THE GOAT CONNECTION

Vol. 8 - #8 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

AUGUST - 2003

Member Organization GTO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

 No Club Meeting This Month
 

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

ED CUDNEY IN IRAQ

WARM SUMMER DAZE RECAP  

10 BEST CAR REPAIR TOOLS OF ALL TIME   

UPCOMING EVENTS  

OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  

NEW MEMBERS   

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENTíS MESSAGE

 

Hi Folks,

 

Weather was perfect for last Saturdays Day at the Hornet. Always a fun time. As you know, the ship is large and it was a go with the flow day so we were not together as a group for the entire time. Approximately 15 cars came out and Ray Ibia was able to secure a club parking area on the pier in front of the Hornet................

Looking ahead to August, those of you heading up to Reno for Hot August Nights,have a safe trip and a great time.

Our club event for August is a club cruise on Sunday the 17th. See details in this newsletter. Event chair Tom Gormley has a really cool cruise route planned............Hope to see you there.

We begin meetings again on Wednesday September 3rd, at Harrys in San Leandro. Will discuss the agenda in next month's newsletter. A few thoughts for now. Those of you that have ideas for events for next year, this would be a good time to bring them up. Club Treasurer Al Harris will have a year to date report for us as well.

This covers everything for now.

See ya in the fast lane.................

John

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS

For all of you headed for H.A.N. in Reno, we will once again meet on Sunday and head to the parade as a group. We have had great fun each year as the people lining the parade route go ďOh, look at all the GTOs!Ē

We will meet at the Reno Hilton parking area that is reserved for HAN cars at 7:30 AM and leave promptly at 7:45 AM for the UNLV parade staging area. You must be a registered at HAN participant to be in the parade. Please join us if you can for a fun time cruising the Virginia St. parade route with thousands lining the streets to admire the cars.

 


Car of the Month article assignments

 

Articles, with at least three pictures, should be sent to:

 

Jim Lent
118 Iris Court
Hercules, CA 94547

or email jimlent@attbi.com

 

 

GOLDEN GATE GOATS EMAIL LIST

The GGGOATS frequently uses an email list to get out information about events that may not have been available when the newsletter went to press.

This has proved very useful and, if you have an email account, you might want to join the list. Sometimes people change their email accounts and forget to let us know. If you would like to join or rejoin the list then please send me an email with your correct email address.

Please send additions or corrections to: jimlent@attbi.com

 

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CHANGES, MISSPELLINGS, ETC.

IF WE HAVEN'T GOT YOUR INFORMATION MIXED UP YET, JUST GIVE US TIME. WE ARE WORKING AS FAST AS WE CAN.

 

Please contact Jim Lent with any name, address, phone number or vehicle corrections or changes. (510) 799-6096.

E-mail: jimlent@attbi.com

SNAIL MAIL: Jim Lent

118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547

 

ED CUDNEY IN IRAQ

UPDATE ON MEMBER ED CUDNEY IN IRAQ

 

Let me tell you some about Ed. A few years back when we got a chance to buy Ed a ď69Ē GTO for his 16th birthday before he got his drivers license he would just sit in his GTO and day dream of all the things he wanted to do to it. Right down to the color, tires and rims and engine parts. We never had thought heíd be in a dangerous situation like war.

Things werenít always easy for Ed, like school and sometimes the wrong people. Ed has always been a good person and does the right thing. One thing I will always remember was one day on his way home he saw an elderly man fall and hit his head very hard on the side walk. Ed immediately went over to him and checked to see if he was breathing. He was, so Ed went to the nearest home to have someone call 911. He sat with the elderly man until help came. I am so proud of him to do the caring and right thing.

Ed is the sensitive type and cares about people and animals. Of course he gets that from me, ďhis MomĒ. Another time he heard an animal screaming one evening and of course went to investigate and found a lady that had hit a dog and dragged him almost a block before stopping. She was upset to say the least and wanted to just leave and Ed told her, ďno you canítĒ because the poor dog was still alive under her car hurt. He flagged down a passing police car and stayed there until help came and freed the dog for medical help.

