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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7pm.  Program will be presented by Bill’s Lock & Key.  Refreshments will be provided by Ray Calderon.

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

BREAKFAST GROUP: Sunday, May 19th, after setup at the Museum Car Show.

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





Bill, of Bill’s Lock & Key, will be talking to us about old car, new car, home locks and keys.  Bill’s Lock & Key has been serving New Mexico since 1978 and many of us are very familiar with their fine service.


All tour participants please meet at Jacksons’ house (8322 Calle Picaflor NW) at 9:30am Friday, May 3 for departure by 9:45am.  From there we travel to Chimayo, have lunch and visit Marco Oveido and his statues, bronze sculptures, and his old car collection (there are rumors he is selling some of his cars so be ready).   Marco also has some world famous giant black donkey babies.  We will then travel to Taos to overnight at the Sagebrush Inn.  If you don’t have a reservation, their number is 800-428-3626.  The Sagebrush Inn includes a free breakfast for us on Saturday morning.    We will leave for the Enchanted Circle Tour at 9am on Saturday morning and should easily be back in Albuquerque before dark Saturday evening.  Remember this is a club tour but you do not need to drive your flathead unless you want to.  We’ll all have a great time along the way regardless of what you drive.

                   Museum of Albuquerque Car Show
The big show of the year is close. I'm referring, of course, to the Council of Car Clubs show on Sunday, May 19, at the Museum of Albuquerque. This show generally attracts about 350 vehicles of all types, this year they are spotlighting trucks. It's the most awaited event of the year. And a great place to see your friends, renew acquaintances, and meet new hobbyists. Let's plan to show our cars together as a club, in usual fashion, by driving in and parking together. That is, all except those driving trucks who have informed Joyce and gotten special parking. To do that, we will gather at the parking lot of Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town at 7:00am and come in as a group.  Registration forms have been emailed to you for your convenience. Your $10 admission fee will be collected at the gate. This will be a chance to also see the model cars, car-related art work, and the museum's own exhibits, all at no additional charge.  A great day in a great venue. Hope to see you there!  

Jay Hertz



In place of our regularly scheduled Saturday breakfast, we will breakfast Sunday, May 19th during the Museum Car Show.  After getting our cars parked and registered, club members and friends will gather and go to breakfast nearby.


Remember the big red tomato 1946 Chevy pickup I talked about last month?  I was talking to my brother in law Leon this weekend and he was bemoaning the fact he spent two weeks trying to find a short after he finished wiring the truck.   He said ‘I should have bought a new wiring harness’ but this truck came with a new harness just no instructions.   After two weeks one buddy asked him if he had correctly lined the notches up on the mounting bracket of his new amp meter.   Leon replied, “what notches?”   Apparently one needs to align the notches on the amp meter installation tabs or it grounds out hence a dead short.  Found and fixed!
How often do we assume we know what we are doing only to find out we were just 95% knowledge and 5% ‘not’, then the 5% ‘not’ fouls up our work?

Our club has a big May planned.   We start May this Friday, May 4 with a trip north.  We get to see giant burros yep, big as elephants at Marco’s place and everything else he has to offer.  Then we bop up to Taos for the night.  Saturday a ring around the Enchanted Circle and home Saturday night to pick up the dog from the kennel (or whatever you need to do Saturday night).  May meeting program is about locks.  Bill from Bills Lock and Key is an old car guy and a lock specialist.   Joyce will remind us the Museum Show is Sunday, May 19.   It would be wonderful to have a large showing from our club specialty club cars.   Jay will tell us at our meeting what the organization/drive in plan will be.  And then hoot and holler at the Memorial Day picnic🥗 birthday party .   Joe may not recall he volunteered to do all the work to set this up.  Uhh, the reason he may not remember is because I volunteered him when he wasn’t looking 🏻. 

Yep, just learning how to use emoji’s.  Have a great May ya’ll!



