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GASSER MUST HAVES and cant haves?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DirtyDave, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Looking at building a HAMB friendly gasser from a 39 Hudson coupe. Seems fairly straight forward, ladder bars, correct wheels, high stance, fenderwell headers. But what havent I considered that will taint it?
  2. SuRfAcE_RuSt
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
    Posts: 595


    Don't tub it and don't stick radials on it. PIE CRUST TIRES ALL AROUND
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  3. Big Bad engine and a 4 speed,,colored Plexiglas windows. HRP
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  4. fanspete
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 686


    Pick up an old rule book and scour the net or old mags for pics/coverage....many,many different 'gassers'. OR, build it the way YOU like it!

  5. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Real spindle mount spoked wheels, not the 'new style' 5 bolt wheels. Moon tank that is used, not sticking out like a metal goiter afterthought. Find the right balance between real deal back when gasser and street freak.
  6. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,354


    no weld firestone pie crust... no ebay big carb scoops with 3 holes or 2 crazy sky high stance (there was a 24" max crank height rule) monster your homework on decals and chassis tunnel wheels wider than 4.5 on the front...nothing wider than 11" on rear but only 11's with a 16" ls 302 mustang motors...just a few things off the top of my head....seriously...get the don Montgomery book and look at the pics on gasser madness if its up...
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  7. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    A tubular push bar instead of a back bumper always looks right to me.
  8. I just love the HAMB friendly gassers and would love to build one someday, but I am building the '42 Chevy gasser as me and my buddy wanted to do in the mid 70s out of the early 70s magazines influences we were reading at the time, so not HAMB friendly so I won't do a thread here but, please start a build thread so we can see your progress.
  9. To me, that's the definition of a traditional gasser!
  10. ParkinsonSpeed
    Joined: Oct 11, 2010
    Posts: 429


    I have a Falcon i'm turning one into, But i'm totally building it to be a driver and to enjoy it and yes it will have a 302 and yes it will have front brakes but no front moon tank and nothing sticking out the hood. Just build it to enjoy it and if you want to race it just build it to specs, if you want to drive it... make it look right and drive right and not like a lowrider stuck in a stupid position.
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  11. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    Your Car, Your Money, build it to make you happy. Who cares what others like. If you want to make it represent a certain era do so, if you want a few newer touches go for it.
    My car has been mine now for 47 years while it has lots of early influences the only era it has to be true to is my era.
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  12. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    Absolutely NO WAY on the spindle mounts - gassers had to run front brakes until 1969 when funny cars killed the Gasser classes. Gassers did not run spindle mounts - altereds did. This is the problem when you get people 'learning' from the internet/magazines without reading the rule book of the period. Just like guys who think 'period airbags' and 'period laying frame' are traditional....:rolleyes:
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  13. What's your true intensions with the car ??????

    Street cruiser ?
    Garage Queen ?
    Racing it ?
    Bull Shit story teller ?

    It makes a difference on your intended use.
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  14. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,496

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    First off, you need to pick a date. That alone sets a lot of the rules.

    Next off, you have to build a race car that would have attempted to be competitive the year you've picked.

    A gasser built in 1959 is completely different than once in 1965.

    It's not just a checklist of solid front axles, tinted windows, and mag wheels. It's an intelligent recreation of a period correct racecar.

    I'm a huge fan personally of 1962, primarily because that's when the Mopar Max Wedge hit the racetracks. I love me a big block Chrysler!!!
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  15. bulletproof1
    Joined: Feb 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,080

    from tulsa okla

    make it safe and fun.... id rather have one that's drivable and a little less "correct" then one that's a chore to drive..
  16. SuRfAcE_RuSt
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
    Posts: 595


    Safe + gasser don't mix
  17. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,740

    Marty Strode

    For a 60's era Gasser, things like radiused rear fenderwells, spartan interior (lightweight bucket seats), and no running boards are what I remember. This shot from our local track in '66, shows two examples of that time period.

