ARKANSAS TIN LIZZIES
Arkansas Tin Lizzies, a local
chapter of the
Model T Ford Club of America
Henry Ford III and Will
join us at Petit Jean Swap Meet
Touring Tin Lizzies at Piggott
June was a busy month for the
Message from the President
If you didn't make
it to Paragould for the Summer Tour, you missed one of the best tours yet!
Michael Nowlin did a terrific job getting the tour together - the hotel was very
nice, good food, great Model T roads, and unbelievable scenery. Thanks Michael
to you and your dad Larry for all your hard work! I look forward to a repeat in
distance to Paragould, we had a good turnout with 10 Model Ts and 1 Model A.
Several club members made their first tour with us and we look forward to them
making many more. First timers were Joyce and Ken Swan, Carolyn and Larry
Williams, Ervin Pearcy, and Tom Patris. Betty and Joe Jeffers continue to amaze
me with their attendance from Vicksburg plus they even drove the T all the way
I am excited about
the Fall Tour in Vicksburg that Joe and Betty Jeffers will be hosting in October
- visiting the Hot Air Balloon Festival, great roads and scenery, and of course
the great restaurants. Make plans now to attend and get those Ts ready to hit
Roy Mathis, President
June 21, 2008
Zone 2 director Michael Nowlin
hosted the summer meeting of the Arkansas Tin Lizzies in Jonesboro, Arkansas
with twenty-seven people in attendance. President Roy Mathis opened the meeting
by welcoming visitors Larry and Carolyn Williams from Waverly, Tennessee and
Ervin Pearcy from Marion, Arkansas. They both became members of the club at the
meeting. Roy also welcomed members Ken and Joyce Swan from Selmer, Tennessee on
making their first club meeting. Mike Walker made a motion to accept the last
meeting minutes and Chuck Haynes seconded motion. The Secretary/Treasurer’s
report was given by David Ragsdale who reported that the club had added five new
members this past quarter. They are James and Jeanie Smith from Fordyce, Bob and
Shirley Campbell from Colfax Louisiana, Frank and Colleen Porter from Alexander,
Jim and Sharon Patton from Austin and T.W. Brown from Fort Smith. The
treasurer’s statement reported the bank account balance after the spring meeting
at $1426.17. There were two deposits totaling $160.00 and one check written for
meeting expenses of $70.53. The current balance of the account is at $1515.64.
David concluded by saying that the swap meet and car show on Petit Jean Mountain
was considered a big success. There were over fifteen Model T’s on display,
Henry Ford III signed posters, and the club received three new members and a lot
In old business, Joe Jeffers
said plans are getting finalized for our next meeting and tour this fall in
Vicksburg, Mississippi. David said the birthday tour is all ready to go. Bill
Howell conducted a meeting Thursday evening at the motel in Paragould to
complete a list of extra parts that will be taken in the vulture trailer.
No new business was mentioned,
so President Roy appointed Mike Walker, Bill Howell and David Ragsdale to the
nominating committee for 2009 officers. Vice-President Bill Payne will head the
committee. The meeting was adjourned.
New members welcomed.
Five members added in second quarter.
Account balance is $1,515.64
Over fifteen T’s displayed at successful Petit
Fall meeting plans in Vicksburg finalized.
Centennial participants discuss extra parts for
Nominating committee named for 2009 officers.
We had a healthy group of T’s and members for the summer meeting
and tour. Michael Nowlin planned excellent rides and sights for us in eastern
Arkansas. There were eleven cars and twenty-seven people touring in Paragould,
this included ten T’s and an A. Larry Nowlin, Michael’s father drove the
vulture wagon and it was required only once late Friday afternoon.
Thursday afternoon we rode through Paragould over to the
Farmers’ Market and Larry’s Cupp of Cream ice cream stand. The Tin Lizzies
sampled Larry’s homemade wares on Petit Jean and discovered he
was from Paragould. A return trip for Larry’s ice cream was worth the ride.
Friday threatened rain, but a few sprinkles were all that we
got! We travelled well paved roads and lush forests from Paragould to Crowley’s
Ridge State Park. Seventy-five years ago the CCC hand dug a lake and levy and
built the pavilion for the 300 acre park. The Crowley’s Ridge Parkway extends
from just below Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Helena, Arkansas. We enjoyed only a
small part of it! The roads wound through the farm lands of rice,
wheat, corn and soy beans. The land was once swampy and
forested. It was drained, cleared and cultivated, originally for cotton.
