The Rummage Box - JULY 1998
Published quarterly by the Regions Committee Antique Automobile Club of America

Rummage Box - July 98 in Microsoft Word format - including graphics.

AACA National Activities Premier Events of our Hobby

Tom F. Howard
President, AACA

We have now completed over half of our 1998 AACA national activities schedule - five regular meets, a record-breaking Grand National, the first West Coast Founders Tour. and two very successful Division Tours. As I have traveled the country this year attending these meets and tour, I have been delighted with the enthusiasm of my fellow hobbyists. Attendance has been high - so many members are participating in our great hobby and supporting our club.

Based upon the comments of many of our members who regularly attend our national activities, it is the high quality and superior organization of each event that keeps them coming back. From the excellent AACA vehicle judging and awards system to the highly structured national tours, our AACA national activities offer much for our members to enjoy.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedication of the members of our Regions and Chapters who host these events. On behalf of the AACA Board of Directors, I offer our sincere gratitude to the many volunteer AACA members across the country for the hours spent to make our national meets and tours a reality.

So, let's resolve to participate in as many of these national events as possible and support our host organizations. Let's communicate to our Region and Chapter members who don't attend the great opportunity these events provide to not only view first class vehicles, but to renew old friendships and make new friends within our hobby. We look forward to seeing you at the remaining meets and tours as you "Participate and Communicate in 98".

AACA Junior Memembership

David Zimmerman
Vice-President, Membership

It's official, the Junior Members have their own logo. It was selected from twelve entries submitted from the membership. The art work is set for release and will appear on all Junior literature. We hope to have it used on T-shirts, patches, hats, etc. in the future.

A special Thank You to all who submitted logos for consideration.

In the past year the Regions and Chapters have done a wonderful job, setting up events for Juniors. This has to continue and be expanded to keep the interest of the Juniors in AACA.

When a Region or Chapter has a special activity for Juniors, please let Ron Moskalczak, editor of Wheels, know.  

National Touring Committee

Earl L. Muir, Chairman
AACA National Touring Committee

We conducted a seminar on National Touring at the National Meet in Topeka, KS. The committee will upgrade the seminar and it will be on the schedule at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in February, 1999. It will be very informative and interesting.

"The Automobile and It's Parts"

Fran Shore

Bubbling with the description of how a car is built as only a five year old can tell it, was the beginning of the afternoon program at the St. Petersburg National Winter Meet. AACA Director Doug Drake had ignited a spark when he asked this child the question as we waited for a group to form.

There was a variation in age from pre-school to teenagers but Doug had their attention and interest as a very early Olds was compared to a later International and then through a progression of several cars up to the more "modern" antiques. To have various car parts explained as you look at the real item, to touch it, trace the movement and see the action of the part is more than a "hands on" approach. It brings a car to life. It makes it personal because the young person has actually felt the mechanism, turned the crank, counted the springs and followed the progression of development from wooden spoke to metal, to wheels with hub caps, to spokes again.

Each afternoon following the morning judging, Doug Drake is now meeting with young people of all ages to provide a short explanation with the wonderful variety of automobiles that are exhibited at a National Meet. Our AACA youth often see the vehicles housed at home but seldom have the opportunity of comparison of the progressive development and to witness so closely the real marvels of transportation we enjoy in this hobby.

A lot of interesting questions develop from insights gained in reality and Doug Drake is providing this at National Meets. He encourages all of us to help to generate this interest at local activities. At the next National Meet you attend, bring a girl or boy and have them meet with Doug Drake where the schedule directs. They will see, touch and learn some car parts and some car history. It will be a piece of a good life experience.

It is a dynamic program to bring our young people into the hobby with the enthusiasm that knowledge of a subject provides.

"What Makes A Good Newsletter"

Terry Bond
Vice President, Publications

Last year during our Newsletter Seminar in Philadelphia, we handed out a survey asking what you would like to see in future seminars. The result - "What Makes A Good Newsletter" was the topic of a fresh seminar presented in Topeka, Kansas, for the first time. This seminar will also be presented in Philadelphia at the Annual Meeting in February. Make plans now to attend.

