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


Sunflower Swap Meet Coming Up!
February 4 and 5th are the dates for the annual swap meet at the Kansas Coliseum. 
The Vintage Club splits the cost with the Classic Club for our booth consisting of two tables and some floor space. 
Several members have indicated they are bringing parts, tools, books, and car related goods to the meet and several members have also indicated they will help run the booth.

This is a really big event for the Midwest and parts shoppers from several states around usually come to this meet. 
Both clubs will have their banners flying, and it is a great opportunity for us to meet and visit with Thunderbird fanciers. 

Prez is going out there Thursday afternoon about 1:00 to help set up, and will be working the booth on Friday and Saturday. 
Volunteers welcome. 
We will be passing out club literature for the clubs, and business cards. 
Hope to see you sometime during those two days, and will be reporting on it in the next issue. 

Let’s Lay Our Cards On The Table:
Speaking of business cards, at the January meeting, Prez presented the officers with new business cards
which he had arranged for locally. 

The offer was made to the members in attendance, and several placed orders for business cards for 
themselves at the bargain price of $7 for 60 cards. 
That order of cards has been completed and provided to those who ordered them
and they turned out great! 

Not everybody was  present at the January meeting, but we would like for all members to have an
opportunity to buy business cards.  These are to be used in our recruiting efforts for the club, to give to 
prospects, to put on the windshield of a Thunderbird you find parked somewhere, 
or whatever use you want to make of them.

The cost to you for 60 cards is $7.00 payable to the club. 
We get them printed for pennies less than that and the difference stays in the club treasury. 
All cards are the same with our Logo and Website printed on them.

To personalize your cards, simply contact Secretary Bev and state how you want
your name on your card, and if you want your telephone number and Email address on it or not

Get the information and $7.00 to us, and you are in business !!

What The Other VTCI Clubs Are Doing:

It is common practice for the North Central VTCI Club Presidents to swap Newsletters. 
Lets us know what the other clubs are doing and maybe borrow some ideas from each other. 
According to recent Newsletters, we know that the following is happening: 

• Chicagoland Thunderbirds is still catching their breath from hosting the 2010 VTCI International Convention

• Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City (VTKC) completed a fun run in southwest Missouri along Route 66 in October. 
The run included a little game where certain items had to be spotted along the trip, and the winners won a prize each day. 
They admit this idea was borrowed from the Thunderbirds Midwest club.  Their trip featured stops at flea markets, little Route 66 museums, 
and an overnight stay at Lebanon, Missouri.  The club also held a progressive dinner in KC and the suburbs. 
On January 15 they held a Planning Breakfast to make plans for the 2011 club year. 
Tried and true events, plus some new ideas were discussed and the club year was scheduled on paper

• The Hoosier Vintage Thunderbird Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana is preparing for the North Central Regional at Fort Wayne in June, 
and squeezing in a couple of car shows in the meantime

•  Our good neighbors to the south, the Sooner Thunderbirds of Oklahoma had a run up to Enid, Oklahoma to see the Groendyke Museums. 
The Sooners invited the Mid-Kansans but conflicts were many and only Mike and Ann Mawhirter were lucky enough to make the trip. 
Mike reports the tour was great

• Northwest Vintage T-Bird Club of Oregon, recognizing that their club also has several members from south Washington state, 
changed their logo to include Mt. Hood merged with the Thunderbird emblem and the name is now VTCI Pacific Northwest Chapter


A Few Cups Remaining! 

In inventory @ $10 each 

Payment for the last four cups will go straight to the club treasury. 

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 “Rest 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.


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

Dear Thunderbirders,

 At the January meeting it was decided that we should take a tip from some of our cousins, the other Vintage Club chapters, 
and have a planning meeting in which we planned out the years events. 
In other words, plan our work, and work our plan.
Prez and Secretary will be making arrangements to meet for that purpose. 

