A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
the Last Shall Be First:
readers, the last item in most of the previous newsletters has been the
reminder to check out our Website.
time we are moving it to the first item in this issue to remind you that,
Newsletter, pictures, and a lot of other information is posted on our website
the current updates at: www.midkansastbirds.org
website has worked out well with our Webmaster Connie posting items the
day she receives them, and doing a great job of adding
graphics and colors to make it more attractive.
have received contacts and comments from all over the Thunderbird and VTCI
community as a result.
will notice that some of the info in the Newsletter you receive is eliminated
from the website version because not all our information is of
to anybody but our club.
abbreviated edition of each Newsletter including the one you are reading
right now, is sent to Connie to be posted on the website and so far,
has been given free rein to “dress it up” with clip arts and special fonts
and colors where she feels it is necessary.
the Website helped our club? There is
no way to tell, but we think it has.
has certainly enhanced our image with other Thunderbird Clubs and our National
Club, and has broadcast our Want Ads and For Sale items over a larger area.
have used it for recruiting new members; it is part of our recruiting package
and we have used it to show others our “Members
Rides,” and to show them what our club is all about.
Lynda Fichter, Website Coordinator Cheryl Thomas and Prez just renewed
our website and our Domain Name for 2011.
take advantage of our asset; use it, advertise it, tell other car people
about it and help us make the decision whether to continue it on past 2011.
as always, let us know what the club could do to improve it.
Thunderbird Christmas Party!!
When you receive
this newsletter, the Wichita Classic Thunderbird Club’s annual Christmas
to which our club
is again invited, will be only a few days away!!
is the date, 5:30 PM is the time, and Timberline East, 8310 East 21st Street
is the location.
(1) a food item or two for the Kansas Food Bank, and (2) see how nice a
you can come up
with for around $5 for the gift exchange!
New, gently used,
or what have you.
It is going to be
a lot of fun, and the Classic Club will also swear in their slate of officers
Club Welcomes New Members!
was really great to see new members at the November meeting. Curt
and Diana Rakestraw (Flame Red ’57) had
joined the club last month but this was their first dinner/meeting with
the club. Both Jim Goolsby
(Sky Mist Blue ’62 HT) and Dale Havercroft,
(’57 E Bird, Colonial White) came as visitors but made the decision to
join the club.
members and know we will have some good times together
Elections Bring Landslide Results!
Bet you thought this was going to be about
the National Elections, didn’t ya? No this relates to the club elections
held on the night of November 18 at the Two Brothers Barbeque Election
Since nobody challenged the incumbents,
the officers for 2011 will be:
We STILL have cups!
In inventory @ $10 each.
Since our last Newsletter,
one cup was shipped to St. Bruno, Quebec!
Others were sold locally
and we have recouped the purchase cost
and are now in the profit
taking phase of this venture.
The payment for the
last four cups will go straight to the club treasury. If want one
of the historic first run of Vintage Thunderbird cups, give Prez or Secretary
a call and we will reserve one for you.
Get one while you still can.
drinking, my friend
the end, of a brief episode.
buy one cup for your baby,
one more for the road."
Car Show Discontinued:
|The 2010 Dream Car show marked nine
successful shows, and a total of $106,000
given to Make-A-Wish of Kansas, Inc.
Both the Mid-Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club and the Wichita Classic
Thunderbird Club took a
vote, whether to hold the Dream Car Show
This was done by paper ballot,
first at the meetings, and then
by follow up mailing to
those who were not present
Almost all members
indicated they had mixed emotions about
the future of the show,
but by an overwhelming majority,
both clubs voted not to
hold a Dream Car Show for 2011
Board members will be sending
closing out the bank accounts
and properly taking care
of the details by the end
We believe the Dream Car
Show was a good thing
and both clubs can be proud
of their gifts to
Make-A-Wish over the last
but the vote proved that
the show in its current form
and format had come to an
A company named Classic Tube sells
bulk stainless steel tubing in several sizes, by the inch.
Now you can create your own SS brake,
fuel, transmission, vacuum, or hydraulic lines.
Classic Tubes’ product is double-annealed
SAE 304 Grade and is easy to bend, according to the manufacturer,
and is available in rolls up to 20 feet
Classic Tube also offers accessories such
as flaring tools, spring wraps, and proportioned valves.
|3/16 and ¼ inch= $.30 per
5/16 and 3/8=$. 35 per inch
1/8 to ½ inch = $.40 per inch.
This is good info to know as we maintain
That’s Classic Tube, 800-882-3711 or www.classictube.com
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
recent months there have been more indications that the VTCI may require
at least 50% of each chapter’s members to belong to the national organization.
If it seems that I have “harped” at you through the year, to join our parent
organization, that is the main reason. But instead of attempting
to round up the stragglers one more issue, it might be more fitting to
honor those of you who do belong to and support the mission of the Vintage
Thunderbird Club International. This list from the 2010 VTCI renewals names
the Mid-Kansas members.
