November/December 2022 V-8 Times

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 VOLUME 59 NUMBER 6 TIMES Happy Holidays from the Early Ford V-8 Club of America!
The Early Ford V 8 Club of America, Inc. © 2022 PO Box 1715 Maple Grove, MN 55311 VOLUME 59 NUMBER 6 NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2022 CONTENTS INSIDE DEPARTMENTS... Events Calendar……………….. 3 From the Oval Office………….. 4 Letters to the Editor…………… 5 Crime Stories………………….. 16 The All American Ford………... 19 Foundation News………………. 20 Jerry’s Corner…………………. 22 They’re Still Out There……….. 23 FEATURES... Annual Statement of Ownership……… 6 2023 New Zealand National Meet…….. 9 2023 Grand National…………………... 10 All American Ford……………………... 19 My Grandpa’s Ford…………………… 24 Flathead Sparkplugs Contributions of material for publication in the V 8 TIMES are gratefullyaccepted. It will be assumed that they are donated, unless other arrangements are made. PAGE 35 PAGE 76 PAGE 84 PAGE 86 V 8 TIMES (ISSN 0274 5003) is published bi monthly by the Early Ford V 8 Club of America Inc., which is a non tate of California and a National Historical Society dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Ford Motor Company vehicles from 1932 through 1953. Periodicals postage paid at San Diego, California, and at additional mailing offices. REGULAR membership is $35, joint $38. Three year regular, $100 and joint, $109. CANADA: regular, $55 and joint, $58. Three year regular, $150 and joint, $160. MEXICO/SOUTH AMERICA regular $70 and joint, $75. Three year regular, $200 and joint, $210. EUROPE/PACIFIC RIM: regular $70 and joint $75. Three year regular $200 and joint $210. NON SUBSCRIBING (Roster/No V 8 TIMES) United States and Foreign, regular $15; three year, $30. JOINT NON SUBSCRIBING United States and Foreign, $18 with Roster; three year, $45. NON SUBSCRIBERS (No Roster/No V 8 TIMES) $5, three year, $15; ALL DIGITAL FORMAT $30. Subscriptions and sales outside of the US are to be remitted by credit card (Master Card/Visa). We welcome additional contributions, technical articles, cartoons, etc. Send such material direct to: Publication and Editorial offices, V 8 TIMES, 350 Afshari Drive, Florissant, MO 63034. All material loaned will be returned upon request. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CORNERSTONE REGISTRATION, P.O. Box 1715, Maple Grove, MN 55311. ON THE COVER: A lonely 1935 Ford Truck on a snowy day in the Rockies. V-8 Times archive photo. The Ford Heritage Vault……… 46 V 8 Views………………………. 64 The All American Ford………... 19 Regional Group News…………. 90 Remembering Members………. 96 Advisors………………………… 99 Classified Ads………………….. 106 Parting Shot……………………. 115 2 V-8 TIMES MAGAZINE Western National Meet Recap………… 35 Ford Christmas Advertising…………... 44 1950 Pan American Road Race……….. 67 WI Transportation Tour Recap………. 76 Hershey 2022…………………………… 83 …………... 84 Patience is a Virtue!................................. 86

January 8-13, 2023 14th Annual Early Ford V 8 National Meet, hosted by Northern New Zealand Regional Group #103, in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Angus Quality Hotel. $160 per night for single/double occupancy. Mention the Early Ford V 8 Club for this rate. First 45 bookings are guaranteed free parking on premise. Reach the hotel at: hospitality@ No city driving. Strait Ferry discount. Contact Bryan Cossey, bcosseynz@

April 20 23, 2023 50th Annual Texas Tour, hosted by The Lone Star RG #6, in Denton, Texas. Registration is now open for this Texas size event! In the spring of 1974 , Stacy Brown of the Lone Star Regional Group and Leon LaRosa of the Houston Regional Group came up with the idea that it might be good for the two groups to meet at a place between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston for a fun weekend to see who could bring the most flatheads to the meeting. Deciding on Jacksonville, nine cars showed up and it was so enjoyable that all agreed to do it again the next year in Palestine. That meeting of Texas Flathead enthusiasts has been a tradition for 49 years with ten current regional groups participating, along with many

EFV8 club members from other states attending, as well as past and current EFV8 club presidents. Please join us as we “hit the road” for the fiftieth year anniversary of a great Texas V8 tradition that continues to warm our hearts and put smiles on our faces as the celebration lives on! SpringHill Suites, Denton, TX (940) 383 4100. Contact Al Moseley 817 683 7208 or Virgil Scott 214 536 2765

Ford. The Grand National Committee is working hard planning a spectacular time for you to participate in during a very enjoyable week. This is the twelfth Grand National Meet of the Early Ford V 8 Club of America, and the 10th held in the suburb of Dearborn. Early Registration and meet itinerary is now available at

May 18 21, 2023 47th Annual Spring Fling - OKC! THE FUN PLACE TO BE IN ‘23, hosted by the Oklahoma City, RG #64, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Activities include driving tours, car games, raffle room, welcome party, and banquet. Registration and information available at or Contact Earl Claybaugh 405 820 5896 or Connie Cook 405 833 7172.


June 11 17, 2023 60th Anniversary Grand National Meet of the Early Ford V 8 Club of America. We hope you will join us in Henry Ford’s Hometown, Dearborn Michigan, home of everything

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As I sit down to write the final message of my tenure as President, I desire to say thank you to the many members that I have met over the past two years. I want to convey special thanks to each and every one of you who have made a personal contribution to this Club, enabling it to remain as the premiere historic automobile organization it has become. It is the relationships formed by bonds of trust, companionship and fun; all predicated on the basis of our love of our early Ford V 8 automobiles, that will endure in my heart. Although we focus on our automobiles, it is really the people who make up our Club that will endure. For the pleasure of realizing this, I thank you. You will be left in good hands with Rick Claybaugh, who will assume the role of President in January 2023, and I ask that you support him with the personal consideration you have so willingly granted me. Steve Kronen will be your new Vice president and we will announce the Club Secretary as we move in to 2023.

I particularly salute the Board of Directors and Officers, in whose hands the future of our Club remains. Your Board of Directors has implemented wise and appropriate decisions to retain the reputation and worldwide respect this Club deserves. Make no exceptions, it is an expectation they will continue to do so. I particularly desire to thank David Rehor, our Treasurer, for the personal guidance and special camaraderie we have shared so willingly with each other. The



Strategic Planning Team has tirelessly contributed weekly focus and guidance to me, and I am grateful to Joe Valentino and Lou Mraz for their wisdom and experience as it is most wise for Club leadership to seek counsel from those who have business and sound experience to offer. I want to acknowledge Connie Hall and Steve Kroeger for their tireless efforts for the Club and me personally. There are too many others to mention and by doing so, I would certainly omit someone. To all who have given personal time, shared experience, and vast hours of contribution, I say thank you.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the holiday season, and the New Year, it is hard to imagine we are wrapping up an entire year of activities where enjoying friendships and automobiles passed so quickly. As I look back, I am grateful the Club has emerged strong from the impacts of Covid, to the point we have experienced two National Meets and two National Tours in 2022. Our 60th Anniversary

Letters to the Editor



Opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the convictions of the Early Ford V 8 Club, or its Directors. Rather, it is intended to serve as a sound board for members to voice their own thoughts and/or suggestions.

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Hi Shannon, I'm a member of the 050 Houston, TX. Regional group and we are always thinking of ways to try to get the younger generation involved with our flatheads. I was at my son's house on Sunday, Oct. 9 watching my two year old Great grandchild, Jack, drive his battery operated Jeep. In the attached photos he has stopped to "check the oil" or something (he did this on his own). I'm 82 years old and his

and Grand National meet will be here before we realize it. We have already received a bid for a 2024 Eastern National Meet, which will be shared early next year, in order for preliminary plans to get underway.

Although our club is experiencing an aging membership, commitment remains strong among its members and with leadership making sound decisions, this club will endure for years to come. Please support your Regional Director and the Board of Directors with actionable feedback in order to make decisions that continue the valued relevance of the Early Ford V 8 Club of America. I thank each of you for the pleasure of serving this beloved Club and its members.

God Bless you, your family, and your love for these fine automobiles.

grandpa (my son) and I are trying to get him interested in cars. Looks like this is a good start.

I have a '48 Club Coupe and I hope when I'm gone he will be driving it. You're doing a great job with our magazine keep up the good work.


The Early Ford V 8 Club sanctions up to three National Meets each year (except for years ending in 3 or 8, as those are Grand National years) and we are pursuing Regional Groups to host an Eastern, Central and Western meet in 2024.

To offset recent economic impact and challenges experienced in the hospitality industry, the EFV 8 Club will aid Regional Groups hosting meets in 2024:

1. Funding in $5,000 increments for the purpose of supporting the outlay of deposits, registration support and up front fees required by hotels and venues (up to $15,000).

2. Reviewing contracts, negotiations and commitments to assure that meet hosts are obtaining the best pricing, service and commitments by hotels and venues.

3. Reimbursing regional groups that host a National Meet up to $2,000 for the cost of the judges’ breakfast.

4. Aiding in form of advice and guidance from the National Meet Coordinator, National Chief Judge, and the Judging Standards Committee along with advertising in the V 8 Times and website.

Note: Funding accepted stipulates that any meet surplus, after final accounting, will be subject to agreement with the National Board for returning a portion of that surplus to specifically support future National Meets as a “pay it forward” gesture.

Remember: Any Regional Group, or joint groups, of the Early Ford V 8 Club are eligible to host a National Meet by submitting a formal request to Board Member Rick Claybaugh our National Meet Coordinator at or call 918 637 9773

9 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 2023 NATIONAL EFV-8 MEET NEW ZEALAND LOWER HUTT JANUARY 8-13, 2023 THEANGUS HOTEL (Premises currently undergoing major upgrade) Email: Phone: 0800 800 469 Registrations: Sunday 8th January 2023 (3pm 5pm) to the final night of Friday 13th January 2023 Block Booking 74 Rooms at NZ $160per night, per room (register early for room selection) You MUST state you are with the Early Ford V 8 Group otherwise you will be told that there are no accommodations available. DO YOUR ACCOMMODATION BOOKING NOW AT NO COST! Heavily reduced Cook Strait Ferry fares for those that wish to see the South Island. (email for details) No city driving, only two sets of traffic lights and two roundabouts. Registration forms will be emailed to those that make contact with event coordinator. Registration cut off 30th November 2022 Vaccination Passes/Cards Required Questions? Bryan Cossey, Event Coordinator or call 0274 107 772 REGISTRATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT EARLYFORDV8.ORG! Early Ford V-8 Club European National Meet




We hope you will join us in Henry Ford’s hometown, Dearborn Michigan, home of everything Ford. The Grand National Committee is working hard planning a spectacular time and scheduling events for you to participate in during a very enjoyable week. This is the twelfth Grand National Meet of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America, and the 10th held in the suburb of Dearborn.


Even though the meet doesn't officially start until Tuesday, we will be ready for those who registered for the Pre Meet Tour to Auburn, Indiana.

Early Registration will open Sunday afternoon for those participants that have signed up for the motor coach tour to Auburn and tours of the Early Ford V 8 Foundation Museum and Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

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You will have to register for the Pre Meet Tour, and be at the Headquarters Hotel on Sunday to pick up your tickets. The Pre Meet Tour tickets will not be available on Monday. Registration will not be open early on Monday morning. The cost of the tour includes motor coach, lunch and museum admissions.

You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to visit two great museums. The Pre Meet Tour is available to a limited number, so sign up to participate. Trailer parking will open for Pre Meet Tour participants.


The Pre Meet Tour registrants will leave at 8:00am sharp and will travel by air conditioned motor coach. Half of the tour group will visit each museum first, have their lunch at that museum and then transfer to the other museum, before returning to Dearborn.

Your lunch choices should be made when registering for the tour. Scheduled arrival time back at the Headquarters Hotel in Dearborn will be approximately 6:00pm. Please note that this event is

limited, so if you are thinking about registering for it, do so early.

While the Pre Meet Tour is going on, lots will be happening at the Headquarters Hotel. Registration will open later in the morning, as will the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration souvenir sales, Your Choice Raffle, Swap Meet, Operational Check and Car Clean up. Get ready to plan your free time using the information in your goodie bag. You will have all the information you need to “tour on your own” to interesting sites in the area.


The official start of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration Grand National Meet!

Registration, Swap Meet, Car Clean up, Operational Check, souvenir sales, and Your Choice Raffle will all be happening in and around the Headquarters Hotel.

We are hoping to schedule tours to the Benson Ford Research Center. There will be one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Due to the size of the Research Center, these tours are limited and will sell out fast. If interested, be sure to register for the tour.

“Tour on Your Own” sites will be open. We would recommend that you check out the Ford Tri Motor at the Yankee Air Museum. They will be offering rides for a fee. What a way to enjoy Ford history with a ride in a Tri Motor!

There will also be a very special, limited participation, behind the scenes tour of Henry & Clara Ford’s home at Fair Lane. The home has been closed for eight years while a slow and tedious restoration takes place. Just 150 people will have a chance to see how the fabulous work is progressing. This will be an opportunity that you will not want to miss. This tour will require an admission charge of which some of it will be a direct donation to the Fair Lane restoration. Only our group will be granted this opportunity in 2023, hosted by expert historians of the Ford family.

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To help celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Early

Ford V 8 Club, Regional Groups will have the opportunity to display information on their history in a special room at the Headquarters Hotel. Be sure to check out what Regional Groups have been doing. This display runs through Wednesday.

The Early Ford V 8 Club National President’s Meeting will take place at the Headquarters Hotel in the afternoon.

Dinner will be a sit down Welcome dinner at the Headquarters Hotel.


Today will start with Registration, Swap Meet, Car Clean up, Your Choice Raffle, souvenir sales and Operational Check happening in and around the Headquarters Hotel.

This will also be the Early Ford V 8 Day at Greenfield Village. This was such a popular event last time, that we wanted to do it again. Your registration for this will include admission to the Village, lunch and special parking for your Early Ford V 8 vehicle. Be sure to sign up to enjoy your special time at Greenfield Village from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The Regional Group history display will continue in a special room at the Headquarters Hotel. Be sure to check out what Regional Groups have been doing.

Once the Early Ford V 8 Day at the Village event is done, there will be a Ford Memorabilia room opening up at the Headquarters Hotel. A seminar is scheduled and that will be followed by the Owner’s & Judge’s Meeting. This meeting is required for all participants showing a vehicle and also for those who plan to judge.


Concourse Day! The day will start with the Judge’s Breakfast. Concourse layout and parking assignments will be found in your Registration Packet.

While judging is taking place, the Ladies/Significant Other luncheon will be held at the Headquarters hotel. A special historical presentation of Henry Ford’s wife, Clara will be the entertainment. This presentation is courtesy of the Henry Ford Heritage Association.

Dinner will be on your own and the evening will end with a special presentation on Henry Ford, also hosted by the Henry Ford Heritage Association. Come find out all about Henry Ford.


Today starts with those that registered for the tour to the Gilmore Car Museum. Air conditioned motor coaches will leave from the Headquarters Hotel at 8:00am. You will travel to Hickory Corners and the Gilmore Auto Museum, the largest automobile collection in the nation. There are eight museums in one location.

When we are there, it will be the start of the Franklin Air Cooled Gathering and you will probably see more Franklins in one place than since their manufacturing years. You will also be able to participate in the Friday ‘Ride in the Classics’ program, where you have the opportunity to ride around the grounds in a classic car from the museum collection.

Lunch will be available to purchase from either the Heritage Café or The Blue Moon Diner, with choices for every taste. There will be both indoor and outdoor seating available. The motor coaches will begin to depart around 2:00pm and return back to the Headquarters Hotel around 4:00pm, with time to freshen up for the Awards Banquet.

Please note that the tour to Gilmore is limited, so if

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you are thinking about registering, do it early.

You will still have time today to “tour on your own” if you did not register for the tour to Gilmore.

The Your Choice Raffle drawings will take place and hopefully your ticket will be drawn for the items you wanted. Make sure to check your numbers and pick up your items.

The Awards Banquet will be the culmination of a wonderful week in Henry Ford’s hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. This is a great time to meet with your V 8 friends and share stories of your week in Dearborn, while dining and finding out the results of the concourse judging.


While the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration Grand National Meet officially ends on Friday, we have been invited to once again participate in the Henry Ford’ s Motor Muster at Greenfield Village. This will be a separate event from the Grand National and will require Early Ford V 8 Club members to register with the Henry Ford to participate.

Here is what the event information said for 2021: “Make your way to a vintage auto enthusiast's dream destination as Motor Muster, at the Henry Ford, celebrates one of the grandest and most innovative eras of American automotive history: from glamorous classics of the 1930s to brawny muscle cars of the 1970s, Greenfield Village hosts hundreds of gleaming examples for you to enjoy. The goal of the event is to serve two purposes. First, to be a top quality car show in a beautiful setting, providing the

best possible experience for show participants and their families. Second, to educate Greenfield Village guests about the history and significance of the automobile in ways that are fun and engaging for all age levels. It is not a hot rod show, custom car show, or modified muscle car show. However, company produced prototypes, period correct racing vehicles and specific customized cars may be eligible. Restored, partially restored, and un restored vehicles are all eligible to apply.”

