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April 17

April  2017  VSRA  Newsletter

Jim’s Corner

The car show season is just getting underway and we just got back from the Run to the Sun Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We had a great time at the beach although the temps.  were a bit on the cool side.  We would like to thank all the Reps. and members who helped with the VSRA Booth.  We are starting out this year with a bang by signing up several new members at Baton Rouge and Myrtle Beach.  Below is just a few of the members and new members who dropped by for a group photo.  



We were at the Auto Fair at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte last weekend.  Setting up at a lot of the larger shows helps our exposure to the many street rodders who attend them.

If you have not already, please send us a picture of your car for our Members Page on the website.  Also, please keep us informed of any address or email changes.


Street Rod Safari

The Street Rod Safari is our new regional show at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina on May 20th.  Thanks to Sam Bristow, our NC Rep. that just passed away in February and Rod Hackney who helped to set this show up with the Zoo.  Rod was a very big player in helping to run the original Street Rod Safari show which was a Pre-49 show.  This show is what the old street rodders referred to as the Zoo Run. We are bringing this show back to life and of course keeping it Pre-49.  This show will always be known as a memorial to Sam Bristow who loved the Pre-49 shows. 

We hope that most of you going to the show will join us at the Richard Petty Museum on Friday afternoon from 2-4:00 PM for an informal cruise-in.  We have talked to Richard’s daughter, Sharon, and she has agreed to put out the word to the locals that Vintage Street Rodders of America will be there on Friday afternoon if they want to come over for this cruise-in.  For those of you who have never been to this museum, you’re in for a treat.  

After the cruise-in, we will head to Kick Back Jacks in Asheboro for dinner and another cruise-in.  We have plans to be there around 5:00.  Wayne McGrady, one of our local members is helping set this up.  This should be a very fun event because of the sports bar type atmosphere.  We hope that you will be able to attend both or at least one of these events.

Host hotel - Comfort Inn     825 West Dixie Dr.   Asheboro, NC    Phone 336-626-4414    $99

The North Carolina Zoo is the largest Zoo in the world, so bring the kids and grandkids and enjoy this great event.

Crooked Road Rod Run Car Show

The first Crooked Road Rod Run Car show will be presented by the Crooked Road Cruisers on June 10th in St. Paul, Va.  Registration will be from 9-12:00 PM on the day of the show.  The radio station 92.1 WDIC Shanghai will be broadcasting at the show.  This is an open car show and drug and alcohol free event.  There will be food vendors, door prizes, dash plaques to the first 100 cars and trophies for twenty five deserving cars.  There will be a special trophy for the Best of Show. The registration is twenty dollars per car and includes a chance to win a 350 Chevy engine.   All the proceeds from the registered cars will go to the St. Judes Childrens Research Center.  So come out and enjoy the fun and help raise money for St. Judes.  In case of rain, they will have it on July 1st . 

Roger Campbell   

We wanted to post a picture of North Carolina Rep. Roger Campbell.  It seems Roger has been a street rodder for more years than most of us.  Here is Roger sitting on the hood of his Dad’s 1934 Ford taken in 1949.  Although Roger has won the VSRA  Pioneer Award, his dad was one of the true pioneers of street rodding because Roger said his Dad liked to remove the fenders from his cars.  From the look on Roger’s face, his diaper may be full !!  The second picture looks more like Roger with his trademark cigar.






Chester’s New Ride

Below is a picture of our Kentucky Rep., Chester Steven’s new ride that he is building.  It is a rare 1932 Lincoln.  As you can see, it is really going to have a real sleek but sophisticated hot street rod look.  Chester and Abby will look like the King and Queen of the hotrod world cruising down the road.  For those of you that have a critical eye, he is still working on centering up the wheels correctly.  Any of you guys or gals who are working on a project, you are welcome to send us some pictures and an article for the newsletter.

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2017 Vintage Rod Tour

Even though you may have read last month’s Newsletter, make sure you read this because we have finalized all the hotels.

