If you have never heard of a gasser, these high powered customs
typically lived at the drag strip. These cars were stripped of any
extra weight and raised for optimal weight distribution when
accelerating. In other words, they were created to go fast! This
1949 Chevrolet Custom has the total vintage Gasser look every old
hotrodder will recognize. The body is painted in a flat Black and
has been stripped of all un needed weight like the hood, grill,
bumpers, trim and all the other decorative pieces. The only
decoration this car needs is the hot rod stickers that would have
been sponsors back in the day. It is a 49 body but the car is
actually titled as a 51. The front and rear windshield are standard
glass but the side windows have been replaced with Red which gives
it a very intimidating look if you were to pull up next to it
planning on a race. American Racing wheels are found in back with
Wide White wall slicks and E/T gasser wheels up front for the
ultimate vintage dragster look.
Typically the motor is just what provides power to the car but in a
open gasser like this the engine is just as much an exterior
feature as the paint. The 355 c.i. motor sticks proudly up front
letting everyone know this car was built to drive. It is fitted
with aluminum heads, a tunnel ram, dual 4 barrel Edelbrock
carburetors, chrome pulleys, chrome brackets, a chrome scoop air
cleaner, ceramic coated headers, aluminum radiator and finned valve
covers. Mated up to the motor is a Turbo 350 automatic transmission
with 4000 stall converter which sends power back to the 3.73 gear
Chevy 10 bolt positraction rear end. Just because it has that
gasser look doesn't mean you need to sacrifice all the luxuries so
power disc brakes were added with disk up front. The car also
utilizes a trunk mounted fuel cell and optima battery.
The interior is done in all Black and is fitted with aftermarket
bucket seats. A tall skull topped shifter is routed to the floor
and moves through the gears smoothly. The original speedometer is
mounted to the dash but an aftermarket set of Autometer gauges and
tachometer with shift light was also installed. A tilt steering
column is mounted in front of the driver and is topped with a Pilot
If you don't like people checking out your car then this may not be
the classic for you because wherever it goes it is sure to get
attention. It has an awesome look and represents a class of car a
lot of people aren't familiar with.
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