Information on how to register for the Motor Muster 2023, will be included in your full registration packet. You must register separately for this event. It is not part of the Grand National Meet events, but is an incredible opportunity to participate in a very prestigious show at Greenfield Village.

There you have it. A full week of activities centered around our Club, our Ford Motor Company vehicles and Henry Ford’s hometown. We hope that the 2023 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration is in your plans. We look forward to you attending, enjoying the time and meeting back up with friends, old and new.

We hope to see you in Dearborn, June 11 to 17, 2023!

Watch for more information in the V 8 Times and on the Club’s web site

*And no matter how hard we try, there are circumstances beyond our control so this schedule is subject to change and/or modification.*

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Ford V-8 vehicles often were the choice of the gangsters of the 1930’s. Here is another account of how Ford Motor Company vehicles fit into the history of that lawless period.

As it sped through the darkness, west on Shawnee Mission Road, toward the town of Zarah, Kansas, on the evening of June 22, 1952, the black 1949 Ford V 8 did not attract attention. Passersby had no idea that the Ford, occupied by Merle Martin and his brother in law Charlie Isgrigg, was fleeing from the scene of a residential burglary the men had just pulled near the Kansas City suburb of Overland, in Johnson County Kansas.

The pair had broken into the home of Moss Davis and filled pillowcases full of cash and small valuable items. The burglary had been reported to the Sheriff by a neighbor. Martin and Isgrigg, both ex convicts, were nervous and anxious to put distance between themselves and the scene of the crime.

Unfortunately for the burglars, recent rains had left the back road they took muddy and the 1949 Ford became hopelessly stuck in some mud. The pair left the Ford and took off on foot, with a goal of finding a

car or truck to steal, to pull the stolen Ford out of the mud. It was not too long until they discovered a truck parked in a farmyard. Experienced as a car thief, Martin defeated the ignition lock and the criminals took off in the truck. The theft of the truck had not gone unnoticed and the owner phoned the Sheriff’s Office. By now, Johnson County Sheriff L.V. Billings himself had been alerted to the goings on and began to personally direct his men.

The Sheriff radioed a two man unit composed of Sgt. Willard Carver and Deputy Floyd Gaunt, working the 11:00pm to 7:00am watch and sent them to investigate the theft of the truck near Zarah. Sgt. Carver, a Navy veteran of the D Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, was a rising star in

Charlie Isgrigg.


the department. He had reached the rank of Sergeant in only three years. Sgt. Carver had set his sights on the office of sheriff itself. With incumbent Sheriff Billings leaving office, he entered his name in the primary election against nine other candidates running for nomination.

In route to the scene of the theft of the truck, Sgt. Carver and Deputy Floyd Gaunt spotted the black 1949 Ford Tudor Sedan along the side of the rural road, mired in some deep mud. Examining the car, they discovered a German Lugar pistol in the front seat, along with pillowcases full of stolen items in the back. Carver decided that they would park their patrol car behind cover and wait to see if the offenders returned. It was not long before a truck was seen backing up close to the Ford. Carver and Floyd illuminated the truck with their flashlights, drew their service revolvers and approached the truck from different sides. The deputies shouted to the truck’s occupants, “Come out with your hands up! Police!”

The orders shouted to Martin and Isgrigg were met by gunfire as Martin pulled a Colt .38 caliber revolver, aimed carefully and opened fire. While Deputy Gaunt had taken cover behind a telephone pole, Sgt. Carver remained out in the open. A bullet from Martin’s Colt revolver ripped through Sgt. Carver’s right side, severing his spine. After the shots were fired, Isgrigg fled north into a the woods, and Martin ran in the opposite direction.

After returning fire, Deputy Gaunt rendered first aide to Carter and radioed for an ambulance and assistance. However, within minutes, Sergeant Willard Carver, age 31, died, becoming the first Johnson County Law Enforcement Officer to lose his life in the line of duty.

After an intense manhunt Charlie Isgrigg was captured by a posse that morning. Merle W. Martin, now wanted for murder, was still in flight.

Ever resourceful, Martin fled on foot a mile south of the scene of the shooting, until he spotted a pickup truck parked outside the home of the McLaughlin family. Entering the truck, Martin hotwired it and drove off 16 miles south, down Route 7, to the town of Olathe, Kansas. He spotted a Hudson automobile parked outside the home of Hugh Miller that looked good. Martin abandoned the truck and in turn stole the Hudson. This was no problem since Martin was a skilled auto thief.

In 1941, he had stolen a 1941 Ford in Sycamore, Illinois and drove the car into his home state of Missouri, where he was caught committing a burglary. Martin received seven years in Leavenworth Prison for the federal crime of interstate auto theft, followed by four years in the Missouri State Penitentiary for burglary. Martin had only been free from prison for seven weeks and had already made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

Driving the Hudson, Martin headed to an area hotel where he, Charlie Isgrigg and Roberta Rae Carter, Isgrigg’s statuesque blond girlfriend, had checked in the day before. They had traveled from Joplin, Missouri. Martin told Miss Carter what had happened and that he and Isgrigg had been separated. The next day, upon learning of Isgrigg’s

Stolen ‘49 Ford found stuck along muddy Kansas road. Martin stole a ‘41 Ford in Rochelle, Illinois in 1941 and drove to Missouri. Roberta Rae Carter.

capture, Martin and Carter, who would quickly form a romantic relationship of their own, fled into neighboring Nebraska. Using various stolen cars, their flight from justice continued on through Nebraska and later into the area of Chicago, Illinois and Valparaiso, Indiana.

They stole a Buick in Valparaiso and traveled as far east as Washington D.C. Later, they headed west to Las Vegas, Nevada. On the night of August 24, 1952, Martin parked the car on a residential street in Birmingham, Alabama, to burglarize a home. Roberta Rae Carter, who was sleeping in the car, was approached by a city police officer, who then arrested her. Martin was able to slip away, steal another car and drive to back to Missouri alone.

Spotted in his stolen car, west of the city of St. Louis by the Missouri Highway Patrol, Martin’s stolen car was forced off the road and he fled into a field. He stayed hidden outdoors for three days. As officers continued the search for Martin using bloodhounds and a spotter plane, he jumped into an unattended 1951 Ford V 8 belonging to a deputy sheriff and sped down the highway toward St. Louis. Falling under the sharp eyes of two St. Louis City Police Motorcycle officers, the 1951 Ford was brought to the curb and the hungry, exhausted Merle Martin finally surrendered, on August 30, 1952

Both Martin and Isgrigg were charged with the murder of Sgt. Willard Carver. Isgrigg pleaded guilty and received a life sentence. He was released on parole after 20 years. However, Martin pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was however convicted of the murder. Taking full blame for the killing, Martin went to the gallows at 1:03am on July 16, 1954, paying the ultimate price for his crimes.

Sgt. Willard Carver.


A Photographic Scrapbook of the V 8 Era A Girl & Her Ford

This gal looks pretty happy leaning against a 1936 Ford Fordor Slantback Sedan. I wonder where they are now?

Thomas Port Angeles, Washington




Josh Conrad, Executive Director of the Early Ford V 8 Museum, did an amazing job at Hershey. He single handedly installed the massive canopy tent headquarters and sold parts and especially, brilliantly, books and manuals. They flew off of the table! All extra copies can be found in the museum library.

The “Hershey Hero's” award this year goes to brothers Mercer. George and Jim brought a massive pile of parts which they sold and then donated the proceeds to the Museum. Lots of hours and lots of work! Thank you!


A 1939 Ford Standard Tudor Sedan, in original condition, has been donated by Marv Shetler to the Early Ford V 8 Foundation Museum’s growing collection of Ford V 8s.

June 30, 2007, was just another nice day in Oregon. Marv and a friend had heard about an auction being held that day, about 35 miles away. Evidently, some guy with a bunch of old Fords and parts had decided it was time to sell them. Marv likes old cords and auctions, so off they weren't. More out of curiosity than anything else.

He had just purchased a 1939 Ford Ute a few weeks prior and hadn’t even told his wife about that one yet. So, he was not in a position to be buying another car. Surprise! He had the winning bid.

The car is titled as a V 8 60. However, it actually has the 85hp engine. But, it has the V 8 60 tubular axle, so the car seems to be somewhat unique. Marv has documentation showing the car was only driven 142 miles, between 1987 and 2007.

This is an outstanding addition to the Museum's growing collection for Ford V 8s!

Congratulations to our 2022 Raffle Car winner, Bruce Webber, of Massachusetts. As well as our Second Prize winner, Phil Willardson, of Minnesota and Third Place Prize winner, Craig MacCambridge, of Colorado.

The Museum is happy to report that it did over $40,000 in raffle ticket sales. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraising event.

GOING TO THE 2023 GRAND NATIONAL? Are you planning to attend the Early Ford V 8 Club’s Diamond Jubilee in 2023?

Marv Shetler with his 1939 Ford Standard Tudor Sedan in the Museum's garage.

Did you know that there is a Pre Meet Tour to visit the Early Ford V 8 Foundation Museum, as well as the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum? Here are the details:

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Early registration will open Sunday afternoon for those participants signed up for the bus tour to Auburn, Indiana on June 12th.

You will have to register for the Pre Meet Tour and be at the host hotel on Sunday to pick up your tickets. The Pre Meet Tour tickets will not be available on Monday, as registration will not be open early. The cost of the our includes the but, lunch and museum admissions.

You are not going to want to miss this opportunity to visit two great museums. The Pre Meet Tour is available to a limited number, so sign up early to participate.

Monday, June 12, 2023

The Pre Tour registrants will leave at 8am sharp and will travel by air conditioned bus. Tour participants will be split in half, with each half visiting the two museums and having lunch alternately before heading back to Dearborn.

Your lunch choices should be made when registering for the tour. Complete sign up information will be in the Registration packet. Please note that this event is limited to a small number of participants.


members and welcomed thousands through the front doors. The museum looks forward to growing this event and can not wait to see what the future holds.


Construction is almost complete on the newest Phase III building. Crews have been working to put on the final touches throughout the building and we hope to be moving in soon!

There are things that you could be doing to help us get one step closer to the Foundation’s goals. First, consider becoming a Museum Member if you are not already one. As a member, you receive free admission to the Museum and a subscription to Foundation News to keep you up to date on the latest information.

Second, join our “Buy the Foot campaign.” Sponsorships are $150.00 per square foot, or $1,350 per square yard, for the new building expansion. You can even sponsor a square foot or square yard within a specific space, like the Jerry Windle Event Center.

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It was a successful Labor Day weekend at the Early Ford V 8 Foundation Museum. Alongside Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn Auction and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival and Reunion, the Second Annual Fall Swap Meet was a hit.

More than 15,000 people came to Auburn to participate in the weekend events. The swap meet had over 80 vendors selling everything from oil cans, to license plates, on the museum grounds. During the three day event, the museum signed up 50 new


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“Private Pleasure Car.” What could this be? My mind conjured several scenarios, some I won’t mention here. The vehicle looks like an armored truck with few windows for privacy. What could it be?

What first caught my eye was the picture of the vehicle with “Private Pleasure Car,” emblazoned on the side and “Private” on a symbol that looks like the Greyhound Bus logo. The vehicle looks like an armored truck with few windows. Additional pictures made clearer what this could possibly be.

But let’s talk about the vehicle first. It appears to be built on a 1935 truck chassis, with the structure added. The front picture gives us a better view. Note the turn signals and the grille treatment with the accessory grille guard and center upright on the bumper. I especially like the three horns mounted above the windshield.

The interior pictures tell us what this thing probably is. In the picture looking to the rear of the vehicle with the back door open (at right, middle), you can see a kitchen, complete with a sink and a stove. Near the open back door, a couch is visible. No doubt there is an identical one across the aisle. They can be lowered to create a bedroom.

The picture looking to the front of he vehicle (at right, bottom), there’s the fridge on the left. Beyond that is a seating area and most likely a foldaway table to turn it into a dining area. In the far back is the

driver’s seat. Note the lights or skylights in the ceiling.

Based on these clues, I figure it is what we would call today a “Recreational Vehicle (RV) or simply a Motor Home. I’m not sure but could it possibly be a rental?




I am not a reformer. I think there is entirely too much attempt at reform in the world and that we pay too much attention to reformers.”

Found this Ford truck down the road. It has been sitting there doing nothing for awhile now.

-Henry Ford

My Grandpa s Ford

Sometimes old just gets older.

I think everyone goes through the cycles of life. Good rest, vulnerable changes and then periods when life is…tough. But all of it explains what life is about. And when things are difficult, the richness of experience can, and should, provide insight and wisdom.

There’s a theory of sorts a friend in college shared with me that explains the best of times and the worst of times. It’s called Biorhythms. And, while there’s no real scientific evidence to support it, the longer I live, the more sense it makes.

After eight years as a farmer’s car, bought new, my Grandpa’s 1935 Ford Standard Five Window Coupe was garaged, 25 miles west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Just east of Berlin. On a rise above the South 20 fields. In 1947, my father returned after six years in the Pacific Theater (the Philippines, Burma, then Australia), picked up my Mom, his son (my brother, not seen since a week after he was born) and my Grandpa. Everyone began the life of the itinerant career military officer. The Ford stayed in the garage.

We used to visit the Ford during summer work/ vacations, slide the great garage door to the side, and then check on the great Cordoba Grey Coupe. Up on pedestal blocks.


Above the door was the farm sign.

Pleasant View Farm H. Hauschultz and Son

And then the door closed for another year or two. My Grandfather died in 1959, while we lived in Seattle, and the Ford stayed in the garage, up on blocks, until 1968 showing 6,600 original miles.

our home, as I got closer, I started honking the horn. No phones in cars remember? That summer for two weeks I drove it around town, showing it off. Then I pulled it into the garage. My Dad and I started taking it apart. Nothing new was added, just pulling the fenders, the dash, the running boards, the bumpers off.

He would sometimes go out to the garage after teaching at Parks College (the aviation school of St. Louis University), to just sit in it. Plan what to do. Write away for parts’ prices. Talk to those who used to ride along the streets of country towns and country roads. My first semester of college passed that way. The spring semester started, and he was back inside beside the Ford. Seven months after the road trip and the plans to ‘restore.’

We would work the farm in the summers, clearing brush, repairing winter damage, revisiting the past. At least that’s what I remember growing up…starting for me, sometime after 1955. My father’s military career was over and we had committed to St. Louis as our home in 1964, the year of his heart attack. In 1968, he called a farmer he knew up north, recommended by the community, and the ‘old boy’ (a Southern expression) dropped the Ford off the blocks, installed a new battery, tires, oil, fan belt, plugs and added a J.C. Whitney vinyl seat cover. Farmers had to maintain all they owned, and they learned.

He told us there were two bullet holes just below the back window…he patched them with bondo. A third bullet hole was, and is, through the spare tire cover.

Some farm boy, probably, had poked his rifle (serious caliber…the holes pierced the steel skin, the same type of metal that gave Bonnie and Clyde confidence against Federal agents’ weapons) through a fallen knothole and shot the Ford three times. Our cover story told of a tangle among competitive rum runners from Canada in the ‘30s.

I asked a friend to take a ride with me on a Greyhound bus up to Berlin, Wisconsin, to help me drive the old Ford home to St. Louis. We added 500 miles or so to the odometer. We stopped in Bloomington, Illinois and I bought burgers and shakes at the original Steak and Shake. Now gone. I dropped him off at his parents, and as I drove over to

I walked out to our garage one night, after homework, and found my Dad kneeling over the driver’s side transom. A stroke. I asked him to squeeze my hand. He tried. I carried him to the driveway and sat with him. We both waited for the ambulance. He died a few hours later.

I stopped working on the Ford. The tires slowly went flat. They dry rotted for the next thirty years. Feral cats spent the night on the rubber roof insert and tore a slit a foot long.

From that moment, until 2019, my Grandpa’s car stayed in a garage. First, at my home in South St. Louis. Then I had it brought to my new garage in Kirkwood. It still featured its WWII ration sticker and a 1943 Wisconsin license plate decal on the front window. And it was waiting for me to do something about it.


Some years ago, Anene’s cousin, Terry, from Pennsylvania was internetting and curious. He found her. He called her. Then in 2019, he came west to visit relations in southern Illinois. He drove north to see her and she showed him her ‘Retreet’ (no typo) in our back yard. I opened the garage as he walked back to our back door. He stopped like the first time a visitor sees Mount Rushmore. He took a step back.

“If I could just get this car into a garage, I’d have it running. I want to drive it down a country road with a jug of moonshine on the seat.”

transmission in gear, pulled it a few inches…and the fan belt turned.

So Terry was damn well going to get his wish. He told me to give him three days.

