A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
The VTCI Recognizes ALL
Celebrating Mid Kansas Vintage
Thunderbird Club's 21st year!!
Business Meeting Not All Business:
club had a lot of catching up to do after an almost two month recess.
Spears Restaurant was glad to see us and the comfort food tasted awfully
in our private dining room.
Bev’s Minutes of the November meeting sounded like ancient history.
the absence of Treasurer Lynda (a victim of the flu) Larry gave us
the bank balance, and Kaye Barth and Secretary Bev took care of collecting
for the new business cards,
took in some club renewals.
addition to important business including passing out new business card
orders and passing out new windshield flyers, our Prez continued discussion
about recruiting practices.
also endeavored to line up the club year—at least the first three months--
in this meeting so we could begin another successful year.
early changes were evident in this meeting. The Devlin/Starbird Rod
and Custom show had no entrants from our club. Our Prez, however, had volunteered
to work the
and did serve part of three days on the 17, 18, and 19th of January.
More about that in a minute.
we had supplied 9 cars to The Chill for 2012, it was apparent The Chill
was not to be the recipient of our presence this year. None of the
car owners desired a repeat
and Carl Marts and April, who worked one of the booths last year for a
friend, did not repeat their efforts this year. Although Kaye Barth
the possibility of our club being eligible for a “Best Participation” and/or
“Best Display” prize the feeling seemed to be that we gave it our best
shot last year and want
sit this one out.
also discussed the possibility of again hosting the All Wheels Rally at
Lake Afton for 2015. The reason for choosing 2015 is because that
would be the 60th anniversary
the Ford Thunderbird (1955-2015). A straw poll was taken in the meeting
to get a feel for our club’s opinion about (1) sponsoring the Lake Afton
Show again, (2) sponsoring
jointly with the Classic Club, or (3) passing on it completely.
the end of the discussion it appeared that our club has the necessary funds
to sponsor it and although it may not have “paid off” with many new members
the P.R. for the
through higher visibility and through our T-Shirt selection was awfully
nice. The straw poll indicated our members preferred to host the
show in cooperation with
Wichita Classic Thunderbird Club, and assuming the sponsorship can be had
for $400 we are interested. The matter is pending.
Show at Century II:
17 and 18 our Prez Rod Wake was one of many volunteers to help again at
the Starbird/Devlin Rod and Customs Car Show at Century II.
Winter was also one of the workers and helped mark the parking spots with
chalk the night before vendors and cars began entering the huge complex.
duties included ushering vendors and show cars to their correct spots on
Thursday. On Friday the main assignment was to take tickets at the
front doors although
and “other duties as assigned” were prevalent. The Hall was full
as allegedly 329 cars filled the spaces. Lots of beautiful work was
as well as many vendors with car related
Eagle states that 66 cars were shooting for the coveted “Magnificient 7”
awards, from the total of 329 entrants.
big winner was—of course—a Ford, specifically a ’33 Ford from Georgia.
photographer, however, always had an affinity for the ’49 Mercury coupe
and the one pictured here caught his fancy.
Meeting Of The Minds:
January 26 Prez and Secretary met with some VTCI Thunderbird Club heavy
hitters in Kansas City! On that date Cliff and Pat Lieske from the
Paul) Tim and Laura Pundt (Kansas City Vintage Thunderbirds) met with Prez
and Secretary at a great Kansas City Style barbeque named Oklahoma
in Leawood, KS for a fabulous meal.
will recall that Tim and Cliff were the two masterminds who put together
a successful Regional Convention for us last summer in a third city; Des
talk about an uncanny coincidence, among the other restaurant patrons that
night were Scotty and Beverly Massey from Cameron, Missouri who we had
at the Regional Convention in Des Moines. They were easy to remember because
they brought their real cute Inspiration Yellow custom made Retro Bird
Moines behind their Inspiration Yellow 2002 Retro Bird!