   Our 2017 Vintage Rod Tour will begin on Oct. 9th in Chattanooga, Tenn. and end up at the Key to the Hills Pre-49 car show in Boerne, Texas.  This year’s Key to the Hills car show will be on Oct. 13-15. We will meet in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Oct. 8th and leave on Monday to travel to Montgomery, Al.  On Tuesday we travel to Monroe, La.  On Wednesday we travel to Dallas, Texas.  Our last travel day will be Thursday when we end up in Boerne, Texas.  The Key to the Hills car show is one of the longest running Pre-49 shows around.  

The following stops are only suggested stops and you will not be frowned upon if you decide not to make some of them.  If you have any other suggestions on where to stop, we will discuss them at our Drivers Meeting that we have every night in the hotel lobby.


    Coker Tire and Honest Charlie’s in Chattanooga, Tn

    Hanks Williams Museum in Montgomery, Al.

    Duck Dynasty Restaurant in Monroe, La.

    Lunch at Bodacious BBQ in Tyler, Texas 

    Cruise-in at Sachse’s Rod Shop in Sachse, Texas

    Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas  This is the shop owned by hosts of Fixer Upper TV Show.


Below is a breakdown of daily mileage:

Monday October 9                Chattanooga, Tenn. to Montgomery, Al.                      220 miles

Tuesday October 10              Montgomery, Al. to Monroe, La.                                  365 miles

Wednesday Oct. 11               Monroe, La. to Dallas, Texas                                       285 miles

Thursday Oct. 12                   Dallas, Texas to Boerne, Texas                                   293 miles

Total miles                                                                                                                1163 miles

                       The following is list of the hotels that we will use for the tour:

Oct. 8   Courtyard Marriott      2210 Bams Dr.     Chattanooga, Tenn.    423-499-4400    $79.00

Oct. 9   Holiday Inn Express    5135 Carmichael Rd.   Mont., Al            334-270-9199     $89.00

Oct. 10  Quality Inn   1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.   Monroe. La.      318-361-9944     $72.00

**Oct. 11  Best Western        2011 N. Highway 78       Wylie, Texas      972-429-1771    $70.00

Oct. 12-15 La Quinta Inn   25042 IH 10      West San Antonio, Texas    210-564-6700   $89.00

    ** This hotel would only block 10 rooms for $70.  If we need more than 10 rooms, the rate will be $90 for the rooms above 10.  First come gets the best rate.  This hotel is close to our Cruise-in and is very cheap for the Dallas area.  We were very pleased that we were able to get all the hotels on the tour for under $100.

 Let us know if you will be going on this year’s tour and we will send you a tour sticker for your car.


Ohio Nationals

The Ohio Nationals is rapidly approaching.  We have invested in 6,000 flyers for the show.  We still have around 2500 left that need to be distributed.  We need help from members in the surrounding areas, probably as far out as 100 to 200 miles, to help get these distributed.   We would greatly appreciate it if you could volunteer to help get this done.  Please give us a call and we will get them in the mail.  423-571-6430. We need volunteers to help us at all of our shows.

As usual, we will have our Cruise-in on the Medina Square on Thursday and our cook-out will be at the Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon.


Wayne’s Corner

Spring has Sprung Ya'll?  Still getting over the "Run to the Sun" Car Show in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The final car count was 3180 Kars and Trucks!  It was a huge gathering of the Southeastern area Hot Rods and many from other areas of the country.  


VSRA gave out 2 picks to new member Dan Long with a red 32 3 - Window Ford Coupe and new member Chris Martin with a black 32 3-Window Ford Coupe.  Both 32's were outstanding rides and we welcome them both to the VSRA family. The weather was windy, but sunny and not a drop of rain! 


I would like to personally welcome 2 new State Rodders Reps to the Southeastern Div::  Rod Hackney, our newest NC Rep. and Johnny White our new Ga State Rep. Please say hello to them at the Street Rod Safari show in May or at the Smokin Rodz in the Smokies show in August.. Add the Cruisin the Beaches show in Myrtle Beach in October, and we have some great pre-49 Venues for your attendance and enjoyment. 


