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Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Incorporated
Wichita, Kansas

A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)

Mid-Kansas’ Club Song: 
“Silver Thunderbird”  by Marc Cohn


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August 2011
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)




Hiawatha Salvation Army Show a Big Success!

Yes, the only question connected with the Camp Hiawatha Show on July 16 was the temperature.  Was it 100 degrees 
like the forecasters predicted, and the car thermometers registered?  
Those of us who attended Camp Hiawatha will go with the latter because even with the ample shade trees, it was HOT at Camp Hiawatha.   
Despite the temperature, despite the fact that the Cessna show was scheduled for the same date, the Salvation Army show enjoyed a nice turnout of 156 Classics, Customs, and Street Rods. Fourteen (15) of those 156 were 
Vintage and Classic Thunderbirds.

Upon entering the show field our cars were photographed by a guy with a camera about the size of a 4100 Carburetor and great photos of the cars were provided to entrants later in the day.  
Av and Lois Johnson were the earliest entrants to the show field, and parked their Cashmere ’05 Retro ‘Bird in a shady spot and assisted other Vintage Club members to park in some semblance of order. 
Vintage Club Members who  brought cars to the show, visited the show, and/or participated in any way in the success of the show included Sal DeLucia with his ’77 Hardtop, Larry and Lynda Fichter
showing their new Mountain Shadow ’03, Jack Godfrey driving his Silver ’04, Av
and Lois Johnson in their Cashmere ’05, Bill Johnston in his Raven 
Black ’60 Convertible, Carl and April Marts,  Mike Mawhirter in his white 
over blue ’63 HT, John Moler in his Chalfont Blue ’65, Curt Rakestraw 
in his Flame Red ’57, 
Tedd Roe in his Brandywine Red over white ’59 HT, 
Royce Taylor in his Flame Red ’57, Jack Wake with cameras in tow, and 
Rod and Beverly Wake with their Thunderbird Green ’56. 
Club Organizers Darryle and Kaye Barth’s Raven Black ’02 was also on display. 

It was great to see our club back this show just as we had voted to do in the
planning session earlier this year, with 17 of our members in attendance with 11 Thunderbirds
Wichita Classic Thunderbird Club members in attendance included 
Lee Green with John Green’s white ’56,
Jim Hein with his red ’57, and Wendell Jack with his white ’56. 
Other members in attendance but driving cars other than 
Thunderbirds were Doug and Carolyn Keener, Dick Price, 
Jim Winter, and Lauren Worley. 

Television News Crews were on the scene and interviewed organizer Kaye Barth.

The main backdrop to Kaye’s interview was Mike Mawhirter’s white over blue ’63
HT.  Mike’s car made the 5:30 news and the 10:00 news on Channel 12, and
possibly other times.  Some of the other Vintage Thunderbirds were in the background--’way in the background but we 
made the news just the same.
We all received a Coleman cooler as an entry prize, and several also won additional coolers as door prizes.  Music and
announcements were provided by Marvin Ranich, and a great time was had in visiting with old and new friends from 
various car clubs. Midway through the day, the famous Valve Cover Races were held, with Dick Price supervising the event.

Trophy presentations began at 3:00 in one of the air
conditioned buildings.   The only “downer” to the day was
when hard working show organizer Darryle Barth
announced that this will be the last Camp Hiawatha Car Show.
The pleasant murmur of Smithy’s and other straight through mufflers filled the
late afternoon air as those of us in attendance left the show field…hoping only to
avoid a vapor lock on the way home.



The Club Welcomes New Members: 

We were especially thrilled when the Salvation Army show 
organizers Darryle and Kaye Barth delivered their check after making
the decision to  join our club! 
Darryle and Kaye bring to the club a wealth of experience in running car shows, as well as bringing us a beautiful black ’02 Retro Bird with a thin 
pin stripe and Tonneau Cover, mentioned in the previous story. 

Darryl and  Kaye have owned and restored vintage and classic cars in
the past, and currently have other Classic cars in progress of restoration.
We know Darryle and Kaye will be a great addition to the Vintage Club!

Vintage Club Welcomes a New ‘Bird:

While your Prez and Secretary were out of town, Treasurer Lynda and Larry Fichter were up to some big business!  On the weekend of June 25 the Fichters located, tried out, bought a
beautiful 2003 Thunderbird!  This makes the Fichters another multiple Thunderbird Family... four ‘Birds at last count.  The 2003’s body and hard top are Mountain Shadow Grey with 
Black Ink interior and black soft top and all the extras! 
Being a true professional mechanic, Larry  immediately changed all the fluids in the car.  After a few details like tags and licenses, the proud parents dropped by Prez’s house on 
Tuesday, then made the Bird Debut at Susan Carlisle’s retirement get-together at Brooklyn’s on Wednesday, June 29.  We look forward to seeing the pretty bird at all our 
future events, and already there is talk of a trip to the 2012 International at Charleston!