The afternoon was climaxed by a stop by the Hemingway-Pfeiffer
Museum and Educational Center in Piggott. This home was the former residence of
Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, whose daughter Pauline was married to the great American
writer, Ernest Hemingway. During their marriage they visited often and
Hemingway wrote portions of A Farwell to Arms there as well as several
short stories. The restoration of the home was well done and attractive.
Saturday dawned clear and beautiful. It was a perfect day for
driving Model T's. Ten Model T's, filled to capacity, left the motel at 9:00.
We motored to Jonesboro and skirted the ASU campus on our way to Craighead
Forest Park. The drive through was very nice, with large trees forming a
continuous arbor over the road. We moved on to the
Forrest Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, where we watched a
program on the formation and history of Crowley's Ridge, complete with
earthquakes we could feel and mist in our faces when storms occurred on the
screen. The presentation involved all your senses.
After a scenic tour through some lovely countryside and
neighborhoods, we gathered for lunch and our quarterly meeting. The food was
great, and Bill Payne may have finally met his match in our waitress. She
traded barbs with Bill like a seasoned pro. After the meeting, Joe and Betty
headed south for Vicksburg in their T and the rest of us went back to Paragould
to load up for the trip home.
Joe and Joan Garcia
A friend’s Model T’s brought Joe into this side of the vehicle
hobby, but he has always been interested in cars, motorcycles, etc. Right now
Joe and Joan own a 1925 Fordor, but have had several other T’s over the years.
They also have a 1940 Ford coupe and a 1950 Mercury.
The Garcias came to Arkansas from San Diego, California where
Joe worked for the County of San Diego Agriculture Department and Joan was a
registered nurse in trauma and ER. She also was in medical research for ten
years. Joan is a native of Iowa and Joe grew up in San Diego. They live in
Dover, Arkansas now but have lived in Florida, Georgia, California, Arizona,
Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa.
We have seven new members that have joined our group since the
last meeting. They are listed below with their cities and the cars they own.
We are so pleased to welcome them.
T.W. Brown, Ft. Smith, AR, ’27 Speedster and ’25 Touring.
Bob and Shirley Campbell, Colfax, LA, ’26 Touring and ’16
Ervin and Delpha Pearcy, Marion, AR, ‘19 Touring, ’30
Model A Sedan.
Jim and Sharon Patton, Austin, AR, ’26 Touring.
Frank and Colleen Porter, Alexander, AR, ’20 Speedster,
James and Jeanie Smith, Fordyce, AR , ‘16 Touring, ’25
Larry and Carolyn Williams, Waverly, TN, ’26 Roadster and
Tin Lizzies Make the News
Our club has made the local print media several times in the
last couple of weeks, three times to be exact. The June issue of
ABOUT the River Valley magazine featured
the Tin Lizzies on its cover. Their story was titled “Model T Ford 100 Years
Old and Still Going Strong.” Local members and their cars were discussed as
well as our members’ trip to Indiana for the centennial celebration. We were
front page and above the fold in the Paragould Daily Press at the summer
meeting and tour with a nice piece about our cars and adventures. The Piggott
Times also had a story on our T’s in their paper when we visited the
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. The T’s looked right at home
in front of the home, built in 1910 and restored to a 1930’s elegance.
We were on television on Channel 4’s evening news June 14 after
the Petit Jean Swap Meet and Car Show. Henry Ford III was interviewed and
several of our cars were shown. Earl Zechiedrich talked about being a Model T
owner and his all wooden speedster that he made was pictured. Follow the link
below and you can view the video seen that evening
Henry Ford... the Third in Central AR .
Petit Jean Swap Meet and Car Show
A celebration of the T’s 100th birthday was
recognized at the 50th Annual Petit Jean Swap Meet. The Arkansas Tin
Lizzies displayed a number of cars belonging to our members. Henry Ford III and
Will Rockefeller were both there and spoke to a good sized group of onlookers at
the opening of the car show and judging.
