Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bristol Renaissance Faire

The Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland presents a SPECIAL EVENT:

Bristol Renaissance Faire- Saturday, July 30,2011

Dates & Times: The Bristol Renaissance Faire is ONLY OPEN ON SPECIFIC WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER AND FALL. In 2O11, the show starts Saturday, July 9th and runs only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day from July 9 through September 5,2O11. The show is not open on any weekday except Labor Day, which is the final show day of the year. Show hours are 1O AM through 7 PM

Location: Off 1-94 at the IL/WI Border

Plein Aire Painting Demonstration & Auction - July 3O & 31, 2011 (WE'RE GOING ON SATURDAY, JULV 3O)

The Bristol Renaissance Faire and Variety join hands in making a difference. Join us July 3O and 31 for the second annual Plein Aire painting event. Watch renowned artists work on Saturday and Sunday, painting the excitement of the faire. Then have the opportunity to purchase the works of art on Sunday. Proceeds of the Art Auction benefiting Variety, the Children's Charity of Wisconsin.

Be there. Art, Armor and Amour. Support Variety and have the time of your life.
Wine Tasting "meet the Artists" Reception will be 2 PM to 3:3O PM. Tickets for this are $1O.OO and may be purchased at the wine tasting event. Art Auction will be from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Globe Stage.

CTCC has a limited number of specially priced tickets ($12.50; regular price $19.95 at the gate; $17.95 if bought as 'advance discount'); if interested call Annie and Joel (773-348-3233).

Note- We will be meeting at the Lake Forrest Oaisis. We will be leaving at 9AM

The Editors Notebook

The Editors Notebook

FIINALLY, T-BIRD - AND OTHER COLLECTIBLE CAR OWNERS, can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Tunnel refers to the seemingly endless stretch of winter-months in the Midwest. As a result, the CTCC Calendar now reflects the end of the hibernation, as this issue finds activities, tours and events occupying 4-pages.

Once again, Jim Wilson gives us his comprehensive coverage of the Annual Tech-Session (see pages 6 and 7).

The Cover Photo captures the mood of the many members who participated in this year's well-attended event! Thanks to Ken Smizinski and Bob Wenderski for combining forces to stage the informative session. Note that Sue Wenderski gets the credit for snapping the great picture!

The Volo Auto Museum Shelby-Cobra-Mustang-T-Bird Ford Show is set for Sunday, August 7th. The event particulars are presented on page . This annual event showcases Ford vehicles (including Shelby replicas), so the opportunity to see so many Ford-powered cars on display at one location makes it well worth the price of admission! Don't miss this Special Show! The CTCC Spring Tour gets underway as we approach press time. Look for coverage - and photos - of the event in the July issue.

With the unprecedented rise in the cost of gasoline, it may surprise you to learn the prevailing prices that existed in 1970. Check out the Yesteryear item that is presented on page 10!

Bert Eisenhour

Tech-Session 2011


Saturday, April 30, twenty-eight CTCC members gathered at Bob Weriderski's garage tor our Annual Spring "dust-off" event. Sixteen Thunderbirds filled Bob's driveway. Bill Axelsen brought a Cashmere '05 new 'Bird, Lee Bakakos - Yellow '57, Tom Bruin - White '57, Jim Elijah - Peacock Blue '56, Gordon Gluff - Fiesta Red '56, Joel Greenberg - Yellow '55, Len Keil -Willow Green '57, Pete Kramer - Dusk Rose '57, Bob Lindsten - '56, Jerry Michna - Red '55, Jerry Peterson - Yellow '57, Gary Smithe - Red '04, Len Vinyard - Black '57, Bob Wenderski - Red '57, Bill Werth - Blue '55, and my White '57. Others in attendance were: Pete Ekstrom, Larry Johnson and Sue L'Hommedieu, Larry Kelly, Barry Konigsford, Joe Kraatz, Dan Mrozek, Doug Rogers, Ken Srnizinski, Bob Sroka, Joe Wintz, and Steve Zambon.

Bob had the club library out for our perusal. As we finished off the coffee and rolls, the Tech-Session began. Ken began by stressing the importance of changing the oil in the spring, despite few or no miles driven as condensation of moisture causes a milky residue, which is visible under the valve-covers. Accel Motor Oil, which is SF rated, having the zinc additive necessary to prevent wear on the coin bearings, is no longer carried by Wal-Mart. Shell Rotella T has zinc, but too much detergent for our use. Ken has been able to secure Accel direct from the manufacturer, but small quantities must be sent via UPS so the shipping cost is no small matter.
Ken then discussed checking and replacing the primary ignition wire on the distributor. The original wire has a stud with a paper grommet and a bakeiite insulator. Moisture can cause this arrangement to short out. CASCO sells a replacement wire, part it 12216, which is one piece and eliminates problems.

