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|
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|
Never a dull day at Jax Wax!