Thursday, May 23, 2019

I just love they have enormous photos, with terrific focus and detail, and when they show a photo of a dealership parts dept... you get to check out so MUCH! Semmes Motor Co.: 1925

notice above and below the shelves are number in some cases. 

so amny cool things on the shelves... batteries, flashlight bulbs, Whiz something, and Top Dressing to make tires black I suppose, or maybe to clean fan belts... and Ditzler brand paint... Tire patch kids from Michelin?

notice the cash register is rung up to "Ford PT" I wonder why... and what are the bottles on the shelf behind it?

from flower vases to jacks... and a lot of spools of ignition wire?  And and Harve Stabilizers? Are those shock absorbers?

Above, the Weed brand tire chains, I believe I posted those before, and the Gabriel Snubbers... which I think are the friction shocks

Above is an advertisement for Watson stabilizers... What shock absorbers were called in the friction shock days I think

I wonder how much rubber cement was needed, and how long these stayed glued to the tire?

now THIS is a dealership showroom display window to envy! 1921 Oakland

wow, nice place! I dig that panel delivery!

It's been a long time since I posted about something from the Kalamazoo company... they made so many cool wheeled things... lot's of warehouse and factory small work trucks and tractors and labor saving vehicles

Looking at the many things in the above illustration, I guess Cushman must have been too much competition for the same customers

after WW2, we made things in this country, a lot of things. Cool stuff, stuff with wheels, and engines, and that lasted til those morons in Washington dived into the war between the French and the Vietnamese - and whatever the hell the Chinese were doing there, and fucked it all up. Shit went in the toilet at that point, and it was all over. The Chinese won that, don't believe me? Where is stuff made now? China. That's where.

I love these old car parts rooms... give me a time machine and I'd just hang around and drool over old parts and tools. Especially if it was a speed shop

from Pinterest all over the place

the parts dept at a dealership?

way back before the term "Car Wash" was the industry standard, there were a variety of names... auto-mat, auto laundry, etc

Whoa! Why don't they make cool toys like this anymore?

If handed this right now, don't you think you'd spend the next 5 to 10 minutes goofing with it, and then put it somewhere close enough to pick up for the next couple of months at least, before it went on display somewhere like your desk, bookshelf, or something?

Looks like a situation ready to erupt in a super bouncy little rubber ball war, or water balloons, or other non violent pranking ways of screwing with the other teens working the competitions gas pumps

Remember the tiny super bouncy balls that were the size of a 50 cent piece? Yeah, that's two references anyone born since Reagan took office won't understand.

Or am I the only one ready to mix it up in a fun little war among contemporaries (did you see my April fools prank?

Hospitals around the country have found a way of easing children into operating rooms, through the thoughtful and kind donations of electric power wheels

At Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, the Pediatric department received a fleet of Power Wheels that were donated by the San Diego Police Department.

 Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, has a John Deere, which acts as a fun transition from the safety of their parents to the unknown of the operating room.

 Ahead of surgery, the child receives their very own driver’s license and the keys to the pint-sized John Deere Gator. "[The John Deere] is a transition piece from parents who they know, where they're safe, to people who they don't know in scrubs,” says Barksdale.

Amanda Rochowiak, who works as a pre-op coordinator, added, “It makes it easier on that transition for the parent as well as the child. Because they know the child is not scared, they're not crying, they're not leaving them in a fearful state.”

Two other hospitals, Oklahoma’s Integris Children’s Hospital and Oishei’s Children’s Hospital in New York, also have similar Power Wheels fleets, which include a Ford Mustang and MINI Cooper.

Oh great. First the damn govt decides we have to get a new drivers license to be passengers on airlines... then they screwed it up for the first 3.6 million "Real ID" they issued!

Over the next several months, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles plans to send letters to 3.6 million customers who received Real ID cards prematurely.

Federal law requires Californians to have that kind of ID by Oct. 1, 2020 to board airplanes or enter federal facilities without a passport. Department of Homeland Security officials determined earlier this year that the California DMV issued millions of cards without asking customers to provide a second proof of residency.

3 friends had a car theft ring at the Phoenix airport, and sent those stolen rental cars to Mexico

Tech can do some amazing things that will never help you do what YOU need done, but still impress you. Help you find an apartment? Nope. Get hired with a payraise by a company that needs you? Nope. Tell you what airplane is flying by? Yes. useless, but yes

When they come up with tech that tell you the perfect way to ask for a date, win the lotto, get the best price on a used car, impress your girlfriends dad, block spam phone calls... let me know.

