AUGUST 2019 TUMBLEWEED CLUB OF NEW MEXICO
RG #79, EARLY FORD V-8 CLUB OF AMERICA, PO BOX 21538, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87154-1538
MEETS FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 P.M., OLD CAR GARAGE, 3232 GIRARD BLVD NE
PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.
NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 7pm. Program will be a comparison of the ’32 and ’33 Ford by Jeff and Jay. Refreshments provided by the Jacksons.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, September 10th, 7pm at the Jacksons’ house. Note: no August meeting.
BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, August 17th, 8:30 am at Monica’s El Portal at 321 Rio Grande Blvd NW.
CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at www.abqfordflatheadv8.com Updated “current Information and calendar” is on the current information page. More club pictures are on the website.
FORD V8 FOUNDATION WEBSITE: Another interesting website to check out is www.fordv8foundation.org
EARLY FORD V8 CLUB OF AMERICA WEBSITE: www.earlyfordv8.org
The program for August is a comparison of 1932 and 1933 cars. There will be examples of each and Jay will talk us through, Jeff will sit and smile! Ford learned a lot about flatheads during their introductory year. The 1932 was a major redesign from the Model A, including moving the fuel tank to the rear of the car requiring a fuel pump. The 1933 was a major redesign from the 1932 - longer with a full hood and elegant shovel nose grill and losing the headlight bar. More to come when the cars are reviewed at the meeting.
Breakfast this month will be held at Monica’s El Portal at 321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 8:30am on Saturday, August 17th. Monica’s has great food and good service. Joe Abbin chose the location this month. Join your friends and fellow club members for a tasty breakfast and conversation.
AUGUST PRESIDENT’S LETTER - R. Jeff Jackson
Who said “No car with my name on the hood is going to have a Jap engine inside."
And who said "Sometimes you just don't like somebody."
And who said “If a guy is over 25 percent a jerk, he’s in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent."
The first statement was made by Hank the Deuce or Henry Ford II. He said it after Lido Anthony Iacocca (Lee Iacocca), then President for Ford Motor Company, suggested partnering with Honda to speed Ford’s efforts in developing small car engines in about 1973. Unfortunately for Ford Motor Company the statement was bad for business and wrong. Of course, we (you and I) know that statement was wrong because the Ford Courier pickup had been selling in the US for several years with a Mazda engine.
The second statement was also made by Hank the Deuce in reference to Lee Iacocca. Lee Iacocca was key in developing the super duper and wonderful Ford Mustang, then he disagreed (again) with Henry Ford II and was fired.
The third statement was made by Lee Iacocca referencing Henry Ford II shortly after he was fired as President of Ford Motor Company.
I think businessmen, especially strong businessmen, have been having disagreements for a long time. So, it doesn’t surprise me when I read in the paper that Mr. X has said something bad about Mr. Y. What is interesting to me is that now those statements are broadcast on social media within minutes of when then are said rather than written in history books years after the fact. I won’t go into how social media is impacting our lives, let the soothsayers work on that issue.
If by happenstance you have been outside recently you know it is hot, HOT! Unless you have modified your Flathead with air conditioning and a big radiator it may be unwise to drive it long distances in this heat. You know I’m just saying....
Well against intelligent judgement a couple of us will drive our unmodified flatheads to the meeting on Tuesday. The program this month is a comparison of the 1932 and 1933 Ford. So, Jay and Jeff will be driving our cars and Jay will elegantly and with much knowledge talk us through the many changes and improvements between the 1932 and 1933 versions. If anyone wants to bring a Model A to the meeting it would be very interesting to see the many changes between the three versions. Somebody bring an A.
On a personal note, Beth and I had some new experiences this weekend. We drove a monster RV and towed a trailer to Topeka Kansas for an NHRA race. When I say a monster, I mean it. Combined length of RV and trailer was 68.5 feet and I didn’t hit anything. (The turquoise cart is used to get crew members back and forth to the starting line). As a novice racer and being either real slow (first race) or too fast (second race) on the start, I was able to get about 25 seconds of race time in after towing round trip 1500 miles. Fortunately, we were with excellent company because Gary and Laurel McGlasson also went to the race. Gary, as you know, is an excellent racer and made several rounds in both races. Congratulations, Gary. I mention this because it is important for us all to keep young and try new things. I’m not advocating everyone go out and race. I am advocating what my doctors have told me and that is keep active and you stay younger.
I hope each of you had a great July and have an even better August. Stay cool!
Minutes of the July 2nd, 2019 Meeting
By Beth Jackson, Secretary
The meeting was called to order by President Jeff. There were 18 people present. Lou complained of not receiving the July newsletter, however his wife Mary told him they had received it.
Treasurer Dave reported that the budget is right on track. Jim Clements commended Dave for a job well done.
