Monday, May 16, 2022

I get a kick out of the over exaggerated advertising

there aren't many times I've seen anyone start a car with something like this..

I've seen dragsters started with a portable starter attached with welding cables to batteries, which prevents that dragster from having to have a starter on it, and the wiring, starter relay, etc. 

I've seen drag strips with roller starters, I've seen dragsters push started, and I've even started a a car with a dead battery by getting it rolling and popping the clutch, and I've seen tractors started with the ol hand crank... but I haven't seen a rig like this in action until now

Sunday, May 15, 2022

one Siata 200S was custom built with a 392 and a T10 (wasn't that what the Facel Vega had too? Seems like a popular choice!)

 S.I.A.T.A. (Societa Italiana Auto Transformazioni Accessori) designed this chassis for John Perona (born Entrione Giovanni Perona) in Chiaverano, a Province of Turin, Italy. 

John had immigrated to the United States and in 1931 opened El Morocco, a speakeasy at 154 East 54th Street in New York City. After prohibition was repealed, the El Morocco became one of the hottest nightclubs in New York attracting society, politicians, and celebrities. 

John Perona was a big personality and wanted the most beautiful and powerful sports car on the boulevard, and he got his wish! The chassis of the car traveled the international car show circuit for a year before the aluminum body styled by Nuccio Bertone was fitted and was also featured in the September 1952 issue of Road & Track

the car’s long-time custodian was able to purchase the car out of a garage in Indiana in 1983, he had been obsessed with this particular car ever since he saw the chassis in the 1952 issue of Road & Track, and quickly seized the opportunity to purchase the car he had dreamed about for decades.

After the car left Italy the engine had been replaced with a 392 hemi, and the SIATA “truck box” transmission had been replaced by a Borg-Warner T10. It has Borrani 16” wire wheels, pop-up headlights, and a two-piece low-cut Lexan windshield 

Since its restoration, the car has been seen and raced at prestigious events such as Pebble Beach, Monterey Historic races, Nassau Vintage Speed Week, Walter Mitty Challenge and more.

There were some interesting and cool cars on The Rockford files

Get a good look, they are about to crash it

I told you so you wouldn't be surprised, because when they crashed this E Type, it surprised me

 and I wasn't expecting to see a GTO, though this has cool looking white accents on the hood scoops, they ruined it by carrying the stripes over the roof, and some white stripes down the sides. 

Did Crosley venture into garden tractor production?


someone tried pretty hard to invent a new design for a lawnmower with this 3 wheeled "Swivel Boy"

1948 Sears n Roebuck riding mower, because pushing a mower for a couple hours around your yard is no fun, but riding is

stolen 1964 Vette finally discovered, recovered, and returned to owner after 40 years

in 1976 Modesto Fleming had her classic muscle car parked in front of the house in Anaheim, California. Unfortunately, someone stole her 1964 Corvette Stingray. 

But forty years later the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was brought to a car show, and someone noticed the VIN was for an Impala and suggested to the owner that he take it to law enforcement to have it checked out. 

It was brought to the Redbluff California Highway Patrol office on  and officer Dave Madrigal was tasked with doing a VIN verification for the vehicle.
It turned out that the number related to the Impala, not the Stingray, which meant the car was stolen. Madrigal was able to locate a different identifying number on the vehicle, at which point he contacted the National Insurance Crime Bureau for clarification, he said.

With some detective work, the officer managed to locate the first owner of the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and it was Fleming.

Madrigal recounted the case to Red Bluff Daily News: "I contacted Anaheim and advised them of the situation. They researched their micro fiche for the stolen report and called me back. They then located the victim from 1976, who is currently living in Arizona, and told her we had her car."

In talking to the man who brought the car in, Madrigal learned he had been given the car by his wife in 1987, and had been driving it about 30 years. His wife had acquired it from a dealer in Redding that is no longer in business.

Arrangements were made for Fleming to travel to California to retrieve the vehicle and on Nov. 4 Madrigal was able to return the Corvette to her.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

it seems that when people make mistakes, there is always a camera around to record the embarrassing moment


one of these days I'm going to quit blogging, so when I hear what a blogger said about his 24 years of daily work and why he's taking a long vacation from his blog I pay attention

he's a full timer that went the distance to get patrons and advertising, and made a living at blogging, if you haven't heard of Kottke, it's a variety blog that shares whatever comes up of interest to the blogger

Did you hear of the Jim Taylor collection coming to auction this October? It's got some rare stuff, like a real factory race '55 Type D Jag that wasn't raced, and an unrestored '64 Cobra 289, and a '67 427 Cobra with only 8k miles

the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer. Mr. Taylor’s car, XKD 515, is considered by marque specialists to be one of the most original examples extant and owes its authenticity to the fact that it was largely spared from competitive racing when new and instead was used primarily as a road car. As the 15th of the 42 examples originally built and having had the benefit of a pampered life, the Taylor D-Type remains one of the finest pedigreed cars of the breed

plus the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, '66 Hertz GT 350 Cobra Mustang which happens to be one of only 85 with a factory 4 speed, and a 1954 Cunningham C-3, plus about 110 cars I'm not even vaguely interested in

If you're looking to buy a Southbend, and a Bridgeport, I've got good news

2018 front flip, skip past the 118 seconds, to 1:58


skip the first 45 seconds of this next video to see if from a different camera

2 weeks until Memorial Day; Monday, May 30

I just wanted to make a note that it's not flag day, not Veterans Day, not WW2 day... 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May.