Minutes of the April 2nd, 2019 Meeting

Beth Jackson, Secretary

President Jeff Jackson called the meeting to order.  There were 24 people present including special guest Laurel McGlasson, Gary’s bride.  Everyone received their newsletter.  Treasurer David reported we are on track with our budget but missing a few dues.  He displayed certificates received for our memorial brick purchase in memory of Frank Corey, Pat Casias and Mistee Thomson and for a square foot of the Ford Foundation Museum purchased with the remainder of funds from the fall National Tour hosted by the club.

Happy Birthday was wished to Gene Dierschke, Philip Lovato, Joe Abbin, Lou Gorenz, Lorna Azevedo, Johanne Glover, Nancy and Bob Agnew.  Happy Anniversary wishes went out to Lou & Mary Gorenz, Richard & Barbara Polk and George & Jackie Abernathy.  Thanks to David and Debbie for providing refreshments.  The refreshment sign-up sheet and the For Sale & Wanted sheet were circulated for additions, corrections and deletions.  There will be a director’s meeting next Tuesday, April 9th at the Jackson’s house, 7pm.

Old Business:  Joyce, reporting for the New Mexico Car Council, said the Museum car show on May 19th will feature trucks.  She sent around a sign-up sheet for anyone who is planning to display a truck so they will be placed in a prominent area.  She also brought entry blanks and posters to post in area businesses advertising the show.

Joe reported that plans for the May 3rd and 4th tour to Chimayo, Taos and the Enchanted Circle are made.  We will be leaving Friday morning, 9:30am from the Jackson’s house and will travel to Marco Oveido’s place in Chimayo to visit his foundry and his mammoth black donkeys.  Lunch will be at the Inn of Chimayo.  We will be spending Friday night at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos and driving the Enchanted Circle on Saturday before returning to Albuquerque.  Everyone needs to make their own reservations at the Sagebrush Inn.

Jay reminded members to make their reservations for the September 14th evening ride on the Cumbres Toltec Railroad in Chama.  The ride will consist of dinner and music in Osier and a moonlight ride back to Chama to spend the night.  Warm clothes are a must for the train ride.

Joe told of his attendance at the Mecom Auction in Phoenix, said it was well run, efficient, and prices seemed good.  Chris reported that a load of cars from the J & R Museum are leaving Saturday for the following week’s auction in Phoenix.

New Business:  April’s breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 8:30 am at Wecks at 10131 Coors NW.  There were no suggestions for the May breakfast. (Breakfast during Museum Car Show).

Bob Quirici brought a stack of Classic Car magazines by Hemmings, Special Autos and Bulb Horn magazines to give away.  Thanks, Bob.

The featured member of the month of April was Bob Payne.  Jim Clements is the member of the month for May.

May’s program will be presented by Bill of Bill’s Lock & Key.

Joe reported a good response generally to his book except for some city officials calling it “fake news.”  He also updated us on the disposition of the Corey Estate.  Broadway Truck Salvage bought all the “part cars” and Cary Cooper, a neighbor, bought the ’63 Fairlane.  The remaining cars will be listed in the Sale ads.

The Clements attended the Frank Hammond Memorial Car Show in Artesia and said it was a great show. A barn find – a good running 1929 Dodge- won the People’s Choice Award.  The Hammond family will be keeping all their cars.

Saturday, April 27th is the Spring Thaw.  It is a fundraiser for Cuidando los Ninos.  Cuidando los Ninos is very effective, assuring that 88 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to help the children.  Bob has raised a goodly sum for this charity over the years.  It helps the children and their families who are homeless.  80% of the families enrolled have jobs and housing by the end of one year.

We adjourned for refreshments, then the raffle was held and our own Joe Abbin talked to us about lubricants for our classic cars, now and those used in the past.  Thanks, Joe, for educating us a bit more.



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                         May Birthdays


                                        Betty Leupold (21)



     Tumbleweed Early Ford V-8 Club Picnic Show and Shine

When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, 11am-2pm.

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


Wahoo, we’re having a picnic!  We will be celebrating our Tumbleweed Group’s 44th birthday, the 56th birthday of the Early Ford V-8 Club, the 117th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company, the 67th anniversary of the flatheads demise (bummer) and the City of Albuquerque’s 314th birthday!  All dates are approximate.  Not to be forgotten, it is the 85th anniversary of the 1934 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.


