Friday, April 19, 2019

One woman decided to layer up after being told her suitcase was too heavy. She wore 9 pounds of clothing on a plane instead of forking over the $85 overweight baggage fee at an airport in England,

The woman had booked an all-inclusive vacation and did not bring along enough money.

"I didn't want to be using the little amount I had just so I could get my bag on the plane," Natalie Wynn told The Sun. "I literally said, 'I'm not paying it', and started putting my clothes on...I was boiling, absolutely boiling."

She ended up wearing nearly half of the clothes she had packed including seven dresses, a skirt, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of shorts and a cardigan.

I love a before and after comparison

Mopar trivia

With the 1977 Chrysler, the left fender mounted turn indicator would light up when the gas pedal was floored. When reading the owner's manual the answer turns up. The car had a "gas saver" feature- upon low to no vacuum the fender light on the driver's side would light up, indicating poor fuel economy

Mopars set up for the hearing impaired used the left indicator set up on a vacuum switch so if the car stalled the left indicator light came on

They didn't make a 69 Charger with the 727 and a Dana 60

Early 68 RoadRunners had the bird jumping not running and it was in black and white because the deal with Warnerbros wasn't final yet.

Early 69 Roadrunners had a black beep beep horn, black outside door handle buttons

You could operate the car radio without the ignition key on Mopars built in the 60's-70's by pushing the brake pedal while turning on the hazard lights and left turn signal all at the same time. If you took your foot off the brake pedal, the radio would go on and off along with the flashers. Putting your foot back on the brake would stop the flashers and the radio would play continuously.

In a 69 Dodge Charger with power windows, if you don’t have the keys on you and you need to close the windows, turn on the emergency flashers, step on the brake, set the turn signal lever in the left or right signal position, and the power windows will operate.

Chrysler built a 350 V8 in 1958

the pentastar symbol only went on the passenger's side fender to market to pedestrians on the sidewalk. And they wanted the pentastar symbol to be more recognized than anyone name brand.

Any 440 cars built after June of 1971 got 6pack rods installed. Chrysler had too many rods pre-ordered when the 440/6 option was discontinued. They used all the cranks and rods up till they were gone.

all Dodge and Plymouth 68 hardtops had the lock in the rear and were moved for 69 to prevent break ins and theft

69 Charger Daytona uses 70 Charger fenders. 70 Superbird uses 70 Coronet fenders, and hood.

The side marker lights on a 70-71 cuda were exact same as the ones on a 70 fury

426 Hemi cars were made with air conditioning, the Monteverdi

1973 Duster Twister used the twin scoops from a '69 440 Cuda.

A 70 340 Duster instrument panel is the same as a 67 to 69 Barracuda. Also the 70 Roadrunner used a 69 Charger instrument panel.

A Charger Daytona has the exact same rear window glass as a Vega hatchback

Any Chrysler starter, (63 to 87) will fit any Chrysler engine(V8, slant 6) except the hemi.

Mike Mantel owns the original Little Red Wagon wheelstander that was raced by the late Bill “Maverick” Golden.

The original Little Red Wagon is still in original condition, having been wrecked in 1975. Mike explained that he has no plans for a restoration, but it can be done if he wanted to. The original Little Red Wagon still retains its original magnesium American Racing Torq Thrust wheels from the 1960s. Another artifact from this incredible piece of Mopar history, was the original Hilborn injection for the 426 Hemi, complete with the eight injector stacks that were on the car.

the Little Red Wagon was heavily damaged in a crash in 1975, and sat outside for years

seeing a 1981 Z28 Convertible is a bit of a new experience

these cars were sold directly off the showroom floors of various Chevrolet dealerships as new cars make them as close to a factory Z28 Convertible as it was possible to get in 1981, even though the actual conversion work was completed by National Coach Engineering (NCE) of Port Sanilac, Michigan

NCE then installed reinforcing and bracing under the car, cut off the roof, welded in some fabricated panels and pieces, and fitted a custom-made sailcloth soft-top. The Camaro Z28 wasn’t the only beneficiary of this creativity, as NCE also performed similar work on the Pontiac Trans Am during the same period. These conversions were all performed on these models between 1979 and 1981, at which point NCE went bankrupt, and the factory closed.

a company called Fuel Matrix says it's in talks with UK airlines to calculate exactly how much fuel planes need to fly, by simply weighing the people before they get on the airliner.

