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Offline Milwaukee Midget

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3930 on: September 13, 2013, 09:24:41 PM »
It has a "Bluebird" vibe, for certain.

The problem with the toys like that was that they were usually used as "toys". 

For what is likely a late 1930's era piece, it's in stunning shape.

I would like more details on that, too.
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3931 on: September 13, 2013, 09:48:04 PM »
Very cool, Seagrave's Golden Arrow from 1929.

This looks like it may be the same model?

http://theoldmotor.com/?p=136

Looking closer, not the same, different front wheel mounting and more detail in the cockpit on the one that you have.

Very cool indeed!
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3932 on: September 14, 2013, 03:53:15 AM »
it's a Kingsbury toys clockwork model
it is about 20" long and apart from the paint it's in pretty good condition
and it's deluxe
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3933 on: September 14, 2013, 07:51:25 AM »
Very nice!

Could it be a model of wizard Smiths Don Harkness built Enterprise?

http://www.gregwapling.com/hotrod/land-speed-racing-australia/land-speed-racing-australia-enterprise.html

With thanks to Greg for the history site.......

More on Harkness here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/sets/72157623444749654/

Great pics!  :cheers:
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3934 on: September 14, 2013, 08:03:35 AM »
Nah;....... looked again and I think it is the Golden Arrow as stated, great thing to own, nice!  :-P

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3935 on: September 14, 2013, 09:46:31 AM »
Congratulations and a great big thank you to you family for saving it---I know you will cherish it!!!!!!!!
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3936 on: September 14, 2013, 10:32:47 AM »
Very cool, Seagrave's Golden Arrow from 1929.

This looks like it may be the same model?

http://theoldmotor.com/?p=136

Looking closer, not the same, different front wheel mounting and more detail in the cockpit on the one that you have.

Very cool indeed!

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3937 on: September 17, 2013, 01:11:52 AM »
Yes, one of my sisters gave me some ribbing about not being as fast as a car from the twenties....I took pains to point out to her that our engine was less than a sixth of the size..............that thing would have cost a few houses back then too, still hurt but... :roll: :roll:
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3938 on: September 23, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3939 on: September 23, 2013, 05:15:55 PM »
That show is impossible to watch. Now I remember why.  :roll: Wayno

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3940 on: September 23, 2013, 05:59:14 PM »
Does anyone think for one minute that they'd have been able to get an accurate read had they been using decimals?
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3941 on: September 23, 2013, 06:16:10 PM »
I spotted their problem immediately. If he had said, its about three fifths of five eights of a fatfingerteenth, they would have had it down to the micron. The only thing that looks dumber than him are those bikes......
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3942 on: September 29, 2013, 03:59:04 AM »
So where are the pics from the weekend Goggs, or is the cider a problem
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3943 on: September 29, 2013, 04:44:00 AM »
As I have stated recently there's been a few changes at the Spirit of Sunshine Landspeed Laboratory, Possum Park and Idiot Wonderland.  Cutting to the chase it means that I have made some improvements to the nerve centre, the hearth of landspeed happenings in Sunshine, the shed. I had bought a pair of roller doors some time back, due to the crapstorm that my life was they served as spidertoriums and yard art, last weekend I finally got one of them sorted as the new door of the shed, the old baltic pine doors were on their last legs as the hinges had disintegrated, they were unlockable. The week before I had built some shelving to take square buckets. That was a big developement, anyone who does grinding and painting in the one space and tries to do anything else in there will know the problems that that arrangement engenders. Now I can store stuff in dust proof containers , up high too, giving me more floor space.

So.

Next weekend is the Chopped Hot Rod and Custom Show ( http://www.chopped.com.au/ ) we have decided to take the S.O.S for show and tell, no we wont be putting it on the dirt track, we may not even be able to get it off the trailer, those of you with a flat bottomed car with an inch and a half of ground clearance will see that as a problem on grassy areas.

So.

Yesterday we started the program proper for 2014. The car is the most intact that it has been after a meet. After the last run at Gairdner this year we pulled the electrical system out of it. When we got home I hosed it out before I took it off the trailer , then I dried it with compressed air. When I got it into the shed I put it on the front stands and bought a gallon of WD40. I put the WD40 in my pressure sprayer and hosed the whole thing time and again, each time I went to the shed for the last six months I would give it a bit of a spray. When we started the clean up it was good to see that the car is in better nick than ever. Sure there was dust and crap stuck all over it but almost no corrosion. I had also given the car a bit of a dose of aerosol silicone before and at the lake, cheap and effective.

The Colonel rewired the system, I spent most of my time annoying him, there are some things I'm a natural at. Pete Quick turned up , he brought stout and a fuel pump/carb or something off his Armstrong Siddely Whitworth Mobile, we added some of the Colonel's home brew to the stout for black and tans  and ate pasties....... We drained the fuel tank( yeah I know I should have done that ) put in some fresh juice and grabbed the extra battery from the F truck and cranked it over...we had a few little issues at first then it started. Ran as rich as , and blew smoke, but it ran. The oil looks fine, there was a half a piston in it, no, seriously it was good, we'd had no issues apart from the fuel pump dieing on the end of the last run, that was a wire that got too close to the headers and got cooked.

As I was doing a few things here and there I thought to myself, "I love this car, everything we've been through to build it , run it and what it has done, it's a story and it's a part of us, but most of all, we ain't done yet"

I took some shots:

Racing ain't never hurt this car, it's main enemy is trailering closely followed by the hi-rise jack which it fell of while we were lifting to do the diff swap at the lake. The tail piece of the car has suffered over the years and I'm gonna have to buy some argon and weld up the skin there, repair the fastener holes and straighten it all out a little bit.. looks worse than it is, but it ain't great....



Heres the Colonel working his magic.....

I think this one is called "pulling a rabbit out of a hat"



Here is the Haltech that will be aprt of the solution to the problem of not going fast enough....



I think this part is the motor, the water tank is off and that yellow thing would be the scatter shield if my memory serves me correctly.....





Haven't tried the cider yet Colonel, about to crack one of the lagers though......

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« Last Edit: September 29, 2013, 06:30:02 AM by Dr Goggles »
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #3944 on: September 29, 2013, 11:01:12 AM »
I was planning on banning you until you did something with S.O.S.

You are now just on probation and have to continue to work or the ban will be applied.

You escaped by the width of the scar on the body panel.

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