Hutchinson Automotive Agora and a Trespassing Treasure Trove

Two weekends ago we went to a local swap meet in Hutchinson. Adam, Robert, Drew, and I piled into Robert’s 2006 Pontiac and made the 30 minute journey. The swap meet was fairly small ,but it was still a nice event to go to. It drizzled and rained for some of it, which is probably why it was a small one. There were a bunch of miscellaneous Ford and Chevrolet truck parts, no surprise. 

DSC00269We arrived there at eight o’clock and stayed until two o’clock. In that time frame we almost all bought something. Drew bought an original 1951 Buick Repair manual from the factory, that was in very good condition. Robert was the big spender of the day who spent about $120 on an assortment of tools and a couple of parts for his 1970 C20. Meanwhile I bought a 1939 Dodge parts manual, (which I will explain in my next post, but you will have to stay tuned).


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After we had our fill of the show we all headed off to do whatever we had for the weekend. In my case, once we arrived back, Adam and I decided to go cruising around for old cars and trucks in his 1968 Ford ½ Ton. We were driving around sharing what old car locations we knew of here in McPherson. The biggest one was a personal junkyard that had a lot of , “NO TRESPASSING” signs. However it was right next to the railroad tracks. Meaning that Adam and I walked next to the tracks to get a view of  these cars. It was a darn good collection and he had some pretty neat cars, and we didn’t even get to see all of it.DSC00332 DSC00313  

After our cruise we headed to the mess hall, and then back out again. We strayed not too far from the college when Adam’s truck began to experience some backfiring. So we returned to the campus and did some maintenance by the sheds that a bunch of the students rent. I don’t think I have mentioned the sheds before,essentially they are storage lockers, like the stuff you see on Storage Wars, right across from the college. Most of the A.R. students with project cars rent them out to store and work on their vehicle. Matt Edmonds let us park in front of his shed and used his tools to adjust the timing on Adam’s truck. Apparently they had set it a few days ago, but used information from an online source stating that it should be between 15-18 degrees, so they set it at 20. However when Matt looked it up in Adam’s manual, he saw that it should be at 6 degrees. They corrected themselves and adjusted it to 8.

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It just goes to show how friendly and willing the A.R kids are to help other auto students and their projects.


About mecklin21

I'm a Southern California kid who ended up in the middle of McPherson Kansas pursuing a degree in Automotive Restoration at McPherson College. I own a 1940 Plymouth Pickup, which I am restoring, and enjoy adventures, writing, & photography.
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