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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday September 5th, 7pm. Program will be on Auto Theft and Crime in Albuquerque. Refreshments provided by Mary and Lou Gorenz.


BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday September 16th, 8:30am breakfast at Placitas Café, 221 State Highway 165, Placitas.

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



September Breakfast

On Saturday, September 16th at 8:30am, club members and friends will be meeting at Placitas Café.  Joe vouches for the food and the drive should be pleasant.  Take the Placitas/Bernalillo exit and head east for a mile or so to 221 State Highway 165.  Hope many of you can make it.


Albuquerque and the Car’s Gone!

September’s Program by Joe Abbin

Days of leaving your keys in the car while running it to warm up before going to work are gone, GONE unless you want your car Gone GONE!   Joe Abbin will detail the statistics, crime areas, car losses and provide insightful comment on how to keep your car in a well rehearsed and thoughtfully prepared presentation at our September meeting.  If you only drive a car with a switch to turn on the ignition separately from the key you might outsmart the typical thief, but if you occasionally want modern and air conditioning you need to hear this presentation.



The State Fair Car Show is Sunday, September 10, 2017.  We will meet at the Caravan parking lot on Central at 7:00 AM. Cars will line up in order, starting with 1932 and ending with 1953.  We will leave the parking lot at 7:15 and turn west on Central and turn right on San Pedro.  We will enter Gate 3 and drive to Main St.  Craig Vencill, fair coordinator, wants us to be ready by 7:30. Participation Ribbons will be presented to each vehicle.  On August 19th, I did check on the Caravan parking lot and the construction on Central and no problems were visible.  We should have an excellent representation of Fords.


September 2017 President’s Message – Auto Theft & Crime in ABQ

Joe Abbin

Last month’s meeting featured a presentation put together by George Abernathy on tools for our Fords. George did an excellent job supplemented by several show and tell items presented by our members. As a bonus, George also introduced us to several of the tools used in the veterinary trade. A very good meeting!

This month I will present a talk on auto theft and crime trends in Albuquerque. Last Saturday, after our breakfast at the Range on Rio Grande Blvd, I noticed that someone had attempted to break into my 2001 Ford F350 diesel dually truck. The passenger door lock was severely damaged and the plastic surround was broken. I don’t know where or when this occurred. The driver’s side door lock had been broken in a previous break-in attempt months earlier. Although the break-in attempts were unsuccessful the damage is over $300 worth. Ouch!

This year it looks like over 10,000 vehicles will be stolen in Albuquerque. We are currently #1 in the nation for auto theft per capita. In my talk I will address the auto theft trends, what are the most commonly stolen vehicles, who steals them, where do they go, where are the hot spots (locations), why we have more thefts, and what we can do to protect our property. Unfortunately carjacking is also becoming more common and can have tragic personal safety consequences. Please come to the meeting and share your own experiences both positive and negative. More and more, we are being forced to fend for ourselves.

Breakfast this month will be at the Placitas Café which is on the main road to Placitas just about a mile or so East of I-25. Good food, good price and an easy drive.

Also State Fair this month! Bring that flathead to the Fair (er..Expo).We will have an Exhibitor’s Choice prize to be announced at the meeting and awarded to a lucky exhibitor at the Fair, maybe diamonds, a new car, etc. Get rich quick just by bringing your flathead to the Fair!

For a good time join us at these events and bring a friend!


Minutes of the August 1, 2017 Meeting

Beth Jackson, Secretary

President Joe called the meeting to order.  There were 15 members present and 4 guests; Karla Young, Betty’s daughter; Larry Bost, who bought Art’s ’41 Pickup and joined the club; Dana Powers, a veterinarian at George’s office who is interested in classic cars; and Ray Gonzales, who joined the club later in the evening and has a ’46 Ford four door Super Deluxe.

The minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.  The treasurer was absent so no treasurer’s report.

Old Business:  Joyce reported for the New Mexico Car Council.  The Los Lunas Swap Meet on September 22-24 has sold 220 spaces.  See Joyce to get your spot.  Because of work on the fields, there will be only 350-400 spaces available this year as opposed to last years’ 550 spaces sold.  The All Clubs Picnic is being held on Sunday, August 13th.  Volunteers are being sought for grilling, etc.  If V8 Club members attend they should take a dessert or water.

Bert’s Auto Supply in Denver is going out of business.  Call Jay Ingalls at 719-439-4425 for information on parts remaining. He had lots of V8 parts.

New Business:  Breakfast this month will be on Saturday, August 19th at the Range Café at Rio Grande and I40.

August 25th will be Cruise night at the Plaza in Santa Fe.  There is a limit of 50 and a fee of $20.  Proceeds go to a Police program for kids.

Cars and Coffee is moved to the Owl Café this coming Saturday, August 5th.

