Antique and Classic Automobile Restoration
About the Author
The information contained within this website on the model L Lincoln and Antique and Classic Automobile Restoration is the product of Lincoln collector Chris Wantuck. Starting in 1980 with the restoration of the Type 177 seven passenger touring shown above, this website is a collection of studying and documenting this and other model L Lincolns. It includes information from open source literature such as Lincoln owner's manuals, various manuscripts listed in the Reference Section, Lincoln Motor Company literature, Ford Motor Company literature, and Ford Lincoln Division Factory Service Bulletins. Some information has been derived from actual untouched examples and in some cases from extrapalating from several sources. Current work in progress is the restoration of a Lincoln model L Type 169B three window sedan where sigfificant documentation is being recorded suitable to create a restoration manual dedicated to model L Lincoln's.
Spanning over a 25 year period, he has researched and used various antique automobile restoration methods and techniques. Some have been with great success (e.g. the Threaded Rivet for trunks) and others with less that satisfacory results. Attempts to master steam bending resulted in lots of fireplace kindling! This includes unique body and structural situations specific to automobiles of the 1920's and 1930's. A self taught amateur machinist, projects include radiator and gas caps, door strike enclosures, unique covers, and tail light brackets. Credit is acknowleded to a brief but influential apprenticeship with noted Restorer James P. Tuschinsky.
Chris is a member of the Lincoln Owners Club (LOC), the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), Metropolitan Region CCCA, and the Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County (AMCOMC). More than thirty articles have been published in various publications such as the LOC "Fork & Blade", CCCA Metropolitan Region "Metroskyline", "Skinned Knuckles", and the AMCOMC "Monthly Newsletter". Chris is an Electrical Engineer with the US Army's Communications Engineering Research Center, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. His formal education started with vocational courses in mechanical drawing and industrial electronics in Coral Springs, Florida. He holds a Batchelor's Degree in Electrical Engieering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and a Master's Degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.