Cen-Tex Tin Lizzie Members,
Well Spring is busting out slowly with the Redbuds blooming and even a few fruit trees. Time to go touring in our Model Ts!
I have had some grumbling from some of us about moving the meeting a week. It seems that us older folks get set in our ways and do not care for anything that disturbs our routines. OK, I promise that I will not move the meeting date again.
The reason for the move was to accommodate Jill and Pat’s float trip down the Rio Grande. I planned the beautiful weather for them after I made them cold on the first Friday.
I hope that they are having a great time as this is written. I also hope that one or both of them will come to the meeting and share some of the highlights of this year’s trip with us.
John Anderson has a good program set for us with a look back at the Brunner ice cream social from 10 years ago and a story on the first public road built 100 years ago. I bet that you will enjoy what he brings to share.
The Tech Session, or Restoration Clinic that we held at Alex’s Oma’s home getting acquainted with and assisting upon the project of his 1921 Center Door was from my point of view a great success. Besides getting acquainted with the status of the project and the inventory of parts, we helped with a start upon assessing the engine state and beginning to reassemble it.
Randy brought some parts that were greatly appreciated. If Alex will provide us a list of other parts that are needed, I bet that some or all of them will show up.
It was nice to see so many club members attend also.
We are still pursuing a program upon the Lake Austin river boat Commodore. I have recently discovered a path to communicate with both a once upon a time captain and also the owner. I hope that in the future we can be graced by that program.
Tom Romberg, President
CenTex Tin Lizzie Members,
Because we are all vaccinated and boosted and the infection levels are dropping, I have decided that we will have an in person meeting this month, Tuesday, February 15th, at the Ben White Catfish Parlor as usual.
It is interesting to me to notice that the days are getting longer, the temperatures are showing some spring signs, and the itch to drive our Model T’s is showing up again.
Andy Fish has sent some ideas for a tour in and around the Lampasas area that we will explore. The San Antonio Club is planning an overnight tour to Hunt Texas in the spring. Should we plan to join them?
Pat, Joe, and I met for lunch to talk about responsibilities, programs, and perhaps an annual schedule of activities. We will work on those some more.
Tech sessions are still on my mind as a way to learn, share, accomplish improvement or repair for a member car, and another way to enjoy each other’s company. Let me know if you have a suggestion for one or more.
Because of a few nice days, I took my Model A top down and drove it for an errand or two and enjoyed it. One fellow even came back inside at the hardware store to have a conversation about it and ask more questions as well as relate some of his family’s history with Model A cars. This is just another example that driving our cars gives others a chance to see them and comment or ask about the hobby.
It was also fun to come back home and not have to put the top up or cover the car with a tarp but could just drive it into the garage. No, the 3rd window is not here yet, but it is supposedly on the truck being shipped today. The roofing metal is in Spicewood and ready for me to fetch it. So, the project is very slowly making progress. It has certainly been nice having a clean dry place to house two of the cars and the tractor.
We survived this winter’s freeze with only one pipe repair necessity. The truth is that a coupling that I had installed some time ago was not properly solvent welded and was pushed out where a short area was not properly insulated. The repair was promptly made the next morning after the leak was discovered at dark the evening before when it thawed. Could not blame it on anyone but myself. Fortunately, no damage was done. How did you fare in the weather?
We have survived the Covid with Peggy being the only one in our house who contracted it this past month. All three of the young grandsons got it just before then but are well.
Jan reports that the dues are paid by nearly everyone. There are just 2 or 3 that have yet to renew. Thank you for promptly paying the modest dues. [Click here to pay your dues]
I hope to see you all Tuesday.
Tom Romberg President
Indeed, it is a shame not to in person meet. However, the benefits do not exceed the risks. We may be able to get our ability to stage a Zoom meeting again and will let you know if that is possible. Please watch your emails for that possibility.
There are some signs that the current wave is peaking so we hold out hope that next month we can in good conscience meet again in person on February 15th.
In the meantime, I have heard from the Houston club that they are looking for ideas and indeed a host club for the 2022 Texas T Party. If you have any ideas of a location, please share them with me and I will pass them on.
I have enjoyed two short drives in “Pieces”, my 1921 Model T Touring, to the hardware store and to get a haircut. It is running well and safely, after I air up the tires to their specified 55 psi. For the most part they hold, but over time they lose some. Because I have to go down a long and somewhat steep hill where I once slid a tire around on the rim and sliced a valve stem, which of course I did not realize until I came back out of the hardware store to observe a flat tire, I am pretty disciplined now to keep them aired up.
How about another shout out on the great work that Pat Goodson and Jill did on the Christmas party! It was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed Jill’s banana bread and hope that she will share the recipe with us. Hearing the Pinnelli and Cartwright stories of the history of the Fleming Hospital was quite a treat also.
Despite some rumors to the contrary, spring is going to come, which presents us with the opportunity to tour with the fun of driving and getting together. Do you have an idea for a tour? Let’s hear it, please.
We also would like to share our knowledge and skills as well as improve them with some tech sessions. Do you know of someone that could benefit from having us visit and hopefully improve or repair a T? Let’s do it.
My garage building project slowly advances. I mean two out of the three windows finally arrived in tact. The third one was shattered when they opened up the truck. Argh! Its replacement is rumored to be here as early as Feb. 7th. In the meantime, I have made a decision to order the metal roofing and see if I can hire a grown grandson, Jackson Carter, whom you met on the Wimberley tour, to install it.
The tractor repair project in the dried in, electrically lit, garage is virtually done successfully. Now, do any of you have a belly mower you would like to sell for that model IH 154 Lo Boy ?
Another T idea that has occurred to me from reading the club magazines, is to reach out to the area high schools and offer to have a T visit and short talk on the history of the Model T. Are any of you interested in that? It is of course an excellent way to have younger folks have an opportunity to see and learn about the Model T. Alex, should we come to your class?
Just some ideas while thinking.
I hope to be able to see you all soon.
Tom Romberg, President