When Ed came to us and said he had joined the Army we were shocked to say the least, but we supported his decision. I warned him I felt there was going to be a war. He said, ďI know, itís o.k.Ē Edís family comes from a long line of men who have served in the military and fought in all the wars and all had come home safe. When our people came to America they came to become Americanís and that is what they did. We are proud and thankful that they did. During his Boot Camp and training 9-11 had happened. At home we sat and watched in horror with Edís older brother Tony. Tony had 4 weeks before he was to leave for Boot Camp as well. I could see the fear in my sonís face, but he didnít back out.

The Army is what he had always wanted to do. Ed went in for the experience and education. During Edís first leave after Boot Camp and training he was a changed person, more mature and confident. Ed said something Iíll never forget after a neighbor complained of litter on the street. Ed says, ďIf you see litter itís your duty as Americans to pick it up and take care of it with out complaintsĒ. Off to Germany he went and having the time of his life and doing his job in a Signal Battalion learning and perfecting his job skills. He knew deployment was coming soon and at that time no war was being talked about. Then he found out he was going to Kuwait and talk of war was going on.

Once he called while still in Germany and out in the field training from his radio equipment. He had figured out how to get a call out all on his own the old fashioned way by relay stations one after another until he reached home. Heís so smart. When it comes to machines and working with his hands. Heís mechanically inclined. After the other troops saw what he was able to do they were all coming to him asking him to show them how. Ed received a very special honor from a 2 star General during that time and was given a special coin that was hard to get. Ed impressed the man to say the least. Edís Commander called Ed in ďon the carpetĒ because he didnít believe it and had to see it for him self.

Shortly after Ed went to Kuwait and until several weeks ago I didnít know he was far on his way into Iraq right behind the 3rd infantry fighting the whole way in. Iím glad I didnít know it at the time because I wouldnít have been able to handle it at all. It was hard enough for my family and I. There was a lot of scares, worries and tears of remorse for all the fallen soldiers. Itís still very hard even today. Our young soldiers are still dying every day. It still isnít over like a lot of people think. It wonít be over until they ďallĒ come home safe. Ed said he seen the bombings and Black Hawks giving air support only miles away. Ed said that Iraqi missiles were coming their way and thanks to our Patriot missiles hitting their targets. He had to live in protective gear in fear of chemical warfare. 

He was able to call home in his first weeks to say he was o.k. I asked him if he was scared and he said, ďno heís not and not scared that he may dieĒ. It was hard for me to hold it all in, but I did. I didnít want him to know how upset I was. One of the hardest things during the phone call was I herd yelling and orders of yelling in the back ground from our soldiers in fight. It may have been bleed over on the system he was using. He has told me about some of the things he has seen like 3í foot long lizards and that there were thousands of ladybugs. He talked about the weather heís always had a thing for weather. I thought he might become a weatherman at one time while he was growing up. He said the color of the sky was real different from what he has ever seen and the sand storms and how a tornado came close out of nowhere and took tents, cloths, sleeping bags and knocked down satellite towers. All Ed lost was his toothbrush and they found some of the stuff scattered in the desert.

Lately itís been 130 degrees during the day and getting hotter. Last we heard he was some where out side of Baghdad and we think south or southwest. Ed will be 21 this year in September. We were hoping heíd be home for that but now it looks like maybe not until December or even January. At times he has to work 36 hr. shifts before he can get a sleep break. Then sometimes gets 2 hours sleep and then back up again to fix something during emergencies always being on call. Sounds as if he had a doctorís job to me. Ed says that the only thing that keeps him going is thinking about the GTO. Other soldiers think of their wives, husbands, children and girlfriends. Yep! Ladies heís considered single. He has told me that he wants to get married some day and have children and buy a house. Oh, and would like to buy a 2004 GTO too of course.

