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January 2021

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We have turned the calendar page to a new year. I have heard from so many that a new year was at the top of their Santa wish list last month. Let’s hope, with new vaccines the COVID problem will begin to recede into the history books. At least, it appears the worst is behind us.

I am eager to get my Model A back on the road in real, honest-to-goodness tours. Your 2021 Board of Directors is working hard to get ready for the New Hampshire National Tour in June and the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth this December.

I hope your holiday celebrations were as pleasant as they could be. Gathering family together has been a challenge given all the government restrictions. Yet, technology has given us the opportunity to see our loved ones and friends without actually being in the same room with them. Perhaps we should suggest to ZOOM that it is, “The second best thing, next to actually being there.”

The Board of Directors will be holding its February meeting on ZOOM as it has the past several meetings. The platform allows us a chance to include member guests in our agenda. So, if you have something you would like to discuss with the Board, please let us know. Sandra Aguirre at our La Habra headquarters is the person to contact. 562-690-7452 is the phone number and info@mafca.com is the email address. She can also arrange for you to receive the link information if you wish to attend the February board meeting.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I wish you a very Happy New Year. May you be safe and healthy throughout this recovery year. I’ll look forward to seeing you on the Model A roads this year
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Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President

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December 2020

Well, we are finally coming to the end of 2020, the year that will remain in our memories for a very long time. While it is probably unrealistic to expect our COVID-19 problems to vanish as we flip the calendar to 2021, we can nonetheless look forward to better things in the new year. Among them is our National Tour in New Hampshire this coming June. I encourage you to consider joining the group. You will find more information at https://www.2021mafcanationaltour.com/.

The holidays are just a few weeks away. Already, the day after Thanksgiving as I write this, neighbors are putting up their Christmas lights and will be plugging them in during the coming days. One of my traditions is putting a small wreath on my Model A grill. Of course, the trunk gets decorated with garland as well. All of it helps get us in the holiday spirit.

Whatever your holiday preference, I hope you enjoy it even if you must continue isolating from your larger family. Our technology options today give us the opportunity to visit with loved ones in ways we have never been able to do before. If you are not computer savvy, perhaps you can get one of your children or grandchildren to show you how to set things up. Then you will be able to include many people in your celebration.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I wish you a pleasant holiday season and a safe New Year’s celebration. We will see you on the Model A roads next year.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


November 2020

Well, here we are, eight months into the COVID-19 restrictions. And, yet, Model A folks still know how to enjoy their precious cars. In groups of two or three, sometimes four, there have been mini-tours galore. That’s the spirit of Model A people.

We have had some nice things take place so far this year. At the top of the list is the induction of Les Andrews into the Model A Ford Hall of Fame in Hickory Corners, Michigan. MAFCA also introduced a couple important new publications to our store. The Victoria Book was a project that came together with color photographs throughout the pages and articles that will be very important to the many people who own or are interested in Victoria models. It is priced at only $29.95. Secondly, and no less important, the Paint and Finish Guide, 3rd Edition is at the printers and will be ready for shipping by the early part of November. Thanks to the Judging Standards Committee (JSC), this new publication incorporates all the known, commonly used, Model A colors. You will find this new paint guide extraordinarily helpful because of the very large color samples made possible by a new printing technology. Unlike the old edition with its small samples, the new version offers samples nearly 1/3 the size of each page. It can be yours for only $42.50. You can order each of these new books by calling the MAFCA office at 562-690-7452. Please leave a message with your contact information so we can call you back if there is no one immediately available.

And, don’t forget that the MAFCA store also offers many items that would make great gifts. The Holidays are fast approaching and you may find a MAFCA gift to be just the thing you want to give this season. We have wearables, DVD technical programs for vehicle maintenance and repair as well as fashion references. There are many books, including Les Andrews’ three volumes on car maintenance. We are sure you will find something of interest that will satisfy the need for your favorite Model A hobbyist.

Please stay safe, wear your masks and enjoy a warm Thanksgiving celebration with your family. I’ll look forward to seeing you out in your Model A.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


October 2020

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What a thrill it was on September 19, 2020 to watch as Les Andrews was inducted into the Model A Ford Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Model A Ford Museum. Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) president John Begg made the pronouncement and Les joined the select few who have been given the honor.

