The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by AHotRod, Feb 9, 2004.
Hi, I 'm glad you are still here , as the author of this thread. I'd like to ask you a few questions.
Your title kind of leaves the door open fairly wide, as to what you were expecting to see.
So now, about 14 years down the road, are you okay with what is now a significant part of the gasser "fad" ?
By that I mean the exxagerated , cartoon like cars with excessively jacked up front ends, incorrect and inaccurate class designation lettering, modern supposedly retro wheels, that weren't even being made yet when you started this thread, billet components, induction systems that are not at all retro or traditional? In other words , Facebook "gassers".
Or were you expecting to see cars what one might have seen in 1965, which most know, is the cut off point for this site?
Just curious. No right or wrong answers, and no apologies needed..At least not for me.
To answer your question, '60's style/period-ish Gasser cars. It is best that we stick to this as not doing so would shut down the thread, and I would hate to see that happen after 14 years.
Let's leave the "I installed a tube axle under anything and I call it a gasser" to the facebook universe.
Thank you for your question,
Yes, I'm on Facebook too !
Mark, you didn't ask me but I'll stick my nose in for a minute. If a thread title has the
word "style" I think it's safe to presume all sorts of cars are going to be posted, period
accurate or not. You may not like it but you know what to expect. Railing against the
inaccurate is going to get you nowhere, guys are not going to delete their posts and pics.
Things got so ridiculous over at "Tri-Five Gassers" that I went through and pulled the
majority of photos I posted, all photos that I had taken. It's fun to both post and view
these cars, until the complaints outnumber the pics. Mitch
Here’s a few. Still in progress. Gonna get there though.
The page number here is #64...that's fitting because the picture from this post is somewhere around 1964.
Back then as you can see by the photo, I was just in my early 20's...going to college and no real good paying job.
I drove this car as a stocker for more than 2 years before we made it into a race car. Let me point out a couple things.!
No fiberglass parts (we couldn't afford them)...no fancy paint, and no permanent lettering...(couldn't afford that either). And no Mag wheels (same reason as before, even though they were cheaper than now!) We did have some money in the engine/trans/induction...but all we could afford for tires were Atlas Bucrons, and red primer for paint.
Most of the gassers I saw at the strip looked more like this...not the fancy ones of today. You had to have a good sponsor for that. Sure wish I had kept this car!!! It has only changed hands 4 time since it was sold in 1969, and is now a street rod. g-willys P.S. Whether they were built back then or NOW...I love 'em all
Way, way cool!
What I would give for a set of Atlas Bucrons....
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It may seem like Mark has become a one man crusader on this subject, not entirely the case, myself and others within the group have tired of the nonchalant attitudes of some who "don't get it", if I was to even attempt to enlighten some as Mark has I'm sure they still wouldnt get it. Problem is; by not saying something only makes the rest of us "enablers".
Something that I don't think people understand is that anyone new to the HAMB (or any site for that matter) especially those that weren't part of the scene will see things posted on the internet and just think that was how it was, then that is their standard to go by.
This is precisely why we see so much of the kinds of cars Mark describes, they almost look cartoonish.
I myself call it as I see it, an "abomination".
Yes.. I already knew what the title said..Hence my question..and now we have a reply.
Asked and answered..
Thank You for telling your story and sharing the pictures. This is exactly how I remember Gas Class cars (as well as other class cars and Hot Rods), the real deal was low-buck, parts were robbed off what ever could be found to meet the need. These were the real salt-of-the-earth guys cars, not the magazine stuff.
Love your old Willys!
Here is a example of a real, low-buck, everyday guys Gasser.
Nothing but what it has to have to make it go, mostly parts from donor cars and trucks, steel wheels, etc.
This is the way it really was done.
Got a real deal gasser here.....Been a racecar since the 60's
This is my current coupe...been on the road for over 20 years...the picture is the only time it has ever been down the quatermile (Thompson about 2002) I don't know what I was thinking...still had many hundred miles to get back home. Made it though. My drag racing days were fun...learned alot, broke a few parts...rarely won our heat, but Oh Well...it really was fun. g-willys
I've got a steel 38/41 Willys coupe Gasser, built it in195, still driving it,
Mick Coyne...Northern Ca.
I Love this one too !
My son's garage find 56 Chevy, had been sitting for over 30 years.
This is what I built C
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Nice gasser...... And I love the flag to.....
the 56 chevy is mine
I think I may have found a vintage photo of your Austin on Facebook. Unfortunately no other information was given about the photo.
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