August 2011

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Festa Italiana, Sacramento

August 7, 2011

by Emilia Seiferling


This would be the first outing for "JIMSCAT" in several months.  The last time we tried to start it, it just popped once and then wouldn't start.  Jim worked on the car the prior week to get it up and running for the drive to the Festa Italiana.


(Jim's comments) The problem with our Pantera was traced to old fuel lines.  They were so rotted out by the California gas/ethanol mixture, that the fuel pump was sucking air through the walls of the braided hose (surprisingly they weren't leaking gas).  I put in all new hoses and a filter, purchased at our local NAPA store, and it was back running again ($7.56 well spent!).  I diagnosed the problem by putting a hand-activated vacuum pump on the fuel line at the carburetor.  I tried to pull a vacuum on the line, but it produced no fuel (also, almost no vacuum!).  I then worked my way back to the tank, one hose at a time.  The hose from the tank to fuel pump was the real culprit.  With that hose removed from the fuel pump, I was unable to pull fuel from the tank.  This appears to be the reason the car was hard to start after sitting for 2-3 weeks or more.  Fuel was probably siphoning back into the tank, because of air leaking though the hose wall, thus leaving the hose empty.  The fuel pump was having great difficulty pulling gas out of the top of the tank.  This has been a slow decay for many years, so it was hard to pin down until it finally got so porous the fuel pump couldn't pull a vacuum.  If you think you have old fuel hoses and your car is hard to start after sitting for a few weeks, then it's probably the cheapest preventative maintenance item you can do.  For some time, Jack DeRyke has been urging owners to replace fuel lines on a routine basis.  Heed Jack's good advice!


The drive up to Sacramento was great.  We had almost no traffic all the way to Highway 5.  We followed an empty hay truck for a couple of miles on Highway 160, otherwise we had no traffic in front of us!  Even when we were on Highway 5, the traffic was very light.  We arrived at the appointed meeting place, Mimi's, to find Rick waiting for us.  There would only be three Capitol Panteras at the Festa Italiana this year.  Those who were able to attend were Jeff, Jim & Emilia and Rick with John Worsley in the passenger seat.  Rick told us that he had arranged to have Rick Moseley riding shotgun with him, but that due to an accident the night before Rick Moseley had to cancel at the last minute.  Diane took a tumble down the stairs during the night and Rick had to call 911.  The report is that Diane most likely has a concussion but no broken bones.  We all wish Diane well.  John Worsley was a last minute fill in for Festa since Rick Carlile knew John was looking for a ride.


We arrived to the usual prime parking at Festa.  Jeff was already there doing his job of car display chairman.  We gave the car a quick detail and secured the CP banner on the windshield.  So this year there were red, white and yellow Panteras on display.


Our 40 year old Pantera book ends with new Maserati


Jeff's glistening engine bay always attracts attention


The Festa site was a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.  There was plenty of shade: trees, tents and umbrellas.  There was plenty of food, beverage and live entertainment.  We all enjoyed the Italian food, but personally I would not advise trying the polenta with meatballs (made with salmon).  I was trying to break out of my pasta rut, but it was not something I would order again, in fact I couldn't even finish it.  I had to go back to a different booth and get some pasta!


While at the Festa we saw former members Tom & Kathy Vona. They are well and now live up near Jeff in El Dorado Hills.  We also saw Rick Mosley's daughter Trisha.  She was volunteering at the beverage booth.  She is doing well after her bicycle accident.


Our time at the Festa passed quickly.  We all enjoyed the entertainment and people watching.  I even got to do a sit test in the new Fiat 500 that was on display.  The car looked really big next to the original Fiat 500 parked next to it!  If the mechanics work as nice as it is cute, Fiat should sell a lot of them!


We had a fairly uneventful drive home. We were getting use to the low stance of the Pantera.  It was funny how low the Pantera seemed since we had not driven the car for several months. The only mishap was that we blew out the headliner again while we were driving with the windows down.  Jim will have to do a more permanent repair on it this time.


So once again, it was a fun day made possible because we drive a Pantera.



Summary of the August 2011 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The August meeting had two Panteras, a DeLorean, and a Bricklin in the parking. Don Gagnon and Rick Carlile drove their Panteras, with Ken Montgomery in his DeLorean, and John Worsley in the Bricklin. As you saw from the Festa article, our Pantera is back up and running, but we both feel that getting into it at 5:30 PM on an hot August day, with no A/C, just too extreme for us. I guess we're getting too old and soft. We did hold the drawing for "Driving for Gas $" and it was won by John. Those also attending the meeting, but not in their club car: Jim & Emilia, Nancy Haney, and George Potiris.


The Club won a great number of prizes at the POCA Fun Rally in Reno, about $700 worth of Pantera specific parts (almost all from Steve Wilkinson)! At this meeting Nancy Haney purchased the shift gate and Nancy Foster purchased the door weather strips. Our treasury now stands about $1,100+ with those additions. We still have in inventory; L&R door striker assemblies and the weather-stripping that lines the sheet metal splash shields inside the wheel wells (a single piece, 12 feet long, cut to fit). This last piece had us baffled, but Jim finally figured it out at the meeting. If you are a paid up Capitol Panteras member (i.e. POCA dues paid) and would like any of the remaining items at retail price, email Jim with your request. He will then tell you the price. First come, first served.


John Worsley was the only one at the meeting who is going to Monterey.  He was asked to write a short article for the newsletter.  Lamar was unable to make the meeting, because it was the first day of school in Placerville.  We will email him to firm up the September date for his Pantera Placerville area tour (either the 10th or 24th).  The Rio Vista car show is on Saturday, October 8th, and we think the Alameda All Italian show is the next day on the 9th.  Nobody knew the date, so we will work on confirming it.  We have Oct 22nd set for Kathy Gagnon's tour of the Jackson area.  Please mark your calendar for these Club events.



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".



                                2011 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red



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

           Rick has been accepted to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival, but was not selected for the Monterey Historics.


Aug 18         "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 19         Concorso Italiano,

Aug 19-21   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 

Aug 28         EuroSunday, Sacramento @  Check CP web site for link to EuroSunday location


Sept 10 or 24  3rd Annual Placerville Run.  Chairman-Lamar Fairchild

Sept 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 25      EuroSunday

Sept 30-Oct 2  CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon  Rick will be racing.


Oct 8         20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman- Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 9          Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct 14-16  Rennsport Reunion IV (Porsche), Laguna Seca.  1st time on the west coast.

Oct 15-16  Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 22        Jackson Wine and Lunch Tour - Chair - Kathy Gagnon

Oct 22        Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 23        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Oct 28 California Auto Museum Dinner, with Dennis Gage. $75/each.

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill, Rick will be racing.


Nov ?        Capitol Pantera Brunch @ Ryde Hotel.  Chairman- John Worsley.

Nov 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 27       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec ??     Capitol Panteras Christmas Party; hosts Garry & Sue Choate.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
#1575 [JHSTBAD]
#7114 [JIMS CAT]

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