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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday October 3rd, 7pm. Program will be presented by Dave Straub, model builder and historian extraordinaire.


BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday October 21st, 8:30am breakfast at Furr’s Fresh Buffet, 2004 Wyoming Blvd 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



October Breakfast

On Saturday, October 21st at 8:30am, club members and friends will be meeting at Furr’s Fresh Buffet, 2004 Wyoming Blvd NE. The food is tasty and there’s plenty of room.  Hope many of you can make it.

October Meeting Program: Early Albuquerque Aviation History by Dave Straub

Dave will cover everything from the nineteenth century balloons to WWII commercial and military aircraft, aviators and facilities associated with Albuquerque. Much of his material will be the subject of a new book. This little shared history has many fascinating stories. Many people are not aware that movie star and Airman Jimmie Stewart was stationed in Albuquerque. We were also visited by other famous aviators and their aircraft such as Charles Lindberg, General Jimmie Dolittle, Amelia Earhart, and others. So come to the meeting, bring your aviation show and tell, share your knowledge, and bring a friend!

October 2017 President’s Message

Auto Operating Cost…………………………..Joe Abbin

Anybody that owns anything for transportation knows that operating costs are involved and in the case of an auto, these costs can be significant. A new study by the AAA states that owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 costs drivers from $6400 to $10,000 average annually for five years depending on the vehicle! Sales price, depreciation, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs all contribute to the total number. First year depreciation on a new vehicle averages $15,000! Wow! Fuel costs vary from about $.04 per mile for an electric vehicle to $.14 per mile for pickups. Electric vehicles suffer huge depreciation costs, offsetting savings in lower fuel and maintenance costs. The thrifty auto owner should follow Henry’s advice and drive that flathead Ford every day. Depreciation may even negative on our old Fords and we can be making money while we drive!

The state fair show went very well this year with excellent weather and no incidents. Jay Hertz won the Exhibitor’s Choice award and the gift certificate from Harbor Freight with his beautiful 1934 Phaeton. Rich Polk won People’s Choice award with his 1946 Ford Truck. We only had eight vehicles this year compared with twice as many last year. The Model A folks had a record 39 vehicles!  Our members, the Azevedos, were there with the Model T folks and their take-apart “T” roadster.

This month noted Albuquerque historian Dave Straub will give a talk on pre-WWII ABQ aviation history. See write-up elsewhere. This should be a good one. We will be raffling off an Amelia Earhart good luck charm, never used!

For an entertaining and informative evening join us at the meeting and bring a friend! We will also be accepting nominations for next year’s club officers at this meeting for our election in November. “Every chicken needs a head” for proper direction as the farmers say. In our case we need a president, a vice-president, secretary/ newsletter editor, treasurer, and four directors. The board will be soliciting nominees. Please consider serving.


Minutes of the September 5, 2017 Meeting

Beth Jackson, Secretary

President Joe called the meeting to order. There were 17 members present and 2 guests; Ed Sauer and Steven Paul, a Chevy Club member and friend of Jay’s. Joe wished a happy birthday to Joyce, Jeff, Mary and Danice and happy anniversary to Larry & Lorna and to Max & Johanne.  The minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.  Our treasurer was on the road but reported via Joe that we are on track financially.

Old Business:  Joyce reported for the NM Car Council that plans are well underway for the Los Lunas Swap Meet on September 22-24.  There are still some spaces open.  Joyce left fliers advertising the swap meet for members to post in businesses.  Volunteers are still needed and a volunteer sheet was passed around.

Sunday, September 10th is V8 day at the State Fair.  Jay stated he wants to encourage attendance and suggested we award a $50 gift card to Harbor Freight to the owner of the car selected by other exhibitors as their favorite.  Jay moved we do so, Jim seconded the motion and it was passed.

