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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is January 2, 2018 at 7pm. It will be a planning meeting for 2018. Refreshments provided by Joe Abbin.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm at the Jacksons’.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, January 20th, 8:30am breakfast at Church Street Café – Old Town.

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





New Year’s Day Party at Joe’s

 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Come on over to my open house (41st annual) on New Year's afternoon, January 1st, 1-5 pm. Address is 11716 Tivoli Ave NE.  Go east on Comanche past Juan Tabo, take the first right on Holiday, then left on Tivoli. The featured dish will be my posole. Bring goodies if you’d like, but not necessary. See you there!

Joe Abbin



January Breakfast

On Saturday, January 20th at 8:30am, club members and friends will be meeting at The Church Street Café in Old Town.  This is located at 2111 Church Street NW, behind San Felipe Church.  Let’s start the year with a big crowd.


January Birthdays

Helen Grevey (14)    David McLain (31)



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

Vice-President: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: David McLain (fordshoeboxmclain@aol.com)

Director: George Abernathy (gabernathy@sunriseveterinary.com)

Director: Phillip Lovato (fordman56@centurylink.net)

Director: Roger Wilbur (rogerwilbur88@gmail.com)

Director: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)


January President’s Letter

By Jeff Jackson

   The Tumbleweed V8 Club has a pushy newsletter editor.   I know this from firsthand experience and Joe knows it from second hand experience.  She wants the newsletter put out on her schedule.  On this day, a lazy Friday where one is supposed to be relaxing preparing for 2018, she pestered me to do a President’s letter.
   First thing I did was look up the wife of Henry Ford.  She was Clare Jane Bryant.  She and Henry married on April 11, 1888.   Henry is known to have said, “The greatest day of my life is when I married Mrs. Ford.”   Clare Jane supported her husband from her marriage at age 22 until Henry’s death in 1947.  It doesn’t say she was pushy but it does say she was supportive.
   I would like to start this letter by thanking the Officers and Directors from last year for their service and leadership.  We all maintain the club quality and integrity through joint ownership of the club and its activities, but the officers put in that additional time to make it all work.  Thanks!   In December we had a Directors meeting to start the planning for 2018.  I am pleased to say we had many more ideas than we can possibly complete in 2018.
   You all know we are committed to a V8 tour in 2018.  Thanks to planning by Jay and the team in 2017, we already have a base plan for that tour.  Thanks Jay and everyone!  Completing the planning and executing the tour will require all our efforts.   We also want to do several local tours in 2018 which will lead each of us to get our cars ready to enjoy these tours.  Speaking of getting our cars ready to enjoy these tours, we’d like to suggest some work weekends (Saturday after breakfast) where we can help each other get our cars ready to go and learn from each other.  For running cars we can meet somewhere – maybe Jay’s shop - and for “cars in progress” we can meet at your house to help.   These work week periods aren’t to judge other’s cars or progress but to lend a hand to fellow club members.
   The January club meeting will be devoted to developing ideas for activities that the entire club can support.  So bring your ideas for club activities to the January meeting.
   And, you all remember Joe is having his famous posole January 1st party.  That means the refreshments for our January 2nd meeting will be great.
   Have a great 2018.  Remember Clare Jane Bryant supported her husband and we carry the tradition by supporting our club.   Ok, so maybe I carried the metaphor too far- who cares?


Minutes of the December 12th Board Meeting


The Board Meeting was called to order by President Jeff at 7:05pm.  Four officers and one director were present.  The secretary handed out a preliminary calendar and program ideas from past years.  Members discussed various ideas for invigorating the club and ideas for programs and tours.  It was agreed to make the January meeting a time for planning the year with input from all members.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.



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


Christmas Party 2017

The Club Christmas Party on December 9th was enjoyed by 30 attendees.  The food was delicious and lovely gifts were exchanged by many.  After expenses, $50 remained and was donated to the club treasury.  We also collected $252 to be donated to Roadrunner Food Bank.  The pictures following are courtesy of Vi Chavez-Cropp and Joe Abbin.




All pictures at the end of the text newsletter on this page


















V8 Christmas Party


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018

(Under Construction)

January 2nd Club Meeting 7pm

Refreshments Joe Abbin

Saturday 20th Breakfast 8:30am at The Church Street Café – Old Town


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm 

Tuesday 13th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jackson’s

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm 

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm 

Saturday 21st Breakfast

Saturday ?? 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 

?????  Regional Tour of Southern New Mexico

Saturday 20th Breakfast


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm  Officer Election

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Saturday 8th Club Christmas Party (tentatively a pot luck)

Tuesday 11th  (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2019)

Saturday 15th Breakfast





Frank Hammond, member of the Tumbleweeds since 1994, passed away of a heart attack on November 25, 2017, at the age of 74. Frank lived in Artesia with his wife of 57 years, Dorothy. The Clements met them at a Lincoln Club meet, and got to know them fairly well in Dearborn, Michigan, at the 1995 national Lincoln meet. Frank was an avid Ford, Mercury and Lincoln collector and restorer and had several garages full of restored and original vehicles at their home. Frank was a life member of the Early Ford V8 Club and the Ford Foundation.

