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Midwest gasser guys, need info on this old willys gasser from Iowa!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 37willysgasser, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. lowtruck
    Joined: Aug 26, 2009
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    Cool car.

    Scribner was my home track in high school, but that was in the 90's. Cool place, just a dragstrip in the middle of a cornfield.

    They may also have run at the Marion, South Dakota track, which is still in operation. http://www.mcir.com/

    Don't know if that's helpful at all, but it may be worth a shot.
     
  2. 37willysgasser
    Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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    I got some great info on the car, thanks to everyone one the hamb, ive been able to track the car down to the 60s gasser wars.
    I am waiting on pictures, i should have in a few days, and will post them when i get them.
     
  3. That is awesome you gathered that much information in a short time. Shows just how many poeple are here on the H.A.M.B.
     
  4. 1955gassser
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
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    Raced at Cordova Drag strip near mississippi river north of Moline Ill in early 70s, Light blue-silver Willys sat in leanto building at farm on side of road on way to track for years. Everyone knew farmer would not sell. Rumored to be run at Cordova late 60s. Heard it came from Cali in early 60s Hope it helps
     
  5. Falfasnightmare
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    Hope you bring it running or not in July!!!
     
  6. Ok - cant wait for the history updates and any old pics
     
  7. 37willysgasser
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    Update: In the last month I have contacted countless people: old dragracers , historians, photographers, and more.
    have had good leads and bad ones but everyone has been helpful!
    This car has been raced since the 60's but finding old pictures from that era are hard so that is a work still in progress.

    As of sunday Ms. Hennings is mailing out some old pics when they had it at the race track.
    also been working on contacting previous owners of the car, got ahold of a few, still waiting on more to get back to me.

    as for parts for the car i got a hold of 427 four bolt & turbo 400, moon gas tank, found the steel front end off the car, still need to work a deal on that.
    heres a couple recent pics till i get some old ones.
    I will keep everyone updated!
    thanks again for all the help!
     

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  8. 37willysgasser
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    just got home from work to see an envelope from the mailman, from Mrs. Vicki Hennings.
    here are two pics she sent, she said more are on the way.
     

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  9. 37willysgasser
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    heres a couple more i just got today!
     

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  10. Hey that car looks familiar. Maybe now she'll make it back to the track. Those old photos look cool. Glad you got them.
    Dan
     
  11. 37willysgasser
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    heres a few updated pics with smallblock, till we get the 427 done.
     

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  12. violet springs
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  13. cakes
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    Looks great man, I am jealous of the info you were able to find. I cant seem to find any info on my 54.
     
  14. willysgasser40
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    from Illinois

    Your Willys is lookin good !!!!!
     
  15. 1971BB427
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    From the pics of the Chevelle, it looks like the PO liked metallic blue! ;)
     
  16. 37willysgasser
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    update: got the old ansens and slicks mounted
    rebuilt front suspension
    tunnel ram on small block
    headers should be here this week.
     

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  17. 37willysgasser
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    been a while since i updated this resto,so heres so more pics, got new sanderson headers, cal auto front clip, hope to have it ready for the 2012 gasser reunion beaver springs pa.
     

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  18. Hot Rod Willys
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    Looks great, keep up the good work and dont make it to fancy, looks killer just like it is!
     
  19. AA/Fuel34fordpu
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    How cool man your Willys is BITCHEN most people dont like 4 doors but I just dig them!!!!!
     
  20. haychrishay
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    This is the cool thing about this message board, it's like being in the neighborhood and watching everbody's project. That being said the Gasser is cooll !!!
     
  21. 37willysgasser
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    ya dave we are gonna keep it like it was as much as possible with few minor updates, heres a few more pics with the new hood i picked up from a fellow hamber of an old so cal gasser.
     

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  22. A100
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    Your car is looking real sharp.

    Here is another four dr Willys being raced at Des Moines in 67.
    I didn't know there was another 4 dr style.

    [​IMG]
     
  23. 37willysgasser
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    2012 update, I recently acquired an olds posi 5:13 center section from a fellow hamber that should be here soon, we are currently installing the the new rollcage and mounting it in the same mounts the old cage was , i am trying to keep this car as much like it was when it was last raced in the late 1970's heres a couple pics.
     

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  24. modelkitbasher
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    there wasnt man the 1941 went to what we like to call the big body styled 4 door.
     
  25. dragsled
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    Hi Vince I had a buddy in Omaha that might have owned that car in the 70's Rick Naprovnick if it is the same one I have 8 MM flim from marion SD give me a call or email me Tim Jones
     
  26. 37willysgasser
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    Tim any info on this car would be great, if anyone else knows about the car Tim has mentioned feel free to contact me. again thanks to everyone who has helped with this restoration, We are shooting for Beaver Springs 2012 to debut the car.
     
  27. Mullins
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    That is great to see the history come back to the car. Love reading and seeing the vintage pictures of your car. Keep up the great work. It's looks great!!!!
     
  28. MCINK
    Joined: May 26, 2007
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    The car Rick Napravnik raced is still owned by him. He raced the car in the Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week last year, and the car was featured in Hot Rod magazine.
     
  29. fitzee
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    Man I love reading these posts..Isnt the hamb history class great?? Oh I love the car too..
     
  30. chubbie
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    I have a picture of a four door, taken at marion S.D. in about 1971. it was a darker blue. i think the driver used the back doors
     

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