Terry Burtz's Model A Engine Update


Many of us have probably heard of the efforts of Terry Burtz  a member of our club, the Santa Clara Valley Model A Club, to produce a brand new Model A engine. This project started in 2007 and updates were sent by Email from April 2010 until May 2015 when the project stalled because of sky-rocketing cost and lack of quality control. Terry writes:

"I use the term "new engine" loosely because the only new parts are the cylinder block, crankshaft, and connecting rods. All interfaces for mating parts are identical to original and have been documented from original Ford drawings. Another way to describe the new engine is to say that the exterior looks like a Model A engine however the interior has 1970 engine technology.

Changes include 5 main bearings, counterweights on both sides of connecting rods, 2 inch diameter insert main and connecting rod bearings that can be bought at any auto parts store, oil pressure to mains, rods, and camshaft, streamlined intake ports, hard exhaust seats, thicker (3/16") water jacket wall on the water inlet side, Model B water deflector, added material between exhaust ports and cylinder, replaceable cam bearings, rear main seal that is available at any bearing supply house, and many other things. The good news is that the Model A engine project has been resurrected and is now alive and well."

Check out the project's progress at his website, www.ModelAEngine.com. If you'd like to ask a question about the project or get on Terry's mailing list, go to his CONTACT INFORMATION page.

2019 MAFCA NATIONAL AWARDS BANQUET December 2 to 5, 2019

The Pomona Valley Model A Club is hosting the 2019 MAFCA National Awards Banquet in beautiful Claremont, California December 2 to 5, 2019.

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  • Come stay in Southern California known for fun in the sun

  • Enjoy our festive welcome reception with music performed by local Model A owners and Musicians

  • Visit the historic National Hot Rod Association Car Museum

  • Experience the amazing Sam Maloof Home & Garden Tour

  • See Technical & Information Seminars presented by some of the best-known names in the Model A community. All in one place!

  • More than eleven events scheduled with something for everyone

Event information and Registration Forms are now available on the National Awards Banquet website at www.2019NAB.com 

19th Annual Antique Autos in History Park Sept. 22nd


Join us for the largest annual antique auto show in the West.

The 19th annual Antique Autos in History Park presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San José will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event fills History Park (Kelley Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San José, CA) with 200 period-correct pre-1946 vehicles, fire equipment, bicycles and motorcycles of all makes.

Requirements for entering an antique vehicle.

There is no registration required. Just bring your antique vehicle to the gate at History Park. All vehicles permitted on the grounds of History Park, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, were manufactured between the late 1800s and 1945 and are period-correct. No vehicle will be allowed on the grounds of History Park during the show that is newer than 1945.

The featured vehicles are Durant Motors Inc. automobiles, (1921 -1932), Star, Durant, Flint and Locombile.

Also located on the grounds will be the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. There will be antique crafts demonstrated and antique collectibles displayed. A Dixieland Jazz Band will provide music and songs will be sung by The Fabulous Jeweltones. Food may be purchased from our food vendor and ice cream from O'Brien's Cafe. Activities are provided for kids.

Please note there is NO alcohol, NO pets, and NO BBQs allowed inside the park. These are park rules and must be obeyed.

Plan your day around the following:

11:15 Dance Performance

12:00 The Fabulous JewelTones

12:30 Music by Toot Sweet Jazz Band

12:30 Video on The Wizard of Flint - Billy Durant

2:00 Presentation on Durant Motors Inc. Automobiles

3:00 Costume Recognition

3:30 Drawing for Door Prizes

Admission: Adults and Children (3 yrs+) $ 5.

Free to participants and HSJ members.

What’s new at the Museum?

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The Museum is always striving to keep our exhibits new and exciting but also educational.  We recently received a car donation of a 1930 Coupe from the Frank Corey Estate, although beautifully restored, it was a duplicate of one already on display.  We wanted to use this car in some capacity so it was decided to create a “Service Bay” Display near our Part’s Department.  Linda Morford, our fashion coordinator, found a mannequin that would bend at the waist, a service coat was donated by Erik Kellner, and now our new display is complete!  Make plans today to attend Model A Day, September 21, 2019 to see this and other great displays at the Museum. 

Your membership dollars to MAFFI helps keep our Museum what it is today, the most toured of all the museums at the Gilmore Complex.

Thank you for your continued support through membership, the purchase of memorial bricks and donations.