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Just wanted to say hello to all, this looks like a great site for the nose bleed front end guys! I have been building cars for quite a few years and would be happy to help with tech questions etc. I am willing to answer chassis, suspension and welding/fab questions so feel free to say hello. One thing I am sure of is that in the gasser world there are a lot of different mindsets as to how things should be done, so by no means is my opinion anything more than that--an opinion. I do operate a business, but I am not here to peddle it. Pete
 

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Hi Pete and welcome. I am also from New York and close to each other, i'm in Niagara Falls. Great to have you here. Brian
 

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hi pete and welcome. good to have you here and nice intro.
 

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Good to have you Pete! Welcome aboard. I like where your mind is at!
 

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Welcome to the site Pete! Most of us are pretty excited to have a forum exclusive to gasser style vehicles. Nobody seems to care if it's street only, or drag only here. They're all welcome and fun to see the variety!
 

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Welcome Pete....For those of you who don't know, Pete builds top shelf cars. I've seen several in all stages of development, and they are all outstanding. ................................Bob
 

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Hello and welcome Pete. What the heck are you doing up in NY??? I need ya down here in Phoenix, heh! Always good to have experienced hot rodders an dmetal man, like you and Steve. You guys will save me a lot of angst (always liked that word!) while I build my car. Good to have you here. Mark L
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys, I will post some of our stuff shortly, working on the new webiste and getting ready for a show the first weekend of March. Is there anything that seems to be a recurring question or theme on here that some pics can shed light on, or common questions? I have done some tech articles for Gasser Wars magazine, I will see if I am ok to contriubute those on the site as well.
 

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As a p.s to MARKS63 ---I like your thinking, I get harassed by my local gasser friends for not always using "nostalgic" pieces in our cars. I like to think the guys building stuff in the 60's and 70's used the best they could get their hands on to make a quality car. Its not all about patina and "what kind of crap would a guiy racing in the 60's have bought at a yard sale and stuck under his vehicle. I build my stuff to be safe, strong, and drive straight before anything else, after that we worry should it look old, new or nostalgic. The running joke when we build for them is...."let me build it my way....then we will kick it around on the shop floor for a month so it looks like what you want"
 

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I get that often when guys notice the disc brakes on my straight axle and tell me it isn't period correct. I'd rather stop good than be 100% correct.
 

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Pete. Thanks for the agreement. I had a '73 trans Am that I turbocharged just previous to this '63. My plan, before a gentleman bought it from me, was to build the '73 as if Gassers had continued to progress/morph to the next level. Along the lines of the Malco Mustangs etc. 2X3 tubing frame, about stock height compared to original, not raised or lowered. The rear wheelwells enlarged but not cut out as radically as the Malco gassers. Still the tube front axle. Major engine set back and the coup de grace---lengthened front ends, like 3 feet lengthened. I always thought the later cars would have progessed that way and wanted to do a car like that. Sooo, you see. I like to be different, hence the '63 Catalina. My '63 will not be radically high or front end high compared to the rear. I like the level look. But up overall. I may use newer style rims or a mix like my stars in the back the slots up front. I guess I'm looking for items that I think will look good overall, not a period look. I have nothing against period built cars. I love the look of the period cars, tri five chevys, willys, etc. Especially the more unusual cars like your T-Bird. I love 'em all. I also agree that anything built now should be built with safety in mind. I plan to go really fast in my'63. But I want it to stop really fast also. The old timey drums just will not do it. Not my '63. It'll probably weight in at 4000 by the time I'm done. Glad your aboard and thanks for your willingness to share your experience. Now. When ya moving to Phoenix?????? Mark L
 

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Mark, I've got a friend who built a 69 Firebird as a gasser, and I thought it was a bit weird, but it actually came out extremely nice. It's more of a show gasser with high end paint and interior, but still has the nose high look, with tubbed inboard big tires out back.
 

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Pete. Thanks for the agreement. I had a '73 trans Am that I turbocharged just previous to this '63. My plan, before a gentleman bought it from me, was to build the '73 as if Gassers had continued to progress/morph to the next level. Along the lines of the Malco Mustangs etc. 2X3 tubing frame, about stock height compared to original, not raised or lowered. The rear wheelwells enlarged but not cut out as radically as the Malco gassers. Still the tube front axle. Major engine set back and the coup de grace---lengthened front ends, like 3 feet lengthened. I always thought the later cars would have progessed that way and wanted to do a car like that. Sooo, you see. I like to be different, hence the '63 Catalina. My '63 will not be radically high or front end high compared to the rear. I like the level look. But up overall. I may use newer style rims or a mix like my stars in the back the slots up front. I guess I'm looking for items that I think will look good overall, not a period look. I have nothing against period built cars. I love the look of the period cars, tri five chevys, willys, etc. Especially the more unusual cars like your T-Bird. I love 'em all. I also agree that anything built now should be built with safety in mind. I plan to go really fast in my'63. But I want it to stop really fast also. The old timey drums just will not do it. Not my '63. It'll probably weight in at 4000 by the time I'm done. Glad your aboard and thanks for your willingness to share your experience. Now. When ya moving to Phoenix?????? Mark L
I'm still waiting for those plane tickets you promised to send me lol. We had a couple nice days in the 50's and then I walked out of the house yesterday in sneakers into about 14 inches of snow! I would love to move south, but then what will I do with all the snowplow guys who want us to fix their stuff for free at the drop of the hat.....on second thought if you have a free couch I will be there this week;)
 

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Hey Pete, tickets in the mail-----yea right! Would be nice having ya down here. Oh, just bring the T-Bird. 8^)
 
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