1906 Ford "N" Car

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Project by rammel posted 07-03-2010 03:48 PM 3945 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year or so ago a local man heard I did woodworking and asked if I would be interested in making an old car body. At the time I was a little slow so I agreeded. I ended up making 3 bodies. The main srtucture is ash and oak, the body skin is poplar as well as all the moldings and trim. I did not make the seats. I did make the firewall (mahagony), steering wheel (mahagony) and all the flooring. The body was then shipped out of state for final assembly and painting. Since then I have made 3 1907 Ford “F” car bodies. It was a fun project but required a lot of fine detail work on large pieces. Added picture of steering wheel. Wheel was made up in 3 layers with each layer being a 1/3 section, material mahogany

-- Mel

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 03:56 PM

WOW! That is awesome. Great job.

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 04:00 PM

Wow! really turned out nice. Guaranteed a head turner – great projects Mel – keep’em coming. :)

-- -- Mike

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 04:00 PM

Real sweet. NICE

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 04:32 PM


thankĀ“s for showing her

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 05:13 PM

Swwwwweeeeeet Project Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 07-03-2010 05:50 PM

really nice work… is definitely a job that doesn’t come around that often… ...neat to see you’ve done three of them since.

Did you have to do all of this from photos and historical information, or was there original bodywork to go from?

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 06:14 PM

Really nice; post more pictures.


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#8 posted 07-03-2010 06:16 PM

This is incredible! Well done!

I, too, am interested to know what you had to go off of – pictures, an existing body, specifications . . .?

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#9 posted 07-03-2010 06:42 PM

great job

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#10 posted 07-03-2010 08:08 PM

Well done my man! Is there anything we can’t make out of wood?!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 07-03-2010 08:22 PM

I think you’ve made all woodworkers proud. Incredible job. Did you have plans? Did you have to create the plans for the jigs too? Also, did the customer or the plans call for specific woods or did you make the determination of what to use?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 07-03-2010 09:33 PM

I worked from some “D” size drawings that were down sized to 8-1/2’ x 11” (from original Ford drawings), old photographs of original 1906 “F” cars, and some old rotted wooden parts salvaged from an original car car. Also some old car buffs provided close up pictures of cars they had restored. That old car group is a very close knit bunch all helping each other and providing information. Also went to see one of these cars at a museum in the area. Also a lot of information & detail was supplied by my client. The type of wood was specified by the client based on his research of what the originals were made from. I understand Ford made these one at a time and had various craftsmen making the bodies and each was a little different. Basic dimensions being the same.

-- Mel

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#13 posted 07-03-2010 10:03 PM

I ahve to admit, I skipped over this post at first because I figured that there was some wood framing under a metal skin. I am REALLY glad I came back and viewed the pictures. This is fantastic work!

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#14 posted 07-03-2010 10:11 PM

Wow! Great job keeping history alive.

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#15 posted 07-03-2010 10:42 PM

Awsome Project! You have skills that many of us can only dream of.

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