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News - Updated 9/19/2017


The CenTex Tin Lizzies is now meeting at the Catfish Parlor located at 4705 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin Texas 78744, across Burleson Road from the old meeting site.

Be sure to check out the September Newsletter at the bottom of this page to review last month's meeting minutes and to get a heads up on future events.


A Barn Find!

Fellow club member, Ronny Reeves has proven that surviving Model T's are still out there! Check a a few of 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.

After adding a few replacement parts, fresh oil, gas and water, the old girl started right up! Ronny should be ready for a test drive as soon as new tires are installed!


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


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


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


Christmas Party - 2016

This year's Christmas party was held on December 4th at Texas Land and Cattle Company. Thanks to the efforts of our hosts, Jeff and Denise Treadwell, it was once again a tremendous success! President Robert Norberg welcomed everyone and Joyce Schierlow gave us the blessing. There were 35 members and guests in attendance. Because of the rainy weather, there weren't any members who ventured to drive their T's to the party.


Annual Kingsbury Fly-In

The annual Kingsbury Fly-In came off without a hitch. The weather was perfect and the turnout was great!

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


39th Annual Texas T Party

This year's T Party was held in Stepehnville, Texas. It was chaired and hosted by Kathy and David Harris. For a firsthand report from our own John Anderson, including pictures, check out the September - October Newsletter at the bottom of this page.


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