Jake grew up a midwestern farm kid and has been a lifelong car guy. To date he has no fear of bathing in 80/90 weight gear oil, and never misses his tetanus shot. Claim to fame is winning several face-to-face turf battles with snakes, families of mice, and swarms of bees while evicting them from their homes in old cars. He has over 15 personal collector car hobby restorations, and countless barn finds. By profession he is a project manager in the acquisition arena for the military defense and the banking industries. Jake is active in the car show scene in the Twin Cities and is a member of several car clubs.
This website launched in 2001 to sell General Lee Decal kits and front Push Bars for the General Lee, hence the jakesGENERALstore name. From there four General Lee Replicas were built and even a Roscoe P. Coltrain squad car, including the restoration of my first car into a General Lee. I dove in to the Mopar muscle car hobby building buying and selling parts and cars. The hobby turned into hunting barn finds, field finds as told on the subsequent pages of this website. The shop produced over 13 restorations of varying degrees. (visit the Jake’s Cars page). The last car restored in the hobby shop was the AAR Cuda. Current project in 2020 is a ’69 Plymouth GTX A33
In 2007 I added a line of man cave cool-car-guy garage metal automotive memorabilia signs and shop stools. A fun venture that ended with a manufacturer selling out of the business.
In 2012 I sold off most of the cars in order to relocate to our lake place with my beautiful wife, and to downsize. Mission accomplished, sort of.
2017 I still play with a handful of Mopars, and other misc. cars that peak my interest; Model T’s and a ’48 1/2 Crosley wagon. Storage space is a challenge at the new place. The phone keeps ringing from all of the seeds planted over the years with people finally deciding to sell off their cars. Keep checking back here from time to time to see the latest updates. If you have any questions on the cars please feel free to use the contact form to email me or give me a call at 612-518-7425. -Jake
The Shop: The image gallery below is not only about the shop, but shares some of the other projects and ventures, i.e.- Jake’s Tree Moving and Planting, Jake’s Towing and Recovery (repossessed 42 cars in 60 days), and the hot rod cube van what went to swap meets selling car parts, signs and misc. items. Enjoy the show.