On the cold and foggy Saturday morning of January 14, 2017 over 50 members of the Dallas and Ft. Worth Model A clubs turned out to take part in some reassembly work on a 1931 Deluxe Roadster. The periodic drizzling rain did not dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd. The workshop took place in Bill Buckmeyer’s aircraft hangar, where there was plenty of hot air to keep us warm and toasty, although not all of that hot air came from the propane heaters! The beneficiary of our efforts was a young man relatively new to the Model A hobby. He had been working on his inherited 31 Roadster for over 1 1/2 years with his father. Tragically, his father was involved in a fatal accident last September, and work on the Model A stopped. Now several months later, the family wanted to pick up again on the restoration of the Model A. Hence the appeal for help and as usual Model A’ers responded.
We achieved the objective of getting the rebuilt engine, clutch and transmission reinstalled in the car. Then other necessary parts were installed, adjusted and tested. This was a rather long workshop, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. when the Ron Kelly-built engine cranked up and ran perfectly.
The young man’s name is Brandon Nowell and he wishes to pass along his profound thanks to all who helped in this effort. His mother and great aunt were also present, and watching work progress on the car was very emotional for them.
I would like to add my sincere thanks to those who braved the weather to attend this event, with some members coming from Royce City, Midlothian, Mansfield, Oklahoma, and other points all around the Metroplex. A pleasant surprise was to see Charles Corry’s brother Jim Corry and a friend of his from the Brazos Valley Model A’s, who travelled up from near College Station (3-hour drive each way!)
Thank you all for making this special workshop such a resounding success. We’ll start planning the next one, but it will be hard to top this one…
Bill Buckmeyer…Restoration Coordinator