Calumet Region, Model “A” Restorer’s Club Volume 51 Issue 2 February 2010 Carol Healy – Editor ‘A’ NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT February is here and old times. Thanks to Judy and Ron and Mel's place in Oswego. They man winter has dug in his Gerhardt for hosting (they have a had a nice old farmhouse filled Club Purpose heels....Boy, is it cold out beautiful home). And ladies, the with many antiques. Many may there. Bundle up for sure! I food was plenty and delicious. remember Mel lived next to a pig • “The general purpose of the Calumet Region of the spend little time in the garage farm, I mean right next to it! Oh, Model “A” Restorer’s Club these days, but I look at the tudor, the flies. If you weren't watching shall be to encourage its mem- waiting for warmer weather your sandwich, they'd fly off with bers to acquire, preserve, re- ahead. Only 44 days till spring. it. Mel also got stuck with a bar- store, exhibit and make use of the Ford Model “A” automo- The planning meeting rel of beer, so each of us took a bile, model years 1928 through on January 16th went off without gallon or two of beer home in 1931, and all things pertaining to a hitch. Except for me being late milk jugs. I felt like a bootlegger the Ford Model “A”, and to promote the introduction of (darn job), the meeting went very On a sadder note, for- in the '30 tudor. By the time I got ideas and fellowship among well. I'm looking forward to the mer member Mel Bartelmey home, the beer was flat. Funny M.A.R.C. members.” You need events planned for this year, as I passed away in January. Condo- stuff. not own a Model “A” Ford! know you are too. I hope every- lences to the Bartelmey Fam- Bye for now, one comes out this year to partici- ily. Many of us got to see Mel Inside this issue: pate and drive that 'a'. When this past summer at the 50th An- Eric gathering with model 'a' people, niversary Picnic. I remember you know you're in for good con- many years ago one of the first National News 2 versation, good food, and good Quad meets was held at Arlene From the Editor Minutes from the 3 December Meeting Treasurer’ s Report By Ann Steinberg Calendar of Events 4 Breakfast Run Balance in Private Bank December 3, 2009 Theater Night 5 Pizza Party EXPENSES INCOME Classifieds Pizza for Christmas Party $132.81 Membership dues $180.00 Ladies Page 6 Region renewal $7.50 Era Fashions Technical 7 Tool of the Month TOTAL EXPENSES $140.31 TOTAL INCOME $180.00 MARC Membership App 8 January 7, 2010 Balance in Private Bank $2163.57 Comedy Corner This Month in Era History Fall Overnighter Calumet Membership App 9 PAGE 2 “ T HE C HATTE R” V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 “The Chatter” A monthly publication of the Calumet Region of the Model “A” Restorer’s Club, Inc. The Calumet Region of the Model “A” Normally, business meetings are held Appointed Chairpersons Restorer’s on the first Thursday of every month at Club is a the Chicago High School for Agri- Regional Director-Art LeMere non-profit cultural Sciences, Library, 3857 Greeter– Ron Gerhardt organiza- W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL. Call tion dedi- Safety– Al Bachman to order is at 7:30 P.M. sharp. cated to the Mileage– Jerry LeMere restoration and preser- Refreshments– Nancy Kiefer vation of the Elected Officers Lady’s Raffle-Diane Zuidema Model “A” Ford auto- Property– Art LeMere President– Eric Nietfeldt mobile. Total yearly dues for local and Web Site– Ed Blaha National membership is $58.00 of which Vice President–Carol Healy Historian– Art Steinberg $38.00 is sent to the National organiza- tion for National dues and $20.00 is Technical– Wally Healy retained by the Calumet Region to pub- Treasurer– Ann Steinberg Region Correspondent– Karyn Blaha lish “The Chatter” and to cover operat- ing expenses. Want ads are published Secretary– Al Bachman free to members only in “The Chatter”. National News From The Editor By now you should all have the Nov/Dec issue of the Model A News. This T he planning meeting went very well so, con- new ad, please make sure you spell everything out be- sequently, there are a lot of cause I can’t read automotive is one