MEMBER CLUB

2005 #2                                                NSRA - GOODGUYS - SSRA

The Connecting R.O.D.S. newsletter, is sponsored by the Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs, Inc. to promote street rodding and the construction and preservation of pre 1949 street rods.  Articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the R.O.D.S. members or its officers.  Classified ads are free of charge:  R.O.D.S., P.O. Box #61, Denham Springs, La. 70727 or call (club secretary) Bobby Spann at (225)275-9868/E-mail: bobbyspann@aol.com     


Just for Starters

   The Ramblin’Oldies now has a record 32 active members!  Nolan Tollett rejoined recently and is working on a pro street Model A coupe.  I’m sure his wife Dianne is behind the scenes somewhere!  Wilson Shaffer has all the pieces for a big Cadillac street rod but he and Martha usually cruise in his slick 1946 Ford Convertible.  Ron Bringol is trying to wrench on his thirty-six Chevy sedan with one arm in a sling, while his wife Pat tries to keep an eye on him!  Meanwhile Roger & Arlene Lambert’s ‘41 Plymouth Sedan is coming together nicely...  And if you go to any cruise night around here you will spot Cliff Graham and his two daughters!  Cliff and Carla’s big primered 4-door Buick sedan looks downright haunted, and with 2 air conditioning units I bet it could freeze the ‘sheet’ off a ghost!  -Welcome ya’ll- 



“Cruising in the Country”

        Our “New” R.O.D.S. Run -May 20-22- is right around the corner!  BBQ and hot rod movies Friday night at the motel, games and the show & shine around the park in downtown St Francisville, poker walk to area craft and antique shops... there will be as much to do for the women as the men.  We have the Angola Prison Band playing Saturday and let me tell you these guys are good!  (They have a lot of time to practice)

   After lunch you can turn in your Top 10 ballots and sit around the shady park enjoying the band, OR take a scenic cruise over to Jackson Louisiana where another team of RODS members will be waiting for you.  Museum tours, another live band (we have a lot of prisons in Louisiana), food and drink vendors AND hundreds of muscle cars, antiques and Corvettes to check out!  Behind the museum LeRoy Harvey even has a real steam train!  Included in the train ride will be a stop at Feliciana Cellars Winery for some wine tasting - do I have your attention now?! 

   Saint Francisville is about 30 minutes North of Baton Rouge.  It’s real easy to find; stay on I-110 North till it ends and hang a right on Hwy 61!  The Best Western “Inn on the Lake” will be on your left, less than a mile past the http://www.stfrancisvilleovernight.commain red light that leads into the downtown ‘strip.’  Or coming from the West you can catch the Mississippi River Ferry in New Roads and you’ll be right on the main drag.  Come early and tour some of the historic or even haunted plantation homes in the area; we’ll have discount coupons waiting for you at the motel desk...        




mailto:Bobbyspann@aol.commailto:Bobbyspann@aol.com   Remember the beige ‘32 lowboy with Duval windshield and flames that was on all the NSRA Nationals billboards and posters in 2000?  That was just one of the many projects to come out of “Chris Jarreau’s Garage.”  In January he painted Kenny Spinosa’s t-bucket body and right now long time club member and head cook Sidney Acosta is letting Chris resurrect his all steel ‘32 Ford 5-window coupe.  This awesome 60's hot rod has been in storage for almost 20 years.. not a dent or crack anywhere on it!  Hmmm, do I smell another club top chop party? 

     Speaking of Sidney, the RODS club recently donated over $700.00 to a local high school for medical equipment in memory of his grandson.  And we are hoping to raise even more money at our rod run for the Hospice Foundation of Baton Rouge.  Look for Katherine Grigsby and her crew under one of those big oaks.




     What is more fun than building and showing off your street rod?  Sharing the experience with others.  Think about it - few people actually get to sit in, much less ride in a street rod (Not counting the Hooters girl in my car last Sunday)!  All of those spectators walking around at cruise nights, drooling over the sleek low machines...  One time Jerry Ramsey and I were standing behind his cool ‘34 Ford highboy coupe and a young couple was giving it the eye. “Yep, it’s mine.” I boasted, pulling on imaginary suspenders.  “You wish” came the girl’s catty reply.  Ouch!    

     One Saturday morning at cruise breakfast the owner’s daughter and a friend came running up.  “Wow that is a cool car; I love it; oh look at the insides..”  The girls were all smiles as they checked out my Model A.  We talked about the hot rods in the parking lot and somehow a ride later was offered.  You would have thought their fairy Godmother had told them they were going to the ball!  Before I left (and with her mom’s permission) I took them for a short cruise, and I have to believe they will remember that ride for a long time.

