February 2007
FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB  NORTHWEST OHIO, INC.
Jim Cook, Pres/Ed; Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Jack Putnam, Treas; Bob Torbet, Sec
NEXT MEETING: February 7th 2007 7:30 at Jack Putnam's shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton, (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
The January 3rd 2007 meeting was called to order by president Jim Cook.  We had an attendance of 8 members and guests present.  The January meeting is our unofficial business meeting of the year.  Those present voted on dues of $20 per year and the rent of our meeting place was agreed upon.  The nomination of officers which usually takes place at this meeting was postponed until the February meeting. The meeting was adjourned to enjoy refreshments and shoot the breeze

We need more ideas of things to do for our meetings and tours.  For the club to continue to grow, we need to have things going on.  The last time that we really pulled something together was when we were in charge of the Model T Jamboree.  A lot of the members became involved.  Bob Torbet, for one, shined during that time. All of the clubs since that Jamboree have had a hard time matching the donations that were given for that tour.  Will we need another event like that to get us going again? Some of us are always willing to help someone out when it comes to Model T mechanics.  We just need to know what is needed.  Once we get the cars going, it would be nice to have a tour to test them out.  I, for one, am willing to organize a one day tour to help get us going.

Since I mentioned the Model T Jamboree, this year it is near Mount Vernon and is being run by the Tickin' T's of Central Ohio.  The 2008 Jamboree will be run by the Akron group.  That leaves 2009 open for the Northwest Ohio group to step up.  If we run a few 60 to 80 mile tours in the next couple of years, we will have a few good routes already set for that time at which we need them.

Remember that dues are payable at this time.  They are $20 per family.

My personal goal is still to get more cars on the road and driving.
                                                                                Jim Cook, pres
Spring Cleaning ??
Just a little proof that there are still a lot of parts out there if you're willing to look for them.  This batch of parts is the result of a son-in-law falling into a bunch of junk that his wife's dad collected over the years with the intention of throwing together a Model T.  The guy thinks that he has a fortune in rare Model T parts; whereas, in reality he has the same stuff that a bunch of us have in our garages.

Why not take today to make an inventory of what you have and
decide whether or not to keep or pitch it.  There may be someone in the club that could use one of those parts that is just sitting around collecting dust.  Heaven forbid that any one of us should die and leave a pile of junk like this for someone else to dispose of.  There isn't anyone except yourself that can put a realistic price on your treasure.
Maybe, instead of concentrating on getting another Model T on the road this year, you shoud be concentrating on disposing of those things that will never be a part of YOUR Model T.  A 1914 restoration will never need 1926 fenders.  And, a 1926 restoration will never need those brass headlights you've been saving.  So, get them to someone that needs them. 

                     Just a Thought!
Speaking of Spring Cleaning
I contacted the fellow from Iowa that had these wheels that I mentioned in the last newsletter.  There was also a link placed on the MTFCA forum about the wheels.  By the interest in them based on the forum response, I suggested that they be placed on E-bay for everyone to get a shot at them.  They ended up going for a considerable amount higher than the guy originally wanted.

As a side note: The closest match that could be found
from the patents that existed at the time showed springs in place of the shocks in each spot.  It may have been a revision; but, the 1914 patent date matched.
Touring Season is Coming
Its time to start thinking about next summer's touring.  Sue and I have been busy in Amish country, searching out places to see and routes to take for the upcoming Keystone Cops tour. We will send out invitations to the usual participants and then open it up to the local clubs for consideration.  It is a camping tour; but, hotels are available for those that don't want to rough it.  In the mean time we are open to any other suggestions to get the Northwest Ohio group up and touring.  Its loads of fun.
Jim's World
I've been busy lately building sets for an upcoming production at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin.  This will lead right into the Bye-bye Birdie production at Mohawk High School in March.  Fortunately, I believe that I can move part of the Ritz set right into the High School and save myself a bit of trouble.  I've already told everyone that I'm not doing any Summer productions.

Radiators continue to arrive with the never ending recreations of history that accompany them. Right now the projects are a 1910 Hudson, a 1911 EMF, and complete from scratch American Underslung.  Dick has hurt his wrist; so, most of the heavy lifting has been left to myself.  We have one guy that is convinced that an aluminum core will look fine in this 1920's Chevrolet.  Good luck!

My daughter Jessica who flies with USA 3000 recently had an unexpected long delay in Florida and was invited by John Travolta to check out his plane.  Here's a shot of him with Jessica's flight crew.  That's my daughter that John has his arm around.
Upcoming All Ohio Model T Jamboree
The 19th Annual Ohio Model T Jamboree will be held August 31 - September 3, 2007.  The tour will run out of Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Mount Vernon is just south of Mansfield.

Packets will be sent out to all previous participants and all Model T clubs in the state.  Registration will once again be with Sue Cook, representing the:

Tickin' T's of Central Ohio
103 East Fourth Street
Sycamore, Ohio 44882