New Business:  Breakfast will be on September 16th at the Placitas Café at 8:30am.  Roger reminded club members that Cruise Night on the Santa Fe Plaza is Friday the 15th.  The last cruise night saw 120 cars attend, the Santa Fe Fire Department wants to limit it to 80.  Dave Straub will be the speaker at our October meeting.  Dave is a world class model builder and historian.  He is not sure of his topic as yet; it may be on the early car scene in Albuquerque.  He has also taken many pictures over the years.

Jay stated that we need to video more cars and owners for the club video and asked Lou if he and his ’40 would be willing to be filmed in the next few weeks.  Lou agreed and Jeff will set a time.

For Sale and Wanted sheet was passed around for additions and corrections.

Show and Tell:  Joe brought a “monkey wrench” from the 20’s, an actual Ford tool. Joyce brought 2 mystery tools for the members to guess on. Wasn’t the earring adjuster a very nice piece!

Thanks to Mary and Lou for providing delicious refreshments.  Tickets were sold during the break for the raffle.  Ed Sauer won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated his winnings back to the club.  It was enough to pay for his membership so Joe asked that he be added to our roster.

Joe finished up the evening with an interesting presentation on ‘Crime in Albuquerque.’  Amazing how the jail population reduction mirrors the crime increase in Albuquerque – any relation?  Thanks for the interesting statistics and information, Joe.


October Birthdays

Linda Frazer (9)     Al Seery (30)



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


On Sunday, September 10th, 8 flatheads met for the State Fair car show. The following members showed their vehicles:  Jay, Joe, Jeff & Beth, Bill, Richard, Will, Jim & Joyce and Ron & Marilyn.  Richard Polk's 1946 Ford pickup won the People's Choice ribbon and Jay Hertz's 1934 Ford Phaeton won Best of Show.  Joyce Clements was given a special appreciation ribbon for assisting Craig Vencill with the State Fair.  Congratulations to the award winners.  Special thanks to all of the exhibitors for attending the New Mexico State Fair.  Let’s make a bigger showing next year!


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Car Headrest Information


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This is something that all drivers and passengers should know!  Hope no one ever needs to do this.  I always wondered why the 2 posts on the bottom of the headrest were pointed, now I know, and so do you!

Submitted by Joe Abbin


Garage and Car Clean-up

Taken from Food and Flathead Formulas

To clean up oil spots from the concrete floor, use clean kitty litter.  Rub a little into the spot(s) with the side of an old 2x4 and let it sit for a couple of days and sweep it up.

To help remove musty, mildew or smoky smells from cloth upholstery and carpets, sprinkle a quantity of dry baking soda all around in the car and let it absorb for several days.  Vacuum it up, and sprinkle more soda if needed.

A quarter cup of white vinegar in a half bucket of warm water cleans glass in the car very well.  Wash the windows with an old terry cloth rag dipped in the vinegar and polish with a dry towel.

Jim Clements




Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2017


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting – 7pm Dave Straub, Historian as Speaker.  Refreshments by Dave McLain

Saturday 21st Breakfast at Furr’s on Wyoming


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

Saturday 18th Breakfast


Saturday 9th Christmas Party, location TBD

Saturday 16th Breakfast





President: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

Vice-President: Bob Quirici (qbtruc@aol.com)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: David McLain (fordshoeboxmclain@aol.com)

Director: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)

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

Director: George Abernathy (gabernathy@sunriseveterinary.com)

Director: Bob Payne





For Sale: 1937 Ford Fordor Sedan, $7600.  Max Glover 505-792-2011.

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

For Sale: 1929 Model A.  Less than 2900 mi on new motor and tires.  See details at http://www.auto-ware.com/1929A.htm 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.

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: 1955 Ford Country Sedan, 4-dr wagon. Needs restoration, straight body. $2500. Bob Payne 505-281-4312

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 796-0632

For Sale: 1999 Honda Shadow Ace 750cc motorcycle -Excellent condition, new tires, good battery, cruise con-trol, 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: A 1965-66 Mustang Fastback.  White, red, or a lighter color (no black, navy or any dark colors).  I would prefer a Shelby clone or a GT option. Thanks for your help. Jim Erickson – Las Cruces (575)521-4339 or seric1998@yahoo.com

Wanted: 1966-68 Mustang. Lourdes Garcia (915)203-5986 dreamhomes@lgarcia.realtor

Wanted: 1940-41 Ford pickup. Bill Robinson 1969Mustang@centurylink.net

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

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).






