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Frenchy Dehoux
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« on: October 06, 2018, 06:54:16 am »


  Here we have a P38 World War 2 drop fuel tank. I bought this one from  a friend that was going to build it for the Bonneville Salt Flat with a Ford Flat Head V 8. Lost interest and I bought it to build for the street. See pictures.

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 06:58:41 am »


   A few more pictures showing how I was looking to have the engine to fit inside as well as the transmission .

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 07:07:21 am »

    Here I have a friend Matt Todd in Phoenix fixing some rusted area by making new panels to fit. I will be using a VW front beam and cutting the stock shock towers off and making a shorter shock towers. Using a center steering box and using for the rear a wish bone like you have on the early Ford with the swivel ends to adjust.VW 5 lug rims with the original Dean Lowry Bonneville moon covers Dean had on his Bonneville super beetle which I had bought a few years ago from Dyno Don. The front will have the disc brakes set up and at the rear will have the type 3 wide drums with the short axles and tubes.

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 13:29:43 pm »

Very cool, can't wait to see how this evolves....

Larry
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 19:34:54 pm »

Bitchen project Frenchy!

Instead of shortening the stock shock towers, how 'bout something else . . . like lever-action shocks . . . https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=ford+lever+shocks

Are ya thinkin' of using coil-overs for the rear or are ya going to try to keep torsion bars?
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2018, 09:43:39 am »

Looking forward to the progress on this one.
Any idea all ready what size engine and so?

Henk!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2018, 16:09:19 pm »


   Henk
   I am going and have a stock 1600 cc for now and possibly next a 1776 with the 42 dcnf 9 Webbers and if I want can add a pair of 48 ida's later .

   Frenchy
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 05:02:04 am »


   Progress as of today fitting all the new panels and have the other half of the tanker to make the proper adjustment and alignment . Next will be the nose piece to replace.


   Frenchy
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018, 07:09:03 am »

Amazing project, my hat goes off to you!
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018, 14:36:48 pm »

Super cool! Can't wait to see this on wheels  Shocked

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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2018, 03:45:17 am »


   I decided that maybe i can use a portion of the pan for the trans and the engine to be mounted on it and adding the frame i will be building to support this section and the front beam which will have the shock towers removed and using a different set up for the shocks.

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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2018, 03:49:18 am »


  And the seat I will be using which I have to modify .

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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2018, 09:54:18 am »


  A few pictures as of today the progress on the Tanker !!


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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2018, 09:55:55 am »



  And an other shot !!

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2018, 11:16:43 am »

Proper bonkers! Excellent stuff!!!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2018, 05:14:37 am »

Are you planning on keeping the stock track front and rear??? Or are you going to narrow one or both the front and rear suspensions?? Maybe a 915 trans for the overdrive 5th gear??
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2018, 08:16:22 am »


  Just stock front beam with no tower !!

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« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2018, 19:12:35 pm »

Knowing you Frenchy, it will be very nice!!
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2018, 23:44:50 pm »

I`m thinking an early Ford straight axle would be cool.
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2018, 08:22:40 am »



    I have an early Ford axle but cant figure a way to have VW disc brakes in front.

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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2018, 06:50:40 am »


     As of today !!

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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2018, 19:14:38 pm »



    I have an early Ford axle but cant figure a way to have VW disc brakes in front.

       Why do you need to use VW brakes?
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2018, 03:28:03 am »


   Bryan just in case if in the future I want to install a more power  full engine I will have a good set of brakes .


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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2018, 03:35:46 am »


   Bryan just in case if in the future I want to install a more power  full engine I will have a good set of brakes .


  Frenchy

I think he's implying that there is probably a better brake option in the Ford world than the vw one.
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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2018, 05:16:42 am »



    Thanks Chip I just need to figure out a way to adapt the vw spindles to the end of the Ford front beam axle I have.

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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2018, 00:00:19 am »

Do you absolutely have to use VW brakes? Is it because you want the wide five lug pattern?
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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2018, 03:19:50 am »



    Yes i need to use the wide 5 vw lug pattern .

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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2018, 07:29:26 am »

awesome build and very nice panel work! keep up the good work. I like the vw axle more then the ford, in the end it is a VW bellytank racer....
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« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2018, 08:56:31 am »



    Thanks Chip I just need to figure out a way to adapt the vw spindles to the end of the Ford front beam axle I have.

   Frenchy  

wouldn't it be possible to mount a vw spindle shaft in a ford spindle? maybe with an adapter for vw brakes. or something like that...

Realy love this project, can't wait to see it on its wheels!

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« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2018, 16:58:28 pm »


    I don't think it can be done. So I may have to stay with the VW beam !

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