Friday, April 19, 2024

the 1979 Porsche 924 Sebring was built to commemorate the victories at Sebring with a car that regular people could buy, so they took the absolute slowest car they sold and slapped a few stripes and stickers on it

and it was powered with an AMC Gremlin engine. 

The Porsche 924 Sebring 79 is, essentially, the base-model 924, powered by the VW-designed EA831 four-cylinder, 2-liter engine that was also used in such performance luminaries as VW LT delivery vans and trucks, the 1979 DJ-series Postal Jeeps, the Audi 100, and, yes, the AMC Gremlin.

and it was built with VW parts bins stuff... 

I'd have posted more today, like yesterdays plethora of great stuff, but I had to focus on job applications

 on the last couple of days, I got tips and so I felt able to post more, but today there were no tips (and that's ok!) but I feel safely distracted by posting when I've got a days pay in tips, and when I'm back to being freaked out about not having a job and a way to pay bills I can't post on the blog without mental anguish that I'm being self destructive and NOT doing the right thing, getting a new job. 

But when I'm busy working, I don't have much time for blogging, and in those rare times when I am job hunting, I don't have the money to get me by

So, it's quite a catch 22... I've so thoroughly enjoyed myself blogging, as doing this blog is the result of enjoying myself learning about vehicular things, but, it's not a productive use of time when I must focus on job hunting

Singaporean firm whose ship took down the Baltimore bridge just cited an 1851 maritime law to cap liability at $44 million

The companies filed under a pre-Civil War provision of an 1851 maritime law that allows them to seek to limit their liability to the value of the vessel’s remains after a casualty. It’s a mechanism that has been employed as a defense in many of the most notable maritime disasters, said James Mercante, a New York City-based attorney with over 30 years of experience in maritime law.

A report from credit rating agency Morningstar DBRS predicts the bridge collapse could become the most expensive marine insured loss in history, $2 billion to $4 billion.

Cases like this typically take years to completely resolve, said Martin Davies, director of Tulane University Law School’s Maritime Law Center.   

A woman was escorted off a Delta Air Lines flight for not wearing a bra. She was wearing a shirt. WTF Delta?

the employee told her that her outfit was "offensive" and "revealing." 

"I wore the same clothing any man might wear. I also have a chest smaller than many men on that flight. Where does Delta draw the line?"

The incident was in January and she now has legal representation from attorney Gloria Allred

she was flying from Salt Lake City, so, maybe the flight crew was overly Mormon religous? 

KHP ordered to pay plaintiffs $2.3 million for unconstitutional ‘Kansas two-step’ traffic policy

A U.S. District Court judge ordered the Kansas Highway Patrol to pay $2.34 million in attorney fees and other costs following a successful challenge to constitutionality of the state law enforcement agency’s practice of detaining motorists and searching vehicles without establishing reasonable suspicion.

KHP attorneys argued detaining motorists with the “two-step” maneuver was a legal and appropriate action in the war on illegal drugs.

U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil, following jury trials in which verdicts were returned against KHP, issued a permanent injunction in November forbidding the agency from continuing to rely on policies that unconstitutionally transformed basic traffic stops into lengthy vehicle searches by drug-sniffing dogs.

Somehow NO ONE in Kansas Law Enforcement, the Kansas Police Union, the Sheriff's departments, the many city police departments, the Kansas district attorneys, the Kansas Capitol Police, the state Attorney General, the university law professors, the law students, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police,  Kansas Sheriff’s Association,  Kansas County and District Attorneys Association,  Kansas Peace Officers Association,  Kansas Fraternal Order of Police,  Kansas Crime Stoppers Association, nor any of the other 371 law enforcement agencies employing 7,450 sworn police officers, about 266 for each 100,000 residents, had enough courage or integrity to take the matter up and denounce the unconstitutional policy of the highway patrol violating the civil rights of the people, and BREAKING the HIGHEST LAW which is the constitution, and their oaths of office. 

Shame on them all for standing by while bullies in badges committed the civil rights violation of their families, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, and fellow Americans. 

Diary of a B-17 Tail Gunner

this belonged to Buck Owens!

Veda and Karl Orr... I didn't know they had a little lakes racer! Look at that awesome little racer!

Dan Gurney at Bonneville, first I've seen or heard of that!

actor Robert Stack used to race at El Mirage! and at 16-years old he and he his brother won the International Outboard Motor Championships in Italy! (thank you George!)

Here he is pictured at 19-years old in 1938. He is working on his model-a roadster and preparing it for a dry lakes run. Later that day, he set a record at 115 mph.

I'd never heard of him, despite his long list of Hollywood roles on IMDB, but recall the name from the "Unsolved Mysteries" commercials

Thursday, April 18, 2024

1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Saloon Racer built to production based FIA European Sedan Series of the early 1960’s, using a 1962 FIA Rule Book, built on spec to sell to someone that wanted a track day car they could drive to the local cruise or car show.. it sold for only 45k  out of So Cal, and I think I featured one of their Falcons already. 

