A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
Club Welcomes New Members:
Thursday, June 16 we met at Spear’s Restaurant in the famous Thunderbird
Room for our June
were happy to see some of the folks we had visited at Lake Afton the Sunday
Marts and daughter April came as visitors, and joined the club.
bring to us a 1964 HT in the process of restoration.
‘64 was in primer the night of our meeting.
Club Welcomes a New ‘Bird:
and Secretary Attend the North Central Regional
June 22 Prez Rod and Secretary Bev threw their suitcases in the
trunk of the Vintage Mint
’04 Thunderbird and headed east to Fort Wayne,
Indiana. This trip
included a stop to visit some of Bev’s family in
Missouri, then on to St.
Louis and an overnight stay in Terre Haute.
On Thursday it was on to
Fort Wayne, arriving at Don Hall’s
Guesthouse Hotel with 840
miles on the trip odometer.
There they found Hoosier
Vintage Thunderbird Club President
Roger Noll, Event Organizer
Darrel Will and most of the rest of the
club heavily involved in
the myriad of details involved in hosting a
This was the first time for the Hoosier Vintage
Club to host a Convention
and as we all know, it takes a lot of planning
The Registration Package
contained all tickets and passes for the dinners
and events and our club
was given credit in the booklet as having
helped support the Convention.
Thursday afternoon afforded
a good opportunity to give the Thunderbird a
in time for the rain.
Every day began with a hot
breakfast buffet, included with the room and gave an
opportunity to visit with
old and new friends over breakfast. On Friday morning
the Sheriff’s Patrol led
a caravan of show cars up a two lane highway through the
beautiful green countryside
of Indiana. At a checkpoint one of the Hoosier Club’s
cameramen was stationed
with a tripod and camera and photographed our cars as
the caravan went by.
Our caravan traveled the hilly road about 17 miles to
the 1930’s style Art Deco
showrooms that were once the home office of the Auburn
Those same showrooms now
house the legendary Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile
WOW! What a spectacular
showcase for several hundred truly classic cars.
Not only Auburns, Cords,
and Duesenbergs but a good balance of other
Lincolns, a Ruxton, and one brand new, still in plastic, 2002
A buffet lunch was provided
in one of the massive meeting rooms.
After lunch the crowd migrated
to the Kruse Automobile and Carriage Museum a few
miles away, which also featured
a Duesenberg, plus a huge variety of horse
drawn carriages the likes
of which many of us had never seen.
In the same complex is the
National Military History Center displaying 147 vehicles,
uniforms, motorcycles, and
memorabilia of World War II on display.
Appropriate World War II
vintage music played quietly
throughout the museum. It made us marvel at the quality and
amount of military equipment
our country had to build in a short period of time in order
to win that war and continue
to pursue the lifestyle and freedom we have enjoyed ever
since. Also connected
to this was the Early Ford V8 Museum. Kruse also featured a
conglomeration of customs,
rods, the Batmobile, race cars, and of course a massive
gift shop in both locations.
Thunderbirds returned to
the hotel at their own pace and it allowed another opportunity to
wash the cars…prior to the
Thursday night featured
a great buffet with cash bar. This was followed by dancing to a
three piece combo named
“Prime Time Band” made up of Roger Noll’s cousin on Trumpet, an
excellent Saxophone player,
a female vocalist backed up by recorded instruments which
could, and did replicate
a 21 piece orchestra. Their music was mostly favorites
from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
If Roger and the Hoosiers deserve a special
commendation, it would be
for the selection of this band and its musical
selections which was in
keeping with the time frame of most of the Vintage
Thunderbirds, and the people
who drive them.
The steady rains had subsided
during the night and Saturday morning opened
with only a few clouds which
were soon to dissipate and it turned out to be a
beautiful day. Owners
scurried to the parking lot to wash and wipe down the
Thunderbirds prior to judging.
It began with Owner’s and Judges meeting before
the “rags down” horn was
sounded by Hoosier Club’s Greg Minnick at 9:00AM.
Of the 81 cars registered,
a couple no-shows and hard luck episodes reduced the
field to 78 on the field
representing every body style of Thunderbirds. The Judges
had their work cut out for
them, but Dan Likar had been designated Regional
Judging Director and presided
over the several teams of Certified Judges.
Our club members remember
Dan from the 2004 International at Hannibal, from the 2005 NC Regional
at Indianapolis, and he is an expert. As would be expected from a
retired Highway Patrolman Dan ran a taut ship and the judging went smoothly.
Lynn Likar ran the tally room and Prez Rod, Secretary Bev, our former Regional
Director Cliff Lieske, Amy Minnick, and two ladies from the Hoosier club
ladies tallied the
Although there were 78 cars
on the field, some of them were display only and with the professional
guidance of Lykar’s judging team all cars were judged by 2:00PM.
This gave all Bird lovers a
chance to go around and
view all the beautiful Thunderbirds on display. In addition, a merchant
adjoining lot had run a
special sale that day and hundreds of people coming to
the sale were treated to
a surprise Thunderbird Show. It would be impossible to describe
and give proper credit to
all the interesting Thunderbirds on display but a few were of particular
to Prez. A 1962 Raven
Black Sports Roadster with only 8,000 miles on it, completely
original including tires
was displayed by an Indianapolis Ford Dealer. A 2002 Thunderbird
was purchased from an elderly original owner only days before the convention,
with 800 miles on it and brought to the convention!
Mike Sercer’s 1961 Thunderbird
Pace Car made its appearance again and Bruce and Christy Caswell from Littleton,
Colorado drive their 1971 4-Door Landau, pulling a trailer hauling
their ’57 Thunderbird!
To make it more incredible,
they were returning from the CTCI Regional at Richmond! Many of these
cars will be featured in future editions of this Newsletter.
The Saturday Night Awards
Banquet was a beautiful affair with the room
decorated in black and white,
with red floral arrangements at each table for eight.
Speakers for the occasion
were Event Coordinator Darrell Will, Hoosier Vintage
Thunderbird Club President
Roger Noll from Fort Wayne, North Central
Regional Director Ed Elzinga
from Holland, Michigan, VTCI VP Rod Wake from
Wichita, and VTCI Historian
Dan Likar from Springfield, who announced the
winners. The wooden
plaques bore the original art design for the Convention
embossed in metal and affixed
to the plaques as well as the “First Place,” “Second
Place” and “Display” also
affixed to the plaque. Want to see one? Come to our
next club meeting.
Secretary and Prez intended
to make a two day trip back to Wichita. Traffic was
heavy on Sunday, but with
no problems or road construction to speak of a
management decision was
made in the vicinity of Columbia, Missouri to just
drive on home. That
they did, and arrived shortly after 10:00PM Sunday night
with 832 miles worth of
bugs on the front of the ’04.
We remember the feeling
of accomplishment when our club completed a
successful Regional Convention
at the Hilton in 2008. We know Roger and his
Hoosiers deserve to have
the same feeling. The Hoosier Vintage Thunderbird
Club is to be commended
for putting on a fabulous convention, particularly since
they were first timers.
What is even more noteworthy is that in all the festivities,
those Hoosiers did not roast
even one hog!
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
16: Salvation Army Benefit Car Show,
2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
Weekend in October: Prepare for a fun
run opportunity out of town.
Top Nationals pamphlets were handed out at the ARC Show.
pamphlets show August 26-28 as dates of that show. We will
to consider that show in the “Pending” category.
Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
Cruise 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.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
of the VTCI Regions is afforded the opportunity to host a VTCI Regional
year, with one Region hosting the International on a rotational basis.
There is no
way to maintain interest in the Ford Thunderbirds and the great folks who
by maintaining the tradition of these conventions. Three regions
in 2011 with the 2011 International coming up in August at Portland, Oregon.
of our regions have plans in the works for 2012 Regional Conventions with
Convention planned for Houston.
begin long range plans to join us for at least one of these future conventions!
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!”
When is the last time
you saw an original, genuine Sports Roadster completely original including
tires? Not surprising since the car has less than 9,000 miles on
This Raven Black SR
at the North Central Regional at Fort Wayne
on June 23-25, 2011…and
was driven to the convention!
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?
of us, particularly Convertible owners have turned to Bud
Roat to bail us out of mechanical problems.
is a Classic Thunderbird owner himself, and loves to work on older Fords
and Thunderbirds and has owned a bunch of them.
has expanded his operation and now has two seasoned mechanics operating
our newest Advertisers, Mitch and Andy!
310 N. Handley St.
Wichita, KS 67203
2 blocks east of Seneca
and 2 blocks north of Douglas
Complete auto and truck service & repair
• Specializing in
fleet service & repair
• Fleet pricing &
• Most fleet &
all major credit cards accepted
• Over 30 years of
automotive service & repair experience
& Misc For Sale:
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
50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music.
won’t believe how reasonable.
Call Prez for details.
||1961 Thunderbird Shop Manual
Used, but the inside is
6200 W 21st
July 21, 2011
|Folks, we are trying out
Brooklyn’s (Used to be called Players) a new restaurant/meeting site for
our monthly meetings.
This is a great place with
a variety of foods available.
We will be in a private Meeting
All the restaurant asks is
that we have 20-24 people; that all order something; and that all sufficiently
leave a gratuity for the waitress.
Please come to the meeting
this month and help us give it a good try—Meeting places acceptable to
all of us are hard to find.
First we eat,
then we meet