Cen-Tex Tin Lizzies

Model T Ford Club of America

Updated 10/20/2020

October 20, 2020 Meeting

CenTex Tin Lizzies
Virtual Zoom Meeting Notice and Agenda
Look forward to seeing everyone.

Virtual Meeting Link  Yeah!  We have changed our meeting site to Zoom.


Just click on it.  I will open the site at 6:40 for those who need help or just want to chat.
If you have problems, call me on my cell.  512 801 8106 cell Joe P

Meeting to begin at 7:00 pm.

If you have a weak internet signal and want to just listen
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Hello everyone,
Planning a Texas T Party is a lot of work.  At times it is challenging to say the least.  This years 41st TEXAS T PARTY in Temple Texas has faced many challenges and has faced some very unique obstacles to overcome.  Covid-19 has proven to be relentless.  Just when we thought we had a handle on it, it came racing back and the number are staggering.  The committee has met and looked at the future forecast of the Covid-19 Pandemic and it is not good.  Therefore, because we care about everyone WHO attends the Texas T Party, we are going to regretfully postpone the 2020 Temple Texas T Party to 2021.  It is just the right thing to do folks.  This decision was not and easy one to make.  In fact, we were in Temple this past Sunday, August 2, putting the final touches some of the details. So here is what happens next.

Everyone who has sent in their registrations with payment will be receiving a full refund. For accounting purposes there will be no carry over to 2021. This means that everyone will need to register and pay again in 2021.  As for the hotel reservations.  The Hilton Garden Inn has agreed to move all reservations that are currently made to the corresponding dates in 2021.  No charges will be made to anyone.  However, if you wish to cancel your reservation at the hotel, YOU are responsible to do that yourself. Postponement notices will be posted on Facebook and the various web sites where the Texas t Party has been advertised including the MTFCA. 

Please watch for the confirmed dates of the 2021 Temple Texas T Party to be announced early next year.  We have a great tour planned and we are fortunate that everything we worked on this year will easily transfer to 2021.  In the meantime, wear your mask and social distance.  The T Fords of Texas look forward to seeing everyone at the Temple Texas T Party in 2021.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Daniel Bratcher (chairman) Hugh Hemphill (co-chairman) or Mike Mackechney (co-chairman) by the contact information provided.

Thank you:
Daniel Bratcher
Chairman 2020
Texas T Party

July 21st Meeting

Once again, Joe Pinnelli has arranged for the next regular meeting of the CenTex Tin Lizzies to be an on-line virtual event, for those who wish to participate and have computer capabilities. To meet virtually, click on the link below at 6:45pm:

For other news, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the link for the current newsletter. You can also click on the links for past newsletters to catch up on past club events.

Minnie Lee – Update:

As of this writing, Minnie Lee is now back on the road. Seems that there was an issue of water seeping into the crankcase. Stay tuned for details.

Minnie Lee – Revisited

Once again, Vic Donnell put the word out for another tech session to put the completed engine back in Minnie Lee. As with the previous work session, there were a number of fellow club members who showed up to help with the re-installation. The task is not a simple one when dealing with a nicely restored car but as the saying goes “Many hands make light work”.

Although we did not get to the final stage of cranking the motor, Vic will be able to complete the task in short order. This has been a great opportunity for club members to learn what it takes to get a Model T back on the road as well a a time get to know our members a little better. Thank you Vic and Jan for hosting this session!

Photos courtesy of Joe Pinnelli

Annual Father’s Day Car Show

After a two year hiatus, we had 8 Model T’s along with the family members in attendance at this years Father’s Day car show.

Photos courtesy of Joe Pinnelli

Some Assembly Required

As a follow-up on the Donnell’s engine overhaul, another tech session was held to re-assemble the engine for “Minnie Lee”, the 1913 touring car. It took several hours and a number of new parts, resulting in a completed engine.

Vic will probably have another tech session to help him install the completed engine. Stay tuned.

Photos courtesy of Joe Pinnelli


We have learned of some very sad news, that our friend and fellow old car lover,
Willie Cordes passed away on May 8.

Impromptu Tech Session

Vic Donnell put a call out for an unscheduled tech session this past weekend at his garage to assist in the removal of the engine from “Minnie Lee”, the 1913 touring car. It seems that while attending the driving tour in Flatonia, Vic and Jan’s Model T suffered a broken low speed transmission drum. Unfortunately, the only way to cure the problem is to pull the engine from the car and perform a transmission rebuild. Removing the engine from a Model T is a major undertaking, requiring disassembly of the engine compartment and unbolting the body from the chassis and lifting it high enough to allow the motor mounts to clear the car.

Vic will probably have another tech session to help him find all the pieces removed from the car! Stay tuned.

Photos courtesy of Joe Pinnelli

Overnight Tour – Flatonia, TX

The Centex Tin Lizzies tour to Flatonia, hosted by Dennis and Kathryn Geesaman was a great success! It was an overnight tour to the OLLE Hotel, considered by many to be one of the most haunted inns in the Lone Star State! Evidence of the hauntings goes beyond isolated incidents. Tours around the Flatonia area included driving to several of the painted churches and other local sites of interest.

Check out the March Newsletter at the bottom of the page for details.

Pictures are courtesy of our own photograper, Joe Pinnelli

1924 Model T Roadster Back on the road!

This Model T languished in an Austin auto body shop for almost 30 years before it was acquired by Randy and Jody Brown in May of 2018. Much of the body and paint work was already done and many new parts were included. Assembly included installation of a new radiator, new tires, new gas tank, replacement body wood, and new upholstrey. The car will be complete with the installation of the new top.

In typical Model T form, the car started with little effort. Also, not surprisingly, the car runs and drives very well!