Birthday wishes were extended to Beth, Max, Larry Bost and Jim Kontny. Today was Jay & Helen’s anniversary, which is why Jay was absent. A picture of the group with a “Happy Anniversary, Jay & Helen” sign was taken and texted to Jay.
Thanks to Max for providing refreshments.
The For Sale/Wanted sheet was passed around for additions, deletions and corrections.
Old Business: Joyce updated us with a Car Council report. Collector Car Appreciation Day is July 20th and there will be a caravan to Belen. Swap Meet information has been emailed, contact Joyce if you need information. The All Clubs Picnic is Sunday, August 4th.
The recipe of the month of July was provided by Joyce. Debbie volunteered to provide a recipe for August.
This meeting program will be presented by Demetrio Lee on Insurance.
If you wish to go on the September 14th moonlight train ride, make your reservations.
New Business: July’s breakfast will be held Saturday, July 20th at Golden Pride. Joe suggested going to Monica’s El Portal on Rio Grande on Saturday, August 17th.
The Azevedo’s will be hosting their annual picnic following the Corrales 4th of July parade.
August’s program will be a comparison of the ’32 and ’33 Fords utilizing vehicles provided by Jeff and Jay.
Bob Mathes’ daughter Kelly is requesting some assistance in selling some vehicles. Jeff has contact info. According to Clements, there are around 5 cars remaining in the estate.
Joe, in his monthly crime report, stated that according to the Journal, crime is down drastically. In reality violent crime is down 30% but still off the chart making a sad situation in Albuquerque.
Member of the month of July was David McLain, Richard Polk will be featured in August.
The Street Rod Nationals will be held at the Albuquerque Fairgrounds in August.
Joyce volunteered to be our “Sunshine” committee, keeping track of illnesses of club members and sending cards. According to Joyce, Bob Agnew is in a lot of pain, got a new valve and 1 stent, but is recovering. Richard Polk had open heart surgery but is home now and recovering well.
Show and Tell: Demetrio brought Lou up in front to tell everyone that Lou helped D get the ’53 Ford running at his house and garage. It took them 5 weeks. Will and Jim rebuilt the carburetor. This was the ’53 that D purchased from the Frank Corey estate and it had been sitting for many years.
Joe showed off his infrared thermometer ($20 at Harbor Freight) that is useful for spark plugs, radiators, ac vents and other mechanical and household uses.
Joe also said that all 48 Corey cars are now gone, 3-6,000 pounds of unidentified parts gone and all that is left are hubcaps and scrap metal. On the same note, David pointed out a very nice article in the Ford Foundation newsletter on Frank’s donation to them plus a thank you for the club’s donation of a Sq Ft and a commemorative brick.
Refreshments were enjoyed and Demetrio gave us advice on companies and types of insurance coverages for our collector cars. He also passed out Hagerty tote bags. Thank you, D.
August Birthdays and Anniversaries
Jeannine Kontny (1) Roger Wilbur & Bobbie Benzaquen (15
Bud Hennessey (3)
Pat Willan (27)
Jim Clements (29)
MEMBER OF THE MONTH – Richard Polk
“All is good, everything is fine, no complaints” - if you talk to Richard Polk these are the things you’ll hear. Richard was born and raised in Albuquerque. In high school he had a 1946 Ford pickup truck and he said, “I’m going to build another one.” After high school Richard joined the Air Force as a mechanic. He spent his time in the Air Force in the US. Richard had his current 1946 truck for 30 years before he started restoring it. He says “I wanted to get started on it but you know you got to eat so I had to keep working.” After a heart attack in about 2011 he started the rebuild of his 1946 truck. His goal was to get it done before his next heart attack. “All is good”, he made it! Richard spent five years restoring his beautiful 1946 Ford pickup and enjoys showing it and talking to visitors at shows. Richard recently completed triple bypass and is doing very well. No complaints. Richard married Barbara shortly after he caught her in high school. Richard said they were married in 1971 and they’ve had a beautiful 48 years. Richard started an AC heating ventilation business and built it up to 20 employees but recently he slowed it down and just runs himself in a truck and one employee. Barbara is active with horses. For over 25 years they have run a stable out of their acreage, they just board horses and train them but they don’t train riders. Too much liability. Richard said Barbara keeps the books for the business in the stable and “I’m the poop at bookkeeping.” He joined the Flathead club to get to know people who know these old cars and to ask questions and learn. Richard and Barbara have two sons and four grandchildren, all in Albuquerque.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH Debbie Jones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
· 10 oz water-packed tuna fish drained
· 2 eggs
· 1/3 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
· 2 Tbsp chives
· 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
· 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
· 1 tsp garlic powder
· 1 pinch table salt
· 1 pinch black pepper
· 5 sprays cooking spray
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until uniform
2. Use cooking spray to coat the bottom of a skillet and bring it to high heat.
3. Evenly distribute mixture into four mounds. Flatten into patties (aka croquettes) each about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat until you have 12 croquettes.
