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Dave Mungenast Give Back "The Dave Mungenast Way" Page 8-11
Why Ride A Motorcycle? Page 14-15
I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that 2020 is almost behind us. I am writing this for the January issue but as I am writing, it is about twelve days away from the end of 2020. This has been one of the most Ef'd up years I have ever been through. I am hoping, as I’m sure all of you are that 2021 brings us back to normal. I have seen many business owners Page8-11 : Dave Mungenast Gives Back struggle and many business owners give up and close because our government has decided they have the power and the right to tell us how we can live our day to day lives and who can be "The Dave Mungenast Way". open for business and who cannot. I never thought I would Mungenast Classic Automoblie & live to see this country ruled by dictators and told what you can and can’t do. But here it was, 2020, the year that the shit Motorcycle Museum totally hit the fan. Orchestrated or real, we will never know Page 12: Crack Up’s the truth, but we do know we became slaves of the system. My heart goes out to the business owners who have had their Page 14-15: Why Ride A Motorcycle? livelihood taken from them because of the rules, not law, laid out by people who continued to get their paychecks and many Page: 20-21: "Club Style" who benefited by their new rules. Cindy and I have tried to Page 25: Gaslight Garage shop and eat at all of the locally owned small businesses as much as possible to try and help these independent business Page: 26-27: Barn Finds, Part ii owners. I ask that all of you try to help support our local small business owners and help them stay afloat during the rest of these difficult times. Shop small business, they are Essential to our economy and our country. The small business owners are Full Throttle Magazine the backbone of our country.
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As we roll into 2021, we are going to begin to work with our friends and businesses to start planning rides and events for this year. We are anxious to get Historic Route 66 Bike Night going again every Weds night at Bobby’s Place in Valley Park. Lake of the Ozark Bikefest has set the dates for this years Bikefest and it will happen from Wednesday, September 15th through Sunday September 19th, 2021. The 2020 Bikefest produced the largest crowd ever to attend Bikefest and we believe 2021 will be even bigger. So get your room reserved and get ready for one hell of a party. From all of us here at Full Throttle Magazine, we wish all of you a healthy, happy, prosperous New year and lets get back to normal 2021. We love you all. As always, ride safe my friends and see you on the road with Full Throttle Magazine.
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Dave Mungenast Gives B Mungenast Classic Auto
When Bob and I approached Mungenast Motorsports about advertising with us, we
had no idea the history and influence Dave Mungenast had in our beloved City of St. Louis. Dave Mungenast comes from a long lineage dating all the way back to 1688 in Fehrbach, Baden, Germany where Johannes Mungenast was born. Johannes Mungenast will later become the patriarch of the family line from which the St. Louis Mungenasts descend. Dave’s St. Louis roots began in 1847 when his Great Grandfather Benedict Mungenast, along with his father Reinhardt, moved to St. Louis from Germany. Benedict married in 1856 and produced two sons, Joseph and Andrew; Dave’s Grandfather. Two years after Benedict was married, he served in the American Civil War fighting with the North. In 1895 Andrew Mungenast had a son Andrew G. Mungenast; Dave’s Father. Andrew G. married Charlotte Boekel, the daughter of a yeast manager of the Anheuser Busch Brewery. They had six children; Andrew Jr., Thomas, Charlotte P., John, David and Carl. Andrew G. and Charlotte built their marriage and family around strong traditional German Catholic values. Dave’s father, who everyone called Andy, was considered an idealist with deep religious values, a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility to his community. Even though he was a World War One Navy Veteran with an eighth grade education, he earned a living as a director of sales and marketing for Streckfus Steamers. This company managed the excursion boats that ran up and down the Mississippi. They also owned the St. Louis Admiral as well as the President, which was, at the time, docked in New Orleans. All his kids except Carl would, from time to time, get jobs working on the Admiral. Even though he enjoyed his work with the Steckfus Company, this was not what put Andy on the map. In 1915, alongside of Henry Giessenbier, became the co-founder of Junior Chamber of Commerce; known today as the Jaycees. Henry Giessenbier was the first president and Andy was first the Secretary. Later he would be given the title of “Honorary President”. Throughout the years of service for this organization, he wanted to give back to St. Louis. He wanted to give St. Louis a better image. All he heard was people apologizing for their fair city. His idea was to create several hundred historical markers throughout the city and county. Through this course of action he became friends with Charles Lindbergh, Admiral Richard Byrd, Jimmy Doolittle and other celebrities of that era. He also had the pleasure of meeting President Richard Nixon. Andy was known and Page 8
