Article and Photos by Jerome Bokelmann
Last weekend (April 12 & 13, 2013), a couple of friends of mine left work early to travel to Iowa to attend the Hawk A Model A Club swap meet held at the Hawkeye Downs Race Track in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Along the way, one of the riders suggested that we stop in to see his friend in Shellsburg, Iowa. He promissed me that I would not be disappointed with this detour. The stop was at Randy Stallman's Core Country shop.
Core Country was one of our featured Services Providors around this time last year and so it was a treat for me to see what Randy had to offer. As the following pictures show, Core Country has a lot of eye candy for anyone in the Model A hobby. There is just a lot to take in and enjoy. Randy purchased his first Model A (1930 Tudor) in 2002 and he started rebuilding it at that time. In that same year the local club was going on tour and one of the members had water pump failure. The member approached Randy to see if he could restore his water pump and he researched and restored the water pump. Before he knew it, Randy sold 5 water pumps and then another 5. Someone else asked if he could restore brake shoes and the response was "I suppose I could". Before he knew it, Randy was rebuilding several types of parts for the Model A. Some of the parts are rebuilt by his shop while others are done by some of the top Model A parts restorers available.
Core Country Rebuilds:
Reline brake shoes, Reline emergency brake bands, New roller tracks on front and rear backing plates, Rebuilds rear ends, Brake cross shafts for service and emergency, Brass gas tank floats, Tranny rebuilds, complete front axle rebuilds, petal housings with petals, Rebuild emergency carriers, Front and rear springs, Distributor, Waterpumps for A and B, Seals gas tanks, Heads, Bare blocks, Shift Towers.
Services done by others for Core Country:
Powdered rims, Generators, Starters, 1 ball - 2 ball - Pitman arm, Carberators, Shocks, Speedometers.
Randy guarantees the work that Core Country provides even if it is more than 5 years old. He stands behind his work. He requires your core to do the work. You can supply him with your core and get your item returned or turn in your core for a new part.
Randy is open to questions and if you don't see something that he offers, just ask. He will either help you with your rebuild or he will point you to someone who can help.
You can reach Core Country at the following address:
5949 32nd Ave.
Shellsburg, Ia 52332
www.modelacorecountry.com (this website is new and under development but will get better in the next few weeks)