PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7 pm. Note Location Change: A Dent Express, 2501 Candelaria NE.  No refreshments.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7pm. Jackson’s house, 8322 Calle Picaflor NW.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, April 18, Lunch at Old Car Garage’s Spring Thaw. 11:30 am. See article for details.

CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at www.abqfordflatheadv8.com   Updated “current Information and calendar” is on the current information page.

FORD V8 FOUNDATION WEBSITE: Another interesting website to check out is www.fordv8foundation.org






President: R. Jeff Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (lmgorenz@comcast.net)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: D.J. MacAlister (spqrdj@netscape.com)

Director: Bob Payne

Director: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

Director: Bill Verant (WVerant@live.com)

Director: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)






April Meeting Venue Changed

The April meeting will be on Tuesday April 7th at the “A Dent Express” business located at 2501 Candelaria NE.  This is just a couple of blocks west of Girard on Candelaria.  We are anticipating a good program from the owner and staff but it is a smaller building so we are forgoing refreshments and will have a shortened business meeting.   Please consider bringing folding chairs.  


April Overnight Gallup Trip Update

The April tour will be a fun filled overnight trip to Gallup on April 24th and 25th.   We will leave the Jackson’s house at 2:30 pm on Friday April 24th (please arrive by 2:15 so we can coordinate).  Frank and Bob will review the tour guidelines before we depart.  Don’t forget your fire extinguisher!  The trip will be mainly on the frontage roads between here and Gallup. We will stop in Grants to check cars, for fuel and any other pit stop needs.  Friday night will be at the historic El Rancho Motel in Gallup.  Details for making your reservation are: Call the El Rancho Motel at phone number 505-863-9311 and ask for reservations.    Tell them you are with the Car Club under the name of Jeff Jackson and make your reservations.  Gina is the person I have coordinated with.  Cost should be $79 - $92 for a double room.  Make your reservations by April 20th to assure we are a group. We are in the process of making security plans for the cars overnight.  Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast details will be made when we are at the hotel. Saturday morning we plan to leave the motel at 9:30 am and go to the Indian Flea Market.   We will gather at 2:00 pm near the entrance to the flea market and begin the trip home.   Our plans are to travel as a group for pleasure and safety – let Jeff or Frank know if you alter your plans, otherwise everyone will wait and be inconvenienced because of you.



Presidents Letter  by Jeff Jackson

Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.   Hoarding has developed a negative connotation partly from TV shows depicting compulsive hoarding.  I personally collect things.  I do not consider myself a hoarder but, if this morning is any indication, I am close.  

Knowing we are going on an overnight trip with the club I wanted to get my emergency CB working.  (Bear with me this makes sense eventually.)  Last time I used it I apparently put the antennae away separately from the CB.   No, this little unit does not have a standard screw in CB antennae – that would be too simple.  I looked on Craigslist and Ebay and found exactly my unit advertised as ‘in the original box’ but without a power plug therefore without warranty.   Since I was missing the antennae not the power plug, I bid and won the unit.  Shipping was more expensive than the CB.   It arrived and I found both my old unit and the new one worked well minus a power plug for one and antennae for the other.             Back to the hoarding dilemma story.  Sunday morning after church I started my search anew for the original antennae.   Much searching in the house garage for the wayward antennae resulted in piles of things that needed to go into back garage, a small pile that was house stuff, and a much smaller pile that I decided to part with but no antennae.   I did find the parts to make a power plug so that part of my problem can be solved.   The other part of my problem, the fact that I looked through many, many boxes of stuff that had no business still being stored anywhere remains.   How do you get rid of things that looked really cool at a garage sale 20 years ago but still need that one minor repair to make them useful?   How do you admit that flea market purchase that you just had to have is now such outdated technology that it could not be resold?  And, how do you convince your wife you really do need a third sander just in case your primary sander and your backup sander break on Christmas Night when no stores are open?  Anyone with the answer to these questions please enlighten me at the next car club meeting. 

Speaking of which, the next meeting is a demonstration at ‘A Dent Express’.   See the article for details.  Breakfast this month is again a lunch at The Old Car Garage in conjunction with Spring Thaw.  Meet at 11:30 and consider parking across the street so there will be enough room. 


