58 Bel Air Gasser - Gassing The Midwest

Patrick Hill Jun 23, 2010 0 Comment(s)
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Ted's original plan was to just show the car and drive it short distances, so the four-speed it was originally raced with got pulled in favor of a JW Transmissions-built TH400, while the car's vintage '59 Olds rear was left in place but updated with modern internals. The interior was treated to a full freshening by Shobar's Trim & Upholstery with updated Auto Meter Pro-Comp Ultralite gauges and a B&M floor shifter for the trans. Once the body was ready, the car was sprayed in Metalflake Red and re-lettered as Daddy's Thing. The '58 rolls once again on Cragar SS wheels, just like it was raced with back in the '70s, with ET Streets out back and Cooper tires up front.

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After the yearlong restoration was finished, Ted began taking Daddy's Thing to shows and events. At one such event, he met up with the Midwest Gassers Association. The MGA guys were racing at the event, and begged Ted to take the car out and run it. After making a few hits, Ted was hooked, and knew Daddy's Thing wouldn't be just a show car anymore. Since he started racing the '58 again, Ted's run a best of 11.79 at 124 mph at Union Grove Drag-A-Way, and enjoys every moment of letting the car relive its glory days.




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