Auto tech students learn the old way

By on May 14, 2009

The Model A Restorers Club, Fox Valley Region, based in Geneva, recently took some of its 1928-31 Model A cars with the Auto Tech class at the Fox Valley Career Center at Kaneland High School.

The purpose of the visit was to inform the students about the availability of scholarships for graduating seniors who will be continuing their auto tech education at the community college level. Another reason for the visit was to demonstrate to the students the simplicity of the Model A Ford. The morning was spent with a hands-on seminar that detailed the car’s various systems and parts.

The Fox Valley Club sought to instill an appreciation of Henry Ford’s sensational little car in “the next generation.”

By the end of the day, more than 65 students and Career Center Auto Tech instructors, Clayton Hansen and Paul Potvin, had the opportunity to climb in and under several examples of the Model A Ford. They were able to look inside a sliding gear manual transmission and understand the simplicity of mechanical brakes. Other principles of the internal combustion engine were also clearly explained.

To cap each learning block experience, the kids enjoyed a ride around the parking lot. The “new” concept of the rumble seat was an immediate favorite. The Fox Valley Club was very appreciative of the opportunity to get their scholarship message to the students and to show off their cars.

Photo: Fox Valley Career Center auto tech students learned about the Model A Ford during a visit from The Model A Restorers Club. Courtesy Photo