Ford’s 27,000,000th Car


















In 1939, Ford produced its 27,000,000th car – a 1939 Ford DeLuxe Tudor sedan. It was the 5,500,000th Ford V8. It was a milestone in the history of automobile manufacturing, as it emphasized the fact that Ford had manufactured one third of all the cars ever built, all built by a company under the same name and run by the same family since 1903. This car traveled across the country, collecting license plates from states on the route with the number 27,000,000 on each plate. Henry Ford was honored in a special ceremony at the opening of the International Exposition at Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Above information is from an old newspaper clipping from Motoring, published in 1939. Photos are from unknown sources.

Joyce Clements


RECIPE OF THE MONTH  by Laurel McGlasson

Baker's One Bowl Chocolate Bliss Cookies


4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided

¼ cup butter, softened

¾ cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup flour

¼ tsp. Baking Powder

2 cups chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350°F. Chop 8 oz. chocolate; set aside. Microwave remaining chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on high 2 min., stirring after 1 min.; stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add butter; stir until melted. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chopped chocolate and nuts. (Note: If omitting nuts, increase flour to 3/4 cup to prevent excessive spreading of cookie dough as cookies bake.) Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Bake 12 to 13 min. or until cookies are puffed and shiny. Cool on baking sheets 1 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

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             MEMBER OF THE MONTH – Jim Clements


Jim was born in Berwyn, Illinois.  His family moved to Wisconsin for a period then back to Northern Illinois.  After high school Jim wanted out of cold winters, salted roads, mud, and freezing rain and had seen New Mexico while train traveling so he moved here.

   He attended the University of New Mexico but ‘I wasn’t the best student’.  He notes that learning the SW culture after being brought up in the Midwest was an adventure.  At UNM he found Joyce and according to Jim it was because he had a 1957 VW convertible and could take fine women on dates.  He and Joyce opened a hobby and model shop for a few years.  He then went back to UNM and got a degree in Business Management.  He contends he learned more actual running a business then he did from reading books.

   He joined an engineering firm preparing manuals for the government. They needed a manual for everything from washing a dog to setting up a ladder safely. 

   Jim and Joyce both had an interest in cars. Get this!  They went to sports car races and car shows.   Flathead Fords at the time were reasonably priced and parts were available so they gravitated to Fords.  Joyce went out and bought a 1940 Ford tudor.  Jim was reading Hemmings and saw a new club was developing focused on flathead fords.  They quickly joined and were volunteer judges by the early 70’s.   They attended their first National meet in Dearborn in 1973.

   By this time they had a parts and resale shop for Fords located in downtown Albuquerque.  They preferred to pick up New Old Stock (NOS) from closing dealerships.  They made a big haul of NOS parts when the Espanola Ford dealership closed.  They eventually closed that business but Jim says he still sees his old NOS parts occasionally at garage sales.
   While judging Flathead V8 events Jim met and became friends with Bob Lenz, a founder of the National Early Ford V8 Club.  Jim and Joyce and a few others were founders of our Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club.   He recalls the largest membership was about 50 families.  Wow, we aren’t doing too bad today as our membership is still about 30 families.

   Jim’s favorite Ford was a 1940 coupe.  It had column shift and good, actually great, brakes he recalls.  Jim has a number of cars in his garage.  He wishes he had more space and more garages - duh who doesn’t.   

   Best wishes to our May member of the month and his lovely wife and let’s get Will back involved so he has something to do the first Tuesday of every month.

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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:


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2019


May 3-4 - Overnight Tour to Chimayo & the Enchanted Circle

Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm Program - Bill’s Lock & Key, Refreshments Ray Calderon

Sunday 19th Museum Car Show

Monday 27th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos, 11-1pm


Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm Program – Early Car Clubs of Albuquerque by Art Sena, Refreshments George & Jackie Abernathy

Saturday 15th Breakfast


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm – Program - Car Insurance by Demetrio Lee, Refreshments the Glovers

Thursday 4th Parade in Corrales and Picnic at Azevedo’s

Saturday 20th Breakfast


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Program – Comparison of the ’32 and ’33, Jeff and Jay, Refreshments Jacksons

