L-29 Body Wood

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03 May 2004 02:25 #1685 by K Clark
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I am rebuilding a 1932 L-29 Cord Sedan, Using the original wood as a pattern, what there is of it. I have built four cabriolets, and have been told that these cars were all made of ash wood. I am a member of the Kennebec Valley Wood working Association,. Here in Maine . Well last month we had the monthly meeting at my shop. Several of the members were very interested in the Cord body, When I said that I was building the body of ash wood, they said that the original wood did not seem to be ash?? I was told that it was a much to fine a grain to be ash. more like maple or birch, Can anyone verify that these cars should be made of ash wood? or does it really matter, as long as it is a good strong hardwood. I like building with ash, it is a nice wood to work with, reasonably light and almost knot free.
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05 May 2004 19:36 #1694 by Auburn/Cord Parts
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Do you recall the wood chart I published in the newsletter 2 or 3 years back? It listed all of the various woods that the Auburn Auto Company used, their strengths, and so on. The custom body builders could be more choosy than a production body by Central or Limousene.

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07 May 2004 00:07 #1702 by K Clark
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I do not , Do you remember about which issure, I'm sure I have it, and will look, but if you remember about what issue ,it may save time.
Thanks Ken

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24 Aug 2004 15:30 #2105 by John T. Meredith
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Hi Ken,

I know this response is a bit late in coming, but I always thougth the wood on the L-29 was Hard Maple. Set me straight if I am wrong because I am about ready to replace the floor boards in my L-29. Thanks, John

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11 Sep 2004 03:23 #2188 by Dick Greene
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I had always thought that the L-29 and other Auburn-built cars used white ash as the major body wood. Now that the question has been raised, I did a little research.

Auburn Auto purchased a rather wide variety of woods. White ash seems to be a predominent species, which would indicate its use in the bodies. I had to replace a fair amount of wood frame and sill in my 1932 cabriolet many years ago. The old guy who owned the shop said it was "white ash" and ordered some, since fine-grained, knotless, straight white ash is hard to find in these parts. Much of it comes from the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.

I think the floorboards are oak, however, not needing the capacity to be steam bent to shapes used in bodies.

I am not sure this helps, but it is all I can tell you for a certainty.

CORDially, Dick Greene

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12 Sep 2004 00:15 #2196 by Al Hatch
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To all,

Don't know a helluva lot about L-29's but can say the many automobile producers of the 20's and up thru the mid 30's used white ash. Why? Because it does not split when you run a screw or hammer a nail in to it. An old woodworker friend of mine (now deceased) told me that years ago a proved it to me with a demonstration. Try it and you will see that this absolutely true.

Can't comment much on oak, hard maple, birch, etc. They said Henry Ford used scrape wood in his Fords. Who knows.

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