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    Restoration and repair of 1941 Ford Station Wagon (woodie)
  1. Small block chevy (of course) heated up a bit, TH350 transmission, A/C, Cruise Control, PS, Disk Brakes, Stereo yada yada. We drove it from Oklahoma City to San Diego and back in September of 2017 then this last June drove to Minneapolis. The San Diego trip was to attend the Wavecrest Woodie Meet, around 225-250 old woodies sitting next to the ocean at Moonlight Beach. It was a great trip. Old car made the trips without missing a beat.
  2. wdwerker, The one good thing is that the pieces I have to work with have been properly fitted together already when the car left the factory. There are several companies that make "kits" for replacing the missing or damaged wood on the old woodies. The cost for a car like mine runs around 30-40k and while they have the necessary finger joints, mortise & tenon etc. each piece still has to be cut to length, width and fitted together. Then you sand it until you no longer have finger prints. Oh, that price is for the materials only, no installation. If you manage to get the car assem
  3. The blue color is from a mid-80s Isuzu but is very close to an original Ford color called Washington Blue. The dark color of the wood is from 77 years of countless layers of Varnish and Tung Oil. The orange wheels were my idea, my wife hates them.
  4. Actually you're on the right track, I started with the drivers side front door and finished it, now on to the drivers side rear door. I'm removing them from the car, completely disassembling them, stripping them with scrapers, restaining them with a homemade stain then applying 10-12 coats of Interlux spar varnish. Pretty labor intensive as you might imagine. The wood on the car is the original wood and over time had darkened to a point that the grain was nearly invisible. The many finger joints, mortise and tenon, and scarf joints are all very loose from years of pounding down the r
  5. By blue tape do you mean paint masking tape? I didn't know that super glue has an activator, any particular brand of glue recommended?
  6. I'm still working on my 41 Ford woodie and getting pretty frustrated trying to keep West System Epoxy where I want it. In filling holes, cracks, splits etc it's often necessary to basically build a mold to keep the epoxy in the correct place. I've tried various tape with wax paper on the face to prevent sticking, I've tried putty and modeling clay to form dams or fill the bottom of a through hole but I'm continually having problems with the epoxy escaping and ending up where it's not welcome. Any tips or pointers on a successful method of controlling epoxy flow as it cures.
  7. Well you're correct about my not wanting to hear the idea of remaking the door. The wood on the car is the original factory wood which is a valuable a$$et. To replace the entire door would adversely effect the value of the car, there's an old car saying "it's only original once". That's why I'm trying to repair the door with as little damage to the finish as possible, trying to duplicate the look of the 77 year old tone and finish is very difficult to do. I agree with your point about applying new glue to old glue not being ideal so I'll make a stronger effort to separate the pieces
  8. We live east of Tinker in a small neighborhood. Prior to that we owned a livery stable in old downtown Guthrie that was converted into a home/shop
  9. Doing some repairs on a 1941 Ford Woodie. The front door hinge post is made up of various pieces of machined wood glued together. There are finger joints, mortise & tenon joints and laminations involved. From what I've read epoxy is best for joining mortise & tenon joints etc. where there are gaps to be filled. I plan on using West System epoxy for these repairs. The main body of the door post was glued from the factory, I think that at the time the car was built hide glue would have been used. My thought is that when reglued the pieces should be tight together but in readin
  10. Chet thanks for the comment, our trip was in September of last year. The long drive, vibration, bumps etc loosened a lot of old joints and repairs that I'm trying to correct before driving season this year. To answer your question we were able to travel some short stretches of old 66 but made the trip in 2 1/2 days each way and had vacationed in the past along a lot of the route so didn't take much in the way of side trips this time.
  11. I've always done small woodworking projects as well as building my own home. My current project is repair and restoration of my 1941 Ford Woodie Station Wagon. I'm retired from the restaurant business and enjoy my old car, flyfishing and travel. Looking forward to gaining insights and valuable advice to help with getting my old car back on the road. The photo was taken in September 2017 when we were leaving to drive the car from Oklahoma to San Diego for the Wavecrest Woodie Meet.