Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bachelor Brougham On Deck

So the “Public Enemies” movie broke last night. There have been a few viewings of the movie over the last few weeks for celebrities, producers, dignitaries and so on but last night was the public opening. Two busses full of revelers left Columbus last night for a special showing in Madison. From the reviews I’m seeing it’s getting some mixed vibes. I’ve seen a couple reviews that thought Depp was mis-cast for the part of John Dillinger. I kind of wondered that myself but I see one movie every five years so who am I to say. If I were a big shot producer I would have put Leo Dicaprio in that roll. I guess that’s why I’m not a big shot Hollywood producer.

Of course it was fun meeting Johny Depp. I was very impressed with his demeanor and especially his loyalty to his fans. He struck me as a real gentleman. I took this photo the day of filming the bank robbery scene in Columbus.

So on deck for restoration is this beautiful Bachelor Brougham. It was manufactured by C.P. Kimball and really has a great look. The carriage is a nice solid vehicle but in need of a complete restoration.

The interior is the great challenge. It is in really nice original condition. When an interior is in this kind of condition it is often nice to leave it intact. It’s kind of a pain from a restoration standpoint but might be worth while for this project. It makes finishing the door jambs difficult as you are always concerned about damaging the trim which can be brittle. So we will be having some discussions about that part of the project.

All in all the body is really tight. Other than the so-so restoration work in another life the body is really clean and intact. Often trim and details are destroyed with sloppy restoration work but not in this case which is really good news.

The Brougham was partially restored a number of years ago. It is very complete other than lamps. We have a few cracked panels to deal with and the roof is loose is some areas.

So into the shop it rolls. Work has already begun and we are making good progress. Of course it all begins with stripping of the paint and rust so stay tuned. We will be posting on this project regularly.

Have a great day.



Helena said...


Thanks for pix of carriages used in "PE"

Also did want to let you know in regard to your comment below

" If I were a big shot producer I would have put Leo Dicaprio in that role. I guess that’s why I’m not a big shot Hollywood producer."

That originally Leo DiCaprio was to play the part , but he had to drop out due to his filming of "Shutter Island" with Martin Scorsese.

So you see big shot Hollywood producers DO think like you :)

Toddersville said...


Actually there were no carriages used in PE. Not in Columbus anyway. They did call me when the filming was taking place asking about using some vehicles and I did a little leg work to line up some horses. They were completely off base in their requests for the vehicles for that time period. They were looking for Broughams, Road Coaches and they even latched onto a Marathon carriage believe it or not. None of those vehicles were on the streets in the 30's especially a marathon carriage! I was absolutely shocked at the reply when I pushed back. "The public will never know the difference". I'm not sure who I was talking to but I had numerous conversations with some prop department person in Chicago about carriages. It was so out of character that I just let it die. About the only horse drawn vehicles on the streets at that time would have been milk, farm and freight wagons. Anyone that could afford a coach wouldn't have been seen in one in the 30's.

Wow. Maybe I do have potential in Hollywood?


Harold said...

Please save that beautiful interior on the Brougham. I used to restore carriages and always felt it was not a good idea to restore a vehicle that had original paint & upholstery as we lose our connection to those amazing craftsman. Maybe try brush painting the edges of the doors as a way to work around the trim.
I enjoy following your blog, I especially liked the two part series on the dusty treasures you rescued from an old building. Been there, done that a few times myself.
Take care, Harold

John R., K.O.P. said...

Wow, the interior on that thing is insane. Could you do the inside of my Dodge Durango like that?

We stopped in to see you at the shop last week real quick, but were told you were conducting business next door so we figured we'd better let you handle it. We were just passing through quick and had to get back into town, but maybe next time we can catch up!

Toddersville said...

Hey KOP John,

We could do the Durango like that no problem. I did hear tell that you two were in town. Sorry we didn't cross paths but hopefully next time.

Is it hot enough for ya?


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