of the best issues containing plenty new events listed in this issue. shorthand. What I see is what of technical information and articles. Please take the time to read goes in the Chatter. everything so you are aware Please let me know if Also, the registration form for the Mem- of all that is going on in your there is anything you would bership Meet in Terre Haute, IN is in- club. It is going to be another like to have printed in the great year. Chatter. This is your newslet- cluded. If you are planning on attending In re- ter so help me keep it one of please send that in right away. gards to the the best. Chatter, See you on the road, please check Mileage informa- your classi- tion should be given to fied ad and let me know if there are any changes or de- Jerry LeMere as soon as letions. Also, when writing a possible so he can send it in to the national office. Awards are given annually to those driv- ers who meet certain criteria. V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 “ T HE C HATTE R” PAGE 3 Calumet Region M.A.R.C. Business Meeting, January 7, 2010 • The meeting was called to order at 7:33pm by President Eric Nietfeldt. Other officers present were Vice president, Carol Healy; Treasurer, Ann Steinberg; Secretary, Al Bachman. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron Gerhardt announced that there were no guests. • The minutes from the last meeting were presented. There were no corrections. A motion to accept was made by Nancy Kiefer, seconded by Wally Healy. Motion carried. • The treasurer’s report was read by Ann Steinberg. Beginning balance was $2123.88, additions $180, expenses $140.31, balance $2163.57 in Private Bank. A motion to approve was made by Art LeMere and seconded by John Marshall. The motion carried. • VP Carol Healy reported that there were some changes to The Chatter. One is the addition of a Ladies Page. Any contri- butions for The Chatter are appreciated. The monthly Breakfast Run is this Saturday and it will be at Big Apple Pancake House in Chicago Heights. More info in The Chatter. Also, there will be a new club roster published for 2010. Carol will be collecting the information. • President Eric reported that he had nothing new to report. • Sick call; Mel Bartelmey is dying from a brain tumor, most likely he will be gone this week. • Badge fines were collected by Ann Steinberg. • The Historians report was presented by Art Steinberg, 2000. Pres. Craig Rith, VP & Ed. John Marshall, Treas. Ann Steinberg, Sec. Jerry LeMere. January: Parts Swap at Rizza Buick in Orland Park. February: Souper Bowl Party at The American Legion Hall $4.00 per person or $10.00 per family. March: Tour to the Beller Museum. April: Safety Check. May: Tour to Sandwich, IL fairgrounds for Car Show & Parts Swap. June: 10 Model A Fords on tour to Manteno Veter- ans Home. Parade in Orland Park. Parade in Evergreen Park. National Meet in Williamsburg,VA. July: Tour to Crete, IL 9 Model A Fords. Car show in Tinley Park. August: Momence Car Show & Flea Market. Club Picnic & Quad Meet hosted by Fox Valley Region. Club members met in Bridgeview for a group photo. September: Parade in Worth, IL with 6 Model A Fords attending. Paul Moller Gas Economy Run to Navy Pier in Chicago. First place Jerry Sund, 2nd Howard Taylor, 3rd Jerry LeMere 4th Steve Rogers and Leadfoot was Bud Vetterick. October: Newport Hillclimb. Fall color tour to Nashville, IN with 7 Model A Fords. November: 60 people attended the awards banquet at chateau D’Amour. Decem- ber: Christmas Party. Christmas light tour & Parade in Tinley Park. For Sale: 1930 Model A engine $500, 1930 Closed Cab Pickup truck $2000, 1929 Model A sedan $59oo, Repro pop-out switch $75. • MARC regional director report by Art LeMere was to remind everyone to visit the MARC website (www.modelaford.org) as it has been updated. Also plan to attend the MARC Membership meet in Terre Haute in April, and the National Meet in French Lick. • The Safety report was 10 tips for safe winter driving. • There was NO website report. • The tech talk was announced by Wally Healy. Art LeMere was going to give a “Tech Tips” talk, little things you should be aware of and how to