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2005 #3                                                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     


Shop Tours

   One pastime I enjoy is checking out other Streetrodder's garages for inspiration and ideas - especially since they are all nicer than mine!  In April Doug Schaubhut, Bruce Broussard and I went down to Jimmy Meyer's “Industrial Fabrication and Machining” in Harvey.  I never saw so many HUGE tools.  There was a drag car chassis on the fab table and a Peterbuilt RV project sitting outside!  In the rafters was a Model A roadster pickup waiting to go on some pinched ‘32 rails.  Too cool.  Check out the pic of his cab over car hauler at the Nats in this month’s StreetScene!

   The very next day I was at GVS Racing to visit Joel Hedrick.  He had a customer's '55 Chevy pickup in for some chassis work, but my eyes were drawn to his 1946 Ford convertible.  Sitting on a custom chassis with airbags and a new Ford SVO engine... wow!  The top is chopped 2" and the hood pie cut.  Made me want to go work on my dad's '46 Ford Coupe!

   At the last RODS club meeting I took the time to study Doug Miller's awesome shop up close.  Big screen TV with surround sound, a dozen motorcycles, hot rods, collector cars and neon everywhere... plus that Teracotta floor the club painted; you can’t get much better than that!

   On a smaller scale, I’d have to rate Don Zulke’s Southwestern theme shop on the top of my list.  Adobe walls with his own stained glass accents, rock garden landscaping with cacti and scruffy plants - did I mention he has a fireplace, flat screen TV and leather couch in the “sitting area?!”  Everything is neat and clean like Doug’s Toy Box, with the painted/stained floors and custom cabinets along the walls.  Plus his wild ‘sunset’ painted Thames lives there.  Oh yeah!


2005  R.O.D.S. Run”

   What a nice change of pace- holding our annual R.O.D.S. Run in the quaint little antebellum town of St Francisville.  Over a hundred street rods were on hand to check out the antique shops, tour plantation homes, or just kick back in the park by their cars and listen to good music all day long from the Angola Prison band.  Cars from as far away as Texas and Florida enjoyed the perfect weather and Southern hospitality we are well known for.  And talk about some good food!  Red Rayburn cooked a Friday night brisket that was restaurant quality, then we showed a mix of hot rod “Drive In movies” on the side of the hotel. In addition to the Best Western Inn on the Lake, a lot of participants stayed in bed and breakfasts around town - me and the kids stayed at the St Francisville Inn next to Glenn and Sue Callahan, and it was so neat with a quiet little courtyard.  And the full breakfast..!


 The ladies enjoyed shopping around the area Saturday and picked up some poker cards while they were at it.  Then most people took the short cruise over to Jackson La for museum tours, the DCI band and a ride on the steam train.  Back at the hotel that night “3 Blind Mice” played some rockin’ tunes, and as always Larry and Louise Teal’s church service Sunday morning was inspirational. 


   We gave away some really nice door prizes PLUS some BBQ pits, a free weekend at the Bluff’s Golf Resort, a $100.00 ladies grand prize purchased one of the local merchants and the grand prize of $500.00 cash.  We also raised $400.00 for the Hospice Foundation of Baton Rouge.  This year there were some new faces in the Top 10, as well as some return winners:

Carl Cobb - 30 Chevy Coupe        Tony Burt - 34 Chevy Coupe

Glenn Callahan - 39 Ford Conv.    Larry Teal - 36 Ford Coupe

Don Zulke - 48 Thames Panel       Doug Brock - 48 Packard Conv.

Ronnie Favaron - 40 Ford P.U.      Gerry Milto - 40 Ford Sedan

Roy Harrington - 33 Ford Coupe    Robert McGehee - 37 Packard


**Please note the RODS club is no longer associated in any way with the St Francisville “Cruising in the Country” car show. ***




   I had an article already written for this section, but I felt everyone should know what’s going on with our rod run.  Some of you old timers (me included) remember what happened to the Shades of the Past club - after hosting their “Grand Run” for several years in Pigeon Forge, the hotel owner decided he could do the run himself and ‘fired’ the club!  Well after only one year that has happened to us with “Cruising in the Country.”  In our planning meeting for 2006 the promoter informed us he has decided to run all future shows himself.

