FEBRUARY 2018 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 February 6, 2018 at 7pm. Program is pictures from auto auctions. Refreshments provided by Jacksons.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, February 20th at 7pm at the Jacksons’.
BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, February 17th, 8:30am breakfast at Vick’s Vittles followed by a visit to the club library at Joe’s shop.
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
On Saturday, February 17th at 8:30am, club members and friends will be meeting at Vick’s Vittles, 8810 Central Ave. SE for breakfast. Afterwards Joe will open the club library for our perusal. Joe picked up some books from Art so his library has expanded. This is located at his shop at 9800 Acoma NE.
Flatheads come in all flavors and the resurgence of flatheads is seen in their popularity for hotrods. Come see flatheads revived and what other cars and styles were popular at recent years’ premier auctions. Joe Abbin and Bob Agnew will show and discuss the ‘current trends’.
2018 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: R. Jeff Jackson (email@example.com)
Vice-President: Jay Hertz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Beth Jackson (email@example.com)
Treasurer: David McLain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: George Abernathy (email@example.com)
Director: Phillip Lovato (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Roger Wilbur (email@example.com)
Director: Joe Abbin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bob Quirici (5) Tom Patterson (5) Pat Bost (9) Richard Polk (28)
FEBRUARY PRESIDENT’S LETTER
R. Jeff Jackson
Yesterday we had the club Christmas party and tomorrow it is February 2. Does that make sense?
February will be a good month for the club. We start with cars entered in the Super Nationals car show where we can showcase our cars and our club to attract new Flathead followers and hopefully some new club members. The club will meet on Tuesday the 6th to see Videos and pictures of recent major car auctions. I anticipate prices will be up this year and that some of the key cars will be sporting Flathead engines. It will be interesting to watch and see. Next is the club breakfast on February 17th at Vick’s Vittles followed by a tour of the club and Joe’s library. We are fortunate to have a pretty complete library and a place to house it. And, we’ll toss in a Club Directors meeting and Jay will likely schedule a southern New Mexico tour meeting to round out the month.
Why is February important to us? It really kicks off the season and detailed planning for the year. We look forward to the good weather coming in March and prep for the spring months. (January is for running off the fat from the holidays and relaxing from all the relatives visiting.)
Continuing with Mrs. Henry Ford, did you know she confronted Henry in 1941 and told him to knock off this nonsense and settle with the unions? Those little words of advice, some called a threat, resulted in the most lucrative Union contract to date. It is also reported on that same day she told Henry she was leaving him, “If you don’t support Edsel !“ What a woman! With one swift kick in the pants and an open threat she settled a union strike AND got her son a job.
Minutes of the January 2nd 2018 Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:06pm by President Jeff. Jeff welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year and thanked the officers and directors from last year for their service. He then recognized guest Samantha Berry (Jacksons’ granddaughter) and new members Chris & Amy Joiner and Demetrio Lee. Welcome to our newest members! There were 23 people in attendance. Everyone received their January newsletter. Treasurer David reported that we stuck to our budget and showed a $10 profit for the year. The Christmas party showed a profit of $50 for the club and attendees donated a total of $252 to Roadrunner Food Bank.
Birthday greetings were extended to Helen Grevey (14) and David McLain (31). Thanks to Joe Abbin for providing refreshments, left from his ever fun New Years’ Day party.
The For Sale/Wanted sheet was passed around for additions, deletions, and corrections.
Old Business: Beth Jackson reported that 30 people attended the December 9th Christmas party. The food was delicious and the gift exchange was entertaining.
Joyce said the Car Council’s next meeting is the end of January so there was nothing new to report.
The recipe of the month for the newsletter was provided by Beth Jackson in January. Mary Gorenz volunteered to provide a recipe for the February newsletter.
Jay gave us a summary of activity so far on the National Tour planned for southern New Mexico in October. He will submit the formal application to the National Director, Bruce Nelson. His committee will continue to work out the details for the tour. Jeff suggested we might include the biannual opening of the Trinity Site on the 1st Saturday in October.
New Business: Membership renewal of $25 is due by the end of February. David collected dues from many of the members present.
The January breakfast is Saturday, January 20th at the Church Street Café in Old Town, 8:30am. Joe suggested this location. The February breakfast will be followed by a tour of the club library in Joe’s shop so Jim suggested going to Vick’s Vittles as it is in the general area.
There will be a board meeting at the Jacksons’ on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm. (Subsequently changed to February 20th).
Jeff and Joe suggested getting some cars together to enter the SuperNationals in early February for a V8 area. (Come visit them at the Expo NM grounds February 2,3 and 4th.) Richard, Jay, David and Chris expressed interest in joining Jeff and Joe. Joe will follow up. The group could use the club stanchions for the display.
Joe mentioned that he will have pictures of the Scottsdale auto auctions and that would make a good February program. Bob Agnew said he was given some DVD’s and he will check those out.