Back “The Dave Mungenast Way” omobiles & Motorcycle Museum served as the official greeter of the city. He continued his work with this organization up until his death at the age of 80. Shortly before his death, he had also retired from Streckfus. Charlotte was a well-educated woman. She was a homemaker and a strong role model to her children. She was described by her children as the “Velvet Sledgehammer”. Like Andy, She also did a lot charitable work and served her community. She served as president of the St. Louis University High School Mother’s Club. In the 1970’s she was the founder and president of the Shrewsbury, Missouri chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. She was also given the title of “Honorary First Lady of the International Junior Chamber of Commerce. They both worked hard to raise their children under that same system of values and worth. They wanted to make a good life for their children. They also felt that God will reward them for their works. With that came a unique generous spirit. Their youngest son Carl describes them as being “generous to a fault”. As the two of them raised their children, David was the one that…. let’s just say, stood out the most. David Francis Mungenest, who we all know as Dave Sr., was born October 1, 1934. He was the fifth of six children. Starting at a very young age, Dave never really fit the mold in which his parent wanted him to fill. He had his own ideas about life. School was not very interesting to him. It wasn’t the lack of intelligent; he was good at math and was a slightly above average in science and history. He felted there was so much more out there to explore. He seemed to always find way to cut school and/or create a ruckus during his classes. He was the jokester. But, as much as he would cut school or create a commotion at school, he was always caught. He was quickly becoming the Black Sheep of the family. Dave, as a child, dreamed of being a mountaineer; living off the land. He was fascinated with the early days of the Louisiana Purchase when trappers and trader would move their merchandise and down the Mississippi. He would often visit his grandfather who lived about 12 miles away on the Mississippi River. He would hunt and trap. He would catch fish, clean and gut them and make a stew. He learned how to scrape and salt hides of the animals which he would bring back to St. Louis to sell to the Taylor Fur Company. His friends nicknamed him “Trapper Dave”. By the age of 16, his days of being a Mountaineer began to fade. A new love entered into his life; Motorcycles. His first bike was a 1946 Indian Chief for $100, which he proceeded to wreck the day he brought it home. His urges didn’t stop there. His next bike was a smaller Indian, a converted WWII military model. Then to a 1950 British BSA and then at the age of 19 he bought a brand new 1953 BSA Gold Star. It became perfectly clear that motorcycles where not just a fascination but more of an obsession. He began to learn how to do tricks and maneuver the bike all sorts of ways and became a real pro at off road riding. In 1953 He helped formed a legitimate sports oriented club call the Midwest Enduro Team. www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
Dave loved life and all the adventures that came with it. In 1958 Dave started working for Bob Schultz Motorcycle dealership as a mechanic. And quickly became indispensable. He married his wife, Barbara McAboy, in 1959, who he had met six years earlier. They had three boys; Dave Jr., Ray and Kurt. In the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s began a whole new era of motorcycles. Honda was introduced to the United States. This gave people the opportunity to change their attitude about motorcycles. The Honda Motorcycles were quieter, less intimidating, easier to ride and more reliable. While Dave was working at Bob Schultz as a manager, he saw the extreme value in these Hondas. With the influence of one of Dave’s long-time friends, Ron Huch, Dave convinced Bob Schultz to bring these Honda motorcycles to their lineup. Dave quickly realized the motorcycle industry was taking off. There were between 40,000 and 50,000 motorcycles sold per year in the United States which included domestic and imported. Other Japanese manufacturers came on board such as Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki’s. Dave wanted a stake in the game. Bob Schultz seeing the value in Dave, had his business appraised at a whopping sum of $50,000 and told Dave that he can buy in as a partner for $25,000. Dave could not come up with that much cash so he decided to venture out on his own making his own deal with Honda. In 1964 he met Dave Larsen who became Dave Mungenasts first employee and in 1965 helped him open his first Honda Motorcycle dealership at 6820 Gravois in South St. Louis. Dave had a good head for business, but never veered from his love of being on a motorcycle. With a new wife, starting a new family of his own as well as starting a new business, Dave managed to find the time to do what is does best; off road motorcycle racing. In 1964 he won the 24 hour motorcycle marathon at River Dale Speedway, giving Honda its first national championship title in America. The same year he opened his Honda Dealership he rode in the Jack Pine Enduro and broke his leg. From 1965 to 1973 Dave Mungenast had competed in some of the most pristine off road motocross racing, nationally