Minutes of the March 3rd Meeting Secretary, Beth Jackson

Meeting was called to order by President Jeff. There were 19 members present, one new one, George Abernathy, and 2 guests, Gary McGlasson and Jan Rothell. Treasurer DJ reported a total balance of $5812.67. Birthdays and Anniversaries for March were acknowledged. Thanks for refreshments went to Art and Betty Leupold and Max and Johanne Glover. It was noted that the Route 66 Hot Rodders will be holding their 27th Annual Swap Meet at Los Lunas Sports Complex on Sunday, May 3.

Old Business:  In the Car Council report, Jim and Joyce reminded us that the Feature car for the May 17th Museum Car Show is the Dodge, celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The Great Race will be in town on June 24th for lunch only. The September 25th-27th Swap Meet in Los Lunas is being reorganized and Joyce is looking for volunteers.

Recipe of the month for March was provided by Joyce Clements. She selected D.J. MacAlister to provide the recipe for April.

D.J. can get a nice nametag for anyone desiring one for $7.50. Joe is selling his new book at a 10% discount to club members and donating half the price to the club. There are still jacket patches available for $10 each. The website is having more pictures and technical articles added, please check it out.

New Business:  Saturday, March 21st is an outing to Belen for lunch at Harla May’s. We are meeting at the Pit parking lot at 10:30 am.  It was decided that the April breakfast will be a lunch at the Old Car Museum as it is the Spring Thaw Event there. The club will gather at 11:30 to lunch together with donations to be made for Cuidando los Ninos, the charity that Bob Agnew is supporting with the Spring Thaw.

There will be a board meeting at the Jackson’s house on Tuesday, April 14th, 7pm.  This will be a continuation of planning for activities for 2015.

Plans are being finalized for our overnight tour on April 24th and 25th.  We will be departing Albuquerque at 2:30pm on Friday the 24th and driving to Gallup.  The El Rancho Hotel is holding rooms for the group.  We will visit the Indian Flea Market on Saturday the 25th before returning to Albuquerque. We will need a firm count of people going at the April meeting.

Bob Agnew and Frank Corey volunteered to look for their tour rules so we can have a set of rules for the trip.

We were reminded to renew memberships if needed, the secretary will prepare a new roster in April.

Secretary D.J. completed a budget for 2015. It assumes 30 members and carries all the normal expenses and in this case will be about $80 short for the year. However, due to Frank’s donation of balloon ride tickets we made $150.

The next meeting will be on paintless dent repair.  We will be meeting at A Dent Express at 2501 Candelaria NE and there will be a demonstration. Please bring your own chair.

Refreshments were enjoyed and Jim and Joyce Clements gave an interesting program on the history of the Tumbleweed Regional Club.  Joyce and Jim and Mistee were founding members followed shortly by Al Seery and many other of our current members.  We all learned some interesting facts.                                                          


April 18th Lunch

We will be meeting at The Old Car Garage on Saturday, April 18th at 11:30am to lunch together during the Spring Thaw Event.  Lunch is free but donations are accepted for Cuidando los Ninos. Hope to see lots of club members there to visit with each other and all the other “car” people who attend. Please park across the street.



March Lunch at Harla May’s in Belen

Seven cars left UNM Parking lot on time Saturday March 21st for the trip to Belen for lunch.  Bob Q. with his pickup, Art and Betty and their ’39, Jeff and Beth in the ’41, Lou and Mary and the cute Maroon ’40, and Ross in his blue/white pickup represented club cars.   Frank drove Ray in a red and white ’56 and Jay served as a modern catch car with his super fast Jag.  Tom and Dee and Judy joined us in Belen.  A good trip down was marred by troubles with the generator in Bob’s pickup.   Jay helped until a tow truck picked up Bob.  Harla May’s not only served very good food, the building interior décor alone was worth the trip.  Harla May’s is a converted theater stuffed with old movie memorabilia and car stuff and is now on our ‘recommended to visit list’.  Art told the story of his mother winning a contest and picking the name for the original theater–Onate.