Sunday 4th All Clubs Picnic – Oak Flat Picnic Ground

Tuesday 13th Board Meeting 7pm

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm – Program - George Abernathy on Pets

Sunday 8th State Fair Car Show

September 14th Moonlight ride on the Cumbres Toltec Railway, overnight tour

Saturday 21st Breakfast

Thursday-Sunday 26-29 Annual NMCCC Auto Swap Meet @ Isleta Casino


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm Refreshments Amy & Chris Joiner

Saturday 19th Breakfast


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election Refreshments Bob Payne

Saturday 16th Breakfast


Saturday 14th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)

Tuesday 17th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2020)

Saturday 21st Breakfast



President: R. Jeff Jackson (

Vice-President: Jay Hertz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: David McLain (

Director: George Abernathy (

Director: Demetrio Lee (

Director: Roger Wilbur (

Director: Joe Abbin (


Joke of the Month

Mr. Smith was tearing the roof off of his barn.  His neighbor, Thompson, passing by, stopped and asked him what he was going to do with the old tin.  “That’s just what I have been wondering,” Smith replied.  “Send it to the Ford Motor Co.  They might be able to use it,” Thompson suggested.  So Smith acted on the suggestion, crated the tin, and shipped it to Detroit.  A few days later he received a very courteous letter from the Ford Motor Co.  “Your car,” they wrote, “Is one of the worst wrecks we have ever seen, but we’ll have it fixed for you within a week or ten days.”


From Funny Stories About the Ford, copyright 1915.



Upcoming Events

May 4 – 14th Annual Running of the Tractors with Car Show – Corrales Recreation Center, Corrales Rd & 500 Jones Rd, Corrales – 9am-4pm – Open to all makes & models – Jeff or Wanda Barrows or (505)280-9012 or (505)890-0878

May 4 – 2nd Annual Blessing of the Cars – Spartan Designs, 322 Paseo del Norte NE (Edith & Paseo) –  Noon til ?? – Open to all – Get your ride blessed – Tacos till they run out

May 4 – 6th Annual Barley Room, aka Quatro de Mayo, Car Show – Barley Room parking lot, Promenade Shopping Center, Eubank & Spain – 9am-2pm – Best of Show, 50/50 drawing – Proceeds benefit Blue Star Moms – For information Robert (505)917-6119 or Dave (505)321-0380

May 4-5 – 9th British Car Show – Rotary Park, Bernalillo – Open to British cars – Bonnie (505)898-6457 or

May 5 – Honor Flight Northern New Mexico Ride, Shine, Car Show and Bike Ride – Veterans’ Memorial Park, Louisiana & Gibson SE – 10am-2pm – Sherri or

May 5 – Rt 66 Swap Meet & Car Corral – Balloon Fiesta Park, 5500 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE – Fund- Raiser for WHEELS Museum – 9am-4pm for shopping, 6am for vendor setup – Space $35 ahead, $40 at gate – $2 entry fee – Auto parts, food trucks, raffles, auction, souvenir merchandise – Jim Glover (505)239-4543, WHEELS Museum (505)243-6269 or

May 11 – 45th Annual Car Show – Roswell Mall, 4501 N. Main St., Roswell – Open to all vehicles – Set up 7-9am, judging 9am, awards 3pm – Sponsored by Valley Vintage Motor Car Club – Entry $25 – Info at (575)622-4350

May 11 – VFW Car Show, Toys for Tots – Aztec – 10am-4pn

May 11 – Lowrider Day – Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe – (505)570-0921

May 11 – NAMI NM Walks Car Show – Balloon Museum – Car check-in 7am, Walk check-in 8am, Start 9am – Proceeds go to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Sandi Luce (505)296-4816 or for information or to sign up

May 11 – 14th Hurley Pride Car Show – Hurley Park, Hurley – Tammy (575)956-3535

May 11 – 10th Open House NSRA Day – PJ’s, 6022 2nd St. NW – Art Sena (505)873-1665

