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April Newsletter 2013


Tech Session at Rick's


The morning of the Tech session Jim and I left home on schedule only to be delayed by several very slow vehicles.  One was a farm truck towing two outhouses and the other was a pickup full of farm workers driving much below the already slow speed limit of Highway 160.  Once past these two impediments, we had our usually smooth scenic drive up the Sacramento River.  We arrived at Rick's shop to find Rick sweeping out the work area.  His Pantera would soon have the cover off it and be ready for the installation of the clutch slave cylinder hose kit.  Rick had ordered the kit some time ago but never got around to installing it.  Rick thought that it was about 8 years since he has been under his Pantera to do any work.  In that time period he has been working on his race cars while the Pantera just kept working!


We set up a table for the doughnuts and coffee and then the lawn chairs.  The "target car" for the session arrived.  Ken has had his Pantera for several months.  It was in basically good shape when he got it, but he has developed a list of smaller items to be sorted out.  Rick and Jim were able to give Ken the advise needed to order the parts that would be required to tackle the dozen or so jobs on Ken had on his list.  One of the projects that they were able to do that day was to get functioning taillights.  Ken was unaware that he had even had that problem.  The guys were also able to adjust the shift linkage.  Ken had been having difficulty shifting.  They readjusted the linkage on the transmission as best they could, but the shift lever is still dragging on the 1st and 5th shift gate fingers.  It's been that way for a long time, since there are significant groves ground into the shift lever, from rubbing on the gate fingers.  The fore/aft movement seems normal, but the side-to-side movement is not enough to center the lever in the side gates.  More diagnosis will be needed with someone familiar with this problem (Mike, Garry, anyone?).


We took a break from the activity for Jim and Ken to make a parts run and to pick up lunch.  We enjoyed pizza and conversation.  We found out that Ken, Jim, and Emilia are all Lodi High School alumni, all different years.  Then it was back to the task of finishing the various projects.


While the event turnout was small, five people total (thanks for the visit, Carl!), the service performed on both cars made it worthwhile.  Rick no longer needs worry about his red plastic clutch line blowing up, like it did on our car a few years ago.  Ken has a more road worthy Pantera and has solutions to almost all of his cars issues. This is the sort of event that makes the Pantera community special.  We are glad that our CP group has vehicles that are in such good running condition, but are also happy to be available to help fellow Pantera owners get their cars into better running condition.  All in all, a Saturday well spent because we own a Pantera.




Rick, Jim and Ken check out the shift linkage


The tail light problem is sorted out by Jim and Ken



The adjustment to the shift linkage still has some more head scratching needed.


Meeting Notes


The April meeting was run by Emilia, in the absence of President George.


We only had 9 people present this month.  Those that came in their daily drivers were; Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Mike & Nancy Haney, John Worsley, Paul Bowden, Rick Carlile.  Lamar Fairchild & Mila came in his Pantera.


Driving for Dollars:
Since there was only one club car in attendance (Lamar's), we didn't have enough cars for the driving for dollars raffle.  Thank you Lamar for bringing your Pantera.

The raffle for a DeTomaso polo shirt took in $21 and was won by Lamar.  At the next meeting, May 14th, the winner of the raffle will have a choice of one of the two remaining DeTomaso items donated by John McNamee.  Be sure to attend in order to have a chance to win one of John's apparel items.


We went around the table and got an up date on the current car projects from each person at the meeting.

     Paul - is working on his clutch, emergency flashers and tire replacements

     John - The Bricklin is still in the shop being restored, but he has decided on a new

                 color for the car.  It will be a pale cream mint green.  The car was originally a

                 bright safety green.

     Jim - has the fuel pump that is to be replaced

     Rick -  has ordered and received the clutch slave hydraulic line, but still needs to

                 install it

     Lamar - has a new alternator and his two car garage is back to being a two car

                    garage.  He needs to check out his clutch after some shifting problems on

                    the drive to the meeting.

     Nancy/Mike - the Pantera is good with no repairs needed. The recently installed

                             power steering has contributed to some spirited driving by Nancy.

                             We hope this pronouncement of no mechanical problems doesn't

                             come back to bite them.

Mike and Lori are planning to get married at the POCA Rally in Phoenix, in a couple of weeks.  Rick and Marcia will be in attendance.  He has agreed to be the Capitol Pantera Newsletter social reporter. There will be an article in the May newsletter.  We all wish them the very best. 

Paul will indeed host the Capitol Panteras Christmas Party this year.  He was flattered to read that the group had unanimously voted at the March meeting to have him host again.  Paul was not present at the March meeting.


Two additional new outings are now on the calendar.  Nancy will be in charge of a coast drive in June.  She will modify a route from the AutoZotica drives from a number of years ago.  The exact date will be set at the May meeting.  Ken Whittall-Scherfee will be working on a drive to the Auburn area, a visit to the Air Museum at McClellan, and a BBQ at his airplane (Navion) hanger at McClellan.  The date is tentative for now, on July 27.  Thank you Nancy and Ken.  A possible third item is "Wings & Wheels" of Sacramento; John McNamee will get us the date and details at the May meeting.


Rick Carlile will host our yearly tech session on Saturday, April 13, at his office/shop in downtown Sacramento.  We will need a head count. Tech inspections and various smaller fix-it projects can be done at the session. Rick is a certified POCA tech inspector for POCA open track events.  The Club will provide donuts at the start and take-out for lunch.



Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series. 



April 24       Mike & Lori's Wedding, in Phoenix

April 24-28 POCA Fun Rally, Phoenix

April 27       Car Show, Grass Valley.  Pre-72 cars.

April 27       Cars & Coffee.  Gold Country Restorations, Martell

April 28       EuroSunday @ Panera Bread, 8519 Bond Rd., Elk Grove



May 3/5      CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

May 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May18-19  Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway

May 19        British Car Show - Dixon

May 19       Car Show-Downtown Placerville  

May 26       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


June             2013 Capitol Conour's d'Elegance, Capitol Mall

June 8          Cars & Coffee.  Gold Country Restorations, Martell

June 11      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June           Coast Run Drive - Chairman Nancy - Exact date to be set

June 23       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 4          Shelby National, SAAC38, Fontana

July 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 20        Car Show in Arnold

July 27       Auburn/McClellan Drive & BBQ Chairman Ken W. (Tentative date)

July 28        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 3         Summer Surprise @ Sonoma Raceway.  Shelby Club

Aug 3         4th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Aug 3         Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 4        Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 15      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 16       Concorso Italiano,

Aug 16-18  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=?)

                    Rick will be racing his TVR at this event.

Aug 25       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Sept 10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's 

                    (Nominations for club officers)

Sept  22     3rd Annual Placerville Run.  Lamar Fairchild - Chairman


Sept 22      EuroSunday


Oct             Brunch at The Ryde Hotel?-Chairman, John Worsley

Oct 4/6       CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma Raceway

Oct 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                  (Elections of club officers)

Oct 12        20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at

                   Foster's Big Horn)

Oct12        Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 13         Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry

                   fee for exhibitors.


Oct             Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Nov 1/3     CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 22      Turkey Bowl, Shelby Club, Laguna Seca

Nov 24      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec -       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party

                  Paul will again be our host at his home in West Sacramento.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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