Also, we made a decision to revisit an old friend, Spears Restaurant for the January meeting. 
Our club met there regularly in the 90’s but then went other directions. 
The January meeting was well attended and we filled the room they had prepared for us. 
The food was great as usual and a vote indicated we should hold the next few meetings there as well. 
It is great to patronize a local, family organization such as Spears and they appreciated having us. 
There is nothing better than good old down home cooking on a cold winter night. 
Hope to see you at the next meeting, February 17. 


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!


Activities To Consider

Daryl and Kaye Barth
good friends of our club, 
have arranged for a Sock Hop at their 
Salvation Army Hiawatha Camp and 
Retreat Center on 
Saturday, March 19th. 
It sounds like fun!


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?

For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc:
For Sale:  ’64 Thunderbird HT 
(316) 207-9526
Wanted:  Mel Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a56 Thunderbird
Condition and price must be in balance
For Sale:   ’63 Thunderbird Landau
Arkansas City, KS
(620) 202-2668 
.. ..
For Sale: 
Several cars including a 1962 Thunderbird HT,
and a 1962 Thunderbird Convertible, dressed up like a Sports Roadster.
In fact, the seller has 10 special interest cars and one trailer for sale
The old Newsletter Editor has seen the photos, and both Thunderbirds
are beautiful but would probably cause mental hernia if he attempted 
to capture them and submit with this Newsletter. 

If you want to see the cars, please Email the seller, 

. .
For Sale:  We want to combine an advertisement from one of the fall newsletters, 
with upgraded information on a very interesting Thunderbird.
 It is a 1960 Thunderbird HT, red with red and white interior. 
Full power, clean, original. 

This was the owner’s pride and joy but after his death it sat in inside storage 
for possibly 10 years. 
Curt Rakestraw brought us the information and John Moler
drove out and looked at it, but it was not running and there
was no way to check it out thoroughly. 

The owners family recently had the transmission overhauled, 
new brakes throughout, new gas tank,  new heater core, and a
whole list of things done to the car to make it ready to sell. 
Here are recent photos of the ‘Bird. 
It is located in Cunningham, KS.
The sellers are asking $12,000.00
The contact numbers are: 
Tom, (620) 243-3024 or Gary, (620) 243-2933

. .
February Meeting:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spears Restaurant
4323 W. Maple

We have one of the private areas reserved

We will order from the menu and as always, 
First we eat, then we meet!

Current Officers
President: J. Rodney Wake 316.722.2028 JRWake1316@cox.net
Vice President: Richard Carlisle 316.721.4756 carlisle.richard@sbcglobal.net
Beverly Wake
Treasurer: Lynda Fichter 316.943-3939 lfichter@cox.net

Newsletter Editor: J. Rodney Wake 316.722.2028 JRWake1316@cox.net
Associate Editor and Photographer: Jack Wake Email Please jmwake@cox.net
Website Coordinator: Cheryl Thomas 620.532.2340 porkypinecsp1988@att.net
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C Email Please magimae@usa.net

National VTCI Contacts

VTCI President: Terri McNeill president@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Vice President:  J. Rodney Wake JRWake1316@cox.net
VTCI Secretary: Bob McNeill secretary@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Treasurer: Randy Mattson .rmattson@fishnet.com
VTCI NC Director: Ed Elzinga sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Website Director: Terri McNeill terrimcneill@comcast.net

Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s  Website:  http://www.midkansastbirds.org/
VTCI website:  http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org

 VTCI Chapter Websites

Chicagoland Thunderbirds: http://www.thunderbirds.org
Thunderbird Midwest/Minneapolis: http://www.thunderbirdmidwest.org
Mid America Iowa: http://www.albeedigital.com/thunderbirds
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club:  http://www.hoosierthunderbirds.com/
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City: http://www.vtkc.com
Thunderbirds of Manitoba: http:/www.tbirdcanada.ca
Classic/Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin-thunderbirds.org
Waterwonderland Michigan: http://www.michigantbirds.com