Friday, September 18, 2009

Mad Max Beyond Our Restoration Shop

Ouch! Really sorry about that post yesterday. Blog hackers are on a rampage taking over nice innocent little blogs like mine. Unless you have a blog you don’t know that things like that happen. A pimple? What kind of a warped twisted mind would come up with material like that? There ought to be a law.

So if you are wondering why this nice little cart is called Mad Max you need to go way back. Visit my post from July 9th to read the whole story.

So Mad max is all done. He turned out really nice and has been getting quite a bit of attention. For a little road cart this vehicle has some super interesting details. Overall it has great style. It has a real American feel about it. I can just see it racing along in a Currier and Ives print.

I know we have been using a lot of it lately but we are just about out of deep maroon paint. I think it looks great on this vehicle. It has enough interesting lines that the maroon in combination with the vermilion stripes chasing all over really looks sharp. You can click the photos to enlarge.

Ryanne did the upholstery in a black cotton duck with a medium luster black vinyl piping and button covers. That was a new combination for us and I really liked how it came together. We have used a tan cotton in that combo but not black. I think we will see more of this fabric on some of our vehicles. It’s just an interesting look.

When we started the project we didn’t even know it was a spindle seat. During the last paint job someone cut off all the spindles so they were gone. That happens from time to time. If there are a couple broken spindles it’s easier to cut them all off rather than fix the broken ones. To bring it back Bob hand turned all new spindles for this seat.

Sometimes vehicles don’t have a flattering posterior. This one looks great from the back. There was serious thought put into the design of this little cart from all perspectives. Really well done and that is why we choose to restore vehicles such as this.

As usual Dale did a great job of striping this carriage. It is striped traditionally with a fine line. Notice how the step pad is black? All parts like step pads and inner and outer hubs were traditionally painted black. Black is easy to touch up and normally used in areas subject to injury.

We pulled out a project that’s been on the back burner for a while. It’s a vintage Portland Door Cutter built by Wisconsin Carriage in Janesville. We started it a while back but it was over run by customer projects so it was tossed aside. The body is painted and Ryanne is starting on upholstery. Dale striped the runners yesterday. I’ll post some photos over the weekend.

Have a great day.



Robbi said...

Well Mad Max is a Handsome one!!


Toddersville said...

Thanks Pirate Girl!

Cara said...

Really nice! The spindle seat turned out fantastic. I like the pictures, they how how everything is put together. I squint at them with eyes that remember high school geometry.