This data could then be passed directly to the flight deck for pilots to work out precisely how much fuel their plane needs.

Chief operating officer Nick Brasier told the Independent that most flights carry about one per cent more fuel than they need and burn about 0.3 to 0.5 per cent more fuel due to the extra fuel weight.

Salute of the day! To the Raytown Fire Dept! A dead battery stranded him, and the Raytown firefighters pushed him seven blocks, uphill, home and set him up to recharge the battery.

Yahoo Lifestyle spoke with deputy chief Mike Hunley, the man was on his way to fish in a small pond near a cemetery when his wheelchair became stuck in muddy grass. “Neighbors tried freeing the man but no one was strong enough so they called us,” Hunley said. The firefighters were able to free the man and get him back on dry ground, and pushed him back home.

Hobbs & Shaw Trailer 2

Yenko Chevrolet built two Z-28 "Stormers" specifically for road racing. Car sold new through Yenko for $5900, here is Bill Boye at the '68 Daytona 24-hour with his Marina Blue Stormer

The Super Hugger Camaro

A Firebird was being raced by Guillermo Cruz from Ecquador at the May 11th, 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway.

this ought to settle last weeks controversy about Javelin vs AMX

racing photographer Ron Lathrop captured photos of the prominent racetracks and their drivers in America during the late 1960s, before going into the Air Force from 1965 - 69 and again from 1972 - 92.

Sunoco's 1969 Camaro "Inspection Cruiser". Huh, even though it's just a 307, it's still a 1969 Camaro, and that would be mighty cool to see show up

Above is the famous frozen fuel of the Penske Donahue Camaro... dry ice was used to super chill a barrel or drum of gas, which when loaded into the Camaro, was helpful in packing more fuel into the gas tank, and lower the fuel air mix temp at the carb, possibly lowering the engine temp - but certainly packing more oxygen atoms per cfm for a more power

here's a better look at the drum in a barrel, being supercooled, and frosting the bottom half of the barrel

Ron was a freelance racing photographer dating back to 1963 and did work for Sports Car Graphic, Competition Press, Road and Track, as well as a number of karting magazines and even Rod and Custom.

Factory Experimental Falcon, only in Canada, known as code 992, known as the K Code package in the USA

No American-built Falcons were built with the 271hp 289 Hi-Po engine, Top Loader four-speed gearbox, and Traction Lok–equipped 9-inch rear axle, and the K-code packagewas never officially available with it north of the border.

As with other factory high-performance packages of the day, the intent was to make the car legal in NHRA Stock Eliminator racing. Problem was, only seven of the cars were built by Ford at the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant.

NHRA demanded at least 50 to qualify for a Stock Eliminator class. As a result, they were relegated to the Factory Experimental (FX) class.

And now you know what a legit Factory Experimental Falcon looks like... and Ford only gave them the worst warranty I've heard of lately 90 days/4,000 miles.

The neighborhood kid who admired it every day on the way to school followed its dragstrip exploits,
watched it drive around his hometown, and saw a succession of his friends trade ownership. Although the car stayed local for a while, it eventually moved away. But not too far, and he recognized it immediately when it popped up in a local trader publication in 2003.

He has accumulated copious documentation on the car, including photos and a letter from NHRA indicating the low production excluded the car from Stock Eliminator classes, and, curiously, a copy of the original dealer invoice, which was shown in the Jan. 2002 issue of Muscle Car Review Magazine. It was part of a story on another of the seven don’t-call-it-a-K-Code Hi-Po Falcons.

After the restoration was complete, Teacher’s Pet was displayed at the 2008 Speed-O-Rama in Toronto, as well as the Toronto Performance World Car Show, where Brouwer reunited it with Thompson for the first time in decades.

