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Old 01-07-2004, 09:49 PM
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The main cause of crashes in Willys Gassers with parallel semi elliptic springs and straight axles was at the top end when the drag chute hit. The front end nosed over so violently that if the driver didn't instantly correct, the car bump steered right into the guard rail or wall. '33s - '36s bumped to the left and '37s-42s bumped right 'cause the former has rear shackles and the latter have front shackles. K.S Pittman nuked his '33 Willys that way and Ohio George Montgomery, though he never crashed, says he should have bought the farm many times. In the latter years before the front ends started falling due to hugely improved tires/traction, they finally got wise and got the height by using riser blocks rather than re-arching springs, or better yet, replaced the parallel semi elliptics with a single Ford type buggy spring and wish-bones.
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