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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 2nd, Christmas party at The Cooperage, 6 pm.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, December 20th, 8:30am at Wecks, 3913 Louisiana Blvd NE, brought to you by Art.

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

FORD V8 FOUNDATION WEBSITE: Another interesting website to check out is




PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE    Jeff Jackson, President


Hello everyone!  December, that great time of year to be thankful, is rapidly approaching.  I asked Beth what works for a December newsletter and she said ‘history’ so I reread the president’s letters from this year as a reminder.  Congratulations to everyone we accomplished two of three January goals we increased membership by more than 10%, and we averaged 6 to 8 cars at activities.   We did not get 4-6 cars to the California for the Western Nationals.  While looking over the newsletters a couple things came to mind and I want to thank Joyce for always contributing an article and some cute pictures, and Joe for his contributions.  Thanks to everyone who brought in a recipe and a picture to add taste and color, and thanks to Beth for working on the newsletter in her spare time.

 We’ve had some new and engaging activities at our meetings including Larry and Lorna’s game night, an active group discussion on garage safety, and a nice comparison of 1939 to 1949 cars, even if the 1939 acted up and stayed home.  These nights plus the evening of BYOB, bring your own brochure, allowed everyone a chance to participate in the meeting content.  Next year the Board will consider more ‘group participation’ meeting topics.  I hope we can stretch ourselves a little and maybe compare some cars with 20 or 30 year spreads.

 Our tour event participation appears dependent on the event and food; the Belen tour was very well attended and the Madrid meal and tour was good, while the aquarium and Sandia Lakes Picnic were for the diehards.   Recall for the Belen tour we had a large group of club cars, a good meal, and an interesting tour of Art’s history and railroads; while at the Sandia Lakes Jay fed his finger to a duck.   Ah, no more finger licking good meals.  We did a nice job representing ourselves at the Museum show with a variety of cars and we had a fair turn out at the New Mexico State Fair (pun intended).  Our November breakfast brought out a lot of cars and members and an opportunity to see some big block Fords and some beautiful Fords and Chevys at Jay’s.   Breakfasts continue to be well attended.  Two breakfasts down south coaxed some new faces out and gained us an impromptu garage tour –thanks Frank for picking Sopa’s; Dee and Tom for bringing the southern crew, and Jim and Bill for the garage tour.  So the bell ringer for this crowd is food and fun and er ah food.


 The picture this month is of a nearly finished mailbox that I have owed Beth for months.  Note, the final smoothing yielded a decent finish.  How did you do on your plans for 2014?   For us the answer is we did ok, the 1952 is not yet complete but several other cars are fully functioning now AND the mailbox is complete.   The questions become, Did you get your project finished this year?  Did you prep your car for the winter?  Do you have a project planned for next spring?    I bet all of us can answer the last question Yes, we do have plans for next spring.  Call on each other this winter for help, share your knowledge and look forward to 2015.

 I trust we all are looking forward to the club Christmas party, the gift exchange, and specially the donations for the Food Bank.  Wrapping back around to December, Jeff and Beth are thankful for many things starting first with family; followed quickly by friends-- many stemming from belonging to this club.  We truly hope each of you had a wonderful year in 2014 and that 2015 is even better.  As is said as a wedding toast, “May today be the worst day of the rest of your life.”   



President: R. Jeff Jackson (

Vice-President: Bob Quirici (

Secretary: Larry Williams (

Treasurer: Lou Gorenz (

Technical Director: Joe Abbin (

Touring Director: John Shelton (

Club Purpose & Membership Director: Larry Azevedo (



President: R. Jeff Jackson (

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: D.J. MacAlister (

Director: Joe Abbin (

Director: Bob Payne

Director: Bill Verant (




Members are encouraged to submit articles, ads and photographs for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please be aware we have a volunteer Newsletter Editor so please try and submit typed and proofed articles, minutes and 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:




Larry Williams, Secretary


Jeff presiding welcomed the members and one guest, Will Clements.

Newsletters were received and there were no corrections to the minutes of the October meeting.


Treasurer's report from Lou: Checking account balance of $4,618.42 & Savings account balance of $1,395.81.

Happy Birthday to:                                           Happy Anniversary to:

    Jay Hertz (4)                                                       Vern & Pat Willan (7)

    Betty Shelton (9)                                                 Marvin & Neva Coffee (21)

    Leslie Montgomery (22)                                     Jim & Joyce Clements (12/30)

    Ray Calderon (30)

Thanks went out for good refreshments to the Coffees and the Jacksons.

