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The 5th Annual Josh Grimes Memorial Car Show is Saturday, May 21st!

By sprintfan25

Hi all,
Hard to believe it's the fifth year for the car show! It will be on a Saturday this year, for a few different reasons. The last two years we've been over 100 cars; please plan on coming out and joining us if you can!


The 4th Annual Lincoln Southeast Car Show is Sunday, May 23rd!

By sprintfan25

Come join us on the 23rd at Lincoln Southeast High School for the 4th annual LSE Car Show. Once again, we will be donating our proceeds to pediatric cancer in memory of Josh Grimes. Come out and support/enjoy the show!

LSE Car Show this Sunday, May 17th!

By sprintfan25

Hi folks - just a reminder, the LSE Car Show in memory of Josh Grimes will be this Sunday, May 17th at Lincoln Southeast High School on 37th and Van Dorn. Registration opens at 9:00, judging starts at noon, and awards at 3:30. Price is $15, and includes one free meal ticket. Proceeds this year will go to Pediatric Cancer. Hope to see you there! Let me know if you have questions, or if you'd like me to email an entry form. Thanks!

Tommy Bender

What's new!

By sprintfan25

Well, it's spring time, and time to start getting ready for the car show season. It's going to be weird not having a car to show this summer, after going so many places with the project car last year. I'll still make it out to some this year, to say hi and check in with everyone. Our car show for Lincoln Southeast is Sunday, May 17th - let me know if you're interested in coming, and I'll send you an entry form. This year, the show has been renamed to include Josh Grimes, and the proceeds this year will go to Pediatric Cancer support/research. See you then!


And the winner is . . .

By sprintfan25

The winner of the Josh Grimes Memorial Scholarship car is Nick Scheidt! He's even an LSE alum! Congratulations, Nick!

Thanks again to all who helped out; we couldn't have asked for a better end result! We ended up selling over 2200 tickets, which will easily endow the scholarship and make it permanent! Thanks again to all who've helped out, or bought coupon books, or bought tickets, or donated parts, or donated time, or - you get the idea! This truly was a community effort, and will soon become a reality! I'll send another note out once the scholarship is set up through the LPS Foundation, which should be soon. Thanks again, everyone!


Final Weekend and Latest Article

By sprintfan25

Well, folks - we draw the winner in 3 days! We've had lots of good news lately - we made the LJS again:


We also are over 1800 tickets sold, which puts us right on the brink of fully endowing the scholarship!

Thanks again for all your support! If you want to see the car this weekend, we'll be at the North Culver's on Friday night, Super Saver on 56th and Hwy 2 on Saturday, and at Sid Dillon from 10 a.m. until after the drawing!

Talk to you later!


Mustang appearance schedule - updated - Four Weeks Left!!!

By sprintfan25

Things have going great with ticket sales! We sold 88 tickets on Saturday at Milford, and 151 tickets on Sunday at Malcolm! Two record sales days in a row! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this weekend a success!
At this point, we've sold around 1300 tickets. To fully endow the scholarship (so it's $500/year forever), we need to sell a minimum of 1900 tickets (and anything beyond that just makes the scholarship stronger, so we can be sure it will be absolutely permanant!).

Here's where we'll be for the remainder of the shows. Those that are not confirmed are marked tentative (and there are only a few tentative - a huge thanks to those who've helped with scheduling!)

Saturday, August 23rd
Hy Vee car show, 70th and Pioneers - 10-4
Sunday, August 24th
South Pointe Mall Car Show on 27th & Pine Lake (with the Corvettes - thanks guys!) - 10-3

Saturday, August 30th
Van Dorn Plaza, 10-2 (tentative) & Melichar's 66 (by the Haymarket on 9th street) from 2-6 (the Huskers have a night game.)
Sunday, August 31st
Bigler Motors on North 27th (tentative) 1-4

Saturday, September 6th
HyVee on Coddington, times TBA
Sunday, September 7th
Havelock Car Show, 10-4

Saturday, September 13th
Haymarket Farmer's Market, (tentative) 8-Noon, & Super Saver @ 56th and Hwy 2, 1-5
Sunday, September 14th

We'll try to get to the North Culver's on Friday Nights, but even if we're not there with the car, there are always guys from the Rebels there that you can buy tickets from - ask around.