Vintage Club Welcomes ANOTHER New ‘Bird:

You all remember the red 1960 Thunderbird Hardtop advertised in the Newsletter a couple months ago.  Curt Rakestraw found it, John Moler went to Cunningham and viewed it, 
and the Newsletter advertised it.  No sale resulted.  The owner then put it on an internet auction site and the beautiful Squarebird sold……to John Moler!  Checks were mailed and 
deals were finalized on June 29, and John had made arrangements to run over to Cunningham and pick it up.  We are looking forward to seeing Big Red in future Vintage Club events.

Taylor’s Tips on Tags: Royce Taylor had an experience recently 
which he wants to share with us.  Royce says,“I had an interesting (and learning)
experience this month. 
To back up a bit and set the tone, while at the Sunflower Swap Meet back in
February, Jim Winter was telling me I could put an old used license plate on my new bird.
I thought “What, an old 1957 red and white license plate?” 
So, off I went with Jim in search of such a thing. We found one, in good shape from 
1957 and from Sedgwick County. I thought,“At least it will make a good wall hanger 
if nothing else”. Maybe Jim was just pulling my leg, maybe there is some sort of 
‘car guy’ joke or initiation I was not aware of. 
He told me I could trade my Antique plate for the 1957 plate at the Tag Office. 
The one we found, from 1957 was red and white, I thought “What the heck, 
my car is red and white, we’ll just have to see what happens”. 
Up to today. I just got back from the Tag Office in Derby, with my old 1957
red and white license plate registered to my bird. It worked, Thank you Jim.
A few things you need to know if you are trying to do the same.

First, the tag must match the year the car was manufactured,
in my case,  it had to be a 1957 tag. 
The guy at the office was poignant about that; what I do not
know is, if it had to be strictly a Sedgwick County tag since I live in Sedgwick County. 

Also, you must turn in your old Antique plate at the time of the transaction.
So, take your old Antique plate and the old registration with you to the Tag Office. 
Be sure to have your proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license with you also; all the usual
car registration things. 

Finally Fees; there was a $47 fee for registering the tag as a “Personal” tag, a one time fee just as if you requested a personal license plate and then there is the $19 Antique Property Taxes fee every year.

So, over all, it wasn’t too bad; just the usual trip to the 
Tag Office wait for your turn.

Can’t wait to get home tonight to see how the new tag looks on my baby. 
Will try to get a photo of it for the newsletter.”

Royce ‘Topless’ Taylor 
President Wichita Classic Thunderbirds

A Definite Maybe Club Plans For 2011

These are the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 and will be altered if necessary as circumstances dictate

August 11:
Monthly business meeting at Brooklyn's
October 2: 
All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha

October 8-9:  
Road trip!  Invited to join the Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas
City at Lindsborg and/or McPherson

August 16-21:
VTCI International Convention at Portland, Oregon.   Prez and
Secretary are attending

August 20:
Mulvane Old Settlers Rod Run

August 26-28:  
Tedd Roe has been contacted by the Black Top National people
to recruit some help for this year.  Pamphlets were passed out at our July
meeting.  Since the show was announced late, we made no definite plans to
attend in a group.  Will address this at our August 11 meeting, and will let our
club members know more as we learn it.

November:  Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
September 24: 
Cruise to Groendyke Museum at Enid, Oklahoma pending
December 4: All New Format for the Wichita Classic/Mid-Kansas Vintage Christmas Party.  This one will be in the Tower Room at   the Airport Hilton.
What a beautiful event that should be!




Restoration Tips:

This is one of several restoration tips written by Richard Lentinello, Editor-In-Chief of Hemmings Classic Car magazine
which appeared in the December, 2008 issue, Page 6. 
Entitled “Rust Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one per issue for the next several issues

Nuts and Bolts: 

With fasteners that are exposed to the elements, such as those used on suspension A-Arms, anti-roll bars, subframes and brake assemblies, it pays to use cadmium plated nuts and bolts.
They will retain a shiny appearance for several years and will resist rusting, making future disassembly of those components a breeze. 
If your car is equipped with irreplaceable fasteners, then consider having them plated. 
Just be forewarned—this can get expensive

Coil Springs: 

No matter how many coats of enamel you use on a coil spring, the constant stretching and contracting of the coiled metal will eventually cause the paint to crack, 
allowing rust to take hold. 
Instead, consider having your coil or leaf springs powder coated. 
It is a very durable finish and it’s available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin finishes and in many colors. 
It will give your springs a factory-new appearance that will last for years


Complete frames and subframes are also being powdercoated today, but just as with suspension components, if you prefer paint use a urethane enamel.
Remember, too, just because a light, thin coat of paint was applied when your car was new doesn’t mean that you should do the same. 
Give your frame all the protection it needs. 
Use multiple coats of quality zinc-based primers, sealers and urethane paints

Rocker Panels-Interior: 

Whether or not new rocker panels were installed during the restoration, drill small holes on each end and squirt in oil to help ward
off rust, then cap the holes with small rubber stoppers.

