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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, February 2nd, 7pmProgram is Vintage Car Radio – Budget Repair.  Refreshments by Leupolds and Jacksons.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 8:30 am at Milly’s , 7308 Jefferson NE.

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




We are fortunate to have two speakers this month from Budget TV & Radio Repair. Robert Styles and Jack Lockard will brief us on the history of radio technology and repair. The guys at Budget work on most radios and TVs and give a senior discount. The older you are, the more you save! Did you know that one major electronics manufacturer derived their name from their pioneering line of automotive radios? Find out who that was and more at the meeting. Bring your broken radios!



Saturday, February 20th at 8:30am, we will meet at Milly’s, 7308 Jefferson NE for breakfast.  This location was selected by Johanne Glover.  We are waiting word on a possible tour of the Military Museum following.  We will let you know if that is arranged.  Hope to see you at breakfast!



Now is the time to renew your membership in the Tumbleweed V8 Club.  Dues are a mere $25 for a year of friendship, interesting meetings, various activities and a monthly breakfast.  The renewal form is included in this newsletter.  You may mail it in or bring it to our February meeting.



President: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (lmgorenz@comcast.net)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Frank Corey (frankford4@aol.com)

Director: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)

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

Director: Bob Mathes (aimlessbob36@gmail.com)

Director: Al Seery (joalseery@aol.com)



February Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays                                                                     Anniversaries                             

Tom Patterson (5)                                                         Ron & Marilyn Gigger (19)

Bob Quirici (5)                                                             

Pat Casias (15)

Neva Coffee (19)





President’s Letter  by Joe Abbin

Connected Cars


I’ve had to correct the date twice on this message to read 2016 instead of 2015….I’m having trouble moving on! The date is not my only sticking point. Another example is accepting “connected cars”.


I’ve just read two articles on these self-guided vehicles, also called robotic cars. In the brave new world all vehicles will be electronically connected to each other and the road, allowing “all vehicles to move like fish in the ocean swimming past each other.” Think that idea is far-fetched? Think again! Prototypes are already operating.  The most sophisticated computer that most people now own is their car.


In a recent survey, three out of four people (especially older impaired drivers) were positive on the concept of self-guided cars allowing them to read the paper, etc. on a stress-free ride to their destination. Driving tired or intoxicated would likewise no longer be dangerous.


The major cited potential advantage of these smart cars, safety, was also cited as a potential disadvantage. What happens if your guidance system is hacked or just fails? Other concerns expressed included general loss of control, liability in a crash, and cost. The concept of master control raises the probability that you may not be able to go where you want when you want. What if your car refuses to take you to the store and instead sends you to the nursing home? If you didn’t pay your insurance or registration fees on time the state could conceivably turn your car “off”. This is already in the works for the next generation of on board diagnostics (OBD-x).


Way down on the list was a concern that these robotic vehicles would take the fun out of driving. Gee, who would have guessed? These potentially silent, safe, reliable, centrally controlled, characterless cocoons would not require my driving skills but would instead allow me more time to work on my income tax return or think about my future. Wow! How fun is that?


I will move into 2016, just like I moved from the horse to the automobile, but I’m saying “no” to connected cars and sticking with my early Fords. I guess I can also take the bus.



Minutes of the January 5th, 2016 Meeting

By Secretary Beth Jackson

President Joe Abbin called the meeting to order.  There were twenty members and one guest present.  Jay asked for clarification of the date of the next board meeting.  Joe said it would be on Tuesday, January 12th at his house.

Treasurer Frank Corey stated that the bank account had been updated for the new officer’s signatures.  He showed former treasurer DJ’s organized notebook and all were impressed with the work she had done.  As of December 8 there was $4356 in checking and $1396 in savings.  Membership dues should be given to Frank.  Joyce reported no car council news as they hadn’t met yet this year.

Joe introduced our speaker, Rod Freschette, who spoke on DWI.  Rod is a defense attorney who specializes in DWI cases.  Rod gave an entertaining talk with a lot of information for us to think about.  After Rod answered several questions, the club broke for refreshments provided by Joe Abbin.

The meeting resumed after break.  Joe reported that his New Year’s Day party went well and that they went through 80 soup bowls.

Jeff showed two carburetors that were donated by former club member Bill Miller that Frank suggested be auctioned off. George won the auction and paid $15 for both.

Jeff, as a member of the implementation committee for club purpose, put together and distributed a form for car owners to fill out if they wish to have their car included in the approved video.  Members may fill out as many forms as they have cars.