Realigned the Blue Road Warrior 39 Chevy after the 1400 mile road trip and had the tires rebalanced.  The USA interstate roads in the south are in bigtime need of repair!  Maybe Donald J. Trump will "Get Err Done" on the road repair issue!  I have added an electric emergency brake to my ride to make it safer in case an emergency stop is required.  I could not get enough leverage on the pull handle to stop quick enough in an emergency. Works just fine and locks up the rear brakes. 


Hope to see many of our VSRA members at the Street Rod Safari in Asheboro, NC on May 20th for a one day show.  The host hotel is the Comfort Inn in Asheboro with special rates for VSRA members (336-626-4414)!


Did you know that if you car club volunteers to be a Host Club at our August event Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies, Maggie Valley, NC, your club would be eligible for 10% of the walk in gate??? Check the Constitution and Bylaws on the VSRA Home page!  But the kicker you must be a local club who can help with flyers and door prizes and ya gotta work the show with the staff.


Enough BS for now, enjoy the spring and hit the road with your street/hot rod and enjoy doing fun things with you Kars!


Wayne  "Buckarooo" Buxton



2017 VSRA Events

Street Rod Safari at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC                   May 20

Ohio Nationals in Medina Ohio                                                                  June 23 and 24

Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies in Maggie Valley, North Carolina                August 11 and 12

Vintage Rod Tour  (Key to the Hills)                                                           October 8-15


Ron’s Corner

 Hope everyone is enjoying better (warmer) weather by now getting ready to return to the streets, in a street rod of course! Well there has been a lot of things going on around the shop in the past few weeks and I'm getting excited about the upcoming VSRA show season. Hopefully you are as well and have made plans to attend and support our beloved group of old folks and old cars!!



Anyway, this month we are going to discuss power windows. Aftermarket units to be precise and how to keep them functioning properly. So let's get started. First off there are many different companies selling power units and everyone says they are the best. So pick one you like and can afford and we'll make them work. I personally like to use a brand that uses American made motors. Tape or cable regulators makes little difference if they are installed correctly.


So let's cover basic installation first. Once deciding to go with power, you need to gut the door inside. I try to align the regulator center with the center of the glass as much as possible. I then make sure I have an excellent GROUND. In order to wire the power motors correctly I like to ground the regulator itself to the car. Next, I run NO SMALL THAN 14 ga. wire from the power source to the switch and from the switch to the window motors. Yes, I understand that pre-wired switches don't come with that size wire, but they provide short lengths and not full wiring length. The power window motors require full voltage to perform as intended and smaller gauge wire will not carry the necessary load.


The common 5 wire switch that is supplied with most kits wires as follows - the top and bottom lugs (numbers 1 & 5) go to the two wires from the motor, one on each lug. Numbers 2 and 4 are both grounds. One common ground to both lugs is fine. Lug number 3 (the middle one) goes to the power supply for the switches, i.e. 12 volts


Once wired I run the track up and down several times to insure smooth and full travel. Then I use 1/4 plywood cut to window size and install it to align the channel and the regulator. I make sure the pattern glass (plywood) slides up and down smoothly in the channel. Now, I can attach the two and see if it all works as planned. If not, I make the required corrections and test again. When I'm satisfied with the operation of the power units I have the real glass cut and install it.


Keep in mind that if you locate the switches some distance from the motors you might need to use 12 gauge wire to supply adequate current.


Ok, let's say, you already have power windows but they go UP very slowly. Down is fine, or at least faster than up, but not right. Now what??


If you’re sure there are no mechanical causes, i.e. the glass slides easily and the motors are wired correctly you may have a problem with too small a supply wire or too low of voltage at the motor. Rather than rewire the system you can add in relays to assist in the current boosting. I've included a schematic to show how to achieve this easily. You must use the 5 prong relays that are commonly found in most all parts outlets. Pay attention to the location the prong each wire goes to and use one relay for up and one for down. Note that they each wire differently. Repeat for each power window motor and you will have those windows works smoothly again.

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Glad to see and hear from several members that are actively seeking new recruits and run locations. Let's all work together to make VSRA one of the finest organizations in the country!!  Now that old man winter is sleeping again, we northern folk are thawing out and getting out on the streets with our rods and are eager for the run season.


Ron & Dee - still smiling



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