     Last Fall Danny Varnado and I braved a pouring rainstorm to show our streetrods to a Cub Scout group in Denham Springs.  Those little boys were very impressed too - especially when we let them sit in our cars for pictures.  THAT is the sort of thing that will get the young generation interested in Street Rods.  I’m just glad I didn’t get many rides in antique cars when I was younger!  Ha!  Thanks to Alvin Ballard and Dewey Reed for getting me hooked with my first rides in REAL street rods... and Bill Adams for teaching me what goes where, and why!



April 22-24 - Dixie Street Rods 23rd Rod Run, Days Inn - McComb,   MISS. <49!  601-783-5202

April 29-May 1 - 3rd Annual Blue Suede Cruise, Tupelo MS. See the      “2 Lane Blacktop ‘55 Chevy!” 800-533-0611  www.bluesc.com

May 6-8 - NSRA SE Nationals, Knoxville TN. <49!

May 6-8 - Cruisin Natchez Open Show, Vidalia MS 601-442-5841 

May 13-15 - Mardi Gras Street Rods 8th Annual Parade of Rods, Houma La.  985-537-7656

May 20-22 - 27th Annual R.O.D.S. Run “Cruising in the Country”       St Francisville, La.  225-275-9868 Pre-49!

May 21 - R.O.D.S. (Post >’48) “Cruising in the Country” Special    Interest Car Show - Jackson, Louisiana 9-5:00 225-275-9868

July 16th - Cystic Fibrosis Car Show/Swamp Pop Music Festival- Ascension Parish Civic Center. $25. Entry Erin 225-769-9994


     Every Saturday Morning: R.O.D.S. “Cruise Breakfast”, Rick’s Drive Inn - Florida Blvd. At Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge 7:00am  

     Second Saturdays:  Golden Oldies Cruise Night - Hwy 190 in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, Hammond La. 7-11:00.  BBQ & Burgers, 50/50 and wall to wall spectators...

     Third Saturdays: Gerry Lane Enterprises Cruise Night at Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales La. Next to Chili’s.  Sound system, cold drinks, 50/50 & door prizes, $1.00 entry fee. 




     If you drive your street rod at night there is always the chance you might end up on the side of a dark road.  Did you know it’s a Louisiana law that any vehicle parked on a street must be facing the direction of traffic?  Why?  Because of the reflectors in your tail light lens.  At night a car parked facing you very hard to see.  But older taillights are pretty small.  Juliano’s offers some cool magnetic reflectors in red and white that would be good for emergencies or stick em on when you park!  Be seen!

     Now back to the reason you’re on the side of the road in the first place... here are some tips from the pros on how to get that rod back to your garage:

Kenny Spinosa = if you are running a conventional fan belt and it breaks on you, tap the wife or girlfriend for her panty hose.  Wrap around the pulleys and tie tightly (the hose, not the girl!)

Benny Spann = Got a hole in that gas tank?  Rub a bar of soap over it and the chemical reaction will seal it up great.

Mike Peebles = If you happen to loose the little carbon button inside your distributor (it has happened), you might find a replacement inside the horn button on older steering wheels.

My tips?  Everybody knows if your car starts overheating, turn on your heater and open the windows.  But what if your alternator goes out after AutoZone has closed?  You can drive until your battery goes dead, but if you take a second battery and hook it to yours with jumpers cables, you can go another 40 or 50 miles!  Just use your headlights sparingly and keep a window open...

Put it in “D”

       Our club had 8 cars in Hammond this month, and it was a blast.  Just ask Homer’s wife Olga about her new “friend” Bubba!  And Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales was packed the next weekend as well.  Despite the Slidell and Pensacola runs going on we had 6 club hot rods show up!  Man, our club is so big now we can split up and win TWO club participation awards at the same time!

     The following Sunday myself and 3 other members cruised to Hooters in B.R. for the Classic Chevy Club show and some mighty fine scenery.  Uh, in ADDITION to Lee’s wife Janice that is!  The CCC has recently opened their ranks to later model Chevies, and doubled their numbers overnight.  There were plenty of Corvettes at the show plus Eric Von Monarch’s new ‘31 Ford coupe!

     King Hardeman cruised over to New Iberia for a 3rd place cruise night award & said they even had a live band!            http://www.geocities.com/~bikerodnkustom/spandex.html

.060 OVER

   If you have a 4-bar setup on your car STOP and read this!  The urethane bushings in those things go South after a couple of years and must be replaced.  And while you’re at it make SURE you have a safety washer on the bolt.  You can get replacement ends from several manufacturers including Energy Suspensions.  In my recent experience however the Prothane brand bushings will not fit between the 4-bar batwings.   

  The R.O.D.S. web site is really growing thanks to Mike and Cathy Lewis.  Check it out for the latest news, pictures of club events and stuff at   www.streetrods.org  


mailto:Bobbyspann@aol.comThe next R.O.D.S. club meeting will be Tuesday May 3rd at Doug Miller’s “Toy Box” off Siegen Lane.  We usually start gathering about 6:30 for supper, and the meeting starts at 7:00.  Call Homer Thornton (225)686-0260 for details.






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