President’s Column May-June 2018
Well I thought winter would be over after we got back from our yearly trek to Florida, but here it is, April 15 in Michigan, and we wake up to 1.5 inches of ice and snow. Really! What happened to global warming, mother nature can be so cruel at times.
We bought a new house so the move has been quite hectic and the crummy weather is not helping at all. The first thing I moved was the old ’54 Pontiac since the day was dry and sunny. Good move as we have had very few dry and/or sunny days since. After sleeping for five months, it started right up. I love when that happens. However, as I backed out of the garage, my wife Marti, noticed gas dripping from the engine. I drove it to the new house (3 miles away) and it had gotten worse. Further inspection confirmed my worst fear-after twenty years, the fuel pump had gone bad. Apparently “Mr. Ethanol” had eaten the diaphragm away. I will have to get a kit and fix it soon. So, a little warning to all members, if you’re using an ethanol blend fuel, it will eventually take its toll, probably sooner rather than later. I am also having a problem with my fuel sending unit, which I believe is original to the car with its 47,000 original miles, so I will have to replace that too.
Our summer Homecoming Tour to Chattanooga is fast approaching. Marti and I are looking forward to seeing all of you there. It should be a great time for everyone. We have not been to every Homecoming tour, but every tour we have attended has been wonderful. Well planned with lots of great activities, good food and mostly meeting old and making new friends- the best part and why we love this hobby.
Many of you may not be aware of this, but the Antique Automobile Club of America offers each region four free memberships each year. We always use ours right away to get new members into our region and give them the opportunity to see what our club is all about, get the Vintage Voice and realize the great value they are getting for very minimal membership dues. Little known to many, however, is that AACA also has additional free memberships for military veterans. This is a great way to gain more new members into our hobby. If you know a car guy who is a military veteran or if you meet one at an upcoming car show (look for the navy blue veteran hat – I have one and I see them everywhere) encourage them to visit the AACA National’s website and apply for a free veteran membership. We will give them a free OPW for one year also, as long as they receive their Vintage Voice electronically.
Hope to see many of you in Chattanooga!