Happy Birthday to:                                            Happy Anniversary to:


Marilyn Gigger (4/1)                                                Lou & Mary Gorenz (4/18)

Joe Abbin (4/4)                                                    George & Jackie Abernathy (4/28)

Al Gallegos (4/5)

Lou Gorenz (4/8)

Johanne Glover (4/16)

Lorna Azevedo (4/16)

Nancy Agnew (4/17)

Bob Agnew (4/18)

Bob Mathes (4/21)


Recipe of the Month   by D.J. MacAlister

Best Meatloaf                                       


            1½ lbs ground beef

            ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs

            1 egg

            1 onion finely chopped

            1 tsp salt

            ¼ tsp black pepper

            4 tablespoons ketchup

            ⅔ cup whole milk or half and half



            4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

            3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

            ½ cup ketchup



            Combine meatloaf ingredients and place in baking dish

            Combine sauce ingredients and spread on top of meatloaf

            Bake at 350° for one hour.


Joke of the Month submitted by Dee Patterson

I never knew one word in English language that can be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep.   UP.  This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP.   It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].   It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list,  but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake  UP ?  At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP ) and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP

the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.   At other times, this little word has real special meaning.  People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP   excuses.  To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.  And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.  We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!  To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP look  UP the word UP in the dictionary.  In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.   If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP  is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with (UP to) a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth.  When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.   One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP!





by Joyce Clements

     It all started with a 1940 Ford Standard coupe. Jim and Joyce Clements acquired the car in 1969, and were the second owners. It had a broken transmission and some rear-end body damage. The body had been repaired, but not very well. We took off the leopard-skin seat covers (usable original upholstery was underneath), fixed the transmission, and started driving it.

     Shortly after purchasing the car, we discovered an ad for a fledgling national organization for 1932-40 flathead Fords, the Early Ford V-8 Club of America. We joined. In 1968, there were no New Mexicans listed in the National Roster. By 1969, there were 4.

     In 1973, the National Club planned the first Grand National Meet in Dearborn, Michigan. Having nothing better to do that summer, we decided to go. After a few trials and tribulations, we made it, having seen no other V-8 Fords on the way.  We were about 20 miles away from the meet when we saw a group from California headed our way. So we were not on a wild goose chase after all. In Dearborn, we found over 500 other enthusiasts busy cleaning the travel grime off their cars. We met a lot of new friends and had a great time. It inspired us to find other V-8 owners in our area.  

     By the spring of 1975, we had acquired the necessary paperwork and instructions for forming a Regional Group. We needed five or more signatures from national members to apply. Hugh Mitchell, Jean & Helen Woolley, Mistee Thomson, Jim & Joyce Clements, and two other people whose names are forgotten, signed the petition. The name of Tumbleweed V-8 Club was decided on, and we were granted a Regional Group charter on April 20, 1975. By then, there were 19 national members in New Mexico.

     The first meeting was held June 3, 1975. The very brief minutes stated Mistee Thomson, Jean & Helen Woolley, and Jim & Joyce Clements were there. Jim was "elected" President, Jean was Vice-President, Joyce was Secretary/Treasurer, and Mistee was Chairman of the Board. Dues of $2 each were assessed, and we were off to an enthusiastic start. At the second meeting in July, Al Seery became a member. Other long-time members are Bob Mathes (1976), Bob Quirici (1978), Frank Corey (1980), Art Leupold (1982), Pat Casias (1984), Bob Farnholtz (1984), Bob Payne (1986), and Jay Hertz (1987).

   Some of the early problems we had were a meeting place, how to get members, and where to find money to run this organization. We had swap meets, car sales, dime-a-dip dinners, and raised the dues from $4 to $5 per year. After we had a few bucks, we ran ads in the newspaper and sent invitations to all the national members in New Mexico. By the end of 1976, we had 28 members! We had also started a monthly newsletter, the "Tumbleweed Gazette," a simple one-page missive.

