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    • ☆☆ Brent's Model-A Workshop 2018 ☆☆



      Mitch and I have been talking some about this some, and now we’ll throw it out there to see what kind of responses we would have.

      As some of you may remember, several years ago we held some 3-day Weekend Workshops (actually 3 consecutive years I think beginning in 2006 or 07??) where we met at my shop for fellowship and learning about how to ‘restore’ our Model-As. Maybe the time has come to host another workshop? In a nutshell, here is an overview on what we are proposing;
      • Schedule a Friday morning thru Sunday evening workshop in Elizabethton, TN that attendees can bring components of their project to work on under the guidance of others.
      • The cost to attend will be FREE, and the only out-of-pocket $$ is someone generally passes the hat to cover weekend expenses incurred such as towels, hand-cleaner, shop supplies, etc.
      • The date will likely be in April of 2018, and the exact date will be announced shortly.


      In the past we have hosted seminars specific to repairing sheetmetal, rebuilding rear ends, transmissions, brakes, wheel straightening, -and one year we even rebuilt an engine including pouring & boring the babbitt. The intent is for folks to participate in several areas gaining first-hand knowledge of what is involved, learning a few tricks, --or sharing tips with others that you have learned. We can include as many topic s as we have an interest for, -or time to do. Also in the past, we have included specialty vendors such as Grain-It Woodgraining and Henrob Torches to come set-up and demo their products. Mitch & I also discussed the possibility of even designating an area for an outside swap meet (i.e.: 10-15 vendors) for hobbyists to sell Model-A parts.

      Now the logistics, …in the past workshops we had attendees from Texas up to Minnesota, and from Mass down to Florida. The most participants that I can remember attending was something like 110, and this time we will likely try to hold registration to around 100 people. There are plenty of hotels approximately 10 miles away or less from the shop to stay, -and we will decide at a later date on what to do for food. The location for working on most of the participant projects will take place in a 75’x175’ warehouse area that will shield us from the weather however that area is not heated or air conditioned, so we must choose our date carefully. We will also utilize other shops within the facility to hold seminars & work sessions that are air conditioned and heated, however the size and scope of each project will need to be discussed to make sure everyone has enough room to work safely on their project. As time permits and when we have experienced operators, we can utilize many of the shop tools such as lathes, mill, the Pullmax, the Wheeling Machine, welders, etc. Having knowledgeable volunteers to oversee various seminars will be a huge help.

      I feel sure there are many more questions to be asked, but for now please give us some feedback if you are seriously considering attending, and tell us what item(s) you would like to work on (your project or someone else's).







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      Basic Information!

      The official dates will be Friday, April 20th beginning at 7:00AM - Sunday April 22nd at 6:00PM. For those that would like to arrive on Thursday (the 19th) to help move cars & stuff around, -and help get stuff set-up, that will be fine. For those bringing heavy objects, we have a couple of fork lifts to help you unload/load.


      Area Host Hotel is: Americourt in Elizabethton, TN (423-542-4466) is about 4 miles away. They are offering us a special rate at $59.95 + tax per nite. Just ask for 'Brent Terry group rate' when making reservations. They have a hot breakfast included in that rate. For those that want to stay in your RV, we have several areas that will be suitable for parking those around the shop.


      Food; We have 2 or 3 small 'Mom & Pop' type restaurants within ½ a mile radius that serve good food. In addition, we have a breakroom upstairs with a full kitchen that can seat 12-15 people for those that want to pack a lunch or microwave their meal. We can even have the gas grille set-up outside if someone wants to volunteer to cook hamburgers & hot dogs for everyone.


      Projects shall include whatever someone wants to bring to work on. Just be realistic in what you are trying/able to accomplish in 3 days. Please let me know what you want to bring so we can make sure we are set-up & ready. In some instances, we may be able to do a seminar on a specific topic and use items I have on-hand. If attendees would volunteer to give a seminar or assist leading on a project topic, please let Mitch or I know so we can schedule that.


      I have tentatively measured off a section for about 25 swap meet spaces for those that want to bring Model-A parts & tool stuff to vend. No charge for the space(s), and they will be on first come-first served as far as location.



      OK. Here is the tentative list of what we are working on for projects.


      • Checking a Cylinder Head, pressure testing, and resurfacing.

      • Rebuilding Brake Housing (Backing) Plates and components.

      • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Transmission and Gear Shift Housing.

      • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Rear Axle Assy.

      • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Steering Gearbox.

      • Fabricating Patch Panels & Repairing Sheetmetal.

      • Testing & Rebuilding a Generator.

