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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by JamieUC, Jan 3, 2021.

  1. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 609

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    Great project, beautiful work !
    Regarding power source... Ford 4-banger is/was used and classic. Early V8 requiring more space and heavier ?
    What gauge aluminum is body ?
     
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  2. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 152

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    from Swansea UK

    Thanks all for the reply's
     
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  3. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
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    from Swansea UK

    Yes a bit of a shortage of saltflats in the UK but I do live a half hour drive from Pendine, so the racing will be on the sand.
     
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  4. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
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    from Swansea UK

    Hi Hardtimes I did think about a four banger but its gonna be a beast with a blown flathead. Body is made with 2mm 14 gauge 1050 aluminium.
     
  5. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    Excellent fab skills!

    I have a hard time drawing a straight line with a ruler.
     
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  6. Yes - great build skills there !
     
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  7. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 152

    JamieUC
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    from Swansea UK

    OK sorted out a few more photos to post , I'm not quite up to date but the next couple of posts will cover the last four or five months of work done on the tank.

    Started work on the chassis, box section, cut in half to make C section then pie cut every six inch or so to form curve, this was quite lenthy process to get the shape of the tank and keep it that shape once all welded up.
    Tank15.jpg

    Front crossmember bolted in, at this stage everything is just tacked or bolted together till I get ride hight/ suspension travel dialed in.
    Tank16.jpg
    Rear axle is solid mount with magnesium vintage Halibrand center section.
    Unfortunatly I havent got a magnesium rear cover so brought a aluminium one, will have to figure a way of aging it to match the magnesium, any tips on this would be appreciated, or any leads on a magnesium one.... I know im chasing the unobtainium again.
    Tank17.jpg
    Tank18.jpg
    Then on to front end , Im using a model A axle but with 36 wish bones, bones are split so need spring mounts to be heated and bent straight. First photo shows before and second shows them just after straightening. I havent got oxy aceltylene so a big propane torch and some paitence was the tool of choice.
    Tank23.jpg

    Tank21.jpg
    Got the lathe going and turned up a couple of bungs for the wishbones
    Tank20.jpg

    and welded um in.
    Tank22.jpg

    Well thats it for today..
     
  8. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 152

    JamieUC
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    from Swansea UK

    Hi Sailingadventure
    Nice to see you posting here, Ive looked through your tank build on your website many a time in the past, its a great build with lots of usfull info. Have you got any video online of it racing?
     
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  9. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 152

    JamieUC
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    from Swansea UK

    Part four of my belly tank build, as I have said earlier I started this build about 18 months ago so this insalment will cover the last couple of months and bring the thread up to date so ongoing posts will be about what I'm actually doing with the tank rather than whats already been done.

    So I've got my 49 flatty and my mercury 3 speed box ready to go in so it was time to get busy on the lathe again and make an adapter to couple the gearbox to the quickchange, rear axle is solid mount so no propshaft.
    Tank24.jpg

    This was a bit of fun on my litle Myford lathe, but after many hours of chip making the adapter was ready and it was time to see if the engine and gearbox would fit.

    Tank25.jpg
    Well it all fits and thers still a bit of room left for me to squeeze in.
    Tank26.jpg
    Time to put some wheels on and roll it out of the corner. The back wheels are space savers and are being used as they are the right hieght but will not be used on the finished car. I'm waiting on a set of Vintiques 18" gennie steels from the states at will be used on the rear.
    Tank27.jpg
    Tank28.jpg
     
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  10. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
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    Excellent!
     
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  11. lowrd
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
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    Serious talent, damn! Do you need an apprentice?
     
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  12. edvdummy
    Joined: Apr 8, 2016
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    from Germany

    Beautiful work,

    you already know whether engine front or rear ?
     
  13. rpm56
    Joined: Nov 29, 2013
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    Pretty sure he does.
    20210111_102922.jpg
     
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  14. 282doorUK
    Joined: Mar 6, 2015
    Posts: 155

    282doorUK

    Marvellous stuff, will you be boxing the rails eventually?
    Looking forward to seeing it run at Pendine, if I ever manage to get my'28 Chevy down there.
     
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  15. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
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    THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    from FRENCHTOWN

    Stunning project. Excellent workmanship and engineering.
    Subscribed.

    I am amazed any time a hot rodder not in the USA takes on a project using vintage American powerplants. It is hard enough to do it here but must be doubly hard with an ocean separating you from sources of many parts.
     
  16. Frankyboy
    Joined: Aug 25, 2014
    Posts: 10

    Frankyboy

    That looks the nuts mate , wish I hand the sold mine in some ways ! But to many projects ! Hope to see that at pendine ! Tho I fear it won’t be the only one !!!
     
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  17. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
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    from Swansea UK

    Yep an extra foot or two would been nice for fitting everything in but wanted to keep that early belly tank look, anyways I'm a skinny short *ss:D so wont be to much of a squeeze for me.
     
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  18. JamieUC
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    from Swansea UK

    Will box the rails, not all but in key areas, plan is to have full roll cage so that will stifen the chassis up some.
    See you at the sand, hopefully running my coupe this year, if were allowed out to play..
     
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  19. JamieUC
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    from Swansea UK

    Hi Frankyboy your right I dont think I will be the only one running a tank, this thread has aready caught the attention of another VHRA member building a tank to run at pendine.
     
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  20. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Very impressive. It looks great. I'll look out for you, hopefully it will happen.
     
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  21. JamieUC
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 152

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    from Swansea UK

    Hi Mart been watching your youtube channel, I brougt a Buma boring bar last year and googled "how to use Buma boring bar" low and behold your youtube channel pops up with not only a Buma but a Buma boring a flathead..aewsome.
     
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  22. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    That's ace.
     
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  23. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
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    No one said it yet, SLICK......

    Nice job on the build, love these kind of builds.

    Cliff Ramsdell
     
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  24. BS!
    Joined: Mar 17, 2010
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    BS!
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    Unreal work. Subscribed!
     
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  25. Brand Apart
    Joined: Jan 22, 2011
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    Brand Apart
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    from Roswell GA

    Great job, Love this build...just wondering why not clean the axle tubes up rather than try to distress center section to match?
     
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  26. Easy-Off oven cleaner will put a gray tint on the Aluminium
     
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  27. roddering
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
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    roddering
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    from Arizona

    Out of this world amazing! Can't wait to see the finished project. :D
     
  28. redoxide
    Joined: Jul 7, 2002
    Posts: 672

    redoxide
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    from Scotland

    Brilliant . Look forward to seeing this one at Pendine should we be fortunate enough to get there this year ..
     
  29. nobby
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 816

    nobby
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    porsche 912 or 914 steering rack
    put the spindles back stock
    centre steering
     

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