The first cover of Four Wheeler Magazine had this photo, and it's so good, and has such and interesting story, they used it again on their 60th anniversary issue and dove into the story

Aileen Maxwell was the photographer, and the location is Black Bear Pass overlooking Telluride Colorado. 

That trail has been around for off roaders for more than 6 decades, but the local sheriff is fed up with the tourists, so he's shutting that down

I think I needed to include that info, but that isn't what this post is about... it's about how a passenger along for the ride took a great photo, and a magazine recognized how cool it was, and began it's long run showcasing how incredible the off roading experience is. 

She purchased this 63 Jeep in 1964, this is her with it in 2010, at age 95, after it was restored

Aileen and her husband were instrumental in starting a Four Corners Jeep Club and photographing the scenic Four Corners area. Aileen was secretary and later president of the club.
In 1962, the Four Wheeler Magazine was just being published and Aileen’s picture of the Four Corners Jeep Club driving down Black Bear Pass was chosen as their first cover. 

She eventually had 11 cover pictures and 4 travel stories featured in the Four Wheeler Magazine.

The last time she "jeeped" over Elephant Hill, she was 98 years old. She lived to be 106

A much more lengthy version of this story, and a lot more info on Aileen's photography and their use in the Four Wheeler Magazine are in the Feb 2022 issue 

a Google Doodle made up of toy trains to honor Frank Hornby, the inventor of Hornby Model Railways, Meccano and Dinky Toys.

looks like a page from a late 70s calendar

Thank you Frank D for clinking the tip jar!


all car websites should have more stuff like this Buick

Ferdinand Ellerman, astronomer, with a cast iron frying pan and a grease gun!

Ferdinand Ellerman standing in pit below an automobile, with grease gun in hand. (1915) Ellerman is wearing a hat, eyeglasses, a coat and gloves. Behind him is an automobile, with a license plate that reads "CAL 16691". The rear axle and wheels are visible. In the foreground, in front of Ellerman, are two grease cans and a cast iron pan. 

what the frickin heck is this? An Australian Steam Powered Whim! Only 4 ever made!

The steam Whim was designed to collect and deliver trees into a sawmill. It is believed they could lift 19 tons of timber.

The crew of a steam whim consisted of a driver, a fireman to operate the whim, and a faller and swamper on the ground to prepare and attach the logs for carrying.

This color photo is only a 1/10th scale model to prove it was possible to make one from the photos

if I had the financial ability, I'd go to all the car museums, and junkyards, and show you so dang much interesting stuff... like tires from companies that went out of business in the 40s due to union labor impasse

The Pharis Tire and Rubber Company was founded by the Pharis family in 1906, and was located in the former Simpson Soap Factory at 325 West Main Street in Newark. The plant was responsible for producing bike and vehicle tires for large brand names such as Firestone and U.S. Royal, as well as its own Pharis label.

During World War II, Pharis Tire made inflatable rubber lift bags for disabled planes. With the supply of raw rubber diminished by Japanese occupation in the Pacific, the government built the company new facilities to enable them to produce tires made from reclaimed rubber.

in the midst of a strike, Pharis decided to quit the tire manufacturing business. The tire molds and the Pharis name were sold to the Mansfield Rubber Company.

Found in trees dead is too common a fate for so many cars that no one had the funds to repair, when the mid 1970s had so many muscle cars dirt cheap during the OPEC oil crisis

I wonder how many muscle cars only survived the drunk drivers, rust, etc etc because they were off the road for a engine or trans problem, and forgotten?

Bought by a circus animal trainer in '36, abandoned in France in 38, and flipped by so many investment people it's crazy, and still has yet to find a single Bugatti fanatic with a fortune to blow on a restoration. How did the Mullin museum never acquire it?

"Mary", aged 25, from Burma, and "Kieri" aged 35, from Ceylon, helping to clear up the bombed sites in blitzed Hamburg, Germany, November 1945.

strangely enough, I have a link tag for Elephants.

Barnfind of the day is the previously unknown 7th 1937 Chrysler Imperial 2-door convertible rumble seat that collectors and registries were unaware of

the car was stored away around 70 years ago. 

 After all of these years, the car never even left home. It was just minutes from the town center of where it was delivered in 1937. 

And the most incredible thing of all--it runs and drives perfectly. It idles. Everything works. The gauge cluster works and illuminates. The temperature gauge climbs, the generator charges, every light down the the license plate light still works, the windows roll up. After 70 years.