I was not inclined to accept his offer. I was sure the engine was frozen. I wondered if I would ever ‘do something’ with it. I didn’t want to risk the rings scratching the cylinder walls. And then two more ‘old boys’, raised on a farm in southern Illinois came up to visit their sister, my wife. David and Joe. Joe is one of two half brothers Anene had never met. Two of her father’s many sons. Not from Pennsylvania. From southern Illinois, and a small town. Three months before, she was introduced to them. Never met them before. While we shared a beer and looked the car over, I went inside for a moment. When I came out, they had pulled it just over the door line. I had put new tires on it to prep for their visit. I looked at them and they explained. They put the

The next weekend, on Sunday, Joe and David came back up with a car trailer (they had made one… educated on a farm, one learns crafts that most of us never dream are possible) and took the Ford to brother Joe’s garage. I had bought a crate of parts and put them all on the pile of fenders etc., inside: plugs, wires, gas tank, battery (Optima) fender welding, wiper, radiator hoses and various rubber replacement parts. Including a front shock absorber that wasn’t there anymore. All went inside the Ford and on the trailer. Including the original parts my Dad and I had removed.

We trailered it into the most boy impressive garage I’d ever seen. Big enough to take a car apart. Two cars apart. Polished concrete floor. Decades’ collections of tools, an overhead hoist built in, with a wood stove in the corner for conversation and beer. And, of course, Joe and David.

One a towboat captain on the Mississippi. The other, in home and commercial construction. Two of the kindest, most sincere and clever hard workers I’d


ever met, the most doggedly hard working men that would give capitalism a reason to be proud. Much like the farmer who, in 1968, took a phone call from my father to pull the Ford from the garage on my Grandpa’s farm, put new tires on it, and fix the engine up so that I, barely old enough to drive, could take that Greyhound north to Berlin, Wisconsin, turn the key and step on the starter switch, and then point it fifty five miles an hour to St. Louis. Same kind of self sufficient farmer as Anene’s two new brothers. It was an arc. Like a biorhythm.

I found the key in a cigar box full of keys, including one for the farm’s garage. The day after they took the Ford with them, down to Steeleville, Illinois, two friends of Terry’s, a husband and wife, drove Terry to Steeleville from eastern Pennsylvania. On Monday, at 4:30am, Terry went to work on my Grandpa’s Ford. He took all of the parts, fenders, running boards, seat, dash, gauges, bumpers, radiator, spark plugs, wires, new battery and three days later invited Anene and me to assess the progress. We walked into the garage and almost all of the parts taken off were back on. Terry, the Pennsylvania cousin, was waiting. And then he took the key. He pushed the column mounted switch to on. His Pennsylvania friend, Raymond, turned the key.

Terry hand poured gas into the carb drips and drabs. It turned in fits. As I walked behind, he tried again and a big belch of white smoke burped. The Ford coughed.

A small white burst of rusty dust sooted the polished concrete floor, then a burst of white fog from the exhaust pipe, and then like a moment after a prayer in church, the Ford ran like it had never been turned off in 1968. Purred, in fact. We took pictures. He walked to the small pile of parts still waiting for assembly, and out of curiosity, David pulled out the hand crank. Yes, cars were still supplied with that wrist shattering accessory in 1935. He turned the engine off, turned the switch to ‘ON’ and then put the crank through a hole in the grille, and turned the crank a quarter of a turn. We could hardly tell the engine was running. But it was.

Just the flat head V 8 rolling murmur. Like imagining a sailor on shore leave getting used to walking his rhythms on solid ground.

Terry was a utility high wire guy back east like the Wichita Lineman. His gift to me my Grandpa’s


Ford. My gift to him…work the flathead. He just had to work on this flathead.

The boys’ nephew, Richard, polished the lacquer to a smooth shine. There was still surface rust here and there. I didn’t care.

I long ago decided not to ‘restore’ the Ford. It’s a survivor. And it’s my Grandpa’s car. I kept a story stored in memory. When he bought the car new, he would take my Grandma out for drives around the county. When they rode through small towns, she would roll her window down and shout, “Hey John!” and then slouch down below the sill. There was almost always someone named John walking along in front of the shops on a Saturday morning. She would laugh and laugh. She only had a year or so until she passed away from cancer.

Everyone took turns driving Grandpa’s car around Steeleville. A small country town. We all spent the day driving it on country roads. Like Wisconsin. Farm boys and country roads. Like Wisconsin.

Anene and I were the last two. We took the Ford around the town. When I was the last behind the wheel, by myself, I thought about the two of

them….Grandpa and Grandma, and my Dad.

When it was my turn, I rolled down the window. I whispered out to them all, “Hello, Grandpa! Hello Grandma! Hello, Dad! Mom!”

And I laughed. I imagined they did, too. I pulled us all back into Joe’s garage. And turned the switch off. Then turned the key.

Today, the Ford is back up in Kirkwood, again. When I get behind the wheel, I pretend I’m with my Grandfather and Dad. So the Ford is just a family car that has survived, and changed with parts any car that old is likely to replace.

The 1935 Ford Standard Five Window Coupe. My Grandpa’s. A farmer’s car. For as long as I live. The license plate is Henrys’, not Henry’s. Ford and Hauschultz and Earle Henry my Dad all Henrys.

Stories are never complete or finished. They just get older and stashed in memories. That’s why cold bottles of beer beside an old car are SOP. That. And shrimp boil, courtesy Pennsylvania. Or barbeque, courtesy, Missouri.

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What Sparkplug Should I Use for My Flathead?


What spark plug should I use for my flathead Ford? The answers are easy if your flathead is unmolested factory stock. You should use what the factory recommended when your engine was born! See later in this article. This assumes those recommended items are still available. Some have been re numbered.

However, if your engine has been rebuilt with aftermarket heads, resurfaced stock heads or block,

aftermarket head gaskets, higher lift cam, oversized valves, or some combination of these and other modifications, you may be in for a shock.


After thread size, the most important mechanical issue is insufficient clearance between the tip of the sparkplug ground strap and the exhaust valve. The sparkplug ground strap is usually an “L” shaped electrode welded to the body of the sparkplug that provides a controlled gap with the center electrode.

Figure 1. Typical Flathead Sparkplug Options.

Figure 2. Ideal Sparkplug Installation in the Head.

The sparkplug ground strap can potentially interfere with the exhaust valve in most flathead Ford head

designs. Interference here can cause major engine damage. Other secondary issues involve improper heat range for the type of service the engine will see. Poor sparkplug center electrode or end thread positions below or above (never acceptable for threads) the head combustion chamber surface are also important. See Figure 2. These problems can also result in long term engine damage in extreme cases and poor plug life and/or engine performance at minimum.

Proper sparkplug thread diameter for stock 1932 Ford V 8s is 7/8” (example Champion C 4). 1933 to 1937 Ford V 8s used sparkplugs with 18 mm diameter threads (example Champion C 7). There are very limited sparkplug options for these early flatheads. All flathead Fords since 1938 use commonly available gasketed sparkplugs with 14 mm diameter threads. Champion H10C (also numbered 844) sparkplugs or equivalent, meet original factory specifications and older manufacture aftermarket heads. The H10 plugs had a “reach” (“L” in Figure 1) of approximately .510”. Current manufacture Edelbrock and Offenhauser aluminum heads come with a recommendation to use much different RC12YC Champion sparkplugs or equivalent.

To evaluate compatibility in all cases, we must first measure the distance between the top of the exhaust vale at maximum lift and the sparkplug washer/ gasket surface of the head. Measure all eight spark plug locations. This is easily done with a caliper type depth gage in the sparkplug threaded holes in the head. We then subtract the desired minimum valve to sparkplug clearance, say .020”, from our minimum measured dimension to determine the

maximum dimension for our sparkplug reach (“L”). More than .020” clearance is fine. As an example, assume we measured .600” minimum with our depth gage for all cylinders. Next we subtract our desired minimum clearance of .020”. The result is a maximum value for spark plug reach (“L”) of .580”. Based on Figure 1 we would consider Champion L78C or an Autolite 4092 sparkplugs for our application. There may be other equivalent sparkplugs in other brands as Figure 1 is not all inclusive.

If the heads have not been permanently installed we can do an alternate checkby temporarily installing the heads loosely without a head gasket, installing the properly gapped sparkplugs, and then rotating the engine by hand to determine if there is piston or valve interference attempting to lift the head. No math required and all items checked at once! If no lifting occurs, we will have a minimum clearance between the sparkplug and the exhaust valve of the installed head gasket thickness (typically .065”).


There are other factors besides fit that should be considered. Determination of a suitable sparkplug heat range depends on service conditions and can only be verified in actual service. Other choices such as resistance plugs, platinum electrodes, plug gaps, gasket (or not), wrench size, installation torque, external connections, surface finish, availability, etc. These are not likely to be problems but should be considered. “Power Tip” plugs (e.g. Autolite 65) are more fouling resistant but have a longer “L” than standard plugs which may not be acceptable.

Spark plug gap is usually .025” for 6 volt systems and magneto ignition systems, while 12 volt systems usually specify a gap of .035” or more (check “L”).

Proper 14 mm sparkplug installation torque is 18 22 lb ft for aluminum heads and 24 28 lb ft for iron heads. An alternate method is finger tight plus 3/8 turn for aluminum heads and finger tight plus 1/2 turn for cast iron heads with new sparkplug gaskets. Half these values are normally sufficient with used gaskets.

In Figure 2, the threaded body of the plug does not intrude into the combustion chamber, the sparkplug center electrode is flush to above the combustion chamber surface, and excess threads in the head have mostly been removed by chamfering to minimize potential sharp edges (hot spots).



Proper mechanical fit of the sparkplug is essential. In an ideal installation, the edge of the sparkplug body threads should be flush to below the combustion chamber surface threads in the head. The center electrode of the sparkplug should ideally be flush or above the head combustion chamber surface and the protruding sparkplug ground strap electrode should never contact the exhaust valve.

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In August 2021, the Puget Sound Regional Group authorized hosting a National Meet. We chose Wenatchee, the Apple Capital of the World, as our venue.

We negotiated contracts for hotel and convention facilities. We obtained a COVID clause which removed our financial liability if the meet could not be held due to restrictions on large gatherings. The contracts were submitted to the Early Ford V 8 Club for review. On September 1st, the National Club approved our application to host the 2022 Western National Meet in Wenatchee. With the meet set for July 10th thru 14th, we had only 10 months to organize and plan the 5 day meet agenda.

Several items needed to be accomplished in a short period of time. We needed a meet logo and slogan. We decided on the image of a 1935 Brewster as our logo. A new PSRG member acquired a

Brewster from a museum in Indiana. It mates a Ford chassis and Flat Head V 8 with a body built for Rolls Royce, which exited the U.S. market in 1934. Our “On the Road to Wenatchee” slogan featured the image of a 1935 Brewster.

We required guaranteed meal prices from the Convention Center before setting the cost to attend each meal function. Food costs were rising rapidly, and it took until December to secure fixed meal pricing. We also had to select and obtain pricing for meet merchandise.

We outsourced the registration to Cornerstone. They designed and managed our online registration system. We utilized National’s credit card account so members could register and pay in a single transaction. Registration went live February 1st leaving just 5 months before the meet.

Our next major task was to get PSRG members to Chair each of the sixteen committees. Our

Regional Group has 130 members, but many are older and less involved in club activities. Fortunately, several of our most active members were willing to chair more than one committee. We prepared a tentative budget for the meet which required making some assumptions regarding the number of registrations. We hoped for 150 but used 100 to set a breakeven budget. We did break even with 134 registrations. Registrants came from 13 States & British Columbia.

We sent an email to each registrant 10 days before the meet. The email thanked them for coming to Wenatchee and bringing their Early Ford V 8 vehicle listed on their registration. It also included a digital copy of the meet program to get them excited about attending. You can view the

By Bob Merz, Meet Chair Photos by Bob Merz and Ron & Shannon Olson

meet’s 14 page color program on PSRG’S website https://

The Western Meet kicked off on Monday, July 11th, with a

Welcome Party attended by over 200 members. The evening featured a buffet with a variety of chocolate and apple desserts. The Rio Trio provided background music while still allowing conversation.

Tuesday offered a 50 mile round trip drive to Leavenworth. Every building in the town features Bavarian architecture and a German style theme permeates the shops and restaurants. It was a fun experience for the 50 plus Early Fords that drove up into the Cascade Mountains which surround Leavenworth.

Wednesday was set aside for our Concourse. 67 Early Ford V 8

cars and trucks were displayed on the grass soccer field in Eastmont Park. 16 vehicles were judged and received National Awards for Dearborn, Emeritus or Rouge qualification. 34 vehicles received Puget Sound Regional Group trophies for 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their class category. We arranged for a

Welcome reception. Ladies Luncheon.

drone video over the Concourse. The wind prevented the drone from safely flying so the

photographer created a video walking around and capturing each vehicle.

Thursday’s agenda was a 100 mile round trip to Chelan. The first stop was the Miller’s Auto Museum for lunch and a chance to view a personal car collection spread over five building. The afternoon was free to provide time to drive the scenic shoreline of Lake Chelan or stop at one of the many local wineries before returning to Wenatchee for the Awards Banquet.

Our newsletter editor took a photo of each vehicle as it went through the Operations Check. Photos were also taken at the concourse, welcome reception, ladies’ luncheon, and around Wenatchee. We created a 20 minute photo slide show which appeared on the ballroom screen during cocktails. To kick off the Awards Program, we ran a video set to music showing all the vehicles parked on the grass Concourse Field. As each award was presented, a photo of the vehicle appeared displaying the owner’s name.

I know the meet was a success by the favorable comments from attendees at the meet. I received a dozen thank you messages via email or voicemail and three attendees took the time to send handwritten cards.

Early V 8s parked in the picturesque town of Leavenworth, Washington. The 1935 Brewster Town Car on display in the Convention Center.
David Rasmussen 1940 Ford Pickup David Volker 1937 Ford Club Coupe Shirley Adams 1935 Ford Pickup Robin Ordonez 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup Milton Harris 1941 Lincoln Continental Ralph Theiss 1950 Ford Club Coupe Steve McClain 1948 Ford Coupe Charles Mattos 1948 Ford Club Coupe
Cal Sato 1953 Ford F-100 Pickup Dennis Thun 1934 Ford Tudor Sedan Robert & Annette Long 1936 Ford Cabriolet Donna Fredrick 1937 Ford Business Coupe Vern Solberg 1950 F 1 Pickup Richard Tamagno 1937 Ford Tudor Sedan Gary Blodgett 1940 Ford Convertible LeRoy Godfrey 1946 Ford Sedan Coupe
Steve Lemmons 1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe Jim Hendry 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe Christine Cayton 1949 Ford Business Coupe Brian Kelly 1932 Ford Victoria Alyn Edwards 1949 Ford Convertible Frank Miller 1949 Ford Converitble Bruce Goodrich 1950 Ford Convertible Bob Montgomery 1936 5-Window Coupe
Mike McCarty 1937 Ford Coupe Donald Cummings 1934 Ford 3 Window Roger Thomsen 1940 Mercury Convertible Guy Generaux 1940 Ford Convertible Coupe Garry Watson 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Greg Childs 1951 Mercury Coupe Stephen Bento 1942 Ford Sedan Coupe James Little 1951 Ford Club Coupe
Western National Meet Coverage Continued on page 52. Ken Smith 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Cliff Winfrey 1940 Ford Stakebed Pickup James Rolstad 1939 Ford Tudor Sedan Ralph Hubbard 1949 Ford Convertible Robert Manelski 1950 Ford Custom Gary Davis 1952 Ford Victoria Ben Killingsworth 1932 Ford Tudor Oliver Hanley 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

National Mercury ad campaign from December 4, 1947.


Above, left; V 8 ad from the Hartford Courant, December 5, 1935.

Above, right V 8 ad from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 18, 1935.



From the collections of the Ford Motor Company Archives




From the collections of the Ford Motor Company Archives
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Dan Schwartz 1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe Douglas Clem 1932 Ford B-400 Michael Moritz 1934 Ford Victoria Elmo Lewis 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Melvin Matsuda 1934 Ford 3-Window James Cormier 1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe Eddie Rockwell 1940 Ford Deluxe Chuck Little 1940 Ford Station Wagon
Denis Fury 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Sam Profit 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Eddie Akers 1941 Lincoln Continental Tom Davis 1953 Ford Sunliner Don Leidel 1953 Mercury Monterey Chris Hughes 1938 Ford Deluxe Fordor Robert Merz 1941 Ford Business Coupe Phil & Connie Stevenson 1947 Deluxe
Dale Hughes 1947 Pickup David Nelson 1946 Pickup Joe Reger 1946 Mercury Convertible Terry Tindle 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan Richard Funke 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe Chris Knudsen 1947 Ford Sedan Coupe Jim Mattson 1937 Ford Roadster Gary Davis 1932 Ford Sunliner

2022 Western National Meet Judging

National Chief Judge Ken Bounds and Meet Concourse Chairman Bill Meade thank everyone who volunteered to help with the judging at the 2022 Western National Meet in Wenatchee. The judging teams are the heart of the judging process and your help is very much appreciated.

