This month's This Guy's Garage should instead be called This Girl's Garage. This is Jeanne Chase's shop. If the Chase name sounds familiar, it's because we featured husband Brian's shop in this section back in the July '10 issue, which showed son Brandon's welding parts sandwiched between Dad's yellow '34 Chevy pickup and a black '79 Corvette. But this is Mom's garage. That's right, Jeanne is a former City of Concord police officer and a fully certified ASE technician with lots of projects. Brian says she is involved with all forms of auto repair, including major engine rebuilds and bodywork, and “excels at interior work, custom wiring (including complete custom harnesses), and glass replacement.” This no doubt makes for some interesting dinner conversations—you know, a nice candlelit meal sprinkled with light conversation about the virtues of Weatherpak versus Deutsch connectors. It also appears that Jeanne is not afraid to tackle big jobs. How many women do you know who have taken on the restoration of a '64 Mack B-67 dump truck? Brian explains, “The truck came from Milbury, Massachusetts, where it had been owned by an older gentleman with a small construction company. According to his wife, the Mack B was her husband's baby, which he kept garaged and would not use during inclement weather. We contacted the Mack Truck Historical Society in Pennsylvania—they are super people—who provided the original line sheet and purchase order. From '64 to '70, the Mack worked as a tractor-trailer for a freight company. Now it is our baby, but with upgrades, including power steering—you would not believe steering this thing with the old armstrong steering! We also updated the air-brake system to current requirements as a safety measure. We have a Mack B-61 parts truck, and will swap in the 711 diesel engine from it, with turbo. The current engine runs excellent, but [I] love that turbo sound! We have so much fun with this truck.” Indeed, it does sound like fun.
A - Brian says the black '12 Camaro is the latest addition to the Chase family collection. Look closely: That's not an SS; it's a ZL1. That means it packs a 6.2L LSA engine that speaks with 580hp worth of authority. With that and a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual, Chevy engineers reportedly cranked out 11.90s at 117 mph with a bone stocker. Brian says it only gets shaken down on special occasions so it barely has 600 miles on the clock. If there were a car-guy ticket that says “You Have Arrived,” this would be it. Left up to us, any day ending with the letter “y” would be an excuse for a special occasion.
B - The '64 Corvette belongs to family friend Steve Barrett, recently retired captain of the New Hampshire State Police. He brought the Vette to Jeanne for a brake upgrade to a power booster, a safer twin-reservoir master cylinder, and a rear trailing-arm replacement.
C - Jeanne has completely restored this '64 Mack B-67 dump truck with new paint and a new interior including two air-ride leather seats. She also completely rewired the entire truck. Jeanne re-chromed several parts and added a new dump body. The truck has a GVWR of 50,000 pounds and packs a 673ci diesel engine. And you thought an iron Chrysler Hemi was heavy!
D - On the wall are retro toys and bicycles that the Chase boys have now outgrown but make for great art on the shop wall.
E - It's clear the Lincoln welder, the drill press, the powdercoating oven, the blast cabinet, and other sheetmetal tools are no photo props. These tools are used on a regular basis, as is the waste oil heater for mitigating those winter nor'easters.
Off to the left is the family tractor—a '58 John Deere 720 row crop tractor undergoing a complete restoration. Brian says this Deere sports a two-cylinder engine cranking 360 ci—with a 6.00x6.375 bore and stroke and a 4.9:1 compression ratio.