“It was a great moment,” he says. “And after the show, I took the car over to Graeme’s house. He still lived in the same one I walked by more than 40 years earlier. He and his son took the car out for a few blasts down the street. It was just like 1967 again.”

Whoa... check this out... explained in the next post

Motorola Vibrasonic, something I don't think I've ever seen, or heard of. They seem to have been used to give a more interesting sound effect to a radio, before Stereo was invented, on vacuum tube single speaker radios

In general the feature seems to give more "distance" and some echo to the sound, and maybe back in the twangy guitar era (Duane Eddy, or slow dance do wop, and the Ventures, surf music, and early Elvis type stuff with a couple electric guitars, and a big ol bass) it made the music really liven up on crummy old paper speakers.

I've read that with the right music, a vibrasonic reverb made it sound like the music was in a church, or concert hall, and up until the 60s gospel sold a lot of records... Aretha and Elvis both were selling gospel albums.

 'Vibrasonic' is just another brand name for the reverb that was popular in that era. Fisher had the 'SpaceXpander'

Hmmmm, I bet Jalopnik, Hagerty, Old Motor, and who ever else are out there aren't doing goofy articles like this about strange old car stuff no one has anymore... but find interesting anyway

82 J-10 Honcho Sportside

In South Carolina they take the musclecar era real serious, and have some amazing collections that rarely get shown on the internet, I just learned of “Montys Mustangs"

an eclectic private display of more than 30 great Mustangs and Fords owned by Monty and Jennifer Seawright. Monty’s amazing garage is home to many superb Mustangs, including a ’67 GT350, ’68 GT500, a ’69 Boss 302 and Mach 1, a ’70 Boss 9 and Mach 1 – even a low-mileage 1978 King Cobra.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

some people have all the luck to learn about a car that was left to someone else to sell after they die

A family friend, Diane, was the longtime caretaker for an older neighbor named Harvey. 

After Harvey’s wife died, Diane would go out and talk to him when Harvey would be cleaning his GTO.

When he passed away, he left her everything, the house, garage, and his 1968 GTO.

Diane wasn’t ready to sell the car initially, so Justin mentioned to her that one day he’d like to own the old Pontiac.

When Diane decided to sell, Justin got to see the GTO for the 1st time. With $7000 cash in hand, they swung open the door of the single-car garage in an old neighborhood in Chicago. He had no idea what to expect other than what Diane had told him: The 1968 GTO with a stick shift.

Justin said he was “beyond excited.” That excitement grew as they moved boxes and stuff out of the way and lifted a tarp off the body. There before him was a real GTO obviously untouched, wearing the original paint and needing minor bodywork.

The GTO had been sitting since 1979.

“We ended up towing the car over to my mechanic to get it checked out. It just needed a tune-up. With new spark plugs, new wires, a water pump, timing chain, and retuning the carburetor, the 400 started up and ran strong all the way to redline. The rear main seal is leaking and that is pretty much it.”

Boeing 747 becomes a tourist attraction at a hotel

A former KLM Boeing 747 aircraft will spend the rest of its retirement days parked in front of an Amsterdam hotel, where it will serve as a museum, exhibit and 5D experience for aviation buffs.

The installation of the double-decker aircraft coincides with the plane's 50th anniversary which was February 9. Over the last few years, airlines have been retiring the jumbo jet nicknamed "Queen of the Skies" en masse, in favor of more fuel-efficient, modern aircrafts.

At the Corendon Village Hotel, visitors will be able access areas of the aircraft that are normally inaccessible to the public, including the cargo area, wing, aircraft belly and cockpit.

Travelers who normally fly economy will also be able to visit the upper deck, normally reserved for high-flying business and first-class passengers. The highlight of the visit is the 5D flight simulation experience, which promises "flying in all its facets."

The Jackson's Victory Tour book concert program for 1984... and they were posed with a Jeep? First I've ever seen this. It's crazy what I stumble across while looking for a CCR album cover art photo, huh? !