The next tech topic was testing and replacing the vacuum advance on the distributor. If it does not work properly it will throw off engine timing. All three years ('55, '56, '57) are different. A vacuum advance from a 1950-54 Ford passenger car will work on a '55, though it is slightly smaller. Prestige Thunderbird rebuilds the '56. The '57 is a dual- type, vacuum and centrifugal. With a new or rebuilt advance you will not get a ceramic piece or spring, so save and reuse what you have. Remove the "C" clip and take out the screws to replace. A vacuum leak adds oxygen to combustion and causes excessive heat on the valves, causing internal damage to the valves.

Pertronix electronic ignitions, the subject of one of our Tech-Sessions in past years, were briefly discussed. There is no way of testing them. Wear in the distributor will cause performance to fluctuate and if the ignition key is left in the "ON" position, it can be damaged. For some reason they do not work on a '56 with overdrive transmission.

The last major topic of the Tech-Session was transmission leaks. Transmission fluid in the torque converter equalizes when the car is stored and may run out the side of the shifter at the "O" Ring seal. When rebuilding a transmission, it is essential to change the "O" Ring in the shifter. Stop Leak or Transeal is not recommended as it swells seals even more than tolerances. Some leakage can be alleviated by snugging up the bolts on the pan of the transmission. The filler tube and transmission lines cart be tightened. In order to replace the front seal on the transmission, the engine has to be pulled from the car. The rear seal you can get to with the transmission in the car. Rebuilding a transmission in the car is not recommended. Ken told of a sad case where the frame of a car was cut out to remove a transmission. The rear seal leaks if more than 5 quarts of transmission fluid are used. It takes 10-11 quarts of transmission fluid to completely replace what is in the car. Mercon-Dexron III transmission fluid should never be mixed with Type F. If in doubt of what type to use, use Type F. The session was summed up with the adage, "If it doesn't leak, it's not a Ford."

Pete Ekstrom recounted his experience selling his Fiesta Red '56 through RM Auctions in Ft. Lauderdale. The auction company said the car would sell for $55-65,000. A car restored by Amos Minter went through the auction prior to Pete's and sold for $38,000. Then his car sold to an Internet buyer from Dallas who did not even look at the car. Pete is satisfied that he got back the money he had in the car, but it sold for far less than RM's estimate. He contacted the buyer subsequently and offered to send him the paperwork that should accompany the car. The buyer said not to bother, as he was unhappy with the car since it was "not as represented, the doors do not line up". Pete recently received a flyer from RM and the car is listed to be auctioned again. It is unclear whether the buyer forced the auction company to take the car back or if it is being consigned by the new owner. This was a solid car that needed no apologies for condition, but the lesson here is clear. If you buy sight unseen, "you get what you deserve."

We then had the group photo session and most of the group went to Alek's Restaurant in Lake Bluff for lunch. After lunch a group of us went in a caravan to the home of Bob Merrifield in Mettawa. Dick Murray took us around Bob's place. We started in the kitchen where he had a model train, complete with whistle and steam hisses, running above the cabinets. Bob was in another room along with a brass era, pre-"T", Ford Model N and speedster, both full-size. Dick took us out to the garage and showed us late model Rolls-Royces and then to another building that housed an outstanding Rolls-Royce collection - both pre and post-war. The oldest Rolls was a 1919 Silver Ghost. There also was a Rolls manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts. A 1951 Jaguar drop-head was among the Rolls, as well as Dick's '49 Cadillac that sported new wide, whitewall radials. Bob's mechanic was working on a Rolls limousine.

We then said our goodbyes and departed, looking forward to the Spring
- Jim Wilson

VOLO Shelby/Cobra/Mustang/T-bird SHOW

Sunday- August 7th, 2011

Volo Auto Museum

27582 West Volo Village Road

Volo, Illinois 60073

(815) 385-3644

Pre- Show Breakfast- 8AM

Tom & Judy Bruin-

RSVP- Call or email to coordinate side dishes to share.

847 516-4043 or