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MidKansas Vintage Thunderbird Club, Incorporated
Wichita,Kansas

AChapter of Vintage Thunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)
 

Mid-Kansas’Club Song: 
“SilverThunderbird”  by Marc Cohn


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Newsletter
May 2011
A Chapter of VintageThunderbird Club International, Inc. (VTCI)

 

 BirthdayParty Helps Kress Welcome The Big 6-OH !
 

Yes,April 9 was a big night for Kress Fall as Klyda, her sister Karla, andtheir Mother
welcomedwell over 60 friends to a 60th Birthday Party for Kress. 
Theevent was held at the Party Room at the Haysville Senior Center. 
TheSnacks, Sandwiches, Beverages and decorated Cake began to disappear shortly
after5:00PM and went steadily until 7:00PM.

AmongVintage Clubbers wishing Kress well were Sal DeLucia, Larry and Lynda Fichter, 
Leeand Rosemary Hufford, Helen Jimenez, Tedd Roe, Henry and Anita Messerschmidt,
withgrandson Jayden, Cheryl Thomas, Royce Taylor and Rod and Bev Wake. 

 Alsopartying were Wichita Classic Club members Jim and Norma Hein, Wendelland
MaryJack,  Jim Winter and Sue Benish. Other partiers included Kress’ formerwork 
associates,members of other car clubs, and friends.


 
 

 

Inthe spring of 1951, Ford introduced the fabulous new 1951 Ford VictoriaHardtop 
toreplace its flamboyant two- toned Crestliner as top-of-the-line Ford. 
Withinweeks of that date Mr. and Mrs. Fall brought home baby Kress and neither 
theautomotive world, nor the world of the Fall family would ever be the sameagain. 

TheFord Thunderbird was unheard of, not even on a drawing board, but was introduced 
beforeKress darkened the Kindergarten door. 
Then,somewhere in the mid 1960’s a teen age Kress Fall gained an affection forthe 
1967Fordor Thunderbird which gnawed at him until one day in the mid 1990s whenone
showedup on a Wichita dealer’s lot and the rest is history. 
Kresswas on his way to devoting a good part of his waking hours to the care,maintenance, 
andenjoyment of the Vintage Ford Thunderbird as well as collecting books,models, 
memorabilia,and brochures dealing with them.  Kress and Klyda were seen at most 
ofthe local car shows in the ‘67 Fordor Landau as well as the annual Heartland
InternationalConventions in Kansas City. 
Incalendar year 2000, Kress had become Vice President of the Mid-Kansas 
cluband by early 2001 Kress with then Classic Club President Richard 
Carlislelaunched what was to become the two Thunderbird Clubs’ annual 
DreamCar Show.  Kress and Klyda were even seen speeding around the 
IndianapolisSpeedway in their ’65 Thunderbird at the North Central 
VTCIConvention in 2005!
Kressowned other Thunderbirds but as he told the birthday partiers, the ’67
Fordorwas always his favorite. 
Onlya bout of serious health issues caused Kress to divest himself of his cars, 
buttheir memories remain planted firmly in his heart and mind.
Soonce again, Happy Birthday, Kress. 
Andit goes without saying, this is also the 60th Birthday of the Ford Victoria!

WelcomeBack, Johnstons!
Theclub received a nice surprise when
oneof our members from back in the Heartland Vintage Club days, made the decisionto join our club!  Bill and Teresa Johnston have owned several Thunderbirdsand Bill is a well seasoned expert with Bulletbirds. 
Thistime, however, the Johnstons bring to the club two Squarebirds; a 1960HT and a 1960 Raven Black Convertible! 
Welcomeback, Bill and Teresa and hope to see you at many of our upcoming events!
Incidentally,Bill and Terri have a treasure trove  of unused and currently unneededBulletbird parts for sale and a list is attached to this Newsletter
It’sShow Time! In response to the club’s desire to again attend a  great event atthe Crown Uptown Theater, Klyda Fall has come through with some great plansfor Sunday night, May 15! 
Atthe Crown Uptown, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” returns to the stage after a successful run here about 20 years ago.