The V8 Day at the State Fair is coming up on Sunday, September 10th. 

Beth displayed the quilt square she made for the National Ford V8 Club’s anniversary quilt.

There was a break for refreshments, provided by the Jacksons, and then our interesting program on Tools.



Officers and Board Members Needed

        Yes, it is that time of year again where all of us need to test our resolve to maintaining and building the club.  Sure, nearly everyone has served as an officer or board member, which is great, but now is the time to step up to the plate again.   Please seriously consider the needs of the club and your willingness to contribute some time to it.   For you new members, serving as a Board member is an excellent way to get a solid view of how the club is set up AND to provide you new and interesting insight to improvements!


September Birthdays and Anniversaries

Joyce Clements (4)                                                   Larry & Lorna Azevedo (21)

Jeff Jackson (8)                                                                                         Max & Johanne Glover (23)

Mary Gorenz (15)

Danice Calderon (27)

Collector Cars by Jay Leno

This story is not about a Ford, but it's a relevant topic. It's a column by Jay Leno for the Summer, 2017, issue of the HAGERTY magazine.

It was 1959. I was a kid pedaling an old Schwinn around my hometown of Andover, Mass. Riding up a hill one day, I spotted a sleek sports car. I couldn't take my eyes off it. It was a gun metal gray Jaguar XK120. To my nine-year-old eyes, the guy behind the wheel was really old.

He recognized my temporary insanity, called me over and said, "You like this car? Would you like to sit in it?"

Sitting in that beautiful machine, looking through the split windshield over that long hood? It was a revelation. In the '50s, any car with fewer than four doors on Andover's streets might as well have been a Ferrari. It wasn't like today, where you can look up a car on the internet and see it sliding around corners in perfect color. Decades after the Jaguar encounter, when I finally had some money in my pocket, the first collector car I bought was an XK120. I still have it.

About ten years ago, after I'd told that story a few times, I got a letter from a man who said he knew the guy in Andover who'd let me sit in his Jag. That guy, whose last name was Milligan, was alive and he still had the car! In 2009, I went back to Andover and paid Milligan a visit. That "really old" guy I saw driving the Jaguar in 1959? He must have been around 25 years old when I first met him. Anyway, there's an ancient barn behind Milligan's house that has been in his family for hundreds of years. He opened the barn doors and there it was: the 1954 Jaguar XK120 I sat in as a kid. Amazing!

That visit to Andover was a good reminder that collectors must welcome the next generation with open arms. This has always been a huge deal for me. Wherever I am and whatever car I'm driving, my door is always open for any kid to come and poke around. When a youngster sits in a special car and holds the steering wheel, it produces an instant bond.

There is a widely held belief that the next generation isn't interested in cars, but I don't buy it. I don't think the interest is as widespread as it was when I grew up, but those kids who are into cars are just as fanatical as kids were in my day. We can and should encourage their obsession. After all, you never know what doors you'll open, not only for them, but also for yourself.          





We want to give you a preview of the October meeting presentation.   Dave Straub will be giving a special presentation.  Since this is just a teaser note we're not going confirm if he will do a review of the hot rod scene in Albuquerque in the '50's and '60's or if he will present a history of early aviation in Albuquerque or if he will bring some world class models he has built and which have won national awards.   He has models he has constructed from scratch that will blow your mind!!  We can tell you he is a fine speaker with more interesting historical tidbits than you can imagine.
You all really need to plan for the October meeting and what promises to be a very interesting historical lesson.



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:



September 2– Summertime Cars-n-Coffee on the Patio – Owl Cafe, 800 Eubank NE – All cars welcome 7:30am-10am – Free coffee to all Car Enthusiasts – 291-4900 

September 5 – 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

September 9 – 23rd Annual Summer Car Show Series – Hooters East – San Mateo – 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

September 9 – State Fair Car Shows – EXPO, NM – Parade Day, Mopar Show, Classic VW's at the Fair

September 10 – State Fair Car Shows – EXPO, NM – Model T Fords, Model A Fords, Early Ford V8's, Antique Cars, Classic Tractors Shows

September 11 – 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 or Melinda

September 15-16 – Manzano Fiestas & Show & Shine – Manzano – Friday Vesperas & Procession 7pm followed by bingo, dinner, drinks, prizes – Saturday Show & Shine, music, live entertainment, mass, raffles, food – Dance 6-10pm, $10 per person, under 12 free – Contact David Sandoval or Lenora Romero

September 15-16 – Bozo & The Run Crew Fun– Santa Rosa – Registration Friday at Luna Comm College, 213 4th St – Friday park, cruise, live music & burger burn at downtown gazebo, 5-11pm – Saturday Main Event registration 8-10am, show 10am-3pm at Park Lake – Entry $35, goody bag & T-shirt included – Motor, transmission, tires, cash, trophies & more – Route 66 Auto Museum (575)472-1966 or Bozo Cordova (575)760-4949

