Auto Restoration Summer InstituteLearn 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 Summer 2015:

  • Automotive Electrical Systems by Joe Dickhudt
    Learn how to solve those nagging electrical 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 systems.
  • 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
    Most 1930s and earlier car bodies are wood framed and rotted beyond use. This class will focus on many facets of wooden frame construction and some coach building new construction. Prior woodworking experience will be beneficial but is not required.
  • 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*
  • Casting & 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*
  • Engine Rebuilding by Curt Goodwin
    This course will cover engine rebuilding including disassembly, inspection, choosing correct maching shop operations, re-assembly and initial run in procedures. *Project engines are supplied by the college.
  • Engine Tune-Up & Diagnostic by Curt Goodwin
    This course will cover basic ignition systems, fuel systems and diagnostic of these systems.
  • 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 Mike Dudley
    Learn the fundamentals of automotive upholstery restoration and replacement. Participants will use industrial sewing machines to lean the basics of constructing interior components such as seats, door panels and carpet binding. Instruction on woodgraining will also be included

Advanced classes:

  • 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.

* Actual class dates and offering may change due to demand.