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Uncle Duke
04-03-2009, 03:31 PM
Joe Harmon of Mooresville has spent the past two years perfecting a sports car, and it still isn't finished. Yet even without its heavily modified Cadillac engine in place, the so-called Splinter is still a marvel, because it's made of molded wood.

Link is here (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/640199.html).
http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2009/04/03/09/618-20090330_woodencar_03.standalone.prod_affiliate.13 8.jpg

TimH
04-03-2009, 03:41 PM
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

http://www.whatsamattau.com/images/rocky_and_bullwinkle.jpg

switters
04-03-2009, 03:53 PM
can I get those plans? But I want to plank it. and maybe a gaff rig

mizzenman
04-03-2009, 03:55 PM
It's completely fantastic! I wish there was more detail on the process. Could it be adabtable for boats...?

John Meachen
04-03-2009, 05:09 PM
The weaving part seems novel.Frank Costin was using wooden chassis for racing and road cars in the sixties and a good number of the wooden chassis version of the Marcos are still around.Last year I bought the biography of Austin Farrar,the boat and rig designer,and learned that he had designed a wood bodied car but never quite finished it.It has now found its way to Martin Kendall who might complete the task.
I do have to wonder about the wisdom of a wooden car.Just think of the potential for splinters in the event of a crash.

David G
04-03-2009, 06:01 PM
Crazy SOB! Good for him.

Paul Pless
04-03-2009, 07:20 PM
Frank Costin was using wooden chassis for racing and road cars in the sixties and a good number of the wooden chassis version of the Marcos are still around.No mention of Morgan?

And then there's simply gourgeous (if a little large) Hispana Suiza Tulipwood Roadster. As pretty as the coachwork is the engine is the true work of art.

http://www.shorey.net/Auto/Miscellaneous%20Pictures/Hispano%20Suiza/1924%20Hispano-Suiza%20H6%20Tulip%20Wood%20(rebuilt)%20=LF=y0196= 2.jpg

Katherine and I saw one at Hilton Head in which the body panels (planks?) had been fastened with rivets made of gold.


I wish there was more detail on the process.

There's a full length article linked from FWW that explains the process in detail.

John Meachen
04-04-2009, 04:15 PM
No mention of Morgan?

And then there's simply gourgeous (if a little large) Hispana Suiza Tulipwood Roadster. As pretty as the coachwork is the engine is the true work of art.

http://www.shorey.net/Auto/Miscellaneous%20Pictures/Hispano%20Suiza/1924%20Hispano-Suiza%20H6%20Tulip%20Wood%20(rebuilt)%20=LF=y0196= 2.jpg

Katherine and I saw one at Hilton Head in which the body panels (planks?) had been fastened with rivets made of gold.



There's a full length article linked from FWW that explains the process in detail.
To the best of my knowledge,Morgan have used ash framing for bodywork for decades.The chassis construction has normally been steel.I have looked at the tulipwood Hispano Suiza online photographs and been impressed.
The Marcos had a chassis made of plywood and a good number were built and some still see regular use.The Protos Formula 2 car was cold moulded wood.
There are some reservations,I remember my father telling me what happened to De Havilland Mosquitos in termite zones.