CCR with a hot rod? First time I've seen these albums, and they all seem to be different photos, from the same minute, just a frame apart in the camera

Hot Rod Hearts, Robbie Dupree... hell of a 80s song about cruising main street

Ten miles east of the highway
Hot sparks burnin' the night away
Two lips touchin' together
Cheek to cheek sweatshirt to sweater

Young love born in a back seat
Two hearts pound out a back beat
Headlights, somebody's comin'
Got to move

Keep a runnin' with the hot rod hearts
Out on the boulevard tonight
Here come those hungry sharks
Up from the bottom for another bite

School girl brushes her hair back
Blue jeans can't hide the bare facts
Bad boy knows where to find her
Runs the light, sneaks up behind her

Hot rod hearts out on the boulevard tonight
Here come those hungry sharks
Up from the bottom for another bite
True believers livin' on the borderline
They're just dreamers killin' time
Killin' time, killin time
Times are hard for those hot rod hearts
Out on the boulevard tonight
Here come those hungry sharks
Up from the bottom for another bite

Girl with the hot rod hearts tonight
Girl with the hot rod hearts tonight
Keep runnin' with the hot rod hearts
Out on the boulevard tonight
Hot rod hearts out on the boulevard tonight
Hot rod hearts out on the boulevard tonight

This is far out... spotted when he was 14, and sheer extraordinary luck occurred and he bought it at 16, drove it for 200,000 more miles, then stored, until his son now 30 years old said, "Lets fix it up and get it back on the road!" (just more proof that Muscle Car Review is fantastic!)

Above, when he bought it, below, as it it now is returned to day two glory, with the same rear tires!

Ain't that a kick in the head?

In the summer of 1967 14 yr old Larry Porteous and his twin brother, Lee, saw it roar by them on the highway, raised up gasser-style, looking mean and ready to rumble. He decided then and there that he had to have a GTO like that one.

2 years of GTO fever later, determined that at age 16, it was time to buy... they looked in a newspaper, and this very same GTO that they'd spotted on the highway, was for sale at $2200. They sold the trumpet, the bicycle, busted open piggy banks, searched couch cushions, etc and drummed up 600, and mom took out a loan for the rest. (Wow, that's a mom that got a parade for every moms day after that, am I right?)

The speed parts on the car, alone, were $1200 dollars worth. Isky race cam, Mallory dual points, Goodyear Blue Streaks, with super-wide cheater slicks in the back, were mounted on a set of 15-inch American Racing wheels, Edelbrock dual-quad intake topped with a pair of Carters, a Hayes 3,200-pound three-finger clutch and an exhaust system with cutouts.

plus, it's a factory 4 speed.

He street raced it a couple times, never lost, but heard rumors that it was going to get stolen for it's unbeatable engine, and installed a hidden kill switch... which saved it from being stolen, FIVE TIMES!

He did lose 3 8 track players and 2 cassette stereos to those car thieves, but they never got the car.

A year later, it was returned to stock suspension and stock height, with regular wheels, and went sleeper, and all those goodies were put in storage, never lost, and returned to the car in 2018

Until 1992, he put over 200,000 miles on it... in '95 to 96 it got a fresh paint job, and 7 year old son Lance helped polish the rims, and clean the tires for car shows.

In 2018, at age 30, Lance finally convinced his dad to replace all the crazy gasser looking speedfreak parts, and return it to what it looked like on a day in 1967 when Larry was just a 14 yr old kid looking out his parents station wagon window at cars going by on the highway.

Inventive ways to prevent hail damage in Texas, found by a local tv channel who just walked around the neighborhoods prior to a forecast for a terrible hailstorm

Filled garbage bags with leaves and rolled them up in the windows to keep them in place.

even a golf cart

but I think that the best and least expensive coverage is the pool noodle

so... one person had this pro system.. have any of you tried this? Does it work perfect? Or a little bit but still some damage, or what?

interesting, I just found the local NBC tv station website picked exactly the same photo examples I did, and put them in their own post