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History Searching for '57 Chevy Gasser later turned C/Altered Commanchero

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 1933_willys_77, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. O.K. Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (and beyond) trying to locate this 1957 Chevy Gasser later turned C/Altered. Car was from Aurora, Illinois and ran at Oswego, Rockford / Byron, U.S. 30 Gary, and The Grove. Called Commanchero (yes I know the correct spelling only uses one "m") and as you can see in the pic's it has a couple unique features. Most noticeable is the way the quarters are cut for the slicks with a square shape, and also it has a Black Vinyl Top which is pretty rare on a race car. Car was run by Wagoner & Patton. These pic's are from 1967ish and show how it looked last before being "lost". In earlier years it raced without the Gold Fogging and lettering, all green and possibly brown primer before the green. In the time frame of these pic's it ran a big block. Hilborn Injected L-88 427 set back. I would also love to locate one of the jackets. So if you have any info, stories, pic's or leads please post them up. THANKS
    1 C 5.jpg
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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018
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  2. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    Very nice looking car, but it was probably an Altered. Too much engine setback, and rear wheel too forward to be a legal gasser.

    --- Steve ---
  3. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    x2, thats an altered, not a gasser.
  4. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    Don't see any class letters on it. C/A is my guess.

  5. Mark C.
    Joined: Jul 8, 2014
    Posts: 11

    Mark C.

    Can't say I agree on the wheelbase being stock. Look at the relation of the center of the wheel to the rear quarter window. Not a 100% exact comparison due to angle of the pic and wheel offset, but it looks like there is a fair difference to me.

    Altered wheelbase 57.jpg

    Good luck on your quest - I hope you find it!
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  6. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    I side with Marky Mark on the rear wheel placement.
  7. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Good luck is just what this guys gonna need...o_O
  8. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,982


    It is a way-cool-race-car for certain, I don't remember seeing it at any of the tracks we raced at, but I hope you find someone that knows.
  9. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,118

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Neat car, hope it survived. We have to remember, many old race cars got parted out because (totaled or not) the drivetrain ended up in another project. There would be no hiding that body/chassis though if it sits in a garage; square wheel wells, altered wheelbase, front axle, no door vent windows (plexi side glass?),etc.
    The wheelbase is definately altered. The leading edge of the slicks are at least up to where the upper quarter trim meets the lower trim if not the quarter window dip.
    Interesting to note the car is spelled "Commanchero", while the jackets are spelled "Comachero"(one 'm' and no 'n').
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  10. Steve A
    Joined: Dec 6, 2011
    Posts: 3

    Steve A
    from Illinois

    Old topic, do you have this photo ?

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  11. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,711

    seb fontana
    from ct

    A little over a year and an up date!! Hamb is good..Thanks Steve..
  12. Just found this pic on the tri five gasser thread so I thought I'd bump this Z 503.jpg
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