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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Aug 13, 2021.
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Moon Tank Mystery
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Dig back in the HAMB archives, many good stories and threads about hydrazine. I think we first talked about it 20? years ago?
Always liked the look of a moon tank. Still have a few in the shop.
Cool find. Hydrazine? Naaasty stuff! IIRC it is rocket fuel and will self ignite. Bad.
Here, good reading
Racers would often add DYE to the fuel to change its color to mess with the other races, The Surfers team of Skinner & Jobe were famous for doing this. You cant run on 100% Hydrazine , too dangerous and volatile to handle. When the racers did experiment with it, it was only a beaker full to 5 gal, pour it in, cap and shake the tank--- get the hell out of the way
the last space capsule that was recovered and put on the deck was not openedd for 10-15 minutes so the hydrazine vapors could disapate they use it in the small steering jets ( rockets?)
I like the “shake it up and run” !!!
I imagine those ears on the cap were not removed for saving weight but so it couldn't be overtightened, as per the warning.
A bit of a pressure relief I assume.
I don't believe the DYMO tape labels have much credibility. The "100% " label is ridiculous.
The "Do Not Tighten Filler Cap" is another question as UDMH absorbs atmospheric moisture
quite readily. UDMH BP is significantly higher than even gasoline, so that's the least of other
Lots of fuels were experimented with in the 50's maybe 60's until finally NHRA
squashed. I still like propylene oxide w/ nitromethane used at whopping 3%, but NHRA made a big issue out of it. In my later career I utilized 20K gal railcars monthly w/o ESH issues.
Forgot to add---- at the end of the run, immediately drain the tank of the remaining fuel
Hydrazine was used for spacecraft thrusters as one component of what are known as hypergolic propellents, usually paired with nitrogen tetroxide.
They wanted something simple and reliable, the two components pretty much mind their own business till they are mixed. One of the lesser known "features" of the Apollo lunar module, there could be no actual testing of the actual engines used in the spacecraft because these particular chemicals are so corrosive. So every liftoff from the Moon was the first, and only, instance where that particular engine had ever been fired. If they didn't work for any reason, the Astronauts would be marooned.
Back to the topic here's a thread with 18 pages of MOON tanks.
I thought the Moon was on topic?
Sorry if any delicate sensibilities were offended. /s
Very Kool buy . What’s the story on the belt buckle with the roadster on it !
F-16’s use a form of Hydrazine to operate the Auxiliary Power Unit.
Cool hydroplane- yours? Still got it?
I’m a nut for anything vintage Moon. Even my 6 volt positive ground has a voltage inverter and a Moon tach. And all their finned aluminum I can find!
It was labeled like that as a joke… I’m sure the other racers laughed. FWIW, that pwrformance automotive shop was the sole supplier of race fuel at Bonneville for decades.
I thought I was the only guy in the world that lopped off the cap wings. I got my Moon tank soon after they started putting the different caps on and I lopped the cap wings off and polished it to look less old. Funny the the things we do to change with the times only to think how silly it was , looking back.
Talked to an older feller at Pomona a few years back. He was a machinist that contracted with Dean Moon in the mfg. of the Moon tanks.
He laughingly referred to himself as a 'retired Moonspinner'!
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