AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

                    Recent Event Photographs

2018  Tour: Lucky 7 Rod Shop

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On Saturday, September 29th, 2018, nearly 30 Chesapeake Region members visited the Lucky 7 Rod Shop in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.

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We met at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Shrewsbury, PA - many for breakfast.

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The tour was organized by Club Activities Chairman Phil Hack, here giving driving instructions to our destination.

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Many members drove their antique cars, including Henry Chaudron in his 1955 Pontiac Starchief.

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Before departing for Lucky 7, we gathered for a group photograph.

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The Lucky 7 facility is housed in two buildings. The largest of the two is where all the mechanical and metal fabrication work is performed.

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Our gracious host Fred took time out from a beautiful, sunny Saturday to show us around, and explain the functions of the operation.

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Some vehicles were in the Shop for some minor mechanical maintenance.

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Other vehicles were in the Shop for some major modifications, such as this "International Scout."

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The "International Scout" is actually a new creation - derived from many other vehicles.

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This beautiful 1951 Buick was also in the Shop, likely for just some mechanical fixes.

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Waiting for its final home, this massive engine sat on the nearby floor.

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This unusual project underway, exemplifies the type of work undertaken by the Lucky 7 craftsmen: extending a stock sedan car body to accomodate a third row of seating.

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The completed left side panel has been constructed and installed.

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Fred explained how metal can be formed into desired shapes.

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Heavy duty machines, and the proper dies in the hands of an expert craftsman makes the work easier and faster.

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The ladies participating in the tour gather together for a chat.

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This project underway is a complete remake of a 30s era vehicle.

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This Ford was in the Shop for reconstruction of the front fender, damaged in a collision.

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New metal is attached to the old, with lots of smoothing work still to be done.

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The smaller of the two-building facility houses the shop for vehicle painting and interior work.

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A Pontiac Firebird Trans Am awaits some custom work.

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Members check out a work in progress.

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A custom door panel is ready for installation.

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The final portion of Fred's discussion was about how his shop is run: efficiently, effectively and economically - using extensive planning and continuous management - a "must" in today's competitive marketplace.

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Plans are underway for some significant changes to the Lucky 7 operations, including a location change, new facilities, and a new name.

Our members certainly enjoyed the tour and certainly learned a lot. We sincerely appreciate Fred and staff taking the time our of their Saturday to give us this tour.

We wish everyone well in their upcoming transition.