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  1. dugydog
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 223


    So yesterday I went on an estate sale. The gentleman who passed was a mechanic and race car driver of mostly sprint cars from what I could tell. It was quite an adventure as there was a lot of cool things. I purchased this aluminum fuel tank among other things and was wondering if anybody knows what kind of race car this would have been made for? I don’t know much about early sprint car racing but this tank seems huge for that type of racing. It’s about 27 inches high 15 inches wide and 27 inches long and weighs about 18 lbs. IMG_0529.JPG IMG_0531.JPG IMG_0533.JPG Anybody have any ideas? Maybe an Indy car?

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  2. Looks like a regular open wheel dirt car (sprint car) rearend shape.

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  3. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 596


    Im thinkin old sprint car

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  4. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,625


    Any time you see a gas tank built like that, it was used to put maximum fuel in a small place! The car it was built for needed x number of gallons to complete the race!,
    What car? I don’t have a clue!

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  5. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 732

    from Alabama

    Must be pretty early vintage sprint cars or midgets. All modern race series require fuel cells with a composite bladder inside a steel plate enclosure.
  6. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,146

    from PNW

    Early Sprint. About right since it was probably carrying methanol or alky. No pit stops in Sprint car racing. You pull in during a race, might as well stay there..
  7. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 957

    Joe Blow

    This is a vintage sprint car tank that was for sale on here 5 years ago.
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  8. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,573

    rusty rocket

    Methanol burns quick so you have carry a lot.
  9. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,374

    dave lewis
    from Nampa ID

    Beautiful !

    Hand formed...

    Zoom in close , you can see the hammer form marks..

    I would love to shake the hand of the man that built it..

    I would hang it on the wall in my office !


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  10. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,620


    Has to be for a sprint car or champ car. A long shot guess is a tank for an outboard motor boat.
  11. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,548


    Except for the Little 500 in Anderson, IN. They start 33 sprints on a 1/4 mile asphalt track and run 500 laps. They do have pit stops.
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  12. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,548


    Sprint car, probably holds about 25 gallons. Looks a lot like the tank in my first car.
  13. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,882


    What are the other race car goodies? Bob
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  14. dugydog
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 223


    Thanks for the input. Yeah I’ll probably hang this in the garage. These are the other items I got. Would love to build something for TROG. The console with the steering wheel has a steering box that’s stamped “GREEN” on the aluminum portion, I’ve never heard of that brand, and the bomber seat has a circular indentation in the base so I don’t know if that was a gunners seat or what? The red tail section with the number 81 is aluminum too. IMG_0512.JPG 62760711265__BD557CD5-08DB-447C-97D3-0945F6622710.JPG

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  15. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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    Looks like you have most of the makings, when does the project start?!
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    wow - those are some real vintage treasures. I think you could build something interesting.

    Check out my ongoing champ car build in my signature line.

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  17. hfh
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 368

    from Western MA

    I love all those parts you bought. Can’t wait to see how you use them. I especially love the grille. I was trying to emulate those shapes using this grille on my roadster. F80C0397-B5F3-434B-A3CF-7378159D01E4.jpeg
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  18. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,875

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I'd give that tank a polish job and hang it on a wall. What a cool piece, you really found some neat stuff!
  19. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 2,287


    That track nose is really a work of art. Congratulations of your find.
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  20. The aircraft filler neck and cap are probably worth more than the tank is... pretty cool find!
  21. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,146

    from PNW

    Oops..... forgot about that one...:)
  22. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 915


    @dugydog Green Engineering way back made speed equipment for Model Ts. That may be one of their products.
  23. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,069


    That is a cool piece of history. I'd agree with giving it a bit of but not overdone scrub job and hanging it in a place of honor unless you find enough pieces to put together a period car with it.
  24. dugydog
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 223


    That’s good info on these items I picked up thanks guys. I try not to purchase stuff for that “someday” project as I have my hands full with my current ‘35 Ford but in this case I’m making an exception. Hopefully I can do something with this stuff in the next year or so when my Ford is complete. Famous last words right?

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  25. My oldest daughter has pretty much furnished her home with things from estate sales. She says, "Dead people go off and leave all kinds of cool stuff."
  26. $um Fun
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 617

    $um Fun
    from Nor Cal

    The Green is Green engineering, they were big in early model T speed equipment for sprint cars and made steering boxes and other stuff also. The gas cap on the fuel tank is WW II and was used mainly on B24 and B25 bombers, but some fighter planes also used them.
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  27. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,237


    Methanol doesn't burn particularly quick. However, it only has half the btus per gallon of gasoline. Hence it requires twice as much to generate the heat in the combustion chamber. The great thing about it, is it doesn't knock under compression like gasoline. It is not uncommon to see a sprint car running 13.5 to 15 to one compression on methanol/alcohol. We ran a sprinter for lots of years and always burned methanol. Works good but dissappears fast because of btu problem.
  28. Kume
    Joined: Jan 23, 2010
    Posts: 920


    Looks like Riley grill.

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  29. Wow!
    That’s a score in my book.
    I could use some of that in my stalled sprint car project.

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