Hauling Home the F100

Checking to see if there was any water in the oil.

Checking to see if there was any water in the oil.

While it will NOT be a featured vehicle on this site, since it is post ’48, this past weekend, Doug and I made a run up to St Charles, so we could haul home my ’54 F100. The truck has been sitting in Dad’s basement since I went off to college, in the fall of 1984.

Getting ready to load on the trailer.

Getting ready to load on the trailer.

Quite a big difference from the old 15x10 wheels that used to be on back.

Quite a big difference from the old 15×10 wheels that used to be on back.

Loaded up and ready to move to SWMO.

Loaded up and ready to move to SWMO.

While in St Charles, and just over the hill, we decided to “Trick or Treat” with a Halloween visit to Dick Carroll’s house. While the Hershey bars were tasty, the garage visit was the real treat! It’s ALWAYS cool to see what he’s got going on in his garage.

A shot over Dickie's '29 Roadster

A shot over Dickie’s ’29 Roadster

The "Coupie", one of my favorite '32 5 window coupes

The “Coupie”, one of my favorite ’32 5 window coupes

The '29 Phaeton.  This things gonna be cool!

The ’29 Phaeton. This things gonna be cool!

The "Confusion" '34 Ford roadster.

The “Confusion” ’34 Ford roadster.

And the '38 Convertible.

And the ’38 Convertible.

I’m sure that I will be quite distracted, this winter, messing with the ’54 and trying to get it back on the road, the ’40 Stake truck and coupe will get to make several trips back and forth between Doug’s shop, so I can work on it. It’s not gonna show up on the site anymore, unless it’s visible in a background shot of my garage.

Bret
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The FUN is in the RUN!!!

St Louis Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Run

Rolled all 7's on the way back to Dad's house, in New Melle.  Was feeling pretty lucky!

Rolled all 7’s on the way back to Dad’s house, in New Melle. Was feeling pretty lucky!

This past year, the CrossMembers Car Club decided to host a series of “Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Runs”. Deciding to leave the confines of parking lots and lawn chairs in exchange for the car seats, steering wheels, and some rural routes, we hosted events in Phoenix, AZ, Springfield, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, Dallas, TX, with the last one was St Louis, MO. What a blast to work with my fellow club members to plan and host these events!

This past weekend, we did the final 2014 Hot Rod Hundred, in St Louis, MO, with 62 cars at the final destination. This event was special to me, since I grew up in the St Louis area, and we had many of my “hot rod mentors” participating. We were somewhat concerned with the weather, since it had been raining for a few days before Saturday, and the forecast didn’t look good. Fortunately, later on Friday, the forecast for Saturday dropped to a low chance of rain!

My role, in the St Louis run, was collaborating with Clay Vance to come up with a cool route, to take care of the registrations, and do what I could to promote the event. Clay made all the local arrangements, for our starting location, stops along the way, and lunch plans at the final destination. He also did the dry run of the route, to scout for all the above stuff!

The route started by meeting at the Museum of Transport, in St Louis, and took us over to Illinois Hwy 3, south through Waterloo, Red Bud, Prarie Du Rocher, Chester, IL. We crossed back over into MO, and stopped for fuel at Perryville, MO, and finally made our way over to Vance Vineyards, in Fredericktown, MO.

There’s so much that I could say about the weekend, but wow, what a great time! Hanging out with friends and making new friends is what it was all about.

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Dry lanes on the highway to St Louis. A break in the rain!

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First gas stop on this 956 mile adventure, in Sullivan, MO

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Sorting T-shirts and stuffing goodie bags, with Clay Vance, Chris and Kim LeGrange. Not pictured were Tonya Vance, Jeff Smith and David Hay.

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Rolled all 7's on the way back to Dad's house, in New Melle. Was feeling pretty lucky!

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A photo of Clay, taking a picture of me, taking a picture of him. LOL

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Waiting for all the participants to show up.

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A neat line up of cars starting to assemble.

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And lots of time to visit during check-in.

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Gary & Marilyn drove all the way up from Spicewood, TX, just to spend the day with us! They later took home the "Long Haul" award.

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I jumped out of the line to snap this photo at Red Bud, IL.

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Jim & Nancy Thompson's 39 Chevy Sedan

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Don Albers' 40 Ford Pickup

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Don Ward's 47 Ford Convertible

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David & Jan Conrad's '40 Ford Deluxe Coupe

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Tom Gallaher's 61 Buick LeSabre

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Gil & Karen Gresham's 41 Chevy Convertible

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Dick & Barbara Carroll's 38 Ford Convertible

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Sam Kimbrough's 57 Chevy Pickup

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David Williams '32 Ford 5 Window

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Lou Nolfo's 40 Standard Sedan

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Roger Brown's 32 Ford Pickup

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Rodger Bell's '40 Ford Coupe

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Rodger Bell's '40 Ford Coupe with it's nose down attitude.

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Greg Mortland's 32 Ford Roadster

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Dan Benck's 36 Ford Coupe.

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David King's 52 Ford F1

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Stephen Forbes '35 Ford Sedan

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Rick Forbes '56 Ford F100

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John Schurwan's '64 Mercury Comet

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Clay Vance's 37 Ford Sedan

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Jeff Smith's 56 Ford Sedan

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David "Road Hammer" Hay's '40 Pickup

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Larry & Pat Gereau's 29 Ford Sedan

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Glen Wilson's 32 Ford Roadster

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Ken McClure's 58 Chevy Nomad

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Big Ken McClure's 33 Ford Pickup

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Tom Walker's 37 Ford Pickup

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Rick Bales '32 Roadster

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Charlie Butzinger's 33 Ford Vicky

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Jim Seibels 37 Chevy Sedan

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Joe Selz '41 Chevy Sedan

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Dennis O'Donnell's 37 Chevy Sedan

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Highway J was a cool ride. Jeff Smith's 56 looked very cool going down the road!

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Following Jeff Smith and his 4 kids!

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Tom Walker's 37 Ford pickup. Wow, that thing was cool and had a Columbia 2 speed rearend, too!

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Chuck Morten's 37 Plymouth 4 door

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Lou Nolfo's 40 Standard sedan

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Gary Bland's 39 Ford Coupe

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David Boulds '32 3 window coupe

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Dan Benck's 36 5 window

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Dan Benck's '36 5 window

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Gary and Marilyn Henry's "Floozie", all the way up from Spicewood, TX.

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Greg Mortland's '32

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Greg Mortland's '32

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Dad's '34 and my '40 Stake truck (Jeff Smith's '56 and Clay Vance's '37 in the background)

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Springfield - 194 miles to go. Fortunately, the rain and mist stopped a few miles past this point.

Bret
Bret@StreetRodder.Net

http://StreetRodder.Net

The FUN is in the RUN!!!