Willard and Shirley
Jerry and Stacy
Richard and Susan
Todd and Lu Anne
Larry and Lynda
Jack and Barbara
Lee and Rosemary
Henry and Anita
those of you who belong to VTCI, thanks for your support and your participation
in our great events during the last year. January 1 is the due date
for VTCI annual membership and/or renewal and I would like to increase
our numbers for 2011. If your name is not on that roster, you can
get an application from the VTCI Website, or ask the Secretary for an application.
It would give both Chris Mathews and your club President a thrill up the
leg if you would join now.
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!
Retro Bird Watchers Alert!
spotted at this time
This is only
a small percentage of activities of interest to our club, most of them
are listed in the Cruizin ’10 Calendar of Events
Timberline East, December 5, begins 5:00
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?
Blackerby’s 2002 Retro Bird is for sale! Beautiful black with
extra chrome, both tops, chrome alloy wheels, AM/FM with 6 CD
all the factory options plus lots of other extras. 33,500 miles, Call Jerry
(316) 841-6862 or look it up on Ebay. $16,500!
Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a
and price must be in balance
Macy reports that a recent visit to Northwest Salvage,
Hoover Road, Wichita
there are “6 or 7” Thunderbirds there,
years but it appears all are Flairbirds.
warrant an investigation.
|1969 Thunderbird 4-Dr Landau:
power, 429, navy vinyl roof over powder blue body. New tires, runs
great. 90,000 miles. ( Prez saw this one at
YMCA car show and can tell you it is a beautiful car).
$6,000 or best offer.
Paul Norden, 207-8100
wheel covers for ’64 Thunderbird
Minihan, Valley Center
|Tanks for the
memoriesJohn Moler has two—count ‘em—two 1958-60
Thunderbird gas tanks for sale.
have been around since Elvis was in the Army, but both are still serviceable.
One is good; one needs to be cleaned and sealed.
The price is right….free!
and get ‘em. (316)-942-7842
|1967 Thunderbird 4-dr Landau:
Blue with black vinyl top.
black leather interior. 390 engine, 59,000 miles and all the bells and
whistles of 1967.
owner since 1977.
a new vinyl top and a windshield.
Tony Storie 806-8794
Macy needs one more seat belt to use in the back seat of his
Anybody have a spare?
Call Matt at 316-265-0456
Taylor’s ’57 came with two sets of tires. Royce wants to
sell one set
details, call Royce at 650-2463
light blue ’67 Tudor Thunderbird, is for sale on Ebay. John Moler
has checked it out. PW, PB, AC Needs TLC. Needs some body work,
located near Greenwich Road and Harry. Asking
price is $2,500 but John has determined it
can be bought for much less. Phone # 213-8683
Ford emblem from rear bumper center on ’65 Thunderbird.
covers for ’65 Thunderbird.
blue 390 V8, automatic, loaded, power windows including wing vents, tilt-a-way
steering column, new tires, upper ball joints, inner tie rods, drag link
bushings and bolts, Strut rod bushings,alignment, new parts, master cylinder,
brake booster, front disc brake calipers (4) piston style, new fuel pump,
new Edelbrock 4 bbl carb, P/S pressure hose, all glass good, solid straight
body with older paint and does not rattle or have wind noise.
and runs good but needs P/S box and minor interior repair on door panels.
includes a parts car with 390 Auto and 9” rear end
carb and brake booster, 106K miles, MARKED DOWN!!
$5500 for both
|Wanted: 61 Thunderbird 390 engine
Richmond, MO area.
(816) 520-5113 Carly
|1965 Thunderbird HT,
Blue, All the standard equipmentof ’65 plus…..
is an exceptionally nice’65.
clean, runs and drives great.
John Moler 942-7842
|1963 Thunderbird HT
friend of Prez has this one for sale in Topeka
as a restoration project, good interior, body fair and drivable…runs good.
|1963 Thunderbird HT;
For sale at Nickerson, KS. New Engine and tranny and all documentation.
Has lots of parts in the trunk.
Bill Green, owner, $6,500.00
AV Johnson says it has a
poor paint job, but the rest could be do-able.
Av has more details. 1-620-422-5104
|1960 Thunderbird HT
good body, no rust. John Moler has seen it and says it is a real looker.
43,000 miles on the odometer, PW, PB, PS, 352, A/C, skirts. This
car has been stored for 10 years after illness and death of the owner and
has the following faults: Brakes frozen, no battery so can’t hear
it run, can’t check radio, power windows, etc, and the fluid has drained
out of the tranny and/or torque converter. Tires questionable, trunk
Give John a call
for more details, at 942-7842, or call the owners sons Tom (620) 243-3024
or Gary (620) 243-2933.
In keeping with our long time tradition,
there will be NO Mid-Kansas Vintage Club
business meeting for December.