A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
and Secretary Attend The South Central Regional VTCI Convention
Convention: On April 27 your Prez and Secretary hit the road for
Fredericksburg, Texas. The VTCI South Central Regional Convention
was held there for three days at the Fredericksburg Inn and in addition
to some fabulous shopping and dining in Fredericksburg, we had some new
as, our group making our own S’mores in
outdoor grill area;
great Buffet Dinner one of the evenings
by “Two Guys and a Grill”; followed
a Thunderbird parts and equipment auction.
Lou Paliani was assisted by his usual “Vanna White” type assistants Bev
Wake and Marilyn Paliani who walked the parts and accessories through the
crowd for inspection
Lou was auctioning them.
items went for pennies on the dollar,
others brought good prices.
car covers were auctioned for $5 to $15, a box full of ’55-56 Thunderbird
and Ford headlamp doors, and other items “I shoulda bought.”
auction was also in place with sought after Thunderbird parts, accessories,
clothing, posters, and
Conventioneers participated in some heavy gambling as the inaugural
running of the Armadillo Races was held in the Hospitality Room.
of the Hospitality Room, the Mid Kansas Vintage Club’s generous contribution
of liquid refreshments was greatly appreciated by all in attendance and
many Thunderbirders extended a “Thank You” for our generosity. The
velvet tones of Lou Paliani filled the room on more than one occasion with
all his own accompaniment as his one-man Bose setup was in place and as
always, Lou was ready to entertain at the drop of a hat. To be exact,
it was a Hatman Jack of Wichita hat.
Thursday and Friday, some fabulous Thunderbirds rolled into the hotel,
most of which we had not seen before. They came from Austin, Dallas,
Fort Worth, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and points in between but at
one was from Montana. Also on hand was a Retro Bird wearing a genuine 1957
Dusk Rose paint job, done by the dealer when the car was first taken into
inventory. It also had a Dusk Rose/Graphite two tone interior.
The Newsletter will be sharing some photos of those ‘Birds, starting
this issue. VTCI Vice President Rod, and former VTCI President Lou
in on the Judges Meeting held by Jim McNew of the Oklahoma chapter,
by Sherri McNew and all agreed it was one of the best presentations we
Rod and Secretary Bev had anxiously awaited their granddaughter’s
in the church so were to leave the convention one day early. All
results and photos will appear in a future edition of The Scoop.
and Secretary missed one day of the Convention, it was a great experience
and we are now looking forward to the North Central Regional in Fort
Indiana on June 22 through 26.
thing that is beautiful about VTCI Regionals and Internationals is that
are judged against a points system aimed at keeping our
as close to original specifications as possible.
is not too late to sign up for the North Central Regional in Fort Wayne
on the trip. Our old friend Roger Noll has worked feverishly to make
a success. It appears there will be about 70 Thunderbirds registered,
a huge turnout for the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum tour. Our club
to the NC Regional and Roger sent a Thank You letter to our club
will be shared at the next club meeting.
will find a description of the activities and an application in your latest
22nd ARC Car Show at Old Cowtown Museum:
Sunday night, May 15, members of the Mid-Kansas
Thunderbird Club and the Wichita Classic
Club, wearing top hats and tails, long gowns,
of jewelry and white gloves walked in to claim their
seats at the Crown Uptown
show was “Off Broadway.” That means you turn off
onto Douglas, travel east to Hillside and there
the Crown Uptown!
maybe the part about the top hats, tails, and gowns was exaggerated a little
but the group was well dressed just the
Thunderbirders had a front row table and the seating
not have been better. It all began with a fabulous buffet dinner
and a few tinkling glasses of liquid refreshments.
stage show was “Pump Boys and Dinettes” which is a
starring four gas station attendants whose
is connected to a Dinette operated by the two Cupp sisters.
all takes place on Highway 57 in southern Georgia and the setting could
be any time from the mid ’50’s to early ‘70’s.
musical was in two acts, the first featuring 12 songs,
and routines, with the second act featuring 10.
pump boys performed on keyboard, guitars, a bass and
Dinettes provided rhythm with various spoons, pans, and kitchen utensils.
was much singing and dancing, the artists were all local, all very talented,
and the show went fast.
Wendell and Mary Jack of
the Classic Club were possibly the most dedicated entertainment seekers,
having just returned from a vacation in Jamaica, and getting ready
to leave again for the Casinos at Biloxi, Mississippi. Wendell felt
he owed this to himself and Mary as a reward for putting on a new set of
mufflers and pipes on their Colonial White ’56 during the winter.
Also occupying a front stage
seat was Jack Wake, unable to take pictures because the theater bans picture
taking during the performances.