Please join me in congratulating Les on this latest honor. Two years ago Les was recognized by MAFCA for his many contributions to our national club when he was awarded life membership in MAFCA. Life membership is the highest honor MAFCA can award. Being a member of the Hall of Fame is a very rare designation reserved for a very special few.

If you want to complete your Christmas shopping, consider getting one or more key holders with the MAFCA logo for your special Model A friend or relative. They are wonderful stocking stuffers and will help protect the dashboard of your car from scratches that dangling key chains can cause. You will find them at MAFCA Leather Key Holder.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I would like to wish each of you a safe and happy Holiday Season. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, Quansah, or other, I hope you have a wonderful celebration. Come back refreshed and ready to resume traveling in your Model A. See you in 2021.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


September 2020

Everywhere you look this year, events have been cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you can't get out in the Model A for a drive and some sightseeing. Treat yourself to some fresh air and the thrill of your old car traveling down the back roads.

Now is the time to order your Christmas cards from MAFCA. Delightful Model A photos and paintings that will make your holiday greetings very special. You can begin your search with Set A by Clicking Here. You can enlighten your friends and family about the Model A era at Christmas time.

I’ve just reviewed the information about our 2021 National Tour in New Hampshire. It is going to be a hub and spoke tour format from June 20 to 25. Each night you will stay at the same hotel in North Conway. During the day you can take a tour to different destinations along the spokes of the compass. There will be some majestically wonderful sights available. Some of them include Mount Washington Auto Road, Conway Scenic Railway and the Castle in the Clouds. Those are only a few of a very long list of tours you can take while enjoying New Hampshire’s Granite State.

Your Board of Directors is working hard to prepare our club for the time when we will be able to reignite the event schedule we all have been missing. With luck we will be able to do more in 2021. Stay tuned to the MAFCA web site for updates as they are available.

I hope to see you soon.
Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


August 2020

As you have undoubtedly seen, the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) has cancelled its 10th Annual Model A Day for 2020. Originally scheduled for September 19th, the MAFFI Board of Directors concluded that the COVID-19 was too big a risk for people likely to attend the event. That begs the question, “What about induction of new Model A Hall of Fame members?” The answer is MAFFI will have a virtual induction ceremony that we can all attend safely. Details about how to connect will be released later.

Have you ordered your MAFCA leather key holder yet? If not, Click Here. You will find it is helpful in preventing dashboard scratches. It also fits nicely into your pocket or purse without digging holes as bare keys have a tendency to do. Be the first in your club to have one of these MAFCA key holders. You will constantly show support for MAFCA when you use it. They are hand made and embossed with the MAFCA logo.

Well, we’re in our sixth month of novel COVID-19. It has caused some true hardships for many people around our country. Is there someone in your local MAFCA chapter who needs help? Does your chapter know of someone who needs help even if they aren’t members? It is easy to contribute food and clothing. Personal delivery by keeping your distance and leaving the package on the front porch can still complete the cycle of helping.

You may find that your local food bank has need for more volunteers. Why not take some of your Model A club friends and visit the food bank to volunteer? You can help many people with one effort in that way. Model A’ers are family. Now, our family is just a little bigger because of the great need people are experiencing. If you are retired, you are blessed. Those who need to be working often can’t. Why not see what you can do to help?

Even though you are practicing social distancing and wearing a mask, you can still take your beloved car out for a drive. Collect a few cars from your club and create an impromptu parade to delight your neighbors, and even those you don’t yet know. Enjoy. Be safe.

I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President

July 2020

Happy July 4th Independence Day to you all. It has been more than 240 years since our Republic was established and our annual celebration of its birthday will be a bit different this year. Many parades and picnics have been canceled. Yet, it is still possible for one or two Model A’s to tour locally and enjoy this milestone in our Country’s progress. I wish you a very happy time.

At our most recent board meeting on June 20, 2020 (via ZOOM) we discovered that it is possible for us to conduct the Club’s business using this media. The consensus of our Directors is that we should use ZOOM for future meetings as the need exists. It is a means for us to hold our meetings in the face of COVID-19 restrictions. Any member in good standing is welcome to join us. All you need to do is request connection information from Sandra Aguirre at our headquarters office…562-697-2712.