is about 70 miles north of KC, and of all the hundreds of restaurants in
the KC Metropolitan area, the one they chose was the same one where we
enjoying our supper!
troupe then traveled to the Pundt’s place in Lee’s Summit, MO for a pleasant
of conversation and information sharing among three successful VTCI
Both the Lieskes and the Pundts have been long time Presidents and Vice
Officers, and Newsletter Editors of their chapters and have a wealth of
to share. Among the topics shared back at Tim, Laura, Emma and
house were, Thunderbirds, Clubs, Club Activities, VTCI events, good times
Regionals and Internationals, bad times at Regionals and Internationals,
club activities and fun runs.
addition to owning three Thunderbirds which have appeared at various VTCI
has an unbelievable number of Die Cast Thunderbird models which he shared
us. He has been collecting Thunderbird models, Thunderbird Hot Wheels,
memorabilia since he was a teenager.
is also a formidable cook and baker and the group devoured two delicious
a late night dinner table gab fest. Where else can you think of a situation
would drive a few hundred miles to spend the evening with folks they would
met if it were not for Thunderbird conventions?
Meet: It’s Here!
all of you have rounded up spare parts, literature, tools, or whatever
and have somehow provided it to our booth at the Swap Meet. At the
Newsletter rolls through the massive Mid-Kansas Vintage Printing Presses
(known to the public as Office Max) the Swap Meet of February 1 and 2nd
upon us and without the ability to see into the future, no report can be
given in this issue. We’ll tell you all about the degree of success
of the swap meet in the
issue of our Newsletter.
Patrick’s Day Parade:
16 will be the date of the parade through Delano. Prez has made all
the arrangements and all we need now are Thunderbirds!
Prez know if you can drive in the parade.
more Newsletter will come out in the meantime with additional details!
From Another Club:
One of the nice things about
networking with other
clubs through the VTCI and
the voluntary exchange
of newsletters, is that
we have access to articles
written by other clubs’
In this case, your Prez has
become good Email friends with Mort White of Moortown,
Ontario, about 50 miles north of Detroit.
Mort is a Mechanical Engineer
who spent his entire career with Dow Chemical and is a member of the Southern
Ontario Thunderbird Club.
Mort has restored many cars
including a drop-dead-gorgeous ’66 Thunderbird Convertible
and a ’57 Thunderbird.
He is a colorful writer
who has written many
technical articles for their
chapter Newsletter, and has graciously granted permission for our Newsletter
to run this recent article.
It deals with things we
all need to be aware of…but probably neglect regularly.
Although Mort’s references
to Kilometers, and to Southern Ontario garages do not apply to us the rest
is timely information for any Vintage automobile owner:
many of us ”routine” maintenance turns out to be not so routine. (Almost)
sort of an oil change program (from one extreme of changing both fall and
spring - to
it gets done every year or so). My first Car was a 1956 Ford which
between 1000 miles (normal driving) and 2000 for mostly highway driving
- oil filter
were listed at 4000 miles My 1966 Thunderbird manual recommends oil and
at 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first (neither alternative works
well for a car
only 500 - 1000 miles/yr. - surely an oil change every fall will work fine).
Some new Volvo
other models suggest 16000 km. between oil and filter changes – or wait
until a light tells you
needed (luckily “they don’t make them like they used to”).
often missed are many areas that need lubrication but are often forgotten
– for example:
|1) Door Hinges and hinge
usually done when they get
noisy (often bushings are already worn and the hinge pin may now be enlarging
the holes in the hinges themselves due to lack of lubrication – which may
require hinge to be replaced).
Thunderbird doors are typically
Lubricate both top and bottom
of both upper and lower hinges plus hinge
check mechanism (my mechanic
uses something called “Honey Goo” in a spray can with an applicator tube
for many of these lubrication issues).
|2) Hood Hinges:
There is a huge strain
on the hinges and pivots every time the long/heavy hood is opened or closed.