     As to a meeting place, we met at members' homes, the Public Service and Southern Union hospitality rooms and pizza parlors. In the summer, we organized picnics for the meetings. One memorable one was set for Pine Flats on S. Hwy 14. When we got there, it was raining. After a short discussion, we adjourned to Don Long's on N. 14. It was raining even harder there, but there was a large picnic shelter. We managed to get ourselves and our dinners into the shelter (it was a potluck dime-a-dip dinner) while getting only a little wet. We had 33 people under that roof, watching the rain and eating lots of good homemade food. Not only that, we collected $30.20; expenses were $2.65, and the net gain for the treasury was $27.55. It was a memorable occasion. Finally in 1977, we arranged to meet at the Helweg & Farmer Bus Co. meeting room, thanks to the generosity of Tom Helweg.

     We were an enthusiastic group, out to have a good time, drive our cars, and eat lots of food. Our cars were mostly not "show cars," but we kept them going with a little help from the rest of the group. There is a lot more history of the Tumbleweeds, and I will write more if and win I dig out some more of the old newsletters and notes. Perhaps some of the other long-time members can offer a story or two.





Members are encouraged to submit articles, ads and photographs for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please understand we have a volunteer Newsletter Editor so try and submit typed and proofed articles, comments, and new want ads (for sale items will continue to be updated at the meetings).  The deadline for submissions is the 24th of the month. Beth Jackson, 505-890-2704, or email: JBJaxun@gmail.com



Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2015


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm at A Dent Express, 2501 Candelaria NE  

Tuesday 14th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jacksons, 8322 Calle Picaflor NW.

Saturday 18th Lunch 11:30 am, Worldwide Automotive/Old Car Garage

Saturday 18th Spring Thaw, Worldwide Automotive/Old Car Garage

Friday/Saturday 24th & 25th  Overnight trip and tour to Gallup.  Overnight at El Rancho and visit to Indian Flea Market.


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm  Compare and Contrast 1936 and 1953 Automobiles. Refreshments Ray Calderon.

Saturday 16th Breakfast 8:30am

Sunday 17th Museum Car Show

Monday 25th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm  Refreshments Mary & Lou Gorenz.

Saturday 13th Charity Event @ Nursing Home

Saturday 20th Breakfast 8:30am


Saturday 4th Parade in Corrales and Hopefully Picnic at Azevedo’s

Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm  Joe Abbin on Superchargers.  Refreshments Beth & Jeff Jackson.

Saturday 18th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm  Comedy Night. Refreshments Bob Quirici.

Sunday 9th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 15th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm

Sunday 20th (tentative) State Fair

Saturday 19th Breakfast 8:30am

Fri - Sun 25-27 Los Lunas Swap Meet


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm  Ladies Night

Saturday 17th Breakfast and tour of Archie Lewis’ in Moriarity with a drive on the singing highway.


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm  Officer Election and Table Top Model Display

Saturday 21st Breakfast 8:30am with a tour of Dave Dawn’s garage following.


Tuesday 1st Club Christmas Party

Saturday 19th Breakfast 8:30am

Interesting Links

Short history of Nob Hill in Albuquerque



How strong is a Chevy Frame?



Divorced man in California uses his 1957 T-bird to advertise his freedom



You can’t cure stupid – this is funny



How a differential works      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJY9SxDOTog&feature=youtube_gdata_player



April 10-12 – 42nd Annual Texas Tour 2015, Abilene – Sponsored by Big Country Early Ford V8 Club – Holly Hoemke (325)672-5774, (325)428-9550 or Hollyleafh5@gmail.com for registration information

April 11 – Smok'n Oldies Car Club Show – Courthouse Park, Deming – jimkjackson@gmail.com or Ben Kellogg (575)546-6243 or joyce@nmcarcouncil.net for information and registration

April 11 – Golden Gears Swap Meet – White Sands Mall, Alamogordo – 8am-2pm – Jack Harris (575)491-9804 or brebiz@yahoo.com

April 11 – Hope Christian High School Car Show – Hope HS Parking Lot, 8005 Louisiana NE – 9am-3pm – Entry $20 – Arts & Crafts Fair – Benefits Hope's GAP Annual Fund – Pre-register with Leighan McKay leighanedwards76@gmail.com or Misty Fleming misty10771@gmail.com

April 11 – Desert Scale Classic Model Car Contest & Swap Meet – Hobbytown, 3401 W. Greenway Rd,  Phoenix, AZ – by Cactus Car Modelers – Seminars, raffle, make & take, awards – 9am-5pm – (602)485-5822 for information and registration.

