Saturday, February 21, 2009

Engine timer

Thanks to Newt and Tris for letting me share this with you.

Lap Speed Calculator

Two different sides

And if you'd like to make your own, just print these two, use your copier to reduce them to a useful size, and then use an exacto knife to remove the view window areas. Presto, you've made your self a sliding lap speed calculator.

Thanks to Newt and Tris for letting me share this with you.

American Hot Rod and Drag Racing Pioneers

Giving a biography of about 100 people you should be familiar with... guys like Isky, Engle, Ivo, Navarro, Hilber, Brizio, Carillo... Good resource of info!

Iskenderian Displacement Guide and Ratio Computer, 1953 Dream Wheel

Do you feel your socks were just blown off? Ain't that the coolest damn thing you've seen all day?!

DREAM WHEEL: A name for the Iskenderian Ratio Computer. Accurately converts MPH to RPM, or RPM to MPH . . . Set gear ratio desired opposite tire diameter, and read MPH opposite engine RPM. The dream wheel resembles a circular slide rule.

Thanks to Newt and Tris for letting me share this with you.

Concept of what Dodge could have done to compete with the 67 Corvette

Paddy's train photos

San Diego Coffee Cruise

Feb 21st
San Diego Coffee Cruise
8am Pinnacle peak Steak house
7927 Mission Gorge rd
619 987 5385

Friday, February 20, 2009

Flikr set of Lead East car show

Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster

Mitsuoka’s Morgan-clone Himiko is a breath of fresh air; its internals are actually based on a Mazda MX-5 Miata.
From Pixdaus. For the website of the designer:

Good hot rod galleries

Ollongrooffan still amazes me, here's an excerpt from John's Daytona 500 trip

Without John taking photos in the pits like this, I would never see how organized and innovative the car teams are about spare parts
Love the mobile tool shed! is a great website I've posted about before, and you'll always see me go back to time and again. John has class.

Station Wagon, origin of the phrase

I was thinking about Station Wagons after posting about the Desoto and the Dodge a post or so down the page... and I realized that the phrase must orignate from the horse drawn wagons that went from station to station... or stages, hence Stage Coach... ergo station wagon.
Well, it made sense to me until I looked on the web for confirmation.
I was wrong.
The very first station wagons were called 'depot hacks' - they worked primarily around train depots as hacks (taxicabs). The modified back ends that made them depot hacks were necessary to carry large amounts of luggage - everyone traveled by train then, remember, and you needed a car that could comfortably carry people and large amounts of luggage from the train station to home. They were also called 'carryall's' and 'suburbans' (a name Plymouth used on their wagons until the late 1970's). 'Station wagon' was just another derivative of 'depot hack'; they were vehicles that were used as wagons (to carry passengers and cargo) from (railroad) stations.

Morgan three-wheeler lubrication chart

The above is extra large so you can print it poster size if you like. I'm not posting the full size scan, it's too huge, 2' by 3' approximately

Thanks to Newt and Tris for letting me share this with you!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

NHRA Winternats photo gallery / slideshow from Jae Bueno... awesome!

I posted a few to show you what a good photographer he is,

So go over to his Flikr acct, or direct to his website to enjoy great photography of the Winternats

1959 DeSoto Shopper needs a new owner

One of 271 made. Has front discs, modern rear end, Mopar electronic ignition, Optima battery, WW radials. Original rebuilt 383 4 bbl., Torqueflite trans., luggage rack, registered to Calif. vintage YOM plates. New cover, lots of parts & literature included.

This looks very similar to another wagon I've never heard of, the Dodge Sierra Spectator. It had a rear facing 3rd bench, and the spare tire is actually located up in the wheel well and was accessed by removing a specially built removable fender skirt behind the rear wheel.

Bad things happen to good con rods.

401 AMC. Hydrolocking has a bad effect.

It says cool looking project to me, looks like a Ponitac

It's been a long time since I went on a neighborhood crawl, when I would post photos of interesting, and usually neglected stuff, and tell you readers that your neighborhood probably has cool stuff too.

Well, it should be easy to distinguish the manufacturer by the grill... I'll say 57 Ford. The holes above the grill number 4... like ford

Justin's 1928 Pontiac... wicked. Nuff said

The body is laid over a cage, and can be removed with a couple bolts so chassis of trans work can be done. Excellant planning.

Ain't that a great photo!
Above.. before ... ... .. below.. after

Illustrating the only way in or out. I just realized this rod better nor ever flip over.

Since I can't find the right words to relate how cool this slammed custom is, I'll stick to the stats, and let the photos say the rest.
Start losing your mind at learning the engine was still in the crate... since 1956... when Justin got it from some guy a couple years ago. It's a 331 cu in Chrysler Industrial Hemi, 6-71 blower... a set of 6 Stromberg 97's on a homemade intake, Vertex mag, Isky cam, Chev 350 trans, 10 bolt rear in a shortened, narrowed, chopped, shaved, 28 Pontiac 4dr body from John Hinn near Jacumba.
Street legal too.
Thanks Justin for giving me the time to photograph and share this cool hot rod with everyone