UPDATE: February, 2019

While changing the break in oil, there were some brass bits found in the drain plug, probably from the magneto assembly. In order to prevent a catastrophic engine failure, the motor will have to be removed from the car and disassembled. Stay tuned for further updates.

2018 Texas T party

The 41st annual Texas Tea Party was held in Schulenburg, Texas. It was hosted by Space City T’s, and by all reports was a well attended tour with lots of driving. For more details, click on the October 2018 Newsletter link at the bottom of the page.

2018 Martindale 4th of July Parade

The Centex Tin Lizzies had 10 cars participating this year. From all accounts, it was a fun one and there were more parade entrants than years past.

Photos are courtesy of John Anderson

Christmas Party – 2017

This year’s Christmas party was held on December 9th at Texas Land and Cattle Company. Thanks again to the efforts of our hosts, Jeff and Denise Treadwell!

2017 Kingsbury Fly-In

November 11 was a beautiful fall day, perfect for the annual Kingsbury Fly-In. We were joined by the Lone Star Model A Club of Georgetown, led by our own Glenn Schiller to our lunch stop in Fintress. After a nice lunch, we headed via the winding back roads to the Kingsbury Aerodrome for an afternoon of admiring the many cars and airplanes that show up for this event. We had a total of 8 Model T’s and 8 Model A’s attendthe tour.

For further details, click on the link at the bottom of this page for the November Band Chatter.

A Barn Find!

Fellow club member, Ronny Reeves has proven that surviving Model T’s are still out there! Check out the pictures to see for yourself. It appears to be a 1919-20 vintage Ford that started life as a Runabout (aka roadster). Over the years of use, it has been subjected to a number of modifications. The trunk has been removed and a combination toolbox rumble seat has been added. Ladder racks have been placed on the tops of the fenders on both sides. At some point in its life, the original engine was replaced with a factory replacement, manufactured in August, 1928. Front and rear bumpers, headlight eyebrows, Hassler shock absorbers, running board toolbox, and luggage rack are also added features. The car was last registered in 1953 and was likely a daily work vehicle of a house painter or sign painter. Ronny affectionately named it “Jed Clampitt”, because it is somewhat remniscent of the old car driven on the Beverly Hillbillies.

After adding a few replacement parts, fresh oil, gas and water, the old girl started right up! Ronny used the old car in the television series “The Son” and now routinely drives it around his ranch.

40th Annual Texas T Party

This year’s T Party was held in Kerrville, Texas. It was chaired and hosted by the Space City T’s of Houston. For a firsthand report from our president, Robert Norberg. Pictures are provided by Joe Pinnelli and John Anderson. Check out the October Newsletter at the bottom of this page.

2017 Martindale 4th of July Parade

The annual 4th of July parade, hosted by Joe Pinnelli, came off without a hitch. From all accounts, it was a fun one. And the homemade fried chicken made it worth the drive!

Photos are courtesy of Joe Pinnelli

2017 Father’s Day Show

Another Father’s Day car show, hosted the Road Relics is now history. We had a total of twelve members’ Model T’s and two from the T Fords of Texas club on display. Because our display was so prominent, we had a great number of people visiting and asking questions.

Although a typical warm June day, the temperature was not unbearable like years past. The pop-up canopies provided ample shade for folks and a nice breeze made for a pleasant day. The number of cars on display was estimated at about 200, which made it a much smaller show than previous years.

Photos are courtesy of John Anderson

2017 Treadwell Tour

Jeff and Denise Treadwell really know how to host a mini tour! The weather was fantastic and the hospitality was even better! We had a total of eight Model T’s show up but Steve and Cynthia Hadorn’s “Tootsie”, had a fan belt failure, so couldn’t join the line up. Two other T’s were slated to show up but had mechanical problems, so we hit the road with seven. Not two miles from the Treadwell’s, George Brunner’s 1912 Mother-in-Law roadster stopped running. After several minutes of diagnosing by the “experts”, it was determined that a malfunctioning coil was the culprit. Since president Norberg lives nearby and just happened to have an extra 6 volt coil, he volunteered to come to the rescue. In no time at all, the roadside repair was made an we hit the road for Jan and Vic Donnell’s house.

The rest of the trip went well and we arrived in time to see new club members, Gerry and Shirley Witt’s beautiful 1910 Touring car, which Vic had been performing a tune up on. We are looking forward to seeing more of this one! Vic then proceeded to treat us to the fabulous model railroad layout he has been developing in his garage for the last few years. It is truly an amazing sight! It is constructed to resemble the Texas-Pacific rail system of the 1940’s, when that company was in it hay-day. The amount of detail and the number of hours Vic has put into this layout is proof of his skill and love of the hobby. We are looking forward to more tours to the Donnell’s to see the progress!

We hit the road and arrived back at the Treadwell’s without further mechanical issues. Jeff and Denise had prepared a meal of barbecued brisket, ribs and sausage with all the sides. We were served on their backyard deck next to the coy pond. The Treadwell’s home is a private and secluded place in the country, ideally suited for entertaining. The food was outstanding! If you missed this tour, try to make the next one! Thank you Jeff, Denise, Vic and Jan!

Photos courtesy of Joe Pinnelli

2017 Dripping Springs Crawfish Boil Tour!

Once again, George Brunner hosted the tour from his museum to the annual car show and crawfish boil at the Hill Country Care Nursing Center in Dripping Springs. The weather was perfect and the food and fellowship was outstanding. We were joined on the tour by local AACA club, the “Road Relics”. There were lots of fantastic cars on display. Check out the April newsletter for further details on this and other upcoming events.

Photos are courtesy of John Anderson and Joe Pinnelli

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