THE PINE TREE CHAPTER Volume 12, Issue 1, January 2021
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|Hi model A fans. It is with sadness that I notify everyone of the passing of Noreen Sneirson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl and his family. Any cards can be sent to Carl at his home, 204 Old Dover Rd. Rochester, NH 03867. Now on the bright side. It is an honor to announce our 2020 member of the year. Although we have had little club activity this year this person still has shown great club spirit by continuing to plan tours, contribute to the NE committee and offering to host our annual meeting. Dan Smith exhibits his dedication to both the hobby and to our club. Dan has hosted our annual meeting several times. He also helped plan several meetings held at Strawberry Banke and is currently on the NE meet committee. Dan is also helping design and|
|build some of the awards to be given at the meet. This club continues to exist because of members like Dan. Please join me in honoring Dan. Thanks to all the members who voted. I enjoyed all the phone calls and stories. It is all the members that make the club enjoyable. Let us look forward to being able to resume club activities in 2021 Once again, we will hold our meeting online or in person. On page 3 of this newsletter is the zoom meeting invitation. You can sit in jour P. J’s in the living room or Join from the garage or kitchen counter. You can also come in person to the Masonic Hall in West Kennebunk if you wish. We had 18 members last month join the meeting. Did you know you do not need a computer? You can call into the meeting from any phone. Stay healthy everyone Jon & Sandy Harris.|
Call to order:
Welcome new members or guests:
Secretaries report: As published in the newsletter
Treasurers report: Gil Brown: 2020 Account Balance
Old business: Member of the Year Winner
Executive Committee Nominations
FREEPORT POLICE DEPT
If anyone has topics of interest, let me know and I'll do my best to research and answer here. I hope
we all benefit. I fear repeating Model A issues in these articles so new ideas are a big help.
Hopefully this hasn't been discussed earlier: the two hidden Model A grease fittings. I try to point
these out to folks that grease their own cars, good practice might be annually for most of us. More often
than not, these have been overlooked. These are the two fittings that lubricate the rear brake pivot shafts
that pass through the rear brake backing plates.
When new or carefully rebuilt, the shafts are a near perfect fit
through a bushing that is reamed to exact size. To prevent wear, just
a bit of grease is needed. Not much grease, as over greasing may
contaminate the brake shoes. The challenge is to find the fittings!
A flashlight will help. The fittings point to the front of the
car, sort of pointing parallel to the ground, straight ahead. Hidden on
the backside of the backing plate, at 3 and/or 9 o'clock. Not to be
confused with the 6 o'clock location of the fittings for the rear wheel
The meeting was called to order at 9:13am by President Jon Harris
A new member joined us by phone/Zoom Hopper McDonough who has a 1929 roadster pick
We also had a guest, Larry from the Country Folk Museum in East Dixfield, ME. The museum
is restoring a Model A car and spoke about an event in July with food & music that is held every
year. It was not held in 2020 due to COVID19.
Secretary’s report was accepted as printed in the newsletter.
Treasurer’s report was read and accepted. Our investment into a certificate of deposit was discussed
and the club decided to keep things as they are and it will be reviewed each month to
discuss and decide if any changes should be made.
It was discussed that nominations and votes for member of the year need to be submitted. If
you can please add a story/reasons you feel this person is deserving to be member of the year.
New club officers are needed!!! Please consider stepping up and serving the club. MAFCA
membership is free in 2021 for new members as well.
There are still some outstanding club dues. There are currently 88 members and 17 memberships
are still unpaid. If you are not sure if you have paid please reach out to Treasurer Gil
Brown to be sure you’re up to date.
Weirs Motors in Arundel may be willing to let the Youth Restoration Project move to their location
in the hopes to get some youth involved.
Frank Kennedy will have an article published in the January/February issue of The Restorer
magazine so be on the lookout for it.
David White did a presentation about the new touring engine he had done for his car.
There was a great article in the December newsletter by John Brissette.
Jon Harris spoke about Model A Times. The magazine reviews supplies and suppliers to let
you know who is good and who is not good. It’s free for a year for any that may be interested.
It was suggested that Frank Kennedy’s photo that was recently on the cover of the Model A
Restorer by framed and raffled at the 2021 NE meet.
