The RUNNING BOARD Newsletter ARCHIVES
Just about every Ford Ad ever - from 1903 to Present. Tons of Ford Art, Brochures etc on FLICKR
Flathead Ford Books - The National Club has many devoted to the Flathead Era.
This is a Forum that discusses many old movies that had or featured Ford V8s in movies.
Download your own PDF printable copy here
This is fully Searchable for any word or phrase (CNTL+F)
John W. Lawson's Flathead Facts
(John is from Fitzgerald GA)
Flathead expert or novice, this is a publication that should be included in your library. Learn What Works, Why It Works and How It Works ...
See the front COVER See 10 sample PAGES
Melvin's Classic Ford Parts has a treasure trove of Ford Books in their Book Catalog
Ford's Flathead V-8, the Engine That Gave Birth
to Hot Rodding, Is Back in Vogue, and Here's Everything You Need to Know About It. More
The Old Car Manual Project is a library: a central place where anyone can come to get the information they need. Volunteers can upload literature from their collections to share with the automotive world. Their LINKS page has links to hundreds of auto-related web sites. An incredible site! There are all kinds of Manual, Brochures, Historic Books and more.
: 1933-34-35-37-46-51 (& other makes too)
by Joe Abbin
6,000 rpm at Pendine Sands (UK - shiort Video of the 1st time a car ran flat-out there since 1927 accident trying to best Malcolm Campbell's 174mph World Land Speed record) Pendine HISTORY
The Christman Bros. are "Legends" in drag racing - winning everything from the early 50's up into the 60's.- 1st at 150mph, then 160 & on up to 185.56 in the 1/4 mile.
Hot Rodding, Then and Now Several stories (histories) of the early founders & legends of speed - most from the 40's on up.
Since 1998 the largest drag racing history and photo site on the planet.
HOP UP Magazine
All issues online from 1997 thru today.
, written in 1957 by Charlei Ryan, which was based on this particular car.
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen made a new, great rendition in 1972.
Actually, this song was inspired by a previous song, "Hot Rod Race" , written by Arkie Shibley in 1950. (later, he did Part-2, also wonderful)
Special Vehicle STUFF
- Not necessarily FORD but probably things you will like & enjoy
The DECO-LINER Jay Leno reviews Randy Grubb's latest.
Jay Leno's Garage has tons of incredible cars. Here's a few:
A marvelous Collection of Neon & Old Fords
Michael Dingman put his Ford and Neon Sign collection at auction this past June (2013). Here we have is a recounting by him of the manner in which the collection occurred and pictures.
The original car still lives!
(a Model A with a Zephyr V-12 engine)
VIDEO: Bonnie & Clyde preferred Ford V-8s
"Mr. Ford, what a great car you have in the Ford V8. For reliability it has other cars skinned. I steal them exclusively when I can find them."
The owner bought it NEW in 1948
1953 Allard (repro) Video
(these were AWESOME
racecars in the 50s)
Could this be Flash Gordon’s Airstream Travel Trailer?
Its Construction Randy Grubb's Garage website
AWESOME! More: Blastolene.com
Our long-time Member, Dick Anderson, raced his 180 mph '54 Hot Rod Lincoln in the Mexican Road Race (La Carrera Panamericana) six years (from 1988 -1993).
It was 2188 miles in total, from Tuxtla Gutierrez, near the Guatemala border, to Nogales on the Texas border, divided up over 7 days. He won most individual days but one of the 7 days usually bought him some mechanical "bad luck".
Diego Febles, of Puerto Rico and Porsche Endurance-Race fame, was Dick's "co-piloto" in 1989. This photo was taken in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Marvin Fillip, of San Angelo TX, was co-piloto for their big win in 1990.
He did WIN all 7 days in 1990, coming in 1st Overall in his Turismo Mayor class. Dick almost always won the "speed sections" and set a record on one at 145.24 mph average that we think still stands.
His 20 foot long "Battleship" was equipped with a 'killer' 351 cu. in. Cleveland engine putting out 720 HP (a bit more than the original 205 hp), of course, his Carrera Shocks and a few more 'goodies' - it was basically a Winston Cup car, with an even more powerful engine, and all the aerodynamics of a brick turned sideways.
