Re: Source of wood body kits

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:55 am
by alsfarms
Jack, You should give wood work a try. I am also very much a metal guy. A few years ago I decided to give a try at wood work. That first attempt was to build a Commercial roadster body for a 1912 Model T Ford. I figured that this would be a good project as all the woodwork would be covered with a sheet-metal skin. (I also did the sheet metal). It was a learning curve for sure but I am not so "scared" of wood work now. I have even bought a few more wood working tools to go along with the metal working tools, welders, grinders and etc.
Al