Deputy Judges were: Carolyn Bounds; Tab Room: Ken Bounds; Dearborn Emeritus: Jerry Emery; Mercury: Jack Hogan; 1935 1938 Ford: Ralph Hubbard; Rouge: Tom Johnston; 1939 1940 Ford & Station Wagon: Steve Lemmons; 1932 Ford: Ron Love; 1941 1948 Ford: Dave Rasmussen; 1932 1953 Commercial: and Ralph Theiss; 1949 1953 Ford.

Judges were (names in all CAPS were Novice Judges): Doug Clem, Tom Dailey, Gary Davis, Brian

Garren, Oliver Hanley, TOM HICKMAN, CHRIS KNUDSEN, Steve Kroeger, Bob Lee, Chuck Little, Frank Miller, Joe Reger, Cal Sato, Dan Schwartz, Ken Smith, Phil Stevenson, Roger Thomsen, Dennis Thun, Ed Warnock, and Cliff Winfrey.

Carolyn Bounds managed the concourse and touring tabulation, with the assistance of Sandy Theiss and Mike Rees. ROD SATO served as the runner.

At the meet, first time judging patches were presented to all novice judges. In addition, Senior Judge patches were awarded for five or more judging credits to Frank Miller and Sandy Theiss and a Master Judge patch was awarded to Tom Daily for ten credits. Congratulations to all.

CONCOURSE NAME CAR AWARD 1932 FORD Richard Funke 1932 3 Window Coupe D Terry Tindle 1932 Tudor Sedan DMT 1933 1934 FORD Ken Smith 1934 3 Window Coupe DE 1937 1938 FORD Jim Mattson 1937 Roadster DMT 1939 FORD James Rolstad 1939 Tudor Sedan DE 1946 1948 FORD Chris Knudsen 1947 Sedan Coupe D D Dearborn Award DMT DM with License Tab DM DM DE DE 1st First Place Award 2nd Second Place Award 3rd Third Place Award
Submitted by Carolyn Bounds, National Chief Judge Secretary
56 V 8 TIMES MAGAZINE V 8s lined up at the host hotel. CONCOURSE NAME CAR AWARD 1949-1953 Ralph Hubbard 1949 Convertible DE Robert Manelski 1950 Convertible Coupe DE Gary Davis 1952 Sunliner D Gary Davis 1952 Victoria DE 1939 1948 MERCURY Joseph Reger 1946 Convertible D 1932 1940 WAGON Chuck Little 1940 Ford Station Wagon 2nd 1940 1947 COMMERCIAL Dale Hughes 1947 Ford Pickup D David Nelson 1946 Ford Pickup 1st Cliff Winfrey 1940 Ford Stakebed Pickup ROUGE NAME CAR AWARD 1932 1942 Chris Hughes 1938 Ford Deluxe Fordor RM, I, E, R Robert Merz 1941 Ford Business Coupe RM, I, E, R 1946 1953 Phillip & Connie Stevenson 1947 Ford Tudor Deluxe RM, R TOURING NAME CAR AWARD 1932-1934 CLOSED Donald Cummings 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe 1st R Rouge Award RMT RM with License Tab RM RM I, E, R Rouge Interior, Exterior, Running Gear
1935-1936 CLOSED
1937 1940 OPEN
1937 1940 CLOSED
1941 1948 CLOSED
1949 1953 OPEN
1949 1953 CLOSED
1939 1948 MERCURY
1949-1953 MERCURY Gregory
1st TOURING A NAME CAR AWARD 1932 1934 OPEN Douglas
1932 Ford B 400 1st
Brian Kelly 1932 Ford Victoria 2nd
Bob Motgomery 1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe 1st
Guy Generaux 1940 Ford Convertible Coupe 1st
Mike McCarty 1937 Ford 3 Window Coupe 1st
Gerry Watson 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan 1st Stephen Bento 1942 Ford Sedan Coupe 2nd
Bruce Goodrich
Ford Convertible 1st Alyn Edwards 19498 Ford Club Coupe 2nd
James Little
Ford Club Coupe 1st
Roger Thomsen
Convertible Sedan 1st

Melvin Matsuda 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe 1st

Elmo Lewis 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe 2nd Oliver Hanley 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe 3rd

James Cormier 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe 1st

Edwin Rockwell 1940 Ford Convertible 1st

Lee Harman 1935 Ford Brewster 1st

of the concourse TOURING A NAME
Another view
1935 1936 CLOSED
1940 OPEN
1940 OPEN
1937 1940 CLOSED
1949 1953 OPEN
1949-1953 CLOSED
1932 1953 LINCOLN
Edwin Rockwell 1940 Ford Convertible 1st 1937 1939 CLOSED James Cormier 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe 1st 1937
Sam Profit 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe 1st
Tom Davis 1953 Ford Sunliner 1st
Don Leidel 1953 Mercury Monterey 1st
Eddie Akers 1941 Continental 1st
61 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 DISPLAY CLASS NAME CAR AWARD 1932 1934 FORD Steve Lemmons 1932 Deluxe Coupe 1st 1935-1936 FORD Robert & Annette Long 1936 Cabriolet 1st 1937 1938 FORD Richard Tamagno 1937 Tudor Sedan 1st 1939-1940 FORD Gary Blodgett 1940 Convertible 1st 1941 1948 FORD Steve McClain 1948 Coupe 1st 1949 1953 FORD Ralph Theiss 1950 Club Coupe 1st 1932 1953 COMMERCIAL David Rasmussen 1940 Ford Pickup 1st 1932-1953 LINCOLN Milton Harris 1941 Lincoln Cabriolet 1st SPECIAL AWARDS NAME CAR AWARD Chuck Little 1940 Ford Station Wagon President’s Choice Charles Seims 1936 Ford Coupe Hard Luck Frank Miller 1949 Ford Convertible Long Distance Beautiful skies and pleasant weather meet us on the concourse.
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Joe Reger receiving the Board’s recognition via an appreciation plaque for his six years of service and particularly as our Audit Chairman.
1935 Ford owned by Shirley Adams. Shirley gifted her Ford to her grandson, Travis Tupper, at the show. President Caldwell presenting Chuck Little with the President
s Choice Award for his 1940 Ford Station Wagon. Meet Chair Bob Merz and President Caldwell presenting Lee Harmon with a 1st Place Award for his 1935 Brewster.

National Meet

Charles Seims and his 1936 Ford Coupe received the Hard Luck Award for a blown radiator, resulting in a $1,000 bill. Frank Miller who drove his 1949 Ford Convertible over 3,000 miles from Andover, Massachusetts received the Long Distance Award.




Dan Cragg is a retired high school art teacher and has owned and restored flathead Fords since his first one in 1962. He currently owns two 1936 Cabriolets and a 1937 Sedan Delivery. In retirement, he began a small illustration business with many of his illustrations influenced by his interest in the car hobby.

The works in this series have not been displayed, as he usually does these illustrations for the simple joy of painting, while trying

to capture a story behind the images. His influences, as shown in the self portrait (above) with his late cat “Donald” who always liked to watch him paint as he liked to chase the paint brush, have been (left to right) Howard Pyle, father of American illustration, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell.

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The 1950 Pan American Road Race

A sense of excitement gripped Bob Estes. He ripped open the envelope at his desk in his Inglewood, California Lincoln Mercury dealership, in December 1949, and read the letter from the American Automobile Association.

The letter invited him, as a registered AAA racecar owner, to participate in “La Carrera Panamericana,” Spanish for The Pan American Road Race. The race was scheduled to begin on May 5, 1950 Cinco de Mayo, to be run over six days. The race was set to commence at Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, located just across the Rio Grande from El Paso. It would then run south, down 2,178 miles, along Mexico’s recently completed stretch of the Pan American Highway to El Ocotal on Mexico’s southern boarder with Guatemala. The Mexican government, anxious to share their accomplishment of building the roadway and hoping to attract tourism through

publicity surrounding the race, supplied partial funding for the event.

Although profits from Bob Estes successful Lincoln Mercury dealership paid the bills, his true love from his youth onward had been auto racing. As a teen, Estes modified a Model “T” Ford and set a speed record of 111mph, at the Muroc Dry Lake in 1930. Estes had worked in and operated several gasoline stations in southern California in the 1930s and at one point, ran a Hudson dealership. His automotive career was interrupted by military service in World War II, but after peace was won, Estes returned to California and established his Inglewood Lincoln Mercury dealership. However, Estes still had time for his first love of automobile racing, sponsoring young Troy Ruttman in competition among cars in the California Roadster Association. Estes had entered a car in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948. Although the car,

Johnny Mantz’s Lincoln and other Ford Motor Company V 8s gave their all.

driven by Manuel Ayulo failed to qualify at Indy, Estes was set to sponsor driver Joe James in a bid for a start in the 1950 Indianapolis 500 race.

Even with all of these irons in the fire, Estes believed the Pan American Mexican Road Race was a challenge he would like to take on, by entering one of his Lincolns. Determined to enter a car into the race, Estes contacted driver Johnny Mantz, who had two starts in the Indianapolis 500 under his belt and a win at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Estes offered to sponsor Mantz in one of his Lincolns if they were satisfied the race would be fair. Further, Estes pulled a 1949 Lincoln off of his used car lot and told Mantz to prepare for a road trip to check out the Pan American Highway in Mexico and make enquires concerning the legitimacy of the race. Driving down the Mexican stretch of the Pan American Highway to Mexico City, the pair were satisfied that it would be suitable for the race.

When they reached Mexico City, Estes and Mantz met with Pontiac dealer Antonio Cornejo, who had been named General Manager of the Pan American Race. Cornejo reassured them that the race would be legitimate and well run. Cornjo showed them the financial records indicating that the prize money was in an escrow account in the bank. $17,442 was to be offered to the first place winner, $11,630 for second place and $5,815 for third. Winners of each of the nine legs of the race, which were 84 to 334 miles in length, would be awarded $232 for first place, $116 for second and $58 for the third (the prize amounts are converted from Pesos). The Mexican government agreed not to tax any of the winnings. Satisfied with the financial arrangements and with what they saw of

the roadway and with their experience using the Pemex gasoline that would be supplied for the race, Estes and Mantz decided to enter the race and recommend it to the racing fraternity back in California.

Once back in Inglewood, preparations for the race were set into motion. Clay Smith, who had gained the reputation as “The smartest mechanic in the world,” was brought on to completely go over the 336.7 cubic inch Lincoln V 8 engine of the 1949 Lincoln that was selected for the competition. Bill Stroppe, famous for his 1950 Mobilgas Economy Run victory, assisted in the preparations and was named Johnny’s Mantz’s “co pilot.” Les Viland, Johnny Fisher and Bill Martin were enlisted for the support team.

While the entered vehicles were supposed to be “stock five passenger sedans,” some changes were permitted. A 0.030 overbore was allowed for 1949 1950 models. Original equipment shock absorbers could be exchanged for heavy duty shocks, hub caps and fender shields could be removed for quicker tire changes and rear seats could be removed to allow for a bigger capacity gasoline tank and storage for spare wheels, tools and parts. Louder horns were permitted and drivers were encouraged to install safety belts and wear crash helmets.

Interest in the event sparked, after Bob Estes placed an advertisement in the Los Angeles newspapers vouching for the race and encouraging participation. Other racers began measures to take part in the exciting road race. The first entrant to submit their $290.00 entry fee was Conrad Barrett, a Ford dealer from Anthony, Texas. He entered a 1950 Ford V 8

Bob Estes, who sponsored racecars across many venues, operated this Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Inglewood, California.

which would be driven by brothers Rafael and Luis Almodovar of Mexico. The brothers would go on to complete the race in 31st place.

As the day of the race approached, 132 cars had entered. Of them, 59 were from the United States, with most of those originating from California or Texas and 57 were from Mexico. Other countries represented were El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Italy, France, and Taiwan. The American made cars were comprised of twenty two Cadillacs, seventeen Buicks, thirteen Oldsmobiles, four Chevrolets, sixteen Lincolns, eleven Mercurys, eight Fords (the oldest of which was a 1939 model), three Chryslers, two DeSotos, nine Hudsons, eight Nashes, seven Packards, four Studebakers and a 1937 Cord. The foreign make vehicles entered consisted of two Alfa Romeos, a Delahaye, a Jaguar, a Hotchkiss and a Talbot Lago. Each of the cars were private entries, as none of the automobile manufacturers sponsored an entry. In this initial Pan American Road Race, all of the cars raced against each other as no classes had been set up.

There was much fanfare the day that the race began. On Friday, May 5, 1950, drivers were issued route books that were to be presented to officials at the end of each leg to record their finish time. Starting positions of the competing cars had been chosen on April 29, 1950, by personnel of the Mexican Lottery. These positions would only be used for the start of the first leg of the race, after which, the cars would proceed in the order of their finish in the previous leg.

Drivers were issued a sack lunch and three bottles of Coca Cola® and lined up according to the number of their starting position. As the race was actually against the clock, starting position was not greatly significant.

The cars were released at one minute intervals. In this first leg, drivers faced 233 miles of well paved highway, which would allow for the cars to attain high speeds. Johnny Mantz quickly got his Lincoln up to 90 and then over 100mph, averaging a speed of 93.888mph over the 186.4 mile leg.

Lincoln Mercury dealer

Tragedy and difficulty struck the race early on during the first leg. After traveling only 19 miles in his Lincoln, car # 112, Enrique Hachmeister of Guatemala,

apparently Preparing to head down to Mexico from Inglewood, California in this 1950 Lincoln to support Bob Estes’s entry, Car # 38 are (L to R) Les Viland, Johnny Fisher, and Bill Martin. Les Viland fine tunes car #38, a 1949 Lincoln, the car that will soon take Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe across Mexico’s Pan-American Highway. Bob Estes promoted the race and sponsored Johnny Mantz in Car #38, a 1949 Lincoln.

The 1950 race ran 2,178 miles south from Ciudad

boarder with Guatemala. The

took his eyes off the road, at a grade crossing, and left the roadway rolling over six times. Hachmeister was fatally injured. Fortunately, his co pilot Francisco Valle suffered only minor injury. A 1949 Ford, car #56 driven by Ed Nieders, was unable to finish the leg after it turned over. No one was injured and the car was able to re enter the race in the second leg to compete in leg competition.

Car #68, a Cadillac driven by Bill Sterling, pulled into the Chihuahua leg one finish line first, having averaged a speed of 100.425mph. Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe were pleased with their third place finish, their Lincoln having averaged 99.991mph. During the first leg, 19 cars were unable to finish and were disqualified from overall competition. Those that arrived in Chihuahua were greeted with a tumultuous welcome from the crowd of spectators. Driver’s times were logged into their route books and the cars were checked in for the night. Teams were permitted two hours each evening to perform mechanical work on their entries. After checking the cars in for the evening, drivers were treated to an entertaining Fiesta celebration, as was true during every evening of the race.

Day two, May 6, 1950, was a bigger challenge in that

the cars would be running in two legs. Leg two was 186.4 miles from Chihuahua to Parral, and then Leg three ran 251 miles from Parral to Durango. The team of Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe were rested and anxious to prove themselves in the day’s competition. Pulling out in third starting position,

on the Rio Grande to the small Village of El Ocotyal on the race was divided into nine legs varying from 84 to 334 miles long. Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe , like most of the serous contenders had a great advantage over the amateur drivers being experienced racers. Later Mantz reflected that that the Pan American Race was tougher than the Indianapolis 500, a race he had competed in in 1949.

Mantz quickly accelerated reaching a high speed, taking advantage of the level ground, knowing that he would lose time on the mountain roads further ahead. Mantz and the others skillfully navigated the mountain roads and only three cars were disqualified during leg two. George Lynch of Detroit, driving car #55, a 1950 Cadillac, averaged a speed of 95.885mph and won first place in the leg. Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe were a close second in their car #38 Lincoln, averaging 94.614 mph.

After completing the second leg, drivers had only thirty minutes in Parral to refuel before being sent off for leg three, which would take them 251 miles to Durango, across some difficult mountain roads. Some of the Mexican drivers, being familiar with the roadway, began to improve their standings as well as some of the European drivers. However, seven cars were eliminated from competition during this third leg. Car #64, a 1950 Mercury, turned over 45 miles from the starting point. The occupants, brothers Marcelo and Roberto Quintanilla were badly injured. Car #29, a 1950 Nash, wrecked on a curve and was later struck by Car #27, a 1941 Cadillac, taking both cars out of the race. Two Mexican entries, Car #4, a 1937 Hudson, and unlucky #13, a 1950 Lincoln, were stopped by engine trouble. Likewise, two California contestants, car #60, a 1950 Mercury, and Car #115 a 1950 Lincoln. Still in high spirits as they ended leg three in Durango, Mantz and Stroppe once again finished in second place, just barley behind Bill Sterling’s car #68, a 1950 Cadillac.

A huge challenge faced drivers on Sunday, May 7th, as they faced legs four and five. The longest distance to be covered and 425 miles total. As word had spread across Mexico about the race and this being a Sunday, an estimated crowd of one million persons would be watching the race at various locations. Due to confusion, Mantz and Stroppe were sent out of Durango first, instead of Sterling who had earned first position but was mistakenly dispatched 35th. Tragedy struck once again as driver Edwin Sollohub, in car #114, a 1950 Nash, lost control on a roadway which fords a river, striking a crowd of spectators. A woman, Mrs. Tomasa Lopez was killed, and two others were injured. Leg four saw Car #81, a 1949 Cadillac, pull into Leon first with Mantz and Stroppe ‘s Lincoln placing third.