Again, thanks so much for your support! And - have you bought your tickets yet??? :)

Josh Grimes Scholarship Mustang Schedule Update

By sprintfan25

Hi all,

Here are the appearances coming up:

Saturday, August 9th - Russ's Market, 33rd & Hwy 2, from 10:00 to 2:00

Sunday, August 10th - Seward Car Show, Fairgrounds, 10:00 - 3:00

Saturday, August 16th - Milford Car Show, 10:00 - 3:00

Sunday, August 17th - Malcolm Car Show, 10:00 - 3:00

Tickets are moving, but we're only about half way to our goal right now, and September 14th is closing in - have you bought your tickets yet?

Thanks for the suport! Tell your friends!

Tommy Bender

Quite a week!

By sprintfan25

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Well, it's been quite a week for the project Mustang! We did 5 public appearances in 8 days, starting with the All Ford Show at Anderson Ford on the 12th of July. Next was the Fastenal Open House on Wednesday the 16th, then the North Culver's on Friday the 18th, Haymarket Farmer's Market on the 19th, and Wavelink Raceway Park on the 20th! Whew! In that time span, we sold somewhere close to 120 tickets! I haven't checked in, but my guess is our grand total is somewhere around 550 tickets sold. Not bad, to be sure! As of today, we have 55 days left before we raffle the car, and to reach our goal of selling at least 2000 tickets, we have a ways to go - so come on out and buy a ticket! If we can reach this goal, we will be able to fully endow the scholarship in Josh's name - which would be $500/year FOREVER! How cool is that?

Our next confirmed public appearance is the special show n shine at the Piedmont shopping mall on 48th and Cotner on Sunday, July 27th - come on out and see the show - or better yet, bring your car, and pick up your tickets! We're working on places to go on Friday and Saturday as well - I'll let you know where those might be.

Once again, thanks for all your support!


We're the front page story on FEP!

By sprintfan25

Hi all - just a quick note - Four Eyed Pride, a website devoted to Mustangs from 79 - 86, put us and our raffle as front page news on their website! Here's the link:

Raffle Tickets are printed!

By sprintfan25

The raffle tickets for the Josh Grimes Memorial Scholarship Project are printed! You can buy one anytime! Remember, the raffle is being run by the Rebels Auto Club here in Lincoln. Here are the rules:

* Need not be present to win
* Winner has up to 90 days to claim prize
* Must be 19 years of age or older to participate
* Must have TIN or SSN and Photo ID
* Must sign a Release of liability, and accept auto as is
* Must pay all taxes and fees to title & obtain registration

In addition, we are not allowed to sell tickets over the internet, nor can we mail them - Sorry!

Other things of note:

Tickets are $10 each, and we printed 2500 tickets. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

The drawing will be on Sunday, Sept. 14th at Sid Dillon

I'll post where the car will be every weekend, so you'll know where to find us. Thanks!


I know it's short notice, but humor me . . .

By sprintfan25

Hi all,
I know it's short notice, but humor me - we're short on trophy sponsors for the car show next week. If you know of a business that might be interested in helping us out by sponsoring trophies, please let me know. The cost is $25 per trophy, and sponsors can pick how many and what class they'd like to help us out with. Thanks!


April 28th Update!

By sprintfan25

Hi all - just a quick update - the car just came back from getting pinstriped, and the molding is now back on - here's a few pics - more in the next few days!

New paint!!!

By sprintfan25

The car is painted! I was busy at a speech tournament all day, so I didn't get to see it (and pick it up) until close to 5:00 on Saturday from Alan's - which gave us about an hour to change the wheels and do a few other things before the Stars game. Alan took off work on Friday to get everything done, and it looks fabulous! Jim helped me get the wheels changed, and we had lots of great comments at the game. The interior is next - and sometime this week we'll add the remainder of the trim and such. It was pretty cool driving it around - it turned a lot of heads!

We're not going to make it to the World of Wheels show . . .