On ’61 thru ’66 there are 4 joints in
each hinge held together
by 4 large “rivets”.
For these hinges,
lack of lubrication and wear will round off the square hole (look carefully
at rivet holes for signs of wear/rounding) to the point where a rivet may
twist and pull thru allowing the hood to collapse - this is
exciting at a car show !
For ’61 thru ’66 Thunderbirds
best solution is to tack weld all “rivets” at end with + so they can’t
pull out – all pivot points on any style of hinge still need lubrication!
3) Trunk hinges
both hardtop and convertible: too often these too are serviced only when
they get noisy.
Gas filler door hinge : see #3
Hood pins/safety latch/hood release cable (if any – and now you can’t get
the hood open): these are usually serviced after
6) Parking brake cable:
did you last test and/or lubricate? On many cars this is done only as part
of original safety check by the mechanic and never used again.
With single braking systems
on our cars this could be a valuable backup in case of brake problems!
Also need to lubricate/check
release mechanism under dash – incl. vacuum release on ’64 to’66 Thunderbirds
(could use “Honey Goo” for
cable lubrication also for tachometer, speedometer, etc.).
|7) Convertible top pins
+ arms, cylinders, hinges in trunk, limit switches, etc.:
lots of weight, large forces, combined with dirt, rust, infrequent use
can cause these to get stiff/seize and may cause problems in top going
up or down.
8) Older distributors
with oil cup: if there the manufacturer is suggesting
you should oil it.
Choke and throttle linkages: usually serviced
after car is hard to start.
10) Automatic Transmission
kickdown linkage: tough service as parts are under
car – typically gets lubricated only when some problem occurs.
11) Exhaust gas
diverter valve: when its installed it will be
at the back end of the R.H. exhaust manifold (designed to divert exhaust
gases from #2 cylinder to #7 cylinder thru bottom of the intake manifold
below carburetor to help vaporize gasoline during cold weather) – and should
open with the spring as the car heats up. Not usually needed on our Thunderbirds
which normally aren’t used in cold weather – so probably OK if missing
or stuck open - - if stuck shut will put too much heatinto the intake
manifold for proper summer operation.
12) Rear differential:
out of sight, out of mind: I’m sure many of our Thunderbirds are still
running on “factory fresh” gear oil from 1964. The rear axle fluid can
get contaminated with water, rust, sludge, etc. – obviously not a good
environment for gears, bearings, and seals (inspect fluid to see if dirty).
too much diversity between years to provide guidance – you need to make
a complete list of suspension, steering, and driveshaft fittings and make
sure whoever greases your car gets all of them and not just the few obvious
14) Perhaps once a year
you might spray WD – 40 into each door lock to
keep it lubricated and waterproofed.
15) Check transmission
fluid level/colour/smell – should not be burnt
|Not normal lubrication
issues but - - -
Many power windows, vents
and seats are operated somewhere between little and never –then when they
don’t work we wonder why they’ve failed as they worked perfectly only a
couple of years ago. These
should be operated every few months (at least) – best with engine operating
to get highest voltage in system - power and regular seat tracks should
get blown out with compressed air (yearly ?) as dirt, rust, crumbs, seat
foam, carpet threads, etc.
plug up the tracks, plus
tracks, and joints in power seat mechanisms should also be lubricated.
- Blow your own horn! For
some the last time the horn was used was during the Safety Inspection when
you bought the car. Condensation/rust/time causes the coil and/or points
inside the horn to
seize so it won’t work (you
should also be able to hear both horns
working). Horns should be
“tested” 2 – 3 times per summer for a couple of seconds to keep them “free”.
I’ve been able to free up some of them with a combination of a screwdriver/wrench/hammer
and WD – 40! (spraying oil into the horn opening won’t help as that’s not
where the moving parts/contacts are).
Call me if you have questions.
