Street Beat

April 2018

44th YEAR

By Newsletter Editors: Gary Price & Sid Vicars






Longtime area Street Rodder Nick Cody passed away. Though not a member of KARC, Nick was a friend to many. Please keep Nick’s family in your thoughts and prayers.


KARC Super Cruise and Wilderness Trail Rod Run

Please try to collect sponsors’ payments and get them in. Thanks to all those that put in the time and effort to secure sponsors. It wouldn’t possible, or a successful show without your efforts.


Member Machines and Gossip

Many thanks to Sid, Dick and Charlie Ball for much of the following info and pictures.


KARC  treasurer, Mark Warner, likes to stay busy and, consequently, is working on 3 projects  at the same time. He has just replaced the engine in his 57 Chevy 2 dr. hardtop, with a fresh 350, after the initially installed 350 developed a few technical problems.  Mark had already replaced the original 3 speed with a 700R4. Sitting alongside the 57 is a 54 Chevy 2 door, which Mark has already installed a MII suspension, and has started paint stripping and body work.  Over at the ranch house is a 60’s International Scout with a good bit of paint and body work already completed.   Project #3 is a vintage Shasta camper.  Mark has restored and painted the outer skin and plans to restore the interior and use it for its original intent, as in camping.  Just in case boredom sets in, a 51 Chevy pickup is waiting patiently for its turn with the Warner Mig and wrench. 


Perry Stapleton’s 67 Nova is out of the paint shop with a really slick silver paint covering everything.  Recently several KARC members,  along  with Gate City and Yuma, VA hot rodders, gathered at Bruce Roberts’ old Yuma Tire shop, where the Nova  is hiding out. This large group of  helpers” were there to complicate the installation of the Corvette Z06 LS1 engine with matching 4L60E trans.  With Perry’s expert guidance the engine and trans were eventually sitting down in that new TCI front suspension. TCI LS conversion engine and trans mounts were used, and over the course of a few days , Viola, the Nova had its new hi-tech, bulletproof running gear. The brakes have been plumbed. The Nova also has a 9 inch Ford rear nestled up into a TCI rear suspension setup.  All  of this is to accept that new GM power and transmit said power to the asphalt.

Pics of the crew working on the Nova. Is one member supervisor, or just tired…..hmmm. Nice build Perry!

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LS crank pullies are really hard to get off. After the better part of a day of rasslin' and loud talking it was taken to Keith Owens' shop where it was promptly removed. On that trip to Keith Owens’ shop, a fresh Ford 302 was spotted sitting nearby.  It had just been decked and had new Keith Black pistons already installed.  Turns out this engine is destined for Daris Hartsock’s 35 Ford coupe.   


A few months ago, KARC member Bill Pettis found and purchased a survivor 32 Ford 2 dr. sedan.  Bill had been looking for one of these for many years, and was ecstatic to have found it. Shortly thereafter he came across a 40 Ford Flathead that had been recently rebuilt.  Bill partially disassembled the Flattie and sure enough, it appeared to be fresh.   About a month ago Bill got the Flattie running, and it sounded good, so Bill took it for the required spin around the block, found out the engine ran well, but the 32 might need brakes, just in case stopping was ever required.  Bill tore into the brakes and, after suffering from “new parts ain’t necessarily good parts” syndrome, Bill now has new brakes on his 32 and is ready for the next step. 


Mike Smith put a Thunderbird steering rack and reconfigured pump in Maynard Ketron’s 37 Ford and a sway bar in Bill Hurd’s Marauder.


Mike Smith, Bill Noe, Rayford Dingus, Daniel Gibson, and Dick Cartwright served as judges for the VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) competition at the Scott County Vocational Center.


Members Mike Smith, Rayford Dingus, Daniel Gibson, Randy and Betsy Bledsoe, Perry Stapleton, David Baker, Ron Baker and Gary Price made the trip to Myrtle Beach for the Run to the Sun. Apologies to anyone I might have missed. This year’s show may have been the biggest yet. The weather was really nice. Ron made a nice buy on a Quadrajet for his 69 Camaro convertible. David’s son Thomas played hooky from school and took turns riding with his Dad, Grandad and Uncle Gary on the way down and back. He also found the trunk of a Plymouth to be a comfortable spot to rest, in the shade. Thomas enjoyed the trip as much as anyone.