Describedas a “slice of rural American life,” this country, pop, gospel musicalabout life beside a North Carolina highway as seen through the eyes offour gas station attendants and two waitresses at a nearby diner, promisesto be a great evening‘s entertainment.

Klydahas arranged for a table or tables for our members who can make the show.
Aseparate flyer is provided by the Newsletter staff and all should receiveit separately. The tickets cost $28.95to $35.95 (plus tax) which includes a great buffet dinner and the show. 

Forreservations call 316-681-1566 and say you are with the Thunderbird Clubparty. Deadline for tickets is day of show. 

Checkthe show out at www.crownuptown.com 

Wewill meet at the Crown Uptown at 4:00PM Sunday, May 15.  Dinner servedat 4:15 and show starts at 6:30.  RSVP to (316) 681-1566. 
Soundsgreat to me, and hope to see a big turnout!

 

 Prezand Secretary Make the South Central Regional Convention at Fredericksburg,TX: 
OnApril 27,  your Prez and Secretary hit the road for Fredericksburg,Texas to attend the VTCI South Central Regional Convention and to helpwith the administration of this shindig. 
Itwould not be fair to our readers to hold up this issue waiting for a reporton that venture, so will tell you all about it the next issue.




 

Taylor’sTips on Tags: RoyceTaylor had an experience recently 
whichhe wants to share with us.  Royce says,“I had an interesting (andlearning)
experiencethis month. 
Toback 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 newbird.
Ithought “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 shapefrom 
1957and from Sedgwick County. I thought,“At least it will make a good wallhanger 
ifnothing else”. Maybe Jim was just pulling my leg, maybe there is some sortof 
‘carguy’ joke or initiation I was not aware of. 
He toldme I could trade my Antique plate for the 1957 plate at the Tag Office. 
Theone we found, from 1957 was red and white, I thought “What the heck, 
mycar is red and white, we’ll just have to see what happens”. 
Upto today. I just got back from the Tag Office in Derby, with my old 1957
redand white license plate registered to my bird. It worked, Thank you Jim.
A few things you needto know if you are trying to do the same.

First, the tag must matchthe year the car was manufactured,
in my case,  ithad to be a 1957 tag. 
The guy at the officewas poignant about that; what I do not
know is, if it had tobe strictly a Sedgwick County tag since I live in Sedgwick County. 

Also, you must turn inyour old Antique plate at the time of the transaction.
So, take your old Antiqueplate and the old registration with you to the Tag Office. 
Be sure to have yourproof of insurance and a valid driver’s license with you also; all theusual car registration things. 

Finally Fees; there wasa $47 fee for registering the tag as a “Personal” tag, a one time feejustas if you requested a personal license plate and then there is the $19Antique Property Taxes fee every year.

So, over all, it wasn’t toobad; just the usual trip to the 
Tag Office wait for yourturn.

Can’t wait to get home tonightto see how the new tag looks on my baby. 
Will try to get a photoof it for the newsletter.”

Royce ‘Topless’ Taylor 
President Wichita ClassicThunderbirds

OnApril 21, our club met at Spears Restaurant
Amongthe important business decisions made were plans for the May meeting….therewon’t be one.  At least, not in  the usual format. Instead, since the majority 
ofour members will be attending the ARC Old Cowtown Museum show on May22, Prez will impart any new information at that venue.
Also,the Newsletter and that fabulous invention the Email will be employed tomake sure nobody is in the dark about our future plans. 