and internationally; earning him gold, silver and bronze medals. All while competing in the races; Dave continued to grow his businesses. One year after he opened his Honda dealership, he opened a Toyota dealership located at 5625 Gravois Ave. in South St. Louis. In 1974 he took on a Honda car dealership. If all this wasn’t enough, Dave started a career as a Hollywood Stuntman. From 1976 to 1985 he appeared in seven major motions pictures which include; “Cannonball Run”, “Hooper”, “The End”, “Airport 77”, “Harry and Son”, “Welcome to Paradise” and “Stormin’ Home”. He met and hung around famous actors such as Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Peter Fonda and Steve McQueen. In 1985 he earned a nomination for “Stuntman of the year”. Dave Mungenast is an iconic figure in St. Louis. Throughout his adventurous life he had managed to raise a wonderful family with his loving wife Barbara, continued to grow his automotive dealerships which includes: Honda, Toyota, Acura, Lexus, Hyundai and Honda Motorsport. He was a successful off-road motorcycle racer and had a successful career as a Hollywood Stuntman. In 1988, he was recognized as the “Dealer of Distinction” in Sports Illustrated. In 1991 he was recognized by the Midwest edition of “Time Magazine” as it “Time Quality Dealer.” Page 10
Dave, feeling so blessed to have a wonderful adventurous life, he took one of the most valuable lessons his parents taught him. He wanted to give back to his beloved city. So, in the year 2000, the same year he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, he open up The Classic Motorcycle Museum. This was a way for Dave Mungenast to give back to the city he loved; giving them a special thank you for their loyalties as a consumer. This museum is adorned with so much history. You walk into this place and a sense of nostalgia overwhelms you. You remember me mentioning Dave Larsen? Mr. Larsen has been with Dave Mungenast since the very beginning; 50 years. Dave runs the museum and knows every piece of its history. The building in which the museum sits is the original Toyota Dealership that was opened in 1966. There are over 200 motorcycles on display that date back to the early 1900’s. There’s Honda, BSA, Indians, Norton’s and Harley’s to name a few. Most of the bikes you’ll see at the museum are bikes that were sold at one time or another from the St. Louis Honda Motorcycle dealership. Two of the high-lights are an old army Indian model and Excelsior that was owned by Steve McQueen. As I was walking through the museum, I was amazed on how much “Motorcycle” history St. Louis had to offer. This town is a true motorcycle town. We had Board-Track motorcycle racing complexes and several off-road motocross racing complexes. If you know your history, then you might be familiar with Board Track Racing. The track is made up of 2 x 4 wood board laid out lengthwise and banks at about 60 degrees. Set on display are two Indian board tracks racing bikes in pristine condition. There were motorcycle clubs and clicks. There is a display case that has articles of clothing from The Missouri Mules Motorcycle Club. The museum is not just motorcycles that Dave Mungenast has owned or sold over the years. St Louis is fortunate enough to have several big motorcycle collectors that loan the museum their bikes in order to refresh their displays. If you have already visited the museum, go back and visit again. You might just see a whole new collection. There are pictures, news articles of many different motorcycle enthusiasts of St. Louis and vintage motorcycle parts all on display. One of Dave Larsen’s goals is to build a photo display of all the motorcycle agencies of St. Louis. There is a collection of photos that Bob Schultz widow gave to Dave to have displayed. He also has photos of the old Kawasaki dealership. This is not just a place for motorcycles; there are also automobiles such as vintage Hondas, Toyotas and even a few European cars. They currently have one of the very first Honda’s ever produced for America. The best part about this museum is you can go and look around for FREE. They do except donations but, this piece of St. Louis history has no cost to you. This is a way for Dave Sr. to give back to you. Dave Mungenast Sr. passed away in 2006 leaving behind an undeniable legacy. So if you are feeling a little bit nostalgic and would love to see a bit of St. Louis history, then I encourage you to make your way down to The Classic Motorcycle Museum located at 5625-5626 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63116. They are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Stop in and ask for Dave Larsen and watch yourself step back in time. I want to give a special thank you to Dave Larsen for speaking with us about Dave Mungenast Sr. and the Classic Motorcycle Museum. And for giving us the biography of Dave Mungenast “Take it to the Limit” The Dave Mungenast Way. Written by Ed Youngblood. I was able to use this book as a tool for facts and dates. www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
My wife beamed at me with pride and said, “Wow! I never thought our son would go that far!“
it back again. ____________________
I said, “This catapult is amazing! Go get our daughter.” ___________________
Don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t cheat. The DEMOCRATS hates competition. ____________________
Why did Karen press CTRL + Alt + Delete?
