Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jax Wax Customer Spotlight: 1949 Overland-Willys Jeepster Daily Driver

There is NEVER a dull day at Jax Wax.  You never know who you will meet or what will happen on any given day.  It really makes it fun and sometimes takes you totally by surprise!  Today was one of those days and we just have to share it with you.

Most people hate Mondays - not us!  So, I am on the way to the shop this morning.  A fellow calls me on my cell phone:

"Hello?  I'd like to stop by and and pick up 4 gallons of Shine All for my buddy in Florida, I am on my way driving down there.  Can I stop by and pick some up?" 
So I give him directions to the shop. He shows up and guess what he is driving from northern Ohio all the way to to New Smyrna Beach, FL?  Here it is:
Rich Duecker and his 1949 Jeepster at Jax Wax in February 
A 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster!  In Ohio in February you don't see people driving classic cars or hot rods - they are usually put away for the winter.  You surely don't see any people drive their classic cars all the way from Ohio to Florida!

Rich built this Jeepster not for show - but to drive!  It has a small block Chevy mated to a 700R4 transmission, and Rich figures he gets about 20 miles per gallon on the highway.  It handles nicely on the road due to the Fatman Mustang II front suspension and power disk brakes.  Rich has been building stock cars and drag race cars for years and does all the work himself.  How cool is that?

Here are some pics we snapped of the Jeepster:
Imagine Seeing This in Your Rear View Mirror on the Highway?
Small Block Chevy Powered! 
The Jeepster has a Continental Tire - Styling for 1949! 
Original Overland-Willys Emblem
Original Jeepster Emblem and Trim
Script Willys in the Rear Bumper
All Packed Up Ready For Florida Sunshine!
Classic Sun SUPER Tach!
Toggle Switch on the Dash to Lock Up the Converter  (Overdrive) on the 700R4 Transmission
The Jeepster Sports Chrome Traction Bars!

Of course after Rich spotted some of Jack's race cars in the shop, the conversation turned to racing.

Rich has been drag racing and stock car racing for years.  In fact he used to stock car race with with the likes of  Mark Martin and Tony Stewart back in the day.  He also shared some stories about his Willys Hemi-Powered race car.  Rich still races it from time to time and it runs in the 8's.  He told us it is an handful with the short wheelbase and high center of gravity.

He happened to have a picture of it:
Rich's Willys Drag Race Car
It was too cool to meet Rich today and to be able to hear the stories he has!  If you see Rich on the road or at the race track, take some some to chat with him.  You will be glad you did!

Never a dull day at Jax Wax!


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