May 16-19 – CTCI Thunderbird Regional Meet – Little America Hotel, Flagstaff, AZ – Jointly sponsored by Arizona CTCI Chapter & Pajarito T-Bird Club of NM –  Over 200 T-birds expected – Flagstaff has many attractions: Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, great May weather, shopping and several Arizona museums – Lloyd Powell (505)280-3114 or 

May 18 – AT&SF 2926 Steam Locomotive 75th Birthday Party – 1833 8th St NW – 10am-1pm – Ice Cream, Birthday Cake & Soft Drinks served – Bring a homemade birthday card or make one on site – Family event for all – Wear RR attire & have your photo taken in cab – Music by Dr. Rock & Jazz ala Carte – Donations toward restoration gratefully accepted by NM Steam Locomotive & RR Historical Soc.

May 18 – 8th Annual Car Show – Russell’s Truck Center, Endee – Richard (575)576-8700 or

May 19 – SunRay Casino Car Show – Farmington – 10am-3pm – Free

May 25-26 – Mustang Club of America Regional Car Show – Marriott Pyramid Hotel – Open to Fords –

Eric Shirley (505)268-2595 or

May 25-26 – “Deck of Cards” Car Show – Route 66 Casino, I-40 west of Albuquerque –

May 26 – FCOCC “Just for Fun” Car Show – Berg Park, Farmington –

May 30-June 1 – 2019 New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour – Las Vegas to Grants w/overnight in Moriarty – Drive-In movie, visits to small towns, museums & other points of interest, following original route of Rte. 66 – End in Grants at the Trails of Gold Outdoor Festival and Car Show – Raffle prizes, awards & banquet – Sponsored by NM Route 66 Association

May 31-June 1 – Car-A-Fair –   At The Beach (Shaded Park on the Pecos River), Carlsbad – Entry $30, T Shirts $20 – Early registration Friday, 6-7pm at The Beach, Cruise 7pm; Saturday Registration & Setup 8-10:30am, Awards 3:30pm – Door prizes, DJ music, FREE Advice Booth, food vendors. pin striper, photographer –, Dave Kump (575)200-5534, or Steve Angell (575)706-0697

May 31-June 2 – 3rd Annual 7 Trails of Gold Outdoor Festival, Show & Shine Car Show – Grants Main St, Grants – Car Show Saturday, Cruise Rte. 66 Sunday – William Yarborough, Executive Director, Grants MainStreet Project (505)285-3573 or

June 1-2, June 8-9, June 15-16, June 22-23 – Eagle Nest Car & Motorcycle Shows – Eagle Nest State Park, Eagle Nest – No cost – Contact Jack or (505)603-9985 – Shows planned for 4 weekends in June and 4 weekends in August – See end of newsletter

June 2 – Lowrider Super Show – Alb Convention Center – 433-2702 or





Go to Early Ford V-8 Web Site for More Information

April 26-28 47th Annual Black Bart Tour – Jackson, CA – Sponsored by San Joaquin RG – Tour Gold Country of California – Debbie Sanders: email: or (408) 458-0398.

May 19 – 47th Annual Petaluma Swap Meet – Petaluma Fairgrounds, Hwy 101 at Washington St, Petaluma, CA – Sponsored by Redwood Empire RG –  Gates open 5:00 am – Free parking & entry for buyers – 20'X25' space $30 – Information: Dave Peterson at 707-527-9183 or – One of longest running swap meets in northern California

June 15 – Early Ford V-8 Club National Drive Your Ford V-8 Day – Drive your 1932-1953 Ford car, truck or tractor, your Mercury or Lincoln, out and about. Take along membership information and seek new members.

July 15-19 – Driving the Driftless National V-8 Driving Tour – Winona, MN, Wisconsin, Iowa – Sponsored by Twin Cities RG

August 24-27 – Central National Meet – Auburn, IN – Sponsored by Ohio, Indianapolis & Auburn Blue Oval RGs – See new additions to V-8 Museum: new Ford Rotunda, 18 1936 Fords, and Frank Corey cars

September 14-20 – National Parks V-8 Driving Tour – Grand Junction, CO, Western Colorado and Eastern Utah – Sponsored by Hi Country RG