Monday, February 26, 2024

good location, great colors on these Buick Electras

Imagine it's prom, or homecoming, in 1958.

Well she got her daddy's car And she cruised through the hamburger stand now
 Seems she forgot all about the library Like she told her old man now
 And with the radio blasting Goes cruising just as fast as she can now
 And she'll have fun fun fun 'Til her daddy takes the T-bird away

back in Aug 2022, the project was announced, now it's close to release in theaters

but it seems like the production is now ramped up for filming, though there is no new information

Sam and Victor’s Day Off” will follow the same-day adventure of the valets who took the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder on a joy ride in the original 1986 film.

William Heath Robinson inventions, there was a book, and Wikimedia Commons has them individually

The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a well-equipped omnibus transporting passengers while they watch a film.

The caption reads, a luxurious vehicle fitted with many devices for the comfort of passengers returning home on a winters evening, an interesting (and true) forecast for the future of travel.

When BMC introduced the Mini in 1959, advertising claimed it could carry a family and their luggage (obvious nonsense), but, potential buyers were skeptical about its luggage capacity. BMC designed a set of tiny luggage to validate their claim.

Five adults, one baby, two dogs and luggage were loaded into the small car at the British Motor Corporation's Longbridge site in Birmingham. Bill Ellman, Daily Mirror

The Mini was born out of the Suez energy crisis that happened in the mid-1950s.

In October 1956, the British and French governments made a secret agreement with Israel to retake the Suez Canal, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser had nationalized that summer. Israeli armed forces advanced into the Sinai Peninsula to provide a pretense for an Anglo-French task force, dubbed Operation Musketeer, to invade Egypt, ostensibly to ensure the security of the Canal Zone. However, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower refused to support the invasion and exerted strong economic pressure on Great Britain to withdraw. The Musketeer task force sailed for home less than 10 days later, but the incident prompted Saudi Arabia to impose an embargo on oil shipments to France and the U.K.

The Suez Crisis and its aftermath nearly collapsed the British pound, brought a brief return to fuel rationing in late 1956, and devastated new car sales in the U.K. Overnight, panicked British buyers turned to tiny, German-made “bubblecars” like the Isetta, Messerschmidt, and BMW 600, which were smaller and more frugal than any contemporary British-made car.

British Motor Corporation saw an opportunity and decided to build a revolutionary small car that would offer proper accommodation for four yet drink as little fuel as micro-cars. To accomplish the job, it hired famed engineer Alexander Issigonis, who had already designed Morris Minor in 1948.

 Issigonis had a clever idea: by mounting the engine transversely up front and integrating the transmission with the engine sump, then driving the front wheels directly, the car can minimize the space for mechanicals and offset more space in the cabin and boot.

The Mini also adopted many space saving designs, such as tiny wheels with diameter of only 10 inches – so small that it necessitated Dunlop to develop special tires for it – and compact suspensions that used rubber cones instead of springs and dampers! The small wheels were pushed towards the corners to maximize interior space. All these tricks have become standards for modern city cars.

 The launch of the Austin Seven caught the attention of the competition, in particular the Ford Motor Company who also produced and sold cars in the UK. A story arising at the time of the launch involved a discussion between the President of Ford Britain and the Chair of Austin Morris in which the Ford President declared his disbelief that Austin Morris could be earning a profit from every Austin Seven it sold.

From Ford’s perspective, the car was simply priced too low to be financially viable. The Chair of Austin Morris protested strongly, arguing that its unique body structure and quick assembly process enabled Austin Morris to produce a profit. When asked what that profit margin was, he was unable to answer.

Fearing that Austin Morris had found a new way of producing low cost cars, the Ford President demanded that Ford engineers buy an Austin Seven car and calculate how much profit was being made per car. The Ford engineering team dismantled an Austin Seven, calculated the price of every individual component and reassembled it to calculate the cost of construction. The result? Ford calculated that the cost of producing each Austin Seven was far greater than the selling price. In other words, Austin Morris was making a loss on every Austin Seven it produced.

