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Technical Question for the elders, those who were there.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by gimpyshotrods, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Bill Rinaldi
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,618

    Bill Rinaldi

    Going back to the original question----"back in the day" They were referred to as "belly tanks" not tankers and sure as hell not lakesters. On the OTHER HAND you can get into REGINAL definintions. Such as "dizzys", in the Chicago part of the midwest----never heard the term in the "old days", they were allways called distributors. Not to say in Ohio or Massachusetts, they weren't different. Bill Rinaldi
  2. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,077

    from NE Vic

    Down here in Aus, Oz? Dizzy's, Carby's, Donk's, Diff's, Boot's n Bonnet's, Spats, Ute's have all been around a long time!
    Although some of these have changed with the advent of the HAMB & more American Hot Rodding influences.
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  3. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,687


    They ran in the "Lakester" class then as now in SCTA events. As such I am pretty sure some people called them "Lakesters".
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  4. I always called the drop tanks. Or wing tip tanks, if that was what they were.
  5. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,988


    I am not as old as some and most of my memory stems from the grown ups I was around in the late 50s and early '60s in the Bay Area. I remember them being called a Belly Tank with one exception. A guy that had one in the old man's shop called it a Drop Tank. in my little kids mind a Stevedore or Longshoreman must have dropped it. :D
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  6. You guys are killing me!
    I just call them kool (cool?, let's not start on this one)
    And photograph them as much as possible, my first experience was with the Redi-Strip Special of Frank Oddo, you remember him right? And he said Tank.
  7. Always knew them as "belly tanks" here on the East Coast (NC).
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  8. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,470


    Who decided that " Gow Jobs" should be changed to "Hot Rods" and when ? Actually what does it matter? Its colloquial , and colloquial language changes over time, that is why the dictionary publishers add ( and remove) words every year .
    However if one didn't know what someone else meant when they said tanker, you wouldn't have to complain, because one wouldn't know that they had bastardised the word which was so close to ones ever so sensitive heart!

    Actually a belly tank is one the names for an auxiliary fuel tank used by aircraft to extend range...sometimes dropped when they are emptied.
    Some people picked up a belly tank after WW11 and made a car body for a land speed race car with in fact it was no longer a belly tank.

    But as long as I have been around Hot Rodding and Land speed racing the cars made using a belly tank for a body have been called "Belly Tanks"

    Urban dictionary defines tanker as a massive shit
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  10. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,569


    I did the headers on Frank Oddo's belly tank and he did indeed refer to it as his 'Tank. I have to admit it took me a second or two to realize what he was talking about was his race car and not some old Cadillac or something.
    I still have my Tanker jacket, more than 30 years old and still in fine condition.
    It seems we occasionally pick up words from other countries, not sure why. Maybe the user is trying to show how well traveled he is. I tend to use the word I grew up with or was taught in school. The whole thing is a wheel, the rim is a rim. I'm guessing "Pie Crust" was used to help differentiate between smooth-sided later slicks and earlier versions when the old ones came back in style. Back then they were just slicks (mine were Inglewood - now there's a pie crust)
    But why in the hell do we call small sales booths - Kiosks? or the line in front of it a Que?
  11. On the Voodoos I flew, the tanks were mounted on the belly. On the Tbird, CF104, and CF5, we called them tip tanks. "tip", was just another place to access fuel.
    Unfortunately, I never got to go to Bonneville. I have a couple of my old hotrod books from the mid fifties, and the only expression I found in these books, was drop tank.
    I never heard using the word dizzie for distributor before becoming a member of the HAMB.
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  12. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,441

    jimmy six

    Patina is RUST, and stance is UNKNOWN......
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  13. When I was younger they were called Belly Tanks!

    Of course at that time Jetson type homes were called modern... Not Mid Century Modern or worse yet... MCM...!
  14. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
    Posts: 284


    Lakester is a class for SCTA events. It's a Streamliner with exposed wheels. A belly tank would always be a Lakester but a Lakester doesn't have to be a belly tank.
  15. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    "Colonic anaconda".

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