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New York Model A Club Proves That Some Kids are Still Interested in Old Cars

Posted February 04, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Those who insist that today's youth don't care about cars (and care even less about old cars) could learn something from the Adirondack A's Model A Ford Club. Since 2012, the Clifton Park, New York, group has completed three Model A Ford builds with the help of 13- to 16-year-olds from local high schools. It's now in the midst of its fourth youth program, the ground-up restoration of a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster that began in December 2015.

Founded in 1984, Adirondack A's is "Dedicated to the restoration, preservation and general enjoyment of the 1928 through 1931 Model A Ford." And now paired with local, interested teens, the club churns out roughly one restored Model A a year.

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02/05/2016 1:42 PM

Good for them. Those youngsters have been given a 'gift' so great it may take them years to realize it. There is no way I could thank my dad enough for the same kind of 'gift' he gave to me. It is the gift of "I can . . . "

(Although sometimes he refers to it as "The Curse" )

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02/05/2016 4:26 PM

"Along the way, students were taught far more than basic mechanics, with exercises in chemistry (how to make a rust remover, and how this works to remove oxidation from metal), science (how generators turn mechanical energy into electricity), and mathematics (verifying the correct wheelbase length and squareness of the frame rails). Of the 17 students that began the project, including three girls, 15 stuck it out to the end."

Outstanding!

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