for Missouri Valley Region
6/7/04 -- Acquired recently by Mark Schenberg on ebay, this Model "A" will be the 11th Model "A" Ford started at Terry Oberer's annual summer start-up party.
by Terry Oberer 636.677.7201
By popular demand there will be an eleventh annual Start-Up party at my home in Byrnes Mill. Member Jack Rehagen is co-coordinating the event and has the sign up sheet. Please call him at 314.423.1959 before Wednesday July 14 if you plan to attend. He needs to have an accurate head count to assure a smooth running event.
This year we will start the activities at 11 am as I believe it will take some time to get the 1930 Fordor that Mark Schenberg recently purchased just for this event ready to start.
The car is in very ROUGH condition with no cylinder head and a burned exhaust valve. It last ran in 1953 and sat since then, minus the head in a dirt floor garage. Time and neglect took its toll on the car. The engine was severely seized when Mark and I unloaded it at my home. After an hour's toil including the use of a 6 foot pipe on a breaker bar and a 12 pound sledge on the pistons, along with a liberal amount of "Liquid Wrench" the engine now turns. The remaining work is left for the party! I believe this one will be our greatest challenge.
So, those of you who want to participate in bringing life into this long dormant relic, wear your work clothes and learn what it takes get it to run and drive. Everyone else is asked to enjoy the antics and spend an afternoon of fun and games including a tour of Byrnes Mill in our antique cars.
Dress is casual (very) appropriate for a warm July afternoon. Bring a covered dish, or dessert (or what ever your specialty is) along with lawn chairs. The club will furnish the drinks (beer and soda) and a barbecue. Model "A's" will park in my front yard and we'll hide the modern irons in the woods or at the neighbor's driveways. This has always been a fun and popular event so please drive your "A" and see if we can create a traffic jam of antique cars out here. The party goes till nightfall.
(and has been sold on ebay)
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