      • Checking a Engine Block, pressure testing, and magnafluxing. (metal stitching if necessary)



      If you would like to participate in rebuilding your own component in any of the topics above, please let me know. For example, suppose you would like to rebuild your own rear end assembly. You can contact me off-line and I will give you a parts list of components you will likely need to rebuild your unit. You can order your parts ahead of time from a vendor of your choice to bring with you. Then while you are under supervision at the workshop, you can rebuild the complete assembly yourself.

      For those who may not have a component ready to rebuild, you can either assist someone else, --on a limited basis, we may be able to provide that component for you to rebuild so you can have first-hand experience, so please let me know if that is something you would like to plan on.

      If there is a something you would like to work on that is not listed above, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

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      • BRENT in 10-uh-C
        BRENT in 10-uh-C commented
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        OK. Here is tentative list of what we are working on for projects.


        • Checking a Cylinder Head, pressure testing, and resurfacing.

        • Rebuilding Brake Housing (Backing) Plates and components.

        • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Transmission and Gear Shift Housing.

        • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Rear Axle Assy.

        • Inspecting & Rebuilding a Steering Gearbox.

        • Fabricating Patch Panels & Repairing Sheetmetal.

        • Testing & Rebuilding a Generator.



        If you would like to participate in rebuilding your own component in any of the topics above, please let me know. For example, suppose you would like to rebuild your own rear end assembly. You can contact me off-line and I will give you a parts list of components you will likely need to rebuild your unit. You can order your parts ahead of time from a vendor of your choice to bring with you. Then while you are under supervision at the workshop, you can rebuild the complete assembly yourself.

        For those who may not have a component ready to rebuild, you can either assist someone else, --on a limited basis, we may be able to provide that component for you to rebuild so you can have first-hand experience, so please let me know if that is something you would like to plan on.

        If there is a something you would like to work on that is not listed above, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

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      OK, here is what I have as attendees. Please comment below with your first & last name if you are coming, and we will update this list;

      Mitch Hartka PA

      Randy Gilbert PA (friend of Mitch)

      Brent Terry TN

      Pennie Terry TN

      Blake Terry TN

      Donnie Holder TN

      Chris Sutphin TN

      Will Cronkrite NC

      Jimmy Matthews NC

      Tom Wesenberg MN

      Patrick Grant MN

      Denny Lind MN

      Shirley Lind MN

      John Bettjes MI

      Paul Modlin IN

      Larry Shepard MO

      George Miller NC

      Steve Grace (friend of George)

      Bill DeVore (friend of George)

      Dwight Edwards, NC (friend of George)

      Fred Wicker VA

      Bill Lee TX

      Dan Richardson TN

      Danny Deaton OH

      Beau Dabney VA

      Dave Simmering TN

      John Lingo TN

      (Joe K) GA

      Ethan Hurley GA

      Steve White KS

      (MHSPRECHER) ??

      John Samp IL

      Terry *** NJ

      Bob & Geri (CarolinaMudWalker) ??

      Fred Vaccaro NC

      Abbie Prince SC

      Dennis (model a dennis) ??

      Barry Craft TN

      (Endure 161) TN

      (Endure 161)'s Son in-law TN

      (Endure 161)'s S-i-L's Brother TN

      (FredS) TX

      Jeff Crummy IL

      Bill Stipe KY

      Ed Herrick Nashville Tn

      Mike Plassman IL

      Bubby Sharp KY

      Bruce Large TN

      Darren Otey KY

      Rose Otey KY

      Kevin Sharp KY

      Frank Johnson KY

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      • #4
        Brent, this is such an excellent idea, and on behalf all those that are passionate about these cars I thank you for offering this.
        If it were not for a very delicate family matter going on right now, I would sign on to be a 'knowledgeable volunteer'
        in a heartbeat. I am sure many will grab at this special opportunity.

        I would like to comment that I have seen and driven an A that Brent and his team restored a few years ago. This couple lives but 10 minutes from me. I was very impressed with the cosmetics and mechanicals that were put into that car, and I look at things with a very critical eye, since Miles and I strive for the best that be done here in our shop. This group really knows what they are doing, so I think there is a lot that can be learned at his workshop

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        • George Miller
          George Miller commented
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          Let me know if you can make it. I' m not that far from Brent's place

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        This would be pretty neat, family has a Tennessee trip planned in April to Dollywood but one of us (me) has to puppy-sit so it would depend upon the timing. I will watch and see what develops..........Thanks

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        • #6
          A big thanks to Brent for offering his shop and personal time to assemble a possible workshop / swap meet. This is an exclusive VFF event, so your feedback and questions are appreciated and needed. Feel free to post right onto this thread.
          2 1930 Tudors

          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"


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          • #7
            Originally posted by Jeff/Illinois View Post
            This would be pretty neat, family has a Tennessee trip planned in April to Dollywood but one of us (me) has to puppy-sit so it would depend upon the timing. I will watch and see what develops..........Thanks
            Jeff, bring the puppy too. My shop has a Golden Retriever that goes to work with me each day, so yours will give her a play buddy for the weekend!

