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Dec
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“THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR”

As the song goes, The Christmas Season can be a wonderful time during our ever shortening year.  This year was no different.

Last week the lord blessed me with some sad news.  I know “blessed with sad news” sounds very strange, but hang on i’ll explain.  Last week, two of my favorite church friends got the ultimate “hall pass”.  The first received her’s on Saturday the 17th. after a wonderful 91 years on this earth.  The second received his’ on Tuesday the 20th. after a trial with cancer.  Even though we all wish they were still with us, we are blessed to know they are in Heaven.

Both of their services were celebrations of lives filled with God’s wonder, and grace.  Throughout both services,  there was a common final wish.  That wish was that all their friends made it to Heaven.  The Bible teaches us that this body is just a vessel our souls occupy for a short time.  Our main goal should be to focus on our Heavenly body.

A few days ago we celebrated Christmas, not the rapping paper and bows Christmas but the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, Christmas.  As our world gets faster and faster, we move beyond the real Christmas and fall into the trap of X-Mas.  There seams to be a disturbing trend in our world to remove anything pure and holy, and replace it with a “watered down” “one size fits none” sense of spiritualism.

Over two thousand years ago our one true Lord came down to this earth to do but one thing, save us from ourselves.  To save us from the sin we all have inside.  This Christmas season, give your friends and family the best gift of all.  The gift of knowing that you will spend eternity with them in Heaven.  It’s a simple thing to do, no special deeds, no secret handshakes.  Just ask Jesus to come into your heart and take away all the wrong that we all have done, and to be your savior.

This new year, lets move away from spiritualism and move closer to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

-Danny

Nov
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THE BLESSING OF NEW FRIENDS

As some of you might know, being part of a family business can be tough.  Worrying if there will be enough money for bills.  Worrying if all your workers will make it to work today.  Worrying if your customers are happy with their projects.  These are all but a few things that cloud my mind at any given moment.  To be truthful, there are days that make you cry out “WHY WOULD ANYONE OWN THEIR OWN BUSINESS?”.  At that moment, God drops a message in your lap, “This is why.”.

For a few years now, I have been part of a hot rod forum called  the H.A.M.B..  At times it can be a place of great information, and sometime a place of worthless drama.  The one thing it does best is to join people together that would never have had the chance to meet otherwise.

The other day I got an email  from a man who was in town getting some treatment in our Medical Center.  My heart sank.  When you come here for treatment, it is serious!  In his message, he wanted to know if it is possible to visit while he was in town.  Never wanting to miss a chance to talk about hot rods, I replied, “No problem.  If you come at lunch time, we’ll take ya’ll in the roadsters to lunch.”.  In no time I got an excited reply, “WE WILL BE THERE ON FRIDAY!”.  Happy to help, I stored the date in the back of my mind.  The week progressed at it’s normal stressful pace.  Gotta’ do this, gotta’ do that.  I kinda forgot about their upcoming visit.

Friday rolled around, and like clockwork, Corey and his parents arrived just before lunch.  In meeting Corey for the first time, I could see how the treatment had been tough on his body, but the gleam in his eyes showed it was all good inside!  After the “50 cent tour” of the shop, we hopped in roadsters and headed for lunch.  The weather that Friday could not have been more perfect.   We talked about how God has blessed Corey in his treatment, and what God has done in our business over the years.  The atmosphere at lunch felt like we had been friends for years.  On the way back, Corey’s dad rode back with me.  Our conversation enlighten me on what Corey was going through.  I was ashamed how perfect my life was compared to what he was going through.

As we took pictures and said our good byes, I realized that what ever blessing we were to them, they were ten fold to us.  At times we all have  “can’t see the forest for the trees” moments.  That day, a visit from Corey, cut all the the trees down.

I feel God has blessed us all with a purpose.  After years of  building cars, I now see that my purpose is to bless others with what God has bless me with.  Hot Rods!

question:

How will you use your blessings?

