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This is a discussion on belly tank racer within the General forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; anyone know where to get a fiberglass kit to put your own engine etc. first idea, jetski engine... second idea, flat four VW. and then ...

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    belly tank racer

    anyone know where to get a fiberglass kit to put your own engine etc.

    first idea, jetski engine...
    second idea, flat four VW.

    and then the list goes on.


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    not sure what you are asking? you are looking for a LSR belly tank kit in fiberglass? why?

    The reason you want a belly tank to be aluminum or steel is because you can use the outter shell as a structural part of the vehicle similar to that of a uni-body car. If you had a fiberglass body the frame would require more tubing to have the same overall rigidity. besides, if you travel in the right circles real tanks are common, they still make and use them for modern jets like the f16 and f22.

    surplus places usually sell them for $350 a tank if you can find them.
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    makes sense. i just wanted light, for the smaller engine.

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    well how bout this...
    i want a light open wheel racer that can do all sorts of misc racing. track and straight line. and i want it motorcycle engine powered.

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    Corey, I want one too! --but one that is street legal, and looks like it came form the early 1930's
    Even the softest of things can pass through The Fang.mp3 like invisible water.
    Tired of eating CRAP!

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    street legal would be badass, oklahoma is probably pretty lax on getting something like that street legal. i want it to be simple, somewhat lakester tank shapped, but it can implement older formula elements. dual a-arms all around. i'll even contemplate laying the glass myself, got it'd take me years.

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    Look into the old Morgan 3 wheelers
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    i want 4 wheels, but i'll check em out.

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    It is called a 3/4 scale Legends car:

    http://www.legendscars.com/

    in some states they can be made street legal like kit cars. modeled after 30's sedans and coupes (like old stock cars), and powered by everything from cb750s to hayabusas.

    you could also build a lotus/carterham super 7.

    belly tanks are pretty much only good for LSR, too long a wheelbase for road courses and a waste of an aerodynamic shape for twisties as well.

    oh and an aluminum belly tank roadster would be lighter than a fiberglass roadster of the same shape and design based solely on how thick you would need to make the fiberglass to have the rigidity withstand high speed deformation.
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    i like the idea of the lotus, but i'm not a big fan of them aesthetically. i'd like to somehow coming the look of a belly tank and a older formula car.

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