1940 Willys Gasser One-of-a-Kind, Custom Built, â€œOld Schoolâ€ Gasser! All steel, mostly â€œPeriod Correctâ€, with blown Hemi engine, and famous signatures signed on dash! Featured on the cover of Rod & Custom magazine, Sept.
â€™97! Questions? Concerns? Want to see 146 photos? Contact Chad (330-353-1750) This is not your everyday Willys Gasserâ€¦.not only is she beautiful, but sheâ€™s also kind of famous.
Rod and Custom magazine did a feature article on this â€œStripteaserâ€ in September 1997 (see copy of magazine in the additional photos).
She posed on the front cover with George Barris and Boyd Cottington.
The name and logo style were then recreated in the form of race graphics on the car.
She was also used as a â€œmodelâ€ by Revell Models to create the 1/25th scale, plastic model of the famous Stone, Woods, and Cook (as well as the Big John Mazmanian) 1941 Willys gasser coupes.
She was chosen because she was the most period correct 1940/41 Willys gasser coupe they could find.
A letter of authenticity signed by both Revell and Big John Mazmanian is included in the sale.
She was restored by famed Willys restorer, Ronnie Sandifer, in Covington, Louisiana.
The process began in 1991 and continued through 1996 â€“ and Ronnie performed almost everything himself (including the beautiful, hand-rubbed Ditzler Delstar Turquise paint and the period perfect finished interior.
To call this a â€œframe offâ€ restoration would be an understatement.
For one thing, Ronnie had to restore the frame prior to anything else.
He installed a custom floor and wheel wells.
The entire restoration is captured in segments on a DVD (also included in the sale).
The dashboard is also autographed by the following individuals: Â· Big John Mazmanian (deceased) Â· Ed Idkenderian Â· Bones Balogh Â· Gary Mallicoat Â· Ohio George Montgomery Â· Johnny Rocca Â· K.S.
Pittman (deceased) Â· LaVaun Pittman Â· Chuck Finders (deceased) Â· Jr.
Thompson Â· Pork Zartman (deceased) Â· Barb Hamilton Â· Nancy Leonello Specs (per the owner): Engine: Â· 1956 354 c.i.
6-71 supercharged Hemi, producing nearly 800 documented horse power (see dyno), stainless steel fenderwell headers Â· Machining and blue printing performed by Nick Carlson, J&S East Valley Garage in Montecito, CA Â· Bored .030 in over Â· Crankshaft: stock steel Â· Cylinder Heads: stock, large valves, 2 in.
intake, 1 Â¾ in.
exhaust Â· Pistons: Forged Ross 9:1 compression Â· Induction: B&M 6-71 supercharger by BDS, 10% over driven, dual Edelbrock 750cfm carburetors Â· Camshaft: Howard Flat tappet .520 in lift and 334 degrees duration Â· Smith Brothers valve train Â· Early Donovan style, polished valve covers Â· Radiator: Griffin aluminum Â· Smoothed recessed firewall Â· Polished blower assembly Â· Aluminum radiator trim cover Transmission: Â· Chrysler 727 3-speed torque flight automatic transmission Â· 3000 stall torque converter by Young Performance Â· Built by: Imperial Transmission in Santa Barbara, CA Â· Hayden transmission cooler Shifter: B&M Brakes: GM front disc brakes and Pontiac oversize drum rear brakes Frame: Original boxed-in frame Rear: Â· Original leaf spring supporting 1957 Pontiac 4:10 posi-traction rear end assembly Â· Long custom powder-coated ladder bars Â· Shock Absorbers: Akewood Drag shocks Â· Wheels: 15 x 13 original Halibrand wheels Front: Â· Original style parallel leaf spring front end with original chrome straight front axle with a 4 inch drop Â· Wheels: 15 x 4â€ Original Kidney Bean Fuel Tank: External mounted 20 gallon steel custom tank Gauges: Original Stewart Warner 1960s style Interior: Â· Black seats with turquoise and stainless steel trim Â· Simpsons racing seatbelts Included in the sale: Â· DVD of restoration Â· September 1997 issue of Rod and Custom magazine Â· Letter signed by Revell Models and Big John Mazmanian stating authenticity of use by Revell Models Â· 1st actual, unopened model in the series DETAILS OF CAR: [ Paint ] â€“ The paint looks very smooth, shiny, and professionally done.
It is an older repaint, and even though it may have a few light scratches (or touch up spots) here and there, it has held up extremely well.
For example, you may see a few, light, hairline scratches here and there from normal use, washings, etc.
There are a few nicks around the edge of the trunk lid that you can see in the photos.
There are also a few touched-up nicks on the back side of the door frame behind the left window.
We do not see any noticeable imperfections in the paint job itself, not do we see any orange peel.
Note: in our pictures, the paint color looks a little more â€œpowder blueâ€ than the car looks in person.
It is actually more of a turquoise color.
[ Body ] â€“ The body looks like it was very nicely prepared prior to the paint.
It appears straight and correct, without any noticeable dimples or dents – except for a small one about 12â€ below the â€œStrip Teaserâ€ wording on the passengerâ€™s door.
There is maybe a 1â€ slight dimple there.
The fits on the trunk lid and doors look as correct as you would expect.
Overall, the body looks very nice.
