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Projects Building the Chevy II Gasser "The Boogie Man"

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  1. chris dunn
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    After being involved in the resurrection of the 41 Willys Gasser, owned by Gene Cromer "The Moonlighter" I decided to build a Gasser from scratch and see what all the excitement was all about. Here is a picture of the car we started with. It was originally a gasser and then it was partially returned to a stock front end car. Don't have many details about her. Maybe we will learn more as time goes by. I figure no one knows more about race car fabrication than I do and this will be a piece of cake.

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    That me kneeling in front of a few of the folks that got me interested in the Gassers. this picture was taken in front of Gene Cromer's shop while working on the Moonlighter. I own a Hot Rod Shop in Anderson SC, called Palmetto Rod Worx and build and fabricate cars everyday. HAMB>
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    Let the fun begin.
  4. BCCHOPIT
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    Looks like it could be fun!!!!


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    It will be hard to top the story of " The Moonlighter " but
    BRING IT ON !!!! The little Novas make awesome
    axle / gasser cars I am subscribed !!!!
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    I have always really like the Chevy II's. I can't wait to see where this goes.
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    post plenty of pics
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    Thanks, for all the encouragement everybody!!! I will never be able to top the fulfillment i received being apart of the MOONLIGHTER project.. We have a lot of pics coming to the tread soon, stay tuned and you could learn something... thanks chris
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    Well, I can tell you what "all the excitement " is about . They are a BLAST to drive !! Please keep us posted w/lots of progress pics.:)
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    i'm in....:cool:
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    gonna be good...... subscribed
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    Got my attention, We love our little Chevy II. I'll be watch'in
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    Hey Chris, good to see you on here. I was a bit far away to have assisted on the Moonlighter Willys rebuild, but was a big time internet fan of it.

    I'm sure this Chevy II project will be awesome, ... after all, you had a hand with Gene's Willys, and look how awesome it turned out. :D

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    I love my Chevy II :)

    Are you going to race it with Quains Gasser Group?

    Remember, we want LOTS of pictures and info!
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    Yes sir, that's the goal. Hope to be hitting the track in oct.
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    This is our front axle. this is old skool. A 59 chevy truck axle, narrowed 7 inches, lightened and added a little caster by machining the spring perches.
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    Added new king pin kits and a disk brake setup. Later on we will be doing a little lightening on the brake components.
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    The steering rod may look a little large but it is 4130 Chrome Moly.
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    These are the ladder bars. 2x3 tubing , center to center 42 inch minimum. Also lightened a little.
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    This is the machined insert I made for the front of the ladder bar to provide a little adjustability.
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    looking forward to the build
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    good luck with the build. Early Nova's are cool cars.
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    Subscribed! Looks good!
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    Love C Deuces.
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    This......is gonna get real interesting........:cool:........1st gen Novas make very nice axle cars. I'm in on the progress of "The Boogie Man".:)
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    main rails done and front end mounted. I built in 11 degrees of caster by raising up the front spring eye up into the frame rail.. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    Very nice work Chris!

    What are you going to run as a rear end housing and gear ratio?

    Are you going to keep the "Stance" at or near level for best CG and handling?

    Glenn
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    We are running a ford 9 inch housing and thinking a 456 gear. It will stand up in front a couple inches higher than rear. But we are keeping the car as low as the rules will let us. To help with CG.
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    Chris, Have you decided on a motor yet, or are you going to just let Gene Cromer build you a big bad 427FE for it? :D

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