Jim asked the club to consider buying a brick for a deceased member. Jeff agreed to make that a topic of discussion for the February meeting and to review prior club decisions regarding this item.
Jeff briefly mentioned some ideas for programs and tours for the year so everyone could be thinking during the refreshment break. After refreshments the club will have show and tell and spend some planning time for the year’s programs.
The raffle was held after the break and Richard won the $23 50/50 pot.
Planning Session: Joe showed several different distributors and offered to do a program on them at a later date. Joyce handed out several small license plates from the 1980 New Mexico tour put on by the club.
Jay had an idea that we help members by working on their cars if asked. That could happen either at the member’s garage or Jay’s garage. By helping to keep cars running we can get more members ready to join our driving tours. Several program ideas were suggested: Larry Azevedo speaking on Edsel Ford, a joint meeting with the Chevy Club at Jay’s shop to compare a Ford to a Chevy, a program on antique tires (Joyce will check with Bernalillo Tire), a program on lubricants (perhaps Bob and Joe). Ideas for tours included the Nuclear Museum, the Steam Locomotive, the Military Vehicle warehouse, the Joiner Museum, the Unser Museum, an overnight tour to Los Alamos or Las Vegas, NM, Mountainair, Larry Icerman’s north of Santa Fe. The board will continue to plan using these ideas. New member Demetrio will check with his company, AAA, about sponsoring a car show.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:24pm.
Secretary Beth Jackson
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
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY
The following story was found in a FORD TIMES magazine dated December, 1990, under the heading of "My Favorite Car".
In 1961, when I was 19 and living in Colorado, I bought a powder-blue 1951 Ford Crown Victoria. My boyfriend, Don, had just returned from the Marines and didn't have a car, so I did the driving on our dates.
We soon were married, and I looked forward to spending our first Christmas together and starting our own family traditions. I thought it would be romantic to drive to a Christmas tree farm in the nearby mountains and chop down our own tree.
We walked through knee-deep snow for an hour before we found the perfect tree. It was beautiful! We cut it down and tied it onto the trunk of our Ford.
When we got home, we discovered that the ropes had slipped loose. We had dragged the tree behind the car for 30 miles, and there wasn't a needle left on it. We laughed until we were too weak to stand and then collapsed into the snow.
So, for our first Christmas, we had the ugliest tree in the world, but it didn't matter because we were young and in love. We've been married for 24 years now and have four children. Whenever I see a powder-blue Ford, the memory still makes me smile.
Linda Stafford from Missouri
Pictures from the 2013 Northern New Mexico National Tour
Jokes of the Month
ALL MEN / ALL GIRLS
When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past). For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, "And all girls."
This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, "Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?"
Her response was, "Because everybody always finishes their prayers by saying 'All Men'!"
A Sunday school teacher said to her children, "We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is?"
One child blurted out, "Aces!"
The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
"Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."
"How come He doesn't answer it?" she asked.
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?"
The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"
Recipe of the Month
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups flour
2 -1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
2/3 cups chopped pecans
whipped cream, optional
Beat eggs with sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5 minutes.
Add butter and extract, beat 2 minutes.
Stir in flour until just combined.
Stir in cranberries and pecans.
Spread in greased 13 x 9 pan.
Bake @ 350 for 45 to 50 minutes until tooth pick inserted near center comes out clean.
Breakfast at the Church Street Cafe
Lou Gorenz was born on April 8, 1930 in Staunton, Illinois. He married the lovely Mary Faichney in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1954. They lived in Ft. Worth for several years where Lou worked for Big Three and then were transferred to Albuquerque. They also lived in California for several years. When they left California, Lou drove the ‘40 Ford and pulled a trailer and Mary drove a ‘55 Mercury and pulled a trailer. They drove through Salt River Canyon in Arizona about 10:30-11:00 at night. This was a two lane road with lots of switchbacks. When they reached the top of the canyon they pulled over and Mary gave Lou a tongue lashing after nearly fainting in his arms. Lou and Mary have six children, three boys and three girls, 12 grandchildren and 14 grandchildren. This makes for very large family gatherings. They are long time members of the Tumbleweed V8 Club and have been strong participants. Lou’s favorite car is their beautiful 1940 Tudor Deluxe that they bought in Fullerton, California for $150 in 1956.
Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018
Fri-Sun 2nd-4th SuperNationals at the New Mexico Expo grounds
Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Refreshments Jacksons
Tuesday 20th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jackson’s
Saturday 17th Breakfast 8:30am at Vick’s Vittles
Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm at Jay’s Garage comparing 1933 Ford and Chevy
Saturday 17th Breakfast
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm Program by Larry Azevedo on Edsel Ford
Saturday 21st Breakfast
Saturday 21st Spring Thaw, Worldwide Automotive
Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm
Saturday 19th Breakfast
Sunday 20th Museum Car Show
Monday 28th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos
Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm
Saturday 16th Breakfast
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm
Wednesday 4th Parade in Corrales and Hopefully Picnic at Azevedo’s
Saturday 21st Breakfast
Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 12th All Clubs Picnic
Saturday 18th Breakfast
Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 9th of September State Fair Car Show
Saturday 15th Breakfast
Fri - Sun 28-30 Los Lunas Swap Meet
Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm
5th-10th - National Tour of Southern New Mexico
Saturday 20th Breakfast
Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election
Saturday 17th Breakfast
Saturday 8th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)
Tuesday 11th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2019)
Saturday 15th Breakfast
February 2-4 – 27th Annual SuperNationals – Lujan Complex, NM Fairgrounds – (505)332-9222 or www.thesupernationals.com
February 10 – 16th Dr. George Car Show – Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, CA Tim Smartt (760)360-9798
February 16-18 – 10th Annual Rockabilly Reunion – Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu, AZ – Kennie (928)846-0335
February 22-24 – VMCCA Annual Meeting – San Marcos, TX
February 23-25 – Swap Meet – Wise County Fairgrounds, Decatur, TX – (940)389-0054
March 1-3 – Havasu Deuces – Rotary Park, Lake Havasu, AZ – Open to pre-'58 – Dick Raczuk (928)854-6319 or www.havasudeuces.com
March 3 – Veterans' Car Show – Borman Motors, Las Cruces – Rich Lewis (575)525-4556
March 9-11 – 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX – Open to Pre-'88 – Goodguys (925)838—9876 or www.good-guys.com
March 16-17 – 28th Chickasha Pre-War Swap Meet – Chickasha, OK – Mike or Susie Ersland (405)224-9090 or www.pwsm.com
March 16-18 – 9th Spring Nationals – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ – Open to Pre-'88 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or www.good-guys.com
March 16-18 – Lone Star Nationals – Convention Center, McAllen, TX – Open to Fords – (956)897-0117 or www.motosho.com
March 24 – Albuquerque Christian Children's Home Open House & Car Show – Fundraiser for AACH sponsored by LOE GTO's – Stay tuned for details.
2018 NATIONAL MEETS/TOURS
May 21-25 – Pennsylvania Dutch Country Spring Time Tour – Hosted by Hawk Mountain RG – Tour Amish country, headquartered in Myerstown, PA – Lois Dries (610)966-5127 or email@example.com or Rick Slegel (610)926-3061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11-15 Grand National Meet, Dearborn, Michigan – "Dearborn's the Scene in 2018" – 55th Anniversary Homecoming – Phill Hall (805)573-8077 or Michael Driscoll (615)293-9985. email@example.com to register or http://2018gnm.com for more information.
August 26-31 – Montana National V8 Tour – Sponsored by Big Sky V-8 RG – Starts & ends in Billings, MT – 1300 mile tor includes Pompey's Pillar, mining towns Neihart & Monarch, Giant Springs, Great Falls, Glacier NP, Going to the Sun Highway, Flathead Lake, Flathead Museum, Nine Pipes, boat trips, and more – Norm Clark (406)259-6154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2015 Club Tour to Gallup
FEBRUARY 2018 CLASSIFIED ADS
For Sale: 1937 Ford Fordor Deluxe (Humpback) Sedan, Dual carbs, aluminum heads. $7800. Max Glover 505-792-2011.
For Sale: 1961 Comet 144 engine and 2 speed transmission. George 505-771-2113.
For Sale: 1947 Ford Fodor Super Deluxe. This is an original New Mexico rust-free car, 239 V8 with 87K miles. It uses no oil and was painted 6 years ago (Ford gray). The interior is good with original headliner. New parts include: complete brake system, front and rear springs, tube shocks all around, 8 volt battery, Coker white wall tires. This car has been garaged for 40 years, has original Ford glass, a Fulton visor, super deluxe bumper tips and grille guard. This is a fun-driving, family car. Price $12,500. Roger Wilbur, 505-983-7885, 505-633-9241.
For Sale: Buick Riviera 2dr HT. Total stock 264 cu.in dynaflow, repaint, new interior, 24k miles, runs excellent. $16,000. Roger Wilbur 505-983-7885.
For Sale: New All State Guardsman bias tire, 670-15, wide white wall, never been on ground. $80.00. Call Ron, 505-869-2988.
For Sale: Two electric scooters, Invacare Pronto with joystick control $450 (obo) and Invacare Lynx $125 (obo). Both in running condition with decent batteries. Jeff 505-908-7565.
For Sale: 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, white with red interior. Automatic, 6cyl, good looking car from 20’ away. $13,000. Jeff 505-908-7565.
Wanted: Gas cap cover door for 1949-50 Mercury in good condition. Dorothy Hammond (575)746-9477 or email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 2015 Club Tour to Gallup