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    Regular ATGers will have noticed that I have been rather conspicuous by my absence recently, particularly since my trip to Bonneville Speedweek in August. So what have I been doing and where has my attention been directed?

    Old aircraft, surprise, surprise but with a twist...

    As I hope you know by now, hot rodding has its roots in pre-WW2 dry lakes racing but really found its stride when battle-fatigued GIs returned home to continue where they left off and to look for the thrills they experienced during combat. For many, that adrenalin rush was to be found racing stripped-out jalopies on the dry lake beds around the So-Cal and Nevada borders, with one of the favourites being Muroc, better known as the base from place which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Many of those test pilots were hot rodders themselves and Chuck himself drove a Model A Ford which was handed down amongst test pilots for many years.

    For the last couple of months I have been tracking down various WW2 aircraft parts for my '32 roadster and another hot rod which has been in my head for decades. Finding these parts is difficult - they are a diminishing resource and generally you can't find them by just tapping into ebay - there's a network in the old aircraft world and your face has to fit or the sellers won't sell - mention hot rods and that can be the kiss of death if you are talking to an aircraft restorer so stealth and guile are necessary in this hunt. That aside, the same aircraft parts can often cost 10 times as much from car part vendors compared with the aircraft seller source - the trick (and extreme difficulty) as always is finding the source.

    I won't show you everything I've snagged but here are a few choice prizes...



    3" aircraft lap belts - all the post-war lakes racers used these 3" belts as opposed to the narrower but more readily available 2"belts. These have the v.desirable and hard to find quick release floor fasteners.



    This is the oxygen bottle from a B-17 or B-24. These were often used as fuel tanks in dry lakes race cars. This one has been lightly modified for use as a portable air tank. I plan to use it as such since I also snagged a couple of real rarities...

    The first is this 20 gallon aircraft de-icing tank - not sure what it's from but this is ultra-rare - only ever seen one of these before.



    Have a look at the details...





    Plan with this one is to use it as the main tank for those long cross country USA trips - the fuel gauge will be recalibrated as appropriate.

    This smaller 3 gallon tank is going to be used for the high octane (118!) race fuel at Bonneville...







    Most of these parts have come from a friend in the States who is an ex-USAAF fighter pilot and now owns a military vehicle museum, which covers 43 acres. Here's one of his several Shermans...



    After leaving the forces he has owned some great aircraft including a T-33 and a Vampire but nowadays restores Stearmans. Here's his current ride...





    Looks like a trip to his museum is on the cards soon - driving tanks, flying Stearmans etc - maybe I'll even make it a stop on the way to Bonneville next year? What a road trip that promises to be...!

    There are many more parts, in particular some interesting instruments which I'll post later on. In the meantime you might be wondering what the ATG connection is? Well, all of this started from that Hot Rod Panerai thread I posted some months ago, more of which very soon...I guess all good things come to he who waits?

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    Default Vintage heaven

    Now a subject close to my heart what would be your pick for a classic hot rod watch?old hamiltons,old service watches.
    Hope you let us follow your build up.
    Regards richard

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    Jon'
    You made me think of my uncle he past away some years back.He use to work as a mechanic at Naval Air Station Alameda he built this Devin sports car back in the 1960's he used a lot of aircraft parts that made the car lighter it was only a two seat-er when he would give you a ride you could not move because he was going to fast.He use to go to the Reno Air Races and was a mechanic on one of the teams miss him at times.The car looked like a Cobra and they made them before Shelby made the Cobra.Here are a few links I found on the Devin.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devin_Cars
    http://fiberglasssportscars.com/Devin/Devin.htm
    He had to make the frame every thing from scratch had a big block V-8 been so long can't think what brand was the engine.

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    Mike,

    I would have liked to have met your uncle - Reno and building a car - my kind of friend. Maybe the big block was a Caddy or an Olds? They were popular OHVs when the Flatheads' days were over.

    Shelby certainly wasn't the first but he made it work commercially. Healeys in particular quite often received V8 transplants if you look in the old magazines.

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    Jon'

    Sorry I missed this when you first posted. Seems like you have, indeed, been busy. Some lovely pieces there. Hope it all goes well. Let me know if you need a "wing man"'...

    M
    Your bleeding-edge Now is always someone else’s past. Someone else’s ’70s bellbottoms. Grasp that and start to attain atemporality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    Mike,

    I would have liked to have met your uncle - Reno and building a car - my kind of friend. Maybe the big block was a Caddy or an Olds? They were popular OHVs when the Flatheads' days were over.

    Shelby certainly wasn't the first but he made it work commercially. Healeys in particular quite often received V8 transplants if you look in the old magazines.

    Regards

    Jon'.
    Jon'
    When my Uncle did his time in the US Air Force he was stationed in England in the early 1950's he told a few good stories he liked it over there.

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    Jon'
    Since you been buying WW2 aircraft parts check this out.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...014956731.html
    A B-26 bomber top gun turret $10,500.00 US just what every body needs to play with just need to ad two dummy 50 Cal's to it.

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    Default Cool stuff!

    How do you transport them?
    "We'd better synchronize our watches."

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