    Attached Files:

  18. bigjohndsl
    Joined: Mar 2, 2012
    Posts: 24

    from Erwin, TN

    Make it your perception of what it should be and have fun
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,595


    I see a lot of "gassers" so high they can't be driven much over 40MPH safely. STANCE will go a lot farther than all out HEIGHT once it's all said and done. The rest is pretty easy, and just a few 1 and 2 dollar swap meet hot rod mags away.
  20. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    Nobody can answer your question if you don't tell us whether it will be street or strip.
    Two huge differences.
  21. Lots of good answers here, but unless you are building a clone the first thing to taint it will be trying too hard not to taint it. As you build it, if you are running scared, you will never run fast enough or far enough to finish the project. Just my thoughts on the mindset to build a ride!
  22. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,274

    from Oregon

    What a load of crap! I've got over 10,000 street miles, and numerous trips down the strip on my Austin, and it's not only safe, but handles the windy scenic roads easily.

    Build your car the way you want. Don't get so hung up on making it era correct that you go nuts. Don't worry about what others would do on their car, or think you should do.
    Building a gasser should be fun, just like building any car. They're also fun to drive if you got everything set up right. I enjoy both of mine, and have a lot of fun with them.
  23. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    'Pie crusts' all around??!:eek: Huh??
    More like 'pie-crust' slicks on the
    back and "normal sidewall" 155
    or 165 X 15 bias-ply - (or Michelin,
    Continental or Pirelli radials, if you
    can find 'em) skinnies on the front
    By the way some of the VW custom
    and resto outfits on the net offer
    authentic '50's and '60's-style
    Continental and Pirelli radals in 145
    and 155 X15 sizes.

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  24. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Not suggesting that you necessarily
    want to do this is this, particularly
    if you're going to drive the car on
    the street at all.....but one reason
    that, 'back in day" a lot of gassers
    ran those homemade tubular
    "push bars" in place of a stock rear
    bumpers, was that prior welding
    the ends on the tube, they could -
    and usually did - fill the tube with
    concrete or lead shot ballast, in
    order to make their required class
    weight. And since this ballast was
    all behind the rear axle, at the very
    extreme rear of the car, it was a
    great traction aid -which in fact, was
    the real and main reason for using
    "push bars". :)

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  25. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,878


    Research what era you want then build to what u can do. If it is not period perfect so what as long as u enjoy it.
  26. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,496

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    You should find a book called "Gasser Wars: Drag Racing's Street Classes: 1955-1968" by Larry Davis.

    It's a good book, lots of period pictures, and explains the whole evolution of gassers.

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  27. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,443

    seb fontana
    from ct

    ""Build your car the way you want. Don't get so hung up on making it era correct that you go nuts. Don't worry about what others would do on their car, or think you should do.
    Building a gasser should be fun, just like building any car. They're also fun to drive if you got everything set up right. I enjoy both of mine, and have a lot of fun with them.""

    What the OP is asking is how to build his car for the drull factor, wants to get on the band wagon first shot and/or has no clue; I say the latter..As in above quote there is no sense in building something that is miserable to drive or not pleasing to the builders own eyes..A local built a Stone, Woods and Cook clone, Willys body and the right decals and not much else, not even a strait axle..AND got a cease and desist for using a copyrighted name..He changed it to something stupid which makes it a joke, twice over......
  28. oldschoolgasser55
    Joined: Aug 22, 2010
    Posts: 66


    wow I didn't know I had a category (bull shit story teller ):cool: works for me !!!!

    To me, those are the dumbest looking things ever conceived. I see guys try to build their own interpretation of a "period" Gasser and install those stupid tires. Wide whites belong on a tradiional rod or a custom, NOT on any drag car.

    Our family ran a '55 Chevy D/Gas car back in the '60s, and I don't remember ever seeing any competitive car running whitewall slicks.

    I also laugh when I see the "new" Gassers that are jacked up 3ft in the air in the front and back. There were specific rules about height for the Gas class. Guys would put their cars to the height limit in the front, but never in the rear. Even back then, the racers knew about weight transfer, and a car jacked up all the way around is a non-hookin', spooky-handling race car.

    The majority of the cars I see being built today are not Gassers, but more like a Street Freak. The Street Freak style came around in the late '60s and was more for shock value than strip prowess.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013
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  30. CalGasser
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 793


    ABSOLUTELY!!! That makes a Gasser look like a wannabe - so wrong!:mad:
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