4. Cook patties until golden brown and cooked through about four minutes per side.
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 20th of the month. Beth Jackson, 505-908-7564, or email: JBJaxun@gmail.com
September Tour and Train Ride
The weekend trip to Chama is scheduled for September 14 and 15, a Saturday and Sunday.
The trip promises great views from a historic steam railroad including travel under a full moon, plus excellent food and a live musical performance. At last count in mid-June, we had sign-ups from the following eight members, plus a ninth sign-up from Charles Brown: The Bosts, Agnews, Jacksons, Abernathys, Joiners, Demetrio, Wilburs and Hertz.
There may still be time for additional registrations. When making reservations, name the Early Ford V-8 Club to secure favorable motel rates and seating in the train car we reserved.
Vista Del Rio Motel: 800-939-9943; Cumbres & Toltec Railroad: 888-286-2737
Or call Jay Hertz at 505-235-8235 for more details.
The following article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal for January 3, 2015. The column was “Car Talk” by Ray Magliozzi. I find it a great commentary. Joyce Clements
Restoring Classic Car Isn’t Just Goofing Off
Interested neighborhood kid could learn from your garage hobby
Dear Car Talk:
About two years ago, I was restoring a 1965 Corvette coupe. One day, my neighbor and his son, about 4 years old, stopped in the garage to say hello and have a look. His son pointed at the engine, which was sitting on the garage floor, and said, “That goes there” – pointing to the front of the car. Pretty smart young man. I was impressed. As they were leaving, the father said, “Thank you for preserving our automotive heritage.” That kind of took me by surprise. Most of my time in the garage is spent muttering disparaging remarks about GM engineers – the car was designed like pure crap. So, here’s my question: In restoring classic cars, am I actually pursuing a noble cause, or just goofing off in the garage? Thanks – James
You’re goofing off in the garage, James. Actually, goofing off and acting nobly are not mutually exclusive. I happen to think tinkering is noble. We’re a throw-away society now: Something breaks, we toss it, pile it up in a landfill and buy another one that was made in China.
So, when you take the time to tinker, to figure out how things work, to repair, restore and renew …I think you are doing something worthwhile, regardless of what you’re tinkering with. You’re wasting-not and wanting-not. You’re keeping stuff out of landfills. You’re conserving resources by not buying more new stuff. You’re finding value in things already made. And you’re staying out of your wife’s hair and out of the barrooms all afternoon. That’s definitely noble. But more importantly, you’re continuing a great human tradition of working with your hands and solving problems.
That little neighbor kid may wander back into your garage in a few years and take an interest in what you’re doing. He may ask if he can help, and then borrow some of your tools and learn to tinker himself. Seriously, you may end up inspiring him to pursue an interest in fixing things. Or a career in engineering, or inventing. Then when the North Koreans hack our electrical grid and put us back in the Stone Age, maybe you two will save us – by setting fire to that ’65 Corvette and keeping us warm.
So, keep up the noble work, James. And enjoy goofing off, too.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
A lady went to the doctor and said she was concerned about her husband. Recently he seemed in a bad mood (more than normal). She said he flies off and gets mad at almost anything I say. “I just don’t know what to do with him”. The kind doctor gave her a bottle of water. The doctor told her every time you see your husband starting to get angry take a sip of this water and hold it in your mount and swish it around. Swish, swish, swish as long as you can but don’t swallow. Several weeks later the lady was back at the doctor’s office asking for another bottle of the ‘magic water’. It is wonderful she tells the doctor. My husband is very calm and we haven’t had an argument since you prescribed the magic water. Finally, the doctor explained the key to the magic water was…. it kept her mouth shut!
2019 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: R. Jeff Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice-President: Jay Hertz (email@example.com)
Secretary: Beth Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David McLain (email@example.com)
Director: George Abernathy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Demetrio Lee (Dmost_1@yahoo.com)
Director: Roger Wilbur (email@example.com)
Director: Joe Abbin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2019
Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Program – Comparison of the ’32 and ’33, Jeff and Jay, Refreshments - Jacksons
Sunday 4th All Clubs Picnic – Oak Flat Picnic Ground
Saturday 17th Breakfast at Monica’s El Portal, 321 Rio Grande Blvd NW.