September 16 – 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

September 16 – State Fair Car Shows – EXPO, NM – Hot Rods & Custom Cars Show

September 16 – KiMo Theater 90th Birthday Celebration – Downtown – Silent film from 1926, Buster in "The General" will be shown – Owners of 1920's-1930's cars will be parked in front with security and be guests of City if you call Marti Wolf (505)331-1277 at the Cultural Affairs Office

September 17 – Blake's Lotaburger 65th Anniversary Show & Shine – Blake's, 1617 Indian School NW   – Free admission – Open to all vehicles but prefer 1952-1965 – 1952-era vehicles will receive Blake's gift card  – Free soft drinks & giveaways – Music by DJ Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900

September 17 – State Fair Car Shows – EXPO, NM – Classic GM, Corvair Shows

September 17 – Santa Fe Cruise Night on the Plaza – Historic Santa Fe Plaza – Sponsored by Santa Fe Vintage Car Club & Santa Fe Police Dept – 12-4pm – Entry $20, proceeds to "Shop with a Cop Program" – 80 car limit – Food, music, T-shirts, Cars – Mustang Ed (505)310-0381 or Buddy (505)699-2687

September 19 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise n – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE – Starts 5:30pm – Free frozen custard – DJ music by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas 235-5900

September 22-24 – NMCCC/Los Lunas 39th Annual Auto Swap Meet – Morris Field, Hwy 314 & Morris Rd, Los Lunas – or

September 22-24 – 34th Run to the Pines – Pinetop Lakes Country Club, Pinetop, AZ – Pre-'73 – Bob (928)368-5325

September 30 – Convertible Cars to the Crest Cruise – Smith's Supermarket, Tramway & Central – Starts 10 am – Open to all makes cars, Jeeps, off-road vehicles – In case of inclement weather, reschedule to October 7 – Mike Recker (505)228-3346 or

September 30 – Becker St Rio Abajo Car Show – Belen – Enter on 5th St off Reinken Ave – Entry $20, $25 day of show – People's choice ballots, door prizes, goody bags – Wine & beer tents, food & craft vendors, live music & dancing, horseshoe competition, bike poker run – Parade down Becker St – 864-8091 for more info

September 30 – 9th Annual Abq International Festival – Veterans' Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana SE –

Vehicle, motorcycle, bike show – Free – Cash prizes – 11am-4pm –Sponsored by neighborhood associations – Donna Orozco-Geist 265-2511, 266-2905 or



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






Betty Leupold with her 1941 Pickup

New owner is new member Larry Bost


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Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2017


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pm  Auto Theft in Albuquerqe  Refreshments by Mary & Lou Gorenz.

Sunday 10th State Fair

Saturday 16th Breakfast at Placitas Cafe

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


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

Saturday 7th Drive to Chimayo

Saturday 21st Breakfast


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


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President: Joe Abbin (

Vice-President: Bob Quirici (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: David McLain (

Director: Jay Hertz (

Director: R. Jeff Jackson (

Director: George Abernathy (

Director: Bob Payne


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: 1929 Model A.  Less than 2900 mi 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.

For Sale: Complete and totally rebuilt 1953 Mercury flathead V8 engine.  Bench tested and runs great. 

Engine located at the Hatfield and Son garage in Winnie, TX. $4600.  For information contact Keith Hatfield at Hatfield and Son Garage 409-296-3333 or

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: ‘78 Ford Ranger LWB, 2 wheel drive, V-8, auto, runs and drives $2450.  ‘82 Chevy PU (oops, sorry Ford Club) good tires, great runner and driver.  Nice interior, V-8, auto, A/C.  Has rust holes in panel rear cab.  $2150. 505-450-1789

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

Wanted: 1966-68 Mustang. Lourdes Garcia (915)203-5986

Wanted: 1940-41 Ford pickup. Bill Robinson

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 (





Oiling Vacuum Windshield Wiper Motors


1 sluggish wiper motor

1 small can machine oil (sewing machine oil is great)

1 6-inch vacuum suction hose


Do not remove motor from car.  Secure an old piece of vacuum suction hose approximately 6” in length and slip one end over the outlet of the wiper.  Move wiper bar by hand to either side.  Just before the valve mechanism “clicks,” insert the hose into a small can of machine oil.  Then pull wiper bar quickly in the opposite direction.  This will suck oil into the motor.  Move the blade back and forth letting excess oil flow back into the can.  This oils one side of the wiper motor.  Reverse sides and repeat process to complete the job.  Your wiper motor should now work more freely and faster and this should be done about every 2 years.


Ron Gigger from Food and Flathead Formulas