So, it's a bit like killed in action day, regardless of what war or military engagement, from the Revolutionary war of freedom from the English tyrant government with it's indentured servitude where every twenty years or so there was a new generation of young men were giving the British throne hell because the Stuarts weren't on the throne, until Cromwell got fed up and shipped them off to Barbados (history, full of interesting stuff) 
and the Indian Wars in Connecticutt, Pequot-Mohegan War and King Philip's War.... the French and Indian War, Battles of Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, the War of 1812, the Mexican War (over Texas) and the battle of the Alamo! The invasion of Pancho Villa, the Civil War, Spanish American War over Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines, (they sunk our battleship!) 
and WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Nicaragua, Libya, Beiruit, Iraq, Afghanistan, Dubai, and I'm forgetting others that aren't coming to mind. Of course I am, because history wasn't taught very well in my grade school and high school, and though I've been doing little else for the past 15 years, there's a diminishing return on learning vs retaining memory. 
But I wanted to remember the Alamo (been there!) and so many Indian wars, and the various damn wars that have keep the country entrenched in a cycle of battles all over the planet. I think the USA has been in a war everywhere except Greenland. 
It's been a pet project of mine to thoroughly complete my family tree, and part of that was fascination with how many people in my ancestry were in the revolutionary war, the Indian wars, the Battle of Bunker Hill, were freezing in Valley Forge, slogging through Europe in WW2, etc. 
Memorial Day means something else when it's a look at your own family tree and who did what, where, and when. I hope you enjoy your family tree discoveries like I do. 

the Norgrove Railway outside of Arroyo Grande Ca, restored a Davenport Locomotive Works narrow gauge sugar cane plantation steam engine built in Iowa in 1917 and was scheduled to be shipped to France for use as a “trench train” moving men and supplies, but the war ended before the train was shipped

The locomotive was completed by Davenport and sold to the Army, but never shipped to Europe. Some time later it wound up at the Bryon railroad, where it ran with a traction engine boiler and made to look like a scale US mainline locomotive. Despite that, the chassis was very little used with all matching serial numbers on the brasses, rods, axles, etc. when it was acquired by the present owner. 

 The crew at the Norgrove Railway Shops restored it to original specifications using a lot of research and drawings where available. The only 'modern' concession is the Winton steam air compressor for air brakes.

one of three known to exist, but the only one operating

 WWI 60 cm railroads:
195 locomotives were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Co. and all but five were shipped to France. The Baldwin design was not well thought of by the users in France, the side tanks when full made the locomotive decidedly top heavy and when using unballested rail near the front, often tipped over. Crushed side tanks are common in the photos from the operations in WWI. The Baldwins also required a field modification to the front truck in order to track the very tight curvature found in the 60 cm tracks in Europe. The frequent derailings made them very unpopular with the users. 

Of the 80 locomotive built by Davenport and 30 built by Vulcan Iron Works none were shipped to Europe. Since the American abandoned all rolling stock sent to Europe at the end of hostilities, many of the Baldwins were reclaimed from the rail facilities and were shipped to many places in the world including Brazil, Australia, and Wales. Several had guage changes applied, usually 75 cm and one at least 100 mm (just shy of 3 feet and 40 inches). As late as 1982, 60 cm box cars were in use by a tourist railroad in France. Dunn has detailed disposition lists for the steam engines and the gas locomotives built by Baldwin for use in Europe. 

 Ten army posts/forts had 60 cm railroads in operation, some as late as the end of WWII. Equipment was stored across the U.S. and as far away as Oahu, HI, at the Schofield Barracks. Many of these stored locomotives and rolling stock were declared surplus and were sold to the general public or to the various states and wound up in logging operations and construction sites. A whole annex is devoted to trying to account for these locomotives.

Fort Benning Georgia had, at it's high point in 1923, 20 of these little locomotives running on 27 miles of track around the facility. There was even an engine house and yard on site.

Trench railways represented military adaptation of early 20th century railway technology to the problem of keeping soldiers supplied during the static trench warfare phase of World War I. The large concentrations of soldiers and artillery at the front lines required delivery of enormous quantities of food, ammunition and fortification construction materials where transport facilities had been destroyed. Reconstruction of conventional roads (at that time rarely surfaced) and railways was too slow, and fixed facilities were attractive targets for enemy artillery. Trench railways linked the front with standard gauge railway facilities beyond the range of enemy artillery. Empty cars often carried litters returning wounded from the front.

regular soccer? Boring. But motorcycle soccer? Wow! THIS ought to be broadcast instead!

as always, skip the first minute's nonsense

those two videos are good to get you up to speed, here's a real full game, and the first 19 minutes are not even the game, so, skip to 19:00 and the game will begin

Friday, May 13, 2022

seen on tonight's walk, a couple "what's under the car cover"

I think this is a early 50s Kaiser or Hudson

the interesting looking car in front of the truck is a Mercedes

looks like a Cortina, not a car seen very often around San Diego