A Chapter of Vintage
Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
a Treat to Meet Your Sweet
The Model A Swap Meet!
club opened the month with the Sunflower Model A’s Annual Swap
on February 4 and 5th at the Kansas Pavilion.
pavilion is connected to the building that was formerly
the Kansas Coliseum.
booth we shared with the Wichita Classic Club was set up on
when John Moler, Mike Mawhirter, and Prez Rod brought
and tools out and put them in place.
Lynda Fichter and Classic Club treasurer Bev Wake
checks to pay the booth costs and reserve the booth for next year.
Johnson was again head honcho for our booth, which is no
feat considering that he drove in from Atlanta, Kansas
day including Thursday.
and Rod hung the clubs’ banners on the framework
addition to John, Mike and Rod, Vintage Club members who
parts, tools, and other items, included Larry Fichter,
Klyda Fall, Richard Carlisle, and Royce Taylor.
Vintage Club members who helped, visited, or in any
darkened our doorstep during the show were Chris Cushman,
Messerschmidt, Todd Duhnke, Willard Banman,
Hornbeck, and Walter K. Day.
That’s Carl Johnson, instructing
Lee Green how to keep his head placed
in the middle of Our Vintage
Thunderbird Club workers included the aforementioned
Johnson, Mitch Reed, Jim Winter, Jim Hein, and Lee Green.
Clubbers who visited the booth included Lauren Worley,
Price, Bob Singleton, Paul Partridge, Dean Hurley,
Silver, Daryl Standifer, Randy Edwards, and Bruce Schultz.
sales were not that spectacular. (Who wants to sell
parts, anyway? We’d rather collect ‘em).
claimed the first sale, a dash mounted compass bought
in 1969 but never used!
was successful in selling several power tools.
Mawhirter sold some almost new Lancer wheel covers,
wheel and tire, and some smaller parts.
Johnson sold some knobby tread truck tires.
shoppers we met and the questions we answered
the old Editor’s opinion—‘way down from other years.
appeared that overall attendance at the meet
down and only ½ as many cars were for sale in the center
as in prior years.
Please notice that at no
time does Lee’s head leave the center of our logo :-)
information packets, business cards and VTCI pamphlets were
out to a few interested folks, but no new Thunderbird owners
encountered to my knowledge from our geographical area.
was subject to several restrictions and Klyda, Rod,
Richard made several trips through the slush out to the
forty” with a two wheeled dolly to haul back the
that were not sold.
working the booth does not allow one as much time to
there were some great bargains.
Day made a particularly appropriate and fortunate purchase
one of the other buildings. He found, and bought for a bargain
a Mark Martin #6 jacket to match his 1997 Mark Martin
Edition Roush Racing Thunderbird!
overall, it was a fun experience
we had a good time visiting
John Moler is a big wheel
at these events.
At first he was wired, but
he tired by late afternoon.
(Get it? Wire, Wheel,
Tire? Har! Har! )
Speaking of Walter
miss the article about Walter and his Mark Martin Roush Racing ’97 Thunderbird
in the current issue of The Scoop
Classic Club and Big
Birds Are Big In Bunco:
of dice filled the evening air on Sunday, February 20 when the
Birds and the Classic Birds met at Jim and Norma Hein’s
house on Fiddlers Creek in Valley Center, Kansas.
evening began with our normal sampling of fine
and gab fest.
Norma was busy with not one, but two huge
of her famous chili surrounded by a great variety
pot luck salads and desserts contributed by our members.
in buffet fashion, not one diet was followed for
45 minutes as the conversation continued.
Host and Game Master Jim explained the complicated
sound of dice, laughter, and complicated scoring filled
large game room
participating in the five tables of tough competitors were
and Norma Hein, Av and Lois Johnson, Kress and
Fall, Richard and Susan Carlisle, Wendell and
Jack, Lee and Rosemary Hufford,
and Lynda Fichter, Rod and Bev Wake,
Edwards,Sue Benish, Lee Green, Estell Gorsage,
Smith, Royce Taylor, and Jim Winter.
prizes went to the high scorer and the low scorer.
say which was which, but Wendell
took home a “Ford 100 Years” Coffee Table Book,
Winter took home a 1963 Sports Roadster
Christmas Tree decoration. Other prizes were won
and Norma’s Chili and Bunco Party is one of the events
both clubs traditionally enjoy together during the year.
friends always have a good time together and
was no exception!
for inviting the Vintage Club, Jim and Norma
Bird Bingo at Carlisle’s:
your calendars now for a Potluck Dinner and T-Bird Bingo party at the Carlisle’s
Casa on Saturday, March 12.
will gather at 6PM and eat shortly thereafter. Bring a favorite dish
to share and anything “exotic” you want to drink
and soft beverages will be provided
dinner we will play a few rounds of T-Bird Bingo and once again have a
white-elephant gift exchange.
person planning to participate should bring a gift wrapped in newspaper
or some other plain, anonymous wrapping.
these are those gifts like great aunt Margaret sends you for Christmas
or your birthday that you simply don’t have a use for,
may be someone else’s “treasure.”
