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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4515 on: June 25, 2014, 10:21:51 AM »
Any guesses to its pedigree?

Won't be a salt goer but wont be a trailer queen either. Planning to do a modest resto and hop up (hint it has a 1172 cc sidevalve with aftermarket twin carbs...) and then use it to travel to some shows and some classic rallies which seem to happen every weekend here when the sun is shining (yes both of them).

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Well, they look like Holsteins, but aren't there restrictions on importing cattle into Australia?

1172 isn't a lot of milk, but I'm curious as to the Darwinian udder configuration that would present itself in the form of "side valves".  Would be convenient.

In the US, we refer to such rallies as "Cattle Drives".

Kind of a cool car in the foreground . . .
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4516 on: June 25, 2014, 10:35:05 AM »
hmmmmm  I would bet it started off---- topless    :-o :-o
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4517 on: June 25, 2014, 10:43:45 AM »
Moretti with an engine swap  :?

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4518 on: June 25, 2014, 01:06:15 PM »
Looks like what gets called an Anglia in the 'States.  Didn't one get broken earlier in this thread, or was that a Prefect?

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4519 on: June 25, 2014, 04:02:33 PM »
Looks like what gets called an Anglia in the 'States.  Didn't one get broken earlier in this thread, or was that a Prefect?

Andy

Very good, it is indeed a Prefect chassis of which we have used a split A frame for the front of the tank and much more for the mini-tank.

The body is an Ashley Sportiva 1960's kit car. Very simple. No dashboard but the rest seems pretty good. Basically some elbow grease and the odd stock part and we should be away. Missing the tank weekends and needed something in the garage to stare at at the end of a long day. Restored a BBQ last month. This is about the same complexity.

I like the oddball lines. It is quite convoluted but I think it works. Might have to practice some pinstriping.
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4520 on: June 25, 2014, 04:06:40 PM »
 :cheers:  Learn something new every day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_(automobile)


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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4521 on: June 25, 2014, 05:22:53 PM »
Is it an Masarati, and does it come with the trailer
It looks like the trailer would be handy
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4522 on: June 25, 2014, 06:56:07 PM »
I have the mechanism from a singer sewing machine at home, maybe we can get together and build a functional item......

Looks cool.......

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4523 on: June 25, 2014, 08:41:59 PM »
English kit cat, Oh dear
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4524 on: June 25, 2014, 08:47:16 PM »
English kit cat, Oh dear
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4525 on: June 26, 2014, 02:13:43 AM »
English kit cat, Oh dear
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I'm assuming you meant "English kit car.


Contact Darryl Davis at Ashley - he still has a lot of the molds, sources, etc. - mostly Spridget based - motobuildracing75@yahoo.co.uk
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4526 on: June 26, 2014, 03:26:59 AM »
Congratulations Rev, logical next-step from BBQ restoration.

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4527 on: June 26, 2014, 04:25:02 AM »
Congratulations Rev, logical next-step from BBQ restoration.

Yep, that's what I think. It is probably the simplest sportscar (I use the world loosely) on the planet. The Chassis is simple, plentiful cheap parts and knowledge and is a pretty good condition. The glass fibre body is of course rust free and also in pretty good condition. Being an individual build there is little problem worrying about originality so I can add my own design touches. (For example why do so many self builds have appalling dashboards? This one doesn't even have a dashboard at the moment so that is one less thing I paid for and will throw away!)

I know it has very few safety features but at around 10HP I am not going to be throwing into many corners that fast; it is for toodling around on occasional weekends and meets. Being a pre 1960 chassis means it is both MOT free and Tax free with insurance being around £114 a year so super cheap to own and have on the road. We were looking at GTs but none of them here have any rear seats of note and having children meant we wanted somewhere to store them and this has decent room for rear seats with its weirdo bum.

Finally, it looks like this with wire wheels which I think is pretty cool (for an English kit cat). Not many were made due to the tax laws changing at the time which made them too expensive to buy (as well as the introduction of mass produced UK sportscars) so there is an exclusivity to it too. Its not another spitfire or MG, it is something different.

Years ago I looked at a Peerless, but I thought the lines weren't quite right, where these are on the money in a bizzaro way and I am into lines.

Thanks MM for the contact. I shall do a proper audit and then contact him.
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4528 on: June 26, 2014, 09:19:23 AM »
Ah, I finally remembered - the shape of the top reminds me of - - the XKE in the later 60's. :lol:
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #4529 on: June 26, 2014, 06:20:27 PM »
Congratulations Rev, logical next-step from BBQ restoration.



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