By sprintfan25

Hi all,
Just a quick note - I know some of you were going to look for us this weekend at the World of Wheels show in Omaha - but we didn't make it . . . It was a valiant effort on all parts, but in the end, there was just too much work to do and not enough time to do it. We should be finished with the car by next weekend - so the new debut will be April 5th at the Lincoln Stars Hockey game. We'll be sitting out front before the game again. If you haven't bought tickets yet, we have around 25 left at $10 each. It's block seating, so we'll all be one happy family! See you then!


March something update.

By sprintfan25

Just a quick update on the project Mustang - the drivetrain is back in, it runs and drives, and the engine compartment looks great! The body looks great and is pretty much ready for paint, and the entire interior is finished as well, and will be installed as soon as the car comes back from paint. We have until Thursday at 2:00 to have the car done (that's when the Rebels are leaving to enter their cars in the World of Wheels show), so needless to say, we've been putting in some long hours. Things are coming along, though, and I don't think anyone will be disappointed when they see it! Talk to you later!


March 14th Update -

By sprintfan25

Whew - only two weeks until the car needs to be finished in time for the World of Wheels show in Omaha! Things are moving alone quickly - the top is on, the engine is ready to go in, and with any luck, we'll have the car ready to go back to Alan the painter with a running engine by the end of the weekend. There will hopefully be great things to report after this weekend!

In the mean time, our last outright fundraiser of the year is selling tickets to the last Lincoln Stars home game on April 5th. We have 100 tickets to sell in a very short amount of time, so we're offering them for $10 each - well below the $13.75 face value. Proceeds go to the Josh Grimes Memorial Scholarship Project. Come out and see the finished project Mustang and have a good time with us! Game time is 7:05. Please contact me ASAP if interested! Thanks!


Update on the Mustang Car Club Project as of Feb 24th.

By sprintfan25

Where do I begin? The car was at Alan's for bodywork for awhile, and he completed all work on the rolling chassis. The rear quarters are primed, and the door jambs and trunk area are painted the right colors - Tungsten gray for the door jambs, and black for the trunk area. Look's awesome! In addition, since the engine compartment had been prepped as well, Alan also shot the whole compartment with gloss black POR-15 - what a difference!

Alan is going to continue to work on the doors, hood, fenders, and bumpers - but since none of those parts are attached to the chassis right now, it made sense for us to take it and get some work done. The intention was to get the top on, since Bigler Motors came through with a new top and glass window - but we realized we also needed the pads and cables too - I ordered them right away, but they're not here yet. As soon as everything is in, another friend of mine named Alan is going to put the top on.

So, what to do? Well, the bottom of the car needed attention, and since it needed to be finished before the driveline was installed, we took the car over to LeRoy's to use his lift - and painted the entire bottom of the car with POR-15. It looks like a totally different car, now! I brought it back today, and I'll finish up a few details in the wheel well areas here.

In the mean time, the valve covers will be finished tomorrow, and I'll pick them up from Kyle at Lincoln Industries. Once I do that, I'll be able to take them out to SCC at Milford and get them installed - and take pics! Then the motor will come home.

The transmission we decided didn't need to come apart, as it worked fine and had no issues - included crystal clear fluid when I drained the original fluid. My guess is, it hasn't been too long since it was rebuilt. But it was covered in muck from the leaky engine that was in front of it, so tonight I took it to the car wash and sprayed it with degreaser, and then power washed it off. You'd think since it was a nice day, it wouldn't be that cold, but I was pretty wet and chilled by the time I was finished. It took several times, but I did manage to get most of the muck off. We'll coat the outside with aluminum-colored POR-15, and it will look spiffy, too.

The interior upholstery showed up from Accelerated Supply, and wow, does that look cool! Harry Scheidt at Scheidt upholstery now has it "relaxing," and we hope to have it installed soon.

It's time to order the remainder of the parts to finish, and cash flow is an obstacle. We're now selling tickets to the Lincoln Stars game on April 5th, and we're also working on our car show - which will be May 18th. We still have some coupon books left as well - if you want to help out with any or all, please let me know! We're pretty determined to make it to the World of Wheels car show on March 28th, and could use the help.

Keep looking for more pictures; I try to update photo albums whenever I can.