Frank was a stickler for originality and researched small details for his restorations. He didn't usually have a lot to say, but he was not afraid to express an opinion to judges as to authenticity. He worked his way from a 3rd place on the Concourse with his 1935 Ford sedan to a 1st place at the St. George meet, by studying his judging sheets and fixing many details. Frank had many trophies for his cars.

The first national V8 meet they attended was in Steamboat Springs, 1994, with a very nice, original, unrestored, low-mileage 1948 Ford coupe. They attended our 2000 Tumbleweed Tour with an original (unrestored) 1934 Ford sedan with only a few thousand miles on it. That was one of Frank's favorites. Frank & Dorothy attended nine national V8 meets and many Texas tours sponsored by Texas Regional groups. They were at our 2013 driving tour in northern New Mexico, driving a 1951 Ford Victoria. Their 12-year-old grandson has gone with Frank and Dorothy to the Fredericksburg swap meet since he was 6 years old and knows his Ford parts. The Tumbleweeds took an overnight garage tour a few years back to see them and their collection of cars. The trip is well-remembered by those who went on that tour. Frank and Dorothy came to several swap meets in Los Lunas, and Dorothy helped with registration while Frank sold and/or hunted parts.

Both of the Hammonds were mainstays in the southeastern New Mexico car hobby, sponsoring car shows and swap meets in Artesia. He helped many locals with restorations. He was well-known in the community for his hospitality and good works, including playing Santa Claus at Christmas.  He took his grandkids to shows, tours and meets, and inside his garages, where he taught them how to restore, maintain and drive his cars. His 15-year-old granddaughter learned to drive the 1935 sedan and loves driving the cars. The whole Hammond family loves the cars almost as much as Frank did, and they will be well cared for.

We lost a real asset to the car community, and Frank will be remembered fondly throughout the hobby as a true Ford man.

Written by Joyce with help from Dorothy and daughter Lynette











Frank & his 1940 Ford Sedan                                      Frank & Dorothy with their 1951 Victoria                      


1935 Sedan at Temecula                                       Hammonds’ Rouge 1934 at Tumbleweed Tour         













By Norma Jackson (Jeff’s mother)


1 cup shortening      1 tsp salt     1 cup sugar       ½ cup water      2 eggs     

6 cups flour    1 tsp anise seed

3 tsp baking soda     cinnamon/sugar mixture


Cream shortening and sugar, add anise and eggs.  Mix flour, soda and salt.  Add alternately to 1st mixture, flour and water.  Knead well until mixed.  Roll out 1/8” thick and cut with cookie cutter or knife.  Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and bake at 350 degrees until slightly brown.  Other liquids may be substituted for water such as orange juice, milk, wine, etc.



Jokes of the Month


How children perceive their grandparents.


A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like.  “We used to skate outside on a pond.  I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony.  We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”

The young girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.  At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”


My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?”  I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike?”  “You’re both old,” he replied.


A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s work processor.  She told him she was writing a story.  “What’s it about?” he asked.  “I don’t know,” she replied.  “I can’t read.”


I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her.  I would point out something and ask what color it was.  She would tell me and was always correct.  It was fun for me, so I continued.  At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!”






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 calodries@ptd.net or Rick Slegel (610)926-3061 or rickscrim@aol.com

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. registration@2018gnm.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 nclark@clarksafety.com




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: Flathead performance parts, to be sold as a package: Fresh steel Merc crank, Edelbrock heads and intake, new pancake distributor, adjustable tappets, gen mount, etc. Mike 505-730-0963

For Sale: 1948-50 3/4 ton bare truck cab, no doors, has dash & aftermarket heater. $50. Pea Garr 505-553-9008. Joyce has pictures if anyone is interested.

For Sale: 16'x7' trailer with electric brakes, new spare, with 6' high temporary box as cover to protect from weather & theft. Box can be removed, but price is same.  Bought 2 weeks ago; due to circumstances need to sell it. Paid $2285 for trailer plus $230 for box materials. Will sell for $1975. Dick at 505-796-0632

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: 1999 Honda Shadow Ace 750cc motorcycle -Excellent condition, new tires, good battery, cruise control, oil cooler, full windshield, saddle bags, buddy seat, footpegs, running boards, crash bars. Always garaged. 13,860 mi. Green/cream. Have title. Marvin Clinger 505-866-5429. Los Lunas. I can no longer ride due to health problems.  $2899.00 cash only 

For sale: Two Plymouth roadrunners: 1974 318 small block, restored in good condition. 1973 440 Magnum/727 trans, needs minor repairs, running and driving. Cars are both black w/blue interior. Asking $19k for both. Call Luke 505-504-2372

For Rent: Two individual garages in Albuquerque, 17'11" long inside. Available immediately, $95 per month each. Doug Huth 505-228-3303

Wanted: Gas cap cover door for 1949-50 Mercury in good condition. Dorothy Hammond (575)746-9477 or dorothy@tberryweb.com

Wanted:  Past issues of “Skinned Knuckles” magazine.  Jay Hertz 505-235-8235.

Wanted:  Ignition switch for 1940 Mercury. Max 505-249-7344.

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 (frankford4@aol.com).











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