A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Salvation Army Show a Big Success!
Yes, the only question connected
with the Camp Hiawatha Show on July 16 was the temperature. Was it
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
The only “downer” to the day was
when hard working show organizer
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
Club Welcomes New Members:
We were especially
thrilled when the Salvation Army show
and Kaye Barth delivered their check after making
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.
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!
Club Welcomes a New ‘Bird:
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
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
Ink interior and black soft top and all the extras!
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
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
events, and already there is talk of a trip to the 2012 International at
Club Welcomes ANOTHER New ‘Bird:
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,
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
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.
Tips on Tags: Royce
Taylor had an experience recently
he wants to share with us. Royce says,“I had an interesting (and
back up a bit and set the tone, while at the Sunflower Swap Meet back in
Jim Winter was telling me I could put an old used license plate on my new
thought “What, an old 1957 red and white license plate?”
off I went with Jim in search of such a thing. We found one, in good shape
and from Sedgwick County. I thought,“At least it will make a good wall
nothing else”. Maybe Jim was just pulling my leg, maybe there is some sort
guy’ joke or initiation I was not aware of.
me I could trade my Antique plate for the 1957 plate at the Tag Office.
one we found, from 1957 was red and white, I thought “What the heck,
car is red and white, we’ll just have to see what happens”.
to today. I just got back from the Tag Office in Derby, with my old 1957
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
car registration things.
Finally Fees; there was
a $47 fee for registering the tag as a “Personal” tag, a one time fee
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
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
Definite Maybe Club Plans For 2011
are the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 and will
be altered if necessary as circumstances dictate
business meeting at Brooklyn's
Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
trip! Invited to join the Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas
at Lindsborg and/or McPherson
International Convention at Portland, Oregon. Prez and
Old Settlers Rod Run
Roe has been contacted by the Black Top National people
recruit some help for this year. Pamphlets were passed out at our
Since the show was announced late, we made no definite plans to
in a group. Will address this at our August 11 meeting, and will
members know more as we learn it.
Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
to Groendyke Museum at Enid, Oklahoma pending
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.
a beautiful event that should be!
is one of several restoration tips written by Richard
Lentinello, Editor-In-Chief of Hemmings Classic Car magazine,
appeared in the December, 2008 issue, Page 6.
“Rust Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one per
issue for the next several issues
Nuts and Bolts:
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.
will retain a shiny appearance for several years and will resist rusting,
making future disassembly of those components a breeze.
your car is equipped with irreplaceable fasteners, then consider having
be forewarned—this can get expensive
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,
rust to take hold.
consider having your coil or leaf springs powder coated.
is a very durable finish and it’s available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin
finishes and in many colors.
will give your springs a factory-new appearance that will last for years
frames and subframes are also being powdercoated today, but just as with
suspension components, if you prefer paint use a urethane enamel.
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.
your frame all the protection it needs.
multiple coats of quality zinc-based primers, sealers and urethane paints
or not new rocker panels were installed during the restoration, drill small
holes on each end and squirt in oil to help ward
rust, then cap the holes with small rubber stoppers.
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
finish. The more durable finish is easy to reproduce yourself.
from autobody suppliers in aerosol cans, a thin coating of this rubberized
finish will provide excellent protection that will add years to a rocker
lifespan. And unless someone bends down for a close inspection, no
one will notice it.
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.
the ultimate paint finish, use a basecoat/clear coat system, with an extra
coat or two of clear for added protection.
if you prefer a more factory-correct appearance, have your suspension arms
coated with bluing.
is the chemical that gunsmiths use to protect gun barrels.
penetrates the metal, fusing with it to become one surface, unlike
paint, which is just a non-integral coating.
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
car, original equipment appearance.
so’s you’ll know…..The Old Editor wants to add to Mr. Lentinello’s
above. The 3M Body Schutz is pronounced “Shoots” and was also used
restorations to seal the leaky compartment under the cowl vents.
the box where the air is collected before being routed into the cold air
Those boxes had a tendency to rust out badly and contributed to many a
floor board and rusted floor pan in classic Mustangs.
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.
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
isn’t that what owning an old car is all about?
concludes Mr. Lentinello’s tips from
December, 2008 article. Hope you enjoyed ‘em!
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
was good to see so many of our Thunderbird entrants at the Camp Hiawatha
show…you made us look good as a chapter and showed that the Thunderbirds
part of the total car scene in Wichita.
turnout for our July meeting at Brooklyn’s was better than normal
and the facility
to be a good place for a meeting. Brooklyn’s features excellent choices
good portions, and a private room. Plans were made for subsequent
please note the location for the August meeting!
working on a new style recruiting flyer which will be distributed at our
should be easier to use in recruiting new members and new Thunderbirds
in our travels and activities. Our recruiting efforts for the
last few years have kept
members coming in, and that is the key to maintaining a healthy club.
month, Beverly and I will be attending the Vintage Thunderbird Club International
in Portland, Oregon. It is great to visit old Thunderbird friends
and to meet new
from other clubs at these Regionals and Internationals. We will be
taking part in the
Annual Business Meeting on August 25, and will be reporting any changes
to our club
we return. Will also be alert for new ideas to further the
mission of our club as well as
of your Prez and Secretary’s Thunderbirds made the cut for the trip, as
we are driving
boring SUV to Portland. With ample luggage capacity, maybe we can
take advantage of
reasonable Silent Auction items and souvenirs from the convention and its
are also planning to visit some family members in Oregon and Utah en route,
as well as
some beautiful scenery.
before we go, will be seeing you at Brooklyn’s on August 11!
is the SECOND Thursday in the month instead of the third.
chose that date because (1) Prez and Secretary will not be in Wichita
on the traditional
Thursday; (2) The Black Top National will be in progress on the fourth
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
you at Brooklyn’s on the 11th!
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!
forget who helps make all our activities possible;
Thunderbird Club International, Inc.
you do not belong to VTCI, join today!
In All The World:
Newsletter continues its series
Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International Circuit
well as local club events.
each Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage
is considered to be
In All The World!”
Although a Roadster Package
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.
Bird Watchers Alert!
spotted at this time
Big Bird Bazaar:
Parts and Services
or sources of service for our Birds are free to club members, but business
card size ads run $60 per year.
less than $5 per issue ‘cause we usually run 14 editions per year.
What have you to sell?
& Misc For Sale:
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
Good straight body, but
needs interior work and paint.
Located in Wichita.
Price is $4,000.00
390 for 1964 Thunderbird.
block or whole engine.
50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music.
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
Windshield wipers not working.
Owner has had it a long
time, price is $8,000 but
Used, but the inside is
Thunderbird Landau: 390,
4V, PS, PB. Air, Light blue original paint,
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
Mike Poston at 816-898-1067
Lees Summit area
Larry Fichter saw this one
in Winfield, Kansas.
Red body and Hard Top, Sand
interior and soft top. 23,000 miles and asking
Brooklyn's Chop House and Brew Tavern
6200 W 21st
August 11, 2011
date for this month)
|This meeting is off our
regular schedule of “every third Thursday”,
but is necessary to discuss
August events, and further discuss our
Great location and food. C. U. There
First we eat,
then we meet