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Found a 1948 Chevrolet Gasser looking for opinions.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kustchops, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Hey all I picked up a 1948 Chevrolet coupe old Gasser, I would call it a field find cause that is where it sat since 1970. It has a posi, straight axle, original black paint used to have a small block and four speed. I wont have pics for a week or so too tight where it is stored. I really want to do a custom and its got a nice body a little cheesy on the trunk lid edge other wise pretty nice, chrome window frames and stuff. Should I leave it a gasser it was built and run on the streets in 62, I know the history it was never a full time track terror but a memorable car in its day. Or do I chop it and knock it to its knee's and tail dragg it. Anyone have a good pic of a 46/48 Chevrolet gasser? I don't need opinions anymore, It will stay a gasser.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  2. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,965

    from Oregon

    Leave it a gasser, but I'm biased. :)
  3. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    Here's Larry Fators Delivery. It's been like this since back in the 60's. Personally, I would leave it with the gasser look, and find another coupe to start with if that isn't the style you want. I would bet there are LOTS of guys who would swap you a non-gasser coupe if that was your preference.

  4. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,707


    Agreed gasser use a stocker for a custom!

  5. 32 hudson
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 764

    32 hudson

    Gasser style street machine !!
  6. waterhorse
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 138


    One word, GASSER

  7. Whatever you do DO NOT make it all show and no go, even if you decide custom is the route you want to take with it. Too damned many cars on here where paint and polish is the emphasis. Even a custom should get with it when necessary.

    That is not to say neglect the finish, just don't forget the go part of the equation.
  8. Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser! Gasser!

    And let's see some pics!

  9. Never thought of that, I should just swap for another coupe. It doesn't have the nose a mile high or the wheel wells cut out, but definitely looks like a street racer. At least all the paint is original black, though I hate patina I would leave it that way. I guess I might put a rumpity engine in it and run it down the street once and trade it for what I really want. I will update this post next week when its home, luckily its only a short trip from my house.
  10. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,091

    from Hawaii

    Ditto! Maybe you can find someone around town who has pics of this car from back in the day. Seems like a shame to strip away all that gives the car its character.
  11. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

    I guess I'll be the devil's advocate and say custom :D
  12. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,091

    from Hawaii

    Hey Kustchops, when you get to the car take a picture from the side and I'll photoshop it for you if you want.
  13. Cant wait to get it home and clean it out, car has all chrome garnish moldings pitted of course, small block Hurst mounted, 57 Chev cast bell housing, it was a swank car in its day black button seats and doors panels, white and black piping headliner, filled hood, 55 Chev pedal assy. Updates when its in the driveway getting scrubbed.

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  14. 1954OldsHoliday
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 4


    If you like the way it looks now, run it. If you don't, modify it (and hi to a fellow Portlander)'s a nice find either way. Good luck.
  15. LeftCoastErik
    Joined: Apr 23, 2010
    Posts: 907


    Cool find for sure! I would do it up the way it was when it was fresh. Seems like a lot is there, and you have some history. I think its way cooler as a gasser, trade it out if you end up disliking it
  16. I like toast with my eggs.
  17. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    while I like these cars as Bombs, I would say leave yours as it is. It's already a veteran gasser from the the 70s.
  18. Jon SSS
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 425

    Jon SSS

    This is some inspiration for my '50 Chebby Gasser build. Is that motor set back a little. I like the motor mounts with the rubber grommets, slick. Good on 'ya.
  19. Yep use a 57 ish truck bell housing with the side mounts and the 55 57 pedals and linkage from the looks of it. Makes for a good old school setup two front mounts and two rear, fairly stout.
  20. mtrhead
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 253


    Gasser for sure!!! Sounds way to cool to change... Can't wait to see some pictures..
  21. 66Coronet440
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 367


    That thing looks sick, I would definitely leave it as a gasser. You can't put a price tag on history.
  22. biscaynes
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,649


    yep, gasser and more pictures! :)
  23. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

  24. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

    Pm me when you start your build! I want to watch.
  25. mt94ss
    Joined: Jul 25, 2010
    Posts: 310


    GASSER!!!! Can't wait to see the build.
  26. Croaker
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 15

    from Kansas Ks

    leave it gasser ! iwould find pictures from the day and fix it up just like that!
  27. wheels777
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 177

    from York, PA

  28. Chevy55
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 409

    from Nebraska

    Gasser, Save the history of the car.
  29. Finally got it home, last registered in 1970. The car is better than I thought, rusty rear body and a few weak spots on the floor. I cant wait to bread out the comet and knock the fuzz off of it.

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  30. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,462


    "bread out the comet"...??? For those of us that aren't up on the latest vernacular, please explain this...


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