Only a couple snapshots
were taken after the play was over. Jack also chose to forego the opportunity
for recognition and a free dessert by not disclosing his birthday to the
The same was true for Wendell
Klyda Fall had arranged
the event for us, and she and Kress enjoyed at least one trip through the
fabulous buffet line before the show began. Klyda may have held back a
bit because of a job Interview scheduled for the next day.
during the Intermission brought
forth information that Susan
Carlisle has been in
travel status for several
weeks and was preparing
to leave town again for
Concordia, KS to continue
an assignment in that city.
Richard has been
playing “catch up” with
two properties, one in the
city and one at the lake,
and attempting to whip
them into shape after the
ravages of our rough
winter. Rod and Bev
were preparing to leave for
Las Vegas for the following
So, it appears almost all
our theater goers had
a busy schedule and a lot
on their minds—and on their plates--, but enjoyed the nice break afforded
by the Musical, the good food, and certainly the good fellowship
with fellow club members.
This is the type of event
our clubs have relied upon in the past for entertainment in the “off” season
for car activities in
Thanks a bunch to Klyda
Fall and Kress for organizing this event for us. We are only sorry
more members could not attend with us because it was a very nice evening.
is nothing like a Thunderbird club flying by the seat of its pants, as
our club did on May 22. Our club’s big plan was to enter the Association
Children (ARC) Show en masse in order to command a good number of adjoining
choice parking spaces.
Prez Rod and Secretary Bev were to be in Las Vegas until the night before,
Tedd Roe and Vice President Richard Carlisle were tapped to head up a meeting
site for our Thunderbirds so we could enter as a group.
was not to be, as Tedd was called out of town for another car related event,
and Richard had a Graduation to attend on that date. Treasurer Lynda
Larry’s ’60 HT had developed a bad water leak that was not stoppable at
that time and it was questionable that Larry and Lynda would be able to
attend the show.
Royce Taylor and Jim Winter had been drafted earlier to assist with Marshalling
duties for the show, so the decision was made to enter the show like
show entrants and only attempt to park in close proximity within the walls
of Cow Town.
many years our clubs conducted the Dream Car Show, we held several “Friends
of the Dream Car Show” trophies in reserve in order to see that every
category of entry was to receive something. We also declared all
of our own club’s cars to be exempt from trophies, and our shows strived
to be fair. I had an additional paragraph written on this subject, but
possibly it was providence when a friend forwarded an Email of clever sayings,
one of which was, “Keep your words soft and sweet in case you have
to eat them.” Therefore, we move to the next subject.
our earlier event planning session, the ARC Car Show was one of the events
we voted on to back with enthusiasm and hopefully high numbers. Since
the show was scheduled from 11:00AM until 4:00PM we chose to arrive at
10:30AM. The weather could not have been more perfect, but by the
time we arrived, most of the choice parking spots had been claimed.
Taylor and another gentleman
the head Marshalls at the outside gate, who directed us to the proper inside
gate and once inside we were told to “just find a parking spot somewhere.”
of us did locate suitable spots although not all parked together, and prepared
for a nice day of showing our cars.
plan to contribute heavily to the ARC show came true, with some of our
Thunderbird people providing labor, all of our people patronizing the food
concessions, and all of our people paying the substantial entry fees.
had a good time and saw a lot of cars. We were told the total number
of cars entered in the show was 247 and the trophies to be given out totaled
1 out of 3 cars should receive a trophy.
the Dance Hall Girls stopped by to admire the
ratio made it quite disappointing and baffling that absolutely none of
our Thunderbirds received a trophy.
was not that we did not offer a variety of year
body styles to choose from.
fact, here is a rundown of the 11 Thunderbirds
4 other entrants and 25 participants from both the Vintage Club and
the Classic Club:
and Lynda Fichter 1960 HT
and Mary Jack 1956
and Terri Johnston 1960 Convertible
and Beverly Wake 1961 Convertible
and Norma Hein 1957
and Diana Rakestraw 1957
Smith ’02 Retro
Moler 1962 HT
Gorsage ’89 Chev Custom Wagon
Mawhirter 1963 HT
and Carol Worley Buick Conv
and Shirley Banman 1965 HT
Winter 1956 Victoria
Price 1934 Ford Coupe
and Kathy Hale--participants
addition a couple of our cars were making their debut at this show.
and Terri Johnston’s Raven Black ’60 Convertible was a first-timer and
Bill spent most of his time showing
intricacies of the convertible top mechanism
interested show goers.
and Diana Rakestraw’s Colonial White over Flame
’57 was just back from a professional repaint job and the car was stunning.
“old standbys” looked great, too.
65, Larry’s ’60, John’s ’62, Mike’s
and Prez’s ’61 all represented the club well.
’56 and Jim’s red ’57 and Royce’s red ’57
Raven black ’02 as well as two non-
’02 Thunderbirds were also on display.
