Orlis Aylsworth purchased this vehicle from a Montana farmer who converted a coupe into a truck. He spent almost 2 years replacing the wood body with white oak. Orlis was a skilled craftsman who constructed the vehicle back into a coupe. We purchased the vehicle in 1998 from his estate sale. The body was on a dolly and engine in the frame with a few boxes of parts. We had the engine rebuilt, sanded, prepped and painted the body, sand blasted the frame and painted with a rush inhibitor, had the interior upholster and put on a landau top.
Refinished interior metal dash and window trim to look like wood, the steering wheel was out of round from moister so soaked it in water and used ratchet straps and the sun to bring in back into round and refinished. Found a trunk deck lid skin to cover the wood frame, and etched a mountain tree scene on rear window following Orliss dream for this vehicle.
We still need to go through the rear end, brakes, install wiring harness, refinish the wooden spoke wheels and nickel plate the bumpers and radiator shell. We hope to catch up on all of our other projects this summer so we can devote time this winter to completing our Durant named Alley-Opp.
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