The refreshment list for the year was passed around to be filled out and the want ad sheet was also passed through the club members.  Joe announced that the Supernationals will be held the last weekend of January and it is a good show to enter.

The January breakfast will be at Milton’s Café on Candelaria on Saturday, January 16th at 8:30am.  Johanne picked Millie’s on Jefferson for our February breakfast.  Vi was picked to provide the recipe of the month for February.  Jay Hertz volunteered his garage for a tour in February.

The meeting was adjourned.

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Minutes of the January 12, 2016 Board Meeting

By Secretary Beth Jackson

There were 6 board members present at Joe’s house. Treasurer Frank reported 10 paid memberships to date.  Joe asked Frank to prepare a budget for 2016 to have at the next general meeting.  Time was spent filling out the calendar for 2016, you may view the updated calendar in this newsletter.  Jeff talked about the organization of the club purpose video.  The board discussed the various options.  Forms for cars will be distributed to more members so that everyone has a chance to participate in the video.  The meeting was adjourned.



By Vi Chavez-Cropp

Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos                              

(makes 3 or 4)

Yes!  Keep an open mind – these are delicious.

In 2 Tblsp oil, sauté peeled and diced sweet potato until almost cooked.

Add 2 whisked eggs and Green Chile to taste. Add Garlic salt to taste.

Cook to set eggs.

Place divided amount on warmed flour tortillas (3-4).

Top each with cheddar cheese (shredded).

Roll and enjoy!




Stockings and World War II

During World War II women's stockings were not available. They had been made of silk, and silk was no longer coming in from the Orient. Nylon was introduced as a fabric at the 1939 New York World's Fair by DuPont, but its use was restricted during the War, as it was needed for parachutes and other military purposes. Cotton was also rationed. Ladies did not appear in public with bare legs, so leg make-up came into general use. It could be purchased in liquid or pancake form in various shades of tan. Many women took the time to paint on the darker stocking tops; seams were drawn with eyebrow pencils, either by the wearer or by a friend. The "stockings" could be painted as high up the legs as desired. The instruction sheet pictured is from the "Stocking Stick", a pancake form of make-up; the DuBarry bottle contains liquid. It's very likely that ladies were glad to see the end of the War and the return of real stockings.                 Submitted by Joyce Clements




























January Breakfast at Milton’s Cafe



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

Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2016


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting – 7pm Vintage Car Radios, Budget Repair by Robert Styles.  Refreshments by Leupolds and Jacksons

Saturday 20th Breakfast – 8:30am at Milly’s, 7308 Jefferson NE.


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting – 7pmVintage Garments, Joyce Clements.  Refreshments by George Abernathy.

Saturday 19th Railrunner Trip to Santa Fe including lunch.


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Transmissions, Jay Hertz.  Refreshments by Max & Johanne Glover

Saturday 16th Picnic at Lou and Mary Gorenz’s Hacienda.

Saturday 23rd Spring Thaw at The Old Car Garage


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting – 7pmTouring NM, Steve Ausherman.  Refreshments by Joyce Clements

Sunday 15th Museum Car Show

Saturday 21st Breakfast – 8:30am

Monday 30th Club Birthday Party and Picnic/Car Show


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Tune-ups. 

Saturday 18th Charity Car Show at Senior Living Facility


Monday 4th Picnic at the Azevedo’s

Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pm1936 Fords.  Refreshments by Jay Hertz

Saturday 16th Breakfast – 8:30am


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Rebuilding, Abbin & McGlasson 

Sunday 14th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 20th Breakfast – 8:30am w/ Rt 85 Museum/SW Garage Tour



Tuesday 6th Club Meeting – 7pm1941/1951 Fords.

Sunday 13th State Fair 

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am

Friday, Sat., Sun. 23rd, 24th, 25thLos Lunas Swap Meet


Saturday/Sunday 1st & 2nd - Northern New Mexico tour

Tuesday 4th Club Meeting – 7pmAuto Art, Perry & McLaughlin. 

