Re: Current Projects - 1913 Model 64 Roadster & More
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Date: May 9, 2013 06:19PM
Thank you for the kind words Kelly. Sometimes these iconic cars can, for lack of a better term. be "over-restored", which is not a bad thing either. How we replicate the old frames and bodies is driven exclusively by the owner's wishes. Many choose to go with extra fine craftsmanship to really have a showpiece car when finished. Others place more importance on preserving the authenticity of their vehicle down to the last detail. I understand both schools of thought, and both are right in my view.
It was really a pleasure paying such close attention to the provenance of this particular car, as it is in such fine condition to begin with. I confess it still was hard to take a dull chisel to the beautiful white ash, though.....
We finished the new frame on 4 May and will soon post some photos of our part of the restoration, both here and on the Midwest Coach website. Basil has asked us to put together an article on the construction of this frame, with particular attention paid to the quality standard differential between the coach builders of the day and the Stanley factory. I like the idea, and really appreciate the interest among the club members on the topic. I will try my best to get that put together as soon as possible.
First though, we'll be taking a much-needed 2-3 week break away from the shop (haven't done that since 2009), but the article is at the top of the to-do list for when we get back somewhat more refreshed in Mid-June.