The for sale/wanted sheet was passed out.  Ads may be submitted later in the month to Beth Jackson.



Car Council report by Joyce and Jim:  Almost 500 spaces were sold at the swap meet netting $ 4,700 to the Council.

Recipe of the month was provided by Bill Verant. He in turn picked Vern Willan for the next month.

Patches for jackets were on sale during the break.

If you want a nametag contact DJ McAlister.  She can get you a nice one for $7.50.  Notice that several people are wearing their new ones.

Jay is at the Ford Foundation meeting.  He has already contacted them about our suggested donation of Joe's books.  We will hear from Jay when he returns.



Jeff was looking for info on the 1939 and 1949 Fords for the meeting and followed leads to the RG 3 group website from NY.  He emailed asking for permission to add some of their info to our site.  The return note was from Frank Scheidt (who is also the webmaster of the V8 Ford Foundation). He said, "Hi. Sure, help yourself.  Good luck with your website."

The November breakfast will be as usual on the third Saturday, November 15th.  This will be a breakfast and garage tour.  We will have breakfast at the Jackson's at 9am, followed by a tour of their garages and then at 10:30 on to Jay Hertz's for a tour of his garages.  It is hoped that everyone will consider driving their old car for this event.

Art selected Wecks (La. & Mont.) for our Saturday, December 20th breakfast at 8:30 am.

The next meeting will be the Christmas party at the Cooperage on Tuesday, December 2.  The last few years the Cooperage has been a great place.

Last year we reinstituted the gift exchange with stealing (one steal allowed, gift value to be between $10 & $ 30) and it was a hoot.  No doubt some of you were professional thieves in another life!

No host cocktails at 6pm with dinner at 7pm.  Cost is $ 31.30 per person - please give Lou a check or mail it to him before November 21.

We will be collecting monetary donations for Roadrunner Food Bank.

A big THANKS to Mary Gorenz for coordinating the party.

Election of officers:  it was moved, seconded and voted by acclamation to elect the following as directors and officers for next year.

      R. Jeff Jackson-President                        Bill Verant-Director

      Lou Gorenz-Vice President                 Joe Abbin-Director

      Beth Jackson-Secretary                      Bob Payne-Director

    D.J. MacAlister-Treasurer

 The program was a compare and contrast between the 1939 and the 1949 Fords. Discussion leaders were Art/Betty and Jim/Joyce.



If you are interested in ordering a new name tag, DJ MacAlister has a contact that will make you one for $7.50. Please contact DJ at 505-884-1687 or at the next meeting. Several people ordered theirs at the September meeting and are already wearing them. Thanks for arranging this, DJ.



Vern Willan



1 8 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1-2 tsp. vanilla
chopped pecans or 8 oz pkg toffee bits
Beat all ingredients together except nuts or toffee.
Fold in pecans or toffee and chill.
Serve with sliced apples tossed with lemon juice 


                                                            Vern & Pat’s 1938 PU, 1930 Model A Speedster, 1926 Model T


November Breakfast and Garage Tour

The club had a good turnout, 20 people, and several club cars and pickups made the tour.   Beth Jackson, Mary Gorenz, and Betty Leupold provided the breakfast.   Everyone ate plenty.   The tour of the Jackson’s garage included the flatheads plus starting a very loud 1967 Cobra. Then everyone drove over to Jay’s for a look at his mouth watering collection.   Jay’s place is soooooo cool with his collection of licenses, World’s Fair memorabilia, maps, and of course cars.  And, Jay knows so much about the history of each car that one can just listen, look, and enjoy.   




December Breakfast

Please join us for breakfast on Saturday, December 20th, 8:30am at Weck’s Restaurant at 3913 Louisiana Blvd, NE, just south of Montgomery. Enjoy a nice respite before the busy Christmas week. Art Leupold selected our location this month.




Happy Birthday to:                                                Happy Anniversary to:      

Dee Patterson (4)                                                      Jim & Jeannine Kontny (11)

Meg Williams (4)                                                       Ray & Danice Calderon (19)

Bill Verant (19)                                                         Art & Betty Leupold (21)

Dorothy Hammond (27)                                                Bob & Joan Quirici (21)

Joan Quirici (31)                                                       Jeff & Beth Jackson (26)

                                                                        Bob & Nancy Agnew (30)


IRISH JOKES   Submitted by Joyce Clements


An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut .  The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?" "Just water," says the priest. The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?" The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"


Paddy was in New York. He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay, pedestrians."  Then he'd allow the traffic to pass. He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted, "Pedestrians!" for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"




Website Update:

Here is a sampling of new information added to our website---this is courtesy of the New York Regional Group.  This is in the “Technical and Other Information” section of our website.