A huge thanks to all the Rebels Auto Club members who've helped us out over the last few weeks. We couldn't do it without you!


LSE Fundraiser - Russ's Market and Super Saver

By sprintfan25

The LSE Car Club is now selling coupon books to Russ's Market and Super Saver as a fundraiser. The cost is $5 each, and there's a coupon on the back for $5 off any purchase of $50 or more - so you get your money right back and help us out in the process. There are coupons worth an additional $50 or so inside the book, which all appear to be manufacturer coupons. Below is a list of coupons found in the book. Shoot me an email if you're interested, and I'll get them to you. We have 54 Super Saver left, and 40 Russ's left, and once we run out, that's it. Thanks a bunch!

The coupons inside each are identical, and are good until 8/31/08. They're all for $1, although with many you have to buy two items. The number in parenthesis is how many coupons of each there are.
Here's the list:

2) Tidy cats
2) Williams Spicy Wing Seasoning
1) Frosted Cheerios
1) Pillsbury Create N Bake Cookie Dough
1) Totino's Pizza Rolls
1) Wheeties
2) Pillsbury Cake Mix
2) Energizer Batteries
1) KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce or Mariande
2) Kraft Cheese
2) Oscar Meyer Deli Creations
2) Post Cereal
1) Weight Watcher's Smart Ones
1) Martha Gooch
1) Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pizza
2) Malt-O-Meal Cereal
2) Kellogg's
1) Ozarka Water
2) Borden Cheese
2) Lipton Tea
2) Rhodes Frozedn Dough
1) Electrason Gelpacs
1) Lysol Wipes
1) Kibbles N' Bits
2) Imperial Margarine
1) Farm Rich
1) Marzetti Salad Dressing
1) Smucker's Jams, Jellies, Fruit Spreads, or preserves
1) Slim Jim
1) Burleson's Honey
1) SeaPak Shrimp
1) Arm & Hammer Detergent
1) Breyer's Ice Cream

T-Shirts to support the LSE Project Mustang are now for sale!

By sprintfan25

The t-shirts we've designed to support the LSE Car Club Project Mustang are now on sale. The front will look like the picture (with possibly a few minor edits), and the rear will list our sponsors. We are able to get them in any size. The price will be $15 each, with proceeds going to benefit the project. We will mail them as well. Please allow for some turnaround time, as shirts are printed as we go. Please send orders to:

Tommy Bender
Lincoln Southeast High School
2930 S 37th
Lincoln, NE 68506

and please make checks to:

LSE Car Club

Also, if you're still interested in putting a sponsorship ad on the back, it's not to late. We've sold or traded for 14 spots, and since we allowed for 30, we have plenty of room (and need the help!). It's a good way to get your business connected with a good cause, and we'll get as many out as possible. Just let me know if you're interested.

Buy a t-shirt ad to help out the Josh Grimes Memorial Project!

By sprintfan25

We're now working on out next fundraiser to continue working on the project, and we are designing a full color t-shirt. The front will have a "before" picture of the project, as well as a projected "after" picture, along with selected details of the project. The back will have all of our sponsors. Sponsors can put in as much as they want, but we're asking for a minimum of $50. Please see our club page at for the downloadable form (it's on the bottom left), if you're interested (or know someone who would be). Thanks so much for your support!


Lincoln Stars Tickets Part 2

By sprintfan25

We've sold the first 100 tickets! This has raised $650 for working on the car! Thanks to everyone who helped out or bought tickets. Since we still have not quite three weeks until the game, and since the boys are still selling, we picked up another 30 tickets to sell. They're in section Q, and they're the same deal: $13 for one, $25 for a pair, and $12.50 each after the first two. Face value is $13.75. Thanks again!


Lincoln Stars Tickets

By sprintfan25

Help support the LSE Car Club and the Josh Grimes Scholarship Project by buying tickets to the Lincoln Stars game on Friday, October 19th. The Stars are playing Tri-City. Tickets will be $13 each or $25 for a pair. We will have the car at the game as a "before" show. Come and meet the kids who are working on the car, and show them your support. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll get them sent out. Thanks a bunch!