The subject of doing a calendar for 2022 and selling it at the 2021 NE meet was brought up as
well. Frank Kennedy has a LOT of photos to share and is willing to help Diane work on the
calendar. Collages could be done to be able to include more photos. More to be discussed at
Meeting was adjourned at 10:17
In attendance was: Pete Haskell, Frank Kennedy, Al Leach, Larry from Country Folk Museum,
Mike Brauch & Christine MacKenzie, Mike Zelle, Hopper McDonough, Dave Robbins, Scott
& Deb Lansbury, Gil Brown, David White, Jon & Sandy Harris.
|MAFFI Newsletter Minute
|A Message from our President
Closing out the year 2020, we realize many things we planned for our hobby could not take place. However, throughout
this time, we also accomplished a number of good things including spending more time with our families. We also made
some nice additions and improvements in our Museum. To list a few… we added an interactive chassis exhibit, the
America’s Sweetheart Roadster and improved our interactive start display. We brought in three First Responder vehicles
and will continue to display these vehicles throughout 2021. We added to our era fashion exhibits by acquiring new
mannequins complete with era fashion attire. Special collections including Ford Dealer records, Jim Beam Model A decanters,
header clocks and additional tools were added to our displays. Next year we will be adding several new donations
to our Museum including a 1931 Woody Station Wagon. We also created videos, which will be rolled out on our
website, showcasing our museum and several displays.
Due to the cancellation of Model A Day, we had a significant shortfall in income. However, many clubs and individuals
have made contributions to help offset some of this loss. For this, we extend our great appreciation!
From all of the Trustees and myself, thank you for all of your support and many happy wishes for this holiday season.
John Begg, President
Model A Ford Foundation
|Ramblings from a Rumble Seat: an Occasional Column by John Brissette
We have all heard the expression “Words matter” and the question “What’s in a name?” Those saying came to
mind recently because of a book Linda gave me for Christmas. Written by Mack Hils, it is entitled “Restoring
the Open A’s, Roadsters and Tourings” (published in 1980, reprinted in 1984). Throughout the book, both in
text and in photo captions, the author uses the terms touring and phaeton interchangeably. I have always referred
to that body style — an open car with a full-width back seat — as “Touring” for Model Ts and “Phaeton”
for Model As. Mr. Hils use of the word touring made me curious so I checked some of my other Model A
First I went to the “bible”, the “Model A Judging Standards and Restoration Guidelines.” It uses the word Phaeton.
Next I checked a Model A book I’ve had since childhood, “Model A Album” complied by Floyd Clymer
and Leslie R. Henry first printed in 1960. Mr. Clymer and Mr. Henry were giants in the old car hobby back then
and they referred to that body style as a Phaeton. Next I looked in “The Ford Model A, As Henry Built It” by
George DeAngelis, Edward P. Francis, and Leslie R. Henry first published in 1971 (the copy I have is the Fifth
Edition, printed in 2001). Again, Phaeton was the word used. Another older book I looked in was “Henry’s Lady,
An Illustrated History of the Model A Ford” by Ray Miller. Like the others, he referred to that body style as
a Phaeton. Regarding the 1928 model he wrote, “The ‘Phaeton’ was a new name for what had, until this year,
had been known as a ‘Touring’ body style.”
The only other book I have that refers to a Model A phaeton as a “Touring Car” is a coffee table book entitled
“Driving America, The Henry Ford Automotive Collection” published in 2013 by The Henry Ford (which I still
think of as the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village). The book features 100 cars from the museum’s
collection and has a some of the most beautiful automotive photographs I have even seen. The only Model A in
the book is described as a “1930 Ford Model A Touring Car.” It is Kewanee Green and Elkpointe Green car
with black wheels.
I also did an online search. A couple of old car forums came up, apparently the question of what is the difference
between a touring car and a phaeton comes up periodically and folks like to discuss it. Like all online forums
there are lots of opinions but not always a definitive answer. On the “Ford Barn” site the consensus
seemed to be that phaeton was used because it had more “panache” and thus better for marketing — Ford advertising
referred to the “New Ford” (not Model A) to clearly distinguish it from the “Tin Lizzy.” The Antique Automobile
Club of America (AACA) site offered some interesting insights. In the 1920s the Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) published body style definitions. By their definitions, touring cars were longer than phaetons
and often had rear-facing “jump seats.” Automobile manufactures were not compelled to follow those definitions
so the terms got muddled. Model T “touring cars” did not have jump seats so were they really touring
I find Model A standard phaetons very attractive and think it interesting that it is the only Model A body style
with rear doors hinged in the front, all other Model As with four doors have the rear doors hinged in the back.
Looking into this topic was fun and lead to some interesting discoveries. For example, when Ford started making
“deluxe” models in 1930, they didn’t begin calling the non-deluxe cars “standard” as we do now. Ford never
advertised a “standard” roadster, phaeton, or tudor. Interestingly, in the “Model A Judging Standards and
Restoration Guidelines” roadsters, phaetons, coupes, and Fordors are classified as either standard or deluxe, but
Tudors are either simply a tudor or a deluxe tudor. So when it comes to car body styles do words really matter?
Obviously not, but that is okay, we can love them for what they are by whatever name we choose.