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1 THE PONY EXPRESS In this issues  President’s Corner  JR Kalinowski passes  Where is the Steg?  St.Paul Plant closes  Tire pressure article January 2012 A Publication of the Upper Midwest Region of The Shelby American Automobile Club January Meeting Notice: The January meeting is being moved to the ballroom on the upper level of the Officer’s Club. This is to provide greater accessibility for those who may have a difficult time negotiating the stairs. We will use the bar in the VIP Room on the main level. President’s Corner Holy Cow!!! It’s 2012 already! Kathie and I hope all of you and your families had a Happy and Safe Holiday. With any luck, you got that special present that you have been waiting for-a new set of wheels, the big screen TV or a diamond necklace or bracelet (female version of a new set of wheels or headers). While ours was kind of quiet, Kathie and I did get one very nice present this year. Actually, it was our daughter Andrea who got the present, an engagement ring from her “favorite” guy, John. No date has been set, but we are assuming it will be sometime in John is a really good guy, treats her well and is willing to put up with her “stuff”. To top it all off, he is a car guy (or should I say, truck guy). He is a fan of the “pentastar” brand with those funny looking valve covers, but it is a start. From the club’s perspective, 2012 looks to be another busy and active years. We have several fun events coming up, starting with the Winter Party. Pam Flaten has stepped up to head up the party, and from the sounds of things, she has some great ideas for the party. Look elsewhere in the newsletter for details, and at the monthly meeting, where she will have something more complete. There will also be some other events being planned, in addition to our two car shows later on this summer. I know I am planning to do a lot of fun driving this summer, and I hope you will do the same. I hope to see you at the monthly meeting, where more discussions will come forward. Mike Boulka Club member Harry “JR” Kalinowski, 48, of Zimmerman, died December 8, JR is survived by his father, Harry Kalinowski Sr.; son Harry Kalinowski III; daughters Cassandra Kalinowski and Selena Kalinowski; sister Mary Snare (Noel); and significant other Lynette Lindgren. He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene, son Jonathan, niece Jessica A. Snare, and step-mother Addie Kalinowski. The membership extends it’s condolences to all of JRs’ family and friends. We’ll all miss him. We are sad to report

2 UPPER MIDWEST REGION, SHELBY AMERICAN AUTO CLUB P.O. Box Edina, MN CLUB OFFICERS President: Mike Boulka (612) Vice Pres. Pam Flaten (952) Treasurer: Carole Ackerman Secretary:Scott Sokol (952) CLUB REPRESENTATIVES Dan Mattila (763) John Greenwell (651) CLUB PHOTOGRAPHERS John Greenwell (651) Ericke Rosquist (612) CLUB COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Dave Smith (952) John Greenwell (651) Scott Sokol (952) NON-SHOW EVENTS COMMITTEE Mike Boulka(612) Steve and Pam Flaten(952) CHARITABLE GIVING COMMITTEE Carole Ackerman Bill Cochrane Jeff Condon Dan Mattila Paul Tuveson CLUB DUES Dues are $26 for a one-year membership. New members pay $ 2.00/month through June 30th then $26 per year. All memberships expire every June 30 th. CLUB LOGO ITEMS Club shirts $18, Caps $10 Snap Jackets: Winter $70 Summer $70 Zipper jackets add $ , Amy Davis, Merchandise Manager FOR DISCOUNTS ON PARTS Apple Valley Ford -15% Off Motorsports Ask for Chad at (952) MEMBER DATA CHANGES Please send any directory changes to: Roger Stolley WEBMASTER Dave Smith NEWSLETTERS - WANT ADS Rolf Erickson: Dave Smith: CLUB WEBSITE ADDRESS January MeetingJanuary 4Ft. Snelling Officers’ Club Club BreakfastJanuary 28Original Pancake House February MeetingFebruary 1Ft. Snelling Officers’ Club Club BreakfastFebruary 25Original Pancake House Winter PartyFebruary TBDTBD March MeetingMarch 7Ft. Snelling Officers’ Club IMPORTANT DATES

3 . "Where Is The Steg"??? I have been told that he can "heel and toe" with the clutch; And that he can sing Wagner's La Traviata in perfect Mandarin! All we know, he's called "The Steg"!!! You must identify where The Steg is in each picture. The more exact the better. To the first person who can tell me the exact location of each month's picture, you will win a prize. Please send me your guess via at: You can also call me on my cell phone, , and leave your guess as well, for those of you who don't do , or are as technologically challenged as I am. The winning guess will be based on the date and time it was received, even by voice mail. Mike Boulka The Steg ATTENTION MEMBERS: YOU MAY BE MISSING IMPORTANT CLUB ALERTS The club data base does not have addresses for 21% of our membership. You may be missing club information by not having an address listed in the database to receive club broadcasts. If you would like to be included in UMRSAAC Broadcast please to have your address added to the database. Editor’s Note: Dave Smith is editing the January thru March 2012 newsletters. Please send all submissions to him at: Where is this famous gas station located? Contact Rolf Erickson with the answer at or before the January meeting and win a special prize

4 ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It is the end of an era in St. Paul as the Twin Cities Ford assembly plant closed December 16th. The last Ford Ranger is expected to roll off the line Friday December 16th. Former and current workers are reflecting on the plant's storied past. At the turn of the last century, industry was booming and the Twin Cities was flourishing. In 1912, The Ford Motor Company opened a vehicle assembly plant in Minneapolis and a new facility on the banks of the Mississippi. In 1925, the St. Paul Ford assembly plant produced its first Model T. That was the start of an era. "By the time I was three years old...there was no question about it, I was going to be in the car industry," says Del Peterson who is both a car and history buff. He started working at the St. Paul plant in "First day I went to work there, first guy I ran into said you're crazy to come to work here. They're going to close this place. That was 1949," says Peterson. Peterson put in 42 years at the St. Paul assembly plant. He's collected photos, documents and many stories, remembering when workers rarely took off their Ford badges. "People were so proud about having a job at Ford that they would wear those badges to church," he says. At the St. Paul assembly plant, workers once mined silica to make glass, using tunnels under the plant. In the '40s, production supported the war effort and workers made armored vehicles. Early cars built by hand transformed into a high tech robotic operation. And so many models were built there, from the Model T to the Ford There was also the 1966 Galaxie and F-series truck in the '70 and '80s. The plant started making the Ford Ranger Supercab in 1985 and then the Ranger, until now. Declining sales, and a company decision that nothing else would be produced there, means the end. "As a kid I'd come here with my dad and he worked in the computer room and it was a huge computer room bigger than this building we're in now," says current Ford worker Art Wiegele. For him, working at Ford means following a family tradition and a long line of Ford workers. "My grandfather, two uncles, my dad and two brothers," says Wiegele. Today, Art is a union bargainer, but his life is about to change. Born and raised in Minnesota, Wiegele is moving his family to Kentucky to take a job at the Ford assembly plant there. "It's put food on my family's table since long before I was born, so it's hard for me to leave now because of that legacy," says Wiegele. The St. Paul plant closes with about 800 workers. Five years ago, there were 1,600. Some took buy-outs. Others will re-locate. "I really wanted to retire from here. I really thought I could," says Kari Altema, whose last day at the St. Paul plant was December 9th. Altema calls this a year of goodbyes as she also prepares to move to Kentucky. Head of the plant's women's committee, which does charity work, she's been at Ford 19 years. Altema is proud of her work and all the contributions women have made in this male-dominated profession. "The women of the plant. Strength - mentally, physically - they had to be tough because it was a tough environment to work in," says Altema. Starting with the efforts of women at wartime, the plant closes with more than 200 female auto workers. "I'm very proud of this workforce and what we've done in this community," she says And there is so much to be proud of for many generations. For Peterson, it's important to keep sharing his stories about the rich history forged here - a plant that for 86 years weaved its way into the fabric of St. Paul, building cars and community. "It's sad to see it go. But it was great while it lasted...and it lasted a lot longer than that fellow who poked me in the ribs in 1949 thought it was going to," says Peterson. After the plant closes, the facility will then be decommissioned and all the equipment moved out. The property - more than 130 acres along the Mississippi River - is expected to go up for sale next year. Minneapolis StarTribune St. Paul Ford Plant Closes