Update on the Mustang Project Car

By sprintfan25

I thought I'd catch everyone up on the project mustang since I haven't written anything all summer. We've shown the car a few times - at the Rebels car show in June, and the Sunday part of the MCA show in July. (I wrote down the MCA show on the wrong weekend, and was on vacation - I think the CCFMC wanted to make the car more of a centerpiece, but I didn't realize it until it was too late - wish I could've at least thought to have given the keys to someone to show it . . .)

In doing so, we've picked up a few more people willing to help us out - Doug Kiellian at Auto Kraft has volunteered to swap out the driver's side rear quarter panel, and has invited us over to film and watch. We'll be getting together with him soon to get it on the schedule. In addition, Eric Bigler at Bigler Auto has volunteered to get a new top for the car, to be installed once the body is done. Many thanks to both of these new helpers. In addition, Alan Christman been checking out the doors from the parted out car, and has started work to resurrect them. We've also had a gentleman donate a rear deck lid (one of ours is junk, and the other is workable, but would take a lot of work!) - but for the life of me I can't find my notes with his name. I hope you can accept my apology, and I'll keep looking through my notes!

As far as the car itself goes, we haven't been able to schedule regular workdays due to my schedule, but things are looking better in August. I've been collecting a few parts here and there, and the car is getting more complete. For example, we now have a spare tire and a jack, shift knob, radiator support, and little things like that.

I'm going to spend some time evaluating the car with some proffesionals, and see if I can get a schedule to make sure we're done with the car by next spring.

Thanks again all who have helped us out and wished us well, and if you have fox parts - hey, let us know!


Wanna sponsor a trophy for the car show?

By sprintfan25

Edit - 5/2 GOOD NEWS! We've now reached enough trophy sponsors to do trophies through 2nd place in all classes! Our goal is still to award through the top 3, so we'll keep looking!

We guaranteed a trophy to the winner of each class (23 classes), plus our extra three awards. We'd like to hand out trophies to the top 3 in each, and to do so, we'll need sponsors. Please contact me at for more info. Thanks!

We made the paper!

By sprintfan25

The car club project made the paper today . . .


Okay, this one isn't about the Project Mustang . . .

By sprintfan25

I started going through old pictures today, and ended up spending probably too much time adding pics to photo albums for the pickup - as well as adding my '69 Mustang from high school, and a bunch of pics from my involvement in racing. Just fun nostalgia stuff for the most part. Enjoy the pics!

Rust on the parts car . . .

By sprintfan25

I've been asked why we saved this car instead of the gray one that we parted out, as from a distance the gray one didn't look too bad. There were really two main reasons - the first was the bottom of the gray car had what I thought were major rust issues, and the car was already a salvage title as it had been hit in the front. To be honest, I didn't take any pics of the bottom of the car. I did add a pic of the rearend that we kept, which is covered in rust, to give you an idea what the rest of it looked like underneath. I don't remember any specific holes, but the torque boxes (as well as most of the back part of the car), all looked about the same as the rear end. And, there were cracking issues around the torque boxes as well. The front of the car had been straightened, and did have some alignment issues with the front fenders. In other words, it would've needed to be straightened better to really be - well - straight.
The bottom line is, we basically had to make a choice as to which car we could restore, and although the silver car has bad doors and a bad quarter, it also is solid underneath, and has a clear title.

Update - I did find a pic of the bottom of the gray car from underneath - it's from a distance as it's getting crushed, but you can see the dark area by the passenger torque box - which is rust. You can also see the leftover lower control arm for the rear end - the bolts were rusted in on all of them, and I had to cut the arms to get the rear end out.

Drove the car to the CCFMC meeting last night . . .

By sprintfan25

. . . and froze! It was sunny when I left, sure, but it was in the 40s when I left, and in the 30s when I came back. It didn't help that the meeting was in Ceresco - about 14 miles from my house. The heater works really well, but that 65 mph wind over the top of the windshield . . . well . . . is cold!
Anyway, I really enjoyed being at the meeting again - I'd missed two in a row. There were some awesome Mustangs there, and everyone is helpful and very interested in our project. It was well worth the trip!

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