Today’s car is a 1951 Henry J Gasser named “Gunslinger”. It is owned by John Polson and I saw this car at Caffeine Cruisers in Torrance, CA and also at The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum Gasser Show in El Segundo, CA. When I think of a old school tradition gasser this exactly what I picture. Perfect. It is finished in a Creamsicle Orange and a Vanilla White two tone combination with all the appropriate graphics and decals. It is powered by a blue printed Chevy big block 540 cu in, 8.85 liter, V8 engine producing 650 hp and transferring that power through TCI TH400 Super Street Fighter 3 speed automatic transmission with a 3500 stall converter. Delivering that power to a Ford 9″ rear end with 4:11 t0 1 gear ratio and stinky Mickey Thompson’s. Helping slow this baby down are disc brakes in the front and Drums in the rear. The front suspension is a Speedway front end gasser clip with a 4 inch dropped front axle with semi-elliptical springs and coil overs in the rear.
The original MSRP was $1,363.00. The total number of 1951 – 1954 Henry J’s production was 131,702 which all were 2 door sedans. 80,000 were 1951. Not only does it look bad it sounds bad too. This is a eye catcher and is a pleasure to see pulling into a Cars and Coffee and Car shows events. Thanks for traveling along. Frank