View Full Version : Field Trip-Allen Barth's Shop-Harrington, WA

Dick Steinkamp
09-19-2013, 08:04 PM
Yesterday, Brian Curtis (TW Custom and Modified Editor) and I visited Allen Barth (oltruknut on this forum) at his shop in Eastern Washington State.

Brian needed to pick up some chrome plating for a customer's 55 Stude he is working on, and I needed to drop off the seats for the Wagonaire to Allen to have them reupholstered.

It's about 6 hours to Harrington, WA and Brian picked me up at oh dark thirty.

We arrived at Allen's right around noon. Allen already had the hamburgers on the grill for us. Right after lunch, he gave us a tour of his place. Harrington is chuck full of historic buildings, and Allen's facility is no exception.


Allen generally has a dozen projects in progress at any point in time. From nut and bolt restorations, to super creative customs. Here's an overview of happenings in Harrington. He also has a shop between Harrington and Davenport.


Command central...


Some of the projects (some are customer's cars, some are Allen's)

Allen's '22. Everyone wants a ride in this one.


Nice Pack. This car hadn't run in 50 years before Allen obtained it. He started it for us...


Rare Stude. The side windows are HUGE...






We then made it out to his other facility. I really liked the flock here photographed against the wheat stubble and sky...




This 30 Pack is getting a 5.3 and 4L60E along with a custom 9" Ford and suspension. The wheels are made to order 17" wires with 1 off 245/17 wide whites. The car will look EXACTLY like a stocker and perform like a new car. Drive ANYWHERE.


Allen does it all. Mechanical, body and paint, upholstery. Check him out if you need any of this, and visit him in Harrington if you are somewhere in the same time zone.

We had a GREAT time at Allen's. He is a gracious host. Well worth the 12 hours round trip for us! :cool:

More pictures here. (http://s706.photobucket.com/user/dstnkmp/library/Allen%20Barths-9-13?sort=2&page=1)

09-19-2013, 08:24 PM
X2 - any NW Stude owner who wants the best should get in line at Allen's. There's none better.

jack vines

Lou Van Anne
09-19-2013, 08:26 PM
Did I just get a peek at what awaits us past the pearly gates?

09-19-2013, 08:31 PM
Nice show, Dick... thanks for sharing!

09-19-2013, 08:53 PM
Thanks for sharing Dick :!!: Colour me jealous, you had a much better day than I did! ;):)

09-19-2013, 11:46 PM
Thanks for sharing. That is my kind of shop, a working shop. Outside of needing a few more oil stains on the carpet in the office, it is absolutely perfect !!!!

09-20-2013, 08:09 AM
That's livin the dream right there. What fun.

Pat Dilling
09-20-2013, 10:25 AM
What a great Stude adventure. Does Allen have a crew that works with him? That's a lot of projects for just one guy. Thanks for sharing.

Dick Steinkamp
09-20-2013, 10:50 AM
What a great Stude adventure. Does Allen have a crew that works with him? That's a lot of projects for just one guy. Thanks for sharing.

Allen is personally and deeply involved in every project. He's a hands on guy. He does have help, however. For example, Allen showed me a recent copy of Rod and Custom. The interior of the featured car was done in his shop by his son (and employee) Jimmy. Beautiful work!

Commander Eddie
09-20-2013, 11:20 AM
I live in the NW and was unaware of Allen and his shop. Wow! I gotta get up there to see this!:ohmy:

09-20-2013, 11:29 AM
Thanks for posting this, Dick. This goes on my "gotta do it" list.

09-20-2013, 11:46 AM
I'm sure a business like that has its own special kind of problems, but I think I could look forward to going to work if I was working there.

09-20-2013, 02:55 PM
I need to plan a trip to Eastern Wa. to visit one of my ants and then to Idaho to visit her twin both just turned 90 last month so it is must do and Allen would be on the way.

09-20-2013, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the "tour" Dick! I have been thru Harrington, and it is a cool little town. I need to get up there and see his shop.....

09-21-2013, 12:20 AM
I've touted Allen's work for awhile now...especially since he restored my Avanti. He did a great job...I asked for a very nice driver and I got a good deal more... I've been told (by a frequent poster here that knows a lot about Studes) that my car was as nice as any he saw at this years International. Besides, he's a great guy...honest and hard working...though I'm sure he'd probably not want that to get out and spoil his reputation. :)

09-21-2013, 12:33 AM
What a place!! That 'rare Stude' looks to Me like a '32 Commander St. Regis Brougham...Is that correct? (Or is it a President?)

09-21-2013, 12:06 PM
Been there and got the T Shirt!
Sorry we missed you an our way thru last time Allen, but did enjoy the tour your neighbour gave us and did sign the guest book.
Now that I am retired, I am back to work hot and heavy on Sandi's Hawk and it is coming right along!
When are you coming North for a Visit?
E-mail me some time.
Good Roads
Brian & Sandi
Had a Lark for a couple of weeks......sold it to Lynn Fletcher yesterday.

09-21-2013, 12:19 PM
That is a interesting shop. There are a lot of things around, but I do not see any handy fire extinguishers. He should consider that.

09-21-2013, 05:59 PM
I need to plan a trip to Eastern Wa. to visit one of my ants and then to Idaho to visit her twin both just turned 90 last month so it is must do and Allen would be on the way.

Bob, is this one that escaped the colony???