Rebuilding a 1909 Pontiac body

The wood sheathing beneath the long aluminum panel on each side of the bottom portion of the body has decayed after 112 years all of the skeleton is still in remarkable condition. The aluminum had damage on those bottom panels so new panels were made an fitted minus the wood backing. The wood panels are very thin about the thickness of luan paneling. I guess my question is what purpose do they serve? Could they be left off without compromising the body. Thanks John

I think the purpose of them is to make the panel less “tinny”. Maybe you could back the aluminum with something like a wood veneer? No doubt it was needed or Ford would not have specified it. The bodies of course being made by the Beaudette factory in Pontiac, MI.

Thanks for the reply, I guess I’ll think on this a bit. I may need to talk to Ray Wells