A few of the original parts remain on the firewall. My fear during the early interest in the Gasser revival was the street freaks appearing again. Not even close to reflecting how a true Gasser was equipped. Will tr de for another Gasser! With a few seasons under his belt with the Rake, he decided it was time to mix things up. While walking around the Milltown Hot Rod and Custom show in 2015, Dean saw something of interest. But help was soon on the way.
It was a sight to behold and an attention grabber wherever it went. If buying straight out you will receive the title and truck after all funds have cleared my bank, no exceptions! However, the project soon stalled, and the decision was made to put it up for sale, along with several other project rides. The rear has been converted to conventional leaf springs and what looks to be a 55-57 ford rear end with aluminum slot wheels which are included. Something with a back seat! Research On-road shenanigans, hooliganism, and speeding were of special concern to law enforcement. Schimetschek added the steering wheel and seats, purchased from a source close to Frank Maratta, to make the hot rod drivable again. He also started collecting anything that was related to Frank Maratta's cars and the Connecticut Dragway. In other words, a shining example of what a proper hot rod should be.
Which was Maratta's goal all along: build a hot rod that could be used as a fast, safe, and stunning template for future drivers. This one is the real deal--a former drag car campaigned by the owner, Kevin Svarda's father in the '60s. The right tire and wheel combination can make an undesirable car look cool, and the wrong tire and wheel combination can make a cool car look awkward. I work a lot so if I don't answer right away I will return your call. He figured he needed a vehicle that was a dedicated race car.
A LaSalle transmission kicked it through the gears. Another key revision was the sectioning of the front and rear fenders and the running boards. I was amazed it had resurfaced. A roll bar made its way into the interior for added safety. The suspension setup under the car when it was the Rake would have added to the steep gradient from back to front. What Maratta wanted was a cornerstone, a well-built example of a hot rod racer to start a motorized movement.
In 1951, the National Hot Rod Association was created in part to help take drag racing off the street and bring it into a controlled environment. Maratta swapped the drop axle for a chromed Model A straight axle and added pie-cut split wishbones up front. It was definitely a product of the times, sporting chrome accents, mag wheels, and the Moon tank up front. Don't you just love the way it sounds out of those beautiful open headers? It belonged to my friend, the late Kelvin Polonich out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Something with a back seat! Now, I've got to head to the eyewash station.
The service provider will transport the vehicle in an enclosed trailer protected from weather conditions and road debris. Will trade for another Gasser! Up front is a pair of 15×4 Le Mans rims shod in Firestone skinnies. I have a 100% feedback and intend to keep it that way! Most of the trim appears present and usable with some work. In 1965, he decided to sell the hot rod a local racer in Hartford. In 2012, Lisee took the now worn Model A to a local garage to get the ride back on the road.
By now his body shop had turned into a full-bore speed shop, and business was good. That car is just so wrong, on so many levels, in any part of the world. I assure you there will never be one like this at any car show you attend! Originally the Rake was dressed with Moon aluminum discs over its wheels, but those were replaced by American Racing magnesium wheels during the transformation into the Missile. This view also shows one of the cutouts in the fenders from where a set of chromed headers with 6-inch collectors was installed in the early 1960s. To light it up, a Grant Spalding Flamethrower ignition was used, and a set Hedman headers with lake pipes changed to side-exit drag headers in 1959 got rid of the spent gases in style. The coupe was taken down to body and frame and rebuilt from the ground up. True '60 American Racing magnesium wheels, front and rear.
Enclosed Transport: Highest level of care. By now his body shop had turned into a full-bore speed shop, and business was good. . He had made a name for himself over the years, creating top-tier customs and promoting car shows in and around the greater Hartford area. In other words, a shining example of what a proper hot rod should be.