Register now to get rid of these ads!

Hot Rods My belly tank racer build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by onekoolkat1950, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    I had the good fortune of buying a 13' belly tank a few months back from a great guy in Mass. The plan is to build a late 40's early 50's style tank race car like those from the dry lakes. [​IMG][​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  2. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] These tanks are full of baffles and fuel lines . I started by cutting a few holes so I could get a complete picture of what I was up against to remove them.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  3. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] After some strategic planning I was able to split the tank without destroying the flange or the baffles inside.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  4. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG][​IMG] I then cut out the baffles on the bottom to make room for the chassis and components.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     

  5. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 2,061

    RMONTY
    Member

  6. Watching.
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,478

    Jalopy Joker
    Member

    Cool project - have fun
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  8. Flatty,banjo and is that an early Mopar axel?Looks like a sweet project.
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  9. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,039

    Hombre
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Very cool!!
     
    GR5 and onekoolkat1950 like this.
  10. ABONES
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 994

    ABONES
    Member

    Can't wait to see what you do with this one!
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  11. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,498

    catdad49
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I'm sure you'll be able to find a use for the baffles. This should be good! This is first time I've seen the inner workings of a tank, Very Interesting.
     
    brad2v and onekoolkat1950 like this.
  12. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG][​IMG] the engine came from this Ford F1 that was a family farm hay truck. Truck had an incredible 4500 miles on it. I found the truck by the side of the road about 3 minutes from my house.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
    catdad49, brad2v, rab71 and 5 others like this.
  13. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG]Got this " wavy" axle from a local honey hole I frequent. Plan is to run 36 Ford spindles , T spring and wide five drums and wheels on the front. No front brakes.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
    catdad49, Pufff, Stogy and 2 others like this.
  14. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    [​IMG][​IMG] gonna run a ford side shift trans , 40 merc rear and this tiny torque I made.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  15. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,685

    flatford39
    Member

    How did you determine the exact length of the torque tube without a mock up????
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  16. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    I've looked at a million pics of tanks . Most have no drive shaft or a super short one. I made the torque tube as short as possible with the driveshaft type I'm planning to run. Let's hope it works out! Really no recipe for cars like this . I usually "wing it " when it comes to building cars. Ha


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,113

    topher5150
    Member

    I have an extra rear axle just incase your winging it doesn't work
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  18. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    Thanks topher I've got a few extras myself:)


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
  19. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,290

    Atwater Mike
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Neat project!!! Love that shorty tube... Going to run 2nd & high gears only? That Plymouth axle is a hoot!
    I have 3 of them, always start each project with the front axle...my cool one man lakester has a 1920 Elliot axle, reminds me of early Indy, lotsa style...
    Which frame rails are you planning for the tank? (I see some T's, also an 'A'?)
    I have a 'building table' that doubles as a frame jig, and when setting up my 'one man car', I also 'wing' it.
    Funny 'winging' story:
    I was setting my rear crossmember in my '27 Hiboy, '32 rails, rear 'kickups' kicked up 2" additional, Model 'A' crossmember. Working both sides alternatively, I had my yardstick on the right, and a wooden Harbor yardstick on the left.
    Every time I measured from my stretched center wire to each side, I was nearly 1/2" off! Then from the other side? Couldn't find my error, so 3 times measure...then compare yardsticks. Wooden China stick was 3/8" shorter at 30"!!!
    Hope my metal Starrett was correct...Checked it with my Lufkin tape. Hope they're both right... LOL
    Didn't weld 'til I figured that out...:eek::D:cool:
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2017
  20. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    I think it will have 2 shifters . 1st and reverse on one 2nd and 3rd on the other. Seen that done by Mike Barillaro and liked it. This will be my TROG car for next year. Would be nice to have reverse at the hotel.
    Please post a pic of your tank Mike . I'd love to see it.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
    brEad, Nailhead Jason and Stogy like this.
  21. flatheadtommy
    Joined: Oct 21, 2013
    Posts: 1,007

    flatheadtommy
    Member

    Ray, you are unbelievable ! A real credit to this wonderful thing of ours.
     
  22. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171

    Nobey
    Member

    Great project, I'll be watching.....
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  23. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 17,554

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    That tank looks fresh off the plane inside...minimal corrosion. Great condition for your project. Any identification on it? You can reapply any existing tags for historical ambience. Upping the speed threshold a little...from your last adventure...sand to dirt to salt perhaps?. Your a man of adventure @onekoolkat1950. Good on you...fun for us.
     
    onekoolkat1950 and 6-bangertim like this.
  24. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 755

    rod1
    Member

    Cool.This will be fun.More photos!
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  25. shivasdad
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 553

    shivasdad
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Texas

    Great fun. I'm watching.
     
    teefan and onekoolkat1950 like this.
  26. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,719

    gonzo
    Member

    Looking forward to watching this one come together, although I still think you should make it legal to run at Loring! I'm dying to go up there.
     
    onekoolkat1950 and ABONES like this.
  27. graveyardsledder
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 294

    graveyardsledder
    Member

    Here we go again! Yes Yes Yes!!!


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.
  28. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,279

    Speed~On
    Member

    Looking forward to watching another great build come together, Ray. Belly Tanks rule! We're still drooling over the D-Fender build.

    For those of you that are out of the loop, Ray built a killer single seat racer for TROG 2017. The D-Fender. One of the coolest builds, ever!
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2017
  29. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864

    onekoolkat1950
    Member

    Thanks for the kind words . I really appreciate it.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
    Speed~On likes this.
  30. Runnin shine
    Joined: Apr 12, 2013
    Posts: 3,234

    Runnin shine
    Member

    ^^dont forget he built it in like a few months or something.
    As for the belly tank'r all I have is "oh come on" Ray. You just have to keep going onward and upward don't ya?


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
    onekoolkat1950 likes this.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.