 

DuesAre Due
Treasurer Lyndais tabulating our renewals and Secretary Bev is updating our membershiplist. 
Any dues not collected by this time are considered delinquent and for those folks, thiswill be your last newsletter.
Please make sureyou have paid your dues because we need the continuing support of everyone of you
 
 
 


Lest we forget...
 Memorial Day 2011

ADefinite Maybe Club Plans For 2011

Theseare the events the club voted to support as a group during 2011 and willbe altered if necessary as circumstances dictate


May22:  ARC Car Show at Old Cowtown MuseumSeptember:Cruise to Groendyke Museum at Enid, Oklahoma pending
June12:  Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show,WACCC SponsoredOctober2: All Ford Day, Camp Hiawatha
July16:  Salvation Army Benefit Car Show,Camp Hiawatha

July31: Kingman County Fair, Sunday

November: Stage Show, Museum, or similar activities pending
August20: Mulvane Old Settlers Rod Run

                Black Top Nationals ?? Pending

December4:  All New Christmas Party, RollingHills Country Club

 
 
AVAILABLE!!!


 


Restoration Tips:

Thisis one of several restoration tips written by RichardLentinello, Editor-In-Chief of Hemmings Classic Car magazine
whichappeared in the December, 2008 issue, Page 6. 
Entitled“Rest Prevention” these tips will be hereby reprinted, one perissue for the next several issues

Nuts and Bolts: 

Withfasteners that are exposed to the elements, such as those used on suspensionA-Arms, anti-roll bars, subframes and brake assemblies, it pays to usecadmium plated nuts and bolts.
Theywill retain a shiny appearance for several years and will resist rusting,making future disassembly of those components a breeze. 
Ifyour car is equipped with irreplaceable fasteners, then consider havingthem plated. 
Justbe forewarned—this can get expensive


Coil Springs: 

Nomatter how many coats of enamel you use on a coil spring, the constantstretching and contracting of the coiled metal will eventually cause thepaint to crack, 
allowingrust to take hold. 
Instead,consider having your coil or leaf springs powder coated. 
Itis a very durable finish and it’s available in gloss, semi-gloss and satinfinishes and in many colors. 
Itwill give your springs a factory-new appearance that will last for years


Frames:

Completeframes and subframes are also being powdercoated today, but just as withsuspension components, if you prefer paint use a urethane enamel.
Remember,too, just because a light, thin coat of paint was applied when your carwas new doesn’t mean that you should do the same. 
Giveyour frame all the protection it needs. 
Usemultiple coats of quality zinc-based primers, sealers and urethane paints
 


Rocker Panels-Interior: 

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

Rocker Panels-Exterior: 

Carsbuilt prior to the 1980’s had rocker panels that were only coated witha thin layer of paint, instead of being well protected with a
rubberizedfinish.  The more durable finish is easy to reproduce yourself.
Availablefrom autobody suppliers in aerosol cans,  a thin coating of this rubberizedfinish will provide excellent protection that will add years to a rocker
panel’slifespan.  And unless someone bends down for a close inspection, noone will notice it.

 


 
 
 
 

ThePresident’s Message
ByRod Wake, Mid-Kansas President

Dear Thunderbirders,

Oneof the greatest treats we can give the public is to let them see our beautifulThunderbirds. 
Wedo this quite well at shows and conventions, but in addition to those events,how about our club meetings?  It is easy to justify leaving the Birdsin their nest during bad weather. 
Iam as guilty of this as anybody; we hate to take our freshly waxed andpolished car out of the garage and park it at a restaurant while we chewthe fat.  (Literally and figuratively) 
Butit is impressive to see a lineup of our Thunderbirds at our favorite haunts. It lets the public know there is a group comprised of people who restore,maintain, and enjoy the 
VintageThunderbird. This serves as an advertisement for our club and occasionallybrings new members. 
Weare coming into several nice months now and this is the season our Thunderbirdsshould be getting a lot of exposure from an admiring public. 
WithDaylight Savings Time, we are usually  done with our business meetingand home before dark.
Enjoy,and show off those Thunderbirds!

