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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 7 pm. Old Car Garage at 3232 Girard Blvd. NE.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7pm. Jackson’s house, 8322 Calle Picaflor NW.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, January 17th, 8:30 am at Furrs on Wyoming.

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’S MESSAGE    Jeff Jackson, President

Beth has been on my case for five days now to write a President’s message and I have not had a brilliant thought yet.     2015 already, gee time flies when you are having fun.  We ended 2014 with two good events. The Christmas Party was well attended and the last Saturday breakfast brought out a big group aided by Art’s telephone solicitations.  I trust you all will remember Joe’s party on New Year’s Day which will give us a head start into 2015.  


We start 2015 with a whole list of ideas left over from 2014.  Beth will post a list in this newsletter but there are a couple of items I would really like to see happen in 2015.   It would be great if we could take at least one overnight tour trip and I hope the Board will push that idea this year.    It would be really good for the club if we could bring in 4 or 5 new and active members like we did in 2014.    And, the car comparison we did at the end of 2014 seemed to bring a lot of discussion.   We could expand our thinking and compare our club cars to Fords of different years and we could compare our club cars to period cars of different manufacturers.   Sure, Ford had the great flathead V8 but others, many owned by club members, also had wonderful period cars.   The most important item for our club, in my mind, is to carry out our mission of education.  Back when the club hosted the National Event the club brought in a lot of cash and we still have about $4000 that could and should be spent on our club purpose.  It will be my goal this year that we jointly agree how to effectively put that money to work and we do it.


We have our first club meeting on January 6th and Christy Smith from J and B Radiator is scheduled to talk.  This time I will go by her shop and remind her the day of the meeting.   I am looking forward to this year.  I think we have a good group of Officers and Directors who can help bring new ideas and energy to the club.



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: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

Director: Bob Payne

Director: Bill Verant (WVerant@live.com)



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: JBJaxun@gmail.com



The FORD TIMES was published every other Friday by Ford Motor Company for its employees. Articles featured accomplishments and honors of the employees.

From the FORD TIMES of December 10, 1943:                                          Submitted by Joyce Clements


Ford Employee Wins Charles Main Annual Award

The Charles T. Main award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the year 1943 has been given to a Ford employee, Michael C. Kazen, a graduate of the College of Engineering of the University of Detroit, for his paper "Government as Affected by Engineering." The award is a $150 cash prize, an engraved certificate, and all expense paid for attending the annual meeting of the Society in New York City. The award was made in the Pennsylvania Hotel on December 1.

Kazen has been employed at Ford for eleven years and at the present time works as a layout inspector for the inspection department in the Gear and Axle building, Rouge. He is a graduate of the Henry Ford Trade School and entered the University of Detroit after graduation from Northern night school. He carried on full time employment with the Ford Motor Company throughout his college course and was graduated this year with the Degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.


From December 24, 1943:

Trend of the times: Students in the Ford Motor Company apprentice schools are showing a marked preference for study of plastics. Materials are earmarked for war production, so they use only scrap. Lacking a textbook, they wrote their own; hope to publish it in permanent form.


A plastic distributor head for aircraft engines, developed experimentally at the Ford Motor Company engineering laboratories and now in full production, is credited by some high-ranking officers in the Army Air Forces as the "best of any type" used by the Army. It has the advantage of using non-critical materials and of being light weight, but its reputation was built mostly on performance. By design and type of materials used it is particularly outstanding at high altitude.


Carryover Club Ideas For 2015


This list is leftover ideas from 2014 which are included here as discussion points.   As usual the first Board meeting of 2015 will be devoted to planning 2015.  Please discuss these and any new ideas with Board members at the break of our January 6th meeting.

- Tour of the Railroad Yard hosted by Ed Boles

- Discussion of starters, generators, and/or carburetors hosted by Art Leupold

- Review of Ford Commercials over the years hosted by Club Members

- Discussion of hot rodding the Ford Flathead V8 with supercharging hosted by Joe Abbin

- Discussion of regional Club and National Club history hosted by Joyce and Jim Clements

- Night at the race track to showcase our cars

- Compare and contrast cars of different years and/or different makes hosted by Club Members

-Continuation of Larry’s series on Henry Ford hosted by Larry Azevedo

- Paintless Dent repair hosted by a commercial vendor

- How the automobile industry responded to WWII hosted by Jay Hertz

- What can our club learn from other clubs about membership drives and meeting activities hosted by Club Members




By Beth Jackson (actually from my mother, Helen Rider)


Firestick Candy


Stir together 2 ½ cups sugar, 1 cup white Karo syrup, and ½ cup water.  Cook these ingredients on the stove, using a candy thermometer until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage.

Take pan outdoors and add: 1 tsp. cinnamon oil and 1 to 2 tsps. red food coloring. Stir well.

Pour into an aluminum pan, approximately 9 x 12, and let cool.  Then break into bite sized pieces.


The important ingredient here is the cinnamon oil. It can be purchased at the Specialty Shop at 5823 Lomas NE and is called Red Hot Cinnamon, flavor oil. Add it outdoors because the scent can take your breath away. Be very careful with the oil, using a metal measuring spoon, not plastic.