Saturday 15th – Tour of Tome Hill with lunch


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting – 7pmElections, Table Top Show.  Refreshments by Bob Payne

Saturday 26th Breakfast and Antique Shopping Tour and Lunch


Saturday 10th Club Christmas Party Potluck

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am




January 29-31 – 25th Anniversary SuperNationals – EXPO NM – Entry fee $45, includes T-shirt, goody bag, dash plaque, 2 exhibitor passes – TNT Promotions, P. O. Box 50386, Albuquerque, NM 87181-0386 or www.thesupernationals.com

January 23-31 – 44th Barrett-Jackson Auction – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ – www.barrett-jackson.com

January 27-31 – 15th Russo-Steele Auction – Loop 101 & Scottsdale Rd, AZwww.russoandsteele.com

January 28-30 – Silver Auctions – Radisson Resort, Ft. McDowell, AZ – www.silverauctions.com

January 29-30 – Gooding & Co. Auctions – Fashion Square, Scottsdale,AZ – www.goodingco.com

January 29-30 – 21st Collector Car Show – Tubac Golf Resort, Tubac, AZ – Duane (520)885-6630

January 29-31 – 66th Grand National Roadster Show – LA Co. Fairplex, Pomona, CA – www.rodshows.com

February 12 – Valencia High School Car Show – Los Lunas – Need cars for student event – Anthony Chavez jachavez@llschools.net or 859-0491




If you go to www.earlyfordv8.org, you can download all the information and registration materials for these meets, or find contact information.

April 15-17, 2016 – Australian Nationals – Echuca, Victoria, Australia

June 12-16, 2016 – Central National Meet – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma

July 11-15, 2016 – Western New York RG Golden Anniversary National Driving Tour, New York

August 8-11, 2016 – Eastern National Meet, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

September 13-19, 2016 – Great Southwestern National Driving Tour, Colorado and Eastern Utah

September 18-22, 2016 – Blue Ridge Parkway National Driving Tour, North Carolina



Jokes of the Month

When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.  Still, a few fireflies followed us in.  Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa.  Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”

A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, ‘she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.  Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”







For sale: parts donated by Bill Miller.  7 used water pumps, one pair of spark plus wire looms (one bent), two starter solenoids without brackets, a generator and parts of a distributor housing all from a 1940’s type flathead.    One 6v sealed beam red for light. Jeff 505-908-7565

For Sale: 1939 Ignition switch & column lock with key.  Allen Tachometer/Dwell meter with stand. Antique Outboard Motors, 7.5 HP Firestone and 12.5 HP Montgomery Ward.  Call Max Glover 505-792-2011 or 505-249-7433.

For Sale: 1946 Ford 59A-B motor, complete with all accessories including air cleaner, carb, fuel pump, water pumps, exhaust manifolds, heat riser, generator, starter, clutch, pressure plate and flywheel for $200. Engine is stuck and will need to be rebuilt, but should be good candidate. Also other new and used flathead parts. Bud Hennessy budhennessy@comcast.net

For Sale: 1954 Mercury 256 engine, long block. Dennis Potter 505-259-9012

For Sale:1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Near perfect condition from constant garaging, One family owned since original purchase in 1973, Unmodified; 95,225 driven miles, Original interior, vinyl roof and paint, Mechanically sound; 350 cubic inch engine, automatic transmission, power steering and brakes. For price, other info, photos: ebbshoe@aol.com

For Sale: Heavy Duty Air Cleaners for Thirties Fords. Oil bath type.  Frank Corey 505-299-5168

For Sale: 8BA engine, Edelbrock 3x2 manifold with carbs.  Located in Belen.  $300 for all.  Don Cochrane 505-979-8054.

Wanted: One used rear hub with brake drums for 1940 Ford/Mercury.  Max Glover 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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Hello, Tumbleweed V-8’ers,


It’s membership renewal time. Please send in your annual dues and renewal form by February 28, 2016, so you don’t miss out on any newsletters or activities. Please make your $25.00 check payable to Tumbleweed RG and hand to or mail to:


Tumbleweed Regional Group

c/o Frank Corey

PO Box 21538

Albuquerque, NM 87154-1538


Don’t forget to also pay your National dues. The cost is $35.00 per year, which includes the V-8 Times, worldwide roster of members, umbrella liability insurance for club activities, and ballots to vote for directors and changes. If you choose not to receive the magazine, you may send in $10.00 for your membership without the V-8 Times. You will receive all membership benefits except for the magazine.


We look forward to your participation in the coming year! Happy V-8-ing.


Please let us know any changes you’ve made so we can update the Club roster. If there are no changes, all we need is your name.


Name: __________________________________ Spouse: ____________________________


Birthday: ____________Spouse’s Birthday ____________ Anniversary __________________


Address: ____________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________


Telephone number(s): ____________________________ Email: _______________________



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