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My Gasser Style Build Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kelzweld, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    I like looking at build threads so thought I'd share mine. This actually started a couple of years ago, and progress had been slow, but it's time has come.
    A little background....I owned this pickup about a dozen years ago, sold it, saw it for sale at a show/swapmeet about four years ago and bought it back. It was a bit of a sentimental/impulse buy but before I knew it this ugly duckling was back in my shed. At the time I was playing with another car, so this one waited it's turn. That gave plenty of time to think about build styles, and when a freind suggested a gasser style build, I was sold on it. I've always liked blowers and bigs and littles so it didn't take much selling :D. The pickup is a 1936 Chev, but built on a car platform. I don't know for sure how it started life, but have it's rego history from brand new in '36 in New Zealand and it's regoed as a two seater commercial vehicle. It also has unusual doors, with a beltine that ends in a spear, and no 1/4 windows. Anyway, follow along if you want.....and for any gasser haters, there are plenty of other threads for you to read on this wonderful website.
    The start...
     

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  2. Cant wait to see more....
     
  3. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    This was a driver, but eventually I put an end to that...
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    A little more dismantling, some parts collecting, and a good deal on some wheels and i was starting to mock things up...
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  4. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    The idea is to have a street legal vehicle, that sees a little strip time. It was never going to have all old parts, but I'm trying to keep an old time feeling and look without being too pedantic. It has to comply with our traffic regulations though, so disc brakes need to go on. I considered a Ford axle, and a fabricated straight axle, but decided I liked the idea of it's original axle. With a little milling and reaming of the kingpin bosses, EH Holden stub axles fit and they have the same wheel bearings as an HQ so that was a fairly easy disc adaption. A walk around Pik'a'Part and we had some callipers off a vehicle which shall remain nameless, and it was time for making mounts.

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    That was vesion 1 which I decided I didn't like. Version 2 would pickup on all four factory holes in the stub axles and look much stronger...
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  5. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    The engine bay was looking empty, so a dummy SBC and glide were mocked up...
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    I've got a blower I want to run on it, so sat that on to check height...
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  6. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
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    Royalshifter
    Moderator
    from California

    Oh yeah I am liking that.
     
  7. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    Got that sitting where I was happy, so started making things more permanent. Heres an engine mount...
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    And some pix of my K member...
     

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  8. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    Me too haha. Photobucket has stopped responding to me, so I'll go build some pickup, and share some more later.
     
  9. Alfster
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    Alfster
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    Subscribed...... [​IMG]
     
  10. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    Back to the K member. It was built around two big mufflers and ladder bar mounting location. Heres what i came up with...
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  11. CraigR
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
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    CraigR
    Member
    from California

    Lookin' damn good so far mate! Is that an old 'Colonial Cab' maybe?
     
  12. Rodders
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
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    Rodders
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  13. zacattack
    Joined: Feb 29, 2012
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    zacattack
    Member

    awesome build so far. Can't beat gassers
     
  14. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    Yep, we think so.
     
  15. CraigR
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
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    CraigR
    Member
    from California

    Her new life's going to be a tad more exiting than life on the farm! Looks like it's time to update the graffiti on the shed wall too...
     
  16. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    Next was the rear end. An old 9" was narrowed and fitted with a new pair of Strange 31 spline axles. On a bit of a budget, and on the wrong side of the world to be building American cars, I was looking for a budget brake option. Also having picked up a bargain with the wheels, which are 5 on 4 & 3/4 PCD, standard Ford stuff wasn't going to work. In the end, I went with Falcon backing plates and internal hardware, and a new pair of HQ Holden drums. These are made to work together, with only a ring needing to be turned up which locates in the end of the axle and also the centre hole of the brake drum and holds it true. Too easy.....
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  17. kelzweld
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    kelzweld

    Next I had to hang that diff. It was always going to be on ladder bars, and I considered making some, but by the time I got quality rod ends and adjusters, some off the shelf ones looked pretty cost effective. I went with a pair of 36" Alston Chassis Works ones, and one of the things that drew me to this brand is they come with a 1" shank on the front rod end. Here I feel, big is good. After a long slow journey via sea, I had them. Screw all the bits in and lets start mocking things up.....
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    Time to cut out a few brackets and tack them in...
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  18. DYNODANNY
    Joined: Aug 9, 2006
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    DYNODANNY
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    Looks like its going to be a nasty pickup. Good work.
     
  19. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    Thanks, and I hope so :D. I like this pik so I'll leave you with it till the next update...
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  20. Jen......
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
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    Jen......
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    it will be a fun ride
     
  21. Damn Kel, you've done a bunch since I last saw it.
    FWIW: Kelzweld is a bloody fine fabricator, as you can see.
     
  22. 41GASSER
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
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    41GASSER
    Member

    Looks good, keep it up. Gassers never seem to loose their appeal. Neat truck.

    Dave
     
  23. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
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    kelzweld

    Got the rest of the rear suspension fabbed and tacked in today. With the springs removed, I put it through it full range of travel and there's no binding anywhere so I'm happy. I'll be even happier if it hooks hard. Hope you like pix...
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  24. Fatbrosracing
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
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    Fatbrosracing
    Member
    from Australia

    Love your work, maybe I should do a similar thread?
     

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  25. mrconcdid
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
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    mrconcdid
    Member
    from Florida

    I have never seen a watts link mounted to the top of the axle.
    very intresting.

    Godspeed
    MrC.

    I love the gassers to.
     
  26. rustang
    Joined: Sep 10, 2009
    Posts: 710

    rustang
    Member

    Very cool build... love to see it when you are done..
    Tom
     
  27. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    Thanks. I'd like to see your build in a thread. Always good to see how other people do things, and I like the look of your pickup.
     
  28. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    I got the idea from somewhere on the net. In my situation, there's no room to mount one off the rear of my diff, but it sits on top nicely. With no springs fitted, and a jack under the diff, I've put it through it's full range of suspension travel and it seems to work well.
     
  29. kelzweld
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 295

    kelzweld

    Thanks Marty. Watching you put your A together (which looks bloody good) has been inspirational. I find build threads really good for that.
     
  30. Sparkswillfly
    Joined: Oct 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,059

    Sparkswillfly
    Member
    from Colorado

    Look-out......another BAD ASS GASSER BUILD! Can't wait to see more........
     

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