Edís big brother is in Iraq too so we worry double. Tony is in an M-1 Abrahamís tank Artillery Battalion. Last we heard he was guarding a palace with a bridge some where in Baghdad. He was able to call home once for about 3 minutes before we were cut off. Thatís how it is we are sort of use to it. Itís kind of easier because we donít have to say goodbye that way. Tony is 24 and loves what he does. He is single too. I have always told my sons not to go get married to young and wait till they were ready.

We send a couple of care packages every other week for them all. It helps me keep busy and makes me feel better to feel like I can help make a difference and a little nicer for our soldiers. This week has been another hard one for me when I heard two of our soldiers were missing and today found out that they are murdered. I feel for their families like they were my own.

Don and I went to the Good Guyís car show and met Jim and some other really nice people to say thank you for putting Edís e-mail in the clubs newsletter. I sent Ed a copy of it to brighten up his day. He was so surprised to hear about it and really liked it a lot. Just like when I told him we had seen his and his brothers pictures get put up on the MSNBC TV world news Americaís Bravest wall, he almost cried. I heard it in his voice when he said, ďthatís so neatĒ! Things like that help keep him going. Thank you again to the GTO club. The GTO club has some of the nicest people we have ever met. We were given a warm welcome. We told Ed all about it and sent him pictures of all the GTOs. It will help keep him going for a while Iím sure. I would also like to thank every one that supports our soldiers and shows it by flying the American flag and yellow ribbons even if they donít have a loved one in Iraq. It makes me feel good and I take it as a heart filled message of how much people really do care.

Thank You

Don and Linda Stowers - PFC. Edward Cudneyís parents

EDITORíS NOTES: FOLKS,

OUR MEMBER, ED CUDNEY, IS IN IRAQ HELPING TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DRIVE AND ENJOY OUR GTOs. ANY HELP FOR EDís PARENTS, IN GETTING HIS 1969 GTO IN SHAPE, WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

YOU CAN CONTACT THEM AT: drstowers@msn.com

OR PHONE AT 707-642-9768

The interior is pretty much shot. I need everything but a head liner and the rear deck cover. The seats need to be recovered the frames are OK but everything else is shot. On the dash I need the in-dash tach and an ash tray and dash pad. On the outside I need a rear bumper and brake light trim. Need a front bumper and grille the car had been wrecked and they put a Lemans front bumper and grille on it. I did find that at Percy's. What I really need help on is it needs body work. Nothing real bad but both the front and back windows leak and I think there is some rot. If somebody knows of a good body shop or a member who does good work on GTOs, I would like that address. Also need the trans to be rebuilt and need a front valance and turn signals and side marker lights. I am going to redo the engine but what I need there is a good machine shop to do the machine work on the block. I am going to bore it 40 over and put a 4-1/4 stroke crank in it. I would like to get a set of ramair heads for it - something in good shape to be rebuilt or if somebody has a HP motor a Ramair 400, 428 or maybe a 455 I would look at them.

Any help anyone can give would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Don & Linda Stowers

 