5 Tire Pressure for Track Days Most car people like to drive fast once in a while. The best way to legally do this in your Shelby, Mustang or other car is at a “track day”. A handful of our members regularly drive their cars at high speed on various track days. Many more members have indicated that they would like to do this too, but for one reason or another they never do. If you have never driven on a road course at high speed, you should seriously consider it but before you do there are several things you should do. If you are not a competent mechanic, have you car checked out by a good shop. The tires, brakes and suspension should be thoroughly gone over. You may want to have a good set of brake pads installed and if you plan on running on the track regularly you may want to consider a set of tires for the track. You will also need a coolant recovery system on the car. After your car has been checked out, one of the most important considerations is tire pressure. Many people use their street tires for track days so it is especially to determine the correct tire pressures for your car. Good, cold, starting pressures ranges are listed below (never exceed your tires maximum cold rating): Front Wheel DriveFront psi Rear psi Front Engine/Rear DriveFront psi Rear psi Rear Engine/Rear DriveFront35-45 psi Rear35-40 psi Charlie Jones states it best in his Roadracers Corner in Mustang Times, November 2011: “Tire pressures are a very important tuning mechanism for your Mustang. Generally, Mustangs have a weight distribution resulting in more load on the front tires. This means tire pressures in front should be higher to get an evenly sized contact patch between the front and rear. A differential of 2- 4 psi is a good starting point with the front pressure determined by reading temperatures across the face of the tread using a pyrometer. Adjust the pressure until an even reading is found between the inner, outer and center edges. Higher temperatures near the edges mean the pressure is too low, higher in the center means the opposite. After achieving an even temperature profile note the tire pressure while the tire is still hot and remember it. Now you can increase or reduce the rear tire pressure to change the handling characteristics of your Mustang. Generally as you lower the pressure rear grip will improve.” Hopefully this brief overview will whet your appetite to learn more about taking your car on a track day. For more information on tire pressure and track handling refer to: the Roadracer’s Corner on page 64 of the November 2011 issue of Mustang Times or the following web sites: Rolf Erickson When taking tire temperatures, take 3 readings from the outside, middle, and inside of the tire. (Inside shown at left) As shown in the photo immediately to the right, be sure to insert the probe in the center of the tread block when measuring treaded tires. (courtesy of Turnfast.com)

6 FOR SALE: 20 acre estate ideal for car collector, mechanic, or hobbyist. NW suburb, 2 miles east of Hwy 101 and the Rogers exit off I-94. Custom built 3 bedroom 2-1/2 bath home. Unfinished lower walkout level has rough in for third bath, wet bar, and fourth bedroom. Also has 40 x 80ft and 40 x 88ft out buildings. The 40 x 88ft building has complete utilities, shop with hoist, office, and restroom. Exceptional location, property borders Diamond Lake on the North with approx. 600 to 700ft of lake frontage, West border is Grass Lake, and South and East borders are heavily wooded. Only two miles to Cub, Lowes, Target, etc., and Interstate I-94. All kinds of wildlife including a bald eagle nest on the property. $550,000. Bryan Christensen, phone: FOR SALE: 20 acre estate ideal for car collector, mechanic, or hobbyist. NW suburb, 2 miles east of Hwy 101 and the Rogers exit off I-94. Custom built 3 bedroom 2-1/2 bath home. Unfinished lower walkout level has rough in for third bath, wet bar, and fourth bedroom. Also has 40 x 80ft and 40 x 88ft out buildings. The 40 x 88ft building has complete utilities, shop with hoist, office, and restroom. Exceptional location, property borders Diamond Lake on the North with approx 600 to 700ft of lake frontage, West border is Grass Lake, and South and East borders are heavily wooded. Only two miles to Cub, Lowes, Target, etc., and Interstate I-94. All kinds of wildlife including a bald eagle nest on the property. $550,000. Bryan Christensen, phone: /11 UMRSAAC monthly meeting minutes December 7, 2011 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. by President Mike Boulka New Members: none. Officer’s reports: Vice President: Left messages for Motorbooks to see if they would like to be at our show. No response. Secretary: Several Club members visited J.R. Kalinowski at his home. He has Pancreatic Cancer and is not doing well. Merchandise Manager : John Greenwell showed the design for a new Club T-shirt. Committee Reports: Non-Show Events Committee: Looking for help with committee. Go Kart racing in the works, TBD. Charitable Donations Committee: Met last month and came up with the charities for the Top 21 Show in August: Food Shelf of Shakopee $500, Boulder Options $500, Hope Chest of Shakopee $1000 and Fort Snelling Military Honor Guard $1000. The Boy Scouts are in for “Vote with your Wallet”, The Shakopee Dance Line is determining if they can still do the concessions for August 12 th due to the change in month. The Honor Guard will do an opening ceremony similar to what was done at the Mustang Club of America show in Des Moines earlier this year. No interest from the Club in World of Wheels Duluth New Business: Rolf Erickson is looking to train someone for the Newsletter Editor position. Dave Smith will produce the January through April issues. Locations are being discussed/activities proposed for the Winter Party. 50/50 Drawing was won by Ron Anderson in the amount of $29. Upcoming Events: December 17th: Breakfast at Original Pancake House, Maple Grove, 7:30am January 4th: Club Meeting at Fort Snelling Officer’s Club, Meeting at 7pm, order dinner by 6:30pm. January 28 th : Brunch at Crossroads Delicatessen in Minnetonka (Hopkins Crossroads and Cedar Lake Road). February 1 st : Club Meeting at Fort Snelling Officer’s Club, Meeting at 7pm, order dinner by 6:30pm Secretary Scott Sokol

7 Want Ads-Buy and Sell Send your ads, changes or renewals to Rolf Erickson Deadline for next issue: December 21, Ads will be dated and run for 6 issues. Non-member ads will be run for 1 issue. FOR SALE: Lots of cool club merchandise. New styles and colors. See Merchandise Manager Amy Davis or For Sale: Art Carr AOD Transmission, non-electric version. Fits motors. Wide Ratio gear set, Kevlar Clutches, Custom Billet Torque Converter-2200 stall. Brand new in shipping crate. Asking $2,000 Dan LeVesque, /11 FOR SALE: 1969 black high back bucket seats Shelby, Mach 1 and Boss Mustangs. All Black with some vinyl checking on one seat and a tear on the other side interior bolster. Frames, tracks, hardware, plastic backs all complete and in good shape. $350 for the set date coded Holley 715 CFM LeMans carb – Original service replacement for ’66-’67 GT350 Holley carb. Nice patina – no need for expensive restoration, but it’s been sitting for a few years and would likely need a kit. Otherwise very complete including choke assembly. $725 – Call Troy (763) FOR SALE: Large floor standing stereo speakers, Cerwin-Vega Model D-7E. Driver Suspension has been redone. Dan LeVesque, /11 For Sale: Custom laser cut wood auto logos for your bar, garage or what have you. Approximately 1 foot diameter. (picture next month) Available for Mustang, Ford Pickup and other makes. $35.00 Contact Gale Epettee, For Sale: Full set of 2007 Mustang (Fan Blade) Wheels - 8.5” wide BFG’s 235/50/18. TPMS sensors are intact. I did the chrome exchange last year and they have absolutely no curb rash. $ Contact: 7- WANTED: 2 barrel stock carb for a , even a newer 302 would work- KEN LAURSEN 1729 AVOCET LANE MOUND MN FOR SALE: 4 Mustang GT Rims $225. They are 16" x 7.5" and in like new condition. I'm near Madison, WI. Kathy FOR SALE: 429 cylinder heads DOVE-C Both are 9K30. Full Rebuild by Total Engine Service. 429 cast iron intake DOVE-9425B. OF26 date code. Restored, painted and prefect for immediate use. $800 for all. Dan LeVesque FOR SALE: 1969 black high back bucket seats Shelby, Mach 1 and Boss Mustangs. All Black with some vinyl checking on one seat and a tear on the other side interior bolster. Frames, tracks, hardware, plastic backs all complete and in good shape. $350 for the set date coded Holley 715 CFM LeMans carb – Original service replacement for ’66-’67 GT350 Holley carb. Nice patina – no need for expensive restoration, but it’s been sitting for a few years and would likely need a kit. Otherwise very complete including choke assembly. $725 – Call Troy (763) For Sale: Complete set of front seat belts (left and right buckles and clasps). They fit 1965 Mustang, black color. Includes original bolts and washers. They work fine and look good. Front Left and Right wing-window frames (chrome, Ford parts# C4ZB C and C4ZB C)--these fit Mustangs. Damon Laudahl 612/ For Sale: Pair of stock mufflers for a Mustang GT. They have the rolled chrome exhaust tips that came as part of the GT appearance package. $50 for the pair, used just 5700 miles on my 2007 Mustang GT. Brian Farr, FOR SALE: A few 1929 Nash Parts. 2 rear drive wheels, 10 wood spokes with steel hubs and rims, 2 lever shocks, 1 starter, 1 generator and a few dash parts. All parts are salvage yard fresh, serviceable/rebuild able. Very reasonable values assigned. Dan LeVesque

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