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We had a good turnout of members for the 2014 Christmas Brunch at Riverway Golf Course

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November 18th. Meeting - Guest Noel Cleveland from the Pacific Model A Club displayed his vast collection of Model A accessories
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Canadian Museum of Flight - September 20, 2014


We had a good turnout - various cars from Pacific, Totem and Lions Gate Clubs

Think it's hard cranking a Model A? It took about 10 tries to start this 1940 Fleet 16B Finch. The poor guy looked exhausted.

Gordon & Joan Hill with a Waco Biplane

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Edgemont Village Show and Shine

Lions Gate members came out on Sunday, July 27th for the 5th Annual Edgemont Village Show & Shine.  This was held in North Vancouver so it was especially convenient for our North Shore members to attend for a chance to socialize with the local car community.  The weather was hot and sunny.  We had a nice turnout of vehicles, everything from Tudor, Phaeton, Fordor to Cabriolet body styles.  There was lots of interest from the public regarding our Model A’s, people were attracted to their straight-forward design and originality.  Thanks goes out to Don Homer for organizing this enjoyable event.

 

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Tour to Squamish and the Westcoast Heritage Railway Museum July 26









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Hastings Park Racetrack June 29


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June 21 Sunshine Coast Tour

   
Halfmoon Bay
     
   
A stop at Cooper's Park
     
   
Wayne Culos 1928 Model 60 Leatherback
     
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April 25 - 26 Vancouver Island Tour
       
   
A thank you to Bob and Karen Crowley for having a swap meet and refreshments at their house.
   
       
   
Members looking for treasures at the swap meet at Bob and Karen’s
Club cars at Bob and Karen’s in Sydney
   
       
   
Club members enjoying breakfast at Marina Restaurant in Victoria
Outside the Marina Restaurant
   
 
   
   
Lions Gate Model A Club tour of an antique store in Sydney
On a tour in Sydney of the Air Museum
   
 
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April 15, 2014 Meeting


Jim DeWolf demonstrated the finer points of installing insert shell bearings in place of babbitt on a Model A Block. The first step in the process is to align bore the block and caps. Jim outlined how it is critical to get the distance between the centerline of the crankshaft and camshaft exactly right in order to ensure the gears align correctly.

He has fabricated a special jig for this purpose. About .010" is cut from the block.


The shells are readily available from a couple of suppliers in various undersizes and although made in China, are of good quality.


Jim also recommends installing nitrile front and rear seals as well as new forged connecting rods. He has built 17 engines so far and club members have reported them to be smooth running and reliable.
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March 18, 2014 Meeting

Bob and Jason Fuller demonstrated some techniques for pinstriping. The easiest method is to use 3M striping tape. First clean the surface thoroughly with wax and grease remover. Second, apply a 1/8" wide tape band where you want the stripe. Next, apply additional tape bands above and below the first one. The center band can then be peeled off leaving an area that you can paint over with a brush.



Jason showed us a Beugler striping tool and also a fine spray gun that he often uses. if you have a real steady hand you can also lay a freehand line using a (Mack) striping brush, following a tape guideline. (thanks to Alf for the photos)

Here is a good book to buy if you want to try it yourself (about $20 from Amazon).


Al Glen showed us a new tool that Jim made to press leaf spring retaining clamps. The commercially available reproductions are too thin and we can make better ones with this tool.


Brian Carlson provided some useful tips on testing and charging batteries. He noted that while a near dead battery may still show a charge, when a load is applied it will not have any power left. A battery maintainer should be used when storing batteries when not in use over the winter.

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February 18, 2014 Meeting

Alf Cockle showed us his improved engine stand adaptor, styled after one the club recently purchased.

Al Glen showed us an Aries muffler that is an exact copy of the original Ford muffler and provides improved performance while costing only slightly more that the cheaper reproductions. Al has some available if you need one.
Les Pearson's Beginner's Guide to the Model A is available at a reduced rate if we can get enough interest for a bulk order. Contact Al Glen if you would like one.

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It is with regret that the club must inform its members of the news that John Haddon has passed away after suffering deteriorating health in the past few months. John was a very early member of the club with a long history of participation in all aspects of its operation. As the club’s second president, he served a two year term and was instrumental in overseeing an important transitional period. John was also an notable contributor to the club’s 2010 International Convention held in Vancouver on behalf of the Model Ford Club of America. Perhaps his most enduring legacy to the club will be the memory of his unending enthusiasm concerning the mechanical restoration of the Ford Model A which resulted in many a tech session being presented. Additionally, what came to be admired was John’s eternal pursuit and enjoyment of a good meal; from which many members happily benefited. We are all better for having known John.
Many friends, family, LGMAC club members as well as an honor guard representing his many years as a member of the RCMP attended the Clebration of Life on Saturday.
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