Jake emailed this photo of his garage, and we immediately wanted to pack up our stuff and move in. No reason in particular; it just looks like a cool place to work-not a showplace for company executives to park their build-it-for-me mobiles. Jake's a diesel mechanic who works for Kenworth. He also has more than 20 cars scattered around his property, all of which are in some state of build. The high-priority cars are in his garage. Let's take a look at how they do things in the Pacific Northwest.
A. This '60 Thunderbird belongs to Jake's wife, Shannon. In high school, she was the proud owner of an ocean liner-sized '79 T-bird. That car went the way of the Titanic, and she's had the jones for a red T-bird ever since. Jake found this car for her in Idaho. It sports a 352 FE engine and cast-iron Cruise-O-Matic transmission, and Jake's plans for it include a 4.6 2V Modular swap. He just snatched a $200 Grand Marquis from certain sodium silicate death, and the spirit of that big Merc will soon live on in the T-bird. CC approves this swap. Cash for clunkers is wrong.
B. The rolling frame belongs to Jake's dad's '57 Bel Air. The body is on a rotisserie awaiting a thorough overhaul. The engine is a 350 topped with retro 3x2 BBL Rochester carburetors, and the trans is a TH200-4R. Other upgrades include disc brakes courtesy of a '91 Camaro. Jake and his mom pooled their money and bought Dad the car as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. We want these two as our Secret Santa.
C. Jake and Shannon started buying the bicycles as a sort of tribute to their house's former owner. The neighbors told them the previous owner was a crazy Schwinn collector and had more than 1,000 bicycles stored in this shop. It only seemed fitting that they carry on the tradition, if at a smaller scale.
D. We can think of no better use of an old farm truck than to slam it in the weeds and throw in a tunnel-ram small-block and a four-speed trans. Though the truck always had a manual trans, Jake yarded-out the 230 I-6 for the current 283. He freshened up the body by adding Millwood Speed Shop lettering to the doors. "It's loud and rattly, and I think I may have $600 tied up in this truck, but it gets more attention than my Malibu," Jake says.
E. Yes, that's a TPI 350 in Jake's '72 Malibu. He bought it six years ago from the children of the original owner. It's a cream puff, too, with only 43,000 miles on the clock. The TPI is a step up from the original 2BBL 350, and it's backed up by a strengthened Turbo 350. Jake just replaced a quarter-panel and is getting it ready for paint.
F. Jake is assembling this small-block for a friend. It's destined for a '94 Jeep.
G. This is an original 429 Cobra Jet out of Jake's '70 Ford XL convertible. It's on the stand for a well-deserved freshening up.