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New Gasser Build `33 Willys Coupe

100_1146.jpg 100_1145.jpg I`m starting a new gasser to drag race ,to replace my Falcon gasser . it sold on ebay and went to New York. 10 weeks ago I ordered a new race weight `33 Willys coupe from Scottrods. I got last week . In the process of of building a chassis jig ,so we can get started on it. I bought a cage & chassis kit from Chassisworks as a starting point ,then we`ll fit it a straight axle car. I`ll get some pictures posted when I get home later,stuck at work right now. I`ve been watching all the other builds and there is some really talented guys on here for a bunch of old hot rodders. later Bill
 

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Haven't personally seen one of Scottsrods glass bodies, but have heard good things about them. The '33 is certainly one of my favorite gasser bodies! Looking forward to seeing the build!
 

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Sorry guys, No blown Hemi, I`m using the Hilborn injected 351C from my old car. We`re jumping up the compression to 14.5 to 1 and dropping the gear ratio down some. We figure it will be about 1750 to 1800 lbs finish weight without me.
 

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100_1147.jpg 100_1148.jpg Here`s latest update. we got the chassis jig table built yesterday ,then got a small start on the chassis itself. The table took a good bit of the day to get built and leveled. Still need some more movable cross braces ,but it`s getting there.
 

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Lookin good, the 33' Willys is very cool. I'll definitely be following along with this build.
 

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Looks really good. Is there room to get the body on while on the table? The only frame build I did was my '36 Ford pickup and I had the cab on and off several times during the build process.
 

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Yes, there is room ,plus the body only weights about 130 lbs. My shop has a high ceiling with only a loft in one end. Hope to get some more done during the week . My buddy is retired ,but I still work everyday. So it take a little longer than I hope it would.
 

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We got the rear chassis and suspension tacked up yesterday. Now it`s time to figure where to cut the rear frame rail at . Then comes the hard part. How to get the front frame setup with a straight axle and keep it from setting a mile high. Here`s the latest pictures. Bill
 

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Nice work! Flatter springs, or springs mounted outside the frame rails. Either should get the front sitting at the lower ride height you're looking for.
 

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Vall, I`m going to pull at least 2 leafs out of the fronts and see what we end up with. I`ve got a set of Alston bent front rails which will help a bunch. A buddy is helping , but his wife has been keeping him busy with honey-dos since retired. Bill
 

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My axle set up was tacked to the stock frame and it sat way to high, IMO. I made a stub with "Z" and raised the fixed rear hanger as high as I could. Also, the shackles up front go through the frame instead of brackets underneath it. Not a very good picture, but I hope you can see what I did.
 

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Here`s the work we got done yesterday. Did get the chassis down on almost 4 wheels. And got the body set on it. But there is still alot of work to do . Bill
 

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Not sure those front wheels will pass tech, but they're the skinniest front runners I've ever seen! ;) The car looks great with the body sitting on the chassis!
 

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Vall , The fronts are the new never flat super skinny ,super low rolling resistance tires. I just hated to buy tires for setup and then they get old as we are building the car. Bill
 
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