This is a project by fellow member and incredible sawdust maker, Smith Brother . Since I am posting this for him I'm using the red lettering to distinguish my words from his whenever a post contains both.
Hello forum friends,
I need to tell you how this build started. A friend I met on the Buick forum collects old interesting photo's. He knows that I am a maker/builder, and suggested that after I completed the 1945 Buick parade float that I was building, that this piece would be cool.
Within his collection he had a picture of a 1941 rendering that an unknown artist produced, an Art Deco vision of the future of car hauling. The 1st. picture shows this rendering, it is the one on the LEFT, black & white.
From this picture and without plans I spent over 200 hours producing it. It is 26" long. I made two versions of the trailer, pic #1 shows both, the left one is like the rendering. I designed the one on the right, it will be OPEN on one side only. It will hold 2, 1-24 scale cars.
Most pic's tell their own story, but [this one]
is special. I'm a D.O.G., (darned old geezer), also known as a Buick guy. In the early 40's GM/Buick came out with their 'X' frame, they were very proud of it, so to SALUTE/HONOR it, I made the loading ramp of like design. In a couple days when my friend Steve posts finished pic's, you will see it in action.
All aluminum is billet, no shiny tape, etc. All work was done by my hands, well, exception cutting of materials, but no mills, lathe's etc.
As many of you know, wood can be painted to look as good as the best of automotive finishes, just takes some good materials and time. I sprayed all the wood with HIGH FILL TWO PART PRIMERS, I used white, in an effort to make the red brighter, I think it worked, you will see soon. I'm a tight wad, so didn't want to spend $50.00 for a pint of color. I found at Menard's rattle can Lacquer bright red, $3.77 a can, took 2-cans, and 1 clear. I sanded the primer to 600, then sprayed color, sanded that to 1000.
Clear coat was then sprayed. I had block sanded where possible, I KNOW HOW TO MAKE THINGS FLAT AND STRAIGHT, so final results are a very smooth, glossy finish. I give the entire piece a B+ grade, wife says A, but she is my buddy......LOL.
Thanks for putting up with my rambling.
Dale in Indy AKA Dale L. Smith