We have recently undertaken the restoration of this sweet little European Phaeton for a client. It is an early vehicle showing some age and some recent modifications that were not in keeping with tradition. It is the owner's intent to see the vehicle back to original form.
The entire fifth wheel had been replaced with a rather lightly framed unit so we are opting to replace the front frame completely. The wheels had been replaced with a modern style roller bearing hub wheel. The original vehicle would have more than likely had wood hubs and offset spokes so we are headed in that direction.
The original seat was in pretty good shape so we have stripped it, replaced one spindle and have it ready for stain.
The main wood body really is showing its age. We felt it would be best to just start from scratch. Pretty complicated project for a little body and a good test of the old joinery skills. Multiple compound angles with mortise and tenens.
So Bob begins cutting wood parts as I layout parts and patterns.
With all the parts roughed out for the right side we are making pretty good progress. Very few swear words thus far. Of course we have the afternoon to make the other side just like this one. The day can still get interesting.
I’m looking forward to seeing this vehicle tooling around the show ring. It’s an unusual piece and should be really eye catching. We still have a ways getting to that point but putting this part of the project behind us will be one of the bigger challenges. Check back regularly to watch progress on this project.