|From Historian Ron Cummings:
"Ol' Yaller VIII is the most mysterious
& obscure of the Ol' Yaller series. Based on a wrecked E-Type
Jaguar, Max started building it as a personal street car for himself.
He added a Chevy V8, reinforced the rear tub, and replaced the entire front
sheetmetal shell. He also replaced the Jaguar independent rear suspension
with one of his own design. (Max retrofitted two earlier Ol' Yallers
with this IRS after previously running live axles on the cars.)
When he grew tired of the uncompleted
project, Max sold the car to John Brophy. Brophy raced many cars
and at one point owned and raced "Ol'
Ol' Yaller VIII no longer carries Max's
IRS, it having been replaced with a Corvette unit. The car is currently
owned by Gordon Apker of Washington state and is raced in northwestern
Gordon Apker on Ol' Yaller VIII:
"Thought you might like to know a little
more about the "VIII" car. It still retains Max's IRS (it was never removed).
The center pumpkin is now Corvette, not Studebaker as original. Max
consulted for me when this car was restored. He built it for Haskell Wexler
(his financial backer). He took a center section from a wrecked Jag
and had California Metalshaping (I still have the invoice for the work)
make a new nose, doors and trunk lid from aluminum. They also reshaped
the tail ("to dejag it" said Max) and added 58 Chev taillights. He ran
a 327 Chev motor with a M22 trans.
It was also used in "Viva Las Vegas"
where it was repainted twice so it could be 2 different cars. Was sold
to an amusement park owner in South Carolina where it was raced. Somewhere
along the way a "boat interior" (coined by Max) was added and enough bondo
and fiberglass was added to the nose to add about 100 pounds. All that
went away on restoration. Max prepared a written history of specs, owners
etc. which we had notarized. Thought you would enjoy this info."
P.S. "Just rechecked Max's
paperwork: Trans is a T10, not M22."