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#1 curt raitz

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:42 AM

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Alex Xydias and his So-Cal Speed Shop built the fastest unblown flathead-powered car in the history of Bonneville… a 1951 record that still stands!
The So-Cal Speed Shop belly tank was built using a 315 gallon surplus P-38 centerline fuel tank (belly tank) as its body. Using the streamlined belly tank was a natural to this Air Corps veteran who knew that Lockheed had spent lots of time in the wind tunnel with these tanks making them aerodynamically “slippery” and they were available as war surplus for $5!
In August of 1948, Alex installed a “souped-up” Ford 156 cu. in. V8-60 that he and hot rod pioneer Vic Edelbrock Sr. built. He towed the car to El Mirage dry lake and set a class record of 130.155.
Initially the car was run as a streamliner, but the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) created a special class for these fuel tank cars calling them “lakesters”.
Later at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Alex and his So-Cal Speed Shop team used the V8-60 to set a class record at 145.395. They swapped out the V8-60 for a larger 259 inch Mercury flathead and set another class record at 181.085. They then put in a 296 inch Mercury flathead and set yet another class record at 195.77 setting a one-way speed of 198.34 mph.
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I picked up a "lakester" body, tires/wheels and parts from "Early Resins"
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Parts is parts...all cleaned up and ready to play with:
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scratch-built chassis:
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Decals shouldn't be a problem, except for the white #28...can't find the correct font and don't have a nice straight-on photo to scan image of, any help would be greatly appreciated
thanx

#2 george 53

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:47 AM

Never seen a build up on one of these,Curt. This one will be worth watchin for me! Thanks! :D ;)

#3 Bernard Kron

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:14 AM

Coolness!!! I've had one of these ('though not a replica build) on my to-do list ever since Ron at Early Years Resin first offered his belly tank parts two years ago. I have the original, larger, body. He since has corrected the oversized original to a proper 1/24-1/25 scale tank which it looks like you're using. Gotta get me one and get started on mine later this year....

Are most of those parts from Early Years (i.e. the louvers and the headrest, for example)?

Edited by Bernard Kron, 23 March 2012 - 09:16 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:23 AM

Too cool, Curt!!

Which of the elves is going to tackle this build?? :)

Later,

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:23 AM

Wicked! I like the looks of what you've started. :)

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:42 AM

This Should be FUN!!!

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:29 PM

This is great, Curt. Looking forward to following along!

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

Don't have pics of the So_Cal Tank, but a cool period drawing that might help you for future whatever:

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

Don't have pics of the So_Cal Tank, but a cool period drawing that might help you for future whatever:

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Thanx
There are a lot of photos of this car online...more than enough to make building it fairly easy
Curt

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:49 PM

I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:55 PM

Got my attention with this one Curt, should be very cool.

#12 James2

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

Should be a good'n!

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:53 AM

Looking good!

Keep it up!

#14 Len Woodruff

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:56 AM

Great start! I always wanted to build a "lakester".

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:16 PM

Curt ... this is going to be a great build. I have always wanted to do one myself.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

Moving along..
I need to build some cool So-Cal Lakester wheels
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here's the rig I made to get the 60 degrees spacing of the screws holding the flat covers to the wheels along with the wheels and tires:
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the rig w/template and a couple of wheels completed:
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all done...ready for primer and alclad chrome:
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front suspension, chassis, flathead engine/transaxle and rear suspension so far:
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back to the bench,
thanx for lookin'...

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:27 PM

Glad 2 C U Rockin' on this one!!!! B) :)

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:11 AM

Wonderful progress so far. Great subject matter. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

Decals shouldn't be a problem, except for the white #28...can't find the correct font and don't have a nice straight-on photo to scan image of, any help would be greatly appreciated...



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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

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Tommy
by golly...I think this will work
thanx
curt