1923 Miller 122 Race Car Restoration

Products Used

Material: 
  • 01 - Plain Steel Wire Mesh
Secondary Finish: 
  • Nickel Plated
Application: 
  • Grille, Restoration
Building Type: 
  • Automotive
IPZ-63 - Industrial Woven Wire Mesh Intercrimp/Plain
IndianapolisIndianaUnited States
Project Details:

1923 Miller 122 Race Car Restoration

Thanks again for your help in the restoration of the 1923 Miller Indy Car. You have made a major contribution to the high caliber result we desire. -Jerry Weeks

Harry A. Miller was an American race car designer and builder who's contributions to automotive engineering and American racing were unparalleled. In the mid-1920s, Miller's mantra for manufacturing required the parts be simple, lightweight, and sculptural in design. This required a great deal of extra care and time as the metal was shaped completely by hand, perfecting the design and craftsmanship of the masterful race cars.

In 2005, Banker Wire was approached by Jerry Weeks of Metalsmith Inc. to assist in the restoration of a 1923 Miller 122 Supercharged Race Car. Weeks had been commissioned to restore the car to its correct specifications, and looked to Banker Wire for help with the race car's grille. Only about fifteen of these cars were ever produced, and this particular car was almost completely intact and in its original condition with only a few minor changes made throughout the years.

In the world of concours restorations, judges are known to count the number of openings on the automotive grille to ensure accuracy when compared to known information, such as a photograph. Working closely with Weeks, Banker Wire was able to exactly reproduce the race car's grille from the material used down to the correct opening count. Such a process requires a painstaking amount of time reviewing original, period photographs to accurately produce a reproduction of the grille.

This 1925 Miller 122 Supercharged race car was entered into the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event and won first place in Class V, Open Wheel Race Cars.

This project used: Wire Mesh Pattern: IPZ-63 The Banker Wire IPZ-63 pattern is a 3/8" Mesh x 2 Mesh .080 woven wire mesh specification. This Fine Rectangular weave can be woven in a variety of alloys including: Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Plain Steel, Pre-Galvanized, and Stainless Steel.

Additional Images: 
Banker Wire assisted in the restoration of a 1923 Miller 122 Supercharged Race Car.
Harry A. Miller was an American race car designer and builder known for his craftsmanship.
 Banker Wire exactly reproduced  the race car’s grille from the material used down to the correct opening count.
This 1925 Miller 122 Supercharged race car was entered into the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event and won first place in Class V, Open Wheel Race Cars.
In 2005, Banker Wire was approached by Jerry Weeks of Metalsmith Inc. to assist in the restoration of a 1923 Miller 122 Supercharged Race Car.
This 1925 Miller 122 Supercharged race car, featuring Banker Wire mesh, was entered into the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event and won first place in Class V, Open Wheel Race Cars.
Jerry Weeks said that Banker Wire made a major contribution to the car's restoration.
Only about fifteen of this type of car was ever produced and Banker Wire contributed to the restoration of one.

Project Team

Project Fabricator: 
J Weeks Metalsmith Inc.