-Danny

Jan
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well I know that it is the third already, but I still wanted to wish all of you a blessed and happy new year.

Have you ever wondered why the windshield of you car is so much bigger than you rear view mirror?  It is so you can have a good view of  what is ahead of you, and less of what is behind you.  Deep huh?

As I sat in church yesterday morning, my pastor gave us a bit of info that you can’t get from the Bible.   He said that 98% of the atoms in your body renew over a 12 month period.   So.  Not only is it a new year, but we are also new this year.  How cool is that?

Like most people, every year I plan to do better at something.  This year I plan to do more looking forward, and less looking backward.  I hope and pray that you will join me in doing this, so we all can have a better year.

As they say.  The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.

Thanks to all for the support in 2010.

-Danny

Jul
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THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

 Hello.  My name is Danny, and I’m a VW addict!

  I have to blame my dad for part of my love for VWs.  While on a trip to California, Dad took some pictures of some custom VW bugs.  From that moment on, I was hooked!  At that time I was 15 going on 16 in need of a cheap car to drive, so he tracked down a clean 1966 bug for me.  I have always said that I have never met anyone that has only owned one VW, and I was no different.  As in any addiction, you start off small and before you know it you are in over your head.  Over the next 8 years I owned over 25 different vintage VWs.   I starting off with a common ’66 bug, and worked my way through some very desirable Bugs and Buses.   In 1996 I gave up VWs because I could not afford the next step of cool, a split window beetle.  To me a split window beetle was the Holy Grail of VWs.  Since a split was out of my price range, I did something really crazy, I built a 32 roadster.  Yea, I know.  From one addiction to another. 

Fast forward 14 years. 

The other day I walked in to see my almost 16 year old son looking at online classifieds for vintage VWs.   For a very short moment I was worried about passing my addiction on to my son, but I guess there are worse addictions to have.  Yep.  I can see some road trips and a new generation of VW stories comming.

Man, the circle of life is a strange one, but what a ride!

Danny

P.S. I found the split window bug I want.  The bad part is it is more than a 32 roadster.  I guess I still can’t afford a split!

Mar
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The Road Less Traveled

            

Over the years I have been blessed to be able to see some of our great country. Whether it be the main roads or back roads, there is always something to look at.  On our latest trip I saw a glimpse of the future.

This past Saturday, one of our long time friends was hosting a get together at his ranch, so we gathered up a stable of Hot Rods and headed up there to check it out.  You could not ask for any better of a day, the Sun was out and the temp. was perfect.  As the day progressed, a possible foul fowl had made Dad less than comfortable, and we found ourselves in need of an extra driver.  For the past few months my 15 year old son, Michael, has been wanting to drive my ’32 truck.   I was not ready to turn him loose with my stuff yet, but it’s funny how as soon as you say “your not doing whatever until whenever” you have to eat your words.  You know what?  Those words tasted good!  When we needed him the most he stepped right up and knocked it out of the park.  A  few pointers was all that was needed before he was driving like a pro. 

Until Saturday I have not had many chances to walk in my dad’s shoes, but watching my son go down the road in a Hot Rod was one that I will always treasure.  As I was driving dad home, I leaned over and asked “do you get the same feeling watching me drive down the road?”  Him having the same feeling brought a tear to my eye.  Michael, you did great boy, I am so proud.

To all the dads out there, give them a chance, you will be surprised!

-Danny

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

…Robert Frost

Feb
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My first post!

For a while now I have been wanting a website for my shop, thanks to my good buddy Ryan here it is.

My goal on our site is to show what we have been allowed to build for our great customers, along with some tech write up from time to time.  If ya’ll have anything you want to see, or have a question on how to solve a problem, please let us know.

Thanks for stopping by.

-Danny

Jan
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Welcome to Bruce’s Rod Shop!

Well fellas, welcome to our new website. Obviously, things are under construction at the moment, but stick around… We’ve got big plans! Soon you will be able to browse our galleries, check out the latest projects, or even buy some of our swag.

Soon fellas… Soon.