Restoring Horse Drawn Carriages
- Name: Ann Menke
- Location: Bunnell, Florida, United States
I have been designing websites since 1996 and do alot of affiliate marketing as well as promotion of my customers and my own websites.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Places to sell Horse Drawn Carriages after Restoration
Whether it is before you restore your carriage or after you can sell just about anything here on my Free Classifieds website. I have helped sell other peoples horse drawn carriages before both thru the free classfieds as well as on my website advertising horse drawn carriages for sale.
It is fun also to shop around for the horse drawn carriage of your dreams on these same free classified websites. See what other people are selling their carriages for below before deciding what price to put on yours.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Restoring a Horse Drawn Carriage - Lessons from Experience
I am sure many people have similar stories of unfinished projects and dreams thrown by the wayside.
Maybe you just have an old horse carriage you inherited or found in an old barn and you want to restore it.
You don't have to have a horse to drive it - maybe you just want it sitting out in front of the house all decorated for Christmas. Or maybe you have a friend that has a driving horse. Restoring a horse carriage is a labor of love...don't expect to make any money off selling it after you restore it ...just like restoring classic cars....there is no money in doing it - you always put more into it than you can sell it for. Before putting all that effort forth restoring one you should see if maybe it would be a better idea to buy someone elses labor of love below...there are plenty of already restored carriages out there.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
What I have learned about Horse Drawn Carriages
I have learned alot about what to do and what not to do.
I think I may have gotten the "cart before the horse" because I bought the carriage I now have without
having a horse that could draw a carriage at all. I am sure I am not the first person to do this.
I had high hopes for my Arabian horses thinking that it would be "so easy" to teach them how to drive a carriage - boy was I wrong. Just seeing it made them skittish. So much for that idea.
So I bought a spring wagon that needed restoring too...sorry but my budget only has me buying used stuff. So here it sits still unrestored....I bought 2 actually - a nice looking one that didn't seem to need alot of work and one that I figured could be used for parts. Well time and circumstances being what they may they are still just sitting...and my life has changed considerably since those purchases...
check back later for the rest of the story. Well in hindsight after lots of sanding and painting if I had known back then what I know now I would of bought an already restored carriage. As you can see below there are plenty for sale...so shop around and see what other people are asking before going ahead with that restoration project.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Doctors Buggy For Sale
Completely Restored Antique Doctors Buggy located in Bunnell Florida.
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the HORSE CARRIAGE that you are interested in.
You can also Find a particular Type of Horse Drawn Carriage you are looking for by entering it into the Search Box Below.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Sand and Paint Everything
And here is my reply:
It needs to be sanded and painted and then a sealer put over the paint.
We use automotive paint-it is more expensive but lasts longer.
The metal has to be sanded and primered and painted just like when you paint a car.
Metal must be primered right after you sand it or else the rust will come back.
I recommend doing the metal first.
If you have metal around the wheels and it is coming away from the wheels you may need to buy new wheels at:
http://www.hansenwheel.com/ - it is hard to find someone that repairs existing wheels-ask hansen if they do it.
New tops can be bought at http://www.buggy.com/
Another alternative to painting it yourself after it is sanded completely is to take it to an automotive paint shop and let them paint it for you.
If you decide to take apart the metal in order to sand it and paint it-be sure to label every single screw and nut so you put them back in the same place because some are made by hand-sometimes that is the only way to get them back together. Also label the springs so they go back in the same place. Putting it back together is like doing a gigantic jigsaw puzzle so don't do it unless you label everything
We no longer offer restoration services but you can see what we used to charge for restoration on the restoration price list which can be found on this page: http://vintage-restorations.com/buggys.htm then click on "Click HERE for Cost of Restoration"
You may also want to shop around for an already restored carriage to avoid all that hard work.