WARM SUMMER DAZE RECAP

FUN IN THE PETALUMA SUN

Good weather, great location and a cool collection of cars and vendors added up to fantastic support  for the Hospice organization. (see thank you note below) Dan & Charlotte Savino put in many hours to make this a successful event. Some of his comments follow:ďThe numbers are still being tallied but this show was a HUGE success.......much better than I had expected yet I made numerous errors and lapses in judgement Jim........The Vendors made lots of $$$$, were very very happy and will be returning for next years....YES there will be a repeat performance on July 10 and 11  2004.... We had slightly over 200 cars Sat and a tad over 100 on Sunday...........i was hoping for more cars but oh well..........next years show will get monumentally bigger as you will see when I begin "serious advertising".........a controlled cruise will be added and possibly, possibly a poker run........more on that later......... I'm so happy we had 27 GOATS with 5 new members.......Hospice made over $2,200 dollars and they were ecstatic because they had never done a charity raffle to raise money at a car show.........they want back in again.............. My Bar-BQue vendor sold some 400 lbs of chicken and ribs..........Pork sales soared too.......again a very happy camper....and next year we will add Pasta and Mexican and grow from there... entertainment will expand with a well-known group like the Drifters, Lou Christie, Frankie Avalon, Paul Revere and the Raiders etc etc etc etc etc  like that and some local groups..........a separate entertainment- budget/committee will put this together!!!!!  This will all be presented on the field with the cars.........it will be AWESOME!!! Kids stuff and games will expand and offer more for familys........"a family affair" will always be the "theme" with the thought being more CAR GUYS and moms and grandparents will turn out since now the kids wont be BORED  !!!  Any and all ideas on all of this appreciated...From all of the folks at Hospice, the Staff and volunteers Thank you to the Golden Gate Goats for your contribution to this event. Along with my family and circle of close friends who made this happen, the GGGoats made a fantastic contribution for which we are grateful..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks one and ALL..........Dano and Charlotte

 

 

 

 

10 BEST CAR REPAIR TOOLS OF ALL TIME

There are only 10 things in this world you need to fix any car, any place, any time.

1. Duct Tape: Not just a tool, a veritable Swiss Army knife in stickum and plastic. It's safety wire, body material, radiator hose, upholstery, insulation, tow rope, and more - in an easy to carry package. Sure, there's prejudice surrounding duct tape in professional competitions, but in the real world, everything from LeMans-winning Porsches to Atlas rockets and attack-helicopters use it by the yard. The only thing that can get you out of more scrapes is a quarter and a phone booth.

2. Vice Grips: Equally adept as a wrench, hammer, pliers, baling wire twister, breaker-off of frozen bolts and wiggle-it-til-it-falls-off tool. The heavy artillery of your tool box, vice grips are the only tool designed expressly to fix things screwed up beyond repair.

3. Spray Lubricants: A considerably cheaper alternative to new doors, alternator, and other squeaky items. Slicker than pig phlegm, repeated soakings will allow the main hull bolts of the Andrea Doria to be removed by hand. Strangely enough, an integral part of these sprays is the infamous Little Red Tube that flies out of the nozzle if you look at it cross eyed (one of the 10 worst tools of all time).

4. Margarine Tubs with Clear Lids: If you spend all your time under the hood looking for a frendle pin that caromed off the pertal valve when you knocked both off the air cleaner, it's because you eat butter. Real mechanics consume pounds of tasteless vegetable oil replicas just so they can use the empty tubs for parts containers afterward. (Some of course chuck the butter-colored goo altogether or use it to repack wheel bearings.) Unlike air cleaners and radiator lips, margarine tubs aren't connected by a time/space wormhole to the Parallel Universe of Lost Frendle Pins.

5. Big Rock at the Side of the Road: Block up a tire. Smack corroded battery terminals. Pound out a dent. Bop noisy know-it-all types on the noodle. Scientists have yet to develop a hammer that packs the raw banging power of granite or limestone. This is the only tool with which a "Made in Malaysia" emblem is not synonymous with the user being maimed.

6. Plastic Zip Ties: After 20 years of lashing down stray hose and wiring with old bread ties, some genius brought a slightly slicked-up version to the auto parts market. Fifteen zip ties can transform a hulking mass of amateur-quality wiring from a working model of the Brazilian Rain Forest into something remotely resembling a wiring harness. Of course it works both ways. When buying a used car, subtract $100 for each zip tie you find under the hood.

7. Ridiculously Large Craftsman Screwdriver: Let's admit it. There's nothing better for prying, chiseling, lifting, breaking, splitting or mutilating than a huge flatbladed screwdriver, particularly when wielded with gusto and a big hammer. This is also the tool of choice for all oil filters so insanely located that they can only be removed by driving a stake in one side and out the other. If you break the screwdriver -- and you will just like Dad and your shop teacher said -- who cares, it has a lifetime guarantee.

