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Projects P38 Belly Tank

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Frenchy Dehoux, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Ulu
    Joined: Feb 26, 2014
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    Well, it's two weeks later. Any progress on the tanker?
    Would you tell us what other engines you have planned?
    Antique stuff or modern?
     
  2. Ulu
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    ...5 months & no update.

    Maybe the builder was too distressed by this year's wet salt or sumpthin'. :rolleyes:
     
  3. racinman
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    I love it... I love me some belly tank cars
     
  4. racinman
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    Mine are even smaller than that... belly tank1.jpg belly tank1.jpg belly tank2.jpg
     
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  5. My dad flew P38s in the Pacific in 1944 with the 475th Fighter Group. Started at the island of Biak and headed out to other fields from there. With 33 missions behind him they sent him back home - probably saved his life.

    He said they never came back with the tanks. Dropped them off when they engaged the Japs or once they got back near the field. Must be hundreds of those things out in the jungles and on the ocean floor he said.

    Think I posted similar comments some time back - can't remember when. If so, please excuse.....
     
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  6. Nobey
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    I wonder what ever happened to Frenchy Dehoux, and this build. Last time he posted was
    May 5, 2014......
     
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  7. bandoola
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    Here's to your dad and all the other P-38 pilots! And to all who served - my dad was a tank commander in the Pacific. They truly were the greatest generation! God bless them all.
    I had the honor and good fortune to fly this P-38 for the LoneStar Flight Museum. This picture was taken by Bill Crump, who was in the tail of the museum's B-25 - I pulled in for a close-up. You can see the hard mounts for the drop tanks under the wings on either side of the gondola. The red caps near the skid strips are the main and aux tanks, not visible are the caps for the leading edge tanks - they are farther out on the wings. The 38 was an absolute thrill to fly - of course nobody was shooting at me. What's better than one V-12? Two V-12s.
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    Picture copyrighted by the great Bill Crump.
     
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  8. revkev6
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    I like the aircooled idea as i raced em! if you are going to do it, do it RIGHT! Find an autocraft motor in the 2700cc range.
     
  9. Nobey
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    Frinchy is M.I.A.
     

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