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    D72 British Belly Tank.

    Evening all, always had a fascination with aviation as a child and in fact learnt to fly before I could drive. Belly tanks or Lakesters as they are correctly classed as, have always been a vehicle I lusted after but, you can't buy one, so had to build one. Now I am no mechanic and my knowledge is limited but thanks to a small group of friends we managed to pull it off.
    Before we started I decided after much research (sat on arse in front of pc for months) on a few basic rules of the build, British sourced parts, built to look like a belly tank and not built to spec, so not going to Bonneville with this one. And built in the 'spirit of the days' using what is to hand.
    So armed with this picture I started.



    Started body on lounge table.







    Eventually had to move to lockup and started with the body butter(filler)
    About 18 tins in total.







    Then covered in gel coat.





    Glassed over waited a few days and we had a mould.







    Making off the first body.







    Popped out and sat on top of mould.



    Trimmed up the flange a bit and laid up another.









    Brought the most expensive set of tyres ever, on London taxi wheels.



    Sourced front and rear axles, both Sherpa. And moved all back to my lockup.







    Had a quick mockup before moving it all to Nick Conner at NC Engineering. It took me over a year to get to this stage, an actual Belly tank and some wheels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryFwit View Post
    Evening all, always had a fascination with aviation as a child and in fact learnt to fly before I could drive. Belly tanks or Lakesters as they are correctly classed as, have always been a vehicle I lusted after but, you can't buy one, so had to build one. Now I am no mechanic and my knowledge is limited but thanks to a small group of friends we managed to pull it off.
    Before we started I decided after much research (sat on arse in front of pc for months) on a few basic rules of the build, British sourced parts, built to look like a belly tank and not built to spec, so not going to Bonneville with this one. And built in the 'spirit of the days' using what is to hand.
    So armed with this picture I started.



    Started body on lounge table.







    Eventually had to move to lockup and started with the body butter(filler)
    About 18 tins in total.







    Then covered in gel coat.





    Glassed over waited a few days and we had a mould.







    Making off the first body.







    Popped out and sat on top of mould.



    Trimmed up the flange a bit and laid up another.









    Brought the most expensive set of tyres ever, on London taxi wheels.



    Sourced front and rear axles, both Sherpa. And moved all back to my lockup.







    Had a quick mockup before moving it all to Nick Conner at NC Engineering. It took me over a year to get to this stage, an actual Belly tank and some wheels.

    absolutely loving this!

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    That, is looking good! what engine are you using?
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    hell yeah

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    Wow, sore finger, long way down to here.
    First thing we did was stance the body with a 3 degree slice off the bottom leaving 1" of clearance for now, before cutting slots for front and rear axles. Rear as far back until diff almost touches body and front axle so wheels are in line with the front of the nose.



















    And with the top on.







    And then needed one more measurement, the bottom of the sump to the ground.
    4 litre Rover V8 and BW65 gearbox bolted straight on to the diff with a small spacer.



    Then the real build could start on the chassis jig.

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    Loving it all.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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    Nice one! Will follow with great interest. Now you have moulds for the tank, will you be making any more copies if asked?

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    oh yes .watching this one .
    Medusa + injection = too much torque for the dyno ..https://youtu.be/qg5o0_tJxYM

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    I saw the " finished " photo on the Who are ya ' thread , along with the Trabant ( I still want to do a two lane blacktop one ... WHAT ? ) .
    love them both x 1,000 !

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    One of the most exciting build threads for a while! Superb!

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