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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday May 2, 7pm, Program on Estate Planning. Refreshments provided by Jay Hertz.   


BREAKFAST GROUP: No breakfast this month but many members will be at the Museum Car Show on Sunday, May 21st.

CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at   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




May Meeting Program

Estate Planning with Emphasis on Dealing with Auto Collections


Jay Rosenblum of the Sutin, Thayer and Browne Law Firm will address this very important topic for our members. Bring your questions and experiences on this subject. Make sure your wishes are honored with maximum benefit and minimum hassle for your beneficiaries and estate.

Tumbleweed Early Ford V-8 Club Picnic Show and Shine

When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, 11am-2pm.

Where: Los Ranchos Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW


Yup, we’re having a picnic! We will be celebrating our Tumbleweed Group’s 42nd birthday, the 54th birthday of the Early Ford V-8 Club, the 115th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company, the 65th anniversary of the flatheads demise (bummer) and the City of Albuquerque’s 312th birthday! All dates are approximate. Not to be forgotten, it is the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Fords! Wow!

The festivities begin at 11 am at the Los Ranchos Village Hall. We’ll line up all those flatheads for display and celebrate each other’s cars. Then we’ll have sandwiches, share some goodies and tie everything together with birthday cake. Sodas and chips will also be provided, courtesy of the club! Wow, a free lunch (donations accepted)! Feel free to bring a side dish, a salad or anything else you’d like to share with the Ford party animals. Volunteers to help and cleanup are appreciated. Let’s put on the biggest display of flatheads since 1953! Bring your friends!

We will have our popular 50-50 raffle with some nice prizes as well as the cash! Please feel free to donate items for the raffle.

Contact Joe Abbin at 296-7678 to volunteer and for details.



May 2017 Presidents Message – Estate Planning                                                                                                     Joe Abbin

This month’s meeting will feature Jay Rosenblum on the subject of estate planning. See announcement elsewhere in this newsletter. None of us likes to think about the end of life or what is going to happen to our “stuff” after we are gone. Realistically why should we care? On the other hand if we have been good stewards of our stuff, including our car collection, why not pass it on in a way that is consistent with our previous care?

When I was a kid on my motor scooter in the mid-50’s, I would explore everyplace within range for old cars. One of my discoveries was a wrecking yard in Algodones, NM. Leo, the owner, would show me around and tell the story of any car in his 200-300 vehicle inventory. As a treat, he let me take a license plate off one of the cars to take home. He was especially fond of the early 50’s Studebakers with the wrap around rear windows. He had detailed plans for disposition of most of these cars. At the time he was actually working on a custom called the “Town Car” which was later featured in an auto magazine in the early 60’s, so I did not dismiss his plans, at least entirely. Leo closed his yard around 1963 and I only saw him once or twice afterwards. Leo died around 1990 without any will or other instructions on what to do with his yard full of cars. The state of NM located a sister in CA as his closest living relative and named her the executor of his estate. Even though Leo and his sister were not close, she came to ABQ and coordinated a sale and auction of his belongings. Auctions were held on two adjacent weekends and then a mobile crusher disposed of the unsold cars, including most of his beloved Studebakers. End of story.

Wow! Maybe we can learn how to do a better job than Leo of estate planning at the meeting. See you at the meeting and bring your friends.

Minutes of the April 4, 2017 Meeting

Secretary, Beth Jackson

Joe called the meeting to order.  There were 22 members and guests present.  The guests were Kenny and Karen Campbell, Kathleen McGaughey, Dan Pyzel, Roger Wilbur and program presenter Jay Melin.  The club all wished Joe a happy birthday today.  There were lots of April birthdays and anniversaries.

Old Business:  Treasurer Dave told us the treasury is solvent.  A brick will be purchased in April in memory of Art Leupold. The minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Joyce reported for the Car Council.  The May Museum Car Show is coming up.  There are posters available at the meeting for display in business windows.  Beth mentioned that her neighbor asked her to publicize the Netherwood Church of Christ Car Show on Saturday April 8th.  No one had a recent report on Bob Payne’s health. 

New Business:  Johanne reported that Jo Loring was put in hospice today at Anna Kaseman.

Breakfast this month will be on Saturday, April15th at the Route 66 Diner on Central.

Freddy’s will be serving free ice cream to classic car drivers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings.

Spring Thaw is being held on April 22nd at the Old Car Garage.  Appointments are still available.  Or just come for lunch and leave a donation for CLNKids.   Roger sent a flyer around advertising his ’47 Ford for sale.

The Clements were the only entrant to Joe’s trivia contest on license plates.  They had almost every question correct.  There were several great prizes for the club raffle.