For now, yes, I'm impressed... but damn, when will they use their genius high tech stuff for something to get a hard working carpenter elected to president? Or diagnose you without a dr guessing, and tossing you prescriptions hoping one will help? Get your application to that one college approved? Tell you where on the planet is your PERFECT match? Inform us what the hell is REALLY causing gas to cost so damn much, or what the hell the sec of urban development does 260 working days a year that earns him that ridiculous income for not knowing shit about his job?

See what I mean? great tech, does cool stuff, but nothing that really helps you. 

Not bad!

only in California

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

when drivers were fat and tires were skinny, Alfonso de Portago, Grandee of Spain, Marquis de Portago and Duke of Alagon became one of Ferrari's most celebrated racing drivers, the godson of the last king of Spain, and the first Spanish driver to play in the Ferrari team

He was educated in Britain, France, Spain and the USA but hated academe and loved sport.

His grandfather was governor of Madrid; his father was Spain’s best golfer and an audacious gambler who once won $2 million at Monte Carlo; the last king of Spain,  Alfonso XIII, was his godfather.

He won his pilot's licence at 17 and lost it almost immediately by flying under London Bridge to win a $500 bet.

He played a ferocious game of Jai-Alai, swam competitively, won a tennis title and took up top-level polo, yachting and shooting. He was a tremendous, fearless, horseman, winning three successive French amateur titles. In 1956, he enlisted his cousins to help represent Spain in their first ever bobsleigh team at the Winter Olympics, where they came an impressive fourth

 At winter sports time, his Spanish bob team for the Winter Olympics trained by Ed Nelson and missed the two-man bobsleigh bronze by just 0.014sec. In the following Swiss Championships he finished second in the four-man bob, third in the two-man.

He rode twice in the Grand National, in 1950 and '52, but spun off both times.

He rode with Chinetti in the 1953 Carrera PanAmericana, and co-drove in the '54 Buenos Aires 1000km and Sebring 12-Hours

he crashed at the Nurburgring, and was scooped into an ambulance. He objected tot he ride to the hospital, knocked out the driver, dumped him in the back, and drove back to the paddock. Won 10k at the casino that night, and bought a new Ferrari Monza, which was promptly shipped to Mexico for the Carrera.

At Nassau in the Bahamas Speed Week he then won two races and placed second in a third. Enzo Ferrari paid extra attention this client could drive. He was duly "permitted" to order a Ferrari 625A F1 car for the 1955 season and earned a quasi-works drive at Sebring.

At Caracas, Venezuela, he was second behind Fangio. And then, back at Nassau, he won again by way of introducing the first Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta, solidly founding that fantastic bloodline.

So he missed the Argentine races in '56 but was given works-backed drives at Sebring, and in Germany, France, Sweden and Italy. Mid-season, Enzo Ferrari offered him a works F1 ride to keep the team's spare Lancia-Ferrari D50A in the hunt during the French GP at Reims.

Navigated by Nelson, he was able to beat Stirling Moss/Houel's Mercedes SL `Gullwing' at the the Tour de France and earn the Ferrari its 'Tour de France' title.

he declared: If I'd lived 600 years ago I'd have been killing dragons or helping maidens in distress, but nowadays the only man who can help a maiden in distress is a doctor."

He died during the Mille Miglia, at 150mph when a front tire blew, aged 28

one lucky racer that made it out of a crash unhurt, and not burnt. Sebring, 1971

just checking to make sure the new skateboard inventions were safe for the kids to use, Swedish police 1976

check out the trucks and trailer needed to move a 15 ton rubber mill, to the 1934 Chicago Worlds Fair

clever and persuasive technique for getting people to change their mind about being cooperative

just when you think, yeah, this has been a good day, someone comes along with a photo to pop your happy thought balloon, as you realize... damn, I'd rather be there doing that

know what I mean? 

I kid you not, this truck ain't going to pass smog, and the old guy driving it doesn't give a damn about that, or registering it. I wonder, does he even insure it?

I smelled this truck 30 feet away, upwind. It's not going to pass smog, and probably doesn't have a catalytic converter.

I'm pretty sure he made his own last year, as the blue sticker behind it looks like it's marker as well. 

