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Art & Inspiration Swap meet score

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rusty rocket, Aug 21, 2023.

  1. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,964

    rusty rocket

    Couldn’t get my wallet out of my pocket fast enough! BD38B875-AB3A-4AF6-B85A-CE79569B1DA4.jpeg E85335AD-F157-4F33-AA2E-705075D3F7CF.jpeg
  2. skooch
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 224


    Well, I’m guessing it’s not a toilet bowl float.
  3. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 4,303


    Should have offered $5. ;)
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  4. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,137

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Ok. I give up
    Enema bag????

  5. It's the elusive, orange patina, waduzit. You cain't hardly get them kind no more.
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  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 54,966


    Old bomber air tank...neat...

  7. Looks like a B-29 Flying Fortress crew oxygen tank, I say that's a huge score. HRP
  8. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,093

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    I have one I still use as a spare air tank. I’ve also used it when painting as a giant water trap in series with real filters & traps.

    My dad bought this tank as surplus along with a surplus air brake compressor. Powered by an electric motor, growing up, that was our air compressor.
  9. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,382


    My dad had a similar Rube Goldberg setup. He driveway-painted a lot of cars with it. I still have the tank. Going rate on these tanks is $100+, so this was a nice little score.
  10. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 24,160


    I have one also. Grandpa mad a portable air tank out of it. Can't bring myself to get rid of it.
  11. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 19,963


    Over the years I've picked up a few of these at swap meets, but never used one in a car yet. I always thought they were neat, and really racy looking when used on the right car. I've sold some for big bucks too (much more than OP's $10). A couple weeks ago we had a couple cool days in the middle of summer so I started to organize the storage space in the shop attic. I started putting a couple air tanks in one corner, but then found another. And another, And another. Then the same kind but in a smaller size. Stacked all together I have around eight of the things, at last count.

    Careful, I think they breed like rabbits.
  12. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 839

    from soCal

    So what is the big attraction to these things? Looks like rat rod-type stuff?
  13. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,249


    I saw one at the swap meet in SWMO last Friday. It was not $10.:D
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  14. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 19,963


    They have been used as gas tanks on real race cars since just after WWII.
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  16. May dad was in the Army Air Corp and was a left blister gunner on a B-29. Before he passed away The Confederate Air Fotce brought a Flying Forttress to the Anderson Airport and we went to check it out. dad explained all the questions I had, that's when I learned about the tanks.

    I supprised him with a short flight ride they offered and he was a little apprahensive before the flight but when he got back on the ground he was as exited as a kid at Christmas.

    I ask him what was the best part of the flight and he said, " Too many to count but the one thing that stood out was NO FLACK, with a big grin on his face. " HRP
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  17. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,964

    rusty rocket

    These tanks are used for fuel tanks on very traditional post war race cars and hotrods. To me not at all ratrod material. To me rattods use sawblades, log chains, whiskey bottles and things that shouldn’t be used on a car.
  18. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,579


    Rat rod? I think not but don't take my opinion. Check out @cornfieldcustoms Bonneville car for another opinion.
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  19. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 8,928

    from Nebraska

    During WWII we had two large military airfields in the area. When I was growing up in the 50's I think every garage/repair shop in the area had a couple of the above tanks converted to air bubbles. Also a lot of farmers, I know we had one on the farm. Wonder where they all went?
  20. Hey @HOTRODPRIMER it's good to see you posting again!!
  21. In_The_Pink
    Joined: Jan 9, 2010
    Posts: 309


    They instantly pass the eye test, regardless of how or what they are ultimately used on. $10 is a great deal on one, even better if you eventually find a use for it.
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  22. Hotrodderman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2006
    Posts: 162


    They are in Alchemy's garage!!
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  23. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 3,355

    41 GMC K-18

    With out a doubt, that is indeed, the best $10.00 you have ever spent!
  24. Mr cheater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2010
    Posts: 602

    Mr cheater

    I got one for twenty bucks one time
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  25. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 745

    bill gruendeman

    I will give you the opportunity to double your money, I will give you 20$ for
  26. Careful application of carb cleaner on a paper towel might take that orange paint off. Just blot it!
  27. I bought this one a couple months ago with an old air compressor pump and cart. I got the red air tank with it for $20. I have 3 of them now! 20230621_165536.jpg
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  28. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,430

    from Minnesota

    Have a few and have sold a few. Still find them now and then.
  29. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,978


    I have this one lying right by my desk & for the life of me, I can't quite remember why. I do remember that I paid $30 for it at a non-car flea market. I think they produced different sizes. Mine's about 2'. I swear I recall reading somewhere that they were just used for compressed air, not actual oxygen, per se. Now, let's see, why did I put it there....and what the hell am I gonna do with it?

  30. I was told to get rid of some trash in an old lab at work... and one of these was mounted on the wall. That, and about a half ton of other neat stuff went home with me. Definitely used for O2, mine still had the original signwriting on it.

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