Looks like a Winston Cup
Uses Carrera Coil-overs
The car was featured in Stock Car Racing Magazine in March 1995. Click HERE The British view
Our very own HOT ROD LINCOLN Dick was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on Aug 11, 2018 See his Career Bio/Summary
Some of these IDEAS caught on - some didn't!
(click to see them all)
This story appeared in our Jun 2005 issue of The Running Board
These appeared in our June 2005 issue of The Running Board
Our Website HISTORY
(from our April 2007 Running Board)
Website committee chairman Terry Davis led the discussion on the Club website, our software in present use is outdated and not user friendly, new modern software is faster and easier to maneuver through. A motion was made and passed directing Dan Wittern and Bruce Nelson to research web master possibilities and get quotes on selecting a new web master. They will report back to the BOD via e-mail by March 1st so a decision can be made as to how to update the web site.
Board Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2007
Meeting at Burns Cox's home, called to order by Lamar Hart at 6:45pm.
1. Roger Wood discussed a V/8 web site. Main focus is to sign up new members, to communicate with younger people, and to serve members. Roger suggested that it would be best to have a domain site and to protect it with
security. We can put together a basic web site, then add to it later as changes are needed. It is an approach to gain new members. Annual costs would be about $200.00 to $250.00.
From our July 2007 issue of The Running Board
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday June 12, 2007, Minutes by Lamar Hart
Roger and Denise Wood attended the board meeting and made a presentation about our proposed website. They brought a monitor on which they displayed several samples of web pages. The point was made that the “home page” should be inviting, uncluttered and easy to understand. We agreed that the goal of this effort is to attract new members, especially younger members who are accustomed to using computers.
Roger discussed a large number of optional features that could be included in the web site. Some were appropriate for our beginning website, some could be considered at a later date; others were out of the question. He just wanted to let us see some of the possibilities.
We all agreed that the “home page” should feature a photo of an Early Ford V-8, and that photo should change form time to time. And a menu would include The Early Ford V-8 Club of America, Georgia Regional Group #24, Reports about past activities (from the newsletter), and more pictures of cars.
We would avoid members’ names or any reference about the ownership of any vehicle. We would not provide information about future events or meeting locations because they are not public events and this will not be a substitute for a newsletter. All correspondence would be through an e-mail address furnished by the web page provider, and that would be different from any members e-mail address.
At some future time we could add some technical articles that would come from various sources outside the club. Maybe classified ads, and sponsors. Roger has a good understanding of the technical side of this project as well as the club’s goals. Denise provided helpful input and made many notes. They offered to set up the web page and to keep it updated if we provide the information, articles, and photos. The cost estimates are quite reasonable.
We agreed to meet with Roger and Denise again in a couple of months to see a more finished version. We would go to a location that has computer connections. We also agreed to move forward with this project as quickly as possible.
From July 2008 Running Board Web Site
We have a new web site! It is up and running thanks to the efforts of Roger wood and Bob Schwartz. We sincerely thank both of these members for their hard work and cooperation on this project. Most of us don’t realize the skill that’s necessary to construct a web site. And we don’t appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into this sort of thing. It’s a whole lot more complicated than replacing a fuel pump or rebuilding a carburetor. Thanks to Bob and Roger for taking the time to make this contribution to our club.
Please click on the web address above and check it out. If you have any comments or issues, please contact Bob Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From July 2008 Running Board Thank You Fraser Dante Classic Cars
We thank Tom and Tevie Fraser for opening their showroom for the June meeting. We always enjoy this visit. Their hospitality is super and all those automobiles make an exciting setting. Thank you Tom and Tevie for allowing us to visit.
From Oct 2008 Running Board
They’re Still Out There! Another Barn Find
By Mark Burt
We have all seen the section in the “V8 Times” titled, “They’re Still Out There!”, and have read about or heard about “barn finds” from time to time. The above picture of the 1937 Ford Coupe, taken September 6th, shows us that they are still out there, however, I wouldn’t call it a true “barn find”, since it was never “lost” in the first place.
