2015 Christmas light tour

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I cannot think of a better way to wrap up the year and enjoy the Christmas spirit than by using our Model A’s to make things cheery and bright!

We met in Spanish Fork for our second annual Christmas light tour. Despite the frigid weather and light falling snow we had three Model A’s all decked out in lights. We started the night with a quick repair of one of Nicholas’ burned out headlights. After buttoning it back up Howard checked with everyone to make sure that we all had gas. Nicholas confirmed that between he and the car, there was plenty of gas.

We lined up the convoy and hit the road. With Nicholas in the lead we made our way through town, however as we took the first turn out of Spanish Fork Nicholas’ car started acting up. It lost power, sputtered and died...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 3

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   Saturday we wasted no time pulling out of Ely. It wasn’t that we were not enjoying our time in Ely, we just had a time slot at Lehman Caves that we needed to make it to. Shortly out of Ely we came across the best scenery of the trip, but also the most grueling section for the cars. There were two mountain passes standing between us and Utah, we would have to cross Connors Pass that rose to an elevation of 7,729 ft with 8% grades and also Sacramento pass that was 6,720 ft. Henry (Clyde’s car) reminded us of how much he hated climbing hills at speed. The best part though was the view through the back window seeing a line of Model A’s winding through the ‘S’ curves...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 2

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    Friday morning we pulled out of Wendover and headed south to Ely. After learning that Ely was Clyde’s old stomping grounds, he was nominated to lead this leg of the trip. Shortly out of Wendover the scenery brought a welcome change. What I normally would have considered boring desert scenery of sage and rabbit brush, now seemed so lush compared to the salt flats. The winding road and mountainous terrain also added some relief from the long straight road we traveled yesterday. We made our way down the Lincoln Highway and made a pit stop at Lages Junction to stretch our legs and also take another opportunity to work on Rich’s carburetor.  It had been giving Rich problems since he arrived in Tooele, some kind of white plasticky material kept clogging the jets...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 1

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   Earlier this year Salty A members visited our meeting to officially invite us to join them during their activities and tours in the upcoming months. There were a couple of tours that really caught my interest and I started day dreaming of what it would be like to travel to those ‘exotic’ places with a more experienced touring club. Unfortunately my day dream came to a screeching halt when Bill recited the club’s rule, “if you do not think your car can make it, do not bring it.” My visions of grandeur quickly became those of upset club members standing around my car, hands on hips, tapping their feet in disgust on the side of the road...

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Iron Chef / Fall Colors

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For the past few weeks Utah County residents have noticed something peculiar about the 80 year old cars driving around town. No it is not the cars or the drivers they are finding peculiar, but instead the smell. Some cars are leaving a pleasant aroma, and others well…. the burning does not smell like oil or exhaust, but more like burning food. Club members have been preparing and testing their manifold recipes for this years Iron Chef competition. We had such a great time last year that Howard decided to up the ante and invited a professional chef to judge our meals. With bragging rights on the line, everyone has been trying diligently to nail that winning recipe.

Iron Chef participants met at Hearts gas station in American Fork where they prepped their cooking platform and hyped up their...

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Utah Valley Model A Club on the go

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UVMA in newspaper

Serve Daily has once again been gracious enough to run another article for the club. Check it out here on page B6, or keep reading below.


Utah Valley Model A Club on the Go

By Howard Eckstein

Driving a Model A Ford is a pleasure, especially when fun activities are involved. During the past year, the Utah Valley Model A Club has driven from Spanish Fork to Manti with an overnight stay. We had a driver training day where owners shared pointers that helped each other operate their cars more safely. A car rally tested everyone’s instruction-following abilities. We had an obstacle course to test drivers’ skills such as a fishing game where the car could not stop and the passenger had to pick up fish with a magnet on a string and take them into a barrel...

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Manti / Rat Fink Trip – Part 2

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Saturday we started off early and awoke to a pancake breakfast prepared by the activities committee, aka Nicholas. After breakfast we made our way to the city park for the Rat Fink car show. Bill had secured us a spot in the shade and thankfully the weather held off and also provided a bit of overcast to help keep things cool. We found a couple other Model A’s at the show and even convinced some new members to join our crazy group. Clyde passed the time by fixing Carlson’s headlights and also adjusting Mack’s clutch. Karl recruited a pin striper to come and spruce up his roadster, unfortunately after leaving to get some supplies, the artist never returned...

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Manti / Rat Fink Trip – Part 1

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For many Model A clubs, long distant or overnight trips might not be that big of a deal. However for our young, small but growing club, who’s events usually do not last longer than a few hours, an overnight trip is a huge deal. We decided to try our members confidence with an 80 mile trip down to Manti to join our fellow members in Sanpete county as well as check out the Rat Fink reunion and visit the historic city of Spring City.

We met in Springville Friday morning and it is just our luck that we would pick a wet weekend to go down to Sanpete county. Looking at the forecast before leaving, it did not look too promising. Rain was predicted all the way down to Santaquin and a new storm arriving in Manti at the same time we would get there...

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Model A’s and the HVRR

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UVMAC members and their families had the opportunity to spend the day experiencing travel in the days before the conveniences of automobile travel; aboard the Heber Valley Railroad.

After rendezvousing at Harmons in Orem, we started our 5 car convoy up Provo canyon. The sky was overcast and dark with low lying clouds covering the mountain tops, but the canyon was still beautiful as ever! Enjoying the lush green foliage while following behind Richard with his Alaska plates, one would think that they were no longer in Utah, a nice break from our typically dry weather.

After winding through the canyon we crested the grade at Deer Creek dam and continued on following the shoreline of the reservoir...

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Garage Seminar – Headlights

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Our second garage seminar was held at Clyde’s garage. Since many member’s cars do not have working headlights, we decided to spend the day helping them get their lights wired up. Due to threatening rain clouds though, Tony was the only one who showed up to receive help with his headlights. Joe, Howard and Clyde wasted no time in digging into Tony’s car while the rest of us did an outstanding job of supervising, sharing stories and admiring each others cars.

While the experts did their thing, the rest of us spent time making a new accessory for our Model A’s — bumper seats! Clyde had spent the previous day putting together kits for our seats and after a demonstration on how to assemble them, we formed an assembly line and went to work...

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