1933 Ford Fordor Sedan - Tribite Car Build

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Project by crowie posted 11-27-2019 01:35 AM 990 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1933 Ford Fordor Sedan – Tribute Car Build.

The toy come model, scratch built, is a tribute to my dad and mum.

In 1949 dad rebuilt one of these, so he and mum had a good car for their wedding day and honeymoon in Easter of 1950. The number plates represent Jim Margaret 8th April 1950.

Dad past away 10 years ago 6 months before their 60th Wedding Anniversary but mum’s still busier than ever playing piano for concerts and church services for the oldies in a number of retirement villages.

The car is both to honour them and should our grandchildren something of their great grandparents.

The build started back in June this year for me as I tried to find photos, plans and drawings of the 1933 Ford.

There are a heap of people to thank you for their assistance to help make it happen both on Lumberjock’s, Woodwork Forums and a number of other sources.

Eddie Ford of Restored Cars Magazine sent me a photo and gave me a lead.

The lead finally lead to the NSW Early V8 Fords Club’s David Martin and Paul Antcliffe’s restored 1933 Ford.

David shared some of the club’s magazine photos plus a page of dimensions on the Ford.
From here I was able to scale the build at about 12:1 – 14:1 and so the fun began.

The next THANK YOU goes to Dutchy [aka Jan] for his excellent blog on the building of the 1932 Buick on LJ’s.
The methodology that Dutchy used helped heaps with me knowing how to plan out the project.
In fact this Ford has a Dutch wooden button steering wheel.

I’ve done a blog on the build to help anyone else who’s crazing enough to tackle a project like this; 6 months and something like 100 hours with lots of trial & error fun.

The car is 16.5” [410mm] long; 6.5” wide [165mm] and 6.5” high [165mm].
The main body is Australian Jarrah with a windscreen of American Walnut.
The mudguards [fenders] and running boards are Australian Red Cedar with American Walnut foot plates.
The bonnet [hood] is butterflied Australian Gidgee on top of Australian Huon Pine [Thank you Rob].
The radiator core is Australian Red Cedar with a cowl of American Walnut.
Both front & rear bumper bars are American Walnut as is the petrol tank and luggage rack frame.
The trunk is Australian Blackheart Sassafras.
The chassis is Australian Spotted Gum.
The wheels are made from Australian Spotted Gum with the tyres ebonized.
The seats are Australian Red Cedar.
The taillights are Australian Bloodwood [Thank you Brad in Mackay].
The door handles & mirrors are American Walnut.
The headlights and horns are mixture of Oak & Pine stained with Teak.
The number plates were lazer cut on Alex’s machine [thank you Ducky].

I’ve applied 3 coats of my home-made Wipe-On-Poly.

In the actually finished car you can’t see the dashboard, glove box, or foot pedals but they are there; you just see the top of the gear stick and the steering wheel.

It was a lot of fun to build this car to honour dad and mum but I’d not been able to do it without much appreciated support & encouragement from many, many Lumberjock friends; THANK YOU one and all.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 11-27-2019 02:04 AM

That is a bloody beauty Crowie, a great tribute to your Dad and Mother and will make a beautiful family heirloom to be passed down. A lot of work but the result has made it well worth the effort. Was great following you through this journey? Well done Crowie, now to make the glass case to display it. Cheers Bob.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 11-27-2019 02:17 AM

Okay, Crowie, that is awesome!! Great build… only thing I can see is the steering wheel is on the wrong side!! Great job, mate.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 11-27-2019 03:10 AM

Fantastic, Crowie! Now I have to go read the blogs.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-27-2019 03:16 AM

Great job Peter now you can take a well earned break.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#5 posted 11-27-2019 06:41 AM

That ius absolutely beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your mum and dad.
It surely will be a great family heirloom.

Thanks for the process.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 11-27-2019 07:23 AM

Well done Crowie, a real tribute that your Dad would be very impressed with, and proud of his craftsman son…PJ

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#7 posted 11-27-2019 07:30 AM

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#8 posted 11-27-2019 07:39 AM

You have done a GREAT job. Your skills are grown in all the years you are LJ member. I’m glad that you used my blog. Making a blog is always a lot of work and your support is welcome. With this build I’m sure you had to overcome a lot of woodworking trouble. YOU did! And of course there are shortcomings. If there weren’t it wasn’t made by a human. I’m glad that I have send you a knob from a lady coat so you clould use it on the right side,.

Again Crowie (AKA Peter) well done!!!! Do I have to say more?

PS Thanks for the link (Is that what you are calling a lead?)


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#9 posted 11-27-2019 10:59 AM

Peter, a great build and a Very Very nice tribute

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 11-27-2019 11:36 AM

Great job buddy. Very nice. And a scratch built too.!!!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 11-27-2019 11:56 AM

Excellent job and story about it.

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#12 posted 11-27-2019 12:04 PM

Briliiant job crowie... especially with no plans!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 11-27-2019 12:16 PM

Amazing! Love the story and the build.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#14 posted 11-27-2019 12:19 PM

I’m sure your Dad is looking down on this beautiful car you built ,and he must be proud of you ,and your Mom must really love the work you have done and your love and kindness .The project is just so amazing and beautiful your time and effort was well worth it .I am sure you inspired a lot of people out there ,starting with me ,keep building i love your work ,ain’t life great

-- Hornpout Gorham New Hampshire

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 12:40 PM

Awesome build and a wonderful story. So many woods in this and they all work together! Well done!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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