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Mike Smith and several of our Carolina friends were given the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for a local charity. They chose to not participate.


Up Coming Events

Apr 6-8                 31st Annual Southeast NSRA Street Rod Nationals – Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

Apr 5-8                 Charlotte Spring Auto Fair – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC

Apr 5-8                 Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals – Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA

Apr 12                  Track Laps at Bristol Motor Speedway for more info

Apr 13-15             35th Annual Southwest NSRA Street Rod Nationals – State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK

Apr 18-22             Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet – Carlisle, PA

Apr 19-21             Spring Grand Rod Run - LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN

Apr 20-21             Bunny Run Street Rod & Custom Show – Fairgrounds Park, Jackson, TN

Apr 28                  10th Annual Cruise Against Cancer – Lowes Home Improvement, Newport, TN

Apr 28                  NSRA Appreciation Day – Rainbow Motors, Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN

Apr 27-29             42nd Annual NSRA Western Street Rod Nationals – Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, CA

Apr 27-29             Goodguys 4th North Carolina Nationals – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

Apr 27-29              24th Annual Southeast Mini Truckin Nationals – Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Maggie Valley, NC


May 4-6                44th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals South – Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, Knoxville, TN

May 5                    4th Annual Jesus Spring Fling Thing open Car Show – Mt hermon Baptist Church, Clarksville, TN (931-362-3323 for more info)

May 4-5                4th Annual Spring Red Neck Ramble – Wilson Cunty Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN   (Pre 1968 Only)

May 11-12            13th Goodguys Nashville Nationals – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

May 18-20             Vintage Steel Show & Swap Meet – New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin, VA

May 25                 KARC Super Cruise – Fort Henry Mall, Kingsport, TN

May 26                 Wilderness Trail Rod Run – Downtown Kingsort, TN

May 25-27            35th Annual NSRA Mid America Street Rod Nationals – Ozark Empire Fairground, Springfield, MO


June 1-3              45th Annual NSRA East Street Rod Nationals – York Expo Center, York, PA

June 1-2               Carlisle Ford Nationals – Carlisle, PA

June 1-2               Carlisle Cherolet Nationals – Carlisle, PA

June 1-3               Chasing Cars at the River – Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista, VA

June 2-3               Goodguys 25th Summer Get-Together - Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

June 8-9               Goodguys 26th East Coast Nationals – Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

June 16                AM2018 Mustang Show - Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA

June 22-24          34th Annual NSRA Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals – Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO

June 29-July 1    Goodguys 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals – Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA


July 6-8               Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH

July 13-15           Carlisle Crysler Nationals – Carlisle, PA

July 20-22           Floyd Auto Fair – Chantilly Festival Farm, Floyd, VA

July 27-29           Goodguys 31st Pacific Northwest Nationals Presented By Griot's Garage – Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup, WA 


Aug 2-5                49th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals – Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY

Aug 17-19            Goodguys 17th Great Northwest Nationals - Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, WA

Aug 17-19            Chasing Cars & Vintage Steel – New River Valley Fair Ground, Dublin, VA

Aug 24-26            Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster - Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Aug 23-26            Corvettes at Carlisle – Carlisle, PA


Sept 7-9              39th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals North – Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Sept 7-9              Goodguys 21st Colorado Nationals - The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, CO

Sept 7-8              Shades of the Past – Dollywood Splash Country, Pigeon Forge, TN

Sept 6-8              Charlotte Fall Auto Fair – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC

Sept 13-15          Pigeon Forge Rod Run - LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN

Sept 14-15          13th Annual Red Neck Ramble – Wilson Cunty Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN   (Pre 1968 Only)

Sept 14-16          25th Annual NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals – Chaplain Valley Exposition, Burlington, VT

Sept 28-30          Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX



Oct 3-7                Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet – Carlisle, PA

