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Welding Experience

Rick Geertsema's Work Experience

A&C Casting Rebuilders is owned and operated by Rick Geertsema, who does all of the work personally. Rick spent 40 years in the diesel and automotive engine component business. He started A&C Casting Rebuilders in April of 1999, and the business became operational in October of 2003.

Management Team—Rick Geertsema

1960–1963—Kern Casting Rebuilders, Bakersfield, CA
Learned cast iron welding from Austin Palmer, who was taught by Carl Guth. Carl Guth (along with Harvey Pascoe) was one of the original designers of this type of repair method. Rick Geertsema is a second generation welder.

1967–1986—Northwest Motor Welding, Worldwide
19671975—Welder, Weld Shop Forman
19751977—Welder, Machinist, Salesman, Assistant Manager
19771986—General Manager

1991–2003—Excelsweld Corp., Oakland, CA
Vice President/General Manager
Began welding again to smooth out peaks and valleys of automotive cylinder head business.

In 2003, we sold the automobile cylinder head division of Excelsweld while keeping the cast iron welding part of the business to start A&C Casting Rebuilders.

October 2003—Present
First year of A&C Casting Rebuilders was very successful. We earned a good reputation with various restoration shops throughout the continental United States and some overseas clients.

References upon Request.

Welding Photos

These images are of a project completed at A&C Casting Rebuilders. Each image has an explanation below.
Cast Iron Block Before Being Repaired By A&C Casting Rebuilders, Kelseyville, CA Cast Iron Block With Side Removed and Cracks Ground Out By A&C Casting Rebuilders, Kelseyville, CA
Image 1
This block had freeze cracks on one side and someone had tried to weld it with an arc welder and then tried to braze over the arc weld. This caused more cracking and actually destroyed the side. This was not salvageable and had to be replaced with a new cast iron piece.
Image 2
Shows side removed and other cracks ground out.
Cracks Welded in Cast Iron Block New Side Welded On Block
Image 3
Shows new side fitted into place and other cracks welded.
Image 4
Shows new side welded in.
Hand Grinding Started on Block Ribs and Soft Plug Holes in Place
Image 5
Shows hand grinding started.
Image 6
Shows ribs and soft plug holes in place.
Welded Ribs and Soft Holes Restored Block After Grinding and Blending the Welds
Image 7
Shows ribs and soft plug holes welded into place.
Image 8
Shows almost original appearance after a lot of grinding and blending of the welds.
Side of Block Not Welded  
Image 9
Shows the other side of the block which was not welded.


Call Rick Geertsema for quotes and shipping information.
Toll-Free: 866-935-3227
Phone: 707-278-0223
Cell: 415-269-5483
Fax: 707-278-0222
3560 Big Valley Road
Unit A
Kelseyville, CA 95451

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