After another quick refueling, the competitors were off on leg five, which would take them 278 miles to Mexico City. Johnny Mantz poured on the speed and in part, due to the misfortune of other drivers, would move into first place overall during the leg. Mantz had a harrowing experience as he approached the leg five finish line. His Lincoln was passed by car #113, a 1950 Cadillac driven by Tom Deal. Mantz in turn moved up to pass Deal, but moved too far to the right. As his

Optimistic about their chances driver Johnny Mantz and co pilot Bill Stroppe set off in Car #38, their 1949 Lincoln as they begin the first leg of the race. Off to a great start driver Johnny Mantz and co pilot Bill Stroppe are elated to have placed third on the first leg of the race in their 1949 Lincoln entry #38, winning 500 Pesos ($38) in prize money. Arriving safely in Chihuahua after completing the first leg of the race Raymond Parks (L) and Robert (Red) Byron, of Atlanta Georgia pose with their entry, Car #26, a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan. They placed 76th of the 113 cars that arrived.

right wheels hit the gravel shoulder, his Lincoln sailed along on two wheels, fortunately quickly righting itself. Car #113 won the fifth leg, with Mantz in third place. However, Mantz’s 1950 Lincoln was now in first place based on its overall time.

The 88 cars that had so far survived the Pan American Road Race received an enthusiastic welcome by citizens and officials in Mexico City. Mexico City’s principle boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma, was jammed with people hoping to get a look at the drivers. A state reception amid the throngs of people was held in honor of the drivers and crews. While enjoying the festivities, the race participants kept in mind that the next day would bring more challenges when the contest resumed.

As Monday, May 8th dawned, the competitors lined up once again, this time for leg six. Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe departed in second position and

hoped that their 1949 Lincoln could maintain it’s lead in the race. The drivers faced their shortest leg at only 84 miles. Traversing the route would be no easy task, though since the middle section ascended and sank sharply along precipices throughout a mountainous area and the highway rose to an elevation of 10,485 feet above sea level at Llano Grande. This leg was favorable to the native Mexican drivers who were familiar with the route. In fact, Mexican drivers Fernando Razo Maciel, in car #44 and Jose Estrada Menocal, in car #8, both Packards, won first and second place in the leg respectively.

During leg six, 12 cars dropped out for various reasons. The only accident involved Car #16, a 1947 Cadillac, in which the co pilot Luis Barrera was injured when his the car hit a tree. As the leg ended, Johnny Mantz ended up in forth place for the leg, but still held on to the overall lead as he pulled into Puebla.

Leg seven, the second leg of the day, would take the cars 256 miles further south, to the town of Oaxaca. Unfortunately, things began to go poorly for heretofore leader Johnny Mantz. Early in the leg Mantz began to feel sick, succumbing to the illness sometimes called “Montezuma’s Revenge,” likely from something he ate or drank in Mexico City.

As his Lincoln traveled on mountain roads it’s brakes went out. Bill Stroppe made a quick repair on the side of road that restored the front brakes and then he took over driving from the ailing Mantz. Because of the delay, their Lincoln finished the leg in 66th place. Their overall standing dropped from first to ninth, dashing their confidence of winning a first, second or third cash prize for the race.

That evening in Oaxaca, Bill Stroppe worked feverishly on the 1949 Lincoln’s brakes, while Johnny Mantz suffered in his room. When Stroppe

After completing fifth leg of the race Columbian drivers Arturo (L) and Samuel Marin pull in to the Mexico City checkpoint in Car #86, a 1950 Ford Custom. The Ford placed 69th for the leg with an overall position of 56th in the race at that point. One of eight Fords entered, Car #56, a 1949 Ford driven by Edward Nieders of the USA was taken out of the overall race competition by an unfortunate accident. It seems heavier cars had an advantage. The Ford went on to compete in further legs however.

One of the 11 Mercury cars entered was Car #93 . Pictured are co pilot Carlos Vargas (L) and driver Gabriel Herrera of Columbia. These hopeful amateur drivers gave it their best but their Mercury hit a post during Leg 8 of the race taking them out of competition.

returned to their hotel at about midnight after restoring all four of thier Lincoln’s brakes, he saw that Mantz seemed to be doing a lot worse. Stroppe located a doctor, who administered an injection with a long needle. Surprisingly, the next morning Mantz was feeling better and was able to go on. Although one report said that he needed to be helped to his car.

It was now Tuesday, May 9th and leg eight, consisting of a 335.5 mile drive to the town of Tuxtla Gutierrez lay ahead. In defiance of the bad luck he had experienced on the previous day, Johnny Mainz started from the 66th spot, but quickly passed more than 30 cars, driving with a vengeance. Extra caution had to be observed for mudslides along the route that may have occurred during rains the previous day. During leg eight, 12 cars were disqualified for one reason or another. Surprisingly, Johnny Mantz came in first in leg 8, averaging 73.032mph, with Tommy Francis in his 1950 Ford V 8, car #6, a close second.

As the sun rose over Tuxtla Gutierrez, capitol of the state of Chiapas, nestled next to the El Sumidero river, drivers and crews awaked to the realization that the final and deciding leg of the race would shortly commence. After a light breakfast, the 60 remaining cars (out of the 132 original entrants) began to line up for the final leg of the Pan American Road Race. It was Wednesday, May 10th. Eight of those cars would not survive leg nine, leaving only 52 of the

starters completing the race. This ninth leg ran 171 miles and would end at the town of El Ocotal, near the Guatemalan boarder. Drivers were released at four minute intervals, rather than one minute that had been the case previously, due to the dangerous conditions on the roadway. Johnny Mantz, with Bill Stroppe by his side, sped along during the initial

Driver Leopoldo Vera pulled his 1950 Mercury #82 into Mexico City after a 3 hour 31 minute run from Leon. Vera presented his route book and his time and position, which was 26th, were recorded.

miles of leg nine, hoping to make up some lost time. Unfortunately, they encountered the final stretch of roadway, which was composed of baseball sized gravel. Soon, they had blown all four of their tires. They changed tires, but soon blew three of the spares on the gravel road. Mantz dragged his Lincoln in on three tires and a wheel. They placed ninth overall and came away with just their leg prizes, which amounted to $800.

A 22 year old driver, Hershel McGriff, who had conservatively paced just behind the early leaders in his 1950 Oldsmobile car #52, and had avoided mechanical trouble, came in third in the leg, but became the overall first place race winner. He was followed by Tom Deal in his 1950 Cadillac, car #113, winning second place. Car #49, a 1950 Nash, finished third, but was disqualified due to an unauthorized switch in drivers. This gave third place to Al Rodgers’s car #21, a 1949 Cadillac. Drivers and crews headed back up to Mexico City the next day for a grand victory banquet, in which 80 trophies were awarded for various achievements during the race. Winner Hershel McGriff received his $17,533 first prize. Deal received the second place purse of $12,022 and Rogers $2,700 for third. Leg prizes totaling $2,700 were distributed to 12 contestants.

The six day 1950 Pan American Mexican Road Race was called by writer Jack Cansler “The biggest, toughest and most adventurous race ever held.” It was a great achievement for every driver that completed the race. “Carrera Panamericana”

After winning first place in leg 8 Mantz and Stroppe left Tuxtla-Gutierrez in their #38 Lincoln for the finish line in El Ocotal. Unfortunately the unpaved road ahead became their downfall.

continued annually for four more years.

While none of the Ford products placed at the top in 1950, the race brought Johnny Mantz and Bill Stroppe to the attention of Ford Motor Company higher ups. Forming a special relationship, they would go on to help build a strong team of Lincoln entries for 1952m under the sponsorship of Ford. The pair would have better luck that year and the legendary dominance of the Lincoln Team in the 1952 1954 Pan American Road Races would be established.

The prize winners with many of the 80 trophies taken in a group at the Victory Banquet in Mexico City held after the race. Trophies were given for overall placement in the race and for winners of the individual legs.


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The National Driving Tour program has been around for 10 years. There have been 13 tours in those 10 years. The Wisconsin Transportation National Driving Tour was the 13th National Driving Tour.

Planning for a National Driving Tour, especially if it is not in your home state, can be a little more work. We traveled to Wisconsin three times in preparation of the tour. Each time required four days of working to finalize the routes and schedules. Every location that we visited was enthusiastic about our plans and looked forward to the day that we would arrive. That is always a plus.

The total number of registrations were 19, with 36 members participating. Mike and Lynn Erickson even brought along their granddaughters, Madelyn

Fred Mill’s 1938 Ford Phaeton and the crew of the East Troy Electric Railway. (Fred Mills photo)

and Ella. There were 11 Club cars and others from eight states (MN, WI, IL, NY, PA, NV, CA, TX).

Mary and I traveled over on Monday, the day before, and were amazed at the difference the two lane roads made to travel time. In a modern vehicle, it was five and a quarter interstate hours, on a two lane road, in a 1949 Ford, it was eight hours and 30 minutes.

On Tuesday, we did our last minute shopping for items needed for the Farewell Get together on Friday. We then got ready for registrants to arrive. Our first one was Gary Buckman. He drove up from Racine, WI in his very nice 1940 Ford Convertible. He said that he was probably only going to attend the southern tours, but looked forward to seeing everyone else. Next to arrive were Cal Sato and his

navigator, Chuck Knox. We didn't realize it at first, but in the back seat were Sandy and Ralph Theiss. They decided to leave their Club cars at home and drive modern and after the tour, continue on east to Auburn and finally return home. By mid afternoon the only trailer arrived. It was Fred Mills and Luke Cordes from the Houston, Texas area. They had brought two fine Club cars a 1938 Ford Phaeton and a 1953 Ford Ranch Wagon. Finally, around 4pm the large group of seven from the Chippewa Falls, WI area arrived. We got everyone checked in and had a quick driver’s meeting before heading out to the Welcome Gathering at the Sawmill Pub & Restaurant. We headed out and as we approached we ran into our first road construction ‘Road Closed.’ I had told everyone that if there is construction, just follow the detour and you should make your

Assistant Tour Director Mary Hyberg waiting for participants to arrive. Typical tour car ready to head out.

destination. It proved to be true more than once during the week.

We had a great dinner and shared stories about our travels. I welcomed everyone and told them the basics of the tour and hoped everyone would be able to follow the 38 pages of directions for the week.

Wednesday was our first full day and in the morning we met on the hotel patio to discuss the day’s drive to Milwaukee. We headed out at 9am and took the back road scenic route to the Harley Davidson Museum. We arrived and parked along the building. The Harley Davidson Museum is filled with motorcycle history since their beginning in 1903. After spending a couple of hours viewing the museum, we walked across the plaza to the Motors Restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you could return to the museum or drive the short distance to the Captain Fredrick Pabst Mansion. This is the home of the founder of the Pabst Brewing Company. The Mitchell Park Conservatory was also supposed to be on our schedule, but it was closed due to physical plant issues. It was a beautiful first day.

On day two, we had our first long driving day to Green Bay. The weather did not want to cooperate and we started out in the rain. And as we know, old Fords never leak, so it was surprising to see Joanne Oman literally bailing out the top storage area of their 1950 Ford Convertible before we left. As one can surmise, rain and old Fords do not go together well and then when you toss in road construction, groups can get split up. The good news was that both groups made it to the main route and arrived within

10 minutes of each other at the National Rail Road Museum. Even better, as we traveled north, the rain went south. We were welcomed at NRRM with cordoned off parking. We all got our tickets and purchased our Hobo Lunches and proceeded to get a special guided tour of the museum. Before you knew it, it was lunchtime and the Hobo Lunches were delicious. We even got to keep the railroad bandanas that the lunches were wrapped in. After lunch we had our own personal train ride around the grounds. Time went fast and it was time to move on. The route included a special drive by of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers football team. Local city residents go all out for their team and decorate their property with everything Packers. A truly interesting drive around the stadium.

Our next stop was at the Automotive Gallery. The Automotive Gallery is the personal collection of the late William ‘Red’ Lewis. It is housed in a former Cadillac dealership and displays all makes of vehicles as forms of art. Over 100 vehicles were on display for us to view. We headed back to Germantown, but first we had to drive through the city of De Pere’s historic district.

Friday, our third day was a shorter day and allowed everyone to sleep in a little longer. But by 9am we were on our way south to East Troy and the East Troy Electric Railroad. We arrived in plenty of time to make the 11am trolley ride. But, as with any rail road, schedules are meant to change and change it did. We were informed that our 55 minute trolley ride would start at noon instead. Well, this upset the lunch schedule, but next door was an old fashioned

Tour participants waiting for the daily drivers meeting.

ice cream parlor, and ice cream can be considered a form of lunch. So we descended on the ice cream parlor and the poor kid that was there working alone. Let’s just say he was extremely busy. Our trolley ride was very informative and relaxing as we wobbled down the rails. The trolley stopped at the Elegant Farmer, an upscale shopping area with a deli and their apple pie bakery. Several de trolleyed to check out the wares and the trolley continued another two miles before returning. Once back at the station, with the schedule turned around, we headed north to Hartford and the Wisconsin Automobile Museum. The route took us through some very ritzy neighborhoods, where the driveways to the mansions were over a quarter mile long.

Once at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum, we got to see 25 Kissel automobiles, the second longest auto manufactured in the state of Wisconsin from 1906 to 1931. The museum does have other vehicles, including those from the Nash Motor Company, the longest Wisconsin auto manufacturer. The museum also houses a nice display by the Badger State RG #35. If you search the museum, you will also find a 1913 Soo Line #1003 steam locomotive that is stored there. The locomotive makes occasional runs through the Wisconsin country side. Our day ended with a great Farewell Get together with pizza, salad, warm bread sticks and soda. There certainly was enough for everyone.

Our final day, Saturday started just like you would want for a day driving your old Ford; partly cloudy with a slight breeze. This was another long day with the drive to North Freedom, Wisconsin and the Mid Continent Railway Museum. The museum tries to recreate a daily operating short line railroad from the “Golden Age of Railroading.” We enjoyed our rail ride and overview of the area as we rode. The Mid Continent staff was very gracious and allowed some of our group a private tour of the restoration shop. The two Coach Sheds held some of railroads great passenger and private rail cars. As we started to head to Baraboo for lunch, what the weatherman did not tell us about started to come down. Yes, an un

Joanne Oman drains the back of her 1950 Ford Convertible as husband Paul looks on. Rain on the two lane to Green Bay, WI. There is a diverse variety of automobiles at the Automotive Gallery in Green Bay, WI.

forecasted rain storm. The bad news was that the rain did not move out and continued. Several of the western Wisconsin members decided that it was not going to get any better and started for home. Those of us who stayed for lunch at the Drift Glen Distillery watched as the rain stopped and then started again. But, as they say, ‘the show must go on,’ we drove the

short distance and entered Circus World Museum. This is the actual property that the Ringling Brothers owned and used as their winter headquarters until 1927, when they moved to Sarasota, Florida. While the rain continued, it did not dampen our spirits and those that remained walked to the Big Top to see the 2:30pm show. It was really quite entertaining having not seen a circus performance since junior high.

What it is all about, touring the two lane back roads in Wisconsin. The East Troy Electric Railway trolley passes as we head to the station. The Early Ford V 8 Club at Mid Continent Rail way Museum in North Freedom, WI

After the performance, we quickly checked out the circus wagon buildings. There was not enough time to see all 260 wagons. There was a surprise for those that continued, as the highway we were on crosses the Wisconsin River by ferry. It is a free small 12 vehicle ferry that operates April to November. It was now a partly sunny late afternoon as we headed back to Germantown. Luke and Fred loaded their Early V

8s and the remaining group enjoyed the late afternoon on the hotel’s front patio. Several adult beverages and some tasty snacks found their way to the tables, as we talked about the tour and the places we visited. The Wisconsin Transportation National Driving Tour was officially over. We had great travels, no major vehicle interruptions and made friends with members we had not met, or had not

One of the elaborate circus wagons at Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI Fred Mills from Houston, Texas and his 1938 Ford Phaeton. Luke Cordes from Houston, Texas with his 1953 Ford Ranch Wagon.

seen, for a period of time.

We traveled 616 miles in Wisconsin. We visited nine places that had something to do with transportation or history. An interesting note is that Cal Sato, Chuck Knox and the Theiss’, along with Gary Conklin were also planning on attending The Border Affair in Colorado and New Mexico.

We got up early, we got rained on, we ate some good food, and we shared interesting stories all in all, ‘a splendid time was enjoyed by all.’ I would like to thank those that came from what would be considered a great distance.

Ralph & Sandy Theiss, Nevada

Cal Sato, Nevada

Chuck Knox, California

Gary Conklin, Pennsylvania

Don & Vicki, Ingersoll, New York

Fred Mills, Texas

Luke Cordes, Texas

Tim & Melissa Nolen, who commuted from Illinois

And also, I would like to thank all of the members that participated to make this Wisconsin Transportation Tour a fun and successful event.

