Nothing new in the world! Earliest cars had quite a lot of wood in
structure. Some classic cars of the twenties and thirties had bodies
partly or mostly done in wood. In this case the wood was for appearance,
with exotic woods with fine finish. Original station wagons all had
wood bodies from cowl back. Many early trucks had wood bodies.
My '53 MG-TD had a body with sheet metal over a wood frame. Earliest
Model Ts had same body structure.
Wooden wheel spokes & hubs were very common. Wooden frames common.
Never heard of wooden engine, though. Probably would have to be rebored
quite often :-)
Think Ford used wood frames on the A's or T's, and burned the scrap
into charcoal. A's according to this.
Start of Kingsford Charcoal - and the BBQ revolution maybe.
On Sun, 29 Nov 2009 11:42:38 -0600, Vic Smith wrote:
Small part right, big part wrong.
The Ford Model T and the '28-31 A (there was a Ford 'A' back in '03, he
restarted the numbering in '28) were both steel frames. Ford used wooden
panels in the floor, specifically from forward of the front seat to the
firewall and (I think) sometimes farther back.
Some of the lower-production A bodies that were built by outside vendors
had wood reinforcing, but by '28 all of the Ford-produced bodies used
steel reinforcing; any wood was for attaching upholstery and not for
Chevrolet used steel panels over a wood structure up through 1936, if I'm
getting my dates right -- there was a joke among '50's hot rodders about
the result of a collision between a Ford and a Chevy -- on the one hand
you had a bent Ford, on the other you had a pile of sheet metal and dry
Dunno about Dodge or any of the other off-brands.
Dodge (Dodge brothers) made major componets for Ford Model T and some
other auto/truck companies too.Back in the 1960s or 1970s, some
Chevrolet axels assemblies (front wheel/four wheel drive, I think) were
made by Dodge.
First all-steel-bodied car: 1903 Vauxhall.
First all-steel-bodied closed car: 1924 Dodge.
I don't think US automakers went to all-steel bodies across-the-board until
about 1935 or so (excepting woodie wagons, of course).
New-built Morgans /still/ use an ash frame. Believe it or not.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in
Yep. They did that in 2003 to commemorate the Ford Motor Company's 100th
From what I remember, they had enough original tooling left over (!) to
produce most of their own parts. The rest they bought in the aftermarket.
Other than "gee whiz", is there any advantage to this wooden car?
Weight? I would think the lesser body rigidity would detract as much
from the performance as the weight reduction would add.
But what do I know, I'm not an engineer.
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