Happy Birthday to:                                               

Ross Collord (11)

Helen Grevey (14)

David McLain (31)


Happy New Year by Joe Abbin

We will start the new year with an open house at Joe’s place on New Year’s Day, January 1 from 1 - 5 pm. The featured dish will be Joe’s posole. Bring goodies if you’d like, but not necessary. The address is 11716 Tivoli Ave. NE. Go East on Comanche past Juan Tabo, take the first right on Holiday, then left on Tivoli.

                             January Board Meeting                                                       

The first board meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 7 pm.  All current and past board members are invited, as are any members who would like to be involved in planning meeting topics, tours, events, etc. for 2015. The meeting will be held at Jeff and Beth Jackson’s house at 8322 Calle Picaflor NW. Directions:  We are south of Paseo and east of Coors.  When you are on Coors look east (toward the mountains) and you will see a Ram service station. Turn east off Coors at the Ram service station. Take an immediate left and go on the frontage road between the Ram station and the Riverpoint Sports and Wellness Fitness Center. Be sure the Wellness Center is on your right. As you are passing the Wellness Center the road turns to the right directly toward the mountains. Stay on the road and you will see a large red dinosaur on your left, keep going. Shortly the road turns again to the right. Immediately after the right turn you will see a small subdivision. The first street you can turn on is Calle de Alondre, turn left on Calle de Alondre. Our house is on the corner of Calle de Alondre and Calle Picaflor. 8322 Calle Picaflor, phone 505.908.7565.

January Breakfast


Please join your fellow club members for breakfast on Saturday, January 17th, 8:30 am at Furrs, 2400 Wyoming Blvd. NE.

This is a favorite location for many members with plenty of seating and good food.  

December Breakfast


The Club’s December breakfast was at Weck’s on Louisiana as picked by Art Leupold.   Well, Art wanted to assure a good December showing so he called several club members early to remind them.  It worked!   We had 19 members show up for breakfast and we all talked so long it was mid morning before our group left.  It was a real pleasure to see everyone discuss Christmas plans and to see how we all work together.  A small but meaningful example of a mature club, when someone new showed up someone seated would hop up and get another table.  We started with 4 tables and ended up with 9 in an L shape.   A good breakfast and good group.
















Jokes of the Month


What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?   It gets toad away.


I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I got home, all the signs were there.


After a lengthy course on improving computer skills, a teacher finally seemed to get the hang of it. In fact, he admitted in his self-evaluation, “computers have simplified and shortened my life.”


Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, our friend received a jury-duty notice. She called the clerk’s office to remind them that she was exempt because of her age. “You’ll need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” the clerk said. “But I filled them out last year,” she replied. “You have to fill them out every year.” “Why? Do you think I’m getting younger?”



Tumbleweed 2014 Christmas Meeting and Party


The 2014 Tumbleweed Christmas Party was held on Tuesday, December 2 at The Cooperage Restaurant.   Mary Gorenz did another fine job of setting a menu and venue that served the club well.   Our room this year was a little smaller than before which made it just perfect for a group of our size.  It was easy to talk across tables and when we did the gift exchange everyone could see the gift and decide if they would steal it or pass and grab the next one.  Poor Al just cannot keep that book ‘Ford Country’ by David L Lewis.  This year Jeff stole it from him.  Better luck next year Al.  We had a good turnout for this Christmas party and everyone enjoyed themselves.  The Clements dressed in 1940’s period clothes and provided a wonderful addition to the atmosphere of the party.   A complete set of pictures is on the club website AbqfordflatheadV8.com


As a consideration for next year, let’s consider if we should continue at a restaurant or if we would like to try a potluck at someone’s house?   This is not anything we need to decide now, just a thought.









Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2015


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting - 7:00pm Program is Christy from J & B Radiators

Tuesday 13th Board Meeting at the Jacksons - 7:00pm, Old and New Board Members 2015 Planning Session

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30 am - Furrs at 2400 Wyoming Blvd NE







January 10-18 – 44th Barrett-Jackson Auction – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ – (480)663-6255 or   www.barrett-jackson.com

January 14-16 – RM Auctions – Biltmore Resort, Scottsdale, AZ – (800)211-4371 or www.rmauctions.com

January 14-18 – 15th Russo and Steele Auction – Hwy 101 & Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ – (888)482-5315 or www.russoandsteele.com

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 www.goodingco.com

January 17 – Martin Luther King Parade – Albuquerque – 10am – Come early to be assigned a place and a passenger – John Doran jdoran@swcp.com or 311 for City information

January 23-25 – 65th Annual Grand National Roadster Show – Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA –             (877)763-7469 or www.rodshows.com

February 6-8 – 24th Supernationals – EXPO NM, Lujan Complex, 6 buildings, 200 vehicles from 9 states.  Magazine Feature Cars, Local and Regional Show Cars, over $7,500 in cash and awards – Sign up at www.thesupernationals.com,  – Reggie rftibbe@flash.net or (505)332-9222



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                                 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