The Group and Darrell Burnett at the Automotive Gallery Green Bay, WI. The tour group poses with Darrel Burnett (right center) of the Automotive Gallery in Green Bay WI The cars and the train at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, WI.

Hershey 2022

A change in scheduling this year meant that the annual AACA National Fall Meet, known as Hershey, started on Monday instead of Tuesday, and along with that change came rain. On and off on Monday, all day Tuesday and most of Wednesday made our adventure this year considerably different than past years. It was our 26th year on the south Chocolate Field, but it had been a long time since we had this much rain.

As it has been for our 25 previous years we were the guests of Carpenter Industries. The difference this year was that Carpenter Industries changed their plans and were not there. To say that we missed seeing their fine staff would be a very true statement. We tried our best to answer any questions visitors had but referred all inquiries to the Carpenter web site.

So, this year we had to supply our own canopy, chairs and tables. All pieces survived the weather and continued to draw in new members and anyone who wanted to talk Ford V 8.

I want to thank our members that volunteer their time to work at the booth. They are a great group of V 8 people who love to talk Fords and share their information. (And we are always looking for members that want to join us at the booth). The author of the pending 1935 1936 Ford Model 51 V 8 Trucks Book, Dave Gunnarson had a draft copy of the book on display at the booth. We were the


official site to announce the forthcoming book, available in early 2023.

As in previous years, we signed up new members, renewed current members, took orders for the Club’s books and this year, registered members for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Grand National Celebration in 2023.

We hope to be back next year. Look for us again.

Special thanks again to Daniel Carpenter of Carpenter Industries!

top; A chilly Bruce and President Caldwell manning the Club booth. Above; Charlie Gunn (booth founding father) and Bruce enjoying a bit of sun, 2008. Photo courtesy of Bob Snyder.

My 1953 Mercury Monterey Convertible


I bought my first car, a black 4 door 1939 Oldsmobile, when I was 15 years old. I got my License on my 16th birthday and have been an avid old car fan and mechanic ever since.

I have owned over 120 cars so far and still have eight classics, all licensed and insured. I am a member of three vintage car clubs (my favorite being the Valley V 8s) and I really miss our regular meetings. They are temporarily halted due to Covid 19, with which I spent seven weeks in the hospital about one year ago. As near death as I have ever been.

I won’t refer to most of my cars but, will spend this time talking about my favorite car. The ‘53 Mercury Convertible. I have had eight Mercurys a ’49, two ‘50s, a ’51, two ‘53s, a ’59 and a 2003. The ‘53s came out while I was in high school and I fell in love with a red convertible at that time. When I was 53, I found an advertisement in a national magazine for the car, located in Chicago. It was yellow at that time and came with a green 4 door parts car. I called about it on a Thursday and was told that someone was coming to look at it on Saturday. I said I will be there tomorrow and went to the bank, withdrew the cash, flew from California, rented a car, drove to the owner’s house and bought both cars immediately.

I trailered the parts car to St. Louis, Missouri and parked it there for a month. Next, I drove the convertible to California, leaving St. Louis during the biggest snowstorm the area had seen in 27 years. I drove mostly on what was left of old Route 66, stopped at a couple of country fairs and other points of interest. The only problem I had was in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was six degrees below zero and the 6 volt battery just wouldn’t start the car. AAA got it going and I was off again. Later, I flew back to St. Louis and trailered the parts car home.

I put an automatic transmission in the convertible, painted the car red, had red and black upholstery and a white top installed and converted it to 12 volts. Aside from that, it is still bone stock. Both cars have been in some movies and I have driven the red convertible in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade 16 times, each time with a local dignitary. The most attention was given to Ronald McDonald. I think this car will be with me until the Lord takes me home.

My thanks to Jerry Littner for the photos of my car.



Rodney is a good friend of mine who lives in Orlando, Florida and was in high school in the 1950s with me in West Union, West Virginia. Although, he was two years behind me.

When I went to work for Spurgeon Trucking in 1960, Rodney was married to the boss’s daughter and they were in Germany, serving in the US Army. After Rodney’s discharge, he worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood, WV for a period of time, and then bought a 1963 T 750 Ford dump truck from his wife’s uncle and moved to Martinsburg, WV and teamed up with his father in law about 1964. That is when we became really close. Rodney sold out and moved to Orlando, Florida in the 1970s and I was already working in Takoma Park, Maryland, after three years in an auto machine shop in Martinsburg.

Rodney called me one evening in the fall of 2010 and was asking about the value on a ’35 5 Window Coupe. It featured a rumble seat and was in all original condition. His wife's uncle, Frank McGill, might want to sell.

When my wife Kay and I were in Florida, in December of that year, we met up with Rodney for a visit and of course we talked about the Ford some more. I told him that I would like to have first refusal on it, if possible, when Frank decided to sell. Rodney called me in February of 2011, and told me to just sit tight and wait.

On December 29, 2011, Frank was in Martinsburg, visiting his son and called me to see if I wanted to look at his Ford. I made arrangements to see it and at 6:00am on the 16th of January, my son Michael and I


left on the 230 mile jaunt and after conducting some business at the County court house in West Union, we arrived at Franks house around 11:30am. We were cordially welcomed in and visited with Frank and his wife Shirley for about four hours before our conversation turned to the old Ford.

Frank had purchased the ’35 Ford 5 Window rumble seat Coupe from the widow of Herbert Schmidt, a farmer who got the car new. When he looked at the car, it was in a corn crib and up on 12” wooden blocks. This was in 1969 and Frank took the car home and drove it very little, on dealer tags. He had kept it in his temperature controlled basement since 1978 and it was still titled in the original owners name, had an imperfect interior, ran good and smoked some. It is a very nice ‘ROUGE” car, but had a bad original crossover pipe. It had patches welded on the rear fenders where it might have drug in ruts on a country road, I saw just one small rusty spot on the body and at the time had under 7,400 miles on it.

I went in to this knowing I most likely wouldn’t be able to buy it, but one can dream. My max was $20,000 and Frank had turned down an offer like that sometime in the past. I was never able to get Frank to name a price that he would be willing to take, but he

did take my cell number and asked when the best time to get in touch was. He also said that he would rather I had it than anyone else. Michael and I had a great trip and really enjoyed our visit with Frank and Shirley, but it was no deal, yet!

Frank was the kind of guy that was always ready to help a person out. Around 1963, I had been wanting to get myself a 1960 T Bird. At that time, Frank was living in Ellicott City, Maryland, just west of Baltimore. One day I traveled to Ellicott City to meet Frank and we spent the day looking for the right car. We went first to Al Packer Ford on RT 40 in Ellicott City and checked out a nice car, then we spent most of the day all over Baltimore visiting various dealers, and ended up going back and buying the first T Bird we looked at!

My sister, my wife and I paid him and his wife, Shirley, another visit in 2018, but the car wasn't mentioned. I attended a grave side service for Frank in the March of 2022.

October 1, 2022, I got a text from Frank's son, David, asking me if I was still interested in buying the car and I told him to call me the next day. David called and after some discussion, an offer was made. David called me again on October 3rd and told me that he


had discussed it with his mom, Shirley, and I could get the car at my convenience!

Thursday, October 13, 2022, with my Featherlite trailer attached, I drove 20 miles and picked up my son, Michael and grandson, Cameron and headed for West Union to get the car. It was a rainy day and I had an open trailer to haul a 87 year old car on, most likely with a leaky top. We had a tarp that we did not want to use. We stopped in Hancock, Maryland for a Hardee's biscuit and headed for the mountains.

As pre arranged, when we crossed Cheat Lake on I 68, I called James Parsons in Normantown to let him know where we were so that he could meet us at West Union. After we met up, we traveled the remaining couple of miles to Shirley's home. As we pulled up to the garage, Shirley had the door opening up and after greetings, we got busy looking the situation over. At almost at the same time, my cousin, Randy Trent and Shirley's nephew and my friend, Butch McGill arrived.

Cameron got busy cleaning the dust off of the car and we found that the right rear tire, an authentic mud and snow tread, was flat, so the air compressor was put to work. These tires were installed sometime before

1969! We installed a good battery and pushed the car outside, poured some gas in the carburetor and tried to start it. Although it cranked over well, there was no spark, it had power to the coil but nothing else, so we hand pushed it onto the trailer, tied it down and after some paper work, we were on our way home. The total time onsite was 1 ¼ hrs. I need to say that when I looked at the car in 2012, Frank had installed a new NAPA 6v battery and although the battery was dead at this time, I took it home. After setting for four weeks, it still holds 6 volts!

I had mixed emotions when I saw the title. When I was there 10 years before, it was still in the original owner’s name from 1935, ready to be transferred to a new owner. In June of 2021, Frank transferred it to


his and Shirley's name. This made for a simple, easy transfer for me, but I really wanted to make a copy of the original title. When I was at the DMV, transferring the title and registering an original 1935 license plate, I noticed that the lady was spending a lot of time concentrating on the computer screen, and then a smile came across her face and she commented that this title was just transferred for the first time since 1935!

The car is resting now in my garage, licensed and insured, awaiting a decision as to what the next move might be. Whether to try to get it running, or pull the

engine for a rebuild, first! I have no intentions of doing a total restoration as this car is too nice in its original condition! I think I might call it a “Rouge”! If it was restored, it would just be another nice '35 Ford.

Incidentally, as we traveled east towards home, the storm moved just ahead of us and we had almost no rain, so no water got inside the car. We did check and all lights passed, including the brake light, except the right headlight on one beam, but not to worry, there was a NOS bulb in the glove box!




Fall has been a busy time for the members of the Columbia River Regional Group 10. In September the Club members went camping at Nehalem Bay State Park for three nights. Some members brought motor homes and campers while others reserved Yurts from the Park. The Community Hall served as our gathering place for meals and visiting. Activities included men’s and women’s luncheons, a poker walk and hanging out by the fire. Meals were prepared communally with special emphasis on breakfasts and dinners. The Club supplied steaks for the members and friends, and the dinner included corn on cob freshly picked from the garden of Jerry and Kathleen Macken. Al and Carol Carocci provided spaghetti dinner for the entire club. What a treat.

Breakfasts were a group effort consisting of everything imaginable from biscuits and gravy…or homemade jam, to ham and eggs and omelets. Needless to say, nobody lost any weight on this trip.

Community service was part of the Club member activities in October. The CRRG #10 has cleaned up litter on the side of the Clackamas River Highway for decades. This year saw a strong contingent of mem-

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bers out to lend a hand. Together we picked up bags and bags of litter tossed onto the roadside by drivers. The Clackamas River was saved many plastic bags, cigarette butts and all sorts of other garbage from washing into the river which is a source of good fishing and drinking water for nearby cities. It feels


Summer has ended and we are into a time of falling leaves and cool weather but not the end of fun times. Our last summer event was a trip to Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan where the club met up with the V 8 club people from Chicago. President Jack Bukszar and his wife Sharon headed up this event and as always did a wonderful job. They had sixteen members of the Northern Ohio Group 20 and ten from the Northern Illinois Group 8 in attendance. This was NORG’s first trip since COVID started so everyone was excited to venture out. Except for a

NORG group dinner Michigan trip. great to do our part to keep our river free of garbage and preserve the beauty of the river drive. Happy touring, Andrew Jackman


little rain here and there the (3) day trip was lots of fun with good friends, tasty food, and a safe return home.

For our September Club meeting club Director Rich Jandrey arranged to have two speakers from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad come to tell us about the train system and its inner workings. They covered how they acquired the trains and restored them before going on to the various trips and events they have including the upcoming Christmas programs. They also talked about how this was all made possible through volunteer help from the surrounding communities and even reached across the county. We are proud to say that two of our members Regis, and Beth Schilling, have been active volunteers in this organization for many years with Regis working towards his engineer’s license. Later in September and again in October Ron and Karen Mihalek invited us down to their wonderful farm with its scenic surroundings that even includes a


I had the chance to put on my first ALL FORD DAY on Sunday September 11th for Hi Country V 8 club #28. It was a lot of work but in the end, what a kick to do something for the club. With 140 cars in the parking lot, it made me feel good. I was worried the weather might be poor being as Saturday was cold and raining all day, but mother nature gave me a break and the weather was great, all blue sky, and it even got warm and for some hot, but all in all it was great. I want to thank everyone who helped me put

pond. The first event was their annual morning breakfast that was attended by our club plus the Nifty Fifties of Northern Ohio, and the local Lincoln Club. 12 dozen eggs were masterfully cooked in the world’s largest cast iron pan on an open grill despite the rain that plagued the event. Close to thirty people enjoyed more food than one should eat but no one complained. When we returned in October it was time for the Sweetcorn Festival organized by Craig Gorris. Sausage and hot dogs as well as the sweetcorn cooked by Jack Bukszar, Bruce Lewicki, and Craig Gorris on open grills while members brought in numerous covered dishes to tempt everyone’s appetite. There is nothing like a crisp autumn day and the smell of food cooking outdoors to help one to forget that it is time to put the old cars away before the snow flies. But on a happier note, that also means Christmas is on the way with more parties, goods times, and of course great food.

this event on as it was my first. Deb, my wife, was my computer person and she did a great job, we learned a lot together. I was very pleased to see the parking lot was full with all types of cars from old to new. I also want to thank all the club members for all the help they gave me, Gene Pastor, Charlie Palmer, Randy Allen and Mark Merritt, helped with parking GREAT JOB. We also had Patti Jantz, Karen Hansen, Steve Estep and Dana Dillow, Pat Palmer and Carrie Hannum, Patty’s friend, THANKS EVERYONE.

NORG and Illinois Group at entrance to Gilmore . NORG President and Chief Jack Bukszar, Nifty Fifties President and Chief Bruce Lewicki, and Membership Chairmen and Chief Craig Gorris.


This year I wanted to showcase Mercurys, we had 10 cars; Gene Pastor, Steve Carmack, Joyce Comin, Gary Hansen, Arnel Kimmett, Roy Lange, Nick Morstad, Bernie Sawin, Gordon Snow, and Jim Starr, thanks for bringing your cars. One of our members who has been working on his 36 Ford coupe for a

long time got to drive it to the show. Congratulations Steve and Deanie Kennedy, keep it running and enjoy your ride.

A TCRG V 8 Reunion/Celebration was held 9/18/2022 at the Eagan Car Club, Garage Storage Facility. Two members, Ian Hardgrove and Al Rehder opened their

garages and facility to 60 past and present members. Box lunches, Membership Recognition, a silent auction and much conversation. It was a celebration and a joy after several pandemic years of limited activities. Years Long V 8 friendships honored. Nine original 1972 members and eight past presidents



were present. Honored for 50 years of V 8 Fellowship were Cliff and Mary Helling, Duane Adams, Mike and Vivian Timmermans, Bill and Mary Gillies, and Gary Weyrauch. 40 Year Pins recipients were also given out. The Silent Auction


This is a story about Early Ford V 8 members Joe and Mary Kamp and their 1955 Lincoln Convertible. This Lincoln was mentioned in the July/ August 2022 V 8 Times. This un restored car was purchased from California and was transported to Illinois, arriving on June 6, 2016. Joe proceeded to restore the car and for the next 4 years dedicated his time and efforts to the restoration.

Joe is a Master innovator and builder, having restored a number of classic Fords over the years. He is a dedicated Ford man and will not own or drive a car that is not a Ford production. He has a number of the Fords in his collection. In any car show where Joe participates he generally wins 1st place. He does all

Certificate of recognition for 50 years from the Early Ford V-8 Club of America.

organized, set up and presided over by President, Mike Erickson earned $510!!

of the restoration including paint.

More about the 55 Lincoln Convertible: Joe and

Submitted by William Gillies


Mary have enjoyed showing this car for the past 2 years. on the morning of Sept. 18 Joe was driving the Lincoln from his home at Spring Bay, IL to participate in a "Rusty Rockers" show at Eureka, IL a distance of 22 miles. While in transit to the show he blew a rear tire and the tire knocked off a fender skirt. Joe was walking back to retrieve the skirt and a passerby yelled to Joe that his car was on fire, as a result the gas tank ruptured, the car completely burned up and was a total loss.

This is a heart breaking story, a part of Joe goes with this beautiful car.




AUGUST Several club members attended the Early Ford V 8 Foundation swap meet in Auburn, Indiana and memtioned that they could see a lot of progress had been done at the property. It was also discussed that a lot of "Paving The Way" bricks that the club bought and donated for our deceased members were starting to be placed along the way. Our August meeting was held at Uncle Bill's Restaurant and hosted by Laura and Lee McDurmott.

SEPTEMBER The monthly meeting was hosted by

Judy and Jerry Potthoff at their home in Kirkwood, Missouri with a wonderful selection of sandwiches, drinks, and desserts. We enjoyed seeing their 1936 Ford Phaeton and heard the interesting story about how they became the new owners.

OCTOBER The monthly meeting was held at Cedar Lake Winery in Foristell, Missouri. It was a cool afternoon, but we sat at picnic tables, had plenty to eat and enjoyed listening to a nice band.


To celebrate our Golden Jubilee Anniversary the National Board is planning a way for Regional Groups to join in.

At the 2023 Grand National Meet, in Dearborn, we will have a memorabilia room for our members' enjoyment.

