Southeast Gassers Association

Period Correct Gassers

Bad Penny

Dale Wilson - Arden, NC.

owner.. ( BIG DADDY ) DALE WILSON
car......1957 CHEVROLET BELAIR
engine......327 W / TUNNEL RAM
tran's.....MUNCIE 4 SPEED
rearend....12 BOLT FROM A 63 NOVA...488 GEAR AND SPOOL
paint....SPRAY PAINT...KRYLON...ENTIRE CAR
crew....MY BOYZ JUSTIN,COLTON,CASEY AND MY WHOLE SKULL GARAGE FAMILY

THE STORY.......I HAVE OWNED THIS CAR FOR 32 YEAR'S AND LAST DROVE IT IN 1986......WENT THROUGH SO MANY THING'S IN LIFE A DIVORCE,X-WIFE GOT CANCER AND MY BOYZ AND HER ALWAY'S CAME FIRST EVEN AFTER OUR DIVORCE. THE CAR SAT FOR MANY YEAR'S ON THE BACK BURNER IN AND OUT OF THE SKULL GARAGE.TIME WENT BY AND THE 57  WAITED FOR HER TURN TO SHINE AGAIN.
THE ORIGINAL SKULL GARAGE FELL AFTER MANY YEAR'S IT ALMOST FELL ON THE CAR,WE JUST GOT IT OUT 2 WEEK'S BEFORE IT WENT DOWN. MY BOYZ GREW UP AND THEIR MOM MADE IT THROUGH CANCER (THANK GOD)AND WE DECIDED TO BRING THE 57 BACK AS A TRUE GASSER.WE BUILT THE ENTIRE CAR LIKE IT WAS DONE IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS OUT OF USED AN HAND MADE PARTS ,NO GARAGE,NO MONEY,OUT DOORS IN THE GRAVEL AND SNOW THE BEST WAY WE COULD.WE BUILT THE 500 DOLLAR MOTOR OUT OF JUNK PARTS WE HAD COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS,WE PAINTED THE ENTIRE CAR  BY HAND,I FOUND THE MOON TANK , WHEEL'S AND THE 48 FORD FRONT AXLE AT A SCRAP YARD WE DID ALL THE WORK OUR SELVES INTERIOR,REAR END,EVERY PIECE TOP TO BOTTOM,NO ONE ELSE HAS EVER WORKED ON THIS CAR SINCE I HAVE OWNED IT JUST ME AND MY BOYZ.THE ROLL BAR IS FROM MY BROTHER'S 57 HE HAD IT THROWN BEHIND HIS GARAGE,THE FRONT END CAME OFF A BAD BIG BLOCK 57 CHEVY FROM ASHEVILLE BACK IN HE LATE 60'S. I TRIED TO TRADE HIM OUT OF IT WHEN I WAS 16...GOT IT WHEN I WAS 32.MY SON'S LEARNED THE HARD OLD SCHOOL WAY'S HELPING BUILD THIS CAR,THEY NOW HAVE BUILT THEIR OWN HOTROD'S THE EXACT SAME WAY AND WE ALL RACE TOGETHER AND OUR STORY GO'S ON AND ON AND BEST OF ALL.... IT'S  A LEGAL STREET DRIVEN C/GASSER.. BAD PENNY COME OUT AND SEE US AND ALL OUR SKULL FAMILY......REAL AS IT GET'S AND PROUD TO BE APART OF..... THE SOUTH EAST GASSER'S!