You should consider checking/changing
your fuel filter before, instead of after it plugs up –had my ’71 Buick
out for a drive recently and when I
went to accelerate car would
I was worried I wouldn’t
get home but found it was OK if I didn’t accelerate or go above 50 MPH.
Changed filter and it was fine but couldn’t see the problem until filter
dried out (folded paper cartridge) and I cut it open – there was nearly
a spoonful of white powder inside.
|I’m told this could be caused
by some combination of ethanol in
the fuel, old gas, water
and reactions from fuel stabilizer
(probably like everything
else “global warming” is somehow
When did you last check tire
pressures (incl. spare)?
How old are your tires?
(for many years tires have had a date code molded into the sidewall in
the format “4707” (this indicates tire made in 47th week of 2007) – would
they pass a safety check (can’t have any cracks showing cords, any areas
down to wear bars ?).
Some manufacturers are now
suggesting a “tire life” of 6 years although our Thunderbird service is
typically less harsh than “normal” (fewer miles, less high speed driving,
fewer hours exposure to direct sunlight, etc.).
Hoses and belts: usually
only checked/changed AFTER one fails.
NOW you can consider the
important things like waxing your tires (or whatever people do to make
them shine) so you can go
for a drive.
Southern Ontario Thunderbird
|The 2013 VTCI
Regional and International Conventions:
you know, our chapter is a part of the North Central Region of the VTCI.
Regional VTCI Convention is set for July
11 through 14, 2013 at Springfield,
The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club, and Western Michigan Thunderbird
is a lot of history at Springfield, a lot of Abraham Lincoln history, and
lot of fun events planned by the two clubs.
have contributed to the 2013 Regional with some financial gifts, and hope
a lot of us can
with our presence!
for all information and registration forms in The Scoop, or Google up VTCI
and take a
at upcoming events listed there.
the VTCI International Convention for 2013
be hosted by the South Central
and held in Houston on September 26 through
of NASA activities, a dinner cruise, other great activities and a lot of
fabulous Thunderbirds are in
offing. Again, watch The Scoop, and/or Google up VTCI and take a
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
The uncanny weather for
this time of the year makes it easy on our Thunderbirds.
Without snowfall and very
little ice there is no reason to leave those ‘Birds in the
nest. Makes it nice
to get them out about once a week, check the fluids and keep
the battery up. Just
think, only four more weeks and we will be through February
and what can go wrong after
Sure hope we can get some
input from the club at the February meeting as to
activities desired for the
balance of the club year. We will no doubt have copies of
the Cruizin Calendar in
our possession by that time and that will help Weather permitting,
let’s try to drive ‘Birds
to Spears for the next meeting. That
lineup of cars along Maple
Street makes an impressive sight!
See you Soon!!!
P.S…..your Prez is elated to learn that
more of our members have said they are
joining the VTCI!
now…. A word from the old Bird:
read stuff that
make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
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
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!
Reviews The Dues For Youse:
of all, our dues are only
$25.00 per year.
have inquired about our Mid-Kansas dues setup. We know it can be
confusing, so here is a review and summary:
local chapter, The Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Inc., is a Kansas
which we incorporated in 2005. We chose a fiscal year ending
31, the same as the calendar year.
$25.00 dues are paid annually which means the dues are due January 1. But,
other expenses such as Real Estate Taxes, Quarterly Estimates, homeowner’s
dues, VTCI dues
almost every other club dues you can think of, plus Christmas expenses
are due at that time.
is why several years ago our club voted to have our dues payable by April
1. Even though they are
due January 1, we don’t ask for them before April 1.
gives us three chances to pay at a monthly meeting before the dues are
course, Treasurer Lynda can take your $25.00 dues payment any time before
it is comfortable for you.
member’s initial dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which
join, and that proration is calculated on the January 1 starting date for
year as follows:
pro-ration only applies for NEW MEMBERS.
members cannot drop out and come back as they wish.
By-Laws state that anybody who has dropped out of the club must pay their
dues in full to re-join.
club is a chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc.,
Dues are $35.00 per year, due January 1, and delinquent after January 31.
