BOUGHT by his Grandfather in 1945 as a World War 2 surplus, the Jeep has gone through an extensive makeover since Klaiton took ownership. The original motor is gone and in its place is a Ford 427 Windsor, C4 ‘box with a transbrake and trusty old 9 inch out back. The boys fabricated everything themselves and originally built the car for his Dad to take on Drag Week in 2016, but after breaking a rocker arm it was parked for two years until Klaiton decided the thrash on it for this year’s event.
The boys battled a wave of issues throughout drag week this year, from re-occuring oil leaks to broken U joints to re-doing the entire brake system to pass tech inspection, Klaiton and his mates had just about everything thrown at them.
The little Jeep ended up running a best of 12.055 at Charlotte, which is not bad for a car that spent most of the week running on 7 cylinders due to faulty rocker gear.