Todd Haas ’57 Gasser
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Todd Haas and his father Bob had started the gasser project some years ago. Unfortunately, Bob passed away before the project was in full force. Bob’s death was a surprise and Todd wanted to finish his father’s dream.
The ‘57 in its black stage was actually used as the push and tow vehicle for Todd’s ‘34 Ford G/blown fuel roadster at Bonneville in 2004. Immediately after the races, the ‘57 headed to SO-Cal Speed Shop for the final gasser transformation. The chassis was clipped at the firewall and Jimmy fabricated a 2” x 4” square-tube front frame. The front suspension utilized a stock, un-dropped ‘32 Ford front axle with a ‘28-‘34 transverse leaf spring package. SO-Cal hairpins and Wilwood brakes, E.T. 12-spoke wheels and Mickey Thompson treads. The rearend is a 9” Ford packing 4:30:1 gears with the parallel leaf springs moved to the inside of the frame for tire clearance. Shine fabricated triangulated traction bars to control “wheel hop”. Rear rims are American Racing Standards and are quite rare. Abe Rodriguez sprayed the “Mooneyham & Sharp” blue paint. Ron Mangus stitched the white vinyl interior.
Shine built the chrome rollcage and mounted twin Moon gas tanks in the trunk. The front of the car features a deleted front bumper and a Moon tank plumbed into the fuel lines. This tank has a ball valve so it can be switched to race gas easily at the track. The engine was built by John Beck of Pro Machine in Chico, California. It’s a 327 c.i. Chevy bored .030 over with a rare Edelbrock X-1 manifold topped by six Holley 94’s. The car made 422 horses on the dyno. Shine built the Muncie M-21 4-speed as well as the custom headers and exhaust system.
In 2007, the gasser was completed during the filming of the ‘HARDSHINE’ TV show by the guys on the crew. For the episode finale the car was taken to Irwindale Drag Strip and run against Robin Silk driving the SO-Cal roadster. The race was close but the little ‘57 that could. . . . . did!