The purpose is for Regional Groups to bring historical items from their groups archives to display and share. These items can be a photo, plaque,

document or other significant item to exhibit for our 60th Anniversary. These items will be displayed on June 13th and 14th during the Grand National Meet.

In closing, to all Regional Group Historians, dust off your old items that have significant meaning to your group.

All members attending the Grand National be sure to stop by and enjoy our Regional Groups history and help celebrate our 60th anniversary!

Any questions, please contact: Steven Kronen, Central Director, EFV8CA 216 408 7770

Howard Crawford, Corresponding Secretary A nice gathering of club members. Jerry & Judy Potthoff’s 1936 Ford Phaeton.




Ken had been a long time member of the Southern California Regional Group since the early 1970s. He immediately became involved in the club and was elected chapter president in 1977. Always enthusiastic and cheerful and wanting to do his part, he was a willing participant in many tours to National Meets through the years. Not only was he active in our regional group, he was a major donor to the Early Ford V 8 Foundation Museum, donating his restored 1940 Lincoln Continental convertible and well over a 1,000 early V 8 parts.

Aside from owning many production built early Ford V 8s through the years, he was especially proud of reconstructing, nearly from scratch, a German, coach built, Draus bodied 1932 Ford Convertible Victoria, which took over 20 years to finish; truly a one of a kind vehicle. Upon completion of this time consuming project, he was invited to show the car at the world famous Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance in 2003. Also, this car scored 1,000 points in V 8 Club judging competition, a perfect score, winning a Dearborn award.

The superstructure of the body of this custom built car was all wood, which Ken had to reconstruct from scratch. A monumental project which few V 8ers would even consider. The quality of construction and attention to detail in this car was truly amazing.

He was always smiling and had a kind heart. He enjoyed touring and was getting a car ready to drive up to the Wenatchee, Washington Meet. Last year he toured with a group of us through Northern California. He was riding with someone and when that car broke down, he asked for a ride with us in my Woodie. Now a Woodie seems like a big car, until you are on a trip. Suitcases, parts etc. end up on the seats. I was going to rearrange things to make room for his suitcase. No, I’ll just have it on my lap. So there he was in the back seat with his suitcase on his lap. He and my friend Paul start exchanging

stories and cracking up, laughing all the way. That will be my memory of Ken.

Hubbard, National President 1981 Linda Souder, President So. Calif. RG #11


OCTOBER 17, 1937 SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 ST. LOUIS RG #124

Donald Albert Toeniskoetter, age 84, of Saint Peters, Missouri was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert and Louise Toeniskoetter (nee German).

Donald was in Machine Maintenance for Continental Bakery for 25 years and the owner of Mr. T's Chimney Sweep since 1976. He was married to his sweetheart, Shirley Toeniskoetter for 59 years. She was the light of his life.

Donald enjoyed restoring cars, his car clubs, and was known for being able to build and fix anything. Don loved his dog, Duffy, camping, trout fishing and spending time with his family. Above all, he was a devout Catholic.

Donald joined the Early Ford V 8 Club. St. Louis Regional Group #124 in 2005. He drove a 1946 Ford Business Coupe. Shortly after joining our club, the members nominated Don as our club President for the years of 2007 and 2008. He enjoyed being with the members and driving his car.

Don and his late wife Shirley hosted many meetings at their home or at a restaurant. He will be missed by all of our local members. In his memory, a paving brick has been purchased at the Early Ford V 8 Foundation.

Ralph Howard Crawford, Corresponding Secretary St. Louis RG #124

If you have questions about your early Ford V 8, particularly restoration problems, send a self addressed , stamped envelope to the Advisor listed who specializes in your model year. Your questions will be answered promptly, using the envelope you have furnished. Some questions, which are deemed of general interest my be printed in a future V 8 Times. Some of your questions can be pretty tough and require research, so please be patient. Inquiries must be limited to six questions maximum.


David Rehor

16153 Garfield Ave. Allen Park, MI 48101


John Griscom

2600 Possum Hollow Coopersburg, PA 18036

1949 1951

Glenn Davis 1107 LaVista Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93110

1949 1951 MERCURY



James Wagner 1669 Nantucket Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170


Cliff Moebius

PO Box 588 Westbury, NY 11590

1939 1940

Mike Kubarth

PO Box 282 Somers, WI 53171

1952 1953

Ray Beebe 1551 Hillsboro Rd. Camden, NY 13316

1932 1951 WAGON

Mike Nickels 5774 Supply Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684


Lin Stacey 35W699 Park Lane St. Charles, IL 60175


With the sudden passing of Gene Napoliello, the 1949 51 Mercury Advisor, the Club is looking for a member to fill that position. We are also seeking a new Advisor for 1938 Fords.

Requirements include an excellent knowledge of these cars. The Advisor will answer questions about member’s cars in a timely manner and provide copies


Mr. Davis,

I am restoring a 1946 Mercury Sedan Coupe and I have a few questions.

1. What color was the transmission? I am told it was the same blue as the engine, but a picture on page 148, in Sorenson’s The Ford Factory, shows an engine/transmission being installed


Danny Driskell

5175 Regent Dr. Nashville, TN 37220 615 293 9975 M F 9am 1pm

1941 1942 Fred Killian 633 Hoop St. Olean, NY 14760

1939 1941 MERCURY



Lauren Matley 12610 W. Seneca Dr. Sun City West, AZ 85375


Larry Nager 1213 W. California Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941


David Rehor

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16153 Garfield Ave. Allen Park, MI 48101

1936 Don Rogers 422 Gunnison Gorge Ballwin, MO 63011

1946 1948

John McDonald

7935 SE Market St. Portland, OR 97215

1942 1948 MERCURY

Rusty Davis 418 Borgess Ave. Monroe, MI 48161


Joe Abbin PO Box 53296 Albuquerque, NM 87153



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where the transmission is clearly not the same color as the engine. It appears black to me. I see only very faint paint residual on my transmission and it may be blue.

2. What color was the gas tank? I know the V 8 Club restoration guidelines say some were painted black. My original was too messy to draw a conclusion.

3. My car was a very nice original and many of the fasteners look to be S2 finish, but I am assuming that any and all Marsden nuts were S7 cad finish.


Is that correct? I have purchased many Nacewicz fastener kits from Michael Driskell at ThirdGen and it seems that if the Marsden nut is S7, the bolts are S7 as well, for the same application. May of my bolts are script, i.e. they have a script “F” on the head, and all of those appear to me to be S2 finish. Any guidance or general rules regarding fastener finish would be appreciated.

4. On my car, it appears that all pieces of fender welting were painted body color. Is that correct? Some very nice cars that I have seen lately had unpainted welting, but the factory photos that I have seen, that show some images of welting, look to have them painted.

5. What was the finish on the underside of the running boards (steel version)? Mine appear as if they were gray primer, but it is pretty hard to say. In areas where the rubber washers were located, there may be evidence of black paint.

6. The underside of my body appears to be red oxide primer. Would that be correct?

Those are my questions for now. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Dear Bruce,

Thank you for your letter about your 1946 Mercury

Sedan Coupe. I derive from your VIN number that your car would be a 4th quarter of 1946 assembly.

Your first question refers to the color of your transmission. The transmission and the engine block were painted blue. All cast iron parts on the engine and transmission were painted blue. The engine and transmission were mated at the Rouge, where all Ford engines of the era were cast, and sent out to the assembly plants. The transmission was already stamped with what would become the VIN number and the number would be transferred to the frame rails, at the time of complete assembly at the branch, and the paperwork that accompanied the car or truck.

Your second question is “what color was the gas tank?” The gas tank was stamped from Terneplate. Terneplate was a coating of Terne metal, an alloy of lead and tin, applied by dipping the steel in molten metal. It was installed in its natural state.

Regarding the above statements. After the chassis was built up and before the drop, the chassis was coated with a thin, almost transparent, coat of black paint, referred to as chassis paint. No attempt was made for 100% coverage, it was meant as a superficial rust preventative. No attempt would have been made to avoid the bottom of the gas tank, the transmission, or to preserve the appearance of plated hardware.

Bruce Williams, Kirkwood, MO

Question 3 is about hardware finish. You do not say for sure, but I am thinking you are referencing the kits for fender and splash shield attachment, body applications, as that is the place you use the most S7 Marsden nuts with the bolts. These should be S7 (cadmium) as supplied in the kits you have purchased. There are places that call for S2 (raven) but most of those applications are in chassis applications. However, even in those instances, the Marsden nuts are S7.

Your Ford script bolts are unique. I have seen these bolts in NOS mass quantities and all I ever saw were S7. That’s not to say none were ever S2. The story most often repeated about the Ford script bolts is that they were developed for Jeep production in WWII. Ford and Willy’s were supposed to be making the same Jeep and according to the contracts, the Government didn’t necessarily care which Jeeps were made by who, they had to be interchangeable.

Initially, the small tailgate was stamped with the Ford script, but Ford was ordered to desist from that practice. In response, Ford made the bolts with the script on the head to differentiate the Ford Jeep from the Willy’s Jeep in the field. I have never seen an official account of this and I have not seen a part number attached to the bolts. If you had a part number, you could access the blueprints in the Benson Ford Archives and check the release dates. Maybe someone that collects Jeeps can shed some light on this possibly apocryphal story.

Question 4 is about fender welting. I wish you would have stated what color your car is, but in general, the answer is yes, the fender welting is body color. However, with everything, there are not always definitive answers. Early in the Chassis Change series of letters issued to branches, 1 11 1946, is a letter explaining fender welt colors. Cars, Ford or Mercury, painted Light Moonstone Gray, Dynamic Maroon, Botsford Blue Green or Silver Sand Metallic had fender welt painted body color. In this list, the only color that is a Mercury only color is the Silver Sand Metallic.

Page 16 of this letter states that 100% of Mercury and truck production will be painted Greenfield Green. It specified that Deluxe and Super Deluxe passenger bodies would not be painted this color. Those are Ford passenger bodies. Notice in the above, Greenfield Green was not a color designated as having body color welting. Instead, part number 21A 16132 A or B would used on bodies painted M 1724 Black, M 3982 Blue, M 3991 Slate Gray and M 3990 Greenfield Green. So, the answer to your question of should your fender welting be painted body color, as long as it was not painted one of the ‘M’ colors designated in the previous sentence, it

would be painted body color.

As the production year advanced, other colors were introduced. I think if you apply the information included in this Chassis Letter, you will presume that a lighter color would have body color welting and dark colors, where there would be little contrast between the default black welting and the body color, would use the black welting. Think about Maize Yellow or Tuscan Tan. Black welting would provide too much contrast.

Question 5: I would expect to see black as the color of the bottom of original steel running boards. Running boards are a standard part, interchangeable to all body styles, so they would be black like other standard parts are painted. I know the bolts were in different places on different bodies but the holes in the steel boards were pre punched and the holes in the rubber covers were unique to the body application.

Question 6: Depending on the paint booth capabilities of individual assembly plants, a red oxide primer underbody would not be out of the question. I assume you have no idea where your car was assembled, but a red oxide primer underbody is more commonly seen in cars assembled in the dry western states. If it were my car, and I was doing a body off restoration, I would be sure the underbody was sealed against moisture.


(Note: this is an update to an issue we have been following since the January/February issue. Nothing that Ross has done so far has solved his heating problem.)

Dear Glenn,

The waterflow you mentioned in your last email was checked and appears to be fine.

I have located a flathead 6 cylinder, out of a 1949 Ford F1. I was told it would work in my Business Coupe by a very knowledgeable member of my local EFV8 Club, but I just wanted a get a second opinion.

The #'s on top of my current engine begin with 7HA, but the #'s on the F1 engine begins with 1HA. Do you think the F1 engine will work in my car?

Thanks again for all of your help!

Rusty Davis, 1942 1948 Mercury Advisor

Dear Ross,

I am going to say that it will. The Parts Catalog shows the 7HA prefix is correct for the block assembly on the passenger cars for ‘49 ’50. It lists the 1HA for 51 with FORDOMATIC. That shouldn’t make any difference. The ’49 truck should not have had an automatic. They should both be the 226 c.i., 95 hp “H Series” engines that Ford used in those years. (Ford introduced a “Big Six” in 1950, but that was used in the cab over engine trucks.)

I re read the list of things you have already done to solve your heating problem. That is a tough one to figure out.

Dear Glenn,

My mechanic looked at both my original "7HA" engine and the new "1HA" engine and said we would have to move the intake/exhaust manifolds, oil pan and the motor mounts from the 7HA to the 1HA but other than that, he thought the 1HA would work just fine.

As always, thanks for your time!

Ross Harris Tulsa, OK


Hi Joe, I recently swapped heads on a fresh engine that I built. When I pulled the heads and removed the studs I found something interesting. I’m attaching a photo of one of the studs. I used the Permatex sealer (the old 14A no longer available) and it worked well, no weeping studs!

In the photo, you will see that the threads are white. I only used the sealer on the block thread holes and the bottom stud threads. There were four studs that that didn’t have the white “powder.” I assumed that they were the ones in the blind holes. It looks to me that heat may have caused the “Teflon sealer” to gas off and coat the threads. Have you seen this happen in any of your builds?

Hi Larry,

Wow! I have not seen that as far as I can remember. Somehow the sealant migrated as you show and left none where originally applied. I'll check around and see if anyone else has seen this.


Permatex still makes 14A, but dropped the “A” and sells under P/N 80631.

Joe Abbin, Early Ford V 8 Engine Advisor ( 80631.html )


Mr. Abbin,

This is fan mail. I am rereading your Ford & Mercury Flathead V 8 Identification & Rebuilder's Guide. It's first rate. I don't know where you get all this stuff, but it helps me navigate my way around a Flathead. Great companion to your 335 HP book and Building a High Performance Flathead videos.

I do have some questions, though. (You didn't think you'd get out from under this without a question, did you?) I have a block I haven't been able to identify. It's an NOS “59” with 3 1/16 bore. I believe it's a service replacement, but the “59” on the bellhousing throws me. Table 3 1 of the guide IDs service blocks as 41A. Is mine a service block? If so, is it a 41A with a superseding part number or perhaps a later casting? Have I overlooked something?

Oh, one more; can I safely go to 3 5/16?

Anyway, thanks. You have helped me once before, and I appreciate it very much.

Hi John,

I've heard of those 3 1/16" bore "59" blocks before. The most likely explanation is that they were transition blocks. I would not attempt boring beyond 3 3/16" without doing a sonic check for cylinder bore thickness. You would like a minimum wall thickness after boring of 3/16" (.188"). Any less is risky because of potential casting flaws on the water jacket side of the cylinder wall.

Hello Again John,

One of our readers, Frank, in Wyoming, has access to four of those "59" blocks (1946 1948 Ford and Mercury) with a 3 1/16" cylinder bore vs. the 3 3/16" standard bore normally seen. He had one of those blocks ultrasonically tested for cylinder wall thickness along with a "59" block with the more common standard 3 3/16" bore. The measurements indicated that the 3 1/16" small bore "59" block could be bored to 3 3/16" safely leaving a wall thickness of approximately 1/4", nominally the same

as the "59" block with the more common 3 3/16" bore!

That is good news as these measurements indicate that the small bore "59" blocks can be bored to the same final oversize dimensions as the bigger bore versions. Ford apparently cast and finished some "59" blocks that could be used as replacement blocks for the earlier small bore Ford applications (221 as well as the bigger bore applications (239 Frank noted that these small bore "59" blocks have the same .090" increased valve to cylinder wall spacing as the big bore versions and require the "59A" heads for valve clearance or machined clearance on the older heads.

As an aside, the 3 3/16" standard bore "59" and "8BA" blocks are often bored 1/8" oversize or more with no problems. A minimum final wall thickness of 3/16" (.188") is generally safe, and less, perhaps as little as 1/8" (.125"), may be acceptable based on years of hot rodding the 3 3/16" blocks. However, there is no question that as we enlarge the bore we are reducing the wall strength and increasing the chance of uncovering cracks, casting flaws, backside corrosion, etc. that may not show up in random measurements. Be conservative!

Note that 221 21 stud blocks are limited to .060" oversize for stud clearance.



Just curious...have you encountered oil passing past exhaust guides, where exhaust guides have no rubber seals?

I installed seals to intake guides but not to exhaust guides, as per “traditional” specs. Wondered what you do to exhaust guides...seal or not seal? I’m wondering re Comp cam overlap. Might be a stupid question, but just wanted your thoughts. If it’s a problem I will have to yank the heads and exhaust valves and install seals.

Hi Mike,

There is certainly a problem if not using intake valve guide seals, but I'm not sure if there is a problem from not using exhaust valve guide seals.

I and my associates here use Viton O ring style seals on both intake and exhaust valve guides. The seals help stabilize and locate the guides as well as seal.


On engines with an aggressive cam with significant overlap, the exhaust valves can conceivably see vacuum and inhale oil.

The factory exhaust valve guides did not have seal grooves at all, but the parts books noted that intake valve guides were optional for the exhaust. The parts books also noted that exhaust valves could be used for intake valves but not the other way around because of temperature capability.

