Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

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Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby Larry » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:26 pm

Hugh is on a quest to document the entire history of the Glasspar G2 roadster sitting in his barn. We'll post some of the email & stuff that's going around as he gathers more info. Any help/info would be greatly appreciated!

A quick bit of background on this kit car-
"There have been many accounts of Bill Tritt and his unique car, but most cover just a part of his far-reaching influence and of the car's impact on the automotive world. Those short but brilliant seven years in the early '50s when the Glasspar G2 was being produced were a turning point in not only the auto world but in other industries in the use of fiberglass in construction. The Glasspar G2 was the world's first production fiberglass-bodied car; this account traces its evolution." For more info: http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/glasspar-g2/history.htm

"Larry and Jim, I think it is the Glasspar G2 that Nolan White built in 1953/4. An entry list might give a clue.
For now I am looking for a second opinion with no coaching. Vern sent a link with old racing photos - this
was one - Rick White on a G2 his father was building. Don't know if Nolan just built it for sale or also ran
it at Bonneville. I have been told the Glasspar bodies were shipped in red primer/sealer. The second photo
is my car being built for SCCA racing - I found the rad layer inder the final Blue body color" Hugh

Hugh's Glasspar 1954  nolan white.jpg
Little Rick White sitting on his dad Nolan's Glasspsr G2.

"This is the earliest photo of my Glasspar [yet] sitting in a Palo Alto driveway."
Hugh's G2.jpg

"Talked to the builder's son Sunday. It had a 1947/48 Ford block with a
Mercury crank, dual carbs, Mallory ignition and a 39 trans with Zephyr
gears. It still has the 3:54 ratio Mercury rear-end and a 1937 V60 front
tube axel. The steering is from a 1936 Dodge. A classic 1940s hot rod
set-up. Dash guages are early 1950 SW with convex lenses. The body
was made in 1953. It raced out of the Bay Area SCCA region and won
or placed in several races in 1956 and 1957. "
Hugh's G2 steers 57c.png
1956- The Steers Ford Special
Hugh's G2 Glasspar 2009 -.jpg
The car as it is today.
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:18 pm

Bill Tritt had at least 2 'company' cars. One which he drove to Detroit to consult with Harley Earl when the Corvette was still known as project OPEL. The second G2 number 130, would turn on any Gear Head. It was powered with a Merc block under some Ardun heads. [see photo] - neat tow car, too. This Glasspar showed its 1948 Pontiac taillights to many a High-Buck imports
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Glasspar in tow.png
Chevy fastback tow car for G2 Ardun
glasspar 57 rear.jpg
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby Larry » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:32 am

Here's some more of the email traffic:

My 1954 program shows #218 as a X class(cars not competing in any class)
it says Warner-Wright ,Chula Vista,Ca Merc np pic
- STEVE
Yes, I noticed that the Glaspar was second-fastest in it's class, behind only the Guy Mabee Special (A VERY famous car!) which had a Chrysler engine......which was BIG TIME for 1954!
- jgmagoo
k victress Guy Maybee.jpg
Finishing 2nd to a gearhead like Maybee, I think that's something to be proud of!

The Maybee car has been restored by a guy from Indiana He found the chassis in Mexico in a garage junk pile. It got a replacement Victress S-1 body which was designed by my Trans Design teacher at Art Center, Hugh Jorgensen. He did it in about 1951 while he was an Art Center student.
- hhn
k - 1 victress 2008.jpg
The Maybee Spcl, freshly restored & at home on the salt @ Bonneville 2008

...neat stuff - At one point the Mabee Victress had a ZF 4 speed. They were made for mid-size German trucks. The 3rd 1956 Corvette on the Daytona Speed Week team had one, too. Also Briggs Cunningham had 6 made with aluminum cases for C6R, his last race car with the Offy engine. I have one of the cast iron versions that came adapted to a Cadillac bellhousing. - got it from a Cad V-16 collector in WY - no idea of its history.
- hhn
Hugh info- k Mabee 2.jpg
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:01 am

locating details - pre-restoration.
pulled the Cad engine. Found
extruded aluminum for original
style air scoop and bolted on 50
Chev bumper guards for nurfs
something like once on the G2.
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G2  57c.png
winning day in 1956
Glasspar 57 2010.jpg
back to original 1956 look
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:28 am

2 or 3 weeks ago I went lookin for a flathead for the Glasspar. I though I found a 59AB as was originally in it. It arrived with some 24 stud heads and on a second look the engine was a 21 stud - likely 35 or 36. Good news is that it is a low milege Ford Zone re-built from Fargo. A mild overhaul should make a good engine for now. If I win the lottery, I'll go looking for some Eddy Meyers heads :lol: At some point it would make a very good engine for a replica prewar A V8 lake racer. These are 24 stud heads that are a bit different - they have a raised 9T on them and one has [ford] script and 44 on it. Wonder it they were war time replacements ??? Someplace says they were for 1940 era trucks - could be slightly higher compression.
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G2 7-10 4.jpg
original dash & steering wheel
G2 remove-.jpg
skuppin out the Cad
G2 36 flathead.jpg
1935 or 36 221 flatty
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:44 pm

Managed to get some shop time away
from the house re-model and built a
copy of the original racing screen.
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G2 57 details.jpg
replica racing screen
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:08 am

Anyone ever seen other
pics of this RED car?
Might be the same G2
with different bird!
--note 51 Nash grill --
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G2 girl.jpg
Same Car? .....in Dean MOON book
Glasspar of Hollywood.jpg
Johnny Dark film promo car
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:57 pm

This past week Wm (Bill) Tritt founder and designer of the Glasspar cars and boats past on. He was 93.
His work with fiberglass cars also led to helping GM get the Corvette into production. RIP
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:13 pm

About 10 Glasspars had real racing history in the 1950s.
This one is Bill Tritt's factory racer which was powered
with an Ardun Mercury. It was recently found minus
the engine as was mine. It was tu-tone RED
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Glasspar  130 --.jpg
only known color photo of 130
Glasspar in tow.png
Factory Glasspar race car
Glasspar 130 ardun.jpg
Old # 130 now
Glasspar 130  Ardun spl.jpg
Ardun Merc G2
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Re: Hugh's Historical Glasspar Hunt

Postby hhn » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:05 pm

This is the form I plan to restore the Glasspar as less the Continental Kit.
Someone chopped it off years ago and I rebuilt the rear 2 feet of the frame.
Got the aero screen cut out the other day and made an aluminum air skoop
as shown in the video. Found some nice original 1950 Chevy guards for the
front.

The video is what ID'd the car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU9BdOb9ESA
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