Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bang Shift.com finds some great stuff... here is a new hilarious Craiglist ad caused by a divorce for a '78 MGB



Recent divorce forces the sale of this 1978 MGB Roadster.

 My now ex-wife, clearly an aficionado, fan and connoisseur of classic European automobiles, valued this car at $9,600.00 in her sworn financial statement and refused to budge on this ridiculously overvalued estimate during mediation.

 Since she is the expert on British sports cars, I am following her expert advice and listing this fine, rare, concours-quality vehicle at her valued price of $9,600.00.

 This rubber bumper (feel free to contact her for a full education of the difference, value and collectibility of rubber-to-chrome bumper MGBs…) MBG boasts the following much sought after options:
96 bhp 4 cylinder 1800cc engine with single (yes, only 1) Stomberg carb
 No power steering
No power brakes
 No air conditioning
Vinyl seats
4 speed manual transmission (no overdrive)
 Convertible top (with custom rip)
Rust on trunk lid
 Floors may or may not be solid.
 Car has been in her expert care, i.e. uncovered, unprotected and full of snow.
 Car is in non-running, non-driving condition.
 Ex-wife deemed this car unsafe and unacceptable for our children to drive, but should be just fine for you and your loved ones.

 Show up with your tow truck and 96 $100 bills.
 The line forms at her front door.
 First come, first served.
 No lowball offers…not a single penny less than nine thousand six hundred dollars will be accepted for this special, unique, collectible British classic.
Cash only.
 Clear title. Seriously, you better hurry.
 This one won’t last at this fair, reasonable asking price.
Original ad at http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/4912263427.html  via  http://bangshift.com/bangshiftapex/an-ex-wife-is-making-her-ex-husband-sell-his-1978-mgb-the-craigslist-ad-is-pure-genius/

Brilliant advertising idea for the Smart Brabus

good example of a steam punk bike

I don't know what this tire is used for, ice racing I suppose... I bet it gets great traction

Detroit Fire Department, 1921, Packard

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

during WW2, Baldwin was building both Sherman tanks and steam locomotives


In this 1943 company photograph, two different war product lines are shown, a brand new Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range “Yellowstone,” one of the largest steam engines produced, along with an M4 Sherman tank. This view is from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s collection

Found on https://www.facebook.com/HeritageRailway?fref=nf

1918 Federal with solid rubber tires, chains, and an enormous log getting transported down a plank road


Looks like a railroad without the rails, and it might be. Who knows, perhaps the logging train had been relocated in preference to trucking or maybe the lumber had mostly run out.

Found on https://www.facebook.com/FMCSA

900 foot long 115 year old wood trestle bridge was set on fire, cause unknown. Came down like dominoes

The Harmony Ridge Bridge in Lampasas County, Texas, dated back to when the railroad was built in 1910. It is a fully working railroad belonging to the Heart of Texas Railroad. It carried trains hauling frack sand and wheat from Brady, Texas.

The Harmony Ridge Trestle was located in a remote area at least 8-10 miles from a main highway. The fire was considered too dangerous to fight by the volunteer firemen that responded. They did not have enough water to put out all of flaming trestles anyway.

Today WB did a news release that they've brought the Hogworts Express to the London Studio Tour, and made a Platform 9 3/4


The Warner Brothers Studio Tour London will have the train in the tour on March 19th for it's new Platform 9 3/4s

Full Press release at http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/the-tour-experience/whats-on


for a full look at the Platform 9 3/4 tour:




They had the Knight Bus for the 2010 grand opening at Universal

top and bottom images from http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/05/closer-look-diagon-alley-secrets-sizes-details-and-dragons-revealed-for-harry-potter-expansion-at-universal-orlando/

Mini wins the Dakar for the 4th straight year



The Dakar is commonly considered one of the toughest rallies on earth over and through dunes, dust, mud and other difficult terrain of some 5,600 miles spanning three countries across South America.

More than just winning, the 5 spot podium was 4 for 5 this year all Mini, and last year was Mini in all 5 spots. Ya gotta respect that level of commitment to winning the race, and putting a lot of cars into the contention

Images from http://blog.caranddriver.com/2013-dakar-rally-kicks-off-report-and-photos-from-peru/