Rocker Panels-Exterior: 

Cars built prior to the 1980’s had rocker panels that were only coated with a thin layer of paint, instead of being well protected with a
rubberized finish.  The more durable finish is easy to reproduce yourself.
Available from autobody suppliers in aerosol cans,  a thin coating of this rubberized finish will provide excellent protection that will add years to a rocker
panel’s lifespan.  And unless someone bends down for a close inspection, no one will notice it.

Suspension Components: 

Although many folks are now choosing to have their suspension components powder coated, too, the more common method is to use a durable, hard paint such as a quality urethane mixed with a hardener. 
For the ultimate paint finish, use a basecoat/clear coat system, with an extra coat or two of clear for added protection.
However, if you prefer a more factory-correct appearance, have your suspension arms coated with bluing. 
This is the chemical that gunsmiths use to protect gun barrels. 
Bluing penetrates the metal,  fusing with it to become one surface, unlike paint, which is just a non-integral coating.


The best way to protect the underside of the floor pan is with 3M’s Body Schutz.  This fast drying, textured coating is a tough material that effectively protects the metal against stone chips  and road abrasions while also providing sound deadening quality.  Best of all, it is paintable so after it dries it can be top-coated to match your car’s exterior color thus giving your old car that
new car, original equipment appearance.

*NOTE: Just so’s you’ll know…..The Old Editor wants to add to Mr. Lentinello’s
advice above.  The 3M Body Schutz is pronounced “Shoots” and was also used in
Mustang restorations to seal the leaky compartment under the cowl vents.  You
know, the box where the air is collected before being routed into the cold air
vents.  Those boxes had a tendency to rust out badly and contributed to many a
wet floor board and rusted floor pan in classic Mustangs.

Exhaust System:

If available, go with stainless steel.  Even if a stainless steel muffler isn’t available for your particular car, at least use stainless steel pipes, clamps and fasteners.
If done correctly, every one of these techniques will help ward off rust and add life to your car—which, in the end, will provide you with additional years of
enjoyable use.  
And isn’t that what owning an old car is all about?   

Editor’s Note:  This concludes Mr. Lentinello’s tips from
the December, 2008 article.  Hope you enjoyed ‘em!

The President’s Message
By Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders,

 It was good to see so many of our Thunderbird entrants at the Camp Hiawatha Salvation
Army show…you made us look good as a chapter and showed that the Thunderbirds are an
important part of the total car scene in Wichita.

The turnout for our July meeting at Brooklyn’s was better than normal  and the facility
proved to be a good place for a meeting.  Brooklyn’s features excellent choices on the
menu, good portions, and a private  room. Plans were made for subsequent meetings there
and please note the location for the August meeting!

I am working on a new style recruiting flyer which will be distributed at our next meeting.
This should be easier to use in recruiting new members and new Thunderbirds as they
appear in our travels and activities.  Our recruiting efforts  for the last few years have kept
new members coming in, and that is the key to maintaining a healthy club.

This month, Beverly and I will be attending the Vintage Thunderbird Club International
Convention in Portland, Oregon.  It is great to visit old Thunderbird friends and to meet new
ones from other clubs at these Regionals and Internationals.  We will be taking part in the
VTCI Annual Business Meeting on August 25, and will be reporting any changes to our club
after we return.   Will also be alert for new ideas to further the mission of our club as well as
the VTCI.

None of your Prez and Secretary’s Thunderbirds made the cut for the trip, as we are driving
a boring SUV to Portland.  With ample luggage capacity, maybe we can take advantage of
some reasonable Silent Auction items and souvenirs from the convention and its activities.
We are also planning to visit some family members in Oregon and Utah en route, as well as
seeing some beautiful scenery.

But before we go, will be seeing you at Brooklyn’s on August 11!  
That  is the SECOND Thursday in the month instead of the third.  
We chose that date because  (1) Prez and Secretary will not be in Wichita on the traditional 
third Thursday; (2)  The Black Top National will be in progress on the fourth Thursday. 
Our club is still interested in, and willing to help the Black Top National become a regular attraction for Wichita and want to give it every chance for success.

