Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Why? What that blocking the radiator, of all the more interesting of humorous things that are available?


I find the hats interesting, the guy at the left has a SCTA pith helmet, and the tall guy in the back looks like he's got a Ed Roth Rat Fink hat


hard to believe that the mansions were so quickly abandoned, and reused by anyone that could figure out something to do with them, but, I never would have guessed that one would become a junkyard

I am not familiar with the the history of the industry of cotton and tobaaco, but I guess it was predicated on slave labor, and no one had a clue how to farm in the south to grow vegetable crops, like everyone everywhere else on the planet, to keep plantations in business with farming instead of bankrupt without slave labor. Or corn, wheat, alfalfa, etc

Then again, this photo is in 1936, after the great depression, and about 50 years after the civil war, this Antebellum mansion/plantation could have failed and been abandoned for other reasons

the same place in 2011:

It was built in 1837 on a 350-acre plantation, with the columns and Italianate tower added just before the Civil War. Dr. Drish died there in 1867, his wife Sarah in 1884. 
It was the Jemison School from 1906 to 1925. After its time as an auto parts warehouse and Walker Evans's visit, it was purchased by Southside Baptist Church, which built a brick sanctuary on one side.

 Threatened with demolition, it was leased to the Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa County in 1994, and after designation as a "place in peril," acquired by the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society in 2007. It was finally renovated starting in 2012 and opened in 2016 as a venue for weddings and other special events.

the good old days

Monday, February 26, 2024

North Carolina volunteer divers found human remains in a car that disappeared 42 years ago in 1982

solving the mysterious disappearances of William Clifton, David McMicken and Michael Norman, who seemingly vanished on Dec. 10, 1982, after leaving a bar about 30-minutes from the final resting location of the car.

"We thought the car was upside down, but it was actually sitting on its wheels, but just everything above the wheels had deteriorated," Swain said.

After getting the necessary permits and preparations, they ultimately drained most of the body of water while the university anthropology experts studied the remains.

As the water was pumped out, they were able to get to the car, and the VIN number was a match to the missing 1975 Camaro that the missing trio drove in 1982.

It's a retention pond in John's Creek, that passes under the road, in a busy area that feeds into Pungo Creek in Beaufort County, North Carolina.

"We all rode passed this pumping station thousands of times over the years, and we just never went in there," Swain said.

I find it really weird that all 3 men died in the car. Was their foul play, did they do something that would cause them to be murdered? Since there isn't anything but some bones left to identify, I doubt any conclusion will be reached, but, 3 guys in a car drive off a road, exactly where the car will be in the deepest place a car can easily reach, and in such a way that all 3 men inside die, and the car was right side up? 

For years I've been posting these cars that have been found underwater, sometimes with the dead inside, and this is the first that I've felt it was likely that they were murdered. 

Hopefully all the recently solved "Missing Persons" that have been found in these underwater cars will motivate more local police to look underwater for cars, I've been posting these for years, so have some local news outlets. Does it really take more than that for cities and counties to get their police/water departments to just LOOK and rule out the possibility? Do you remember the Miami story I ran a couple months ago? Anyone could have checked there, or in this above example, anyone could have found this car

would you believe that anyone would be, or even could be, charged with a felony for mowing lawn? A grandfather mowed public property out of frustration last year, because the ticks were infesting the area, and a copperhead slithered out of the area

A Camp Hill man escaped serious penalties for mowing borough-owned property out of frustration last year, after a plea deal Tuesday that seemed to signal a truce in the situation going forward.

The Borough wanted to charge him with felony criminal mischief  to make an example of him, and to achieve free publicity goals,  for mowing a patch of borough-owned property along Conodoguinet Creek that was being left purposely unmowed to help create a natural buffer to reduce the flow of sediment and runoff into the stream.

Urban was initially charged with a felony and the borough had requested damages of 12,350 for "for estimated costs of alleged damages" officials believed he caused when Urban took his riding mower to their intentional "Riparian" buffer along the creek. 

The area in question sits across the road from Urban's home, between the stream and the stream bank, it was being left purposely unmowed to help create a natural buffer to reduce the buffer to reduce the flow of sediment and runoff into the stream.

Different wildcat mowers had hit it in recent years prompting the borough to set up a surveillance camera. 

"The borough ha a law that says you can't have grass over 8" long or you can be fined, .. .. I just don't want five-feet weeds by my house," Urban said last October after the case was filed.

"Basically it was safety, "Urban said, noting he got about 20 tick bites this spring that he attributes to the growth. " I have three grandchildren that live with me, the weeds were taller than they were. I got tired of the ticks, I got tired of the rodents, I had to relocate a copper head snake."

So, on May 16th last year, he hopped on his riding mower, and went to work on the weedy empty lot, where Camp Hill's cameras got him on tape, and police were able to identify his lawn mower. Local politicians made a publicity campaign about this, while the county district attorney's wife was running for Camp Hill Council, she got him to turn the prosecution over to the state attorney general's office. 

Contrary to the borough's felony charge, and alleged damages cost, the Borough Manager slipped up and stated that a "Riparian" buffer do "a low cost" job of preventing pollution from getting into waterways

Under the deal, Daniel Urban pleaded guilty to one summary count of criminal mischief. His sentence is a $150 fine, plus restitution of an additional $150 to Camp Hill Borough to reimburse it for the cost of a camera set up to catch bandit mowers.

interesting tourist duck boat in the new animated movie, Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken

Nicely chosen plate


must be nice to rate a new company truck, just to commute to work

Watching Disney movies from the 70s is a hoot... there's a decent fun movie (Cat From Outer Space, Herbie the Love Bug) and a good way to spot cool cars, and celebs from the 70s

Two Mustangs, a Green 65? Bronze 67 fastback? A VW van, Honda Civic in yellow? Gray Karman Ghia? Looks like a 68 Firebird by the bronze Mustang, Burgandy colored car might be a 75 Camaro

Same parking lot, different section

Tim Conway driving the Jeep

Dick Butkus in an LTD

Finally had the counter click over 50 million views since "blog" added a counter about 15 years ago

These human cannon ball types just make me smile, they figured out how to make a bunch of money flying through the air. All they need is a soft landing, and a new crowd to pay a nickel to see it for themselves (1935)

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