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Bellytank build - Power by the Fabulous Flathead Ford V8

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by awelker, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. this is benchmark stuff, great design, great fabrication, great innovation and blending/balance of fabricated component with bolt-on pieces , and effort added for the detail, very impressive.......I expect you will be rewarded with good speed as well as it 'ticks all the boxes' thus

    Look forward to seeing more,

  2. awelker
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
    Posts: 65


    Thanks for all the comliments. Hopefully this thing turns out the way I see it in my head.

    Here is some more recent work with my radiator fan shrouds. They are actually a structural piece that reinforce the lower frame tubes and hopefully will act as ballistic shields in case of bottom end flathead carnage. The tubes each get a ducted fan intended for extreme brake cooling. Pretty cool at under 4" dia. and will each flow up to 500 cfm with adjustable speed.

    Thanks again for the feedback, Andy

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  3. awelker
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
    Posts: 65


    Rootz - I missed your questions before, - the lower shock mounts are welded directly into the front axle. For the front spring i could not find any classic looking low arch spring packs so i bought all spring main leafs and cut them down with my own end shape and length stagger.
  4. T-rev
    Joined: Jun 15, 2010
    Posts: 113


    This thing is Amazing and going to turn out fantastic!!
  5. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 935


    Hi Andy very nice build.
    We both use the same drop tank body Fordrat31 reserch has found they were used under the Navy Bearcat fighter in 1944, And we both use Ford flatheads for power.
    I have found trying to meet the current rules has been interesting wearing the required SFI-20 fire suit and the Hauns device has made it very tight getting in the car but thankfully gravity helps with getting in. Trying to get out in a hurry is different story.
    So far I have been able to run her at three events here on the East Coast once at Loring and twice at Maxton. Each time out I have learned a bit more about what will work and what will not. If your interested in talking send me a PM. Heres a picture from Loring and a short video of a dyno run to help dial in the fuel system on the supercharged flathead.

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  6. phoenix5x
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 241

    from Ohio

    JEEZUS...That is a thing of beauty!!!
  7. Looks great, workmanship looks top notch, and ideas look spot on. Great Job!!!
  8. Straightpipes
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,084


  9. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,784


    Still out there Andy? Fantastic build, hope it's still alive.
  10. Jack Gifford
    Joined: Jan 24, 2012
    Posts: 15

    Jack Gifford
    from Phelps, NY

    I'm surprised Andy hasn't posted here since July. People at the just-completed Bonneville Speed Week have been talking about his lakester, so I assume Andy ran there?
  11. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,809


  12. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,406


    Man, how good does it get! I'm following this.
  13. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,917


    Yes he did! This car was THE NICEST car on the salt! I kid you not, it is sexy and finely built. Nice to meet you andy and crew!
  14. Iceberg460
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 880


    Wow, IMHO this is probably one of the best builds on the HAMB.. Would love to see more pics if you guys got 'em..
  15. awelker
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
    Posts: 65


    Yes, we made it to speedweek after months of scrambling. It was great meeting everyone there and all the good things everyone had to say I really appreciate it. I know it has been a long time since my last post but I rarely saw the outside of my shed prior to loading the car on the trailer.

    All and all it as a good trip, our fastest run for the week was 164.981. Not bad but we just couldn't crack that 165 average. No major carnage or repairs made during the week, but the trip home has resulted in a growing puddle of gear oil under the car. Teardown may tell another story.

    We have over 1000 pictures, some on car video and other videos to sort through but here are a few shots from the salt. We just got home a few hours ago, what a trip.

    As you can see the tank received some nose art and was named The Blonde Bitch.

    More to come...Andy

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  16. Congrats on your build and a successful speedweek! Keep us posted. Your car is bitchin!
  17. WOW!!!! The "Blond Bitch" is a work of art! Beautiful in every way!
  18. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,917


    Jerry, you would goo over this thing. the fab work is over the top! Not bad for an Engineer Andy!:D
  19. Abbasolutly fannafunfuckintablous............
  20. Nonstop
    Joined: Jun 18, 2012
    Posts: 176

    from CA

    That thing is absolutely gorgeous! I must say I am amazed by the skill and patience! Truly a work of skill and beauty. Congrats on the build.
  21. 36tbird
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,107


    Yo Awelker,

    I join the chorus of commending the workmanship and beauty of the tank. While out there, I wish I could have seen it personally but missed you.

    I've read some reviews where they have flattened the bottoms of tanks and I thought it was to create some ground effect suction. You look like you kept the original shape of the tank. How did it handle at speed? My theory is that the dorsal cockpit acts as a spoiler on an air foil to kill lift. Did that come into play with you? Thanks, Lou
  22. awelker - Bitchin' bellytank! (pun not intended) ... Fantastic design & build execution! ... Congrats on her maiden visit to the salt!
  23. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,079


    Looks great Andy!! Congrats on a successfull first time out!

  24. Elmo Rodge
    Joined: May 12, 2002
    Posts: 2,365

    Elmo Rodge

    Andy, it was an absolute pleasure meeting you. Too bad we never got all of the Tanks together for a picture. See you next time. Wayno
  25. HD74
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 303


    Very impressive!!!
  26. Straightpipes
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,084


    Way to go Andy. More pics when you get a chance....BTTT
  27. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Cool !!!!!!!!!!! let's see more of this......

  28. Straightpipes
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,084


    Andy, let me toot your horn a little. You are too modest.:D

    His run is on Youtube with a camera in the car. Three video. Try "BB bellytanker"..........
  29. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,684


    I just watched the videos on youtube, now I want more!!

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