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Projects 1955 Pontiac gasser build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 55chieftain, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. 55chieftain
    Joined: May 29, 2007
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    Only 12.4 in the 1/4. Should go mid 11's once the carb gets redone and converter straightened out.

    Thanks for all the nice words everyone, cars a blast to drive can't wait till I get the tune in and really make some good runs.
     
  2. Any updates on this one ?
     
  3. el Scotto
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    Just caught this thread! Radshit!!! Love the car!
     
  4. 55chieftain
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    Thanks for checking back in . I had to take the engine back apart for a head gasket that blew . Also found some bearing wear upon inspection . So now adding main studs and getting the align bore done for crank and cam . Also did some more porting on the heads , should pick up 10 cfm's. I would have liked to do a few other things but just for now just get it back together .

    With another carb it did get down to low 12's and with
    A looser converter will be in the 11's easily.

    I also pick up some old round spoke Et wheels for the front.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  5. RamJet1
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    Very cool, nice work. Looking forward to hearing your new times after the rebuild and higher stall converter.

    What color/colors are you thinking of?
     
  6. 55chieftain
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    I might leave the roof the off white and either orange, gold or a light mettalic blue for the rest of the car . Or might bring the off white down to the trim line.
     
  7. Good to see it didn't fall by the way side.
     
  8. moval57wagon
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    I love that gasser. I have the perfect tow car / support vehicle for it...My wifes 55 wagon.

    Keep up the good work. Hope you post some videos of it at the strip.
     

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  9. 55chieftain
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    I have a few updates and a few pics with the "new" front wheels (ET II) , got the engine back together over the winter and up and running again. A little bigger cam & torque converter. Getting the 60 ft's down to 1.66 and working out the tune for the new combo. I went to the local track for the nostalgic race and got invited to run with the Nostalgia Gassers group. Looking forward to running with those guys more once I get a few more things done and straightened out. http://www.nostalgiagassers.com/

    http://www.danricksphotos.com/Other...0177_bjXgph#!i=3272533800&k=svDGRHp&lb=1&s=X2

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  10. OahuEli
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    Your car looks good man. What E.T.s do you expect?
     
  11. loudbang
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    Awesome wrinkle wall photo at that link that is a keeper.
     
  12. 55chieftain
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    Looking to get to lower 11's, maybe just mid 11's with my weight. At least with these heads, a nice set of alum dports would/should get me in the 10's.
     
  13. 55chieftain
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    Thanks, only problem is the front tires are still touching the ground LOL.
     
  14. 55chieftain
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    Speaking of front tires , I picked up some cheap radials for now so I could use these wheels. I didn't like the sidewall so with some sanding removed all the lettering and smoothed them out.

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    Also another change I made on the engine, Pontiac's like to run a little hotter towards the back of the block and can get air pockets and overheat like I had some issues when I first put it together last year, also i'm not running a heater core to help with any flow out the back. I added in some fittings and routed it to the front water crossover to help equilize the cooling system out.

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  15. mjlangley
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    Great build, your car looks like a blast!
     
  16. loudbang
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  17. Such a cool car!
     
  18. 55chieftain
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    Thanks for the comments, ended up running a best for now 7.50 in the 1/8 which is a 11.70 1/4 mile. I have 1 more race left before i'm done for the year.

    I had a couple renditions done for my car in the photoshop thread i'm considering , thanks to themoose.

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  19. Definitely liking that top color scheme
     
  20. bobwop
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    I prefer the lower color scheme. One color suits a two door post in my opinion
     
  21. cgaswillys
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    Top one looks better. White with a red flake roof would look cool.
     
  22. 55chieftain
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    With the way my body work is I may have to opt for the lighter color. It's not a show car by any means.
     
  23. Love the car in any color! Very cool , and that name would be a great fit. Mikey.
     
  24. carpok
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    Hi Bill just ran across your build. You've done a great job on the car I can really appreciate your sticking to your convictions.
    Everything about the car is just right hope to see you next year. Ron
     
  25. loudbang
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    One more for the bottom choice all red one.
     
  26. Rusty Heaps
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    I vote for the red also. The only criticism I have is that I would have tubbed it instead of cutting quarter panels. I have wanted to go that route on my '55 Chieftain.
     
  27. deto
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  28. 55chieftain
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    Gasser and tubbed rear end don't go together. I'm not building a street rod...probably would look ok though for that

     
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  29. How about red/cream/red?
     
  30. 55chieftain
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    Still undecided, might just leave the roof white and lower candy apple red or whatever. Right now just looking forward to doing some more racing this weekend.
     

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