April 2007
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EuroSunday, March 25th.
by Emilia Seiferling
Our preparations for March's EuroSunday started out pretty much like any other car prep sequence: on Saturday, clean and gas up the car.  But when Jim tried to start the Pantera, the motor would turn over but wouldn't fire.  This was the first time that the Pantera had ever failed to start!  He checked everything. The final diagnosis was a failed MSD box.  Since it was late Saturday afternoon and we had a dinner engagement that night at 6 PM, we decided to just drive to Sacramento in the Capri.  After the EuroSunday event, we would just go up to Tognotti's speed shop and pick up a new MSD box.
Since we weren't concerned about getting there early to park, we slept in a bit,  6:30 AM.  The drive up was fine.  There was little traffic and the Sacramento River was like glass.  Again a very pretty drive north.  That was until we heard a slapping sound under the hood and the red battery warning light lit up!  Jim decide to turn around and head for home.  After we had exited the freeway and turned around, Jim noticed that the temperature gauge was pegged!  That's when he realized the alternator belt also drives the water pump.  So now we were looking for the next off ramp to park the car.  We ended up at Alhambra & P Street.  Jim surveyed the engine for any damage the broken belt might have done and called AAA.  Like everything else on this weekend his cell phone was dead.  Mine had a charge and the call was made to AAA.  We barely had time to get coffee at the Circle K where we had parked.  The tow truck was there in less than 15 minutes!  Once again the extended towing on the AAA card had paid for itself.  The Capri got it's first ride on the Big Yellow Tow Truck.  Not a bad track record for a 16 year old car with 190,000 miles on it!  It passed the smog test, two months ago, with flying colors, still uses less than 1 qt. of oil every 3,000 miles, has averaged 30 MPH over it's lifetime, and does 0-60 in 7 seconds.  No complaints here.  We had the AAA tow truck driver take the Capri directly to a friend's shop in Rio Vista.  The driver then dropped us at home on his way back to Sacramento.
There's always a first time!
Jim digs out his shop manual for the Capri and checks his computer records to find out what size belt is needed to do the repair.  Our local NAPA is open for half a day on Sunday, so he goes directly there to pick up two belts.  The manual had given two different sizes, dependant on when the car was made.  By now it  was early Sunday afternoon,  NASCAR was on TV, and our friend would met Jim at the shop as soon as his wife returned home to watch the kids.  The first two belts didn't work, then there was another trip to NAPA for a third belt.  It didn't work either!  So now Jim is off to Antioch in the GMC truck to get yet another belt.  All the belt confusion was a result of a recall Ford did on the alternator & crankshaft pulleys, in 1992.  We had the service bulletins attended to at that time, but the Ford documentation didn't keep up with the changes they were making on the fly.  The last belt tried (#4) finally fit and Emilia had her car back in operation for her Monday teaching day at UOP Dental School.  Not the kind of car weekend we had planned!
Post script to fixing the Pantera.  After picking up a new MSD box, it turned out not to be the problem. More testing helped Jim to determine that it was the distributor.  He removed it and determined it was the magnetic pick-up coil.  He went to the local Napa store and they had one in stock!  He then proceeds to take the old distributor apart to install the replacement part.  This proves to be more difficult than expected.  After the help of friends at work, he has the dead part removed.  The guys then decide to check out the rest of the distributor since it is almost all apart anyway.  That last step led to the discovery that the advance weights were rusted in place and it appears to have been that way for quit some time.  They were able to break one weight loose, but now it was time to replace the entire distributor.  We were going to pick up a new one when we drove up to Sacramento for the April CP meeting.  We got to Tognotti's and they didn't have the one that Jim wanted in stock, but could get one in a week, thanks but no thanks.  Jim would order it on line from Summit and get it out of Reno in a couple of days. That was to be our last thing to do that Tuesday night after the Club  meeting before going to bed.  But on the drive home Jim remembered that he had a distributor on the spare 351 that he bought last year.  So we were off to the friend's shop where the Cleveland is stored.  Luck would have it and friend Sherman was at the shop at 10:30 PM.  The two of them removed the distributor from the Cleveland.  So Wednesday, Jim replaced the points on the borrowed distributor, rewired it  and installed it in the Pantera.  It started!  Thursday he took the car out for a test drive.  It had greater power off the line.  So now Jim will be able to take the Pantera on two different outings planned for this weekend.  Saturday will be a drive to a concert at Ironstone Winery in Murphys and Sunday to the CP Tech Session.  Now the plan is to run things this way and to either rebuild the original distributor or to put in a new MSD distributor.  Time will tell which gets done.  The weather is getting too nice to have the car down for repairs.  It is time to get driving!