As of this writing, the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) still plans to hold its 2020 Model A Day celebration at the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan. They will be adhering to advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On September 18-19 the theme this year is "Model A First Responders.” “We plan to have police vehicles, fire trucks and a Model A ambulance on exhibit as part of our event. We also plan to have our swap meet and technical and fashion seminars.” How apropos. Learn more at MAFFI.org.

Summer is here. I encourage you to take a drive in your Model A. Even though you may not stop for sightseeing, you can still have a grand time just driving along Model A roads until it’s time to head home and fill the gas tank once more. I wish you grand adventures.

Happy July.

I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President


June 2020

In May, your Board of Directors made another very difficult decision. We concluded that risk to our members would still be at unacceptable levels in early December, so the Board has cancelled the annual National Awards Banquet (NAB) that was to be held in Fort Worth, Texas. This has been a very disappointing year for our members and we are extremely sorry that we have had to take this action. Like our move to cancel the National Convention originally set for this month, we believe it would be best to avoid even the possibility of COVID-19 problems in December. We are grateful to Fort Worth’s Cowtown A’s for agreeing to sponsor the event in 2021. They had already made some wonderful plans for 2020 and assure us those plans will be transferable to next year.

As you know, the National Awards Banquet is when the newly elected Board members are installed for the coming year. That will still happen, but it will be happening at the MAFCA office in La Habra rather than in Fort Worth.

I hope you agree with our decisions. They are unprecedented. Our hope is that 2021 will allow us to get back on track with our national and regional events. Our primary national event for 2021 will be the MAFCA National Tour in North Conway, New Hampshire. It will be held from June 20 through June 24. Mark your calendar now so you can be sure to get your reservation when the forms become available early next year. The New Hampshire Lakes Region MAC has been working hard to get ready for us. They have a wonderful tour planned with experiences that you will be able to brag about for years to come. And, then there will be the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas in the December 2021 time frame. Exact dates will be announced in the near future.

We all wish you continued good health and safety as these days of COVID-19 roll on. If you have a chance to get out and drive your Model A, even around the block a few times, you will feel better just by getting out in your favorite car. I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President


May 2020

It seems like it has been a long time since we have been able to get out in our Model A’s and tour to new and exciting destinations. Actually, it has only been a few weeks. The end will come soon and we will be able to gather again to pursue our favorite pastime.

We have some really great news to share. Bob Kreipke, former Ford Motor Company historian and author of many books, including 2020’s The Ford Model A, has agreed to be the Honorary Historian for our Model A Ford Club of America. We are delighted to have Bob join our family. You can look forward to reading articles from Bob in future issues of The Restorer. His insights and life-long interest in Ford products gives him a unique ability to help us all understand more about Model A history. Welcome, Bob. His new book is available on Amazon.com.

MAFCA has been working diligently on a new book about the Victoria Coupe model of Model A Fords. It is in the final stages of preparation and will be ready for ordering by mid- to late-June. It is an updated version of the original compilation of articles from The Restorer and the Victoria Association’s Bustle. The new volume will include a list of Surviving Model A Ford 190-A Victoria Coupes and a table of Similarities and Differences for the 400-A, 190-A and the 180-A models. Those are the Convertible Sedan, the Victoria, and the Deluxe Phaeton. If you have an interest in Victoria’s, this is a book you will want to have in your library.

I’m pleased to tell you that Chuck Christensen is back from his heart surgery and once again answering your technical questions. During his absence, Jim Cannon filled in and we thank Jim for his help. Welcome back Chuck.

All the best,
Bill Truesdell 2020 President


April 2020

MAFCA Response to Coronavirus

As of this writing, it has been two weeks since California Governor Newsom issued his order to shelter in place. We are permitted to go to the grocery store and medical appointments or pharmacies. That’s about it. And, for many of us in the “more experienced” life group, for those things we get out of the house more often than younger folks might.

