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Hot Rods My belly tank racer build

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

  1. onekoolkat1950
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    Hope to visit you real soon Tommy.


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  2. HarryT
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    That will be great! I'll be looking forward to it.
    Jim
     
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  3. bobbytnm
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    I just love tuning back into this thread!
    Your metal working skills are amazing and inspiring. Thanks for taking us all along for the ride.

    Bobby
     
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  4. onekoolkat1950
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]the first round of rivets.


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  5. GordonC
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    Sweet! Are you going to leave the rest of the tank as is or polish up the whole thing?
     
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  6. onekoolkat1950
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    It's in original Ww2 era paint with military instructions and decals on the outside. I just can't bring myself to paint it and lose the history . I'm going to leave the paint and add some touches to make it my own.


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  7. Dude....amazing work. It's like magic!
     
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  8. onekoolkat1950
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    Hardly amazing but thanks buddy.


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  9. Pete
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    Looks even better in person.

    I hit my like button 40 times.
     
  10. Blues4U
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    from So Cal

    That is so awesome! Great job!
     
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  11. Stogy
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    'Just Riveting'
    literally


    Aluminum is a very beautiful metal to work with and has the look too. It looks great polished or faded and of course painted...

    When I was working on a memorial Lancaster restoration I had thoughts of those who had their lives involved in it all...kinda eerie and cool.

    I'm pretty sure you think that way as well from your wanting to preserve historic ambience...
    the balancing act.

    Did you self rivet or
    did @Pete help out...
    it's generally a two man operation.

    great stuff as always.

     
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  12. onekoolkat1950
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    All by lonesome riveting Stogy. I'm sure it would have been pretty funny to be a fly on my garage wall last night. I was doing my best Stretch Armstrong impersonation.
    I have nothing but the highest respect and admiration for those who served in the defense of our country. This tanks original finish makes me feel closer to America's greatest generation.


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  13. GordonC
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    I wondered about the long arm approach to riveting those panels in!
     
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    any updates???
     
  15. onekoolkat1950
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    Life’s been getting in the way of getting this one done. Got the clutch done, seat mounted , made a firewall. Currently working on the shifter. I’ll post some pictures soon.


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  16. CURSED GEARS
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    I think its awesome you wanting to preserve the paint on this. I understand that it makes you feel closer to the ones who went before. I have felt the same way in the past.
     
  17. Nobey
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    I'am glad you're leaving the original finish on the tank, it's says, I payed me dues for you.
    You just know the people that built this, are looking down, and smiling. Great job.....
     
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  18. DAM! This is so cool.....
     
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    Darn near a land based aircraft...thats really coming together Koolkat...Again what a completely unique experience that is going to be. Compliments again on your workmanship and vision...
     
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  23. onekoolkat1950
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    Thanks buddy


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    See what happens when you screw around. You end up with a one of a kind gen-u-wine honest to goodness race car.

    Great job and good luck as this progress's.
     
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  25. greaser
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    This one will be talked about for many years to come. Just an incredible job!
    Vision and talent beyond belief.
     
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  26. onekoolkat1950
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    That’s unbelievably kind. Thank you.


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  28. CURSED GEARS
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    That's a cool canopy. Looks like you will have to get a fighter pilots license!
     
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  29. rusty rocket
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    Holy cow thats some KOOL shit!!!!!!
     
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  30. GordonC
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    Wheres the AC? going to get kind of warm in there running that thing down the beach at TROG!:D
     
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