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Gasser... Yes / No ( 55 Chevy Hardtop )

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chopperman, May 24, 2008.

  1. unklgriz
    Joined: Sep 12, 2005
    Posts: 284



    I really like this, but this just isn't a "gasser" in my opinion. This is one of the "street beasts" of the early '70's. If you look at all of the gassers, there wasn't too many that sat that damn high in the air. Correct me if I am wrong on this anyone.

    As to your question tho, I'd go mild custom or make a tow car for a gasser. Just my .02

  2. Greezy
    Joined: May 11, 2002
    Posts: 1,436


    Those Street Freaks of the 70's look just as ridiculous as the over slammed,over chopped cars of today. Looks like you already have a nice street fighter already. Id leave it alone.
  3. Chopperman
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,213


    Well you guys pushed me off the fence and I am leaving as is ( well kind of )

    I'm going to run the detroit diesel blower

    - change wheels
    - add fender wells and a stick

    NO front axle

    I like the seats:eek:

    EDIT: rear bumper is painted silver because it's glass.
  4. buckeye_01
    Joined: Jun 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,441


    NO! Buy a post car and gasserize it, but change the seats in your sport coupe and and drive the piss outta it!!!!!!!
  5. just lower it a bit.

    go the kustom route, do some kustom touches.
  6. Rick Sis
    Joined: Nov 2, 2007
    Posts: 710

    Rick Sis
    from Tulsa OK

    That's a nice HT. If this car was a well done resto/(very)mild period custom, you could sell it and have enough dough to build two sedan gassers. If you go gasser with it, it won't be worth any more than another comparable sedan gasser.
  7. HasonJinkle
    Joined: Mar 29, 2007
    Posts: 154


    Glad you're going to resist temptation to jump on the straight axle bandwagon. While I really dig the gasser look especially on tri-5s, your ride looks too good as it is. It'd be a shame to see you hack into it like that. I've got a '57 210 Post sitting in the shop that, so far, I've resisted the temptation to straight axle. I'll hold out if you do!
    I'm with you on the seats- hell with stock bench seats or some made up 'vintage look' stuff- if the seats are comfortable (and since they're already in) then leave 'em be.
    Since you've already got the rat in it and plan on slapping a blower on that, you might ought to think about four linking the rear, if it's not already done. Let's see you get that fat ass down in the elevens! Oh yeah- that'll mean a cage, too...
  8. Fat Hack
    Joined: Nov 30, 2002
    Posts: 7,709

    Fat Hack
    from Detroit

    It's a pretty cool Street Machine as it is! I like the idea of adding the blower and the 4-speed, while NOT making a "gasser" out of it! Keep it a bad-ass, big-block Street Machine and drive the hell out of it!!

    The whole "gasser" thing is WAY over-done'd be more original anymore to NOT go the "gasser" route!! :D:cool:
  9. zapp69
    Joined: Sep 30, 2007
    Posts: 342


    that link is freakin wicked.

    I cant look though, if I bring home a Gasser as well I think Id be shot.

    HT Gassers are a bit different but plenty of them in the Gasser books Ive read.

    My advice;
    if its what you want, Do it!
  10. The Shocker
    Joined: Dec 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,538

    The Shocker

    I say build it the way you want .Its your money and your car .I love Gasser 55's as well but they look good lowered to in my opinion.Just dont build it as a restorod and wear a satin jacket with a pic of the car imbrodered on the back ,with velcro shoes while driving it and you got my vote .Oh yeah go ahead and add the 4 spd. ,you wont regret it...
  11. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,049


    Go gasser..........I heard if you do the ten millionth '55 Chevy gasser build, you get a special prize and ya gotta be close in line !! :rolleyes:
  12. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,555

    from Garner, NC

    very cool... exactly what I wanted to hear... I think it'll make it a much more enjoyable car. In my opinion gassers ride and drive like ass...
  13. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,865

    from DFW USA

    Put it 4" off the ground, put '57 Chevy rear wheel openings in it, roll pans with nerf bars, 2 1/4" whites with '57 Dodge hubcaps, '61 Chrysler tail lenses.

  14. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    Save a semi beat sedan from the crusher. Keep the hardtop a cruiser.
  15. tinyt869
    Joined: May 6, 2008
    Posts: 119


    leave it way it is but id do the inteior back to stock
  16. 2 door post.....gasser
    2 door hardtop.....custom
  17. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Just about exactly what I was thinking. Besides as kool as gassers are (very kool if genuine built and raced back in the day), they are the height of fashion. In it's self a good reason not to go there.
  18. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    My vote-

    Fenderwell headers and 60s wheels, yes. Rest of it, no.

    I'm a hot rodder first, and a traditionalist second. I'd figure out why that big rat only runs 13.20s naturally aspirated because with the blower you're on track to have a car that looks 10 sec but is only 12 sec. Even though it'd be a very cool car, that aspect of it would be very not cool.

    Good luck
  19. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


  20. The Shocker
    Joined: Dec 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,538

    The Shocker

    I agree with the E.T. thing .My little 302 in my Falcon runs 13.5 with a manual 4 spd. and 3.55 gears .That 454 in that car with 4.11's and an auto should be running atleast in the 12's if not 11's ...
  21. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,188

    Staff Member

    I'd go the custom route...
  22. tinyt869
    Joined: May 6, 2008
    Posts: 119


    id leave it just the way it is
    but return the dash back to stock and get rid of those seats
  23. Linetech
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 53


    I say go with a stock front seat and a 4speed.I wouldn't cut up something that nice
  24. VonCi$co
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 35


    Id say go mild custom! If I see one more 55 gasser Im gona punch someone! Totally played out!
  25. BeatUpFleetline
    Joined: Nov 7, 2007
    Posts: 161


    Them tri-fives look great up in the air. Been debating on wether i should raise my 49 fleetline or slam it to the ground... decisions decisions...
  26. mattblack52
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 91

    from Ohio

    Too nice to make it a gasser, I think. Change the interior back to stock, drop it a little and roll.
  27. ...sell it and buy a clapped out tudor sedan to build a gasser.
  28. Chopperman
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,213


    Not a gasser but this is sitting in my garage now

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  29. vince-305
    Joined: Mar 11, 2008
    Posts: 51

    from london uk

    I dont think there is anything you can do to be different without goinig extreme these dayz retro/gasser/resto or custom the list goes on
    at the end of the day youll be the one thats driving it and you dont want to build a car that everyone else likes and not enjoy the finished article yourself
    build it, use it, abuse it but above all enjoy it

    (everyone liked my car low what do they know :rolleyes: )

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