Month: June, 2014

Hot Rod Hundred (and then some!) – OkC

Met up in Joplin.  My '40 Stake truck, David Hay's '40 Pickup and Clay Vance's '37 Sedan.

Met up in Joplin. My ’40 Stake truck, David Hay’s ’40 Pickup and Clay Vance’s ’37 Sedan.

I just realized that it’s been nearly a month since I posted anything on the site.  I guess that is what happens when a guy gets busy with taking a vacation and other stuff like that.

This past weekend, I met up with my friends, Clay Vance and David Hay, and headed over to Oklahoma City, to participate in the northern end of the Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Run. There were actually two events on the same day, meeting in the middle, at Lake Murray State Park. The OkC event was lead by Chris LeGrange and the North Texas event led by Dan Hay.

This weekend’s run was something that I have been looking forward to, because it was the first event since Clay’s gotten his ’37 back together, after having flattening a cam, last year. He had a heck of a “shake down” run!

Clay stopped at my house, to see if he could tighten up his oil pan to slow a leaking front seal. After that, Clay topped off the oil, and we headed over to Joplin, to meet up with David.

The run to OkC, from that point, was fairly uneventful, and we took the turnpike all the way. That evening, after getting to the hotel, we went over to Chris & Kim LeGrange’s house, and put Clay’s ’37 up on the lift, so we could change the pan and gasket, since the leak was still coming out of the front seal.

Burning the midnight oil?  No, changing the oil pan at midnight is more like it!

Burning the midnight oil? No, changing the oil pan at midnight is more like it!

Fortunately, Chris had a brand new pan, and we were able to get a Felpro one piece gasket, and got it all buttoned up around 1AM. There was still a small leak, and we discovered that the pan, which came from Summit, was too tight to fit a socket in to tighten the front pan bolts. I made a run to find some allen head bolts, and Clay swapped them, and the leak was FIXED!

The run was a lot of fun, and both groups met up at the park about the same time. It was great to catch up with some of my friends from Texas, and I parked my truck over with Big Ken McClure, and the “Torques”. It was good to meet the rest of his crew!

 

Leaving Mustang and heading south!

Leaving Mustang and heading south!

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It was great to see Clay driving and smiling!  This was at the second stop along the way.

It was great to see Clay driving and smiling! This was at the second stop along the way.

David, hopping out of the truck for a little leg stretching!

David, hopping out of the truck for a little leg stretching!

On one of the scenic byway sections of highway 77.  My favorite section of the run to Lake Murray!

On one of the scenic byway sections of highway 77. My favorite section of the run to Lake Murray!

I pulled in next to BigKen McClure's 33 pickup, just to get this shot.  I told him I was claiming to be an honorary Torques member for the day.

I pulled in next to BigKen McClure’s 33 pickup, just to get this shot. I told him I was claiming to be an honorary Torques member for the day.

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Rusty and Danny Burford made it up to Lake Murray.  Was great to see Rusty again, and have the chance to meet his dad.

Rusty and Danny Burford made it up to Lake Murray. Was great to see Rusty again, and have the chance to meet his dad.

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We rolled out of Lake Murray, some time around 6PM, and we headed back through Durant, up highway 69, and back across to Springfield. Somewhere along the way, Clay hit a bump that jarred his front end so hard that it knocked his headlights loose from how they were held into the headlamp buckets. Fortunately, we were able to find a new set of headlamp bulbs, and used some chrome 100 MPH tape to get him back to where he could see, and finally rolled into Springfield a little after 2AM.

The section of highway, near Eufala, OK, knocked Clay's headlights cockeyed!

The section of highway, near Eufala, OK, knocked Clay’s headlights cockeyed!

It was a LONG two days of hot rodding, but what a blast. I logged about 847 miles, in the truck, and I think Clay said he ran right at 1,255. A great adventure with great friends!

Bret
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The FUN is in the RUN!!!