fix or what to do in an emergency. Old Business: • The Christmas Light Tour was reported by Jerry LeMere. Good Lights. Lots of Fun AND rain & cold. 7 Model A Fords were there. • The Holiday Social, after Christmas was reported on by Pat Marshall. The start time had been moved up, so that the go- ing home time was not so late. 24 people attended. Plenty of food. A good time. • The engine is done at Antique Engine Repair. Rich has completed his portion of the engine work. John Marshall would be going up and getting the engine and a day to finish the assembly at John’s house will be set up. It is an inserted engine with a ‘B’ grind on the cam. New Business: • The 2010 Planning Potluck will be at Judy & Ron Gerhardt’s house on January 16 at 6PM. Bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert and your ideas for events for next season. • Dues are Due! Please include your E-mail address with your renewal information. • There was a motion made by Ron Gerhardt and seconded by Pat Marshall to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 pm. Motion car- ried. Respectfully Submitted, Al Bachman, Secretary PAGE 4 “ T HE C HATTE R” V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 Calendar of Events - 2010 FEBRUARY 2010 JUNE 2010 9th - Monthly breakfast run 4th - Business Meeting 3rd - Business Meeting 16th - Hillbilly Hayride, John & Pat Mar- shall, Hosts 12th - “The Glass Menagerie” play, Art & 6th- Model “A” Day, Sharon, WI. Marsha LeMere, Hosts TBA - Fall Color tour 12th - Monthly breakfast run 13th - Monthly breakfast run NOVEMBER 2010 13th-18th - MARC National Meet, French 14th- Illinois Region Winter Parts Swap, Lick, IN. 4th- Business Meeting Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL JULY 2010 6th - Monthly breakfast run 28th - Pizza Party, Art & Ann Steinberg, Hosts 1st - Business Meeting 7th- Turkey Dinner, Fox Valley Region, Hosts MARCH 2010 8th-11th- Iola Car Show & Swap Meet, Iola, WI. 13th - Annual Awards Banquet, Heather 4th - Business Meeting & Josh Resnik, Hosts 17th - Grub at the Gerhardt’s, Ron & 13th - Monthly breakfast run Judy Gerhardt, Hosts DECEMBER 2010 14th - Annual “Souper Bowl” lunch, Jack 25th - Manifold cooking tour, Wally & 2nd- Business Meeting/Christmas & Ginny Ventura, Hosts Carol Healy, Hosts Party, Chesterine Wisniewski, Host APRIL 2010 AUGUST 2010 11th - Monthly breakfast run 1st - Business Meeting 5th- Business Meeting TBA - Christmas light tour, Steve Rogers, Host 3rd - Monthly breakfast run 7th - Monthly breakfast run JANUARY 2011 7th -11th - MARC Business Meet, Terre TBA - Candlelight Bowl, Bob & Nancy Haute, IN. Kiefer, Hosts 2nd - Holiday Social, John & Pat Mar- shall and Wally & Carol Healy, Hosts 17th - Annual safety check, Al Bachman, 15th - John Tichan Picnic, Chuck & Host Diane Zuidema, Hosts 6th- Business Meeting TBA - Balmoral Park Race Track, Bud & SEPTEMBER 2010 TBA - Planning potluck, Ron & Judy Marge Vetterick, Hosts Gerhardt, Hosts 2nd- Business Meeting MAY 2010 Events listed in italics are not neces- 11th - Monthly breakfast run sarily club sponsored events but 6th - Business Meeting listed for informational purposes only. 16th-19th - Fall tour to Nashville, IN, Art Watch “The CHATTER” for detailed TBA - Monthly breakfast run & Marsha LeMere, Hosts descriptions and information on up- 18th - International Model A Day coming events. TBA - Garage Tour, Jim Hedderman, Host OCTOBER 2010 29th - Progressive dinner, Art & Marsha LeMere, Hosts 7th- Business Meeting 6th-9th - HERSHEY!!! Monthly Breakfast Run When: Saturday, February 13th Chicago Rd just north of Where: Harry’s New Town Restaurant Steger Rd. 12 E.33rd Pl Steger, Il 708-755-4515 V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 “ T HE C HATTE R” PAGE 5 Join us for A Night at the Theater Featuring “The Glass Menagerie” Friday, February 12th, 2010 7:30pm $15.00 per person Drama Group Studio Building 330 W. 202nd St. (just west of Ashland and north of Joe Orr) Chicago Heights Sunday February 28th, 2010 1 - 3 pm Beggar’s Pizza 15600 S. Cicero Ave. Oak Forest, IL $13.00 per person, includes salad, pizza, pop, coffee, tea, ice cream Contact Art & Ann Steinberg @ 708-425-5037 for tickets