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Old 11-18-2005, 05:09 PM
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I've been reading articles on the 55 chevy gassers with the straight axle front ends. They alway talk about the front suspension but rarely mention the rear. What do the gasser guys do to raise the rear of their cars?

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Old 11-18-2005, 05:30 PM
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Generally, they didn't raise the rear........you wanted the rear low for weight transfer. Most of the cars had the "nose up" attitude.

In the 70s, a lot of the street guys raised the rear for bigger tires, using shackles or air shocks.
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There might have been some that weren't raised in the rear. Right now, I can't picture any from the sixties. I know this attitude was popular on the street, but I can't remember seeing much of it at the strip. The car that started it all, the Ramchargers' C/A, was certainly raised at both ends. This follows from the understanding that the factors which influence weight transfer are limited to the weight of the car, the acceleration, the CG height, and the wheelbase. Keeping the rear low would be defeating the purpose.

Of course, I would strongly discourage anyone from imitating the early gassers, for, with modern tires, it simply isn't necessary and, instead, merely causes a safety concern. There's a group at Chrysler that is presently building a "copy" of the Ramchargers' C/A, but this will only be used for exhibition runs. (The NHRA crankshaft height rule prevents if from competing in any class.)
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Try www.gassermadness.com they have lots of gasser info there. Also a lot of knowledgeable people at www.jalopyjournal.com/forum. They should be able to help you out.


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