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Jakes105.jpg
Jakes105.jpg
Since we run exhibition we always try to put on a good show for the crowd. We always start with an over-the-line burnout then back up and pull the wheels on a dry hop. The dry hop is always exciting as the rubber is still good and sticky from the burnout and Jakes always stands up on the wheelie bars for an exciting hop. After that we stage and try to rip off a low 10 or high 9-second pass. It doesn't always works out that way as the car has a mind of it's own sometimes and makes life exciting.

Jakes106.jpg
Jakes106.jpg
Here you can see how far forward the wheelbase has been shifted. The fronts are moved up 19" and are suspended by a straight axle. The rears are moved up 15" and there is a Dana 60 out back with 4.56 gears and a spool to make it bullet proof. If you look at the Jakes car from the side you might notice that it does not seem to have as much of an overhand in the rear as other altered wheelbase cars. Leponard Hughes decided the car just looked to "Funny" with the wheels that far forward and that long trunk so he bobbed 8" out of the trunk. To the best of our knowledge this is the only A/FX car with a bobbed trunk.

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Jakes107.jpg
What makes this car so fun is the reaction of the fans to seeing an original rare car like this honking down the strip. People come up to me and are amazed that we would race such a piece of history. They ask what happens if you wreck it or blow it up? I just have to tell them we have stuffed it in the fence, blown up more that our share of Torqueflites and mangled it more times than I care to remember. We just take it back to the shop and put it back in shape. In the 7 years of match racing we have made all our bookings and have only missed one or two rounds of racing.

Jakes108.jpg
Jakes108.jpg
This was a great pass! It was early September at Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin and it had been hot all day so the track was sticky and the air was cooling off. The temps had dropped about 20 degrees and the air was getting good so we had a good chance of making it scream. Great Lakes Dragaway is in a valley and surrounded by cornfields that were rich with oxygens so we threw a lot of fuel at it and cranked up the timing a few degrees. We staged the car and it ripped off the line and scooted down the track to a 9.89 @ 137 mph which has been our best ET so far. Since we are not racing in a class we don't try to lean on the car too much but this was a great night. Candies & Hughes ran 9.40s in the car in the 60's on 60-80% nitro but left a trail of broken parts across the south so we just put on a show and tuck it back in the trailer for the next race.

Jakes109.jpg
Jakes109.jpg
The lettering on the windshield we copied from a picture of the car from the 1966 Super Stock Nationals where Jakes beat the Ramchargers for the title. The 82 was the car number, 24 meant the 2400 lb class and F stood for fuel or nitro. The car now tips the scales at 2750 lbs and the only changes were to update the roll cage. The original hoop was very thin wall tube and there was just one hoop and open down tube for support.

Jakes110.jpg
Jakes110.jpg
Here the car is jsut starting to get up on the wheelie bars. These are the third design of bars we have made for the car since it likes to bend them up with it's antics off the line. The original bars where sections of springs bolted to the rear frame rails. They lasted for one run when we bent them backwards ona monster wheelstand that sure shook up the car in the other lane at test & tune night.


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