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We meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays each week.  Members are encouraged to drive their street rods.  Guests are invited to attend by invitation from a Donut Gang member. We spend about one hour sharing information and having breakfast together.
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What is happening now?

Carroll Pimpler made a honorary Donut Gang member because of  his long term support for the Gang. See . Members.

The Donut Gang has lost another member! Bobby Parker passed peacefully and with grace on May 23, 2019. He was an antique car enthusiast and proud member of the "Donut Gang." We will miss him. More information is available at Highway to Heaven page.


We are not a car club! We have no president, no dues, no by-laws, no newsletters, no monthly meetings, and no rules.  We are a group of like minded car guys, who like T-shirts and old cars.
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Lee Wood's love for the 1954 Mercury

Lee’s first car in 1958 in Oakridge Tennessee 1953 Mercury 4 door, flathead engine with a 3 speed O/D transmission Wasn’t  the fastest car in town but I won my share of drag races, both on streets in town (not legal) and at the drag strip on the weekends. Young and dumb but we had a lot of fun experiencing our new freedom....Mercury is shown below, looks like a lot of work. Final product is a fine red 1954 Mercury.


The 54 Mercury Convertible body, the before picture, was found in in Kansas. After getting the car to Austin, it became obvious that the only usable items on  the car was the frame and Convertible top. Over the next several months, I located 53’ and 54’ Mercury parts cars to begin the restoration, but only when I found a nice two door hardtop complete donor car body, that the project got underway. First step was to cut the top off the 54’ donor car and replace it with the convertible top. The other parts cars supplied the drivetrain from engine to rear end, bumpers, dash and several body panels. After several months of work on replacing and repairing body panels it was ready to get the body painted and the interior upholstery and top done. On the return of the car, we started the long process of reassembling the vehicle. This phase is very rewarding as the items are reattached to the vehicle and you start to see your labor, but very time consuming. From conception to competition the project took over 3 1/2 years. Thanks to my good friend Jim Smith for helping me this project!
Lee Wood
1949 Willys Jeep
 
  • 327 CI Chevy
  •  3, 2 barrels
  • Custom interior
  • 700 R4 automatic transmission
  • A/C
Lee Wood
1957 Chevy  2 door hard top
 
  • Stock 283 CI engine
  • Frame off restoration
  • 99 point car
  • automatic transmission
Lee Wood's 1956 Chevy Two Doo Sedan

I watched one of our donut gang members drive this real beauty (56 Chevy), around for 14 years and when the opportunity to buy this great vintage vehicle, it was a “no-brainer”. Refurbishing started immediately and 18 months later, a refreshed paint job, same color, new 350 engine, a complete new custom interior installed, new rims and tires, new glass and many hours of cleaning, polishing and repairs.... the 350 transmission and rearend was cleaned and reinstalled..... love the ride, pure enjoyment....
Before picture
Lee Wood
1951 Chevy  5 window truck
 
  • V6 S10 Chevy
  •  S10 chassis and drive train
  • Custom interior
  • 700 R4 automatic transmission
  • A/C

Lee’s 1957 Cushman  Eagle Scooter paid for and used in delivering the Chickasha Oklahoma news paper.
My first engine powered ride at age 14... “the good old days”