Is your newsletter entered in this year's Newsletter Contest? Registration forms were mailed out in early May to all Editors listed on your current Officer Reporting Form. If you did not receive a contest entry form, contact Jeanne Smith at AACA Headquarters right away. Although the deadline for contest entry has passed, we will try to be flexible to ensure your newsletter and Region or Chapter gets the recognition it deserves. This is also a good time to review your distribution list to ensure the Publications Committee is receiving copies. See the last Rummage Box or Contest Entry Form for an updated list of Publications Committee members.

We continue to see copyrighted material being used in newsletters. Please be sure you have permission to use any copyrighted material, and be certain to indicate that permission has been granted when you reprint the item. This includes cartoons, articles reprinted from local newspapers, magazines, and other hobby publications.

If you have any questions regarding copyright material, the Newsletter Contest, or would like some ideas on "What makes a good newsletter", contact Terry Bond, Vice President, Publications, 541 Forest Rd., Chesapeake, Va. 23320 (757-482-5222).

Volunteers Needed: Hershey Membership Trailers

David Zimmerman
Vice President, Membership

Once again it is time to start thinking about the schedules for our Membership Trailers at Hershey.

The trailers will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 8, 9, and 10. The trailers will be in the same locations, one opposite the car corral and one at the foot of the show field. Shifts will be 8-10 AM, 10-12 Noon, 12-2 PM, and 2-3 PM each day.

Please drop me a note and tell me which day and shift you prefer, with a second choice if possible, and include your phone number. I will do my best to accommodate you and will notify you of your schedule by return mail. Please keep in mind that Saturday is the most difficult day to cover, so I will be particularly interested in those who will help during judging hours.

One important thing to remember: When you work at the Hershey trailers, if you are participating in the I GOT A MEMBER program, your sponsor credit is for the current year, even though the members are purchasing a membership for the following year, in this case, 1999. The reason for this is that the lGAM program runs calendar year, January1 through December 31.

My address is in your Antique Automobile magazine, or you may phone me at (908)234-0535.

Thanks to each of you!

Hershey L&RC Tent

Margaret Vitale

The AACA Library & Research Center needs your volunteer help to man our tent at the Hershey Fall Meet. Our Mustang Raffle Car will be on display, and ticket sales are usually booming during this, our busiest meet of the year. The adage "many hands make light work" certainly holds true, and the more volunteers we can schedule, the easier it will be to get Mustang tickets into the hands of those in attendance. Won't you consider helping for a brief time during the weekend? Naturally, Saturday is our busiest day, so we would be especially pleased to have your help at that time, but the schedule is w-i-d-e o-p-e-n! Perhaps your Region or Chapter would like to sign up a whole group of volunteers to work together. Please contact Margaret Vitale, P.O. Box 1254, Lake Grove, NY 11755-1254, (516-981-9375) to volunteer and show your support for our Library & Research Center.

AACA Technical Matters

Jack Widdel, Vice President
Technical Matters

Many questions have been raised in recent years about the use of modern fuels in antique vehicles. Mr. Jerrold L. Levine, Director Corporate Studies, Amoco Petroleum Products Supply and Logistics Business Group of Chicago, Illinois graciously provided an article on this subject entitled, "Your Government and Your Car". The article is reprinted with his permission for your information and use. If any members have technical questions which may be used in future technical matter articles, please contact me.

Your Government and Your Car

by Jerrold L. Levine
Amoco Corporation

Changes to motor fuels are coming fast and furious as a result of increased environmental restrictions on so-called "mobile sources" (automobiles and fuels). Actually, environmental regulations have been causing changes in gasoline for the past 25 years, and some of these changes can be causes for concern for antique car owners.

The first wide scale introduction of unleaded gasoline began in 1973 to coincide with the advent of catalytic converters on automobiles beginning with the 1974 model year. A few companies, but mainly Amoco had been providing unleaded gasoline for many decades before the government ordered lead phase down. There was some concern about the need for lead in some older automobile models with soft valve seals, but the problems never materialized.

More recent gasoline controls have called for the reduction of gasoline's summertime volatility, or RVP (which stands for Reid Vapor Pressure). The volatility of gasoline is currently adjusted several times per year and also adjusted differently in various parts of the country depending upon the weather. Gasoline must be volatile enough for a car to start on a cold winter's morning in Minnesota and not vapor lock on a hot summer day in Phoenix.