Also,always maintain your recruiting mind set.  The club is not going tojust maintain itself…it is up to us to be alert for new prospective membersand keep new people coming
intothe club.  Keep your business cards handy and available to “tag” a Thunderbird you do not recognize. It is extremely rare to find  VintageThunderbirds out there that were 
notknown to us previously. 
Muchmore plentiful it seems than Vintage and Classic Birds, are the Retrosfrom 2002-2005!  The Retros are an important part of our club future. 
TheVTCI recognizes them and has a comprehensive judging category and standardsfor Retros while other National Clubs do not recognize them except in Displaycategory. 
Atlarger VTCI Regionals and Internationals the Retros often constitute about20% of the entries—you can drive them anywhere in comfort.  In thelast month, Secretary
Bevand I have left a business card on a silver over black Retro Bird at ashopping center; have seen a Cashmere ’05 Bird parked at a west side residence,have seen a 
lightBlue Retro and a canary yellow Retro running around the west side. We have not been able to tag the last three yet.
AvJohnson recently talked with an owner of a 2002 in Hutchinson, which has102,000 miles on it and Av says it looks brand new! 
Andin case anybody wants an endorsement for these unique little Thunderbirds,just ask Chris and Lynda Cushman, Jack and Barbara Godfrey, Lee and RosemaryHufford, 
JimGoolsby, Av and Lois Johnson, and Rod and Bev Wake.

Whenour club held the Dream Car Shows, those events were among the premiercar shows in Wichita, according to those who supported them. 
Therewere a few other shows held in high esteem as well, and at the planningsession our club voted to support those shows this year with our presence. 
Thefirst one comes in May and we are looking for a great turnout from ourclub for the ARC Show at Cowtown on May 22. 
Hopeto see ALL of our club there!
Enjoyand show off those Thunderbirds!
Sincerely,

Prez

 
 

Don’tForget our Parent Club:
 If you have not yetjoined VTCI, please take this opportunity to do so. 
To those of you who havenot yet joined, you can get your application from www.vintagethunderbirdclub.orgor ask Prez for an application. 
We simply cannot affordto lose our affiliation with VTCI!

Don'tforget who helps make all our activities possible;
the
VintageThunderbird Club International, Inc. 
Ifyou do not belong to VTCI, join today!


UniqueIn All The World:

WithApril 2011's newsletter we began a new series picturing Thunderbirds 
seenaround the VTCI Regional and International Circuit as
wellas local club events

Witheach Thunderbird featured, you should see why the Vintage 
Thunderbirdis considered to be
UniqueIn All The World!” 

Thismonth’s feature:

1959Thunderbird Convertible, 2009 VTCI International Convention at Coshocton,Ohio. 
Nowonder Classic Car magazine, February 2011 issue stated, “Regardless ofthe angle, Square ‘Birds have a matchless beauty all their own…”
Allthe Newsletter staff can say is, “We gotta agree.”
 


 

RetroBird Watchers Alert!
Nonespotted at this time

Big Bird Bazaar:
Cars,Parts and Services

Adsor sources of service for our Birds are free to club members, but businesscard size ads run $60 per year. 
That’sless than $5 per issue ‘cause we usually run 14 editions per year.  What have you to sell?

Services

Mostof us, particularly Convertible owners have turned to BudRoat to bail us out of mechanical problems. 
Budis a Classic Thunderbird owner himself, and loves to work on older Fordsand Thunderbirds and has owned a bunch of them. 
Budhas expanded his operation and now has two seasoned mechanics operatingwith him.
Meetour newest Advertisers, Mitch and Andy!


Bud’s Automotive__________
310 N. Handley St. 
Wichita, KS  67203
2 blocks east of Senecaand 2 blocks north of Douglas
 
316-260-6694 
Cell  316-461-2948 

For24 hour 
towservice
call
316-267-2040

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

Mitch Suffield
Andy Howard


 
 
ForSale:Wanted:Parts& Misc:
For Sale:  Wait’llyou get a load of this!  Av Johnson has
located a 1976Thunderbird with 7,000 miles on it! 
Jade Green Exterior andInterior, Vinyl
Roof, New radiator, newhoses, and tires.  460 V8 engine. 
Price not established atthe time Av talked to the owners. 
Contact information is:
Matt Brack, (620) 694-4018 
Harold Swanson (620) 662-1555
Wanted:  MelBoling, Haysville area, is seriously searching for a56 Thunderbird
Conditionand price must be in balance
(316)-788-1128..