I don't know how this hasn't been ticketed off the street

well, that's one driveshaft that might be a decent door stop... but it's no damn good as a driveshaft anymore

the Henry Ford manufacturing principle was to let nothing go to waste, and by selling byproducts, lower the cost of the Model T. One byproduct was wasted wood chips and scrap lumber, and that was turned into charcoal, which became the Kingsford Charcoal Briquets (thanks Randy for the motivation to make this an extensive researched post)

Harvey Firestone. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Edward Kingsford 1923

Ford’s cousin, Minnie, t1Kingsford who ran a successful timber business and owned several car dealerships thanks to his wife’s family connections.

Ford had begun wrestling control from his stockholders and purchasing raw materials to be used in making his vehicles. Anything to make his car making process more efficient. So he bought 310,000 acres of the Upper Peninsula forests, and put in Ford company towns, stores and sawmills.  and

So Ford invited Kingsford to go camping with the Vagabonds, Henry's good friends and frequent camping trip companions, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs, the conservationist, and President Harding went along once... to talk business.

Ford Motor Company manufactured charcoal briquettes from wood wastes generated by its lumber operations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. To help promote the briquettes, Ford also sold charcoal grills through its auto dealerships and employee commissaries, as well as traditional hardware and sporting goods stores. Charcoal provided picnickers with a quick-burning fuel that eliminated the work of gathering and lighting firewood.

A University of Oregon chemist, Orin Stafford, had invented a method for making pillow-shaped lumps of fuel from sawdust and mill waste combined with tar and bound together with potato cornstarch. He called the lumps “charcoal briquettes.”

The Model T was a car that needed a lot of lumber, and made a lot of hardwood scraps, as the frame, wheel spokes, dashboard, and kick panel were all wood, which required about 100 board feet of hardwood per car, and so the factories were using about a million board feet a day

Thomas Edison designed the briquette factory next to the sawmill, and Kingsford ran it. It was a model of efficiency, producing 610 lb of briquettes for every ton of scrap wood.

 The product was sold only through Ford dealerships. Ford then named the new business Ford Charcoal and changed the name of the charcoal blocks to “briquets”. At the beginning, the charcoal was sold to meat and fish smokehouses, but supply exceeded demand.

By the mid-1930s, Ford was marketing “Picnic Kits” containing charcoal and portable grills directly from Ford dealerships, capitalizing on the link between motoring and outdoor adventure that his own Vagabond travels popularized. “Enjoy a modern picnic,” the package suggested. “Sizzling broiled meats, steaming coffee, toasted sandwiches.” It wasn’t until after World War II that backyard barbecuing took off, thanks to suburban migration, the invention of the Weber grill and the marketing efforts. An investment group bought Ford Charcoal in 1951 and renamed it to Kingsford Charcoal in honor of Edward G. Kingsford (and the factory's home-base name) and took over the operations. The plant was later acquired by Clorox in 1973.

Charcoal bricks were also used in foot warmers, and used without burning to absorb moisture and prevent mold and wood rot.

Blast furnace slag was used to make Portland Cement, 2600 barrels a day

They also made Ammonium Sulphate, Johannson Gage Blocks, Methyl Acetone, and Creosote Gas

C.H.Johansson Co. a division of the Ford Motor Co

Johansson had been struggling in Sweden, despite patenting his idea in 1901 and receiving international recognition.

He set up in NY in 1919, but was on the verge of bankruptcy by 1923.

Henry Ford offered Carl E. Johansson the use of his facilities at Dearborn in 1923. The Johansson division of the Ford Motor Company was the result. Johansson would not give Ford the exclusive right to use his blocks, but did give them the right to sell them.

Sven Lundquist brought his family and knowledge to Dearborn Michigan in the 1920's, to manage the Ford Motor Johansson Gage Block Division. (machinist measuring blocks)

For the definitive history of guage blocks, and the involvement of Johannson, and Ford, read

that's the short and sweet story, for a little more in depth, listen to this long winded bastard go off on tangents, but he puts out incredible info - like Leland of Cadillac getting gage blocks first, which reminds me I need to post how Cadillac was the winner of a prestigious French contest where a 3 caddys were taken apart, the parts mixed at random, then randomly three cars were assembled, and then ran around a track flawlessly... it's a very important automobile historic moment, and story. I'll get around to that one of these days - it's on my list of things to post