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

Prez and Secretary Attend The South Central Regional VTCI Convention
VTCI 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 experiences. 
Such as, our group making our own S’mores in
the outdoor grill area; 
a great Buffet Dinner one of the evenings
provided by “Two Guys and a Grill”; followed
by a Thunderbird parts and equipment auction.

Auctioneer 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
as Lou was auctioning them. 
Many items went for pennies on the dollar, 
but others brought good prices. 

Several 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.”

A silent auction was also in place with sought after Thunderbird parts, accessories, clothing, posters, and

 Later, Conventioneers  participated in some heavy gambling as the inaugural running of the Armadillo Races was held in the Hospitality Room.
Speaking 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.

All 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 
least 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.

Beautiful!  The Newsletter will be sharing some photos of those ‘Birds, starting
with this issue.  VTCI Vice President Rod, and former VTCI President Lou Paliani
sat in on the Judges Meeting held by Jim McNew of the Oklahoma chapter,
assisted by Sherri McNew and all agreed it was one of the best presentations we
have ever seen.
 Prez Rod and Secretary Bev had anxiously awaited their granddaughter’s
Confirmation in the church so were to leave the convention one day early.  All
judging results and photos will appear in a future edition of The Scoop.  Although
Prez and Secretary missed one day of the Convention, it  was a great experience
anyway and we are now looking forward to the North Central Regional in Fort
Wayne, Indiana on June 22 through 26.
One thing that is beautiful about VTCI Regionals and Internationals is that only
Thunderbirds are judged against a points system aimed at keeping our
Thunderbirds as close to original specifications as possible.
It is not too late to sign up for the North Central Regional in Fort Wayne and join
us on the trip.  Our old friend Roger Noll has worked feverishly to make this
Regional a success. It appears there will be about  70 Thunderbirds registered,
and a huge turnout for the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum tour.  Our club has
contributed to the NC Regional and Roger sent a Thank You letter to our club
which will be shared at the next club meeting.
You will find a description of the activities and an application in your latest copy
of The Scoop!

It’s Show Time! 
On Sunday night, May 15, members of the Mid-Kansas
Vintage Thunderbird Club and the Wichita Classic 
Thunderbird Club, wearing top hats and tails, long gowns, 
lots of jewelry and white gloves walked in to claim their 
reserved seats at the Crown Uptown 
Dinner Theater. 
This show was “Off Broadway.”  That means you turn off 
Broadway onto Douglas, travel east to Hillside and there
is the Crown Uptown! 
Well, maybe the part about the top hats, tails, and gowns was exaggerated a little but the group was well dressed just the
The Thunderbirders had a front row table and the seating 
could not have been better.  It all began with a fabulous buffet dinner and a few tinkling glasses of liquid refreshments. 
The stage show was “Pump Boys  and Dinettes” which is a
musical starring four gas station attendants whose 
station is connected to a Dinette operated by the two Cupp sisters.
 It 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. 
The musical was in two acts, the first featuring 12 songs, 
dances and routines, with the second act featuring 10.
The pump boys performed on keyboard, guitars, a bass and 
the Dinettes provided rhythm with various spoons, pans, and kitchen utensils. 
There 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 presenters. 
The same was true for Wendell Jack. 
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.
Conversation 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 week. 
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.


May 22nd ARC Car Show at Old Cowtown Museum: 

There 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 for 
Retarded Children (ARC) Show en masse in order to command a good number of adjoining choice parking spaces. 
Since 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.
That 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 Fichter
and 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. 
Both 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
normal show entrants and only attempt to park in close proximity within the walls of Cow Town.