Not Exactly CarRelated: 
Anybodyneed some 7” Class 1 Flexible duct?
Comesin 25’ rolls and only 10’ was needed for a cold air return project so Ihave 15’ of brand new flexible duct available to any of  you realestate or rental magnates.  It can be yours for a smile and a glance.
Just call Prez..
For Sale:  ’64 Thunderbird HT 
$1,000.00
(316) 207-9526
..
For Sale:   ’63 ThunderbirdLandau
ArkansasCity, KS
$5,000.00
(620) 202-2668 
....
For Sale: 
Severalcars including a 1962 Thunderbird HT,
and a 1962 ThunderbirdConvertible,dressed up
like a Sports Roadster.
Infact, the seller has 10 special interest carsand
onetrailer for sale
Theold Newsletter Editor has seen the photos, and both Thunderbirds
arebeautiful but would probably cause mental hernia if he attempted 
tocapture them and submit with this Newsletter. 

Ifyou want to see the cars, please Email the seller, 
dickschulz@charter.net

..
For Sale:  Wewant to combine an advertisement from one
ofthe fall newsletters, with upgraded information on a very
interestingThunderbird.
 Itis a 1960 Thunderbird HT, redwith red and white interior.
Fullpower, clean, original. 

Thiswas the owner’s pride and joy but after his death it 
satin inside storage for possibly 10 years. 
CurtRakestraw brought us the information and John Moler
droveout and looked at it, but it was not running and there
wasno way to check it out thoroughly. 

Theowners family recently had the transmission overhauled, 
newbrakes throughout, new gas tank,  new heater core, and a
wholelist of things done to the car to make it ready to sell. 
Hereare recent photos of the ‘Bird. 
Itis located in Cunningham, KS.
Thesellers are asking $12,000.00
The contact numbers are:
Tom, (620) 243-3024 or Gary, (620)243-2933

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CurrentOfficers
President:
J. Rodney Wake
316.722.2028
JRWake1316@cox.net
Vice President:
Richard Carlisle
316.721.4756
carlisle.richard@sbcglobal.net
Secretary:
Beverly Wake
316.722.2028
Treasurer:
Lynda Fichter
316.943-3939
lfichter@cox.net
 
Newsletter Editor:
J. Rodney Wake
316.722.2028
JRWake1316@cox.net
Associate Editor and Photographer:
Jack Wake
EmailPlease
jmwake@cox.net
Website Coordinator:
Cheryl Thomas
620.532.2340
porkypinecsp1988@att.net
Webmistress Design and Graphics
Connie B C
EmailPlease
magimae@usa.net

NationalVTCI Contacts

 
VTCI President:
Terri McNeill
president@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Vice President: 
J. Rodney Wake
JRWake1316@cox.net
VTCI Secretary:
Bob McNeill
secretary@vintagethunderbirdclub.org
VTCI Treasurer:
Randy Mattson
.rmattson@fishnet.com
VTCI NC Director:
Ed Elzinga
sqtbird@att.net
VTCI Website Director:
Terri McNeill
terrimcneill@comcast.net

 
Mid-Kansas Thunderbird’s Website: 
http://www.midkansastbirds.org/
VTCI website: 
http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.org

 VTCIChapter Websites

 
Chicagoland Thunderbirds:
http://www.thunderbirds.org
Thunderbird Midwest
http://www.albeedigital.com/tbirdmidwest/index.htm
Mid America Iowa:
http://www.iowathunderbirds.com/
Hoosier Vintage/ IndianaThunderbird Club: 
http://www.hoosierthunderbird.com/
Vintage Thunderbirds of KansasCity:
http://www.vtkc.com
Thunderbirds of Manitoba:
http:/www.tbirdcanada.ca
Classic/Wisconsin:
http://www.wisconsin-thunderbirds.org
Waterwonderland Michigan:
http://www.michigantbirds.com

 
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