The car has a one-off chassis designed in 1947 to compete in road racing events in SoCal. IFS is based on pre-war German GP standards, but made with custom components and post war racing and speed equipment. A last minute engine plan change in 1953 placed the 241 inch Dodge hemi in the chassis in lieu of the original planned 122 inch supercharged inline four. A full envelope body was planned too, but time and money constraints were solved by a donated Model T body and a fabricated fiberglass nose. The current nose and paneling were fabricated by builder's son when original nose was destroyed in 1958, following the sketches of Ira Hassad. The car was a test bed for the builder's rotary supercharger, which took the car to 172 mph at the 1954 Bonneville speed trails. It continued time trial and local San Diego racing events through 1958. The builder's son restored the car in 1993 to meet Historic race car standards and ran at the top of groups it was placed in through four years of events. Since then, many car shows and personal use miles have been enjoyed. Normal race prep will be needed before competition and and an "eventual" engine rebuild will be needed, as the little Dodge HAS NEVER BEEN REBUILT and still runs strong today. All oil and fluids were replaced 8/15/2014. The car will be sold with a CA title, registered as a 1922 Ford, which Ira commenced in 1953. Copies of both magazines featuring the car and copies of family photos with the car will be supplied.
Built between 1948 and 1953. Raced from 1954 to 1958 by Ira Hassad. Vintage raced from 1994 to 1997 by Jim Hassad (builder's son). Car is still invited to run at HMSA events even through this year.
Recent Competition History
Class wins at Bonneville and local San Diego events. Group wins at Willow Springs VARA events and top of group times running HMSA at Laguna Seca.
Class: 1947-1955 S/R
Weight: 2000 lbs
Track: Laguna Seca
Engine Builder: Ira Hassad
Induction: 3 each Stromberg 97 carbs on Offenhauser manifold.
Heads: ported stock
Main Caps: stock
Connecting Rods: stock
Pistons: aftermarket 11.0 to 1
Camshaft: Chet Herbert roller lifter 30/30
Valve Train: stock
Clutch: Ford truck
Pressure Plate: Ford truck
Flywheel: lightened stock
Exhaust: 4into1 headers with lakes caps
Total Time: approx. 10k mi
Runs great, never rebuilt but parts easily available.
Manufacturer: Fuel Safe
Fuel Pump: electric
Fuel Type: 92 octane
Water Rad Location: front
Water Pump: stock/ rebuilt
Oil Cooler: n/a
Oil Cooler Location: n/a
Ignition: Mopar solid state
Alternator: Mopar 12v
Data Logger: n/a
Type: 1939 automobile
Trans Cooler: n//a
Races: 3 races
stock gears with torque tube to differential
Ratio: Full set: 1.9 - 5.10
Differential: Halibrand 3.78 to 1
Axles: Shortened Ford
never needed servicing other than oil changes
Construction: steel Model T rear half, aluminum hood and side panels
Paint: single stage
Condition: good race car, some chips and cracking
fabrication of panels
Type: Twin 2.25 dia. 4130 tube with pyramid truss.
Builder: Ira Hassad
Material: 4130 alloy tubing and plate
Finish: black paint
Condition: excellent, never any cracks or crash repairs
Front Suspension: IFS with 4130 a-arms, cross mount leaf spring,all new ball joints
Rear Suspension: solid axle, Halibrand quick-change differential, bearings just serviced
Shocks: lever action 1932 Ford, rebuilt 1993, only 50 hours use.
Brakes: Ford drum with carbon-Kevlar linings
Steering: Original box with Franklin gears, new u-joints
Wheels: Halibrand Magnesium Champ Car
Tires: Mickey Thompson 150 mph rated
Fire System: Halon
Guages: Stewart Warner
Steering Wheel: Bell Auto Champ Car 3 spoke - 1949!