Chad went over the car with a paint gauge, and checked random areas.
For the most part, the paint measures between 14 â€“ 18 mils, which is typical for a high quality finish.
[ Glass ] â€“ The glass is in extremely nice condition.
The rear and side windows have a deeper tint than the windshield.
We do not see any type of damage, such as wiper marksâ€¦although there currently are no wipers on the car.
There is a fine scratch on one of the rear windows, but it is barely noticeable.
Other than that, the glass looks pretty flawless.
[ Interior ] â€“ The current owner had the interior redone by renowned Willys restorer, Ronnie Sandifer.
This car has had very little exposure since then.
He installed a Flaming River stainless tilt steering column, as well as stainless panels on the doors, the roll cage, new carpet and mats, and changed to a new style headliner.
The carpet, seating, and vinyl all have good color and the seats feel supple.
The door panels are not carpeted.
If you look at the photos, you can see they are not nicked or damaged.
There are no sun visors or wipers, but there is a power motor for a driverâ€™s windshield wiper (the car has never been in the rain so the owner did not install the wiper arm).
The gauges look nice and clear.
[ Trunk ] â€“ The owner also had the trunk redone with matching stainless pieces, carpet, roll bar, etc.
Look at how neatly the bottom side of the trunk lid was done.
The Optima battery is neatly covered with vinyl and hardware pull downs of aluminum billet.
There is no spare tire in the trunk.
[ Tires and Wheels ] â€“ The front tires are Fat-Wide Track radials and the rears are Hoosier Quicktime Pros.
The fronts are size 165 x 15, and the rears are 31 x 16.5 â€“ 15.
The front tires have about 9/32 tread, and the owner tells us the rears have at least 80-90% of tread life left.
We do not see any curb damage on the tires or wheels.
The wheel finish is in extremely nice shape without worn areas.
[ Engine and Transmission ] â€“ What is unique about this Willys is that it was mostly kept the way they did it back in the day! For example, the front axle is actually a 1940 Willys axle, but now the springs are different.
Plus, disk brakes were installed, it is all chromed â€“ it just looks outstanding.
In Chadâ€™s inspection of the engine and transmission, he noted a Holley fuel pump, Griffin aluminum radiator, transmission and oil coolers, extensive use of nice braided lines, nice high dollar componentry, and dual filtering system on the Hemi (which were all built specifically for it).
The stainless header (and the baffle system inside) was designed just for this Willys.
The header system was custom built by a local fabricator (Stainless Works) who does a lot of custom work.
The headers were built and bent to correctly duplicate the headers that were on the car before the owner bought it.
The car does have an original 1940 Willys steering box, and it runs out to a straight axle, which is typical of what was done in those days.
The rear brakes are Pontiac drums and the automatic transmission is a 727 Chrysler with shift kit.
It has a manual valve body where you shift through the gears yourself.
When he had the new headers custom made, he wanted to do away with the side exhaust that the car had at one time because it hid the ladder bars (which we agree looks cool on the car).
The owner still has the exhaust system and will give it to the new owner if he wants it.
He also removed the rocker panels, but can include them with the sale (they look about 3â€ wide).
The owner told us the car does have stainless steel brake lines on the chassis, front to back.
He also said the car had Holley carburetors but he changed to Eldebrocks, as he had trouble keeping them adjusted.
The parachute is cosmetic and does not function.
[ Chassis ] â€“ According to the owner, the chassis is â€œpainted to match the exterior paint, smoothed, boxed frame, boxed axle connections, black powder coated ladder bars, oil pan painted to match exterior, Akewood drag shocks, GMC front disc brakes, oversized Pontiac rear drum brakes, custom fabricated gas tank.
The chassis is an original Willys chassis.
The rear end is a â€˜56 or â€˜57 Pontiac rear.
If you look where the supports are welded to the rear end, you can see it is actually smooth and contoured – not just welds showing.
A lot of time and effort went into joining the pieces together and finishing it off like that.
The tank is a â€˜32 Ford tank that has been shortened to fit in the Willys.
The aluminum floor pan was actually designed and installed for looks (there is a steel floor as well).
You do not see any welds at the ladder bars, mounts on the frame, and the transmission supports.
It is all contoured and molded for a nice, smooth, round finish.
If you look at the fenders, you can see the steel was not just â€œcutâ€ to accommodate larger tires â€“ it was cut, rolled, and finished.
You can see a lot of effort went into finishing everything nicely.
Underneath, there may be partial, little drip from the bottom of the rear end.
The engine and transmission appear dry, without an abnormal amount of fluid seeping.
[ Mechanical ] – Chad tested the following items and they were all working when he listed the car: Â· 4 way flashers Â· Headlights low and high beam Â· Turn signals front and rear Â· Brake lights Â· Horn Â· Gas gauge Â· Battery shows charge Â· Speedometer and tachometer both registering The owner took Chad for a ride in the car.
Chad was able to steer from the passenger side.
It seems to steer well (manual steering).
Upon braking, you could not feel it pull left or right.
It stops nice and straight without noticeable pulsation (manual brakes).
The owner said that on a 75 degree day, the water temperature is about 180.
When started cold, the oil pressure is around 80 â€“ 85 pounds, as it runs about 2000 RPMS.
He checks the valve adjust periodically and changes the oil every spring and fall.
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