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Doing my part to keep #GasserHype alive and well! This custom came about because I had an 8 Crate (that Mrs. Diablo found at an estate sale) sitting next to the red-with-flames Chevy Gasser on my table. My wheels started turning. I grabbed my drill.

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

I took some before and after pics (or vice-versa, I guess). The Bel Air Gasser base and the 8 Crate interior both needed some massaging to bring together (Chevy and Ford, go figure); I trimmed the bumper off the 8 Crate interior, and ground down the plastic under the seats; and I took the front-mounted gas tank and a couple of side tabs off the Gasser base, and they matched up surprisingly well.

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

The interior was fully chromed. I fixed that by immersing it in a Super Clean bath. It’s a method I happened across on YouTube, and it worked like a charm. Two minutes and all the chrome plating had disappeared, with no damage to the plastic. Then it was time to detail!

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

I’m very proud of this. I’m shakier than I thought, but I’m nothing if not persistent.

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

Ready to bring the parts together. As you can see, I overcame some challenges with the wheels. I had to use the hated aluminum tube/super glue method on the front axle, and some JB Weld to hold the rear in place. Compromises, yes... but whatever it takes! I also chose to cut away all of the glass aft of the windshield. This is how I would have run it in real life, and I’d rather be able to show off the details inside.

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

Inspiration struck again as I was taking some final pics to share. Next to my cutting board sat my package of 1/16 aluminum tube, with four tubes held closely together. I said to myself, “holy crap, self! Zoomie headers!” Some Scotch tape, a few X-Acto cuts, some JB Weld, 24 hours drying time, and the headers were bitchin’. I think these are my favorite part of the whole car.

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Illustration for article titled 8 Crate Gasser Custom

(Obligatory remark about iPotato) Thanks for looking, friends. Keep customizing, and happy hunting!

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