There is usually no engine number stamped in the block, but the transmission bell housing was factory stamped with a number which, when the car was assembled, becomes the vehicle serial number.

The frame numbers which match the engine (transmission) number is usually stamped in three places on the top surface of the left-hand frame rail (front, center and rear). The only number which can be seen with the body mounted is the front number. The prefix was usually omitted from the center and rear frame numbers.

For Ford cars, the frame numbers started in 1932 with *18-1* (* being a star) and ran consecutive until the end of production in February, 1942. Mercury production began in 1938 with '39 models at *99A-1* and continued sequentially to the end of production in 1942.  (there is additional text and information on our website. The list of serial numbers below is a sample –check our website)

FORD, 221 CID V-8



Another article added to the “Technical and Other Information” is a detailed Pre-Tour Checklist.   The complete list is on our website.  I bet we have a great time debating this article!

PRE-TOURING CHECKLIST FOR FORD CARS & TRUCKS (the complete article is on our website)

1. Flow Check the Radiator
a. Clean/cook radiator
b. ‘32 radiator should flow 50 gal/min
2. New/rebuilt Water Pumps
a. Old pumps as spares (if good)
3. New Hoses
4. New Fan Belt
a. Old one as spare (if good)
5. Fill Coolant
a. Summer- distilled water & water pump lube
b. Winter- antifreeze and water
6. Extra gallon of distilled water- check radiator often

1. Clean Fuel Tank

When you check the website you will also see a long list of links for clubs and parts and regional groups and flathead information.  Look for the section called LINKS


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2015


Tuesday 2nd - Club Meeting 6:00pm – Christmas Party at the Cooperage.

Saturday 20th – Breakfast 8:30am, Wecks at 3913 Louisiana Blvd NE, brought to you by Art.


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting - 7:00pm

Tuesday 13th Board Meeting at the Jacksons - 7:00pm, Old and New Board Members Planning Sessi




December 5 – "Re-light the Route" Ceremony – 421 E. Old Route 66 (just east of Hwy 41), Moriarity – Bid to flip the switch to the restored signs – Proceeds go to "Re-light the Route" Fund – 5:30pm –

December 6 – Twinklelight Parade – Albuquerque – 5:15pm – 311 for information

December 6 – Christmas Light Parade – Corrales – Meet just south of post office at 5:00pm – decorate your car with lights

December 6 – ASR Banquet – Location TBA – Roger (575)494-4794 or


 2015 EVENTS                                                                                  January 10-18 – 44th Barrett-Jackson Auction – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ – (480)663-6255 or January 14-16 – RM Auctions – Biltmore Resort, Scottsdale, AZ – (800)211-4371 or        January 14-18 – 15th Russo and Steele Auction – Hwy 101 & Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ – (888)482-5315 or                                                                          January 15 – Bonhams & Butterfields Auction – Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, AZ – (415)391-4000 or                                                                      January 15-17 – 18th Silver Auction – Radisson Resort & Casino, Ft. McDowell, AZ – (800)255-4485 or                                                                                      January 16-17 – Gooding & Company Auction – 4700 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ – (310)899-1960 or                                                                                                                  January 17 – Martin Luther King Parade – Albuquerque – 10am – Come early to be assigned a place and a passenger – John Doran                                                                                  February 6-8 – 24th Supernationals – Albuquerque, EXPO NM, Lujan Complex, 6 buildings and over 200 vehicles representing 9 states.  Magazine Feature Cars, Local and Regional Show Cars, over $7,500  in Cash and Award Value.  Show with the best, sign up at,  – Reggie, 505-332-9222                                                                                                                                        March 21 – Wheels of Dreams 2015 – Field of Dreams, Las Cruces – Cindy Torres (575)649-1646                    April 17-19 – 12th Annual NM Auto Show – Convention Center, Albuquerque (505)768-4575 or                                                                                                               April 18 – Annual Spring Thaw – Worldwide Automotive, 3232 Girard NE, Albuquerque – Get your collector car ready for the touring season in exchange for a donation to Cuidando los Ninos – 881-2722                                       May 17 – Albuquerque Museum/NMCCC Annual Car Show – Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque –                                                                                  June 6 – Car-A-Fair 2015 – The Beach, Carlsbad – Joy Springer (575)361-1078 or                                                                                                                  June 20 – Annual Mopar Fest: Celebrating 20 Years – New Mexico Mopar Club – or                                                                                                                       June 20 – Kiwanis Kars for Kids Car Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Jim Pudlewski (575)525-9478                                July 10-11 – 6th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day – Activities being planned                               August 9 – All Clubs Picnic – Oak Flat Picnic Area, South Rt 337                                              September 19-20 – Concours du Soleil – Albuquerque –                   September 25-27 – NMCCC/Los Lunas Annual Swap Meet – Morris Sports Complex, Morris Rd. & Hwy 314, Los Lunas –