Oct 10-13            AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet– Hershey, PA

Oct 12-14            Goodguys 1st Kentucky Nationals – Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

Oct 12-14            Vintage Steel & Autumn Leaves – Veteran’s Memorial  Park, Mt Airy, NC

Oct 19-20               Goodguys 25th Southeastern Nationals – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC


Nov 10-11           Goodguys 29th Autumn Get-Together - Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Nov 16-18           Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals - Westworld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ


Weekly and Monthly Cruise-Ins

Sonic Drive-In Cruise-In, Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN, 4th Friday of each month starting April 24 thru Oct 23

Somerset, KY, Monthly Cruise in ( ) (Every 4th Saturday April thru October, 1 to 7 PM)

K-Mart on Stone Dr, In the Parking lot in front of K-Mart, Kingsport, TN.  Weekly Fri. Nite Cruise –In

Cruise to the Border, Across from the train Station, Bristol, TN Weekly Fri Nite Cruise-In (May thru Oct)

Elizabethton TN Downtown weekly Saturday Nite Cruise-In (April thru Oct)

Cycle City BI-Weekly Cruise-In, Cycle City on Market St, Kingsport, TN (First Cruise on Saturday April 6, 10 AM to 2 PM)

Dairy Queen Cruise-In, Dairy Queen on 11E across from Wal-Mart, Greenville, TN (Every Sunday 4PM to ????) First Cruise June 9, 2013

Jenkins KY Cruise-In, First Saturday of each Month, City Park Jenkins, KY (Starts first Saturday in May)(Starts at 4PM, Burnouts begin at 7PM)

Big Lots in Jefferson City, TN on Friday nights (5:30 to 8:30) (sponsored by the Mossy Creek Cruzers)

BoJangles in Dandridge, TN on Sunday afternoons (2PM to 5PM) (sponsored by the Mossy Creek Cruzers)

Church Hill Food City, First Saturday of each month at Food City in Church Hill, TN (Food and music)

Cars, Coffee, Tire Kicking, Breakfast, & B.S. – Steak & Shake, at the Pinnacle Bristol, TN, 8 AM to 10 AM last Saturday of each month.




A1 Auto Paint of Greenville LLC


Advance Auto Parts




A-Z Discount & Salvage

Ballistic Hair Co

423-246-1533 ext.19

Betty's Stockyard Cafe


Berry's Pharmacy


Brooks Circle Wrecker Service


Brown's Auto & Air Conditioning


C J's Automotive


Carter Powder Coating


D&D Rod and Custom


Dan'l Boone Region AACA


Dashboard Audio


Davis Heating and Air, Inc


Dent Worx, Inc


Don's & Davis' Sanitation


Eddie's Rod Shop


Epperson Sandblasting


Fall Branch Auto


Gary's Body Shop


Gray Synthetic Lubricant


Golden Corral


Grant Tire & Automotive


Gulley Performance


Happy Camper Camp Grounds


Heritage Title


Jeff's Pipe and Muffler


Jim's Construction


*Kingsport Town Center


Jones’s Brothers Body Shop


Les Lawson Automotive & Body Shop


Mark's Auto Parts


Myers Engine Machine


Nappy's Bar


NCS (National Coatings & Supplies)


Norman"s Auto Repair


Paint by Darrell


Pro Body Shop


ONU Print Customs 


Quality Heat & Air


R&D Finishing


Roger Clendenin Racing


R&R Auto & Body Shop


*Rainbow Motors


Ron Mathews Insurance


R & S Collision Center


Smith Auto Parts & Engine Machine


Speedway Seatcovers


Stateline Collision


Taylor Automotive & Performance


Thumpers Custom Service


Tony's Pipe & Muffler


Top Performance


Unique Kar Kare


Wallace News Stand


Wampler's Barber Co


White Performance


Woodstone Deli


Zane Brooks Excavating


*Denotes Major Show Sponsor



Next Club Meeting: Golden Corral Restaurant on Eastman Road Kingsport, TN., April 12th, 6 PM, Business @ 7 PM