Cracked engine?

Published on 1 December 2020

Formerly car engines were cooled using plain water. Antifreeze or coolant as we use today did not exist. Frozen water expands and thus engines cracked if the water was not drained in time. Various methods have been developed with varying success to repair the cracks. In Australia an engineer had developed a technique to repair cracks in engine ...

Wood in the bodywork

Published on 16 October 2020

Just before the start of the real auto-mobile construction (around 1900) cars were actually horse carriages without a horse. In its place came a one-cylinder engine that was placed between the rear wheels and a chain drove the rear wheels. The building material for the car was mostly wood, one could then be forging steel but not welding. Buildi...

Convertible tops

Published on 12 September 2020

The tops of the more expensive convertibles have for a long time been trimmed with horsehair. In cold or wet weather, these luxurious hoods provided warmth and comfort. The restoration of these tops is one of the most difficult jobs for the automobile trimmer. The process starts with the revision of the hood frame. This needs to be flexible, but wi...


Published on 28 July 2020
Veneer Bart Holland

Veneer is thin sawn, sliced or peeled wood, which is attached to a surface and serves as embellishment. The pattern of the timber depends on the type of wood. Thus, because of its fine structure, walnut veneer is widely used in more expensive English automobiles. The veneer is supplied in sheets of less than 1 mm, which in terms of the pat...


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