Meeting Notes - April 10, 2007


 As the weather improves, we have better attendance at the Capitol Pantera monthly meeting.  Club cars included four Panteras, a DeLorean, a Saleen Mustang, and the Bricklin.  Members  present were: Jeff Budelli, Tom & Kathy Vona, John Worsley, Henry Kirk,  Mike Drew,  Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Lamar Fairchild, Rick Carlile, Ken Montgomery, Duane & Darice Harlan, PCNC members Mike & Nancy Haney, Mike Rockich, Peter Kovak & son Max.  It's always nice to have PCNC members join us at Mimi's!  Mike & Nancy came over from Napa, as did Mike Rockich, Peter drove his Saleen Mustang from Modesto.  He told us of his December interaction of Pantera and ice that resulted with his car being in the shop for extensive body repairs.


There was no raffle, due to missing Treasurer John McNamee. 


Lamar reported that the plans for the Placerville Run include a poker run, a trivia contest for the passengers, and prizes!!  The day's drive will start in Cameron Park at noon and end up at "Poor Reds" for a 2 PM lunch (That is when the restaurant opens for business.)  The date is set for Saturday, May 19.  We will all meet in Cameron Park.  We will get a head count at the May CP meeting. As always if your club car is not running, please drive your daily driver and come anyway.  You just have to follow at the end of the pack!   Please mark you calendar now!


The Tech Session is a go at Rick Carlile's shop on Sunday, April 15 at 9 AM.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.  You can RSVP at  Right now we have had RSVPs from George, Jeff, Mike Drew, Jim& Emilia.  Several people also said at the meeting that they were coming, but I failed to write down the names. So if those people would be so kind as to respond by email that would be great.   How we handle lunch will depend on the number of people and the type of projects that are going on.  It will either be pizza delivered or go out for food.  As already mentioned, it depends on the group size and activities at lunch time. You may want to bring a cooler with some sodas or a thermos of coffee to the event.  Anyone willing to bring donuts to get us a sugar rush first thing?  The guys are planning on pulling Mike Drew's ZF, to adjust the internal hydraulic throw out bearing.


The topic of a Club Banner to display at the Towe Auto Museum in the Car Club Cavalcade was discussed.  The group volunteered John McNamee to do one, since he already has the graphics and he was not there to protest.  Mike Haney offered to do one if John can not.  Mike works for a sign company and they do banners .   Emilia will contact Towe to confirm that we can indeed put up a club banner.  An after thought was to have two done.  The second one could be used whenever the CP Panteras were at a car function or a group outing.  Thanks in advance to both John and Mike.  I think the Club could afford to get two banners to help promote the Club to the public.


The date was set for the June CP Brunch at Thunder Valley.  Mark your calendar now for Sunday, June 24.  We will all meet up at EuroSunday event, at the Pavilions in Fair Oaks, and then drive over to brunch at Thunder Valley.  If you can not meet the group at EuroSunday, you can meet us at Thunder Valley Casino at about 11:30 AM.  John Worsley will be confirming that date with the Casino.  We should be able to again get the reserved parking at the main entrance to the Casino. 


Duane Harlan reported on the car show at Arnold on Saturday, June 16.  He will email the final info to Jim to be passed along to the group.  It seems that you need to sign up early to get the better parking assignments.  Check your email for the registration information in the next few days.