Jay Melin gave us an interesting slide show of New Mexico license plates through the years with information about each year’s tags.  Thanks to Jay for his talk and handouts.

Refreshments were provided by the Glovers and Kathleen brought 2 birthday cakes for Joe.  Thanks to all for the delicious eats.

After refreshments and social time, we had show and tell of license plates.  Ray, Kathleen, Joe, Kenny and Beth all shared plates and stories with the club.


May Birthdays and Anniversaries

                           Betty Leupold (21)                 John & Betty Shelton (27)

                           Ron Gigger (24)                                             


Sunday May 21: 33rd Annual Museum/NMCCC Automobile Show

at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW. Theme of the show is 1967 in honor of the Museum's 50th birthday. If you have not received your application yet, see Joyce at the meeting or e-mail or call 884-7912. Joyce will have a signup list at the meeting looking for volunteer help with parking, registration, vote-counting, gate duty and gofers. If you would like to park as a club, meet at the Old Town Hotel Albuquerque parking lot by 7am and enter the usual way behind Tiguex Park at 7:10am. All years of vehicles are ok for entry, but VIP parking will be for 1967 models.




The information and pictures below are from The Streamlined Decade by Donald J. Bush


     From the beginning of his existence, man has moved from place to place and invented ways to move himself, his family and his goods more easily. From the travois and the ship, through wagons, and on into mechanized transports, his vehicles have improved and made his travelling faster, more economical and more comfortable. He became aware of wind and water resistance and started to "streamline" his vehicles. Ships and aircraft were designed with smooth surfaces and curves so that they would sail and glide more easily through water and air. Wind tunnels were built to test theories. As automobiles developed, creative men envisioned smooth cars that would use less fuel and go faster. In the early 20th century, designers were drawing and dreaming cars with enclosed fenders and round bodies. Many thought the teardrop shape ideal; a drop of water formed by gravity as it fell seemed the natural way to go.

     Richard Buckminster Fuller, long interested in design and engineering, started experimenting with teardrop designs in the 1920's. In 1933 he designed and built his Dymaxion Car powered with a Ford v-8. It was front-wheel drive with a single rear wheel that was steerable. The car reportedly attained a speed of 120mph with its 90-hp engine, due strictly to enclosing the body and chassis in a smooth, streamlined body.

     Some British auto enthusiasts were driving the car at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition when it collided with another car, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. The bad press from that gave the car a poor reputation, and the British cancelled an order to buy the second car. The accident was later proved not to be the fault of the car's radical three-wheel design, but the damage to its reputation was not undone.


              Dymaxion #1 went to 1933 Exposition           Dymaxion #2 intended for British 


Dymaxion #3 went to 1934 Exposition

     Several streamlined designs used the Ford Flathead V-8, probably due to its compactness and power. Next month, another Ford V-8 streamliner.

Joyce Clements





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:




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Director: Bob Payne



Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2017



Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting – 7pmEstate PlanningRefreshments by Jay Hertz.

Thurs-Sun 4th-7th Overnight trip to Santa Teresa, Silver City and the Gila Cliff Dwellings

Sunday 21st Museum Car Show

Monday 29th Club Birthday Party and Picnic/Car Show


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting – 7pm  Auto Paint.  Refreshments by Ray Calderon.

Saturday 17th Breakfast and tour of Colorworks


Tuesday 4th Corrales Parade and Picnic at Azevedo’s

Tuesday 11th Club Meeting – 7pm’52 Fords.  Refreshments by Joyce Clements.

Saturday 15th Breakfast at Lindy’s 8:30am


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting – 7pmTools.  Refreshments by Dave McLain.

Sunday 13th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 19th Tour to Madrid with Lunch


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pm1932/1937 Fords.  Refreshments by Mary & Lou Gorenz.

Sunday 10th State Fair

Saturday 16th Breakfast

Friday, Sat., Sun 22nd, 23rd, 24th Los Lunas Swap Meet


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting – 7pmPowder Coating

Saturday 7th Drive to Chimayo

Saturday 21st Drive to Coronado Monument with lunch


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting – 7pmOfficer Elections and Program - Antique Toasters by Kathleen

Saturday 18th Breakfast


Saturday 9th Christmas Party, location TBD

Saturday 16th Breakfast


V-8 Times July 1965


These eyes observe such thrilling things.

My spirits can’t resist:

Like winning runs and tax refunds,

Or when ladies do the twist.


But, I think, perhaps the grandest sight

That makes this old heart race,

Is a mint condition V-8 Ford

And the smile on the owner’s face.