Even though the volatility of gasoline is reduced in the summer to prevent vapor lock, the EPA (and several state environmental departments) have required further RVP reductions to reduce summertime evaporative emissions from automobiles. RVP control is relatively low cost and except for the elimination of lead, RVP control is by far the largest environmental improvement to gasoline to reduce emissions. RVP control reduces automobile emissions by about 15%. Catalytic converters (which need unleaded gasoline) reduce emissions by 95%.

Reformulated gasoline (RFG) is a term referring to several changes to gasoline specifications to help reduce automobile emissions. RFG was written into the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA). It's use was required beginning in 1995 in the 9 most polluted cities. Other ozone non-attainment areas could also opt-in to RFG if the State Governor sends a letter to EPA requesting RFG. Several northeast states opted-in for their non-attainment areas beginning January 1, 1995.

However, concerns with RFG caused several of these Governors to opt back out one month before the program was scheduled to begin. One of the major concerns with RFG was the oxygenate (ethanol or MTBE) requirement. In writing the 1990 amendments to the CAA, one of the main political objectives was to mandate the use of oxygenates in RFG. It was hoped by the oxygenate supporters that eventually about 70% of US gasoline would be RFG, providing a huge market for oxygenates.

Many people recognize that oxygenates provided almost no measurable environmental benefit in gasoline, but politics overruled science. As it turned out not only did oxygenates provide essentially no environmental benefit; they had less energy than gasoline, thus causing mileage loss; they cost more than gasoline (even including ethanol's 54 cent per gallon federal subsidy); and they smelled bad, causing many people to object and complain of headaches, nausea, and other problems.

Both ethanol and MTBE are different molecules than what is found in gasoline and as such act as solvents for various materials in a car's fuel system. Ethanol is a more powerful solvent than MTBE. Methanol, which was introduced to gasoline several years ago, but is no longer used. was an even more powerful solvent. Methanol would actually dissolve the paint off some car models, and owner's manuals warned that warrantees were void if methanol blended fuels were used. Several manufacturer's warned they would void warrantees for ethanol blends also.

Beginning in the late 1970's and early 1980's all manufacturers began changing their paints and materials of construction to be compatible with ethanol (and MTBE) blended fuels. However, older cars do not have that luxury and they will have more problems with oxygenated fuels.

While most all new and old cars perform well with oxygenated fuels, there are some more problems with older cars. The worst (but very infrequent) problem is fuel line leaks. For example, an antique car may have an old worn rubber fuel hose which may not take much ethanol to cause it to leak. A leak over the hot engine can cause a fire that quickly destroys a $50,000 antique car. More commonly, oxygenates will dissolve rust and gum in an old fuel tank which will then plug the fuel filter or carburetor. Some cars have a terne plate in the fuel tank which can dissolve in oxygenated fuels and also plug the fuel filter. Older cars may have plastic parts in the carburetor which may swell or change size when exposed to oxygenates causing poor driveability. Most of these problems are one-time occurrences because once a fuel tank is cleaned out, it will stay clean or the carburetor will be replaced with one impervious to oxygenates. But the hassle until the problem is corrected can be expensive and depressing. It's best to avoid, if possible.

Almost no areas in the country have opted-in to RFG since the initial flurry in 1994. Many areas, however, have adopted low RVP gasoline because it gets about the same environmental benefit as RFG for a fraction of the incremental cost. Low RVP gasoline does not have a mileage loss penalty (actually, there's a very slight mileage gain), there are no complaints about odor, nausea, etc., and in something that is becoming more important, there is no concern about MTBE impacting the drinking water from gasoline leaks or spills.

The concern over MTBE contamination of drinking water has caused California to begin legislation both at the state and federal level to ban MTBE. Gasoline meeting California's very stringent environmental standards can be produced without the need for oxygenates.

Several other ozone non-attainment areas of the country are planning to adopt further fuel controls, either RFG or low RVP gasoline. Atlanta and Birmingham are considering low RVP/low sulfur gasoline because low sulfur can reduce automobile NOx emissions which is especially helpful in the southeast for reducing ozone (smog). Beginning in the year 2000, RFG must get a 6.8% NOx reduction. This reduction will be achieved mainly by reducing sulfur. Atlanta and Birmingham are considering the use of a low RVP/low sulfur gasoline that contains no oxygenate and also gets a 6.8% NOx reduction beginning in 1999. This fuel would get essentially identical environmental benefits as RFG, but do it one year earlier and at a fraction of the cost.

