The EarlyBird Magazine

May-June 2020 Issue
Volume 58, Number 3

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
Jim Spawn and staff
4 Classic Thunderbird Club International Balance Sheet
Bob Witt
5 Birds On The Bay Convention Rescheduled
Jeff Barlow and Dave
6 Production and Procurement of the Thunderbird Factory

John Smith
10 New CTCI Introductions
Gil Baumgartner
12 Five Southern California Chapters Meet Up in Borrego

Gary Noyes
15 2020 Board of Directors Meeting February 21-22, 2020
Sharon Jurkonie, CTCI
16 Sight Unseen
Michael Ricci, Jr.
20 Thunderbird Rear Axle Basics
Ron Trella
23 Thunderbird Factory Invoices
24 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
26 From the Beginning
Leanne Heaton
30 We Brought it Back!
John Walton Jr.
34 On the T-Bird Trail
36 The Thrill of Classic Thunderbird Ownership
Jim Spawn, Editor
38 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
40 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 – Rich Martin
’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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