All the best, Joe Abbin, Early Ford V 8 Engine Adviser


Dear Glenn,

I recently finished restoring a 1950 Ford Convertible. It was featured in V 8 Times, January/February, 2022. I have never been able to align the front end to specs on the left side. The left camber is way out of specs. Two alignment shops have tried to align the car with no success. The left front tire is noticeably turned in at the bottom where it hits the road.

The front suspension lower and upper control arm bushings are new, replaced when the car was restored along with everything else in the front end suspension. The car had not been wrecked and had no evidence of any damage or bent front end components.

This is a hard problem to solve. I have had several V 8 mechanics look at it and have not been able to find a solution. The front end components are really hard and sturdy steel and tough to bend out of alignment. I have a parts car with the front end intact. As you know, front end work is really tough and I don’t want to go to all the trouble to take off parts from parts cars and refurbish them without assurance this would solve the problem.

Any advice or information you can give me is greatly appreciated.


made a special tool to do that job (See Part Five, Maintenance…, Chapter II, Section 2).

In the meantime, a friend provided me with a Mechanic’s Handbook that Ford published, on June 10, 1948, that describes the tools and the process nicely (see illustration).

Dear V 8 Times readers,

Our V 8 Club members are a clever lot and it often happens that they answer their own questions before I can figure out an answer. While I was reading the parts catalogs to learn if there might be a component from a different year on Randy’s car (unlikely because Fords from ’50 to ’53 mostly use the same front suspension parts and the ’49 just uses a different lower A arm to accommodate a different sway bar mount), Randy learned from the 1949 50 51 Ford Passenger Car Shop Manual that Ford

I recently checked with Randy to see if he had solved the problem and learned the following:

Yes I solved the problem myself. Could not find anyone with solutions. I took the coil spring out again and disassembled the left side to examine all components. The elliptical bolt that turns to move the wheel assembly in and out had too many stiff thick rubber washers. That was preventing the movement left and right because it was hitting the housing with washers taking up the space. This was a valuable lesson and maybe will help someone else.


Hi John,

I have a 1947 Station Wagon with a stock engine and a stock radiator. My question is how far apart should the fan be from the radiator for proper cooling?


Randy Wagoner, Jamestown,


I checked on my ‘48 and it shows where the tip of the curvature of the fan blade to the radiator measures 7/8”.



I was told once that all hood hinges and support arms on 1946 1948 Fords were black. In 1955, my father bought me a 1948 Ford Convertible from the local Ford dealer for $50.00. I was 12 years old and the car was in very rough shape. Mileage was just north of 78,000, which for a seven year old car, was very high in those days. The top and front wood bow were gone, the Monsoon Maroon was baked off on horizontal surfaces, as was common with that color.

What I have here is one of the original support arms, the rivet pulled through and as a 12 year old, without knowledge or facilities, I used a bolt to hold it together. I also have the original hinge… also painted the body color. The point I am trying to make is that no one would bother painting the hood hinges the body color on a car in that condition. I therefore content that the car came off of the assembly line that way and some plants did their own thing.

I still have the car today! Thanks for all that you do.

Hi Rick,

The hood hinges were painted either body color or black. We have seen them either way. Hope this answers your questions.


Dear John,

I have a 1946 Ford Sedan Coupe. It is titled as a 1947, but outside is all 1946. I am trying to install tube shocks on it. I have upper front shock mounts and lower rear mounts, but do not know where to mount them. It is the same mount as pictured in the 1941 1948 Ford book I would like to know where to mount the front shock lower mount. Also rear shock upper mount. A picture would be helpful.

John McDonald. 1946-1948 Ford Advisor Alexander, Here are some photos of my 1948 Ford showing attachment of shock absorbers to the frame.
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1934 PICKUP: California truck. I am the second owner, purchased in 1963 and has about 60,000 original miles on it. Exceptionally clean! 1939 Ford brakes (using stock pedals). 1948 59AB block

1936 FORD FORDOR DELUXE: Multiple car show winner. Excellent condition. Runs great. Original engine. All gauges and wipers work. Repainted and reupholstered in 2010 to original Washington Blue and tan interior. New carburetor, fuel pump, distributor and spark plug wires. Fordor with humpback and continental tire in near perfect condition are very rare. It is a steal at $23,000. Paul Blumenstetter, 206 999 2929, (WA)

1939 MERCURY 4 DOOR TOWN SEDAN: All original. First year of Mercury production. All stock with original flathead and manual floor shift. Complete car, clean title. Runs good and driven regularly. Some rust, but a great candidate for restoration. $15,000. William Childs, 805 467 3859, (CA)

1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE: Convertible Coupe. 1998 AACA First Place Jr award winner. Red leather interior, radio, heater, WWW, flathead V 8. Asking $42,000/OBO. Car is in South Carolina. Bruce Trilling, 803 942 1540. (SC)



1941 PICKUP: Flathead with Edelbrock heads. 12 volt, 354 rear end, all metal, Washington Blue that is showing some age. Driven regularly. $23,500. Tony Young, 540 797 5863. (VA)

Instruction manual for overdrive and window sticker price/ accessory listing. All restoration photos and records. $16,500. Mack Cain, 509 325 7703, (WA)

1934: Inner fender panels. Mint condition. $450.00. Also have a 1942 8 original tool kit. In original bag. Very rare. $175.00. Ron Love, 503 223 9359. (OR)

1947 MERCURY COUPE: Ground up restoration, LBB upholstery kit, two Dearborn Awards. Selling due to health. $35,000. Jerry Kennedy, 801 913 2575. (UT)

1950 2DR CUSTOM: V 8 3 speed with over driver. 12 volt conversion with A/C. Restoration done eight years ago. Still looks excellent. Too much new to list. $15,000. George Heuer, 516 379 2294. (NY)

1952 FORD TRACTOR: 8N tractor with matching Ford 5’ wide rotary mower on the back. Completely original. Last of the 8Ns. New Holland Blue and grey color. Good mowing tractor. $3,000. Eric Lundgren, 316 681 2711. (KS)

1953 FORD: Customline Fordor. 58K original miles, only fourth owner. Stored 18 years. 3 speed w/overdrive. Fully restored to drive and show. Radio, clock, heater, defroster, signals, windshield washers, tack. Supplemental electric fuel pump. Reproduction Owner’s Manual.

1933/1934: 3-Window Coupe, Roadster, Sedan Delivery, Wagon. Always looking nationally to buy ‘33s and ‘34s in excellent condition, to unfinished projects. Please do me a favor and call anytime because I am interested in your car. John Dillon Sr., 831-238 8235, fullscalemodels@ 1/25 (CA)

1933/1939: Coupes and Convertibles. Adding to an existing collection, restoring and showing. Contact me to discuss what you have. John Dillon Sr., 831 238 8235, fullscalemodels@ (CA) 1/25

1934: Looking to purchase a 1934 Ford 4 door Deluxe Sedan, or a 1934 2 door Five Window Deluxe Coupe or a 1934 2 door Three Window Deluxe Coupe. Prefer original/ period correct stock/ high quality restored vehicle. No projects/parts cars. Excellent price paid. Private collector. Robert Miller, 847651-7207, roberthmiller2@ (IL) 1/23


1932/1953: Window regulators. NOS. Some later than ‘53. Lower window channels. V 8 club member since 1970. Roy Duffield, 609 828 8537. (NJ) 4/23

1933/1937-1939/1941-1948: 1933 NOS Houdaille Shocks and links. Ford pass/comm front shock arms, $125.00 for pair. 1937 1939 Ford pass/comm rear link $40.00 for pair. 1941 1948 Ford/Mercury right rear shock in original carton, $75.00. Delivered free UPS in lower 48 states. John Chamness, 317 846 4605. (IN)

1934/1935: Clock mirrors, show condition, no Ford logo. Also 1935 1936 Ford black face string wind. Nice condition. Red Ford logo or circular white ring around clock face opening. Have an all original early 1935 mirror #48 18541, which has all of the original detail, minor dark spot of discoloration to lower right side of clock opening. Asking $200.00 for all clocks, OBO. Ending a long time collection. Bill Macaulay, 702 407 6914, (NV)

1939/1953 FORD & MERCURY: Parts inventory for sale complete with a 16 foot enclosed trailer in like new condition. 90% Ford/Mercury parts. 10% Chevy parts. Speedometers, clocks, gauges, stainless trim, engines, transmissions (side and floor shift). Forty year collection. Every item tagged with year, model, priced retail and boxed. Excellent for swap meets. $18,000. Retail value of $33,000. Delbert Chappell, 903 815 3000 or Willard Chappel, 903 738 5066. (TX) 1/23

1949/1951: Ford trunk floor sheet metal repair panels. All panels are new. Free if picked up at location. Cec Breyfogle, 712 230 3943. (IA)

1952/1954: NOS accessories. Dual bumper exhaust, rear fender ornaments, back up lights and Deluxe 4 spoke steering wheel with horn ring. All have excellent chrome. Garth MacDonald, 206 303 9681. (WA)

PARTS FOR SALE: Two Stromberg carburetors. One 97 and one 48, both large logos. 97 $150.00, 48 $125.00. Both complete and in excellent condition. The 48 has a new kit.



One set of 1955 1956 Ford factory fender skirts (original) with polished stone guards.

$150.00 for pair plus shipping. One pair of 1940 Ford fender skirts (Fiberglas). Perfect condition. $300.00 plus shipping. Marshal Adams, 309 453 5164. (IL)

PARTS FOR SALE: Ford tool bag with Ford screw driver, pliers with screw driver handle, crescent wrench, two tire irons, brake tool, five wrenches of different sizes and a Walker flip top jack. All good for display. $100.00, you pay shipping. John Moore, 614 395 7382. (OH)

PARTS FOR SALE: Fish carburetors. Nice selection of single and double barrels. Two and three bolt (Ford) bases. Charlie Schwendler, 716 662 9159, (NY)


1932/1936: Looking for trunk rack complete or parts. Price, description and photos appreciated in your response. Geoffrey DeZago, 845 893 9915, (NY)

1934 5 WINDOW COUPE: Seeking inside door and window trim moldings. Also needing temperature gauge (doe not need to work) Dave Jensen, 918 331 8209. (OK)

1934: Needing air line kit with fittings for 1934 Hydrostatic gas gauge. Don Aikin, 919 819 5309, (NC)

1935/1936: Looking for (what I believe is called) the “windshield header trim” for my 1935 pickup. It is the metal piece that secures the front end of the headliner to the top, front interior of the cab. Doug Clark, 941 220 3480, (ME)

1936: Looking for Ford rear shock arm and 1938 hydraulic brakes for 1936 conversion. Cliff Biggs, 530 742 4124, (CA)

1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE: Looking for grille guard, original Ford script style (CHROME not important). FerD Rettke, 513 875 3232. (OH)


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WOOD GRAINING: Authentic wood graining of dashboards and moldings using the factory

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1949/51 FORD CONVERTIBLE: 1949 51 Ford Convertible parts for

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Also for sale; any year Michigan plate. Duane Wells, 1621 Craig St., Lansing, MI 48906, 517 371 3525, (MI)


1937/1940 owners I rebuild distributors using NOS 11A shaft

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1932/1936 distributors with the original weights. Cliff Green, 703 346 1458, (VA)

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001 Golden Gate Charter, CA 003 Western New York, NY 004 Sacramento, CA 005 New England, MA 006 Lone Star, TX 008 Northern Illinois, IL 009 Mid Wiliamette, OR 010 Columbia River, OR 011 Srn. California, CA 012 Battle Born, NV 013 Virginia, VA 014 Hudson Vly., NY 015 East Tennessee, TN 016 Central Carolina, NC 017 Central Delaware Vly., PA 018 Puget Sound, WA 019 San Diego, CA 020 Northern Ohio, OH 021 Long Island, NY 023 Inland Empire, WA 024 Georgia, GA 025 Wichita, KS 026 Big Vly., CA 027 Redwood Empire, CA 028 Hi Country, CO 029 Central San Joaquin, CA 031 Diablo Vly., CA 032 Mission Trail, CA 035 Badger State, WI 036 National Capital, MD 037 Phoenix, AZ 038 Garden State, NJ 039 Tulsa, OK 040 San Fernando Vly. V 8s, CA 043 Omaha, NE 044 Great Salt Lake, UT 046 Twin Cities MN 047 Golden Spread, TX 048 Greater Pittsburgh, PA 050 Houston, TX 051 Central Illinois, IL 052 Piedmont, NC 054 Cornhusker, NE 055 Kansas City, MO 056 Indiana, IN 057 Cascade, WA 058 EFV8 Club of Sweden, SWE 059 Mohawk Vly., NY 061 Srn. Arizona, AZ

064 Oklahoma City, OK 065 Gem State, ID 066 Narragansett Bay, RI 067 Dearborn, Ml 068 Hawk Mountain PA 069 Northwest Indiana 071 Southern Texas 073 Memory Lane 077 Cedar Vly., IA 079 Tumbleweed, NM 082 Umpqua Flatheads, OR 084 Ventura, CA 085 Beaver State, OR 087 Northeast, WI 088 Baldy View, CA 094 South Australia, AUS 096 Northern Virginia, VA 098 Land of Lincoln, IL 097 Volunteer, TN 100 Bayou State, LA 102 Norway, NOR 103 Northern New Zealand, NZE 104 Show Me, MO 105 Greater Rockford, IL 106 Derby City, KY 108 Gator V 8ers, FL 109 Vancouver Island, CAN 110 Natural State V 8s, AR 113 Spoon River, IL 114 Yakima Vly., WA 115 Dallas, TX 117 Srn. Kiwi, NZE 118 Twin State VT 120 Vancouver Fraser Vly., CAN 121 Capital City, TX 122 Big Country, TX 123 Heart of Texas, TX 124 St. Louis, MO 125 Cable Car, CA 126 Srn. Michigan, MI 127 United Kingdom, UK 129 Palm Beach, FL 130 El Dorado, CA 131 Connecticut, CT 132 Gulf Coast, FL 135 Atascadero, CA 136 Danish, DEN 138 Northern California, CA 141 Ohio, OH

142 Crater Lake 143 New South Wales, AUS 144 East Texas Lazy 8s, TX 145 Central Iowa, IA 146 Blue Ridge V 8, NC 147 Upstate New York, NY 148 Palomar Mout. V 8s, CA 149 Srn. Ontario, CAN 151 Victoria/Australia, AUS 152 Birthplace of Speed, FL 153 Big Sky V 8, MT 154 Maine Coast, ME 155 Central NY Flatheads, NY

157 Queensland, AUS 158 Mojave Desert ,CA 159 Cape Cod, MA 160 Peach State, GA 161 Lookout Mout., GA 153 Big Sky V 8, MT 154 Maine Coast, ME 155 Central NY Flatheads, NY 157 Queensland, AUS 158 Mojave Desert ,CA 159 Cape Cod, MA 160 Peach State, GA 161 Lookout Mout., GA 162 Montgomery County, TX 163 Upstate, SC 164 Argentina, ARG 167 South Carolina, SC 168 Alcovy Valley, 169 Auburn Blue Ovals, IN 171 Srn. San Joaquin Vly., CA

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Certificates of Insurance

Bill Simons, Rust Insurance 1510 H. St. NW 5th Floor Washington, DC 20005 202 776 5030


I found this old photo hanging on the wall in a friend’s garage. It was way too interesting to just let go. So, I borrowed the photo, which was in bad shape, and with the help of modern technology, I restored it as best I could. Now, it’s up to you to answer the questions! What say you?

Jerry Littner, National Director


Chief Judge…..... Ken Bounds

DCJ (Eastern) Ray Beebe

DCJ (Central) John McBurney

DCJ (Western)... Tom Johnston

DCJ (Alternate).. Rick Claybaugh

JSC Chairman… John McBurney Secretary JSC Carolyn Bounds Historian Wayne Taylor Legal Advisor…. Michael Rowe Web Admin……. Bruce Nelson Webmaster Big Giant Media

2020 2022

John Caldwell (GA) Steve Kroeger (IA) Joe Valentino (CA)


President…….... John Caldwell Vice President... Connie Hall Secretary Steve Kroger Treasurer Dave Rehor


Canada (‘20 ’22)… David Hamer Europe (‘21 ’23)... Jan Ryden Australia (‘21 ’23)… Trevor Poulsen New Zealand (‘20 ’22)… Ewan Gardiner


2021 2023

Steve Kronen (OH) Andrew Laureno (CT) Jerry Littner (CA) Lou Mraz (CO)

2022 2024

Rick Claybaugh (TX) Connie Hall (CA) John Mason (MD) Mark Strohecker (CA)

The general purpose of this Club, incorporated as a nonprofit society, and hereinafter called the National Club, shall be to preserve and authentically maintain vehicles manufactured by the Ford Motor Company for the model years 1932 through 1953 inclusive, and to serve as an accurate and technical source of information concerning these automobiles for the benefit of its members as well as the general public.

V 8 TIMES EDITOR Shannon Olson V-8 TIMES ASSOCIATE EDITOR Henry Dominguez V 8 TIMES EDITOREMERITUS Jerry Windle V-8 TIMES PUBLISHER Modern Litho Jefferson City, Missouri