April 13 – Driving Divas Welcome Back Show – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE – 5-9 PM, yes on a Monday – Open to all drivers

April 15 – "Daniel's Under the Hood Crew" Cruise Night – Twister’s on Hwys 550 and 313, Bernalillo –

 Open to all vehicles and clubs – Free drinks, discounts to car owners – 5:30pm-? – Priscilla 250-7990

April 17-18 – 12th Annual White Sands Mustang/Ford Round-Up – Alamogordo – 4-17 Dutch treat get- together at Margo's Mexican Food 6-8pm, pre-registration at this time – 4-18 Car Show at Alameda

Park, registration 8-10am, awards approximately 4pm – Otto Dusak (evenings) (575)442-1402,  alamostangnm@gmail.com or www.alamostangnm.wordpress.com

April 17-19 – 12th Annual NM Auto Show – Convention Center – (505)768-4575 or www.newmexicoautoshow.com

April 18 – Annual Spring Thaw – Worldwide Automotive, 3232 Girard NE – Get your V-8 ready for the touring season in exchange for a donation to Cuidando los Ninos – 881-2722 for appointment

April 18-19 – ASR Spring Fling– Arroyo Seco Race Track, Arroyo Seco – Open – Roger (575)494-4794 or www.arroyosecoraceway.com

April 19 – 9th Annual Cruise & Schmoose – Sonic Drive-In, 5000 San Mateo NE – 10am-3pm – Free show open to all vehicles – Dash plaques to first 100 entrants – Donations for Goodwill encouraged – Ron, Su and Sheila 293-0581

April 24-26 – British Car Days – Las Cruces – Peter Voris (575)312-5469 or pvoris@q.com

April 25 – Harley-Davidson Dealer Car & Motorcycle Show – Duke City Harley-Davidson, 8603 Lomas Blvd. NE – 11am-4pm – Free entry – Open to any year stock, rod, custom, cycle, truck, muscle, sports – $150 cash + trophy in each category + $100 for best by popular vote – Kristen Sweeney 856-1600 or kristens@sfe-us.com for more information

April 25 – 15th Annual Park 'n the Park Car Show – Cabezon Park, Rio Rancho – 10am-3pm – Open to 1982 and older – Entry $30 by April 3 (includes T-shirt), $35 at gate – 20 classes – Car Show Jacket raffle – Food vendors, crafts, trophies, prizes, jumps, music – Rio Rancho Parks & Rec 891-5015 or

www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us for more information

May 2 – Christian Rodders' Swap Meet – Mayfield HS, Las Cruces – Ray Trigg (575)524-3371

May 2 – Santa Fe Christian Academy 2nd Annual Car Show – 4601 Mission Bend, Santa Fe – Register 10am, show 11am-3pm – Entry $15/car, $25/2 cars by April 1, $20 and $30 after – Entry includes meal vouchers, T-shirt, dash plaque, goody bag – Awards, live radio broadcast, face painting, silent auction, school open house – www.sfchristianacademy.com or (505)470-4688 or joyce@nmcarcouncil.net for information and application

May 3 – Rte 66 Rodders 27th Annual Swap Meet – Sports Complex, Morris Rd & Hwy 314, Los Lunas –

Spaces start at $20 – Call Bud (505)715-3951 or www.theroute66rodders.com

June 8-11 Early Ford V-8 Club Eastern National Meet – Concord, NC – Includes NASCAR Race Shop Tours, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Swap Meet and Concours – cesconm@bellsouth.net or www.efv8.org 

July 12-16 – Early Ford V-8 Central National Meet– Cragun's Resort, Brainerd, MN – Pontoon boat rides, Concours, Surprises – www.efv8.org for registration


The Silent Treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5 am for an early morning business flight.  Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 am.” He left it where he knew she would find it.  The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9 am and he had missed his flight.  Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5 am. Wake up.”  Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.