September 30-October 8 – Cruisin' the Coast Road Tour – Gulf Coast Area, Gulfport, MS – Tour hotline                      1-800-664-1362 or www.streetrodderweb.com

October 3 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE – Starts 5:30pm – Free frozen custard – DJ music by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas 235-5900

October 6-7 – 30th Run to the Inn of the Mountain Gods – Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero  - Pre-'78 – Ron Duscha (915)598-0621 www.zianet.com/rtrd

Oct 7 – 23rd Annual Summer Car Show Series – Hooters West – Alameda – “Balloon Show”   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

October 9 – 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. karencampbellwithrt66@hotmail.com

October 14 – Golden Gears Swap Meet – White Sands Mall, Alamogordo – Jack (575)491-9804

October 14 – 14th Annual Los Leones Car Show – Mesilla Town Hall – Jose Pena (575)644-3747

October 14 – End of Summer Bash, Cruzing into 2018 – The Wooden Nickel, Bloomfield – Open to all Wheels – Presented by Low Classics – Set-up 10am-12pm, show noon to 5pm – Trophies at 4:30pm – Food, games, giveaways, cash prizes – Alfredo (505)947-6555

October 14 – Car Show at Cider Festival – ABQ Bio Park, 2601 Central NW – Wants vehicles 1950 and older – Setup 7-9am – Mario Portillo (505)768-2000 marioportillo@cabq.gov or Cecilia (505)916-7807 sisdly@q.com

October 14 – Cedar Cove Classic Car Show & Wine-Tasting Event – Cedar Cove RV Park, 48 Cedar Cove Rd, Hwy 195, Elephant Butte – Registration 9-11am, show 11am-4pm – Entry $20 includes lunch of hot dogs, brisket sandwiches, hamburgers, chips, drinks 11:30am-2:30pm – (575)744-4472 info@cedarcovervpark.com – Pre-register at www.cedarcovervpark.com

October 17 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE – Starts 5:30pm – Free frozen custard – DJ music by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas 235-5900

October 21 – Rods, Customs & Classics Car Show – Jay Redlin Farmers Insurance Agency, 9720 Candelaria NE (1 block E of Eubank) – Entry $20 (includes meal & drink) – Awards, door prizes, food, goody bags – Set-up 8:30am, show 10am-3pm

October 21 – Classic Car Show – Hidalgo County Fairgrounds, Lordsburg – Ed Kerr (575)313-2606

October 27-28 – Last Chance Fun Run – Alamogordo – Jack (575)491-9804

Oct 28 – 23rd Annual “Spooktacular Halloween Show” – Hooters East – San Mateo – Setup 6am-10am – Show 10am-5pm, Open to all spooky and creepy makes and models, Entry $20 – 40 classes – 50 Special Haunted Awards, Creepy Races, Costume Contest for Cars, Kids and Adults, 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

November 4 – 21st Annual Veterans' Day Car Show – Veterans' Hospital, T or C – Sam Shannon (575)894-4222

November 11 – Veterans' Day Celebration – Carlsbad – Parade to Halagueno Park, 101 S Halagueno St, in front of library for Ceremony – Show N Shine Car Show – Induction of racing legend, Dick "Mr. Chevrolet" Harrell, into Carlsbad Hall of Fame – Dick's 1967 Camaro funny car will be on display – Sponsored by Dirt Dobbers of Carlsbad – For information (575)649-5925 



June 11-15 Dearborn, Michigan – 55th Anniversary Homecoming – Phill Hall (805)573-8077 or Michael Driscoll (615)293-985. registration@2018gnm.com to register or http://2018gnm.com for more information. Drawing for new set of Coker tires if registered by October 7.