The Cars of Milwaukee Masterpiece: DeWayne Ashmead’s Cadillac Powered Glasspar G2

Hi Gang…

In celebration of the “Fabulous Fiberglass” class that will be featured at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance on August 28th, 2011, I thought it would be good to showcase the cars that will be participating.   We’re getting closer and closer to the Concours, so remember here’s the “Countdown Clock” to the Milwaukee Masterpiece showing how many days are left until the event:

                                

Our first car to share is a beautiful Glasspar G2 owned by DeWayne Ashmead.  His G2 is just coming out of restoration, and DeWayne sent us some preliminary pictures.  The car is stunning and the choice of “ruby red” makes this a “one-of-a-kind” car in every way.  

Let’s take a closer look at some of the details.

DeWayne's 1953 Glasspar G2 Looks Stunning Against the Glistening Snow of Utah in Early 2011.

DeWayne’s Glasspar G2

Besides an astute collector of rare automobiles, DeWayne is also a consummate historian.  To this end, he began researching the history of his Glasspar G2 years ago and went right to the source – Bill Tritt.  Here’s what DeWayne reports from his conversation with Tritt:

“Bill Tritt reported that this car was made in 1953 by the factory.  Approximately 10 automobiles were completed by the factory, and one of those, car number 38, was fitted with a Cadillac engine and transmission.  The differential and suspension were Ford.  While the most popular engine put in the Glasspar G2 was a Ford flathead, car owners had Cadillac, Buick, Chrysler, and Lincoln engines also installed.”

I’ve included a few pictures of DeWayne’s G2 in the gallery of pictures below.   You can learn more about his car by reviewing the “Technical Specifications” shown in the table below.

Summary:

We’ll have several fiberglass cars attending that are beautifully restored, and DeWayne Ashmead’s Glasspar G2 will be a stellar addition to our gathering.  No doubt that the “Fabulous Fiberglass” class at the 2011 Milwaukee Masterpiece will be a hit, and help us spread the news of Fantastic Fabulous Forgotten and Famous Fiberglass Sports Cars around the world.  For more information about this event, click on the following link:

https://www.undiscoveredclassics.com/?p=8738

Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…

Glass on gang…

Geoff

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Technical Specifications

Body
  • Glasspar G2 Roadster
Designer
  • Bill Tritt
Body Work and Paint
  • Dale Garner
Seats
  • Modified seats from Jaguar XK120
  • Parchment leather with black carpet
Windshield / Glass
  • Jaguar XK120
Hood / Doors / Trunk
  • Two doors (factory)
Frame
  • PC013038
  • “Shorty” Post Chassis
  • (January 1953, frame number 38)
Body Number
  • G253038
  • (Number needs verifying – researching correct sequence with Rodney Packwood / Geoff Hacker)
Suspension
  • Ford
Front Axle
  • Ford
Rear Axle
  • Ford Rear End
Driveshaft: (open/closed driveshaft)
  • Ford Torque Tube
Engine (make/year)
  • 1952 Cadillac (serial number 523257895)
  • Push-rod activated overhead valves with hydraulic lifters
  • Compression ratio 7.5 to 1
Transmission (type/year)
  • Cadillac 3 speed transmission
Carburetion
  • Rochester four-barrel downdraft carburetor
Displacement
  • 331 cubic inches
Horsepower (estimated)
  • Maximum brake horsepower: 190 @ 4000 rpm
  • Maximum torque lbs. per foot @ rpm: 322 @ 2400 rpm
Dashboard / Gauges
  • Stewart Warner period correct gauges
  • The dash is wood backed piece of aluminum that has been engine turned.
Steering Wheel
  • Late 1930’s Banjo style Ford
Wheelbase
  • 101 inch wheelbase
 Track/Tread (front/rear)(distance between center line of tires)        

  • 56 inches
Top Speed (0-60)
  • Fast, Fast, Fast!
Special Features
  • Custom Hood Scoop
  • Bumpers: Lincoln Continental – uprights came from K2 Allard
  • Brakes use power assist system sourced from 1953 Cadillac

  


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