Wednesday, July 01, 2020

I've ignored mid to late 70s Mustangs so completely, I didn't know until just now that the "Mach 1" name was reused on them

Also, there was a conscious decision made to reverse course on the bloating growth of the size of the Mustangs, the first time I've realized car companies acknowledge that they just bloat cars year after year (see the last 20 years of Mini for example) and by making a smaller Mustang actually similar tro the 64-65 model, they finally hit the target that customers wanted, and made this the 3rd best selling Mustang ever, after the 65, and 66 model years.

Americans really want a small 2 door car, it's been proven since the Model T, over and over. The first gen T Bird, the 41 Willys, the 1st gen Mustang,  1st gen Camaro, Chargers up to the 1970, the 1st gen Barracudas, 1st gen Chevelles, 1st gen Torinos, 1st gen Road Runners

the Ohio Department of Public Safety got rid of the requirement for front license plates on passenger vehicles today.

what the hell do any vehicles need a front plate for? Revenue generating, that's the only reason they were ever required.

A front plate does nothing for safer operation of a vehicle, and proof that a car should not be required to have one? The states that require front plates on cars and truck do not require a front plate on a motorcycle.

So, if you can motor along on a Harley with only a back plate, then why require a Ford to have front plate?

Enthusiasts have claimed for years that the front plate requirement is bogus. It blocks airflow or looks bad. Other states don't require front plates. Producing two license plates is a waste of state funds.

Not a wheelchair (thanks Steve!)

only 4 to 5 thousand dollars apiece. That's as much as a used car. Hell, even a couple used cars.

 But, they have one thing right, that's the design, and anyone with a welder can probably make one just from watching this video, for a couple hundred dollars.

 I'd say the first accessory to add to these rigs, is a portable solar charging panel system, so when it's not on the move, a fast couple lever movements would expand a folding solar panel system, maybe even mounted as a roof

The second improvement would be quick change wheels, and the other set of wheels would be extemely focused on better traction, like, knobby motorcycle tires, sand paddle tires... or even, caterpillar tracks. Doesn't need to move a tank, just some small simple, little cat tracks that would work much better in the woods, sand, snow, mud. 

There are a lot of online magazines you can flip through

let this crash serve as a lesson you can learn from without repeating... the valet crashed the Tesla. The owner forgot to put it in "Valet Mode" (thanks Gary!)

See the video, captured by the Tesla, at

Never valet your car. They are not likely to act professionally.

They are much more likely to test "Cheetah Mode" as this valet did when destroying this Tesla.

Here's an example of how good life was before the malaise era of the 70s, and the hyper inflation of the 80s and since... in 1956 you could get a Piper Cub and a pilots license when making only $150 a week.

In 1956, Roy Clark obtained his pilot's certificate and then bought a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer (N1132C), which he flew for many years.

By the way, Carroll Shelby had a Tri Pacer too... wonder who has it now, and does it matter to them that Shelby owned it?  (Answer? Jim McCloud, Foothill Aviation, and he knows Shelby owned it)

This plane was raffled off on December 17, 2012, to benefit the charity Wings of Hope.

Roy donated this plane to Wings of Hope because he loves children, and had heard the Nobel Peace Prize nominated charity works throughout the Midwest transforming the lives of kids with profound birth defects. Roy learned to fly with this plane; it has a special place in his heart – but helping kids get to the medical treatments they would otherwise do without – that means much more to him,” says Douglas Clements, Wings of Hope President.

Wings of Hope is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Louis. It operates more than 150 bases in 45 countries, providing every manner of assistance so the poor reach a level of sustainability. More than 1 million people are served annually. Founded in 1962, it is the largest and oldest volunteer aviation charity in the world and the largest volunteer charity in the Midwest. In 2011, Wings of Hope was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2015, Wings of Hope was in possession of the plane again, as the raffle winner had passed away, they listed it on Ebay, and it did not get the reserve of 10k. Probably, because it needed more than 20k in repairs and maintenance just to be licensed to fly.

He owned other planes, including a Mitsubishi MU-2, Stearman PT-17 and Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond 1A business jet.

If you're young, and not into guitar players, or the 1960s... here's a sample of Roy Clark with a Martin, he learned at age 14, his dad played guitar and his mom played piano.

By age 17, he had won his second National Banjo title, and in doing so appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. This brought him exposure to some well-known acts, and he was soon hired as back up guitarist for banjo player/comedian, Stringbean

By the early 1970s, Clark was the highest-paid country music star in the United States, earning $7 million ($46,100,000 in 2019 dollars) a year.

he was a direct descendant of John Clark, Masters Mate and pilot of the Mayflower

Does anyone out there remember Marty in Pearl Harbor in 1991-94? His car looked just like this

Marty's Duster had a blower through the hood, that's the only difference

same wing, big n little tires

I'll be damned, I did post a photo of it

his wife's car was this cool gold colored one. That's their truck behind it, if I recall correctly, and my primer gray Demon in the lower right corner of the photo

I was introduced to them, by a guy with a cool 68 Barracuda. Can't recall his name. 

Happy 7/1 day!

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