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
usual 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
12: Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show,
16: Salvation Army Benefit Car Show,
31: Kingman County Fair, TO BE DISCUSSED Next
spontaneous, fun events are in the planning stage. TBA
2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
20: Mulvane Old Settlers Rod Run August 20
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 Christmas Party, This
one will be in the
Room at the Airport Hilton. What a beautiful event that should
Afton Coming Up!
Also at our planning
meeting our club voted to support Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show with enthusiasm.
“largest free open car show in the world” will run from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
on Sunday, June 12.
This car show is
hosted each year by the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs, and Royce Taylor
serves as our WACCC representative.
The show is free,
will be a “rain or shine” event, has no agenda, no judging, has food vendors,
and is just a great big fun show.
Now, copying our
plans from the past we plan a Thunderbird caravan to Lake Afton!
at Walt’s Diner, a stones throw north of Kellogg and Tyler at 10:30AM Sunday
morning. From there we will
caravan out to 119th Street, south on 119th to MacArthur and west on MacArthur
to Lake Afton.
There will be hundreds
of cars there, and also ample room for us to park the Thunderbirds
together. Possibly one of our tents will be obtained from Henry Messerschmidt’s
storage to be used
for our club headquarters at the lake.
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.
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
annual dues were to be paid on or about April 1, and any dues not received
by now are
only two months delinquent, but the delinquent members must be dropped
We are sorry to have to do this, but business is business, dues are due,
and our club
to keep going forward with our members who support the club by paying their
know the economic downturn has hurt our club. Gas prices have gone
sky high, and
we must cut back on our hobbies. I am proud of our club’s constant
and because of that we were happy to receive eight new memberships into
2010 and early 2011. With the expected losses from failure to pay
dues, we will barely
even with membership numbers over the last year.
is my sincere hope that this all turns around soon and the club once again
gains in membership.
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:
April 2011's newsletter we began a new series picturing Thunderbirds
around the VTCI Regional and International Circuit as
as local club events
each Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage
is considered to be
In All The World!”
have heard the expression, “fully loaded”, haven’t you?
this Corinthian White 1963 Thunderbird Convertible
red interior is fully loaded, with Roadster Wire Wheels,
Roadster Tonneau Cover, and Continental spare.
‘Bird was a real show stopper at
South Central Regional Convention at
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
NOTE from Connie (webmistress)
There is an auction coming up for Father's Day June 19th.. that
Southwest Auctions & Services is putting on. This is their annual Father's
Day Sale and will have equipment and misc there.
At this auction will be a gorgeous 1957 Bird.
(If you don't know what to do with it, you
can always buy it and donate it to me.hahahah)
This bird has 15K miles on it.
For more info, contact (417) 652-7540 (SW Kennel Auctions)
& Misc For Sale:
|For Sale: Wait’ll
you get a load of this! Av Johnson has
located a 1976
Thunderbird with 7,000 miles on it!
Jade Green Exterior and
Roof, New radiator, new
hoses, and tires. 460 V8 engine.
Price not established at
the time Av talked to the owners.
Contact information is:
Matt Brack, (620) 694-4018
Harold Swanson (620) 662-1555
Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a
and price must be in balance
Not Exactly Car
need some 7” Class 1 Flexible duct?
in 25’ rolls and only 10’ was needed for a cold air return project so I
have 15’ of brand new flexible duct available to any of you real
estate or rental magnates. It can be yours for a smile and a glance.
Just call Prez..
|For Sale: ’64 Thunderbird HT
Track Tapes! About 50 of them
ranging from swing, big band, to early 70’s music.
Reasonable. Call Prez for details
|For Sale: ’63 Thunderbird
Thunderbird Shop Manual
dusty covers but the inside is
$20.00 Call Prez
cars including a 1962 Thunderbird HT,
and a 1962 Thunderbird
Convertible, dressed up
like a Sports Roadster.
fact, the seller has 10 special interest cars
trailer for sale.
old Newsletter Editor has seen the photos, and both Thunderbirds
beautiful but would probably cause mental hernia if he attempted
capture them and submit with this Newsletter.
you want to see the cars, please Email the seller,
|For Sale: We
want to combine an advertisement from one
the fall newsletters, with upgraded information on a very
is a 1960 Thunderbird HT, red
with red and white interior.
power, clean, original.
was the owner’s pride and joy but after his death it
in inside storage for possibly 10 years.
Rakestraw brought us the information and John Moler
out and looked at it, but it was not running and there
no way to check it out thoroughly.
owners family recently had the transmission overhauled,
brakes throughout, new gas tank, new heater core, and a
list of things done to the car to make it ready to sell.
are recent photos of the ‘Bird.
is located in Cunningham, KS.
sellers are asking $12,000.00.
The contact numbers are:
Tom, (620) 243-3024 or Gary, (620)
June 16, 2011