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PostSubject: Belly Tanker.   Tue 7 Jan - 14:52

This is the kit I wanted to build when I built my vac formed Belly Tanker last year.



And this is how it can look when built:









However, both upper and lower tanks halves, in my kit were banana shaped:





But with help and advice from members here and on another site, I was able to make an acceptable 'straightening'.







It's not perfect yet and it may be as good as it gets, but it is at least acceptable.

Before I straightened it, I put it back in it's box and when I closed the lid, I heard a distinct crack. Yup! it had broken across the axle line in the lower half. However, with luck and a fair wind, I think I can make a decent repair. It will need reinforcing though.




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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Tue 7 Jan - 15:40

Sure like the inner workings inside, with that flathead !!
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 8 Jan - 20:56

The kit comes with some white metal parts, some of which have to be drilled:





Some parts also come with longer than required 'legs' and also need to be cut:





Mocked up front end. Some parts still need cleaning up:






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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 8 Jan - 21:31

Looking good Al    Going to have some good detail also.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 8 Jan - 22:25

Great looking kit, Al. Really nice looking rear axle on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 0:23

Looks like a nice kit. Belly tankers sure are odd looking things.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 1:03

There is a lot more to that model than appears on the surface Al. Looking forward to how it goes together.

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 9:47

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 10:04

Hi Al,

This looks like an interesting build, I wonder what they where like to drive...

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 14:10

Nice start Al. Good looking kit.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 9 Jan - 22:10

Thanks all.

Did a mock up with engine etc.



I'm assuming the amorphous blob at the front of the engine is meant to be a magneto, in which case I think I will need to cross drill it for the plug leads. Or maybe I should remove it and replace it with dizzie!! And what is that awfull looking chunk of resin attached to and above it meant to be??



To say the instructions are vague would be a masterful understatement and the step by step (NOT) photos are very poor quality.

The instructions mention installing a fan, but none is supplied. So I guess I'll have to go looking in the parts boxes and hope I can figure a way to attach it.!!









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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 10 Jan - 2:05

That's hard call to make Al. It doesn't really look like either one (magneto or distributor) but it's in the right place to be one. it will be well hidden so drill it and stick some plug wires in it. That's my Opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 10 Jan - 21:00

Check Google images for 1950s hot rods and Bonneville racers for the distributor. It sure looks like the sometimes unusual distributors of the era, and the placement up front is correct.
Sorry about the white metal parts quality and poor directions. Small firms can have quality control problems, for sure. I'll be watching this as these are among my favorite vehicles.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 10 Jan - 23:12

I reckon its the dizzy. Most of the flatheads had a 'orrible looking dizzy that bolted onto the front of the engine. That's what the kit has.  

Finally in '49 they got a conventional shaft driven dizzy. Here's a link that gives you the lowdown on what happened & when.

http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/engine/hdrp_0511_ford_flathead_engine/viewall.html

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sat 11 Jan - 8:55

Enjoyed going through that link on flatheads, Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 13 Jan - 10:29

Replicas & Miniatures makes a Side Mount Distributor for race flat heads. What you are doing with this kit is fantastic! 001 
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 13 Jan - 19:30

Thanks for the advice and help guys. I think I'll stay with the magneto. Looks more old school!

The upper and lower tank halves are not exactly the same shape. The areas shaded black on the lower half, really need to be sanded back to match the width of the rear section. However, were I to do so, there would be a gap between the upper and lower halves.as the upper half is narrower in some places.



I think I need to give it the boiling water treatment again and try to stretch the width of the upper front half.

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 13 Jan - 21:09

I'm sure sorry that body is such a pain. Take it easy with the modifications.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 15 Jan - 1:30

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Enjoyed going through that link on flatheads, Chris.
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My pleasure Clay. I'm not into fords, but I don't mind the odd history lesson on 'em.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 22 Jan - 19:55

The steering column has no support and just looks stupid as is.



So I made up some bracing for it.




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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 22 Jan - 22:33

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Wed 22 Jan - 23:59

Al, that is part of the "white knuckle" ride .... you get to hold the steering wheel up too!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 23 Jan - 0:06

Good job with the bracing Al. Looks like it was planned the whole time.

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 23 Jan - 1:24

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Al, that is part of the "white knuckle" ride .... you get to hold the steering wheel up too!!!

An early form of tilt column? Plenty of detail there, & a fine build too.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 23 Jan - 6:48

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Al, that is part of the "white knuckle" ride .... you get to hold the steering wheel up too!!!

LOL............ I considered the idea of a 'floating' steering column but decided to-days regs probably don't allow it anyway!!

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