by Feb 20th. Come and join us for some food and friendship!! CLASSIFIEDS WANTED - Title for 1930 Model type battery charger, Snap On, $50.00; ‘29 A, rear window frame for sport coupe or front shock arms, $22.00 each. Zinc for run- roadster; call Bob Kiefer at 708-633-1558 ning boards; Four 225-60-16 Firestone Bli- FOR SALE - Title’s for 1965 4 dr zak snow tires, like new, $100.00. Call Jack Plymouth Fury, 1961 4 dr Plymouth, 1959 2 Ventura at 708-389-7776 FOR SALE - 220V Dayton welder dr Chevy, 1953 4 dr Ford; call Bob Kiefer at FOR SALE - L.E.D. 3rd Stop with cables and helmet, $125.00 or best of- 708-633-1558 light, 6 or 12 volt; Metal car trunk, $49.95 fer; 2-15” snow tires on rims for 60’s GM FOR SALE - Distributors, O.B.O. Call Art LeMere at 708-672-4269 car, like brand new, $100.00 for both. Call Carbs,32 Ford Horns, small Model A Parts FOR SALE - Model A polo shirts, Jim Agnos at 708-448-9322 for sale. Call Craig at 630-964-6891 white with gold lettering, large- XL-$20.00, FOR SALE - 1982 Chevy Blazer FOR SALE - Rear window shade 2X- $22.00; In stock now the new MARC 6.2 Diesel; 1987 Blazer with Meyer plow; with hardware for 4 door sedan; ‘24 IL li- books “Technically Speaking” #1,2,3 & 4, 1977 Honda 550 Super Sport; 1978 Honda cense plate with Chicago tag, $50.00; save the shipping cost. For these or any of 550K; Call Tom at 708-720-4087 to make Chrome valve stem covers, $20.00 for 4; your other Model ‘A’ parts or carburetor an offer. Oval speedo, $50.00; used u-joint, $50.00; needs, see Howard Taylor or call 708-499- Repro ubder tank gas shutoff, $10.00; new 5622 fan belts, $5.00 each; asst. gaskets; Garage PAGE 6 “ T HE C HATTE R” V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 Ladies Page Era Fashion News Taken from Good Housekeeping 1930 The one piece flat crepe frock was a trousseau must, whilst Capes would be important for day or evening. Also, every type of bolero including bolero effects would be fashionable. You can see cape effect sleeves in the image on the left, plus a range of flared flutes and pleats arrangements. In general the lines are much softer than in the 1920s. To be smartly dressed in Spring 1930 a woman was advised to have a suit in her wardrobe, perhaps a 'Beller' styled one with a high waist highlighted by a belt. Brimmed hats were also in fashion again and four or six button suede gloves the ideal accessory. The final advice was to use jew- elry sparingly during the day and that chokers were very appropri- ate when jewelry was used. Recipe of the Month Refreshments Cheesy Potatoes Thank you to the following members who have signed up for refreshments 2 lb. bag "Southern Style" frozen hash browns-thawed 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 cup diced onions February—Pat Marshall —THANK YOU! 1/2 cup melted butter 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese March—Karen Kats salt and pepper to taste crushed potato chips April—Chesterine Wisniewski May—Nancy Kiefer Mix thawed potatoes with grated cheddar cheese and onion June—Marge Vetterick Mix soup, butter and sour cream and add to potato July—Marsha LeMere mix August—Judy Gerhardt Place in sprayed 13 x 9 pan September—Ginny Ventura Top with crushed potato chips Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours October—Helen Whittingham November—Fran Schrader (Boggs) ENJOY!!!!!!!! Pat Marshall V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 “ T HE C HATTE R” PAGE 7 Tech Tips Reprinted from The Chatter, Sept 1974 While you are crawling around under the car or Tighten body bolts, check front wheel alignment and all climbing through it looking for things to lubricate, look for things steering linkage. This includes the drag link, tie rod ends, spindle to tighten, adjust or repair. First, remove the floor boards. After arms, shock fluid level, shock links and spring shackles. All of greasing the throw-out bearing, wipe the louvers clean in the in- this is for control of the car. spection cover to relieve air pressure inside the bell housing. The The horn might be removed and dismantled to check the transmission tower has a vent hole at the rear below the shift inside of the projector for rust. Add a film of grease to the agita- lever to relieve air pressure which needs to be cleaned out. Inter- tor on the diaphragm, and check motor brushes. nal pressure will force grease out through the cover gasket. The bolts for the steering arm, shock arms and the ‘U’ Check battery water level and use a hydrometer to check the bolts for the front and rear springs will stretch so these should be charge. The battery posts may be cleaned with a solution of bak- tightened. Loose ‘U’ bolts can cause cracked cross members in ing soda and water. Keep the vent caps in place while cleaning. the chassis frame. Remove the battery ground cable, tighten the cable end Just about now you may well wonder just why all this at the chassis then at the starter switch. Tighten the nuts inside needs doing? Outside of normal operating wear, we must bear in the junction box on the firewall, at the ammeter studs, ignition mind that the entire car is flexible. Evidence of this is seen where switch and coil terminals, then on to the cutout terminals. the underside of the hood rubs the hood lacing, as both paint and Tighten the cables at the battery posts adding a coat of grease to lacing wear away. The doors rub against the body causing the the ground post to slow the formation of corrosion. door dove-tails and rubber bumpers to wear down. Body bolts If the brakes need adjustment, back off the adjusting will loosen. wedge, then adjust the brake rods for a slight drag, install new The brake system was designed to allow for flexing of cotter pins and tighten the jam nut for the clevis end. A loose nut the frame. This is seen at the mounting of the brake cross shaft. will cause the rod to break. Adjust the wedge for a slight drag. The support allows the frame to flex without actuating the brake Repeat at the remaining wheels. Adjust the free play in the shoes. Some vibration was expected from the engine, so the mo- clutch pedal. Inspect the distributor points, adjust the point gap, tor mounts were designed to minimize the effects of vibration. then time the ignition. A change in point gap changes the igni- The car was built to allow the owner-driver to do much tion timing. Now adjust the carburetor idle as a change in igni- of the needed maintenance. Spark plugs are easy to replace, tion timing effects the carburetor adjustment. many adjustments are simple to make compared to modern cars. An aerosol can of silicone lubricant is used to lubricate We need only to know what to do and how to do it. Much of the window glass channels, hood lacing and rubber bumpers found at needed data can be found in the Ford Service Bulletins and other the doors, hood and rear deck lid and choke rod grommets. publications devoted to the Model A Ford. Remove the drain plug at the carburetor, allowing some gas to flow into a clean rag to check for traces of dirt or water. 1931 Tool of the Month Shut off the gas valve and clean the screens in the carburetor and gas filter bowl. A vacuuming of the car interior might be accom- panied by a removal of the kick panels and door panels to remove any debris that may have accumulated. This helps prevent rust due to moisture absorption. Paint these areas if needed. Grease the window riser mechanism. As you drive and start to notice things that should be taken care of, like that annoying rattle in the brake han- dle, a sluggish wiper motor, headlights not aimed properly, a horn that gurgles rather than Ah-ooghas, strange noises, or a wobble in the front end (check the right hand spindle bolt, it wears out first), make notes of the complaints that are so easily forgotten when the car is safe in the garage. Repairs are simpler to make in the garage than on the road. PAGE 8 “ T HE C HATTE R” V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 MODEL “A” RESTORERS CLUB 6721 Merriman, Garden City, Michigan 48135 Membership Dues: Regular Mail: U.S. $38Air Mail: U.S/Canada $50, International $56 for the calendar year. Includes 6 issues of Model “A” News over a calendar year. U.S. funds only Name (Print) ______________________________________________ Spouse’s Name ____________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________ City _________________________ State ________ ZIP ___________ Phone Number ____________________________________________ Is it ok to list phone number in club roster (yes or no)? _____ Signature _________________________________________________ EMAIL address ___________________________________________ Is it ok to list email address in club roster (yes or no)? ______ Circle one: Check | Visa | Master Card | Discover Card Card Number______________________________________________ EXP. Date _________ last 3 digit code on back of credit card: _______ This Month in Era History: February 1929 • Feb 1st - 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs • Feb 14th - St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed • Feb 18th - The first Academy Awards are announced. • Feb 28th - Chicago Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home Comedy Corner Fall Overnighter A couple arrived at an automobile deal- September 16th - 19th, 2010 ership to pick up their new car and were told the keys had been locked in Nashville, IN, Brown County it. They went to the service de- partment and found a mechanic working fe- Comfort Inn (17th & 18th only) verishly to unlock the driver's side door. As 812-988-6118 they watched from the passenger side, the $118.99 per night woman instinctively tried the door handle and discov- (reservations under Model A club or ered that it was unlocked. "Hey," she announced to the Art) technician, "It's open!" To which he replied, "I know - I already got that side.' For more information, call Art or Marsha @ 708-672-4269 **************************************** How are a baby and a Model A alike? Stay tuned for updates! They both have a rattle and they both are cranky! V OLUME 5 1 IS SUE 2 “ T HE C H ATTE R” PAGE 9 Calumet Region Model “A” Restorer’s Club 2010 Membership Application DATE____________________ This form must be completed & returned to our club Treasurer. All renewal memberships must be paid on or before the February meeting. NEW MEMBER____________ RENEWAL_______________ NATIONAL I.D.#________________ NAME____________________________________________________________________________________ (LAST) (FIRST) (MIDDLE) ADDRESS_________________________________________________________________________________ (NUMBER) (STREET) _________________________________________________________________________________ (CITY) (STATE) (ZIP) PHONE__(______)______________________________PRINT______________DO NOT PRINT____________ (FOR USE IN EMERGENCY BY CLUB OFFICERS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO HAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER LISTED IN THE ROSTER, PLACE AN “X” IN THE PROPER SPACE) E-MAIL ADDRESS__________________________________________________ SPOUSE’S NAME___________________________________________________________________________ CHILDREN’S NAMES________________________________________________________________________ OCCUPATION (OPTIONAL)___________________________________________________________________ IF YOU OWN A MODEL “A”, PLEASE LIST BELOW: YEAR STYLE CONDITION __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ MEMBERSHIP CARDS WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED DURING A BUSINESS MEETING. MEMBERSHIP TO THE NATIONAL CLUB IS MAN- DATORY! THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL CLUB BY-LAWS. IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER OF THE NA- TIONAL, PLEAE INCLUDE PROOF OF PAYMENT (COPY OF CHECK OR NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CARD), OR INCLUDE THE NATIONAL CLUB DUES AND THE NATIONAL CLUB RENEWAL ENVELOPE WITH YOUR CALUMET REGION DUES. NEW MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE NATIONAL CLUB AND THE CALUMET REGION AT THE SAME TIME. (FORMS Available) NATIONAL DUES ARE $38.00 AND CALUMET RE- GION DUES ARE $20.00 PER YEAR. Place CALUMET REGION, MODEL “A” Stamp RESTORER’S CLUB Here Email: CalumetRegion@aol.com To Acquire, Restore, Preserve, Exhibit and Use the Model “A” Ford We’re on the web at www.TheChatterOnline.com It takes a lot of energy to plan all those wonderful upcoming events.
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