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Old 11-13-2018, 02:57 PM
RockHillWill RockHillWill is offline
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Default Kent White's Camp visiting Rock Hill, S.C.

We have finally got the scheduling figured out from the delay caused by the hurricane a few weeks ago. Jimmy Matthews has scheduled a private class to be given by Kent and it is being held here at the Redneck Ranch. Class will be centered around the different types of welding as Jimmy's business has a need to several types of welding and brazing to be done, and I am interested in learning more about silver soldering. We will be concentrating on predominantly gas welding and have at our disposal four gas welding sets, 3-Mecco torches and 1- Henrob unit, all equipped with Kent White gauges, hoses and hardware. I am hopeful that we will also be able to tap into Kents experience in varying his wheeling machine technics in accordance to the type of wheeling machine that he encounters in his consulting workshops. I am particularly interested in continuing our discussions regarding the application of roller bearings vs ball bearings in the lower anvils and Kents approach to determining the transition radii on anvils with flats, perhaps the most important decision in anvils using flats. I will post pics as available.

Jimmy and I will be picking Kent up early in the morning, and after a stop at a convenient Waffle House for grits and eggs, will be headed to the Rick Hendricks race shop in Concord, N.C. for a tour of the fab shop and hopefully get a look at Mr. Hendricks personal car collection and restoration facility. Pictures may not be available from this visit. Lunch is scheduled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame where we will see Dan Simone, the new curator there. He was kind enough to provide full access passes for us, and I am hoping to display some skills in the race car simulators. I have some vintage racing articles for Dan. Pictures may follow from that visit.

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Old 11-13-2018, 05:08 PM
longyard longyard is offline
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Wow! That's going to be a very informative "camp". Please take notes and pass 'em on.
Bill Longyard
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:28 PM
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Default Redneck Round - Up - KUDOS

Just finished up the AV portion of the presentations. Showed some new AH "straightening nasty steel damage" footage to the Air Hammer class and they were "riveted" to the screen.
Going to be an "info-heavy" class, I think.
Really looking forward to this - knowing the "Round-up" is passing into history, makes me really aware of how important it is to store this info for future craftsmen.
I REALLY enjoyed the Roundup, last time. Huge effort, great folks, well-organized, super friendly, and great talent all came together in a classic "builder" fashion.

All viewpoints being accepted and considered make for a sincere learning event - something increasingly rare in this "sensitive" age we are going through now.
My sincere appreciation for your efforts and your wonderful supporting circle of friends, Will.

See you in a few hours -



"All it takes is a little practical experience to blow the he!! out of a perfectly good theory." --- Lloyd Rosenquist, charter member AWS, 1919.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:58 PM
Chris_Hamilton Chris_Hamilton is online now
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Sounds like it's going to be fun. Wish I could be there.
Chris (trying to be the best me I can be)
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:47 PM
RockHillWill RockHillWill is offline
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It's been VERY hectic around here. Kent came early and Jimmy Matthews and I picked him up at the Charlotte airport and headed straight to the Rick Hendricks motorsport racing complex. They have over 600 employees and I bet we saw most of them. A gentleman named Ron Reedy that used to work for me has been at Hendricks for 23 years and is in charge of building the chassis and hanging the bodies on all four of the Hendricks race teams. They had all the cars ready for the championship season ending race in Homestead, Florida and our timing could not have been better. Normally, you are not able to take any pictures but Ron allowed us to take a few pics of the chassis & metal shop as there were currently no cars being worked on. This room houses six race car assembly plates and body hanging templates. Kent, Jimmy and I were given the tour of ALL buildings including their R&D building, motor machining and assembly and dyno rooms. It was estimated that at this time there were about 2,000 race motors being worked at this particular time. (That's correct-2,000). We also the main shop where all four race teams are housed. Of special interest was the visit to Rick Hendricks personal car collection. It is open to the public only two days a year and you have you be escorted. Ron was able to arrange for one of the tour guides to come and unlock the door to his entire collection and the three of us got a personal tour of not only the entire first floor of the collection but an invite to see the upstairs that had a giant collection of famous guitars, most of witch were autographed and many were housed two feet below a large glass floor. It made me nervous to walk on top of that glass with all the guitars underneath. Again, no pictures were allowed, but Jimmy Matthews had a friend that had built all the wooded display cases and Jimmy had seen them before. I did find a link to the museum:

We ate lunch at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte and met with Dan Simone, the curator of the museum. I had previously arraigned a meeting with him to provide two additional items for display in the Dale Earnhardt, Sr. display. After several years they finally got my name spelled correctly. We had unlimited passes for the museum including the ability to drive the simulators and we took full advantage of that and drove over and over. Both Kent and Jimmy placed better than me in the final rundown, but I had the best excuses! You had to practice for the simulators on a series of computer displays before actually getting into the race cars, and I am certain that my training computer was in need of repair!!!

We have been extremely busy getting more machines and welding stations brought to the shop. We are set up today with four gas welding stations and determined early that one of my stations needed to have one of Kents acetylene filter added as it was determined that poor quality of acetylene was downgrading the appearance in the finished weld on the .060" 3003H14 that we were using. We have been hard at work today making paper patterns, layout cutting, et. al. that is part and parcel for some of the newer class attendees, but we all quickly got to work. In addition to the four gas welding stations, we have at our disposal two fabricated wheeling machines, two of Peters wheeling machines, a Mechammer, a power hammer and two power shrinkers and a P7, and a new Kent White power hammer. I only mention the equipment to share the fact that at one point today,every one of the machines was used in making aluminum panels in preparation for hopefully some gas welding tomorrow. Of particular interest to me was Kent's power hammer. I had earlier acquired one, and at the last Redneck Roundup Kent showed how quick it was to SHRINK metal using his machine. I was initially uncommitted, but today I watched first hand as Kent took a piece of flat .060" aluminum and shrunk a corner of a speedster grill panel into correct shape and increased the thickness by 25%, from .060" to .078" thick. He was able to set the machine to not only rapidly shrink the metal, but by using his custom pedal he was able to make single hits as well, and his choice of design and as yet un-released choice of upper and lower die material was an impressive display to witness. This machine has a #1/2, a #1, a #2 and a #5 air motor, but this work was done with the #2 motor installed. Kent was able to use a linear stretch die in the middle of a panel to raise the center while turning down the edges. Again, sorry for the lack of photos, but Kent has had all of us 'wide open', starting early and working late, every body with their own project.

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Old 11-18-2018, 01:38 PM
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Sorry for the thread drift but Kent I see the horrific fires we are seeing are along the same valley as Nevada city. I hope your place is safe.
Scott in Montreal
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