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Guys , I saw this car and almost fell over backwards. I wasn't able to leave my spot to really look it over but it was unbelievable. This was a 4 speed car but never saw the power plant.
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It seems that Gasser's are on a comeback. car enthusiasts are building gassers rather than stockers and custom rods. I had the idea in 2002 after my accident. I wanted a 41 willys gasser or fix my chevy into one. On my car , it can be all reversed back to stock appearance easily. At the local cruises I hear about others planning to build gassers.
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Great looking Willys Mario! Those are some big meats all around too!
We don't see many gassers around here still. I talk to dozens of guys who stop at shows to say they'd like to make their car a gasser, or make their next car a gasser, but seem hesitant for whatever reason. Some because they don't have the tools and skills, and others I think wonder if their car will be popular 5-10 years from now.
I personally have never cared much if my car appealed to a large audience, as long as I enjoy the heck out of it!
 

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I think the front end work is what stops most "casual Hot Rodders". If I had not found the guy that did my front end I never would have made mine into one. I was never comfortable with that heavy of a modification, considering the safety of it. I might have tried it but I did not want to fail at it. Once you cut off the front frame clip. It's sink or swim. I know I could install one but I didn't want to have to steer at a 15 degree angle while going down the road, LOL. Mark L.
 

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I think the front end work is what stops most "casual Hot Rodders". If I had not found the guy that did my front end I never would have made mine into one. I was never comfortable with that heavy of a modification, considering the safety of it. I might have tried it but I did not want to fail at it. Once you cut off the front frame clip. It's sink or swim. I know I could install one but I didn't want to have to steer at a 15 degree angle while going down the road, LOL. Mark L.
youre right Mark, its a scary step to take. I was told to do the frame first by a friend. Then drop the body on it. But that requires space and a chassis table, not to mention a solid body. LOl Couldn't do that. MG had no rules for me. so I cut and cut and cut. LOl It was a rust bucket anyway.
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I guess I've always been a dare devil, as I've jumped in and just tried it. I have always looked at a lot of other's cars, and asked lots of questions. Even when I didn't have a welder back in the late 60's I still figured a way to do an axle in the front of my '57 Chevy by carefully measuring and making all the mounts at my friend's garage, then bolting them onto the frame. I think if a person takes their time, and really thinks it through, there's not much you can't accomplish in your home garage, if you have a good welder, and some basic tools.
 

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First of all, I don't know if I posted these pictures back in Sept. but I don't think I did. If i did forgive my senior moment.

Back in September we had our Cruise to the Light House Show. Its your typical 55 Belair powder blue two tone white with the continental kit on the back kinda show.
I go anyway cause its a beautiful full day cleansing experience. Its so nice by the beach that even my wife chooses to go there with me for the day. And she doesn't do that often if you know what I mean.

During the show after lunch a young 5 or 6 year old kid comes up to where my wife and i are sitting behind the coupe, and asks to borrow a pen to put my car number on his voting ticket. Well I was certainly pleasantly surprised and gave him a pen to fill out his voting ticket. My wife and I were touched by his love for the car and his father and grandfather were supportive as well. As he said thank you and started to walk away, I asked him , where are you going? He turned around and looked puzzled as to why I would ask that question. Then I said "If you vote for my car you get to sit in it". Well his eyes opened wide and I went to help him get in and he practically leaped into the driver seat.
The excitement was priceless. There was no Belair with a continental kit that would let him ever do that at this show. So we took a couple of pics and I sent them to his email.
That was worth more to me than any trophy imaginable. Not to mention His vote and my wifes vote were the only 2 votes I probably got that day. :0
So here are the pics of the young man having a thrill at a car show and a pic of this old man having his own thrill seeing the love of a gasser make his day.
Just thought I could relate this to you all after seeing the pics in my photo album.
This is the link to the album at the show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FireIslandLH/photos_stream
 

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Thats awesome that you did that for that young man, I let my neighbors grand son sit on my rigid framed stretched out BSA chopper, I thought I was going to need a crow bar to get him off of it, some thing they don't forget is their first of something that they really dig, and the willys is nice but I still have a craving for another big block 66 Impala like the one sitting in the back ground in the picture ( Caprice?)
 

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Guys , I saw this car and almost fell over backwards. I wasn't able to leave my spot to really look it over but it was unbelievable. This was a 4 speed car but never saw the power plant.
mario
Its so perfect and so blue! Those Cragar SS wheels are exactly what I have been wanting for my car.
 
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