T-Bird Gasser On The Road

Last Call: Thundergasser

It’s just a repli-mod ’55 T-Bird gasser street car. Nothing special to see here.

Source: Hotrod.com

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20 responses to “Last Call: Thundergasser”

  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    “So how much were you thinking about spending on this Thundercougarfalconbird?”

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Interesting that they put a 312 engine into a 55 ‘bird. In 55, the 292 was the only engine size, and if you’re building something larger than stock, why stop at 312 cid?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Why stop at 312 cid? Y stops at 312 cid.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        Y, because we like you.

        Maximum size is about 350-ish cid with relatively straightforward aftermarket mods, or north of 400 at the extreme limits. The owner of the gasser pictured might be inclined not to leave things looking the way they left Ford.

        The Ford Y-Block engine

        1. Alff Avatar

          Probably because the 312 would have been a period correct mod.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar


    Funkstreife Isar 12, which I have to think inspired Adam-12 here in the States, was an early ’60s German TV show that was also available as radio plays on vinyl records. Unfortunately, the BMW 501 seen on the TV didn’t really come across (except maybe the V8 revving?)

    I once recorded the entire soundtrack, dialogue, sound effects and all, from a laser disk of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly into a 120 minute cassette. I could drive from Boston to Pittsfield listening to it and watch the whole movie in my head.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      This one? I can’t speak to if there’s any video available though.


    2. P161911 Avatar

      I recently discovered that Netflix and other streaming services offer a voice track for many videos that also includes a description of the action, “Audio description”. It is supposed to be Netflix for the blind, but it turns any movie or show that has it into what is basically a radio play.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        If the captioning they come up with is any guide, that could be anything from unintentionally hilarious to cringeworthy. I remember on the first Mad Max some of the scenes leading up to action sequences would have “portentous music”

  4. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I like it!!!

  5. I_Borgward Avatar

    After several days of visiting the new site, I’m on board with the redesign. Clean, uncluttered, nice big photos, fonts are easy on the eyes.

    But… there’s one thing I’m finding it hard to adjust to: column width.

    To be fair, I haven’t seen the redesign on a mobile or iPad yet, but on a regular old computer workstation or laptop, text within posts stretches a-l-l the way across the page, causing my progressive-bespectacled head to have to move left to right, left to right, just to stay in focus. Reading 14-inch wide columns across a not particularly big monitor really wears on the old orbs after a while.

    Otherwise, I think the new site is a winner. Just a bit of user feedback here. Carry on!

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Maybe this is a stupid suggestion, but have you tried re-sizing the entire window to full height but half width of your screen? When I do that, it automatically wraps the text to fit within the new window width, so that might reduce your side-to-side orbing.

      1. I_Borgward Avatar

        Not stupid at all, what you suggest does work, it’s just a mild bit of nuisance to have to reconfigure my window/browser based on which site I’m viewing. (file under “First World Problems”)

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Keyboard shortcut used to be Win-arrowleft/right, and win-up to maximize again.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    Since watching Tom Kristensen tear up Goodwood in a SquareBird, I’ve been into the idea of some early 60’s boat done up all road racing style, but a gasser T-Bird is just as cool (if just that it isn’t exclusively driven between the owner’s garage and the local cruise night).

    1. salguod Avatar

      I absolutely love watching this. As a Squarebird owner, I can attest that it feels just like that looks. Of course, his is prepped for racing, he’s got a heck of a lot more talent (and bravery) than I do and I never come close to pushing mine hard. But in anything more than relaxed cornering it leans over to the point that you wonder if you might scrape the rockers on the ground.

  7. GTXcellent Avatar

    Velocity stacks, turn-down headers with cut-outs, pie crust cheaters…yes. That’s the only answer needed, yes. Yes Yes. Yes.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      The rollbar that’s lower than the driver is a head scratching decision in an open car.

      1. GTXcellent Avatar

        Everything about a gasser though is a head scratcher, and that’s why it’s so awesome!

        (in all seriousness though, on a car built to travel in a very straight line for a distance of only 1/4 mile, does a roll bar even come into play, other than appeasing track owners who thought there should be ‘something’ there in addition to a leather crash helmet and white cotton t-shirt?)

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          Well, no, velocity stacks and beam front axles do not scratch your head. Having an unprotected scalp while traveling upside down in an open car with a poorly designed rollbar scratches your head, and probably causes even more injuries than that.

          Cars do occasionally flip or roll at the dragstrip. Sometimes they bounce off a wall, sometimes a slick gets punctured and they roll to that side, sometimes they wheelie just a little too high…