Frank Vandendoel with the Belle Fourche-Alazada Stage ran 1928-1930ish, and he made the news for being a victim of Sods Law, on a Monday

quite a complex instrument panel design, and the strangest oil pressure gauge I've ever seen! Sizaire Freres 4RI

Sizaire Freres was a French company made by two brothers and producing cars from 1920-29

the craftsmanship and design of wood toy train sets impresses me, these are made by a maried couple, Lane and Emily in Washington!

Made by a company named NW Alpine, of Washington

this set sells for 175 on Etsy, from the manufacturer

Who knew that Rivian made more than the truck? They also have this, the R3, an electric sport compact, and they'll need the extra sales, as demand and sales of electric vehicles didn't go the way the talking heads were hoorah-ing it. Demand is so low Ford, Rivian, and Tesla are laying off workers

Thank you Robert C ! Thank you Dorald S ! Thank you Jeff J ! Thank you Robert L ! Thank you Casey M ! It's due to your combined tip cup donations that I'm posting today, and I hope you get a kick out of the things I add to the blog today!


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

the P 47 Rae caught my attention for it's ASTONISHING billboard, and mission symbols, but then... I see it's pilot had the same name as my maternal grandfather, H Shook! (this post motivated by all the wonderful readers who boosted my spirits today and got me posting instead of glumly applying to jobs)

He had a childhood dream of flying, and on his 21st birthday, he entered flight training for the Army Air Corp. He graduated just days after Pearl Harbor and remained in the states as an instructor pilot, further sharpening his flying skills. 

He was a career Air Force pilot and commander. As the D-Day invasion neared, he was offered a squadron commander position and promoted to major while still only 23 years of age. 

He participated in three different combat theatres including leading a squadron of P-47's for 3 missions during the D-Day invasion and 3 more the following day. 

He finished his USAF career leading an Air Division during the Vietnam War.

this is the best version of the billboard I can find

B 25 Sunday Punch, has quite to cool paintjob around the nose guns! And a cool story! (this post motivated by all the wonderful readers who boosted my spirits today and got me posting instead of glumly applying to jobs)

First used in 1915, the term “Sunday punch” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as:
-A powerful or devastating blow, especially: a knockout punch
-Something capable of delivering a powerful or devastating blow to the opposition; saving his "Sunday punch" for the end of the campaign.

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee, work on the atomic bomb continued when Frances Smith Gates, editor of The Oak Ridge Journal, first used the phrase "Sunday Punch" on Sept. 14, 1944:
 “Right Now, the most important thing you can remember in your daily work is this: our part of this war will not end with the defeat of Germany. As the District Engineer [Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols] pointed out in his message to the workers of this project last week, Japan is our final objective … We can defeat the Jap, decisively and more quickly, by remembering that every work-hour registered here is a Sunday punch aimed straight at Tojo’s button. Remember this when we defeat Germany. Stay on the job and finish the Japs!”

Wanting to literally deliver a Sunday punch to the Japanese, workers of the J.A. Jones Company decided to donate overtime pay from two Sundays in February 1945 toward purchasing a bomber. 

The momentum grew to include all workers at the K-25 Area 
J.A. Jones,                                            Comstock-Bryant Electric Co., 
Midwest Piping,                                     William A. Pope Co.,
Schulman Electric                                  Poe Piping, 
Lambert Brothers,                                  Birmingham Slag Co., 
Reilly-Benton Co.,                                 and Happy Valley Enterprises. 

The K-25 Bomber Committee and the companies and the workers donated $150,000 toward the purchase of a B-25 they named Sunday Punch. 

On March 18, 1945, A Davis, chairman of the committee, formally presented the plane to Lt. Col. Sanford Chester of the Army Air Forces at the Knoxville Airport while a "huge crowd looked on."

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Sunday Punch was ready for war and sent to the China-Burma-India theatre as a member of the “Earthquakers” medium bomber unit.

 Upon landing in India, the plane was amazingly assigned to pilot Lt. Thomas Evans of Knoxville who was interviewed for the Oak Ridge Journal’s July 19, 1945 edition. “I was in my glory. I had my own airplane, a brand-new one – and bought by the home-town folk! I knew you folks would get a great kick out of it, too.”

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Sunday Punch was ready for war and sent to the China-Burma-India theatre as a member of the “Earthquakers” medium bomber unit. Upon landing in India, the plane was amazingly assigned to pilot Lt. Thomas Evans of Knoxville who was interviewed for the Oak Ridge Journal’s July 19, 1945 edition. “I was in my glory. I had my own airplane, a brand-new one – and bought by the home-town folk! I knew you folks would get a great kick out of it, too.”

82nd BS, 12th BG, served in Italy

With the top turret pointed forward, there were 14 fifty cal guns in action, some call that a "Watering Can" it's about 200 rounds a second

There's a mention in P.I. Gunn's biography that a single strafing run on a Japanese barge, cut it in half.

Learning new stuff every day!