I saw this car for the first time in 1954. It belonged to a Great Aunt who drove it from Indianapolis to Central Ohio for a visit. The car’s original color was Washington Blue but it was painted black sometime before Great Aunt’s 1954 drive to Ohio. The story on the black paint is: Great Aunt’s friend had some black car paint and a spray gun, and volunteered to paint it.
Just about every summer after that, until 1958, my sister, Grandmother (Great Aunt’s sister) and I traveled from Central Ohio to Indianapolis by Greyhound for a week long visit. While visiting in Indianapolis, we rode in the ’37 coupe. There’s not a lot of room in the front seat of a Ford coupe, but we could all (2 kids and 2 ladies) squeeze in.
In 1958, my Great Aunt drove the ’37 coupe back to Central Ohio and sold the car to my Dad for $80.00. [From an on-line inflation calculator, “What cost $80 in 1958 would cost $567.69 in 2007”.] She then bought the green 1939 Tudor Deluxe that I am working on now, but that is another story. Anyway, beginning in 1958, my Grandmother drove the car around town for a few years. Grandmother decided to quit driving about the time I got my driver’s license and I drove the ’37 coupe while I was in high school.
I did a bit of tinkering with the ’37 coupe and got it looking pretty good by 1965. I remember a couple of interesting items. I noted that the exhaust had gotten noisy and I crawled under the car to see where the hole was. I found that there was a little rust hole in the cross-over pipe. Grandpa came out to see what I was up to and I told him that there was a hole in the pipe. He said that back in the day, he would fix something like that with a piece of a tin can and a couple of hose clamps. I tried that and it fixed the problem - for a while. The whole cross-over pipe eventually rusted off, though, and I never did replace it. I drove the car just about continuously for the next three years and for a couple more summers after that with no pipe - no problem - I lived in a small rural town with no police force - and the high school was out in the country anyway.
Another time the car was having a battery charging problem. I drove it to the Ford dealer in the next town, about 5 miles away. They put on a new voltage regulator which solved the problem.
The Ford service manager took an interest in the car. Even in those days (early 1960’s) there weren’t a lot of 1930’s era Fords on the road as every day drivers in Central Ohio. He took me across the street to their warehouse. That building housed, it seemed to me at the time, tons of old Ford parts. He gave (that is, no charge) me two pieces of windshield glass to replace the delaminating windshield, a door glass to replace the broken piece, and a new (NOS) 1937 hood ornament (never installed the hood ornament, but I still have it and it will go on one of these days).
I installed the new windshield glass myself, along with a new gasket (from J.C. Whitney, when they had lots of Flathead Ford parts). I took the door glass to an auto glass man who replaced the glass and did some work on the window regulator. However, the glass eventually broke again in the same place so whatever he did to the regulator didn’t fix the apparent binding. The Ford dealer building and warehouse are long gone now.
Some details on the ’37 Coupe - I believe it is a standard version: one tail light, one wiper, painted grille; 60 HP Flathead V8, 136 CID; 4:44 rear gears. With that engine and gearing, it was really supposed to be a good, economical car for driving around town. It was that, and good for driving the mile to high school. 40 MPH was a pretty good cruising speed for a 60 HP Flathead, especially for one with not much of an exhaust system.
However, one day on an alternate way back from high school, I decided to get it up to 60 MPH - although not too fast by today’s standards, but quite deafening with the screaming no-exhaust system Flathead - I won’t say where I was driving as I was decelerating heading into town, but I got yelled at and threatened the next day by the assistant principal (for good reason, looking back at it).
The car sits in the same building where I parked it for the last time in 1968.
So, what’s in store for the 1937 Coupe? That will be my next project, sometime after I get finished with my 1939 Tudor Deluxe project.
Our Club Car (from March 2011 Running Board
At the club meeting on March 1. 2011, the members voted in favor of selling the club car. Copies of the following motion and supporting details were passed out at the meeting before discussion and voting:
BOARD PROPOSED MOTION, GEORGIA REGIONAL #24, EFV8CA
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PLACES THE FOLLOWING MOTION ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION AND ACTION BY THE MEMBERS HERE ASSEMBLED:
"IT IS MOVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB GRANT THE BOARD THE AUTHORITY TO PLACE THE CLUB CAR
FOR SALE WITH THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS:"
1. THE BOARD SHALL APPOINT A SPECIAL 3 PERSON COMMITTEE TO
FACILITATE THE SALE, TWO (2) BOARD MEMBERS AND ONE (1) MEMBER RECOMMENDED BY THE MEMBERSHIP HERE ASSEMBLED.
2 .THE CAR HAS BEEN APPRAISED BY A CERTIFIED APPRAISER @ $14,000.
3. THE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB SHALL BE NOTIFIED BY THE EDITOR OF THE RUNNING BOARD, VIA E-MAIL OR USPS, OF THE PENDING SALE, THE APPRAISED PRICE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT A SEALED BID OF ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT ABOVE THE APPRAISED PRICE. THE LOCATION OF THE CAR, FOR INSPECTION, SHALL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE NOTICE.
4. THE BID MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE ADDRESS INDICATED IN THE NOTIFICATION, NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT 14 CALENDAR DAYS
FROM THE MAIL DATE INDICATED IN THE NOTIFICATION.
5. PROVIDED NO SUCCESSFUL BIDDER COMES FORTH FROM THE
PROPOSED MEMBERSHIP SALE, THE COMMITTEE SHALL OFFER
THE CAR SALE TO THE PUBLIC BY WHATEVER MEANS DEEMED
FEASIBLE BY THE COMMITTEE.
6. IF NEITHER OF THE TWO ABOVE PROPOSED SALES PROVIDE A SUCCESSFUL BUYER, THE COMMITTEE MAY REMOVE THE APPRAISED BID DOLLAR AMOUNT AND NEGOTATE A SALE AT THE HIGHEST DOLLAR AMOUNT AVAILABLE.
7. THE MONIES DERIVED FROM THE PROPOSED SALE, LESS ANY EXPENDITURES INCURRED BY THE SALE, SHALL GO TO OUR CLUB GENERAL FUND AND BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR MEMBERS.
This is your official notification of approval of this action. Here are other decisions approved by the members:
The three person committee to facilitate the sale is David Jumper, Mike Pertsch, and Joe Smith.
To be accepted, all bids must be in writing and include a deposit of $50.00 and mailed to:
Jerry McIntosh, President, at 3968 Northlake Creek Drive, Tucker, GA. 30084.
The bid must be postmarked on or before March 28, 2011. The deposit will be refunded to unsuccessful bidders.
The car may be inspected on weekends by contacting David Jumper 678 283 3842.
More On Club Car
The Club Car is a 1939 Standard coupe. When purchased by the club, It was a replica of the first NASCAR champion. It had two carburetors, aluminum heads, and floating rear axels. It had the correct paint and lettering for number 22 that was owned by Raymond Parks, built by Red Vogt, and driven by Red Byron. It was really more authentic than the number 22 in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. In 1999, the speed equipment and lettering was removed to convert the car into a Great Race vehicle. The club car completed the 2000 Great Race, or rally, from Marietta, GA to Pasadena, CA and the 2001 Race from Detroit to Daytona. Our drivers report that the club car performed flawlessly on both of these 4000 mile trips.
In addition to a sound engine and drive train, the body and fenders are in very good condition. The upholstery, interior trim, and door glass is missing. This automobile is very restorable as a driver.
Excerpted from Mar 1, 2010 Meeting Minutes
(in the Mar 2010 Running Board)
New Business: Sale of Club Car.
Due to loss of storage, lack of utilitization and deterioting condition the Board of Directors places the following motion on the floor for consideration and action by the membership here assembled.
“ IT IS MOVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT THE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB GRANT THE BOARD THE AUTHORITY TO PLACE THE CLUB CAR FOR SALE WITH THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS:”
The Board shall appoint a special three person committee to facilitate the sale, two board members and one member recommended by the membership here assembled.
The car has been appraised by a certified appraiser for $14,000.00
The members of our club shall be notified by the editor of the Running Board, via e-mail or USPS, of the pending sale, the appraised price and the opportunity to submit a sealed bid of any dollar amount above the appraised price. The location of the car, for inspection, shall also be included in the notice.