Additionally, this fuel would not have all the problems associated with oxygenates -- mileage loss, drinking water pollution, consumer complaints, incompatibility with some antique cars, etc. Several other southeast states are watching the activity in Atlanta and will probably adopt the same fuel requirement.

Since fuel decisions will be made soon in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and St Louis, Missouri, it is recommended that antique car owners (and newer car owners also) contract their Governor, state legislature and environmental departments and indicate that you do not want RFG. Rather, you support low RVP/low sulfur gasoline because it gets the same environmental benefit for a fraction of the incremental cost and does not have all their other problems posed by oxygenates.


Earl L. Muir, Vice President
AACA Regions Committee

Please make a special effort to get the information from the Rummage Box to your members; the president and the editor of your newsletter are the only ones in your Region/Chapter who receive the Rummage Box. Please don't keep all this good information to yourself. As a member of the Publications Committee, I read many of your newsletters. One thing that amazes me is the minutes of your meetings, the time of conducting your meetings. Some of the meetings are called to order at 8:00 and at 8:30, someone makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. I know you love to socialize, eat, have entertainment, etc , but while you are conducting your meetings, why don't you talk about the Rummage Box, National Tours, National Meets, Local Tours and Shows, Membership, Insurance. Ask your members what they would like to do to make the Region or Chapter grow. It already took me a half hour just to write this.

The Regions and Chapters that do not have a Legislative Representative in their Region or Chapter may want to appoint one member of their club to take that responsibility. Talk about the legislative problems at your meetings, times are changing.

There are a few Regions and Chapters that have not sent their Officer Reporting Forms and Roster of Members to National Headquarters yet. Please check the deadline for this chore. We thank you for taking care of this matter.

Have fun, enjoy the hobby with your members and antique vehicles. Get your car out of that dark comer of your garage and drive to town, let someone else enjoy it while you do.

National Meets are for Showing, Viewing and Enjoying Our Antiques too!!

Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
Vice President - National Activities

You know, I've been around a long time in the AACA - some might say too long! I said that tongue-in-cheek and with a grin, you know. I hope that fact didn't slip by you. Anyway, that brings me to a point that has been running around in my head for quite awhile.

When I joined AACA in 1962, I was fortunate to live in an area where there was a big Regional club. It wasn't long before I started attending Hershey, and other nearby National Meets. In the 60's there were all manner of cars and conditions shown at National Meets. If you wanted to see a certain type of car, all you had to do was go, and before long one would appear, in some sort of condition.

Restorations in the 60's and early 70's usually didn't have the same edge on them that they do today. The craft of building superb, flawless restorations had not advanced to what we now refer to as "never driven show car condition." Trailers were almost unheard of.

As the years have gone by restorations have improved, and many of us have tried our skill at obtaining a National First Junior, Senior, or a Grand National Award with our autos. That's great! More power to anyone who is able to obtain such an achievement. Even I've done it, back in the 80's.

In the meantime, however, more recently I've noticed less and less second and third place winners at National Meets. There are many Firsts and Preservations but fewer seconds and thirds. This can only be because the autos were not there, or were displaying "do not judge" windshield cards. It would appear that perhaps many people who are satisfied with vehicles that are restored to their personal standard have decided not to attend National Meets. As a result, all of the rest of us are losing out. If you don't bring your car out, we cannot see it.

And you know, as large as the AACA is, it is no small feat or achievement to win a second or third Junior. And, think of this, "on any given day, any pretty good old car might win that second or third."

We frequently drive a '66 Chrysler convertible on the Founder's Tour, and often drive it long distances to a National Meet. Now, if it's there, we're going to show it. And if we're going to show it, we'll have them judge it, letting the chips fall where they may. There were a lot of dry runs to Homestead and Casselberry, Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania, before one sunny day in Jacksonville, FL, no other Junior cars showed up and we pointed up to a National Third. President, Ed Baines exclaimed as I picked up the trophy, "You won with the Chrysler?! !" I laughed a happy laugh. Do you know? We were as proud as peacocks of that Third!