See you at Brooklyn’s on the 11th!



Don’t Forget our Parent Club:
 If you have not yet joined VTCI, please take this opportunity to do so. 
To those of you who have not yet joined, you can get your application from www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org or ask Prez for an application. 
We simply cannot afford to lose our affiliation with VTCI!

Don't forget who helps make all our activities possible;
Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. 
If you do not belong to VTCI, join today!

Unique In All The World:
The Newsletter continues its series
picturing Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International Circuit
as well as local club events. 

With each Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage 
Thunderbird is considered to be
Unique In All The World!” 

This month’s feature:

Although a Roadster Package was not 
offered as an option on the regular 
convertible for 1964, a close copy could be had by purchasing dealer items 14 inch Kelsey Hayes wire wheels with black center spinner  
and a uniquely restyled fiberglass tonneau cover.

Approximately 50 examples of the ’64 were equipped with these items from the factory, according to William Wonder’s Thunderbird Restoration Guide 1958-1966. 

Your Newsletter Editor saw one of those ‘64’s delivered to the Ford dealer in Topeka, Kansas in very late 1963.  
Many ’64, ’65, and ‘66’s were converted later by their owners.  
The beautiful specimen pictured above was seen at the VTCI International Convention at 
Coshocton, Ohio in 2009, and is truly Unique In All The World.


Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
None spotted at this time

Big Bird Bazaar:
Cars, Parts and Services

Ads or sources of service for our Birds are free to club members, but business card size ads run $60 per year. 
That’s less than $5 per issue ‘cause we usually run 14 editions per year.   What have you to sell?


Autos For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc For Sale:
1962 Thunderbird Hardtop:  Jim Goolsby is selling his ’62 Thunderbird.  It has standard 390 with Power steering, brakes, Cruise-O-matic, skirts.  Rust free,
does not leak oil.  Drives great.  New radial tires in the last year, new left and right glass channels by Lewis Street Glass, new exhaust by American Muffler, complete front end rebuild with shocks by Axle and Wheel Alignment. 
Arizona car, shows 58,000 miles. 
Good straight body, but needs interior work and paint.
Located in Wichita.  Price is $4,000.00
Jim Goolsby
Wanted:  390 for 1964 Thunderbird. 
Short block or whole engine.
Carl Marts 
8 Track Tapes! 
About 50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music. 
Drop Dead Reasonable. 
You won’t  believe how reasonable. 
Call Prez for details.
1963 Thunderbird HT, white.  This just in! 
John Moler found this one and checked it out personally, south of  Haysville. 
This car has a good body, no visible rust and appears to be original white paint. Interior is pearl Beige, stitching broken in a few places.  Tan floor mat. 
Has factory A/C but it is not working…diagnosis not known.  Engine is fair, inside passenger side kick panels gone. 
Trunk fair with all tools and jack intact. 
Has fender skirts, wheel covers. 
Windshield wipers not working. 
Owner has had it a long time, price is $8,000 but
. 1961 Thunderbird Shop Manual
Used, but the inside is perfect.
Call Prez
1966 Thunderbird Landau:  390, 4V, PS, PB. Air, Light blue original paint,
two tone blue interior, nice original exhaust system (cracked exhaust manifold, with replacement included) very little rust, needs vinyl top, good tires, runs rough and last licensed August 1971.  56,000 original miles…recent barn find. 
$5,000 OBO
Call Mike Poston at 816-898-1067
in Lees Summit area
. .
2004 Retro Thunderbird:   
Larry Fichter saw this one in Winfield, Kansas.
Red body and Hard Top, Sand interior and soft top.   23,000 miles and asking
$24,000.00. 620-221-6616
. .



August Meeting

Brooklyn's Chop House and Brew Tavern
6200 W 21st

August 11, 2011
(please note date for this month)

5:30 PM

This meeting is off our regular schedule of “every third Thursday”,
but is necessary to discuss August events, and further discuss our
tax-exempt status.  Great location and food.  C. U. There

First we eat, then we meet

Current Officers
J. Rodney Wake
Vice President:
Richard Carlisle
Beverly Wake
Lynda Fichter

Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird’s Appointed Positions

Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
Associate Editor, Proof Reader,

  Club Photographer, Computer
  Guru and all around helper
Jack Wake
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C
Wichita Area Council
of Car Clubs Representative:
Royce Taylor Royce.taylor@spiritaero.com

National VTCI Contacts

VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
VTCI NC Director:
Ed Elzinga
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill

Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
VTCI website: 

 VTCI Chapter Websites

Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
Thunderbird Midwest
Mid America Iowa:
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
Waterwonderland Michigan: