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THE PONY EXPRESS In this issues  President’s Corner  Winter Party  “The Steg”  Paint chips? February 2012 A Publication of the Upper Midwest Region.

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1 THE PONY EXPRESS In this issues  President’s Corner  Winter Party  “The Steg”  Paint chips? February 2012 A Publication of the Upper Midwest Region of The Shelby American Automobile Club President’s Corner I have been doing a lot of driving for work lately, which has allowed me time to observe new model car’s safety and convenience items on my current daily driver versus cars that I have owned in the past. Most of the items are either standard, or available on all new cars being sold today. The first and most obvious, is the airbag system in the steering wheel. While I can’t argue against the safety merits of the airbags (especially when used in conjunction with your seat belts), I think of all the cars that I have owned down through the years that did not have an airbag system. Gorgeous pieces of art, some of those wheels. My good friend, Dan Iburg, has an absolutely gorgeously restored 1952 Jaguar XK 120 roadster. It has one of the most beautiful steering wheels of all time. A four spoke (“banjo” style) wood rimmed beauty…with a large protruding egg shaped center cap cover with the outline of “Growler” layered into it. Those in the British car inner circles refer to call it “The Impaler”. I think you get the idea! Anti lock brakes are another feature that are standard on most, if not all new cars. Gone are the days when we have to “pump” our brakes to avoid skidding on ice, snow, or wet roadways. Gone also are the days we drivers learn the satisfaction of what BIR’s Gary Curtis preaches and refers to as “threshold braking”. That is the point of applying your brakes to the point just before lock up to gain maximum braking performance. Traction control…takes another “fun” aspect of driving away. Most systems work with the anti lock brake system, or cut out power to your engine. And although most systems allow the driver to turn off the traction control system, most drivers will never do so, allowing for the car to “control” itself. They will never realize the potential of the driving wheels losing traction, until it is too late. Then it will be the manufacturer’s fault. Last, but not least, Stability Control, which helps soccer moms from “hanging the tail out” on their mini vans, which is fine for them, to a point. This allows them to put a DVD into the player for the kids, or talk on the cell phone, or drink their latte’s, but by the time they are sliding into a snow bank, again it will be too late. While designed to keep the masses “safe”, the items do nothing for those of us who like to test our own skills, the average drivers can get lured into a false sense of security into believing they are better behind the wheel than they really are. If these items are so good, why is it that no major racing series do not allow these features on any competing cars? This allows the drivers to be in control, not a computer! Now that snow is finally here, find an empty parking lot somewhere and try doing some doughnuts!!! See you at the meeting! Mike Boulka

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 February MeetingFebruary 1Ft. Snelling Officers’ Club Club BreakfastFebruary 25Original Pancake House March MeetingMarch 7Ft. Snelling Officers’ Club Winter PartyMarch 24Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club April MeetingApril 4Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club IMPORTANT DATES

3 Editor’s Note: Dave Smith is editing the January thru March 2012 newsletters. Please send all submissions to him at: It’s PARTY Time Again Our annual Winter Party is approaching again and should be a unique and fun time. Thanks to Pam Flaten’s organizing talents we are set for: Saturday March 24th Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club (main floor) Social hour: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30 pm Entertainment: 6:30 – 9:00 PM Dinner will be a buffet-style setup with a variety of choices. The complete dinner is paid for out of Club funds. Members are welcome to bring any family members along. Those wanting a drink can purchase from a cash bar. After dinner we have a blackjack company coming in to deal blackjack. There is no money involved, but rather you can win tickets which you later can put into raffle drawings for different door prizes. If you prefer not to play blackjack you will receive tickets that you can place in the drawings for the various prizes. Anyone having a desirable door prize can bring it along and add it to the pile of prizes. Dress for the evening is casual. The party will be held in the main floor ballroom at the Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club (same building where the Club meetings are held). Please sign up for the party at a Club meeting or by ing/calling Pam Flaten at The party is our annual ‘thank you’ for all the effort put into Club activities over the past year. Pam Flaten "Where Is The Steg"??? I have been told that he actually uses his iPhone, as a phone! And that for recreation, he races carrier Albatrosses! 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