At 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. 
Royce Taylor and another gentleman
were 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.” 
Each of us did locate suitable spots although not all parked together, and prepared for a nice day of showing our cars.
Our 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 and
drink concessions, and all of our people paying the substantial entry fees.
Everybody 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 91;
meaning 1 out of 3 cars should receive a trophy.
Even the Dance Hall Girls stopped by to admire the
That ratio made it quite disappointing and baffling that absolutely none of our Thunderbirds received a trophy. 
It was not that we did not offer a variety of year
and body styles to choose from. 
In fact, here is a rundown of the 11 Thunderbirds
and 4 other entrants and 25 participants from both  the Vintage Club and the Classic Club:
Vintage Club: Classic Club:
Larry and Lynda Fichter  1960 HT  Wendell and Mary Jack  1956
Bill and Terri  Johnston 1960 Convertible Royce Taylor 1957
Rod and Beverly Wake 1961 Convertible Jim and Norma Hein 1957
Curt and Diana Rakestraw 1957  Ann Smith ’02 Retro
John Moler 1962 HT  Ester Gorsage ’89 Chev Custom Wagon
Mike Mawhirter 1963 HT  Lauren and Carol Worley Buick Conv
Willard and Shirley Banman 1965 HT  Jim Winter 1956 Victoria
Kress Fall   --participant Dick Price 1934 Ford Coupe
Jack Wake-Participant  Allen and Kathy Hale--participants

In addition a couple of our cars were making their debut at this show. 

Bill and Terri Johnston’s Raven Black ’60 Convertible was a first-timer and Bill spent most of his time showing
the intricacies of the convertible top mechanism
to interested show goers.

Curt and Diana Rakestraw’s Colonial White over Flame
Red ’57 was just back from a professional repaint job and the car was stunning. 

All the “old standbys” looked great, too. 
Willard’s 65, Larry’s ’60, John’s ’62, Mike’s
’63 and Prez’s ’61 all represented the club well.
Wendell’s ’56 and Jim’s red ’57 and Royce’s red ’57
looked great. 
Ann’s Raven black ’02 as well as two non-
member’s ’02 Thunderbirds were also on display. 
In the 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.
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

June 12:  Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show, WACCC Sponsored
July 16:  Salvation Army Benefit Car Show, Camp Hiawatha

July 31: Kingman County Fair, TO BE DISCUSSED Next Meeting

July-OTHER-Some spontaneous, fun events are in the planning stage. TBA

October 2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
August 20: Mulvane Old Settlers Rod Run August 20
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 Christmas Party,  This one will be in the
Tower Room at   the Airport Hilton. What a beautiful event that should be!

Lake Afton Coming Up! 
Also at our planning meeting our club voted to support Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show with enthusiasm. The “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! 
Let’s meet 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.



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

Dear Thunderbirders,

Our annual dues were to be paid on or about April 1, and any dues not received by now are
not only two months delinquent, but the delinquent members must be dropped from  our
rolls. We are sorry to have to do this, but business is business, dues are due, and our club
needs to keep going forward with our members who support the club by paying their $20
annual dues.
We know the economic downturn has hurt our club.  Gas prices have gone sky high, and
sometimes we must cut back on our hobbies.  I am proud of our club’s constant recruiting
efforts and because of that we were happy to receive eight new memberships into the club
in 2010 and early 2011.  With the expected losses from failure to pay dues, we will barely
break even with membership numbers over the last year.
It is my sincere hope that this all turns around soon and the club once again makes
substantial gains in membership.

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:

With April 2011's newsletter we began a new 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:

You have heard the expression, “fully loaded”, haven’t you?
Well, this Corinthian White 1963 Thunderbird Convertible 
with red interior is fully loaded, with Roadster Wire Wheels, 
Sports Roadster Tonneau Cover, and Continental spare. 
This ‘Bird was a real show stopper at
the South Central Regional Convention at 
Fredericksburg, Texas on
April 28-30, 2011.


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

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)

Autos For Sale: Wanted: Parts & 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 Interior, Vinyl
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
Wanted:  Mel Boling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a56 Thunderbird
Condition and price must be in balance

Not Exactly Car Related: 
Anybody need some 7” Class 1 Flexible duct?
Comes 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 
(316) 207-9526
. 8 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 Landau
Arkansas City, KS
(620) 202-2668 
.. 1961 Thunderbird Shop Manual
 Used, dusty covers but the inside is
perfect.  $20.00    Call Prez
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

. .



June Meeting

Spears Restaurant

June 16, 2011

5:30 PM


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: