May 2006
Jim Cook, Pres/Ed; Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Jack Putnam, Treas; Bob Torbet, Sec
NEXT MEETING: May 3rd 2006 7:30 at Jack Putnam's shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton, (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
The April meeting was called to order by President Jim Cook.  We had an outstanding attendance with 21 members and guests present.  As of this meeting date we have 26 paid up members.  For those of you who have not paid your dues, please turn in to Jack Putnam.

Jack Putnam, treasurer reported on our checkbook balance.

Jack Putnam received information on the July 8, Forest, OH parade. (Jack is double checking on the day and date).  If we have 5 cars from our club, they will donate $50 to the club.  Also, the Hancock Historical Society would like to have as many T's that our club could provide on August 26 from 10:30 to 4.  The Mt. Victory Memorial Day Parade starts at 11AM.  Ken Stuckey went last year and had a very good report on the day and parade.

Bob Torbet told his story about how to ruin a radiator, just don't think and ask your wife for help.  Bill Mack told everyone how to buy a Model T, boats, motor scooters, or anything else and get your wife's permission after the purchase, he said it works.  We hope Bill is with us at the May meeting.

Bob Torbet will map out our first tour scheduled for Sunday, May 21.  Bob hopes to
have the details available for our May meeting.

Melvin Gierhart reported on the formation of the Mad River T Club.  They will be haveing their May meeting at 5:30 at Perkins in Sidney.

Dave Nolting brought along his new transmission drum he is machining along with his machined hand.  Everything is being fine tuned including the hand.

Marilyn baked outstanding chocolate chip cookies, there were none left. Thank you Marilyn.

Dave Benny had two jars of washers, we were to guess the number in the jar.  Doug Fowler won one jar with a guess of 180, that was righ on, 180 exactly.  Bill Sieburg won the second jar with a guess of 190 and the exact count was 181. Congratulations to Doug and Bill
Scooter at the Meeting
So what if its a Model T Club meeting.  Anything that's old is fare game with our group.  Bill Mack brought along this great Cushman scooter that he has aquired.  It was a real hit with the guys.

If anyone else has something old that they would like to bring to a meeting, feel free to present it to the group for our entertainment.  I've seen cars, cycles, trucks, tractors, and airplanes while participating in this hobby.
Ben Nolting wants to make sure that Jerry Banks of the Tickin' T's of Central Ohio sees that he is in tune with his scooter side.  What a combination of Cushman scooter, Ford TT stake bed truck, and a John Deere hat on a good ol' Waffle House employee of the month.  You'll need to talk to Ben if you'd like to get in on any of the jokes invovled in that statement.

We all just keep smiling.  Come to the next meeting and get in on the fun!
Tragedy Drum Presented at Meeting
Speaking of fun, this reverse drum is the one that Dave Nolting machined from a solid billet of steel.  His adventures in modern surgery were conveyed in the April 2006 installment of the Front Seat News.  I apologize for not making it clear about who was involved in the hand cut surgery. I was using an e-mail that Dave Nolting had sent me and didn't thik to make that clear in the article.

Dave is recovering fine from the surgery.  Although he is still having trouble gripping with his injured hand, he does have all of the bandaging off and is coming along nicely.  As you can see, the drum turned out beautifully.  We all look forward to touring in a couple of weeks.
In Search of Those Early Treasures
These are a couple of the items that were picked up at an auction a few weeks ago.  The lid is for an early firewall style coil box.  The magneto is one that mounts to the front of the engine.  To the average Joe they would just be bits of junk; but, to the trained eye they are year specific vital pieces to projects that are underway.  The trick is to know what you are looking for, the luck is being in the right place at the right time, and the fact-of-life is that you need the free time to be there when it comes up.
Upcoming All Ohio Model T Jamboree
I have a copy of the registration form for the 18th Annual Ohio Model T Jamboree to be held September 1-4, 2006.  Please let me know if you'd like a copy.

If you would like a full packet with all of the information, please send a note to:
Country Roads T & A Club
626 6th Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
Email Sharon Heiss at
Call Sharon at (740) 374-7450 or Karen Lockhart at (740) 984-2861
Jim's World
The Ford wanted a new picture for their files to accompany the application for inclusion in this year's Old Car Festival; so, we got Old Henry out and took him over to a friend's log house for some pictures.  The 1916 performed flawlessly.  We even took a few people for tours around the block.  Its always a great time in an open car
On the work front, I've been working in Maxwell heaven.  There are always Maxwells to be re-cored and rebuilt. I don't know if this says something about the design or the number of Maxwell radiators out there.  I've probably done six of them in the last year.  Their construction is unique in their side panel layout.  I'd like someone to explain to me just how they cool.