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About MccJoseph

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  1. Greetings fellow auto enthusiasts. I wanted to post and thank everyone for their past support on this project for our students. My students and I are starting the classic car assignment again, and I have directed them towards the individual forums. I think this should be a good group, eager to learn and respectful. If there are any problems, or if you feel that this has become a burden, feel free to let me know and I will end the assignment. I hope that everyone has a great time and that my students learn a lot of great stuff to share. Also, thought I would reflect on the 1928 Buick project we have been working on. We have it all stripped down to bare frame, sandblasted and in primer. We have to sandblast the rear leaf springs, front and rear axle, and then paint. We hope to have it all back together (The chassis anyway) by Christmas. I will try to post pictures later on. Finally, thank you to everyone who sent me various resources, I have utilized them in my classes and they have been VERY useful and convenient. It saved me a lot of time having to search for things on the web. Thanks!
  2. I just wanted to say Thank you all very much for you help. My students are having a blast, I am having a blast and were all learning something in the process. My students will begin presenting today, and I have asked them to thank everyone that helped them out before its all said and done. I have been overwhelmed with all of the information and resources that members have offered to us. It is truly amazing to be part of such a great thing. I printed the AACA membership info this morning. I have teetered on joining before, but after this experience this is something I must be a part of. We reached out to our local AACA chapter, due mainly in part to contacts on here, and they are working with us to host a car show in the spring with some pretty amazing cars, (The 1933 Nash advanced 8 from Public Enemies being one of them). I think this activity has fostered relationships that will last a life time and allowed a new generation of automotive enthusiasts to "Get their feet wet". I thank you all again for the support you have shown to me and my students; and I am taking everyone's feedback on the old Buick to heart. I must admit that it weighs heavy on me when I think about chopping the doors in half with a plasma cutter to make it an open car.
  3. Trimacar, That's a great idea. I am going to contact the Mississippi Valley Region AACA. They meet less than 10 minutes from Bettendorf, and see if they can bring a few of these old girls in to look at. I think the kids would get a kick out of them, they will pry wonder where you plug the I pod into the radio... or where the radio is for that matter.
  4. Ransom, I have heard of Franklin, but it was in regards to a speedster. I did some research and it looks like they made a little bit of everything from runabouts to Big Beautiful sedans. Don't fret though, I also forgot to mention Studebaker, Graham, Hupmobile, Hudson, Brewster... the list goes on. It leaves a little variety for the next time.
  5. Chad, your Nash is amazing, the craftsmanship in stunning. This is exactly what I had in mind, but have to admit I do feel an immense sense of guilt taking a plasma cutter to a set of perfectly good doors. I will rethink this approach, and commend you and your father on such a great labor of love.
  6. Thank you all very much for your kind words of encouragement. I would greatly appreciate any sample material that I can share amongst my classes, both power and Auto's. I can give my school mailing address to whoever would handle that, just PM me. A little about the powermechnics class, students explore the different ways of making power. We being with Rocketry and study how rocket engines work. Then the studens build rockets out of paper, corks, glue and a provided engine. The next unit is on the design process and students prototype a car that is powered by a C02 canister that can run a 65 foot long course in under 1 second. Finally we explore the internal combustion engine, and touch on diesel, 2 and 4 stroke, etc. Students the disassemble a small engine, measure it, hone cylinder, grind valves and seats, and re-assemble hoping that it runs at the end. The wood on our old Buick is terribly rotten, it just turns to dust in your hands. The sheetmetal though is in amazing shape, some light surface rust no holes, dents, etc. I have a friend who runs an acid bath service and he has generously offered to dip all of our body componets as well as the chassis. I am considering replacing the wooden frame with a steel tubular frame but am open to suggestions. I want this to be a daily driver weather permitting. My students were supposed to be done today with this assignemt but asked if they can keep going over the weekend. They are enjoying the side bar conversation amongst other members as well. I will be sharing the membership information with them, and have found our local AACA chapter, it is the Mississippi Valley Region, and meets less than 10 minutes away from Bettendorf. I may reach out to them and see if anyone would be willing to bring their car in so my students can see one in the flesh... or metal so to speak. Thanks again everyone for all your help and support, this was bumpy at first but is turning out to be an awesome experience.