May 4-7 – SW Regional Teardrop Tour – Southern NM including Santa Teresa, Silver City, and Mountain Driving – Bob Agnew (505)881-2722 for details and reservations

May 5-7 – Wings & Wheels Car Show – Aztec Airport –

May 6 – 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Car Show – Farmington Airport

May 6 – Corrales Tractor Club Tractor & Car Show – Recreation Center, Corrales – Vintage cars wanted – Food trucks – Free entry – Parking on Grass – New Dodges on display – Jeff Barrows (505)280-9012 or

May 6 – Veterans' Car Show – Mayfield HS, Las Cruces – Karen Woods (575)639-1265

May 6 – Christian Cruizer's Swap Meet – Mayfield HS, Las Cruces – Ray Trigg (575)524-3371

May 6 – Mild to Wild 8th Annual Open House Car & Gun Show Off – BMC Tactical, 2617 Coors Blvd. SW – 10am-2pm – Prizes, door prizes, food, vendors, training – Bring in your custom AR (unloaded) for competition for prizes – Proceeds benefit the Ten-82 Fund – 1-866-442-5357 

May 6 – NAMI Walks Car Show – Balloon Fiesta Park – Sponsored by Jay Walton Automotive, Luce

Customs & NAPA to support National Alliance on Mental Illness – Check in 8am, show 9am – Entry $15 or more donation to NAMI – 5K walk –

May 6 – Fiesta de Mayo Hot Car Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Entry $20, $30 show day, includes entry to concert – Food, kids' play area, prizes, trophies – Open to all types & ages –

May 6 – 3rd Annual Cycle & Car Show – Moose Lodge #2050, T or C – Daryl Conley (575)894-6520

May 6 – 23rd Annual Summer Car Show Series – Hooters East – SanMateo – Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-4pm, Open to all years makes and models, Entry $20 – 40 classes – 50 Special Awards, 50/50 drawing and raffle supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Music by: Steve's Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

May 7 – Route 66 Rodders Swap Meet – Morris Field, Los Lunas – for flyer

May 8 – Driving Divas All Woman Car Shine & Show – Fastinos (between Menaul and Candelaria) –5pm to dark – Open to all cars and drivers; woman-driven cars get free meal – Karen Campbell or Melinda Otzenburger.

May 12-13 – 2017 Beeline Cruise-in Show – Mazatzal Casino, Payson, AZ – Pre-'91 – (928)474-6044 or               

May 12-14 – Hoofbeats in the Desert Show – Casino del Sol Resort, Tucson, AZ – Open to Fords, Randy Miller (520)429-7807 or

May 12-18 – Music City Road Tour – Phoenix, AZ to Nashville, TN – Open to Pre'73 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 – or

May 13 – ACCH Cars for Kids Car Show – Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery NE –10am-4pm, setup 7am-9am – Benefits Albuquerque Christian Children's Home – Entry $25 before, $30 day of show – Car Club Battle, Live DJ & Live Music, T-shirts, valve cover racing, trophies in 25 classes, activities for kids, free public entry – Hosted by LOE GTO Club – (505)514-4573 to pre-register –  

May 13 – 12th Hurley Pride Festival & Car Show – Hurley Park, Hurley – Show with trophies, food, vendors, music & more – (575)956-3535

May 13 – Host Lions' Club Car Show – Kohl's Dept. Store Lot, Las Cruces – Phil Van Veen       (575)635-5213

May 17 – Montebello Senior Living Car Show – Montebello Senior Living Community, 10500 Academy NE – May 14-20 is National Nursing Home Week – A 50’s theme day planned with a soda jerk serving egg cream sodas, Italian sodas, all the old time favorites – Participants in the car show get a burger and fries lunch – 10:30am-12:00pm – Contact Michele Batchelor (505)294-9944 Ext. 281

May 18 – Las Palomas Care Center Show – Las Palomas Care Center, 8100 Palomas Ave. NE – May 14-20 is National Nursing Home Week – Theme of show is "Route 66" – Need 5 to 6 cars to drive around parking lot at 10:30am; stories of Route 66 desired and appreciated – Phyllis Gilmore (505)821-4200 (facility) or (773)699-6793 (cell)

May 19-21 – 12th Nashville Nationals – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN – Open to Pre'73 – Goodguys (925)838-9876

May 20 – NNMSR Spring Swap Meet – San Juan Plaza (next to Dunkin Donuts), Farmington –

May 20 – Kiwanis Kars for Kids Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Jim Pudlewski (575)525-9478

May 20 – 23rd Annual Summer Car Show Series – Hooters West – Alameda – Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-4pm, Open to all years makes and models, Entry $20 – 30 classes – 25 Special Awards, 50/50 drawing and raffle supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Music by: Steve's Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

May 20 – Royal Gorge VMCCA Abbey Car Show – Canon City, CO – Contact Chamber of Commerce