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            • Jeff/Illinois
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              Ya got that right... a Golden Retriever is exactly what we have and man oh man does he love to play!! And smart!! A real character that little guy!!

              Thanks but if I can make it, depending upon the date, it will be solo he is a full time job keeping an eye on him!! Hope to see you guys in the spring!

          • #8
            I would love to attend any seminar by Brent, but Tennessee is a too fur piece from my garage.

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            • #9
              I'm in

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              • #10
                I'd like to go. The Studebaker swap in South Bend is May 2nd, so maybe I could do both in one trip.

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                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
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                  Tom there is no maybe

                • pAAt
                  pAAt commented
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                  Tom, I might be able to split expenses and drive to both if you like ?

                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
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                  Pat can you take your pickup? That would be great for Tom, he could leave his back seat in.

                • pAAt
                  pAAt commented
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                  Mitch, it would be a pleasure to chauffeur Tom anywhere in my truck ! I'll even go up, get him, drop off his Delco light plant, and proceed to Tennessee after an Indiana stop. I'll be the one with duct tape one my mouth and brand new hearing aids.

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                  I am so envious. I've never been to Tennesee, and the chance to be around a bunch of people who love to actually work on their cars and share with others would be like being in heaven to me. I've always loved living in the Pacific Northwest, but I now realize that other parts of the country might be a little more advantageous to have a model A and learn from others. I hope you guys have a wonderful time. I know you will. Mike

              • #11
                I might be in to this for sure!

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                • #12
                  Durn tootin’ I’ll be there. Lucky me only about 50miles away. There has been talk at Davy Crocket about a visit. So far that’s it. How many others know what a Singer is?

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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by pAAt View Post
                    Tom, I might be able to split expenses and drive to both if you like ?
                    Yes, I can pick up my Studebaker Land Cruiser on the way, and Brent can demonstrate how to paint a car by using mine. Poor hood lost it's paint.
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                    • pAAt
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                      Sounds like fun Tom, do we need to pull a trailer or are you going to drive the Stude around ?

                  • #14
                    Brent,
                    I'd attend as well. If you need some help I'd be happy to assist on that end. Have done lots of driveline rebuilding and if you're doing body I can assist as well.
                    Great idea and thanks for stepping up. I'd love to see some of our younger generations to be represented as well. Kudos for stepping up and dedicating some of your time!
                    Larry Shepard



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                    • #15
                      I think the workshop is a great idea. Logistically I won't be able to attend. I appreciate the efforts of the members of VFF to promote the hobby.

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                      • model a dennis
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                        I would like to come to the work shop, it all depends on my schedule. Thanks, Dennis

                    • #16
                      Tom if you can make it I promise to hold the umbrella over you again like up at Ken's!!!! Only you'll have shop space won't have to work out of your car!

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                      • #17
                        If I could swing it, I would certainly go. If nothing else, just to meet 100 of you guys!
                        Alaskan A's
                        Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska
                        Model A Ford Club of America
                        Model A Restorers Club
                        Antique Automobile Club of America
                        Mullins Owners Club

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                        • #18
                          I would certainly like to attend, 2k miles is a tad too far (round trip).
                          Best of luck to all, make sure we get plenty of pic's and peoples names.

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                          • #19
                            Originally posted by pAAt View Post
                            Sounds like fun Tom, do we need to pull a trailer or are you going to drive the Stude around ?
                            I test drove it one mile, so I'll repack the wheel bearings, grease the chassis, and drive it.

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                            • pAAt
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                              I'll follow you and have a tow bar in case my 2001 F150 breaks down !!

                          • #20
                            Heck, I can drive there. I have a very distant cousin in Bristol. I could even stop and say hello.

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                            • #21
                              I don't think i mentioned it but i am in. It's only a short 550 miles from me, and i figured i could sleep in the out house.
                              2 1930 Tudors

                              Henry Ford said
                              "It's all nuts and bolts"


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                              • #22
                                I would love to go but I still work.

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                                • Mitch
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                                  It's on the weekend::::

                                • Mike V. Florida
                                  Mike V. Florida commented
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                                  I work nights and weekends with Tuesday and Wednesday nights off.

                              • #23
                                Count me and John Samp in on this....

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                                • #24
                                  I might be interested if some guys would like to pool together I am in central kansas pm me maybe we can work something out.

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                                  • #25
                                    I sure wish I could go ! I went one time years ago and it was EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone interested in babysitting my 100 year old mother for a couple of days ??
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