Roster of VTCI members is compiled from dues paid as of January 31, so
please get your dues
before January 31 each year.
In All The World:
The Newsletter continues
its series picturing Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International
Circuit as well as local
With each Thunderbird
featured, you should see why the Vintage Ford Thunderbird is considered
“Unique In All The World!”
“C’mon in,” seems to be the
message being conveyed by this beautiful 1964
4-Door Convertible, a big brother to our Vintage Thunderbirds.
The story is written about
this Lincoln, that Robert McNamara saw the mockups for
the new 1961 Thunderbird.
He liked it so well he declared
that it should be
stretched into a longer
version with four doors and introduced as the 1961
Lincoln. This was
done and resulted in one of the most beautiful specimens of
Lincoln ever produced, and
also resulted in an alternate design being chosen for
the 1961 Thunderbird.
The basic body structure
remained the same through 1964
with a similar one continuing
through 1967. The above Texas domiciled ‘64
appeared at the Starbird/Devlin
show this month and the owner agreed that
many, many parts in this
model are interchangeable with Thunderbird parts. So,
thanks to Robert McNamara
we not only received a beautiful Lincoln model, but
a darn nice substitution
in the 1961 Thunderbird! Just a couple more examples
of Ford cars that are
In All The World!”
pillows are making headlines!
Burma Shave Signs:
those delightful Burma Shave signs from the 30’s 40’5 and 50’s that were
posted along all our
were changed out a couple times a year?
(5) little red signs with white lettering, about 100 feet apart were
designed to be read as you passed by.
normally gave warnings or tips about traveling. The Newsletter wants
to remind you of this fun
from the past and will run a Burma Shave sign each month.
month’s Burma Shave ad:
guy who drives
a car wide open
is not thinkin’
he’s just hopin’
Bird Watchers Alert!
2003 See Below!!
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?
|Autos For Sale:
||Parts & Misc
friend of Prez passed away in November. His one owner original
to go to a new owner and needs to be restored.
has been in storage for several years. Butterscotch and white in
says, “no street rodders, please!” Call Prez at 722-2028 for
1955 Thunderbird Steering Wheel. Call Prez at 316-722-2028
Sale: Easy-Lifter Top Remover. Electrically operated
lift which fits all 1955-57 Thunderbirds, and ’56 to ’60
Electrically lift your top from your car and leave it suspended from the
garage ceiling. The manufacturer advertises in Early Bird magazine
and others. This unit is
new, still in its box and retails for $399.95. Being offered at bargain
price of $250.00. Does not work for
For further details and/or to see the item, call Prez
352, Air Conditioning.
interior, new quarter panels. Light Blue in color but needs new paint.
Moler checked it out in person.
wants $5,000 OBO, cash, no trades. Car located in Bel Aire,
E. 49th Street Court, N., Bel Aire.
Tedd Roe if you know of one
Sale: Brand new set of 1972 Thunderbird wheel covers.
owner bought a new Thunderbird, drove it home and put the
wheel covers in a box and put (non-Ford) snap-on wire wheel
on the car. 40 years later the car is gone, the owner is gone,
the new car FoMoCo wheel covers are still in the box. Full set,
John Moler (316) 942-7842
original miles, 429 thunderjet. Power
seats, door locks, multi adjustable seat. Seller’s father was
owner of this car, purchased
1976. Became seller’s high
car and it has been in storage for years. Does not need
and was in great original condition but needs all new belts
hoses and battery
Moberly, Emporia, KS
Thunderbird: Premium Edition. Desert Sky Blue body and
top, black soft top and soft tonneau. 44,000 miles. Has all
brand new proper vented battery, Price reduced to
Paul Jasinski 316-773-3645
ON AD TO GO TO VTCI WEBSITE
Our next one will be February
21, 2013 at 5:30 Pm
4131 W. Maple
First we eat, then we meet!