They were gracious to all the meet’s visitors seeking autographs
on cars, posters and other memorabilia. The Ford Motor Company supplied 3,000
posters for our club to give to visitors and to our members they gave
commemorative pins and some hard bound pictorial histories of the Model T. Many
of our members were pleased to have their memorabilia autographed by Ford.
This was also an occasion to honor our past club presidents.
David Ragsdale (2005), our founding president, Mike Walker
(2007) and Morris Dillow (2006) have led our group in the first years of the
Arkansas Tin Lizzies. We all appreciate their efforts and time spent for the
club. They each were presented with a clock engraved with their name and the
year they served.
Another nice tour and meeting is planned for October 16-18 to
the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. Joe and Betty Jeffers are making our plans for
this event. Our motel will be the Jameson Inn, 3975 S. Frontage Rd. Call
601-619-7799 to reserve your room. You should do this by October 1 to get the
reduced rates. Joe has booked 15 rooms, 10 doubles and 5 kings. The rate will
be $75.99 per night and will be available the 15th through the 18th,
one extra day should you want to go down early. Ask for the Tin Lizzie rate,
you will save $24.00 a night. There is parking available at the motel as well
as at the Factory Outlet Mall next door and the Cracker Barrel. The mall
manager offered coupon books to members that want to save if they shop, just
stop in at the mall office.
This map shows the general location of the Jameson Inn.
Joe wanted to remind everyone to be sure that their T’s lights
are operating since we may be late returning to Vicksburg from Natchez.
Area Events of interest
July 21-26 100th Model T Birthday Celebration; Richmond,
September 3-7: Hillbilly Tour 2008; Cape Girardeau, MO.
September 18-20: The Talimena Tour; Wilhemina State
Park; Mena AR. This tour will be hosted by Tulsa’s Model T Club and planned by
Mike and Brenda Bender. The Benders are also Arkansas Tin Lizzie members.
Contact them if you would like to participate.
October 11-12: 1954 Buick Landau Motorama Show Car will
be on display. This car was to be scrapped but was saved by a GM executive. It
is a one of a kind car. It will be shown at the TEX-ARK Antique Auto Museum in
If you want a shirt, jacket or hat or other item embroidered
with the Tin Lizzie logo, check with Tina Byrum at Rags to Stitches, phone
479-890-5270. You can provide the item to be embroidered or purchase it from
Tin Lizzies Classifieds
Send classified information, wanted or for sale, to Arkansas Tin
Lizzies News, 16508 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834. Send a
picture and a detailed description and condition of items offered for sale. Or,
e-mail information to
For Sale: 1925
Speedster, a copy of the faultless speedster body built by B and B Body Company
of Lapeer, Michigan. The body is all metal, aluminum disc wheels with 21 inch
450 tires, leather interior, new radiator, dropped front axel, completely
rebuilt engine with a stipes 280 cam, Z head, model A carburetor, 350 Chevrolet
valves, 80 psi compression on all cylinders. Rebuilt rear axle with new ring
gear and pinion. Nothing was spared in making this a nice running machine.
Contact: Melvin Birks; 5 South Model T Drive; Afton, Oklahoma 74331;
For Sale: This 1926 Speedster has an engine that
Bill Younkin rebuilt. It has new babbits, rebored cylinders, aluminum pistons,
a Sherman superfire head, ’26 wire wheels, new Denman tires and top and side
curtains. For more information call Bill Younkin; 1741 N. Walnut Ave.;
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703; 479-442-7676.
Model TT one ton truck. The Magneto, one coil,
carburetor and fuel tank have been replaced with new parts. The bed has been
replaced with finished cedar, side boards also are of cedar. Truck is in good
George Hart; 12782 Hwy 259 N; Omaha, TX 75571; 903-884-2498 or 903-452-2900 or
Our library available for loan
includes the books listed below. The current secretary takes care of the
1. Adventures of Herman & Freida & their Model T (This is
fiction but entertaining reading)
2. Freida Learns to Drive
3. Transmission Repairs
4. Engine Repairs
5. Carburetor Repairs
6. Speedometer Repairs
Send newsletter suggestions to Arkansas Tin Lizzies News, 16508
W State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834.
2008 Tin Lizzie Officers
Vice President…....Bill Payne
Newsletter Editor…Nellie Howell