AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2016  Antique Automobile Restoration Shops Tour

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On Wednesday, April 6th, nearly thirty Chesapeake Region members and friends assembled to enjoy a tour of two Glen Rock, Pennsylvania automobile restoration shops. The group met at the I-83 Shrewsbury exit Cracker Barrel Restaurant, many arriving early to have a hearty breakfast and enjoy some socializing.

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After gathering on the parking lot for a group photograph, we organized some car-sharing for the several-mile trip to the Glen Rock shops.

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To better manage the tours, due to the large size of the group, we split into two sub-groups. One group visited Prueitt Restorations before lunch and the other group visited Penn-Dutch. After both sub-groups met for lunch, we reversed the process for the aftenoon. It all worked well. Our thanks to the shop owners and staff, and to our Activities Director, Phil Hack for arranging the event.

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As you entered the Prueitt Restoration shop, your first sight was this split-window 1963 Corvette undergoing restoration.

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Bill and Jack check out the extensive restoration underway on a rather unique vehicle.

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A Corvair sporting a fresh yellow paint job awaits installation of a new convertible top and some interior restoration.

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Larry and Jack discuss the restoration in progress on this Packard.

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Wet sanding underway will assure a quality paint coat on this vehicle.

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A 1958 Pontiac body shell awaits re-assembly of its many removed parts.

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Carefully bagged and labeled, the parts will eventually find their way back to the proper location.

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Tom is fascinated by the driving controls of this Jaguar, in the early stages of its restoration.

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Gary intently studies the mechanics of an engine removed from its vehicle.

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A beautifully restored Cord is in the shop for some additional attention.

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The Prueitt staff was very attentive, answering the many questions of our visitors.

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Prueitt prepares many concours-quality vehicle restorations, such as this.

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The large upstairs level houses many vehicles under restoration, isolated from the more-dusty, major body work operations conducted on level one.

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Most of the restorations underway were of expensive, luxury vehicles of their day, such as this Packard.

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There were however several Chevrolets in the shop for restoration attention.

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A massive engine gets restoration attention before reinstallation.

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Both touring sub-groups met at noon for lunch at the Glen Rock Mignano Family Restaurant.

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We all enjoyed a nice meal, before departing for the afternoon portion of our tour.

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The group that toured Prueitt Restorations in the morning headed over to Penn-Dutch Restorations in the afternoon.

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The Penn-Dutch owner, his son, and "shop dog" greeted us with an overview of their operation and what we would be seeing in their shop.

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Penn-Dutch does lots of custom wood and metal fabrication in the process of restoring their vehicles, such as this delivery truck.

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Much of the early automobile construction involved wood components, such as this seating.

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Here both a custom wood body frame has been recreated, as well as custom metal bodywork.

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Forming and fitting the various wood components certainly takes fine woodworking skills.

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An unusual funeral flower wagon takes shape.

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A 1949 split-window VW is quite a rare sight in the USA.

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The fine details of this massive engine are explained by a Penn-Dutch staff member.

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Wood to be installed in vehicles under restoration is steamed for a long time, then pressed into shape as desired on this device.

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Unavailable metal replacement parts are often recreated in the shop by careful casting.

Our group had a very nice and informative day visiting these two restoration shops and we all thank them very much for their gracious hospitality.