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McPherson College Auto Restoration Summer Classes

Chris Paulsen

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Once again this year, McPherson College is offering Summer Institute Classes to the public. There are two one-week sessions available. The dates are: June 1-5 and June 8-12.

First week classes are: <span style="font-weight: bold">Basic Metal Machining</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold">Engine Overhaul</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold">The Finishing Touches </span>(Wood graining, pin striping, brass, stainless, and aluminum repair and polishing), <span style="font-weight: bold">Upholstery and Trim</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold">Casting and Plating </span>(aluminum, brass and bronze casting, patternmaking, molding and pouring, and applying copper / nickel plating), <span style="font-weight: bold">Sheet Metal Restoration </span>(TIG, MIG, Oxy-acetylene welding, English wheel, metal finishing)

Second week classes are: <span style="font-weight: bold">Automotive Paint</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold">Carburetor, Ignition Systems, and Tune-up</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold">Sheet Metal Restoration</span>, Automotive Electrical <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">NEW</span></span> (12-volt conversions, pertronic ignitions, tune ups, basic wiring, installing wire harnesses, troubleshooting generators and alternators),<span style="font-weight: bold"> Babbitting </span><span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">NEW </span></span> (covers different types of Babbitt and the equipment needed to restore bearings in early engines. We will pour and bore several during the week. Please contact us about bringing your own engine!)

McPherson College is home to the only four-year Bachelors Degree in Antique Auto Restoration.

Please phone Garrick Green @ 1-620-242-0568

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Thanks for looking.

Chris Paulsen

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I appreciate the comments. Someone asked about the hours. Classes typically run from 8 or 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with a 1 hour break for lunch. We usually break as a group, no matter which class you're in. We also encourage breaks during the day to see what everyone else is working on and to socialize.

We also try to arrange for optional evening activites such as car movies, visiting local car collections, rides on our 1886 Benz, or Model T Ford driving lessons.

Thanks again,


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