RSVP to the Carlisles by Friday, March 11 so they can be sure to have enough
beverage and seating for all.
you need directions ask when you RSVP. See you there!
in the Cards:
would like YOU to have beautiful business cards like those
ordered and delivered for Rod, Richard, Bev, Lynda, Larry,
Jack, John, Walter, Henry, Mike, Jeral, Jack and Barbara,
and Lois, and Curt
$7 payable to the club, you get 60 cards.
club buys them for pennies less than that and the difference
in the club treasury
cards are uniform with our Logo and Website printed on them
you customize the rest by choosing :
how you want your name to appear
whether or not to have your phone number(s)
whether or not the have your Email address
order cards for yourself, simply contact Secretary Bev
give your information and forward $7 to Treasurer Lynda
Party Plans Already In The Works:
remembers the Mid Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club motto, “When things turn
to crap, our club will adapt.”
it has been proven once again!
most of you know, our Timberline East Restaurant closed down right after
our last Christmas Party.
(Wonder if there was any connection?)
left us out in the cold for next Christmas.
the club landed on its feet by our new members Curt and Diana Rakestraw
penciling in the Rolling Hills Country Club for the
Clubs’ Christmas Party on December 4, 2011.
will be meeting with Rolling Hills CC personnel much later in the year
and will be filling everybody in, in due time.
Our thanks to Curt
and Diana for their prompt handling of this matter!
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
Sunflower Swap Meet. This one is behind us, it’s history now
16: Salvation Army Benefit Car Show,
31: Kingman County Fair, Sunday
12: The Carlisle’s Mexican Fiesta and Bingo
Party. Details will be provided
12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Delano
District is pending
Mobley Street Melodrama, and/or Crown Uptown Theater, also being
20: Mulvane Old Settlers Rod Run
Black Top Nationals ?? Pending
Wichita Art Museum and lunch or dinner. Details later
9: Kress Fall’s “Big Six Oh” Birthday bash.
Details to follow
16: Car show at Derby High in memory of Tustin
28: VTCI South Central Regional Convention
at Fredricksburg, TX
Cruise to Groendyke Museum at Enid, Oklahoma pending
22: ARC Car Show at Old Cowtown Museum
2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
12: Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show,
Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
4: All New Christmas Party, Rolling
Hills Country Club
Few Cups Remaining!
In inventory @ $10 each
Payment for the last four
cups will go straight to the club treasury
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.
“Rest Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one per
issue for the next several issues
Nuts and Bolts:
that are exposed to the elements, such as those used on suspension A-Arms,
subframes and brake assemblies, it pays to use cadmium plated nuts and
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.
No matter how
many coats of enamel you use on a coil spring, the constant stretching
of the coiled metal will eventually cause the paint to crack, allowing
rust to take hold.
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
Rod Wake, Mid-Kansas President
Some people will
tell you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Maybe that is where
we are with the club and maybe we need to enjoy
the status quo
for a few years.
But the fact
remains that a strong majority of us voted not to hold another Dream Car
Show and with that gone, our club year is now
freed up from
that responsibility for the first 6 months of the year.
That gives us
a lot of latitude in shaping our activities for the year and that gives
us all a chance to suggest activities for the club that
we can consider
and decide upon.
Mapping out a
rough draft of the club year was the main thrust of the February business
meeting and a lot of plans were made for the club year.
So although we
have a basic structure in place that is subject to change due to situations
that may develop or attractions
you may discover
in the meantime.
Let us hear from
Give us the benefit
of your experience, expertise, and imagination by taking part in our monthly
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!
Thought For The Day:
If you stumble, make it
part of the dance!
and Kaye Barth,
friends of our club, have arranged for a Sock Hop at their Salvation Army
Hiawatha Camp and Retreat Center on Saturday, March 19th.
sounds like fun!
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?
|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
|For Sale: ’63 Thunderbird
cars including a 1962 Thunderbird HT,
and a 1962 Thunderbird
Convertible, dressed up
like a Sports Roadster.
the seller has 10 special interest cars and
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)
|For Sale: OMG!
Look at this one! Vintage
Cushman is thinning out his herd, and wishes to sell this
Colonial White’57 Thunderbird.
would not do justice to this beautiful car to try to describe it here,
when all information is available first hand to INTERESTED club
by simply calling
Chris at (316) 832-9090
4323 W. Maple
Thursday, March 17,
We have one of the private
We will order from the menu
and as always,
“First we eat, then
As many of you sharpies
may have noted, March 17
is also St. Patrick’s
Day and Home Town Buffet has a Corned Beef and Cabbage Special for that
Those of you who would
prefer to dine at Home Town
Buffet please feel
free to do so,
then come over to
Spears after you have eaten and catch the meeting.
meeting should begin about 6:15.