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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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June 2011 Newsletter
July 2011
A Chapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)



The Club Welcomes New Members: 
On Thursday, June 16 we met at Spear’s Restaurant in the famous Thunderbird  Room for our June
business meeting. 
We were happy to see some of the folks we had visited at Lake Afton the Sunday before. 
Carl Marts and daughter April came as visitors, and joined the club. 
They bring to us a 1964 HT in the process of restoration. 
The ‘64 was in primer the night of our meeting. 

Welcome, Carl and April!

Prez and Secretary Attend the North Central Regional
VTCI Convention: 
On 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 
Regional Convention.  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
and preparation. 
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
thorough cleaning….just 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
Automobile factory. 

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
classics.  Cadillacs, 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 next rain.


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 at the
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 interest 
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!
Vintage Club Welcomes a New ‘Bird:

While 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
beautiful 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 
Black Ink interior and black soft top and all the extras! 
Being 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 
Tuesday, 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 
future events, and already there is talk of a trip to the 2012 International at Charleston!

Vintage Club Welcomes ANOTHER New ‘Bird:

You 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, 
and 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 
deals 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.

Taylor’s Tips on Tags: Royce Taylor had an experience recently 
which he wants to share with us.  Royce says,“I had an interesting (and learning)
experience this month. 
To back up a bit and set the tone, while at the Sunflower Swap Meet back in
February, Jim Winter was telling me I could put an old used license plate on my new bird.
I thought “What, an old 1957 red and white license plate?” 
So, off I went with Jim in search of such a thing. We found one, in good shape from 
1957 and from Sedgwick County. I thought,“At least it will make a good wall hanger 
if nothing else”. Maybe Jim was just pulling my leg, maybe there is some sort of 
‘car guy’ joke or initiation I was not aware of. 
He told me I could trade my Antique plate for the 1957 plate at the Tag Office. 
The one we found, from 1957 was red and white, I thought “What the heck, 
my car is red and white, we’ll just have to see what happens”. 
Up to today. I just got back from the Tag Office in Derby, with my old 1957
red 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 usual
car registration things. 

Finally Fees; there was a $47 fee for registering the tag as a “Personal” tag, a one time fee just 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 turn.

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 Thunderbirds

A Definite Maybe Club Plans For 2011

These are the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 and will be altered if necessary as circumstances dictate

July 16:  Salvation Army Benefit Car Show, Camp Hiawatha October 2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha

Third Weekend in October: Prepare  for a fun run opportunity out of town.
Details later!

August 26-28:
Black Top Nationals pamphlets were handed out at the ARC Show.
The  pamphlets show August 26-28 as dates of that show.  We will
continue to consider that show in the “Pending” category.
November:  Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
September: Cruise to Groendyke Museum at Enid, Oklahoma pending December 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.
What a beautiful event that should be!



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 “Rust 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

Coil Springs: 

No 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, 
allowing rust to take hold. 
Instead, consider having your coil or leaf springs powder coated. 
It is a very durable finish and it’s available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin finishes and in many colors. 
It will give your springs a factory-new appearance that will last for years


Complete frames and subframes are also being powdercoated today, but just as with suspension components, if you prefer paint use a urethane enamel.
Remember, 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. 
Give your frame all the protection it needs. 
Use multiple coats of quality zinc-based primers, sealers and urethane paints

Rocker Panels-Interior: 

Whether or not new rocker panels were installed during the restoration, drill small holes on each end and squirt in oil to help ward
off rust, then cap the holes with small rubber stoppers.

Rocker Panels-Exterior: 

Cars 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
rubberized finish.  The more durable finish is easy to reproduce yourself.
Available from autobody suppliers in aerosol cans,  a thin coating of this rubberized finish will provide excellent protection that will add years to a rocker
panel’s lifespan.  And unless someone bends down for a close inspection, no one will notice it.

Suspension Components: 

Although 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. 
For the ultimate paint finish, use a basecoat/clear coat system, with an extra coat or two of clear for added protection.
However, if you prefer a more factory-correct appearance, have your suspension arms coated with bluing. 
This is the chemical that gunsmiths use to protect gun barrels. 
Bluing penetrates the metal,  fusing with it to become one surface, unlike paint, which is just a non-integral coating.


The 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
new car, original equipment appearance.

*NOTE: Just so’s you’ll know…..The Old Editor wants to add to Mr. Lentinello’s
advice above.  The 3M Body Schutz is pronounced “Shoots” and was also used in
Mustang restorations to seal the leaky compartment under the cowl vents.  You
know, the box where the air is collected before being routed into the cold air
vents.  Those boxes had a tendency to rust out badly and contributed to many a
wet floor board and rusted floor pan in classic Mustangs.


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

Dear Thunderbirders,

 Each of the VTCI Regions is afforded the opportunity to host a VTCI Regional Convention
each year, with one Region hosting the International on a rotational basis.  There is no
better way to maintain interest in the Ford Thunderbirds and the great folks who drive them,
than by maintaining the tradition of these conventions.  Three regions hosted Regional
Conventions in 2011 with the 2011 International coming up in August at Portland, Oregon.
Three of our regions have plans in the works for 2012 Regional Conventions with the 2013
International Convention planned for Houston.
Please begin long range plans to join us for at least one of these future conventions!

Prez Rod


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!

Unique In All The World:
The Newsletter continues its series
picturing Thunderbirds seen around the VTCI Regional and International Circuit
as well as local club events. 

With each Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage 
Thunderbird is considered to be
Unique In All The World!” 

This month’s feature:

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 it. 
This Raven Black SR appeared at the North Central Regional at Fort Wayne
on June 23-25, 2011…and was driven to the convention!


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?


Most of us, particularly Convertible owners have turned to Bud Roat to bail us out of mechanical problems. 
Bud is a Classic Thunderbird owner himself, and loves to work on older Fords and Thunderbirds and has owned a bunch of them. 
Bud has expanded his operation and now has two seasoned mechanics operating with him.
Meet our newest Advertisers, Mitch and Andy!

Bud’s  Automotive__________
310 N. Handley St. 
Wichita, KS  67203
2 blocks east of Seneca and 2 blocks north of Douglas
Cell  316-461-2948 

For 24 hour 
tow service

•  Complete auto and truck service & repair
•  Specializing in fleet service & repair
•  Fleet pricing & financing available
•  Most fleet & all major credit cards accepted
•  Over 30 years of automotive service & repair  experience

Mitch Suffield
Andy Howard

Autos For Sale: Wanted: Parts & Misc For Sale:
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 covers. 
Windshield wipers not working. 
Owner has had it a long time, price is $8,000 but
. 8 Track Tapes! 
About 50 of them ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music. 
Drop Dead Reasonable. 
You won’t  believe how reasonable. 
Call Prez for details.
. . 1961 Thunderbird Shop Manual
Used, but the inside is perfect.
Call Prez



July Meeting

Brooklyn's Restaurant
6200 W 21st

July 21, 2011

5:30 PM

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 Room. 

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

Current Officers
J. Rodney Wake
Vice President:
Richard Carlisle
Beverly Wake
Lynda Fichter

Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird’s Appointed Positions

Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
Associate Editor, Proof Reader,

  Club Photographer, Computer
  Guru and all around helper
Jack Wake
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C
Wichita Area Council
of Car Clubs Representative:
Royce Taylor Royce.taylor@spiritaero.com

National VTCI Contacts

VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
VTCI NC Director:
Ed Elzinga
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill

Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
VTCI website: 

 VTCI Chapter Websites

Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
Thunderbird Midwest
Mid America Iowa:
Hoosier Vintage/ Indiana Thunderbird Club: 
Vintage Thunderbirds of Kansas City:
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
Waterwonderland Michigan: