Fageol, what's a Fageol? The history of Fageol is somewhat fuzzy due to Frank and William Fageol's many manufacturing endeavors in the fields of tractors, busses, and trucks. There is even rumor that at the ages of 17 and 19, Frank and Bill built the first automobile in Iowa in 1899. In 1917, the Fageol brothers started construction of their own Fageol Motors Company factory in Oakland, California, to build their trucks. In '29, an expansion deal went sour, and in '32, they filed bankruptcy and became Fageol Truck & Coach until '39, when production stopped and T.A. Peterman bought the Fageol factory in Oakland to launch his new truck company, Peterbilt. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast forward to the present and we find Anaheim, California, resident Jerry Jeffries and his '29 Fageol. Jerry and his wife, Gayle, own a company called Double JJ Enterprises that makes accessories for semi trucks. When their friend John Hartman found the decrepit remains of the Fageol under an apple tree in Woodinville, Washington, in '99, it was a natural addition to their family. There was plenty of work to be done over the next few years to get the old truck back on the road. Jerry knew the Fageol was too far gone to restore it to stock, so he thought he'd build it into something he could drive and enjoy while putting some of his Double JJ products to good use.
Jerry started with the front half of the stock frame and built new 'rails from behind the cab on back, then had Deaver Spring in Santa Ana, California, build him some custom parallel leaf springs for the front and rear to give the '29 decent road manners since the originals were too far gone. Along the way he picked up some big 1-ton truck drum brakes that wound up working well for the '29 even though their pedigree is uncertain. Jerry also built a Dana 60 rearend and hung it out back with a 3.54:1 posi to take the load off the Mopar 440/727 combo under the unique scooped Fageol hood. The '70 Chrysler motor would remain fairly stock even though Jerry had it bored 0.030-over before reassembling the 10:1 powerhouse. The Offenhauser intake is topped with an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb and K&N filter and shares the engine bay with the Sanderson headers that belch through the custom semi truck-inspired exhaust system Jerry put together complete with the requisite chrome stacks.
The '29's exterior is a conglomerate of old and new as well. Some of the original Fageol tin couldn't be saved, like the doors, so a pair of Freightliner doors were modified to fit and now look right at home. Larry Cerney of Cerney's Paint and Body got the massive body panels straight so Bob Amos at Golden State Peterbilt in Fresno could lay down gallons of Viper Red DuPont paint.
While up in Fresno, the Fageol went to Cal-Fast Upholstery for the new interior that includes a pair of Bostrom air ride seats, Double JJ gauges, a GM column, a Grant wheel, and a Hot Rod Air A/C unit. Rounding out the exterior is a set of Intro Pentia 8 wheels in 18s and 20s, Double JJ taillights and bumpers, dual genuine beer kegs for gas tanks, and lots of chrome by Redmond Bumper Service.
Neither Jerry nor Gayle knew the Fageol would garner more looks at shows than any of the other award-winning vehicles they've built over the years, but that's just fine by them, as they drop the hammer on the blacktop all over the country!