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1910 IHC Model F Roadster Restoration


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The plywood was actually made on the form, by gluing layers of veneer and alternating the way the grain runs. The molding was made exactly the same way it was done back in the day. The molding was actually carved to the size and shape needed from a solid board. Oliver did speed up the process by doing it on his CNC Router.

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Hello Again

Today's post will show more of the car coming together.

Picture 0051 Shows the primed body sitting in place on the frame. As far as I can find out all of these cars were painted the same Wine ( Maroon ) body with bright red frame and wheels. Since the body will be maroon that is the reason for such a dark primer. When the finish paint is applied all the molding will be high lighted with Black which was a custom back in the day. I have not decided what color the pin striping will be, but I'm leaning toward the same Red as used on the frame along with black on the body and the maroon along with Black on the frame. The pin stripper will probably have the final
say, since he has many years experience with this sort of thing.

Picture 0052 Rear View

Picture 0053 Right side.

Picture 0063 Starting to fit up the new fenders.

The whole car needs to be fit together and then taken back apart for final paint.

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More pictures of the car project.

Picture 0060 shows fitting the windshield. Currently only 1 of the 7 cars that are left has a windshield. Careful measurements
were taken, but when we installed the windshield on my car I didn't like it. It was to short to make driving comfortable. The top of the windshield was about 2 inches to low and it blocked your field of vision. After many phone calls to people in the car restoration game, I sold the windshield pictured to another collector and started over and built another one 2 inches taller.
I hope I never have to build another windshield frame they are a complete pain in the Butt.

Picture 0060 Shows me in the car looking over the progress so far.

Picture 0061 Shows me and Greg Tocket discussing the windshield issue. Greg owned the Cadillac Shop restoration company and was in charge of the restoration at this time. Greg passed away very unexpected a few months after this picture was taken.

Picture 0064 Left side view. Many hours and much discussion went on behind the scenes of these pictures. What you are seeing here in just a few minutes represents months of work and research.

Picture 0019 A cut taken from an original 1912 Dealers catalog that I have. This would leave me to believe that the cars IHC produced did not sell well. In 1912 the roadster sold for $1000.00, considering a model T could be bought for probably a 1/3 of that amount IHC got into building cars and got out pretty quick.

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Hello

1 of the other major undertakings in this project was the fenders after removing all the paint it was discovered that I had more body putty for fenders than I had metal. The decision was made to build new fenders.

The 1st 2 pictures show the body putty on the original fenders

picture 0014 Shows traces of the original Wine colored paint that seeped in between the pieces of sheet metal after they were riveted together to make the fender. this proved helpful in determining what the final color for the body would be. These specs of paint were well preserved.

picture 0028 Shows me working on forming the tabs for a rear inside fender


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The finished inner rear fender still a long way to go.

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As impressed as I was with that engine, I am amazed at the amount of work put in to building a whole new body and frame to put it in.

That is a work of art from all angles.

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Body work is always the hard part.......and most expensive.......
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Hello Everyone

Today I'm going to post pictures of some of the eye candy that goes on this car. As Craig mentioned in his post body work can be expensive. In this case the Brass work has exceeded by 5 times the amount of money required to have the body and frame professionally re created and we're still not finished. I don't ever intend to restore another car they are a money pit if you want to do one as accurately as humanly possible. I decided when I started this project I was going to see it through and that it would be done to a Concours d' Elegance level. There have been some setbacks, but the goal today is the same as when I started back in 2006. Harold Ottaway said it best many years ago when I was visiting him and the Big 4 45
" I stopped counting once I got to $30,000 I don't want to know how much it cost " and it is the same with me. Please enjoy the pictures and if you're ever in the area stop in and see the car for yourself. The plan is for the car to make it's show debut at Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance spring 2016.

The 4 pictures in this post show 1 of the Rushmore Headlights
as they came with the car. Note in the 1st picture the glass lenses is just 4 pieces of flat glass placed side by side. The original lenses were curved to magnify the light. The new lenses
can be seen in the next post.

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In this post I'm putting pictures of how the headlights looked when I got them back from Rick Britten Brass Works. This have a coating on them guaranteed not to tarnish for 5 years. Also notice the lenses and how they magnify. I'm really appreciative of Josh Lee one of the previous owners for finding the correct headlights and acetylene generator for the car and as icing on the cake Rushmore products were serial numbered. Josh managed to find a pair of headlights that have consecutive serial numbers so these lights most likely left the factory as a set.

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Hi Again

In this post I'll be showing pictures of the restored Acetylene generator. To make Acetylene gas for the headlights bits of carbide are placed in the bottom of the generator and the top tank is filled with water. As the water drips down onto the carbide it creates Acetylene gas. Today when collectors tour their cars on Gas Light tours they usually have a small tank of Acetylene mounted in the trunk or somewhere underneath the car where it can't readily be seen. My plans are to hook everything up as it should be, but most likely never use the lights.

I'm hoping with the Maroon body and the bright Red frame and wheels coupled with all the brass and Black top the whole car will become eye candy when it's finished.

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