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm – Program - George Abernathy on Pets, Refreshments open
Sunday 8th State Fair Car Show
Tuesday 10th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jacksons
September 14th Moonlight ride on the Cumbres Toltec Railway, overnight tour
Saturday 21st Breakfast
Thursday-Sunday 26-29 Annual NMCCC Auto Swap Meet @ Isleta Casino
Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm, Refreshments Amy & Chris Joiner
Saturday 19th Breakfast
Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election, Refreshments Bob Payne
Saturday 16th Breakfast
Saturday 14th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)
Tuesday 17th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2020)
Saturday 21st Breakfast
August 3 – Air & Ground Show (Air Show, Car Show & Swap Meet) – Broomfield, CO – Sponsored by Colorado Car Council (720)535-6097
August 3 – Back to School Bash Car Show – Civic Plaza Drive, Taos – 10am-3pm – DJ music, kids’ activities, beer garden, food, awards – Open to all – Pre-registration $25, DOS $30, free to public – Yavanne (575)770-8174 or email@example.com
Aug 3 – Cars-N-Coffee – The Owl Cafe, Lomas & Eubank – 7:30-10:00 AM. Join us for Hot Coffee, Free Donuts, Hot Cars!! (505)291-4900
August 3 – Oasis Car Show – Farmington – Noon-5pm
August 3-4 – Route 66 Calendar Car Show & Chili Cook Off – Route 66 Casino – $30 Pre-entry gets tickets to concert (Styx, UB40, or Sebastian Maniscalco) – T-shirt, dash plaque, restaurant discount ticket – firstname.lastname@example.org or register by phone: Margret 269-6318
August 4 – NMCCC Annual All Clubs Picnic – Oak Flat Picnic Area, Tijeras – For Council Club members & families – 10am-3pm Bring side dish or dessert, lunch served at noon – $5/car load to enter – www.nmcarcouncil.com
August 8-10 – Hot August Nights – Reno, NV
August 10 – 8th Annual Estancia Parade & Car Show – Old Court House, 9th & Loring, Estancia – 9am-3pm – Torrance County Fair Parade, followed by show in Estancia City Park – Open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, antique engines & RV’s 25 Years & Older – No entry fee – Awards, refreshments available – Tommy (505)384-2575 or 384-2579
August 10 – 13th Donate Life Car Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Susan Brown (575)496-2627
August 10 – George Geer Memorial Car Show – Cortez, CO
August 9-11 – ABQ Dragway Hot Rod & Classic Car Swap Meet – Off S. Broadway – Setup Fri 1-7pm – Sat, Sun 7am-3pm – Vendor space $30 for both days, buyers $5/car load – Mike Valenzuela 315-6949
August 12-17 – Woodward Ave Tour #4 – Detroit, MI Area – Open – Tour Hotline 1-800-664-1362 or
August 16-17 – Run to Copper Country Show – Gough Park, Silver City – Open to pre-’87 – Mark Castillo (575)313-4493 or www.coppercountrycruizers.com
August 16-18 – 32nd Annual Gunnison Car Show – Jorgenson Park, Gunnison, CO – Fri Downtown Cruise 5-7pm, Sat Show 7am-3pm, Sun Caravan to Crested Butte 7:30am – Live band, arts festival – email@example.com or www.gunnisoncarclub.com
August 17 – Aztec VFW Toys for Tots Car Show – Wooden Nickle, Bloomfield
August 18 – 3rd Annual Camaro Club Make-A-Wish Car Show – Top Level Parking Structure, Sandia Resort & Casino, 30 Rainbow Rd – 10am-2pm – Awards, raffle, food, music – www.cc-nm.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 18 – Wine & Shine Classic Car Show – Wines of the San Juan, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco – 12-3pm – Live music, food on site, awards, shade – (505)632-0879 – Register online www.winesofthesanjuan.com
August 23-25 – 1st NSRA National Street Rod Meet – EXPO NM, State Fairgrounds – Open to vehicles 1989 & older, NSRA membership required – Register Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana NE, 22nd noon-6pm, 23rd 9am-6pm, 24th 9am-2pm – http://www.nsra-usa.com or local Art Sena email@example.com
August 24 – Stateline Rats, Rods & Customs Show – Stateline Bar & Grill, Dove Creek, CO – Registration 8am-1pm – No entry fee – Free camping for registrants – Live music, door prizes, no fee swap meet, full bar & menu, family friendly – (970)677-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.thestatelinebarandgrill.com
August 30-September 2 – Early Iron Car Show – Alamosa, CO
August 31-September 7 – Shades of the Past Road Tour #5 – Nashville-Pigeon Forge, TN – Tour Hotline 1-800-664-1362 or www.streetrodderweb.com
EARLY FORD V8 TOURS
Go to Early Ford V-8 Web Site for More Information.
August 24-27 – Central National Meet – Auburn, IN – Sponsored by Ohio, Indianapolis & Auburn Blue Oval RGs – See new additions to V-8 Museum: new Ford Rotunda, 18 1936 Fords, and Frank Corey cars
September 14-20 – National Parks V-8 Driving Tour – Grand Junction, CO, Western Colorado and Eastern Utah – Sponsored by Hi Country RG