The oldest car on display at the AFVI Expo in Las Vegas this week was the Gasser, which started life as a 1933 Ford Roadster. For the last eight months, the team at Daytech Auto, led by Wayne Day, has been working on making this car run solely on compressed natural gas. With about $125,000-150,000 invested so far, the car is finally getting close to ready. One item still on the to-do list: tweaking the ABS brakes.
Pretty much everything in the Gasser has been upgraded to meet the car's slogan of "hugging trees and hauling ass." The CNG drivetrain is made up of a LS-7 7-liter V8 engine (used in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06) "that's been torn down to the nuts and bolts and purpose built for CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) with new rings, valves and seats, and a host of other goodies." The CNG tanks come from Luxfer, which brought the car to AFVI, and can hold the equivalent of 10.5 gallons of gas and provide a 200-mile range. The system puts out just under 700 horsepower and can get around 30 miles per gallon equivalent. If you just did the math of 10.5 gallons and 200 mile range and got, oh, around 20 mpge, well, that's because you're not driving it like a hot rod when you get 30 mpge. By burning CNG and sticking a catalytic converter in each exhaust pipe, the Gasser meets Tier II Bin 5 emission standards. Day, who's been involved with CNG for around eight years, told AutoblogGreen he believes, "This is the next step in hot rods."