May 21 – NMCCC/Albuquerque Museum 33rd Annual Car Show – Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW – Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Albuquerque Museum 1967-2017 – or  

May 21 – Races – Arroyo Seco Raceway, Arroyo Seco – Roger (575)494-4794

May 24-27 – 2nd Annual Rally du Soleil Vintage Car Rally – Northern New Mexico – Open to pre-1970's cars – All proceeds from registration fees will benefit local charities –  or (505)883-6240 – Registration is now open

May 25-28 – Antique Truck Nationals – Des Moines, IA

May 27 – "Honor Flight Northern New Mexico" Car Show – Veterans' Park, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE (by Gibson) – Gates open 8am, Show 10am-3pm – Free event, but donations requested for Honor Flight in lieu of entry fee – Volunteer DJ is Rockin' Rob, disabled vet, tips appreciated – Open to all types of vehicles including motorcycles – Entertainment for kids, food vendors – Popular Choice ballots – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 or David 1-850-855-9693

May 27 – NSRA Safety Day – Chula Vista Park, 600 S. Hutton Rd, Farmington –

May 27 – 1st Annual Route 66 Festival – Old Town – Fred Harvey Era, Indigenous Culture, Antiques,  Textiles, Vintage Clothing – Music, dancing, storytelling, luminarias, traditional local decorations, live entertainment,  food & sales booths – Free event – Booths available – or (505)373-9123

May 27-28 – MCA Regional Mustang Show – Marriott Pyramid N Hotel – Open to Fords – Eric Shirley


May 27-28 – “Deck Of Cards" Charity Car Show – Route 66 Casino Hotel, east of Albuquerque – ALL PROCEEDS support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society – Featuring “The Deck Of Cards” 52 Cars picked & photoed. Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-5pm, both days.  All years makes, Pre-Entry $30 – receives Event T-shirt, Dash Plaque, 2 Journey Tribute Concert Tickets, Restaurant Coupons, Over 300 Awards: 50 classes – 50 Specials, Cash Awards, Creeper Races.  Steve's Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info. Entry forms mailed & at Yearwood Performance.

May 27-June 1 – 1st Annual Route 66 Festival – Old Town – Fred Harvey Era, Indigenous Culture, Anti-ques,  Textiles, Vintage Clothing – Music, dancing, storytelling, luminarias, traditional local decorations, live entertainment,  food & sales booths (available) – Free – or (505)373-9123

May 27 – CCCC Swap Meet Car & Warbird Show – Front Range Airport, Denver, CO – 1-800-224-6918


May 28 – Riverfest "Just for Fun" Car Show – Berg Park, Farmington



June 7-11 – 2017 Eastern National Meet – Chantilly, Virginia hosted by Northern Virginia RG #96. Call Bill Simons or e-mail

September 11-14 – "A Capitol V8 Affair" Western National Meet sponsored by Columbia River RG #10 in Salem, Oregon. Call Steve Lemmons (360)430-3285 or e-mail





The Old Familiar Sound

A man applied at a garage for work.  Questioned in regard to his ability, he stated that he knew cars so well that he could tell the name of any one simply by hearing the exhaust.  He was blindfolded and put to the test.  Seven different makes of cars were run out of the garage and he named each one correctly.  Just then a yellow pup came running into the garage with a tin can tied to his tail.  “That,” quickly said the applicant for a job, “Is a Ford.”


From “Funny Stories about the Ford”, copyright 1915






For Sale: 1950 Ford F1 truck, 1/2 ton, flathead V-8, floor 3 speed, wood bed floor, original unrestored but good running engine. Paint fair, good upholstery, radial tires on Vintique powder coated wheels. Asking $10,000.00 or will consider trade value for "rodded" 2 or 4 door sedan, slant back or humpback car, 1935 - 1941. Owner info- Greg Quinones, Albuquerque, NM. Email-, cell # 575-642-1958.




For Sale: 1939 Ignition switch & column lock with key.  Allen Tachometer/Dwell meter with stand. Snap-On torque wrench #TQ250. Call Max Glover 505-792-2011 or 505-249-7433.

For Sale: 1961 Comet 144 engine and 2 speed transmission.  George 505-771-2113.

For Sale: ’78 Ford F150, 4x4, extended cab, great shape, with shell. $7900.  Lou 505-450-1789.

For Sale: 1929 Model A.  Less than 2900mi on new motor and tires.  See details at asking $11K obo. Contact John at 505-259-3168.

For Sale: NM License Plates 1935, 1939, 1941, 1948, 1949, 1960. Kevin Wells (505)598-6493.

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.

Wanted: Valve covers to be used by kids for racing. Joyce 884-7912 or

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 (