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Early '60s style C/Gasser........A '51 Studebaker


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#1 traditional

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

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I've just finished building this '60s Gasser ('62/'63 NHRA rule book) from a destroyed DM diecast Studebaker Starlight Coupe, bought at a toy show for next to nothing. Since it was missing so many parts including bumpers and vent-windows, and had completely broken suspension, my brother and I decided it might make a cool lower class gasser where, in the early '60s, lots of odd-ball vehicles were still competitive in the gasser class. Later on (later '60s) the gas classes were mostly dominated by the lighter and smaller Anglias and '33 Willys, etc.
Following the '62/'63 NHRA rule book, this Studey takes advantage of all the weight saving and weight transfer opportunities...fibreglass tilt front end, plexiglass windows, lightweight straight front axle, aluminum interior (with basic lightweight upholstery, 10% engine setback, maximum 'body to ground' clearance allowed (rocker panel no higher than center of rear wheel), and engine height limited by a maximum of 24" from ground to center of crank pulley, etc.,etc. 
Incidentally, the front axle, steering, and suspension are all fabricated in aluminum, as are the the chassis brackets and traction bars. The complete aluminum interior is also all hand fabricated, as well as all the Chevy engine details....Hilborn injection, headers, wiring, plumbing, fuel lines, etc .
Paint is 'candy blue' basecoat/clearcoat, with lettering done in letraset and hand painting.

 

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#2 traditional

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

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#3 dougp

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

Very nice, I love fabrication work.



#4 Mister Twister

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

Super nice work!



#5 ChrisR

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

Great model!

#6 trogdor

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:36 PM

Beautiful fabrication work



#7 Tom Setzer

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:42 PM

Nice Gasser, Good Work on it!



#8 2002p51

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:29 AM

Nice to see a gas class car actually built to NHRA rules. There are far too many model "gassers" out there that are just loose interpretations of the term.

 

Well done!



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:09 AM

Finely crafted indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:17 AM

very nice fabbing, beautiful car!!



#11 cobraman

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:44 AM

Looks great, love the color.



#12 Austin T

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:58 AM

Great re-build,I would love to see a kit of this.



#13 johnbuzzed

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:03 AM

That is very cool,  indeed.  Really nice work.



#14 jeffs396

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:11 AM

GREAT Studebaker Cliff!!!

 

The Read brothers never cease to amaze B) 



#15 High octane

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:47 AM

Great job on that "Bullletnosed" gasser and excellent color choice also.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

Great re-build,I would love to see a kit of this.

 

Agreed.

 

On FCMA Open 2012, In Finland, Tapani Rauramo had one Bulletnose Studebaker finished, but I don't know where it is built, resin or if it's own conversion.

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Very nice Gasser build. This is what I would build from '51 Studebaker. Your paint job looks very good, detail is excellent and overall look is very clean also. Nice job.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

Excellent build!  I have one of the diecast Studdy's.  This is what I wanted to do it, but without the tilt front end.  I also have a resin body.  You've given me inspiration with your build!  Aaron Dupont



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

Very Nice!!



#19 bogger44

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:14 AM

Great build and excellent fabrication work.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

Cliff....terrific theme/concept and build.  Congratulations!  TIM