  7. First off let me start by saying that I am a long time reader and first time poster. I have often used the AACA forum for information regarding one or more of my classics, as I find that there is a wealth of information here that no library could contain. I will give an introduction about myself, and our school, and then go more in depth about the project. My name is Joseph Phillips, I am 25 years old and I teach Industrial Arts at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf Iowa. My areas of expertise (and courses I teach) are Wood Technology I and II, Automotive Technology, Electronics, and Power mechanics. Power consists of 25 students and these are the bright young men that have been posting to your forum. Our school district is promoting digital citizenship and technology integration, and part of that initiative involved issuing every student an I Pad. This is the means that they use to do their research, homework, etc. This could also explain some of the typos that you have been encountering as the keyboards are not the most user friendly. The other explanations for typos could be that the student has a handicap, which I have seen one instance of this in a post already, or the student was in a rush or too lazy to correct their spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. This assignment came to me when I clicked on a video excerpt of the Mormon Meteor III. I was amazed at how the whole class went quiet to watch the clip, and as it played I heard all these sidebar conversations amongst different groups of students. Jocks talking to band geeks, seniors talking to freshmen and they were all discussing how cool the car was. They talked about its shape, its large motor, how fast it could go, even if they would drive it to school. It was truly amazing. I did some probing to find out how much my class knew about cars. Some had a fair grasp, while others didn’t know how many cylinders were in a V8. The general consensus was that cars prior to 1960 were incapable of going past 30 or 40 mph at best. So, I began showing students numerous automotive greats from Bucciali, Delahaye, and Bugatti’s to Dusenberg, Auburn, Packard, Peerless, Pierce Arrow, the list goes on and on. I then asked each student to pick either a car I showed or one from a company that is no longer in business and find out everything they could about it and then report back to the rest of the class. I asked them to find all the technical specs on it, wheel base, curb weight, BHP, engine displacement, top speed, original MSRP and current value in today’s market. I took it one step further and required them to reach out for assistance on the AACA forum. I thought, “Who better to consult about old cars than people that eat, sleep and breathe them?” I must apologize that there has been a small group of students that have abused this privilege and acted inappropriately. Not only has it wasted your time but it has also set a negative tone for the rest of the class. Most of my students are enjoying this activity and the ability to share the knowledge that some of you have and are willing to offer. If it would be possible, would a moderator please PM me so I can get the names or copies of the posts to follow up with parents and ultimately disciplinary action for those that need it. There have been so many people that have been tremendously helpful, Rusty o Toole for one, and the students genuinely appreciate it (as do I). It has left a positive impression on them. They have gone out to Wikipedia and used google but I told them to come here because they can get firsthand accounts or experiences that are invaluable and not common knowledge to a search engine. Some students just needed a bump in the right direction, but as I said the car community is generally a good bunch of individuals and the AACA forum is a good place to find information or just kick tires. At BHS, we started teaching 1 automotive course with a mini-van and a Ford Taurus. Not bad vehicles by any means but not exactly something that gets kids excited. This coupled with kids that get new cars and are scared to change their oil because it will void their warranty made for low interest. To address this I brought in my 1928 Buick sedan and began a full frame off restoration. At the time the car had been sitting outside since the early 90’s and had not been driven since 1996. The motor was locked up and the day we unloaded it off the trailer the driver side door fell off in my hand. The students freed the motor, got it running and then began painstakingly removing every nut and bolt. Needless to say we now have 3 sections of Auto’s and an after school club that works solely on the Buick, not to mention numerous possibilities on the horizon. I am blessed in the sense that my school and my dept. have been tremendously supportive in this venture. Here is a link to a newspaper article that ran on some of the work we have been doing to the old Buick: Regardless I talk to people all the time that say young kids are not interested in old cars, and I truly believe it’s just because they have not been exposed to them. Luckily I love talking about them, and when I show them cars that could do 100mph in 1930 or a steam car that make 700 bhp from 2 rpm it opens their eyes and for some of them they’re hooked. This has been a truly enjoyable experience for me and my class; I find myself even learning stuff (I didn’t know Pierce Arrow made bird cages). A lot of students have been overwhelmed with the kindness that some people have shown, to the point that they are bragging to each other who’s been the most help and how many posts they have gotten and how often people are posting to them. I would like to get some information from other users on the site. I welcome any constructive criticism on this matter or suggestions for other similar assignments. I hope this has been a positive experience for those of you that have been helping these young men along the way. Please let me know if this is an inconvenience to you in any way. If that is the general consensus I will abandon the project all together. I also think it may be beneficial to put all of these into one folder or the equivalent there of. I look forward to posting various other pictures and question on the Forum, and welcome feedback on our 1928. We are seriously considering converting it to a touring car, as it’s just a regular sedan and seems like a prime candidate. If you need to contact me for any reason, I look forward to the interaction. You can PM me or feel free to email me, my school email is: If you contact me I would be more than happy to share my phone number as well. Thanks again!