4 Chips in your paint? Meet The Doctor! Having tried a number of different methods for touching up the paint chips in my cars, I have finally found a method that works well and very easy. Remember the times of trying to fill the chip hole using a book of matches that you cut off at an angle or trying to use the brush-in bottle touch up paint? You end up with big globs of paint, or unfilled craters. Then there is the paint that does seem to fall correctly in the hole and it stands out like it was a different color. Read on and you will be introduced to a method that puts an end to all of that and in a fraction of the time. First, you need to go to the car you are trying to touch up and find the paint code that is listed on the door jamb. There may be a color name that you are familiar with that was given on the window sticker when your car was “born”. Armed with that information, visit This website will prompt you for the color code, year, model and color. They will custom mix a touch up paint to match your car. You can buy a kit that comes with brushed, cleaning cloth, special polish, a brush and rubber gloves.www.drcolorchip.com There are videos on site for you to get detailed information, but here is the easy process. Make sure the surface is clean and the spots to be touched up have had wax and dirt removed. Open the bottle of paint. Use the brush in the cap, or the special touch up brush to help fill the chip with paint. With your gloved hand, quickly rub your finger over the surface and smear the paint blob to level things out. Don’t worry about how neat or messy it is, just smear it out. Next you let it dry for a bit. Next, use the special polish compound, and apply it to a patch of t-shirt material. This fabric is backed up by a flat plastic card about the size of a credit card. Rub over the smeared spots and it will blend in the touch up very quickly. You’re done with everything but the admiring. Cleaning up the engine Ever want to try cleaning the oil, dirt and gunk off the engine for a car show, for selling your car or just keeping up with that obsessive-compulsive driver (OCD) in your car club? Here is what I have found to be the easiest way of cleaning the engine and making it look showroom new. This will not help if paint is peeling or stuff is rusty and pitted. That will require restoration. The other caution is if you have aluminum or polished surfaces, it could cause some hazing or etching. You need two products, Castrol Super Clean in the purple spray bottle and Meguire’s Rubber and Vinyl cleaner, a toothbrush and general scrub brush. Start by warming up the engine, not hot, just warm. This softens the goo and makes the cleaner work better. You can protect sensitive areas like distributors or wiring blocks that could cause some short circuits if stuff gets wet. Aluminum foil works well for this as it can be wrapped and tucked into place. Try to keep the overspray off painted surfaces on fenders hood etc, but I have not found it to be a problem. Now spray down the engine, metal, plastics etc with the Super Clean. Try not to breathe a lot of this stuff as you will find it irritating. If needed, agitate the thick gunk with a brush. Do not let the cleaner dry, and wash it off with a good running flush of water. Quickly pull off the aluminum foil protection and start the engine. Now let the engine heat up and aid in drying. An air hose or leaf blower can also be used to blow off the water that is in different nooks and crannies. Next comes the magic part of the process. With the engine clean, warm and dry mist on the Vinyl and Rubber cleaner over the plastic and rubber parts, wiring harnesses etc. Close the hood and let the heat and product work. Next time you open the hood, you will see that the whole thing looks almost like brand new, and like it had been detailed by a pro. You should be able to do this in less than 30 minutes. The next time you will find it is easier each subsequent time. 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.

5 SAN SETS JULY 13th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY” Annual Event Acknowledges Importance of Collection and Restoration of Classic Cars The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced July 13, 2012 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the third commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. SAN is again working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance. In the previous two years, the U.S. Senate helped launch national Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing resolutions at the SAN’s request. As a result, thousands of Americans have gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. By taking part in these events around the country, these automotive enthusiasts and related businesses ensured that their passion was honored and recognized. SAN will maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact SAN Director Colby Martin at 909/ or If you are unable to celebrate on July 13th, SAN encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of Please remain active with the SAN’s legislative efforts throughout the year and spread your enthusiasm for this cause to friends, family, car club members and others who appreciate the automotive hobby as much as you do. As you’re aware, joining the SAN at is a simple process. Most importantly, it’s FREE and carries no obligations.http://semasan.com/page.asp?content=signup&g=semaga Visit the SAN Facebook page at and click "like" to stay up-to-date on hobby-related legislation in your state and across the country, announcements, upcoming events, links to hobby resources and photos of SAN member cars and trucks.http://www.facebook.com/pages/SEMA-Action-Network/ ?ref=ts

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 January 4, 2012 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. by President Mike Boulka New Members: none. Officer’s reports: Treasurer Carole Ackerman detailed the financial report. Merchandise Manager: Club t-shirts proposal $8/shirt if we buy 200. They would be gray with four colors with front/back logo. Committee Reports: Non-Show Events Committee: Crossroads Delicatessen brunch 9:30 am on Saturday 1/28. (Hopkins Crossroads and Cedar Lake Rd. in Minnetonka) Charitable Donations Committee: Ft. Snelling Honor Guard may not be able to attend August Show. There will be more information to follow. New Business: Rolf Erickson is looking to train someone for the Newsletter Editor position, Dave Smith to run through April. The Winter Party will be held Saturday March 24 th 4 - 8:30 pm. at the Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club in the ballroom. (4 pm social hour, 5:30 pm dinner and 6:30 pm Black Jack tables) Dave Hackman is at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park for a foot problem and had part of his leg amputated. The Club will drop off some books for him in the hospital. 50/50 Drawing was won by Bill Cochrane in the amount of $23. Upcoming Events: January 28 th : Brunch at Crossroads Delicatessen in Minnetonka (Hopkins Crossroads and Cedar Lake Road) 9:30 am. February 1 st : Club Meeting at Fort Snelling Officer’s Club, Meeting at 7pm, order dinner by 6:30pm March 7 th : Club Meeting at Fort Snelling Officer’s Club, Meeting at 7pm, order dinner by 6:30pm March 24 th : Club Winter Party at Ft. Snelling Officer’s Club (4 - 8:30 pm) 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: 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 For Sale: Set of 4 chrome wheels and tires from a Lincoln Aviator. I used these on my 2005 Ford Explorer for a few summers. They will fit Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer or Lincoln Aviator. Michelin Pilot LTX M & S, P245/65 R17 tires. Includes lug nuts and center caps. I don’t know if they have pressure sensors. About 50% tread left (6/32s). $500 for the works. Brian

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