The EarlyBird Magazine

January-February 2020 Issue
Volume 58, Number 1

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
Jim Spawn and staff
6 Thunderbird Body Testing and Buildup
John M. Smith
11 F Bird Registry Update
Frank Stubbs
12 The IT Girl
John Mackie
18 The Automatic Transmission in the Early Birds
Ron Trella
20 Porthole Authority
Bob Burtness
21 Looking For History
David Tulowitzky
22 Replacing the Wiring Harness on My 1955 Thunderbird
Peter Holmes
25 Ford Johnson Memorial Trophy
Cathy Stubbs
26 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
26 2020 CTCI Newsletter Contest
Sandra Hood
27 Bureau of Land Management Removes Long-Standing Sign
Dave Tulowitzy and Hemmings Daily
28 Nuts & Bolts
Gil Baumgartner
30 Cincinnati’s Union Terminal
Jill Hulsmann
34 On the T-Bird Trail
36 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
Technical Editors
38 Aussie Lady Turns Heads
Jim Spawn
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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