CLASSIC BOAT RESTORATION SHOPS are always fun to visit. Regardless of the shops size, location or specialty – passing through the doors of a classic boat shop presents a unique combination of history, technology, fine workmanship and knowledge that we can’t experience any other place. It’s like visiting a working museum, and guaranteed – you will find something that will either surprise you, amuse you or make you want to learn more.
Today’s story is a report from fellow Woody Boaters Chris & Julie Bullen who are now back in Canada after their whirlwind classic boating adventure to Florida last month. – Texx
2015 Toronto ACBS Spring Workshop Tour
Story and photos by Chris & Julie Bullen
It’s spring… we think. The week started out OK – the ice on our lakes was out on Wednesday. Fantastic, there is hope for another classic boating season to start soon, though by Thursday the temperatures here in Southern Ontario were sub-freezing again, snow, ice rain, scraping car windshields and slow driving for 2 more days.
Today is Saturday, and that means it’s once again time for our Toronto ACBS Chapter’s annual SPRING tour. We lucked out – the sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are on a road trip to smell some fresh varnish, look at some shiny metal and talk with our classic boating brethren.
This year we had 16 places you could visit. That is a huge number of places to visit in one day, especially with all the talking, socializing and looking – it’s just not possible to fit them all in – but it is fun trying.
The first photos are of the kid’s Seaflea building; Chris Taylor has been running our youth program for a couple of years with his brother Andrew. They have been a great addition to our club and a fabulous influence on the younger folks.
Normally on the day of the boat show they build Seafleas. This year the build was on the spring tour with hopes that the kids will return with the finished product for the boat show. If you want to learn more about Seafleas go to Muskokaseaflea.ca
Clark Wooden Boats was one of the workshops we visited on Saturday during the Spring Tour. Gary Clark notes – “The 1M-621 Packard Gold Cup engine is for “Rainbow III”. They were worked on by the talented engine builder Robert Mishko from Tennessee. Out of the four remaining running Packard Gold Cup engines, Mr. Mishko has worked on them all over the last couple of years. Glad you enjoyed the tour.” – Gary Clark
Instead of me continuing to ramble on – I will let the photos and captions explain the rest of todays highlights. – Chris
The shops were all full and this shows that the industry is still pretty healthy and has bounced back a little from the slow years past.
Thanks to all the shops for opening their doors and showing the over 200 people the wonderful work and boats of the area. We should also thank Gerry Lodge for his organization of this event once again this year.
Cheers – Chris & Julie Bullen
Hall-Scott Company History
1910–1921 – The Hall-Scott company was initially founded in 1910 by Californians Elbert J. Hall and Bert C. Scott to manufacture gasoline-powered rail cars. Hall was the engineer, while Scott was the business executive. They produced their first rail car in 1909, which they sold to the Yreka Railroad, and the newly named Hall-Scott Motor Car Company was launched, with manufacturing in Berkeley, California in 1910 and with headquarters for a short time in San Francisco.
Hall-Scott also manufactured aircraft engines for commercial and military aviation, also beginning in 1910. These engines possessed a remarkable power-to-weight ratio for the era, using an overhead cam, overhead valves, hemispherical combustion chamber, and extensive use of aluminum. Their engines also benefited from manufacturing cost efficiency by sharing parts and dimensions between types. Hall became associated with the design, joining forces with Jesse Vincent of Packard, of the famous “Liberty” airplane engine, which has a number of features that are discernibly Hall-Scott. Even so, Hall-Scott was too small a business to participate in the manufacture of the Liberties.
1921–1945 – Shortly after World War I, around 1921, Hall-Scott dropped its aero engine and rail car product lines, and expanded into building engines for tractors, trucks, boats, and stationary applications.
American Car and Foundry purchased Hall-Scott in 1925 and used its engines in its buses and boats. In 1931, one of the firm’s most famous and important products, the Invader marine engine entered production. The company survived the Depression and then attained its highest production rates and employment numbers in World War II by building engines for a variety of military products, including a tank retriever, the M-26/M-26A1, and the Higgins boat (LCVP).
Hall-Scott excerpts courtesy Wikipedia. To see the entire history of the Hall-Scott Company you can Click Here.
Thanks as always to Chris & Julie Bullen for sharing the Toronto ACBS Spring Shop Tour story with us here today. Also to the Toronto ACBS for helping organize this great, annual event.