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« on: February 25, 2012, 11:13:00 AM »

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I know most of you think I`m crazy to build a car that I can`t race because it doesn`t meet all of the safety requirements, but let me tell you why I did it.
For years I wanted to build a car that was different. Everyone had a Camaro, Mustang, or Chevelle and no matter how nice any of these cars were, they were just cars.
I have been restoring and building cars most of my life, I`m now 65, and wanted to build something of my own design and build the way it would have been built in the `50s.
I first had the idea to build this car about 1994. When I started the project, I knew I wouldn`t race it at Bonneville and at the time I didn`t know about the East Coast Timing Association .
After a failed beginning, I put the car on hold while I worked on other things.
About 2004, my brother spotted a P-38 on E-Bay and after a heated bidding war with some guy in California, I had a tank. The tank sat around until 2005, while I waited for motivation.


I wanted to build a car that not only looked good, but that  I would be able to drive. The tank was only a little over ten feet long and to install a transmission so I could drive it meant that it would have to be lengthened so I cut it in half and added 18 to the middle.




OK, now that it`s long enough I have to build the frame. This is what I made.



At this point, I was going to add a roll bar but it wouldn`t fit inside of the body and I didn`t want to make one that  would stick out of the body. If I had added a roll bar at this point I wouldn`t been able to mount the battery or overflow tank for the cooling system due to the very limited space I had to work with. I would have had a difficult, if not impossible time removing the motor. That`s why I didn`t install a roll bar.
If I`d known about the ECTA  when I began this project seven years ago, I would have built the car differently.
I have learned quite a bit over the past few years while building this car and If I build another one, you can bet it will be built to race.



Here is the finished car.



Now it`s time to start something new. If you`d like to see more about this car, go to my website,www.mccainautomotive.com Thanks for taking time to read this, and maybe I`ll see you at the track this year.

                                                                Jeff McCain


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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 12:45:50 PM »

Really nice job on the tank and a fun website to wander around.  cheers cheers cheers

Thanks!

Pete
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012, 01:05:00 PM »

Great stuff, love the old Bonneville pictures. Thanks for sharing the fun build. There was a street legal tank driving around the pits last year on the salt. cheers
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 01:05:30 PM »

Jeff....Thanks for posting, great fab job, enjoyable read......
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 03:04:51 PM »

I think it's a hell of a neat build!

The quality of work looks first class, and it looks like a wicked lot of fun! cheers
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 03:49:30 PM »

I've watched it with interest Jeff, it's a beautiful build.Congratulations.

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2012, 04:37:01 PM »

You can still go 135 at ECTA events, with proper safety belts, etc. Looks like it's
got a Flattie, so opening her up at the Wilmington venue would be fun...
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2012, 05:01:13 PM »

Jeff  the tank looks awesome,

How did you get my company Blimp to stay still in the background?

Charles
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2012, 05:36:58 PM »

Jeff
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2012, 04:57:14 AM »

Thanks, everyone for the kind words. If any of you local guys are in Greensboro, come by my shop. Visitors are always welcome. grin
                                                                                                                                                       
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Jeff  the tank looks awesome,

How did you get my company Blimp to stay still in the background?

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 Charles, I had to work fast!
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2012, 07:23:05 AM »

It's a long way from my place
however, next time I'm over
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2012, 10:20:02 AM »

The scooter pic looks like it was shot at the Patio Motel... nice collection of vintage pics
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