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 for registration information                                 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 – or









For Sale: Rebuilt generators, starters, carburetors, distributors, water pumps, clutches, etc. for your

flathead. Best deal in town. Also parts. What do you need? Art Leupold, 505-299-7154.

For Sale: Sealed beam bulbs, headlight or fog, clear or amber, 6 or 12 volt. Spotlights, 6 or 12 volt. Art Leupold, 505-299-7154

For Sale: Flathead Ford Parts; 1 '46-'48 crank shaft w/main and rod inserts and caps; 1 pre-'46 crank shaft; 1 good '46-'48 oil pan; 2 flywheels; 1 intake manifold; 12 water pump cores; 1 intake manifold; 2 oil pumps; 3 oil filters; 2 fuel pump cores; 2 air filters; 6 starter &

generator cores; 4 distributor cores; cam shafts; 1 set rods from '46-'48; 1939 Ignition switch & column lock with key. Call Max, 505-249-7433.

For Sale: Call Lou, 505-450-1789: 1 pr exhaust manifolds for duals, 292-272-239 Ford $75.00.  1 pair hood side emblems for 1960 Ford PU, $85. Chrome grill for 2010 Ford F150, $90. 1951 Olds Rocket 88 car, solid 4 door, runs and drives very good, $5400 obo.

For Sale: Two 1941 Merc sedans w/8 new tires, $1500 for both, 95% complete. Two V8 60 engines, $500 each. Larry Azevedo, 505-410-1909.

For Sale: 1950 Merc Coupe, project car. Lots of new parts and lots of extras. Body in great shape, new paint. Bob Mathes 505-507-6995.

For Sale: 1946 Ford 59A-B motor, complete with all accessories including air cleaner, carb, fuel pump, water pumps, exhaust manifolds, heat riser, generator, starter, clutch, pressure plate and flywheel for $200. Engine is stuck and will need to be rebuilt, but should be good candidate. Also have other new and used flathead parts. Bud Hennessy

For Sale: Atlas 6 inch Metal Working Bench Lathe, Variable Speed Motor. Completely rebuilt, rewired, and powder coated. Mounted on rolling wooden cart with drawers full of accessories. Hundreds of extra parts.  Original Owner’s Manual, many parts lists, and service records.  $1,000.  D.J. MacAlister  505-884-1687

For Sale: 1957 Ford Front Fenders, left and right. $350 each. D.J. MacAlister 505-884-1687

For Sale: 1950 Ford 4-door sedan, black, new paint and upholstery, running 6-cyl engine. Owned by Bonnie Kelly, but contact Jay Hertz 505-235-8235 to arrange to see. Asking $11,000.

Wanted: For 1940 Mercury Fordor: Dash plastic, nice hubcaps, grill parts, 1940 Ford tie rod. Jim Clements 505-884-7912.

Wanted: 1940 used Speed-O-Meter (Ford, of course) call Lou 505-450-1789.

Wanted: Any old Ford hubcaps (not in great condition) for wall art. Please no caps that are overly rare or expensive. Mark 505-315-1494

Wanted: Ford Model A rear axle or just a differential unit, preferably close to Los Alamos or Santa Fe –

Wanted: Auto storage building, and auto storage lot. Please call Jim Clements at 505-884-7912 or email

Services Offered: Vintage engine rebuilding, any make, any model. Stock or modified. Dynamometer testing available. Results guaranteed. References available. Gary McGlasson, 505-250-1586.

Services Offered: Frank Corey, who has made a meeting presentation about the mechanical aspects of Ford overdrives, is available to consult on the electrical aspects as well. Frank has a supply of overdrive parts for sale, for those who may be interested. Frank can be contacted at 505-299-5168 or (


















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