Auto Restoration Institute
Learn auto restoration skills in convenient workshops at the Automotive Restoration Institute. The same expert instructors and top-notch facility that have made McPherson College's Auto Restoration Program famous are available to hobbyists and professionals.
Each workshop concentrates on a specific skill area and is 5 days in length. You learn restoration by doing restoration with hands-on experience.
Enrollment in each workshop is limited (classes are limited to 10 student per instructor) so all participants benefit from personal attention by our expert instructors with ample time on equipment. With this one-on-one approach, no matter what level of skill you have, you will increase your restoration expertise.
Workshops include valuable information on locating tools, materials, and parts. In many cases, you can bring parts from your current restoration project to work on.
Classes offered for 2014:
- Automotive Electrical Systems by Joe Dickhudt: Learn how to solve those nagging electrical
problems and hard-starting problems to get your
vintage auto up and running the way it should.
Class includes meter reading and automotive
troubleshooting of ignition systems, charging
systems, lighting systems and automotive wiring
- Automotive Paint Restoration by Garrick Green: The theory and practice necessary to successfully
use and apply modern paint materials. A 3M
07163 or equiv. full faced respirator is required.
*Available for purchase on campus*
- Automotive Woodworking by Garrick Green:
Includes the identification and construction of
common automotive wood selection, joinery,
wooden architecture and finishing (Previous
woodworking experience strongly suggested).
- Brightwork and Finishing Touches by Chris Paulsen: Brass, alumninum, stainless restoration and polishing
techniques will be taught along with copper and nickel plating. Wood graining and pinstriping paint techniques will be covered as well. *Feel free to bring your own parts to restore*
- Chassis Restoration by Jon Nadeau: Learn about the basic operation of steering,
suspension, brake systems, and frames. Classes include hands-on teardown and assembly of components on typical American vehicles.
- Foundrywork: Casting and Pattern Making by Chris Paulsen: Explore and practice sand casting with aluminum and bronze in our own foundry. Learn to prepare original parts for casting and making new patterns.
*Feel free to bring your own parts to cast*.
- Sheet Metal Restoration by Ed Barr: Includes – TIG, MIG, and Oxy-acetylene
welding, use of the English wheel, patch panel
fabrication, the application of lead body solder,
dent repair and metal finishing.
- Upholstery and Trim by Richard Dove: Learn the basics of using an industrial sewing machine. Learn to construct seat covers, door panels, bind carpets and more.
- Advanced Sheetmetal Shaping and Fabrication by Ed Barr: This class is for the serious hobbyist who has already taken sheet metal restoration from Ed Barr. Includes advanced metal shaping, copying
shapes, advanced TIG welding skills, welding
multi-piece panels, beading, louvering and buck building.
- Advanced Paint by Garrick Green: *Tentative*
Focuses on gun time and the improvement of
spray technique on small personal projects or
panels can be provided. Automotive Paint Restoration
course is a prerequisite.
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* Actual class dates and offering may change due to demand.