8. Baling Wire: Commonly known as MG muffler brackets, baling wire holds anything that's too hot for tape or ties. Like duct tape, it's not recommended for NASCAR contenders, since it works so well you'll never need to replace it with the right thing again. Baling wire is a sentimental favorite in some circles, particularly with the Pinto, Gremlin, and Rambler set.

9. Bonking Stick: This monstrous tuning fork with devilish pointy ends is technically known as a tie-rod separator, but how often do you separate tie-rod ends? Once every decade if you're lucky. Other than medieval combat, its real use is the all-purpose application of undue force, not unlike that of the huge flat-bladed screwdriver. Nature doesn't know the bent metal panel or frozen exhaust pipe that can stand up to a good bonking stick. (Can also be use to separate tie-rod ends in a pinch, of course, but does a lousy job of it).

10. A Quarter and a Phone Booth: See tip #1 above.

* If it won't go - force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway..

Source: GEARHEAD Classic Car Funny Pages

www.gearheadcafe.com/humor/humor-12.html

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

CRUISINí ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2003

PRIZES! CRUISE! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY!

The August 16th date to Cruise Golden Gate Park has been changed to Sunday, August 17th. Come join us! Cruise the most scenic roads of the Peninsula!

Meet us at Serramonte Shopping center Denny's restaurant parking area. (This is located at the North end of the shopping center) Take 80 to 101 south to 280 south to the Serrmonte Blvd. exit.

We'll meet at 9:30 a.m. for donuts and coffee. We will start the cruise at 10:00, driving for about one and a half hours. We will end the cruise at Rock'n Rob's restaurant in Pacifica. (Some Shops there for the ladies!) There will be drawings for prizes and a prize for the popular vote for our favorite GTO on the cruise!

Maps will be handed out at the meeting area.

Please RSVP to DrGTO71@aol.com

or phone 650-355-6035.

 

Don't delay join us for our "cool summer cruise"!

 

Hotel for Cherryís Jubilee

Tony Billeci has blocked 10 rooms at the Marina Holiday Inn Express for Cherryís Jubilee in Sept. Anyone interested can call (831) 884-2500 to reserve their room at a rate of $99 per night by mentioning that they are with the Golden Gate Goats. There is no minimum amount of nights required, and he has let them know that some club members may want to reserve as early as the Thursday before the event. The Hotel is located at 189 Seaside Circle in Marina just off Reservation Rd. & Hi way 1. http://www.holidayinnmarina.com/ If anyone has any questions, they can contact Tony at antbil@pacbell.net or 408-448-2041.

 

 

OMIGODITSGOOD!

RECIPE CORNER

Hi Everyone,

Hot time, summer in the city. Time for ice cream!

Here is one my Aunt used to make. I know you may say yuk to buttermilk, but if you like pineapple sherbet you will enjoy this.

Easy to make. Just place the following into your ice cream maker and follow maker instructions accordingly. Hope you enjoy.

Marsha

 

Creamy Pineapple Sherbet

 

Into ice cream maker add:

6 cups cold Buttermilk
#1 can of crushed pineapple (in it's own juice)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of granulated sugar
4 egg whites beaten stiff

Process as according to ice cream maker instructions.




 

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NEW MEMBERS

Welcome to these new members who have joined the
Golden Gate Goats
this month.
We look forward to meeting you at our club events.

Eric & Christina Hinz Cupertino 1970 Ram Air IV Judge
Mo & Wendy Levich Lafayette 1967 Convertible
George Bordi Santa Rosa 1965 H.T.
Brandon Budd Santa Rosa 1966 Lemans
Bob Love Sonoma 1965 H.T.
Charles & Renee Campanella Oakland 1965 H.T.
Bill Wells Petaluma 1964 H.T.
Jose Diaz Antioch 1967 H.T.
Donald Forsyth Petaluma 1972 Lemans Convertible