Our MAFCA office in La Habra, California has been closed since the governor’s order was issued. Nonetheless, we are still responding to emails and returning phone calls when you leave voice mail messages. If you have an urgent need to contact us, we welcome your call. You can find the phone numbers and email addresses of all the MAFCA Board members on page 3 of the current issue of The Restorer. If you would like one of our staff members to get in touch with you, please call the office at 562-697-2712 and leave a message. You can reach out by email to the office staff by contacting info@mafca.com.

We are now in April and there are still many folks who have not yet renewed their membership for 2020. If you are one of them, please click on MAFCA STORE to renew today. We don’t want you to miss out on a single benefit of MAFCA membership.

With so many Model A tours and gatherings being cancelled due to the medical emergency, this might be a good time to rebuild parts you need by doing it somewhere on the inside of your house. Even now the garage is too cold in many parts of the country. It is also a good opportunity to study for your judging certifications by using our on-line study guides. For vehicle judges you will find the tests at https://mafca.com/v_tests.html. For era fashion judging you will find the tests at https://mafca.com/ef_tests.html.

Finally, we are nearing the date when we will send the new 2020 MAFCA Membership Directory to the printer. Everyone who has already ordered a copy will have theirs shipped first. If you have yet to order your copy, please click on MAFCA Store. For only $16 per copy plus shipping, you will have the latest information about member contacts. It is an invaluable resource when you are touring away from your home location and need to ask for help.

I wish each of you safety for yourselves and your families in the coming weeks. Take each day of confinement with the belief that it will help you remain virus free. I'm excited to think what fun we will have when the touring window has been reopened.

All the best,
Bill Truesdell 2020 President


March 2020

The bulbs are starting to flower here in the West. It won’t be long before they start punching their way through the snow farther East. Getting the Model A ready for touring is the next item on our “To Do” list. It easy to do simple things like checking the lug nuts on your wheels to be sure they are torqued to 55 foot-pounds. Back flushing the radiator will get rid of all the flakes of rust that may have accumulated over the winter. But also be sure to recheck the toe-in alignment on your front end so your car will hold itself squarely on the road and not bounce around or wander. Does your horn work? How about the headlights? Now is the time to change the oil (and filter if you have one). A little careful attention to annual maintenance and your special beauty will be ready to tackle another season of touring.

I was visiting the AAA office the other day and requested some maps for the route between us and Kerrville, Texas. They still have paper maps. Those are a nice alternative to the GPS displays we have on our phones these days. It is nice to spread them out on the table and use a highlighter to mark the route we want to take. They also make it easy to determine daily driving distances so planning hotel stops is made easier. We are looking forward to being in Kerrville for the National Convention, and we are looking forward to enjoying our journey to and from Texas as well.

National Conventions are so much fun. We still have an opening for a club to host the 2022 National Convention. There are some great rewards waiting for those who agree to take on that project. Talk with MAFCA Vice President David White. You can reach him at VP@MAFCA.com. He will share with you all the details.

Bill Truesdell 2020 President


January 2020 - Happy New Year everyone!

In the coldest part of the year, with snow on the ground in many parts of the country our Model A’s are sleeping snuggly in their garages. Now is a good time to plan the annual reawakening maintenance that must be done before we begin our next touring season.

So, when you plan your garden for next spring, why not plan your maintenance for the Model A, too? Order the parts you know you will need. Put together a list to be done like changing the oil, repacking the wheel bearings, lubricating all the joints and back flushing the radiator. These are just a few of the steps to take so that your touring experiences will be exciting rather than disappointing.

2020 will be a great MAFCA year. We have two exceptional programs coming. The National Convention in Kerrville, Texas (near San Antonio) will provide some great tours through the Texas Hill Country. We will also have the chance to visit San Antonio’s River Walk and the Historic Alamo. If these are destinations you already have on your bucket list, you won’t be disappointed. Save June 20 through 26 on your calendar for this special event.

In December we will return to Texas to visit Fort Worth for the National Awards Banquet. Please put December 3 through 6 on your calendar for this annual event. There will be wonderful seminars, educational era fashion events, tours through the greater Dallas-Fort Worth vicinity and, of course, announcement of the literary awards, fashion awards and the new Board of Directors for 2021.

Lots to look forward to. I hope to see you there.

Bill Truesdell 2020 President


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