You could even become part of a "new culture" in AACA. I hear restorers talk about how building a "show car" is so completely different from building a "driver". Yet, when I see some of these so-called "drivers" I'm astounded at how great they look. Often I wish they were mine. What do you think would happen if all the folks with great "drivers" brought them out, knowing the score, and competed for seconds and thirds? Wow, wouldn't that be something? Just do them the best you can within reason, drive them in, and see who can get those seconds and thirds. With these autos, who knows, you might even point up to a First "on any given day." It might even be fun to try and climb from third to second!

We can't all be first place winners, but we can enjoy the satisfaction of bringing pleasure to someone else as they exclaim, "Oh, my dad had a car like that," as they walk by.

So don't leave your car home and pay to park and walk. We want to see it. Everybody wants to see it. Come on and join my "new culture" and be proud of that second or third place trophy. And even if you don't win a thing, think of all the people you've pleased who wouldn't otherwise have seen your antique, or one like it.

I'll look forward to seeing you and your car at a National Meet soon. Let me know if you came and brought it because you saw this article. And I'll tell you what, if you bring your "driver", I'll bring mine, a really pretty 1954 Packard Panama Hardtop that we fixed up here, around home.

AACA Museum Where We Are Today

Joe Vicini, AACA Board Member
AACA Museum, Inc.

The above Location Plan depicts the site of the AACA Museum. Site plans have been drawn up, submitted and approved by the Township. The parcel contains 17.80 acres which have been cleared of trees and brush.

Specification bids for road and site improvements have been sent to contractors with their reports expected back in four weeks, at which time a contractor will be selected. Road and site improvements are anticipated to be completed in October. Bids have also been submitted for the proposed Maintenance Building which is to be used to house donated vehicles and other memorabilia, until the completion of the Museum. Once the Museum is in operation, the Maintenance Building will be used to prepare and store vehicles awaiting their rotation in the Museum.

On site, adjacent to the Museum, a proposed hotel is to be built and the Hershey Region Headquarters is to be constructed.

The AACA Museum is underway, but the road to completion is long. In order to reach our goal, financial support is needed from all AACA Members.

Continuing Judges Education Begins

Carl Boyd, Vice President, Class Judging and
David Berg, Chairman, Judging Administration

AACA enters the next millennium striving to continue to provide the best judging system in our wonderful hobby. Several years in the making, the program is designed to keep all AACA Judges informed and consistent about all items pertaining to AACA National Meet Judging.

Continuing Judges Education (CJE) became a reality at the Eastern Division Spring Meet held on June 20th in Salisbury, MD. AACA Judges were in for a big treat when it was announced that some of the highest credit judges had agreed to serve as instructors.

In addition to instructing judges in the fine points of various areas and types of vehicles, there are several "mandatory" topics that will be covered during each training session. These topics include an

explanation of mandatory deductions, judging procedure and other areas where repeat errors have been noted.

At the Salisbury Meet, individual sessions were conducted one hour prior to the traditional 11AM Judging start time. The 45 minute sessions covered: Scoring, Procedures, Judging Etiquette, Team Captain & Deputy Duties, Engines, Chassis, Interiors, and Exterior. Instruction in how to properly evaluate each area was given. Additionally, there were several sessions devoted to individual makes including Model A and T Ford.

CJE is designed to keep our judges educated and informed. It is an innovative AACA program that will be available at most National Meets. Although judges can attend on a voluntary basis, they will be required to attend as each award level is attained. Full judging credit will be given for attendance, up to two per year, one of which must be the "mandatory" session. Registration for CJE is through normal Judging Registration, or by listening carefully for announcements at each Judges Breakfast. For more information, contact Carl Boyd, VP, Class Judging.

AACA continues the never ending quest to bring you, the members, the finest in antique automobile events. These events will be even better with the ongoing educational benefits of CJE.

"Cyber"Auto Humor

Submitted by Jerry Corona, AACA
Central Texas Region - forwarded from the Internet

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles per gallon."

Recently, General Motors addressed this comment by releasing this statement: "Yes, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?"

  1. 1. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.
  2. 2. Occasionally, executing a maneuver would cause re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you would accept this, too.
  3. 3. You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT". But, then you would have to buy more seats.
  4. 4. Macintosh would make a car that was: . . . powered by the sun, . . . reliable, . . . five times as fast, . . . twice as easy to drive but would only run on 5% of the roads.
  5. 5. The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
  6. 6. The oil, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.
  7. 7. New seats would force everyone to have the same size rear end.
  8. 8. The airbag system would say, "Are you sure?" before going off.