The EarlyBird Magazine

Volume 57, Number 6

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
Jim Spawn and staff
6 Tire Expiration
From Smokey Mountain Thunderbird Club
8 The Armacost Adventure
Jim Spawn
11 Ford Johnson Memorial Trophy
Cathy Stubbs
12 Classic Thunderbird Club of Scandinavia – 45 Years Together
Willy Busch
14 Classic Car Radio
Bob DePaula
16 CTCI Secretary Report
Pocahontas Cole
16 2020 CTCI Newsletter Contest Call for Entries
Sandra Hood
16 2019 Director Election Winners
18 The 1956 Quarter Window Hard Top
John Smith
21 More from Gil’s Garage-Drive Assemble Power Windows
Gil Baumgartner
22 Welcome New CTCI Members!
CTCI Office
23 Nuts & Bolts
Gil Baumgartner
24 Borg-Warner Overdrive Manual Transmission Thunderbirds
Ron Trella
26 Linda Picked the Color
Peter Stanton
30 A Day in the Park
Dennis Potter
34 On the T-Bird Trail
36 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
Technical Editors
38 The Gray Lady
Patti Aiken
38 Around the Aviary
CTCI Chapters
52 Marketplace
64 Calendar of Events

15-Time Winner of the Golden Quill Award

For many years, Krause Publications’ Old Cars Weekly has brought recognition to numerous publications in the old car hobby. Clubs enter their magazines and newsletters for consideration and are honored by the selection with a certificate and recognition in Old Cars Weekly. The annual Golden Quill Award continues to be a source of pride for their Editors. Members are pleased they belong to a “winning” club.

The EarlyBird magazine of the Classic Thunderbird Club International has been awarded this honor 15 times for the years 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


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It is not easy to win this recognition each year as the publication must show continuous improvement. Story selection and content is another factor that needs attention, since competition between club publications seems to become stiffer each year. According to Gerald Perschbacher, Golden Quill Judge, a winning publication must fulfill the following:

  • Meets the needs of club members
  • Is consistently high quality in design and content
  • Offers a balance in content (news, features, technical, etc.)
  • Presents fresh and creative material that advances the hobby
  • Is a good-will ambassador for the club
  • Is visually attractive and interesting

If your chapter would like to submit your publication for consideration of this award, please see the instructions and tips at the Old Cars Weekly web site.

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Find Technical Articles in past issues of the EarlyBird in the Technical Article Index

EarlyBird Magazine Staff


Editor-in-Chief – Jim Spawn

Technical Editors
’55 – Mitch Reed
’56 – Jim Dinunzio
’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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