Why did Austin Morris allow this? The answer lies in the lack of internal marketing within Austin Morris. Apparently, the finance department had not worked out the financial cost of producing the car, believing the sales department’s assumption that it would produce a profit.

and that my friends, is the kind of humor and innovative marketing stuff I get a kick out of.

Good Morning to you!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

check out the paint job on that fuel truck!

a 1950s Whiting Trackmobile... how have I never seen one of these ever? How about that, 17 years of blogging about wheeled things, a lifetime of being interested in wheeled things, and this is the first I've ever seen a Trackmobile

Dave emailed to say:

What this is is a machine to move rail cars that are dropped at a siding in a manufacturing facility or warehouse. 
They are owned by the company that unloads the contents of the rail cars. 
The rubber tires are to get the unit off the rails so the rail cars can be delivered or retrieved.
 Typically a 3 cylinder diesel engine powering a hydraulic pump for hydro static drive for both sets of wheels, the steering and moving the rubber tires up and down.

That got me looking online for more... and using Google Image Search, a very useful tool for finding similar things to what you're curious about, I learned that this is a 1950s Whiting Trackmobile. 

Set the speed of the video setting to 2X, it's a very slow video

Trackmobiles are a cross between a airport tug and a tractor, and are built by the Whiting Corporation. Other companies under other trade names build similar machines. They are capable of moving a handful of cars on the rails and then moving themselves by road to another location to move some more cars.

a double ended Dodge bush tramway in Mamaku New Zealand

I wonder why it needed 3 rollers per corner

awww! Before taking your kids out for a Sunday afternoon drive, this guy was taking his kid out for a rail track pedal car ride

more proof that the police are bullies with badges that are unable to be as puritanical as the laws they delight in enforcing

the police chief in the Jersey Shore town of Bradley Beach, has been suspended after showing up to a crash scene inebriated.

the most mustang like thing a jeep has ever accomplished

ignoring the physics, the Wile Coyote and Roadrunner had a lot of inventive entertaining ideas

Saturday, February 24, 2024

interesting new tech, but, i really can't see any expensive car with a display like this. Expensive cars don't need one. This is what young fun people do to cheap cars

Chesapeake and Ohio Willys Wagon

size comparison... I think that locomotive might be a big boy

pretty cool to see such a LONG line of transporting rail cars getting the new cars from Detroit to where ever else in the country they need to be, nice variety

Woody rail inspection car

I don't think I've seen a COE converted to rail service before

I love it, this was made by someone who doesn't use the common tropes

1856 adjustable diagonal S wrench

in the Atlanta, Georgia area, where one man recently made off with a whopping five pickups from a single Ford dealer

the article really does NOT state a damn thing of interest though

Friday, February 23, 2024

it's pretty cool to find a photo of a Charger R/T the same color as my Coronet R/T, with the same design of rims I just got last fall.

his Charger has better selected sizes of tires and rims than my R/T. We both have 426 cubes under the hood, him, the hemi, me the max wedge

by the way, to follow up on the last of things that were done:

I had to take it back to the shop that did the upgrade, for warranty work

The good news, the owner was super cool about being responsible for the scratched up rims, and paid to have them polished. 
They got the Hella hi beams connected finally
There was one spark plug that was shorting to a header tube, because both the headers were designed badly for the #3 spark plug, so, the engine wasn't running right. They used a thermal video thing, saw the problem quickly, and pounded some space into the header tubes
The vibration I noticed at 65 mph, well, I had to diagnose that myself. 
How come? That shop didn't do a test drive, they don't do a once over before turning over a car to the customer.... they simply have lower standards and expectations of considering a job done, than I do. 
So, the way I was given my car back the first time? Unacceptable probably to most people, in most places. 
Back to the vibration... which, you probably know, could be a tire, unbalanced rim, transmission mount, pinion bearing, drive train angle changed from upgrading from stock K member to QA1 tubular unit and dropped spindles (maybe) or u joints. So, I asked about the trans mount, if it, or the drive shaft angle was bad. The guy check both the mount and angle. Wasn't them. 
That's when I pushed and said, well, did you check further, to see if anything else was a problem, and I reach over and check the front U joint, then the pinion bearing, then the back u joint, and bingo. 
Well, I looked, and these are the zirc fitting type U joints, and I asked if he had a grease gun and if he would grease them up. Turns out, they were either never greased at all, or hadn't been greased in 20-40k miles. I've only driven it, 8k miles? Not sure, but it hasn't been many, in the 22 years I've owned it. Honestly, I've never had zirc fitting u joints, and the zircs my car had were all in the steering and front suspension, which was wasted when I got it, and there was no point to greasing the joints with torn up rubber sleeves/cups, whatever those are called, at the tie rods, pitman and idler arms (all replaced a couple years ago)
On the next drive home, the vibration was less noticeable. Time to replace those U joints!