Capitol Panteras will be represented in the raffle at POCA Las Vegas.  Mike Drew will be hand carrying an afghan in the DeTomaso colors of blue, black and white.   I believe that this will be the fourth year that one of the afghans has been a target raffle prize.  Thank you Mike for transporting the afghan.  Maybe you could also be the CP representative at the POCA President's Breakfast? You'll be there anyway and have a pretty good idea of what CP has been doing for the past year. 


Webmaster Ken reminded everyone that he needs photos of cars and people for the Club website.  You can email your photos to Ken.  Check out the Club website.  Please help by sending the photos.


We have not heard back from the Reno-Tahoe Panteras as to a possible date for a joint brunch this Fall. We set up the last joint brunch, so it is their turn to organize the brunch this year.  Our Club calendar is filling up fast so we need to set a date.


Carl Stein had his first SCCA race victory, Sunday April 1st, at Sear Point.  On Saturday, Jim & I saw him get black flagged for too much noise, in his year 2000 Trans-Am championship winning Mangusta. 

We thought the car sounded wicked!  Unfortunately  the SCCA officials see it a bit different.  Crew chief Rick Moseley replace the huge exhaust pipe tip with one that points straight down, instead of out the side of the car.  The exhaust pipe hole, in the side of the car, was taped up with 14" wide duct tape!  I didn't know it even came in that size.  The officials then made Carl do a test pass by the microphone, and he came in under the noise limit.  The guys are now fabricating a new muffler that they hope will pass under the noise limits for future events.  This car would sound unbelievable without a muffler.


Wanted: Articles for CP Newsletter
If you have attended a car function of any type, please write about your car adventures and send it to   to be included in the next Capitol Pantera newsletter.  If newsletter articles are not received, then it will be more of Jim & Emilia's automotive adventures or "The Motoring Mouth".
April 13-15   Shell Historic Challenge USA - Infineon raceway
April 15        Tech session at Rick's office/shop, Sunday, 9 AM
April 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
April 25-29   POCA convention-Las Vegas
May 5-6        Spring Sprint, open track at Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.
May 8           Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May 18         Silent Film and Organ concert at the Towe Auto Museum
May 18-20    CSRG at Thunderhill (see note below)
May 19         Capitol Panteras tour of the Placerville area - Chairman, Lamar
May 27          EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Towe Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento
June 3           Shriners Hospitals Concours d'Elegance, Mather Field, Rancho Cordova
June 2-3        Wine Country Classic, Sears Point 
June 6-10     Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally 
June 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 16        Car Show in Arnold, Ca., Chairman Duane H.
June 24        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
June 24        Thunder Valley Brunch 11:30 am  meet at Euro Sunday
July 10           Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 22           EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Aug 4-5         Festa Italiana, Sacramento,
Aug 5           Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 14         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 17        Concorso Italiano,
Aug 18-19  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 
Aug 24-26   SVRA - Historic Grand Prix at Infineon
Aug 26         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Aug 31 Sept 2  SCCA Regional #7 & #8 - Infineon raceway. (see note below)
Sept 7-9       Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXIV, Infineon
Sept 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept. ???     Bodega Bay Drive, Chairman Tom
Sept 23        EuroSunday, in El Dorado Hills
Oct 7            Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 9            Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 12-14    CSRG Charity Challenge at Infineon (see note below)
Oct 13        17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 20-21    Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.
Oct 28          EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Nov 3-4        CSRG at Thunderhill (see note below)
Nov 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 25         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Dec. ?         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
The CSRG events are listed because CP member Rick Carlile will be racing his vintage TVR Vixen in that series.  His car is currently undergoing a total restoration and he hopes to have it ready for the Oct. event.
The SCCA events are listed because CP member Carl Stein will be racing his year 2000 championship Quavle Mangusta in that series.  Carl will also be racing his Shelby Trans Am Mustang at the Wine Country Classic, June 2-3.  For the story on the Mangusta see; 
Try to attend and cheer our racers on!  Also note that both groups will be racing at Thunderhill and Laguna Seca.  For the complete schedules see the CSRG at  and
Suggestions for other activities in 2007 that are being planned include;
Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras -  need date
Blackhawk Museum in Danville The ground work has been started.
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114