What’s the difference between a politician and a catfish? One is a bottom-dwelling scum-sucker, and the other one is a fish. ____________________
She wanted the Task Manager. ___________________ William Shatner has discontinued his new line of lingerie. Apparently, Shatner panties wasn’t the best choice for a name. ___________________ One time I debated a flat earthier.
What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy and the other’s a little lighter. ____________________ When does a joke become a ‘dad’ joke? When it becomes apparent. ___________________
He got so mad that he stormed off saying that he would walk to the edge of the earth just to prove me wrong. Two windmills are standing on a wind farm. One asks, He’ll come around eventually ‘What’s your favorite kind of music?’ ___________________ The other replies, ‘I’m a big metal fan.’ My wife is fed up of my constant Dad jokes, so I asked ___________________ her, “How can I stop my addiction?” I took the shell off of my racing snail, thinking it would Wife: whatever means necessary. make him faster. Me: No it doesn’t. ___________________
But if anything, it made him more sluggish. ___________________
Did you know that a group of baboons is called a congress? That explains a lot now doesn’t it. ___________________
George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matthew McConaughey get together to make a movie.
What’s the difference between a flying pig and a politician? The letter F. ___________________ How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one to change it and another one to change
Clooney says, “I’ll direct.” DiCaprio says, “I’ll act.” McConaughey says, “I’ll write, I’ll write, I’ll write.” https://laughfactory.com
hy ride a motorcycle? That is a question a lot of people who have never rode tend to ask. There are many different reasons people ride, and each biker I’m sure has their own reasons. I am going to tell you a few of the main reasons why you should own a motorcycle and get out and ride. By the time your done reading this article, you will want to get in your car and go get yourself a new two or three wheeled beauty!!!! Let’s start with excitement and thrill. The excitement and thrill you get controlling a powerful machine on two wheels is one of the biggest reasons new riders instantly fall in love with their motorcycle. There is nothing else quite like it. The feeling you get going into a sharp turn or switchback. Or riding side by side with a big group of your friends and fellow riders is just amazing. We all know there is some risks involved, but hey, sometimes that even heightens that enjoyment, excitement, and thrill you get. Another huge reason people ride is because of the relaxation or ZEN effect they feel from taking a nice cruise. When you hit the open roads, it can really help clear your mind and put you in a totally relaxed state. Then you can try and forget about all the worries you may have and just put 100 percent focus on you and your surroundings. This will also help you get in total contact with your surroundings. By being in a calm relaxed state and totally connected to your surroundings, your happy endorphins will kick in putting you in an overall great mood. There is nothing more important than the camaraderie between bikers. It’s as if you are just one big community or family. There is a certain bond that is created with your fellow bikers. You all have something in common; you love to ride. There also will be a certain respect you will have for each other. But that respect will have to be earned by showing respect. Like the “wave”, for example. If you ride, you know about the “wave”. This is just out of respect to say hey. When passing another bike, you give a simple hand gesture or wave. Even most people who don’t ride have seen this a few times in their life. Page 14
Bikers are some of the most giving and caring people. They are very big in giving back to their communities by helping/donating to charities and fellow bikers in need. A lot of people do not know this, but once you are part of the family/community you will realize it quickly. There are thousands of Poker Runs and charity events held each and every year. There are even certain groups of bikers that are dedicated to doing charity work and helping communities. Like B.A.C.A for example, Bikers Against Child Abuse. They are a worldwide biker’s organization, yes worldwide!!! They do everything in their power, on a daily bases, to help empower abused children, giving them the hope and strength to stand up and fight back. They are a truly special group of people, and there are many other groups or clubs like them out there. In spite of the fact that bikers are like a big family, they tend to be more individualistic than the average person. Whether that’s expressed through personal style, or the way they trick out their bikes. There are so many different things you can do to upgrade and make your motorcycle your own. Motorcycle’s are a huge outlet through which you can reveal your own personality. With gas prices so high, another huge plus to a motorcycle is awesome gas mileage. You can double the miles per gallon a car, SUV or truck gets. A lot of the times even more than double. You can really save some money on your daily commute. It will make parking a breeze for you as well. You won’t have to worry about fitting in to tight spaces. Let’s face it, there is also just a “cool” factor when riding a motorcycle. I know you’ve seen some cruising down the road and thought, “wow, awesome!!” Or seen a biker walk into a restaurant in his/her gear with a helmet under their arm and thought to yourself, “they sure look badass.” I could go on and on about why to ride, but I think if you don’t own a bike, you’re going to want to now. There’s no better way to just escape than on a motorcycle. www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
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Written By Keigan Borgmann
What’s going on Full Throttle readers, I hope everyone
is staying safe and keeping the rubber side down. This month I wanted to start off by introducing myself and walk you through my personal build. My name is Keigan Borgmann, and I’m a parts specialist at St. Charles Harley Davidson. I’ve been in the motorcycle industry for about a year now, but have been around and riding motorcycles since I was a kid. Two wheels and horsepower are in my blood. From my dad’s custom Electra Glide, his Custom choppers, and now to my 2018 Softail Lowrider.
In 2018, Harley Davidson withdrew the DYNA
platform from their cruiser family and introduced the new Softail line. People’s heads were spinning because they were losing their beloved DYNA, but my head was spinning because I saw all the potential the new family had to offer. From the brand-new Milwaukee-Eight engine, to the 19-inch front wheel, the Harley Lowrider was a blank canvas for me to express not only myself, but my riding style as well.
A big part of the performance and “Club Style”
movement, is to really showcase what these Harley Davidson Motorcycles can really do. I started my build by adding a set of 14” LA Choppers Kage Fighter T-bars. The bars are tall enough for comfort, and the 30-inch width really allows me to remain confident and Page 20
comfortable when I’m throwing the bike into hard corners. To accompany the bars, I paired it with the Saddlemen Step-Up seat. This seat gives me the aggressive riding position I was looking for! To finish off my “club style” stance I was going for I added the Memphis Shades Road Warrior fairing.
To give me some extra throttle response and a little more
performance I knew I wanted to install a stage 1. With that in mind, I installed a Trask Performance Assault air intake and a Bassani Road Rage 2-1 exhaust system. Not only does this combination of stainless steel and raw metal look amazing, but when paired with the Vance and Hines FP3, it really opened up the Milwaukee-Eight engine and showed me the potential this motorcycle has.
To finish off the rear of the motorcycle, I installed a 1.5” lift kit. This gives me a
little more clearance when riding the beautiful back roads of Missouri. Also, you see a set of saddlebags which where a must for traveling. They give me the storage I needed and complete the look I was going for. Feel free to come by the dealership and check out my bike or current builds we are working on. As we all know we can’t leave our bikes alone so I’m sure I will have something new to show you on mine.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! If you have any questions please don’t
hesitate to come into St. Charles Harley Davidson and ask for myself, Keigan Borgmann. You can also give me a call @ 636-946-6487 or email me keigan@stcharlesharleydavidson. com to set up a one on one consultation. My job is to make your Harley Davidson vision a reality.
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BARNYARD FINDS PART II
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For those of you who didn’t read last month’s Gaslight Garage article, Barn
Finds part I, shame on you. Go to Full Throttle-Magazine.com to get caught up to speed. As mentioned, Jerry Harris is a rare breed of car collector and all things automotive. Part I covered mainly his muscle cars and newer ones, but this issue will cover his early models and eclectic style that we have to come to know and love. Being a Hyundai dealer mechanic for 20 years gave him opportunities to explore options for some of his projects sitting around the farm. Having a 1933 Studebaker 4dr sedan as a blank canvas, he began envisioning a V-12 collaboration? WTH!!! He started with two V-6 Hyundai motors which normally are front wheel drive units, set them inline and made them a rear wheel drive. This is crazy. This car is driven. It has been to the 100 car pile up, Frog Follies and Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL. It also sees the local scene. Another vehicle that has seen its fair share of pavement is his 1928 Dodge 4dr sedan “Rat Rod.” The power plant here is a Cadillac Northstar mated to a 904 Torqueflite via 1983 Jeep Cherokee bell housing. He has sat in the combine too long, lol. Next up is the one that kind of got this crazy car thing going out of control, a 1949 Crosley 2dr wagon, affectionately known as the Clown car. This car is powered by a Hyundai V-6 motor, too. This car has been to several Good Guys events across the Midwest along with NSRA Nationals and is a regular at local car cruises and shows. The next two are just not right, but done in such a way that they will leave you scratching your head. First up is the infamous Hemi Underclass. It’s a 1987 Yugo 2dr hatch with a full blown vintage 60’s dual spark plugs and distributors race 426 Hemi. Before your chin hits the floor, this is a display set-up, but wow does it look awesome sitting in there. The young lady that slammed the door in his face when he brought her the Hemi Cuda in 1973, well there paths crossed again and has been together for quite sometime now and on certain occasions, if you are lucky enough, can hear her Hemi sound effects at local events. They have taken this one all over the Midwest to National events and even had an article clip in Car Craft magazine. Feeling the need to build another Hemi motor display vehicle, Jerry picked up a 1979 AMC Pacer station wagon. Has he lost his mind? On a serious note, this car should have been a museum piece somewhere; it’s that nice of a time capsule. This is Hemi Under Hatch. Again, it’s a blown 426 Hemi with all of the vintage racing accessories. This one is fairly new, so it hasn’t had as much exposure. But wherever it goes, it will definitely get peoples attention.
He found this little 1958 German made Goggomobile several years ago by accident. He was picking up some vintage Buick motors in Lebanon, MO, when the owner asked Jerry to look at some of his cars for sale, love at first sight. He couldn’t get back soon enough with a trailer to pick up this cute little gem. It came with a 2 cyl/2 stroke motor, but it didn’t run. So, Jerry and his inquisitive mindset put together a build plan for an electric car. His thoughts were, “it’s no bigger than a golf cart, so why not?” He started with a 40 hp electric motor, 8-6 volt and 2-12 volt batteries, the latter being for accessories. He had Real Wheels in Iowa make him custom wheels, 3x10 fronts and 8x13 rears. He does trailer it to events, but drives it to its show spot. His 1957 Plymouth roadster is a true representation of how hot rodding used to be in the early 60’s. A Plymouth Fury body cut down to become a roadster that looks more like a scaled down version of the “Batmobile.” A 392 Chrysler Imperial Hemi backed by a 904 Torqueflite scoots it down the road. An airbrushed version of “Christine” is on the back tail section. This one has also seen its fair share of National events and local venues. The last two are projects that definitely define “Dare to be Different.” First off is a 1948 Crosley 2 dr wagon 6-wheel mini cabover custom. Jerry commissioned Tony Goodrich of Tony’s Rod and Custom to fabricate his vision. Crosley was determined to have an economically and versatile vehicle for the men and women returning from WWII. Some models could be used on the farm with different attachments, tow trucks and of course, cars. He had this idea to create a unique vehicle which would require an extensive amount of sheet metal fabrication and knowledge. He started by wanting to add another ¼ panel and wheelwell section. This would add 39” to a tapered roof as well. Tony also made a 1 piece drip rail section that went from left A-pillar around back to the right A-pillar. A modified recessed cage was added to give structural integrity to the added length. Up front was the challenge, he wanted it to mimic a cabover of the day, 16” shorter to be exact. Rework of the doors to allow front wheelwells to be cut in. Major rework of hood and fenders, but it has turned out pretty good. This is a 3-phase project and Jerry is working on phase 2 of drive train and mechanicals. A Ford 4.6 V-8 mounted in rear section and making it front wheel drive, oh my!!! Lastly, a project he picked up a couple years ago, a 1959 Morris Minor ¼ ton panel truck. Made in jolly ol England, this is another very small vehicle. Previous owner had started this makeover, but fell short of completion. Jerry was pleased with what had been done so far, so a build plan was put together. It came with a very nice shortened Isuzu truck frame and rollers. Being an English car, what better engine to have than a Vega Cosworth? A 4cyl with 2 Weber downdraft carbs and an original performance header will definitely let people know the British are coming. This project is currently in progress. Jerry again asked Tony for some sheet metal work on the sunroof fill panel, bead rolling on the firewall and some repair to the rear wheelwells. This is going to be another that leaves you shaking your head, but how cool is it that we still have people that ask, what if? God Bless!!! www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com