The bid must be received at the address indicated in the notification, no later than midnight 14 calendar days from the mail date indicated in the notification.
Provided no successful bidder comes forth from the proposed membership sale, the committee shall offer the sale to the public by whatever means deemed feasible by the committee.
If neither of the two above proposed sales provides a successful buyer, the committee may remove the appraised bid dollar amount and negotiate a sale at the highest dollar amount available.
The monies derived from the proposed sale, less any expenditures incurred by the sale, shall go to the club general fund and be used for the benefit of our members. President McIntosh distributed a copy of the motion to all members present and than read the complete motion to the membership.
Discussion as follows: Concern that the car may become a street rod, suggestion that the car should be donated to the EFV8 Foundation, suggestion that the money be donated to charity. Question raised as to how it affects our “non profit” status, treasurer Bert Steele answered that it will have no affect.
Motion carried with two nay votes. Joe Smith was nominated to serve on the car sale committee by Dale Dewberry, Joe accepted, membership approved.
Harold Thompson will try to get some pictures on the club website.
Motion to adjourn by Bill Swilley, 2nd by David Jumper
Attendees: Bert Steele, Harold Thompson, Jerry Reichel, John Trout, Roy Hatcher, Sam Butler, Fred Lindquist, Jerry McIntosh, Will Hodges, David Jumper, Morris Bailey, Bob Padovano, Joe Smith, John Davis, Mark Hodges, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Butler, Dale Dewberry, Joe Huggins, Linda Huggins, Steve Krueger, Jim Duggan, Don Morris, Dave Posey, Lance Buckey, George Flanagan, Larry Tanner, Lamar Hart, Mike Pertsch, Dick Anderson, Bill Swilley,
Carl Smith, Wayne Hicks. Respectfully submitted: Jerry Reichel, secretary.
From the May 2011 Running Board
Club Car The club car has been sold to a Decatur man. The sales price was $13,000.00. The new owner drove it home.
Burns Cox Attendance Reward From July 2011 Running Board
Attending your club meeting can be profitable.
Beginning with the September 6 meeting we will draw one member’s name from the roster to win $25.00 or more. If the member is present at the meeting, he will win $25.00. If no one wins, an additional $25.00 will be added to the pot for the following month. The pot will continue to grow by $25.00 each month until a member wins.
The Running Board will publish the name of the winner, or looser, after each meeting. So don’t be “that guy” whose name was drawn but was not present. This reward program is named in honor of Burns Cox because he maintained detailed club attendance records for years and often referred to that information
From the Oct 2011 Running Board
President McIntosh announced that the “Burns Cox Attendance Award” will start with the Sept. meeting. If your name is drawn and you are in attendance you will receive a $25.00 reward, If the name drawn is not present it will roll to the next month and an additional $25.00 will be added.
Attendance Reward Winner From Sept Running Board
The winner of the September Attendance Reward was Millard Young. Unfortunately Millard was not present to claim his $25.00 reward so we roll it over and add another $25.00 for next month. Therefore the attendance drawing for October will be $50.00. You are urged to attend club meetings on a regular basis so you can be present when your name is drawn. Don’t miss out like Millard. Yes, yes, I know, we would all love to be like Millard Young!
Burns Cox Attendance Reward Winner From Oct 2011 Running Board
The winner of the September Attendance Reward was Bruce Winchester. Unfortunately Bruce was not present to claim his $50.00 reward so we roll it over and add another $25.00 for next month. Therefore the attendance drawing for November will be $75.00. You are urged to attend club meetings on a regular basis so you can be present when your name is drawn. Don’t miss out like Bruce.
Burns Cox Attendance Reward From Dec 2011 Running Board
The attendance drawing for January 7 will be for $100.00.
Attend club meetings on a regular basis so you can be present when your name is drawn. Your name could be the next one called.
Burns Cox Attendance Award From Feb 2012 Running Board
Congratulations to Lance Bucky who won $25.00 drawing for being present at the February Club Meeting. It is well deserved because Lance seldom misses our meetings.
Discussion about Burns Cox attendance award.
Motion by J. Reichel, names will be drawn at every monthly meeting, drawing will continue until winner is established. Award will be reviewed on a yearly basis. 2nd B. Steele, all approved.
From March 2012 Running Board
Dale Dewberry won the $25.00 Burns Cox Attendance Drawing. He also drove his ’36 Ford to the March meeting at Will’s Machine Shop.
From Apr 2012 Running Board
The Burns Cox Attendance Award of $25 was won by Paul Harrelson at the April club meeting
From June 2012 Running Board
Frank Sessions Is $25.00 Richer
Because Frank got up off his comfy chair last Tuesday and attended the June Meeting, he won the Burns Cox Attendance Drawing. You too can be as fortunate if you follow Frank’s example.
He not only attends meetings regularly, he also is generous to take pictures that Fred uses with the V-8 Times articles. I’m glad you won, Frank.
We have been doing this attendance drawing for the last several months now, and I noticed an interesting phenomenon. The winners are often in attendance.
Up off your chair!
May 1st 2012 Meeting From the Jun 2012 Running Board
The $25 Burns Cox attendance award was won by Ken Wells.
Aug 2012 Meeting (from Aug Running Board)
The Burns Cox Attendance Drawing was won by Frank Sessions. He thought that was pretty darn good also.
Nov 19, 2013 at BOD Meeting (from Dec 2013 Running Board)
Dick Anderson explained the mechanics of a web site. The cost to host/maintain the site is around $20.00 per
year. He said many options and features were possible. The idea of an attractive website would attract new club
members. Each person has suggestions. Dick said he could make some trial run sites for us to view and comment
on. He commented that Rome was not built in a day, but he would get some work done in the coming months.
Mar 2014 Dick Anderson, our club’s webmaster, stated that the web page was up and running. Fred Lindquist stated we should all make it a favorite on our internet and check the site monthly. Lamar Hart mentioned our club creating a Face-book page.
Check this out: Old-time Fuel Trucks
John is working on a new website, along with Mary Ann Chapman.
Meeting 5-2-2017 John brought us up to speed with the website work and we were able to view it on screen live. There is still work going on with the site but it is looking good.
1936 All Stainless Steel Ford
This came for our Argentina Regional Group's Early Ford V8 website - in a book entitled "Ocho en V", which means "8 in V" referring to the early Ford V8.
Anyway, apparently there were several Stainless Steel Fords made besides the famous '36, going back at least to the Model-A.
One of the 3 Stainless Steel 1966 Continental Convertibles
This cool photo appears on their Facebook page
The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran fkom Chicago to Evanston. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71.5 miles per hour.
From June 2005 TFRB
From August 2005 TFRB
April 2004 TFRB Install new motor in a School Bus (1950) & buy a New 1952 Bus
August 2004 TFRB
Sept 2004 TFRB
This is only the 1st of 7 different sections: Ford History Archives, Running Board Archives (download each issue), Henry History, The Burns Cox Scrapbook (over 5,000 photos of Club Events), Misc Forms, Old Radio Shows (great memories & entertainment) & Reference Links (of automotive interest)
TheHenryFord.org is the Museum's website. It contains all you need to know about the Museum, but also has TONS of digital records, which are SEARCHABLE - Click HERE.
Ford Postcards (~100 years ago)
From Flathead Times OKC Dec 2019
From "The Early Years - Part 2", a History of our club, by Wayne Deitrich
Les Fisher was elected to a second stint as (our 19th president in 1993. During this term a 1939 Ford standard coupe was purchased
and restored as a replica of car No. 22, the first car to win a sanctioned NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach-Road Course on February 15, 1948 and driven by Red Byron.
Red Byron with No. 22, a 1939 Ford Standard Coupe
From The Headliner Feb 2020 download
The 1949 Ford was unique - and it SAVED Ford, which was in pretty bad shape after WW-II.
Read "The Success of the 1949 Ford"
(from Mar 2020 The Headliner)
A Brief History of the Ford Flathead V8 - 1932-1953 (from The Ford Fan - Mar 2020) 3 pages, DOWNLOAD
Jun 2017 Running Board