Completed Renovation Projects
1925 Overland Project
This 1925 Overland touring car was donated to the AACA Library & Research Center in August 1992 by Howard E. Kahn of Metarie, LA. No history of the car is known. It was received "as is." After the motor was made to run, it was driven around the neighborhood at Hershey.
Until 2005, the car stood outside the door of the AACA headquarters. Here is a picture of the car on its way to the Rick Hoover Restoration Shop.
L to R: Marvin Myers; Paul Poltonovage; Nelson Neff (Board Member); Ernie Screen (Project Coordinator)
Ernie Screen headed up the renovation project on the Overland. The work was performed at the Rick Hoover Restoration Shop in Middleton, PA, about seven miles from AACA Headquarters. At the time of this photo there was still a lot of work to do.
"Rick Hoover took some pictures of us, working on the Overland. The first picture is Marvin Myers working on the rear fender repairing a rust through hole. The second picture is of Dick Webster working on one of the doors, and I'm working on the windshield frame. The third picture is Jack Slimmer using the Sand Blasting cabinet to clean the windshield frame parts. This was Jack's first trip to work on the Overland. We may not be the most talented car restoration team, but we have fun!! Rick is also great to us and gives us a lot of help and guidance."
We spent another day working on the Overland and I got some pictures. Some of the pictures were of the old top. We need some measurements and information to show an upholsterer for estimating the top material needed. We also discovered that there will have to be some restoration work on the bows. Painting and fastening between the wood and metal has to be repaired. We are elated with the offer of material for the top from Eric Haartz (The Haartz Corp., Massaachusetts). The article in the Antique Automobile has really gotten good publicity and some help for us. Now if we could only get some help in working at Rick's shop on the car. Things that I can do at home are very few now. I do have the aprons here and hope to get them primed and ready for final color painting soon. That will put us in position to do the black components in the paint booth, hopefully next month.
# 1- Chassis has been painted after pressure washing clean-up.
# 2- Back view of top.
# 3- Engine (What color would be authentic for a 1925 Overland?)
~ Ernie Screen
When the story of the Library and Research Center Overland Renovation came out in Antique Automobile I received the following email from Ernie Screen, project coordinator. "It pays to advertise," stated Ernie.
He received a response from Martin Fitch, who is the President of the WORK (Willy's, Overland, Knight Registry). On behalf of the WORK, a copy of the book is also being sent for future restoration use. Marty offered to loan Ernie his copy of the Overland Revised Parts List Models 91 and 92. He also had a copy of the Overland Repair Manual.
Since Marty is a fellow Ohio Region member I made the journey to the Columbus, OH area for a photo opportunity with Martin and his family presenting the books to me for safe delivery to Hershey.