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Old 04-22-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default P38 Belly Tank

Beside working on my 1931 Track T Roadster I knew I needed another project. I bought this tank from a good friend as you can see in the pictures last weekend I split the tank at the seam and also cut out some rust panels. I build a dolly to fit it to make it easier to work on. I will be posting pictures as I go along to show progress. I am sure I will be getting some negative comments on the power plan I will be using. Here a few pictures to start.

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Old 04-22-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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How cool is that?! You gonna give us any hints Frenchy?
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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V Dub power… cool. I was afraid you were going to say SBC.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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V Dub power… cool. I was afraid you were going to say SBC.

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Old 04-22-2014, 04:01 PM   #5
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Nice, I got a friend that has two of them, and plans on putting a v8 60 in one of them.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:15 PM   #6
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The tank is steel? I thought they were aluminum.
I've wanted to build one of them so bad, be a fun project. A buddy is building one with a hitnmiss motor!
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:48 PM   #7
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The tank is all metal. My original plan was if it would of fitted installing a V12 Lincoln Zephy Flat Head which I have an extra motor to build but decided to go with the VW which I have plenty of.

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:56 PM   #8
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If you were closer, I have a fresh rebuilt VDub 1600DP for it that I am not going to use... Looking forward in watching this build. Neat to see them built again using actual belly tanks..
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #9
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That would be a wing tank
I have one
They are very small compared to belly tanks
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:20 PM   #10
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How fitting to have air cooled wing tank. looking forward to more pictures. Paul
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Needs a flatty, but an air cooled VW tank car is WAY better than the rat rod Beetles I have been seeing the last few years. You must have pistons sticking out of the tank though.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:53 PM   #12
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I will have the valve covers sticking out on each side of the Belly. I am planning to use one squirrel cage for fan to cool the heads another word no fan housing. I have many good ideas for this project including using a magneto etc ....


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Old 04-22-2014, 11:08 PM   #13
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I'm diggin' it!
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:00 AM   #14
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I will be posting pictures here soon doing a lot of modifications.

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Old 11-03-2015, 10:23 PM   #15
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I have started to work on both of my projects now that we are somewhat settled in at the new house. Working on my 1929 track T and on my Belly Tanker I will post pictures as soon as I make a dent in them. Thanks !!!!

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Old 11-04-2015, 03:05 AM   #16
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You were scaring us for a start on motive power, but an air cooled VW is odd enough to be in the realm of cool.dare to be different Please keep us updated on progress . For the great unwashed that don't get it, they don't need to understand . Any plans as to the potential first run?? I am subscribed to this thread.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:15 AM   #17
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I am planning going to El Mirage California for my first run I will post pictures as soon as I have some good pictures to show the progress stay tune.

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Old 12-18-2015, 11:40 AM   #18
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I just love it, Good luck.
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:24 PM   #19
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Did you stick with VDub power for the tank?
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Old 12-18-2015, 03:48 PM   #20
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That looks more like a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star tip tank.
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