MotorTrend + is shutting down, it's tv shows have moved to Discovery+ and Max

MotorTrend+ will be shut down after content from the service is fully migrated to Discovery+ and Max at the end of March.

No mention of what's caused this, my guess? Motor Trend is in dire need of income, as magazines are fading out of the subscription zone

Deere & Co convinced a federal jury in Delaware that construction rival Caterpillar, must pay $12.9 million in damages for violating its patent rights in road-building technology.

The jury determined that Caterpillar's road-milling machines, which remove the surfaces of roads before repaving them, infringe five Wirtgen patents

The jury also found that Caterpillar's infringement was willful, which could lead a judge to multiply the damages up to three times.

speculation, though unconfirmed so far, is that Holley is getting rid of the Hilborn brand name

nailed it

a 1928 publicity stunt showing actor Edward Horton’s Buick being delivered to his 4th floor suite at The Hollywood Plaza Hotel on Vine Street, conceived of by the Buick dealership

I bet the kid was given a quarter, and the gun, to guard the '33 Plymouth. 1943, San Francisco.

those screen doors were a thing, and no commercial business has screen doors anymore. Now, it's all electric sliding doors, and air conditioning.

great combo gas station and general store. Interesting that they left the grain visible above the awning, instead of painting over it. I like the look, hell, I love the look of real woodgrain. Damn shame so many people paint wood instead of polish it down to 3200 grit and varnish it. 

That's some Americana right there, if you can see the words on the screen door push panels, that's advertising something. 

racing over a century ago... love the reversed headlights for aerodynamics, without unmounting them

those are some narrow tires! 

Cool kid has a Roth shirt from the comic books, at the dragstrip! Dang, that kid was on point!

Same cars, same track, 30 years later. Respect for the long term hobby of drag racing!

Hampton - Dumont FFA Day of Drive Your Tractor To School!

Toyota is recalling 2022-24 Tundras, Sequoias, and Lexus trucks and SUVs

Toyota is recalling about 280,000 pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. to fix a transmission problem that can let the vehicles creep forward while in neutral.

The recall covers certain Toyota Tundra pickups and Lexus LX 600 SUVs from the 2022 through 2024 model years. Also included are 2023 and 2024 Toyota Sequoia SUVs.

Toyota said that certain parts of the vehicles' automatic transmissions may not immediately disengage when shifted into neutral.

Those can transfer some engine power to the wheels, then rolling forward at low speeds on flat surfaces if the brakes aren't applied, increasing the risk of a crash.

It's a software problem. They intend to fix this with a software patch.

That doesn't happen with a stick shift manual mechanical transmission.... someone should tell Toyota

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Huh... I'm pretty sure this is some advertising trackless train, the Cord has a cow catcher, the train has truck tires, but doesn't look like a "sound train" modified car


the middle of the boiler on the train seems to say Majestic, National (I can't read the middle word) Tour

the rail car has "Majestic Radio" on the side

It looks a little similar to the MGM trackless train, but the rail car has a few small differences

"As pictures of the ‘second’ locomotive appear to be identical to the original McGee-built vehicle, it is anyone’s guess if an entirely new locomotive was recreated. However no simultaneous appearances of the ‘Trackless Train” are recorded, and I believe the original locomotive built in 1924 was simply refurbished and presented as new."

good ad, I wonder why oil filter companies don't go for it like this anymore

Pretty cool paraphernalia for the Soap Box Derby kids, for 1954

I don't think I've seen this, or any, articulating Bibendum advert before!

how about this, someone collected the whole set!