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    hi can anybody tell me the definition of a gasser i assume part of it that it runs on straight petrol and carbs rather than injection and also why the high stance of the vehicle ta chris

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    I am not a bible on this subject, but have read THE book...!!!

    High stance was for traction reasons, Gas is the class they ran in, there were many different ones, such as A/Gas etc... Not just the fuel.

    If you want to know more grab the 'Gasser Wars' book by Larry Davis, available from HotRodTiki, American Auto Mags to name but two...

    Very informative, and there are some great pics too...



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    Still doing all the shit I used to ;-)

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    A gasser is a type of hot rod originating on the dragstrips of the United States in the late 1950's and continued until the early 1970's. Gassers are based on production models from the 1930's to mid 1950's, which have been stripped of extraneous weight and jacked up using a truck beam axle to provide better weight distribution on acceleration (Beam axles are lighter than an independent front suspension as well), though a raised stock front suspension is common as well. Common weight reduction techniques include fibreglasss body panels, stripped interiors and perspex windows (sometimes colour tinted).

    Being built for racing, these cars are subject to either an engine swap, tuning or both. It was very common to fit a Roots supercharger and mechanical fuel injection, such as one from Algon, Hillborn or Crower.

    With form being dictated by function, their appearance is often very top heavy and ungainly, largely due being raised higher than stock. Having their exhaust headers exiting through the fender well is a common characteristic, as it is the most direct route. Although being functional, these were often flamboyantly painted in metalflakes, pearls and candy finishes complemented by lettering in wild fonts.

    The name arose because they were a petrol driven class, as opposed to methanol or nitromethane.




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    When it started out as a class it was aimed at street legal cars and the rules on appearance were pretty tight. Things did change somewhat over time.'Gas' referred to petrol as opposed to 'fuel' which was nitro.
    The nose high attitude was in vogue for a fairly limited period in time and was an effort to increase traction by means of weight transfer. If you look at things a few years after this came in the noses went down again as technology improved and other ways to gain traction improved. It also became apparent that nose high combined with high speeds led to an increase in 'pucker factor'.
    The actual rules are involved but a quick net search will bring them up for you. Have a look at the Gasser Madness website amongst others.

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    Dont forget the engine setback rules, if you cant move the engine back move the axles forward!

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    And forgot to add that this subject normally raises as much emotion as the question 'What is a hot rod?'

    http://gassermadness.com/Gas_Classes/index.htm
    Last edited by Plumpcars; 19-02-2010 at 20:23.

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    Once saw a pic of Johnny Lopez' Little Hoss with no engine in it - the weight distribution was such that the front wheels were just kissing the tarmac whilst the rear sat on the wheelie bars!

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    many thanks to you all have now ordered the book ta chris

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    Read it from cover to cover, several times then work out the difference between a Gasser and a High Rider... When you know, there's a huge difference but it's extremely subtle....

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    http://gassermadness.com/

    Keep you busy for a few days

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