You’d assume the proprietor of ScottRods—an organization that makes a speciality of creating customized fiberglass gasser our bodies—would race one thing. Particularly since he additionally runs ScottRods AA/Gassers, a nostalgia drag racing group filled with supercharged, straight-axle monsters that seem like they rolled straight out of the game’s golden age.
However Scott Leber spent years on the sidelines whereas his buddies thrilled crowds with the huge burnouts, wheel-standing launches, and fast-paced motion the match-racing sequence is legendary for. As his spouse Kathy put it, “We go to all these races and he sits and watches. He’s bored with watching.” Scott added, “It drives me insane being a spectator.”
That madness drove Scott to construct what is perhaps the final word gasser. Motivated by a methanol-guzzling, Hilborn-injected, Littlefield-blown huge block Chevy, this duplicate Break up Window dubbed “Cosmic Ray” zaps onlookers with a physique that glimmers with extra metalflake than “an upside-down bass boat,” as Scott describes it.
Accomplished in 2021, this five-year construct began with a pair of metal body rails and, after all, the fiberglass physique. It took 17 quarts—10 kilos—of silver metalflake combined into the gelcoat to create the impossibly deep end. The Lebers’ son Zack, who runs the store, and the remainder of the ScottRods crew started working sanding the physique in preparation for paint. In keeping with Scott, it was no small job: “No person within the store had any fingerprints left once we have been performed with it.”
The physique incorporates a number of modifications that differentiate it from a real 1963 Corvette, together with radically raised rear quarters, deleted headlamp cutouts, and a customized hood that accommodates the towering 6-71 supercharger. It additionally sports activities some extra refined tweaks that Scott is tight-lipped about. How did he get all of it proper? “It’s simply time. Stand again and hold taking a look at it, measure it from the ground,” he stated.
Scott’s mastery of fiberglass comes from a lifetime of observe. He obtained began fixing snowmobiles. Or, particularly, snowmobile hoods. “We’d be out using, break them, and restore them. Then I made a customized hood. By age 17 or 18, I used to be into Corvettes,” Scott stated.
As soon as the physique was prepared, it went to Jim Palosi, co-owner of Customs Limitless in Hartville, OH. With assist from Scott, Jim “put all of the sweet on it.” That took 180 hours, two miles of masking tape, and a month within the store. Jim was given free rein with the format of the traces and colours, and no metalflake paint was used; simply candies and solids.
As a remaining contact, famend artist Leonard Wren (who owns an immaculate supercharged 1940 Willys gasser) got here all the best way from Oklahoma to use the gold leaf Cosmic Ray lettering and Martian character. “That ‘Fusion Powered’ on the hood? Leonard referred to as and stated he didn’t like the way it regarded and requested if he might do it once more. He got here within the subsequent morning, wiped it off, and re-did it,” Scott stated.
In fact, this Vette has the products to again up its radical look. The Chevy 427 was the one factor not destroyed when Gordon Crowe, proprietor of Crowman Fabrication in Canton, OH, barrel rolled his 1933 Willys gasser at Ohio’s Dragway 42 again in 2013, and now it’s discovered a house in Cosmic Ray.
Is Scott apprehensive about heading down the observe within the quickest automotive he’s ever pushed? “Nah. It’s an enormous rollerskate. The blower’s solely overdriven 3%—I can take all of it the best way to twenty%. Extra air is extra energy, and it’ll go from 800 hp to 1,000 hp like that. Plus, I do know a number of guys who know methods to arrange and drive these,” he stated, smiling.
It additionally helps that Crowe constructed a chassis that’s greater than as much as the duty of getting Cosmic Ray down the observe rapidly…and safely. The TIG-welded body consists of gentle metal major rails and a chromoly construction, with a humorous car-style cage. It’s 7.50 licensed, which is quicker than it must be, however that’s okay. “It’s overkill for what was alleged to be a gasser from the ’60s. It’s nearer to a Professional Mod,” Scott stated.
The rear axle is positioned by ladder bars, and the entrance finish options the signature piece of any gasser: a straight axle. In Cosmic Ray, it’s a WAC Customs piece with hairpin radius rods. Each ends of the automotive are supported by Viking coilover shocks, and the entrance suspension is height-adjustable for improved aerodynamics and stability at greater speeds. Wilwood Dynalite brakes safely carry all of it again from warp velocity.
Crowe additionally fabricated the wheelie bars and a pair of.5″ zoomie headers, and obtained to point out off his artistry with the flame-scrolled inside. Good friend Barry Brown cranked the deal with on the bead curler whereas Gordon guided the aluminum sheet, creating intricate designs on the door panels and floorboards. Lastly, the chassis and far of the inside metalwork was powdercoated in a hammertone end.
When requested what his favourite a part of the construct is, Scott half-jokingly replies, “Being performed!” “And the toughest half was hiding the receipts out of your spouse!” Kathy provides, smiling. However would he have performed something otherwise? “I’d have performed a Henry J—the doorways are greater!” he laughs. Then, extra critically, he says, “No. It couldn’t be any cooler.”
- Body: Delicate metal major rails with chromoly construction, TIG-welded, NHRA 7.50 licensed
- Body By: Crowman Fabrication, Canton, OH
- Powdercoat By: Rack Coating Providers, Canal Fulton, OH
- Rear Finish: Moser Engineering Ford 9″, 4.30:1 ring and pinion, spool, 40-spline axles
- Suspension: WAC Customs straight axle with hairpin radius rods (entrance), ladder bars and anti-roll bar (rear); Viking coilover shocks (entrance/rear)
- Steering: Flaming River steering column; reversed Corvair-type steering field
- Brakes: Wilwood Dynalite disc (entrance/rear)
- Wheels and Tires: Cragar S/S (15″ x 4″ entrance, 15″ x 12″ rear); Mickey Thompson ET Entrance 24 x 4.5-15 (entrance), ET Drag 31 x 13.0-15 (rear)
Engine and Transmission
- Engine: 427 cu. in. huge block Chevy (bored .060 over), World Merchandise Merlin rectangular-port forged iron heads (ported and polished), Ferrea valves, Arias 8:1 cast pistons, Whole Seal gapless rings, Venolia connecting rods, Chevy cast metal crankshaft, King bearings, Isky RR-730 grind camshaft, COMP Cams strong curler lifters
- Induction: Hilborn mechanical gas injection with 1-150-A pump (methanol), Littlefield 6-71 supercharger, BDS consumption manifold, DJ Security blower restraint
- Ignition and Electrical: Mallory magneto, Wired Two Win customized wiring harness
- Exhaust: 2 1/2″ zoomie headers by Crowman Fabrication
- Transmission: Rossler Powerglide with professional trans-brake, Mike’s Transmission 10″ 5,500 rpm stall torque converter, Hurst Pistol-Grip Quarter Stick shifter
- Physique: Customized 1963 Vette by ScottRods
- Paint: Axalta Sizzling Hues Sweet
- Paint By: Customs Limitless of Ohio, Hartville, OH
- Lettering and Art work: Designed by Kerry McFarland; painted by Leonard Wren
- Physique Modifications: Raised rear fenders, deleted headlight buckets, modified hood, and way more
- Different: DJ Security parachute
- Sprint: Customized fiberglass sprint by ScottRods with hydrodipped art work, AutoMeter Sport-Comp gauges (tachometer, oil strain, and enhance)
- Seat: ScottRods fiberglass bucket
- Security: DJ Security harness and fireplace suppression system
- Different: Sheetmetal inside panels and scrollwork by Crowman Fabrication