   I must say that we were surprised by this since the format we had in St Francisville was about as good as it gets.  We had even started talking about what we were going to do next year (and still might).  However the Chamber of Commerce wants a “Cruisin the Coast” type event... in a town with only 80 hotel rooms!?  Some of their changes will be to open the show to late model vehicles and move to the Thursday-Sunday before Pensacola, Slidell and Shreveport, which we were opposed to. 

   Hey no big deal, we will do our own thing in 2006 and we wish them luck with their show!  As of right now we have several options on the table for next year including sites in St Francisville, Baton Rouge and Gonzales.  The date will probably remain the same but we will nail down the location and specifics at our August club meeting, so watch our website for the News!  And we hope all of you great guys and gals will support our 28th R.O.D.S. Run wherever it might be!

   Cruise Safe





July 23rd - MDA Benefit Poker Run & Car Show @ End of the Line Bar on Hwy 16 in Watson La.  Regis 8:00 Glen (225)315-3439


August 18-21st - Two State Rodders Run, Hammond, La.  Holiday Inn @ 2000 S. Morrison Blvd.  Randy (601)684-2609


Sept 2-4th - Freedom Rod Run, Covington La.  Pre-49, dash plaques and awards for all!  Bobby (985) 643-4224


   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: “Super Cruise Night” sponsored by Gerry Lane Enterprises; Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales La. Next to Chili’s.  Sound system, cold drinks, 50/50 & door prizes, $1.00 entry fee. 



   A guy I met at the Silver Dollar Rod Run in Pigeon Forge this year gave me a good tip to prevent a chunk of wheel weights on your custom wheels.  Get the tires mounted but NOT seated.  Put the assembly on a bubble balancer and rotate the tire on the rim with some slippery lube until the balance is closest then get them seated and computer balanced. 

   His beautiful red ‘34 Plymouth coupe (a special Mazda color that doesn’t turn orange under flourescent lights) had perfect wheel/fender clearance and said the 70's Aspen rear end only required minor spring pad modifications to work with dual leaf springs!  Some Early Mopar rotors and calipers slipped right on the axles with matching bolt circles also.

   One of our best attended club meetings was the one where Jim Wilson spoke on making panels out of Epoxy resin and spandex. Other guest speakers have included Brent from Performance Paint and Body, A guy from American National Insurance and the owner of Future Tech Transmissions.  We are continuing this format and future guest speakers will include some girls from Hooters to show us how to take orders...


FOR SALE: 1938 Chevy Pro-Street coupe, Must IFS, Narrow 9" w/coil overs, Walker, Weld Stars, big meats, buildable 454/400 incl.

   $10,500.   Bobby (225)654-8587   


FOR SALE: 1940 Olds Chevy/auto, leather int, Ididit column & wheel,  Call Erik (GA) 770-735-1275


Put it in “D”

   The April RODS club dinner outing was an all day thing.  About 4 members and their wives left Baton Rouge at 10:00 for the La War Veterans home in Jackson La.  Afterward 3 or 4 more families met them at the museum for steam train rides.  Then ANOTHER 3 or 4 members and their better halves all met at Bear Corner's for a delicious supper.   

   Our July club activity will be a picnic at Kenny Spinosa’s camp at False River.  We are expecting most of our 31 members and their families for a small hot rod get-together, some swimming, boating, fishing and of course eating! ARH ARH ARH 


.060 Over

   On June 23, 2005 long time RODS club member Charlie Woods died of cancer.  The owner of “Creative Audio,” Charlie was a common site at our rod run, usually in the Coke trailer with a big smile on his face.  He once said the most fun he ever had was cruising around in his little yellow T-bucket.  So on June 29 a large crowd of club members and Charlie’s friends and relatives gathered at Florida Blvd Baptist church to pay their respects.  Charlie will be missed by us all.

   Absent from this year’s rod run was Adrian Jackson’s flamed maroon “Rats Glass” coupe.  The reason was the day before the run as he was turning in his driveway a car rear ended him doing about 50 mph.  The Bobby Alloway pinch nosed coupe was totaled, but fortunately Adrian was not hurt.


   The R.O.D.S. club meets the first Tuesday of each month, at locations around the Baton Rouge area.  We start gathering about 6:30 for supper, and the meeting starts at 7:00.  Visitors are welcome to come out and see what we are all about.  Call 275-9868 for details.