1952 Chevrolet Custom Gasser
Back before Pro Stock was a thing the king of the dragstrip was the vintage Gasser. These vehicles were born out of the drag racing culture in the late 50's and were among the fastest somewhat stock appearing vehicles of the day. These cars featured modified motors, tall front ends and significant weight reduction in order to create the ultimate racer. There are many features that have become associated with these Gassers and they are still a staple at any .....
nostalgia drag race you attend. This gorgeous 52 Chevrolet has been professionally built from top to bottom to pay homage to the vintage Gasser while also being a top level show car. It is extremely unique and whether you are a dragstrip regularly or someone discovering Gassers for the first time it does a good job of representing a very important part of custom car history. The car has had a ton of love, time, and of course dollars invested into it to transform it into the car you see today. With all of the highly detailed work there is no doubt that we will have missed some notable features.
Starting with the body the car is in excellent condition. It is entirely rust free throughout and is the quality you would expect from a high level show competitor. It is coated in a custom mix PPG Candy Apple Red that has had 5 coats applied over top of an Argent Silver color. It was then finished off with 6 coats of PPG clear for a slick glossy finish that shines like a mirror. During the full frame off build the entire underbody and all metal surfaces was sprayed with Lizard Skin both for long term protection and for the Heat/Sound deadening. The front end has all been welded together and reinforced with steel to be strong while providing the full tilt front look. It has custom fender alignment pins and an electric actuator to open it up. The deck lid also has a custom actuator and has been shaved. All of the stainless/chrome work has a beautiful finish and in the Gasser style the front bumper has been removed. All of the glass throughout has been replaced except for the rear window which is original. In an effort to tribute the original Gassers while having the strength of glass the windows are all tinted in a Red hue like what a lot of people did with plexi windows for the dragstrip. The wheels provide the total 50's racer look with Rocket 12 spokes up front and Rocket 5 spokes in the back. Both wear Firestone tires and in the rear it has wid white Dragster Bottle Cap Cheater slicks which are a perfect touch of nostalgia.
As if you couldn't tell already, one peak at the undercarriage will make it very clear how nice the quality of this build is. It is very worthy of having mirrors underneath showing it off. That being said, in addition to looking good the car was built right. The undercarriage is the original perimeter but utilizes 2x3 reinforced additions and was extended to accommodate a straight axle. This front axle came from Speedway and utilizes all new Carrera chrome shocks and a chrome axle. The rear end is a Fort 9 inch from John's Industries and has a new housing, nodular iron center with 3:50 Richmond gears on Detroit Locker billet aluminum pinion carrier, Moser 35 spline axles and Ford drum brakes. The brakes up front are Wilwood discs but have custom SoCal Buick brake covers. Other components underneath this beauty include Chrome QA1 coil over rear shocks, with lateral locating leaf springs, custom built ladder bars, all stainless steel brake lines, powder coated springs, and a Speedway vertical drop steering system to get the proper U-joint geometry.
Paired with the motor is a TH400 automatic transmission with 3500 custom stall converter, billet input and output shafts, and red line clutch rated at 1500HP. So while the car lives it's life as a show car currently, should you decide the track is where you want it, the car was set up to handle it. It was also custom built with a reverse valve body and trans brake. The electrical is all cleanly done with an American AutoWire HWY 22 kit with Watson street works billet switches/buttons throughout.
The interior is very well done with White leather throughout. The bucket seats with 5 point harnesses sit to each side of a nicely painted to match custom center console. The dash is nicely painted and features some of the original trim along with NUVO gauges and a Sun Tack. The roll bar is painted to match the body as well and is all custom built to be inset into the dash for a very well thought out construction.
As we mentioned before. There is no doubt in our minds that we have missed some information somewhere on this car. It is well documented and an extremely high end build. It is easily one of the nicest Gasser tribute cars out there!
This one of a kind custom could be yours for $103,500.00!