Saturday, February 22, 2014

of course we need to move a moosehead now and then, and a grandfather clock... and a VW van is best for that!

a miniature Cadillac built for the royal kids of Siam

Car companies and dealerships used to appeal to consumers with music.. whatever happened to that?


Florence Henderson signing "Oldsmobility" Ridin on the Range and "Gotta get a Car"



both Ford and Chevy went with famous celebs of the day... and sent these to the public at large http://aacalibrary.tumblr.com/


This one I photographed at a local car show

be more careful when you are driving with a lot of paint in your truck, don't slip off the road

tow truck driver fail

Ford F series, the best selling vehicle in America for most of the past 3 dacades... why?

For most of the past three decades, the best-selling vehicle line in America has been, strangely enough, not a family sedan or SUV but a pickup. The holder of that prestigious title is Ford's F-Series. Granted, those sales figures include not only the F-150 but also the Super Duty rigs and even commercial-use chassis cabs.

Americans love choices, something not lost on Ford's product planners whose efforts have resulted in no fewer than 75 styles of the F-150

THX 1138

1933 Skippy Racer

Coca Cola used to be heavily into drag racing.. and advertising with drag racers

A proper send off for a diesel tuner and racer, 50 burnouts in front of his shop



the owner of Toops Performance in London, Ohio, passed away early Thanksgiving morning as the passenger in a single-vehicle accident, and on their way to his viewing, a convoy comprised almost exclusively of tuned diesel trucks stopped in front of Toops' shop with a soot-spewing, tire-smoking tribute which was all caught on video.

found on http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/04/diesel-pickup-convoy-burnout-tribute-fallen-friend-video/

That is a special recognition and respect right there

how to sell a van with humor


Attention hippies , weirdos , circus freaks , Scooby Doo fans , people from Colorado and those recently released for good behavior.


 I am selling this cab over engine 1967 Chevy cargo van so that you can do whatever freaky stuff the voices in your head tell you to do and your therapist says you shouldn’t. This van was once painted like a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine van, and now it sits in the driveway waiting for someone to fill it with peace and love so that it can ramble down the roads again.

 I don’t have a title, so you don’t have to worry about the “man” bringing you down or keeping tabs on you via his paperwork, and it has a low mileage greenhouse gas generating 350 Chevy 260hp GM crate engine, Edelbrock aluminum intake and carburetor, rebuilt three speed column shift transmission, rebuilt radiator, all under the “dog house” that also makes a great place for you to hide your weed.

I don’t dig on vans so if you do, this one can be your righteous and mother beautiful ride. On a positive note, the body has a bit of rust for you types that like that sort of natural returning to Earth , I don’t bathe or comb my hair look.

It also has a rebuilt 3.42 gear ratio rear axle(you could hide your weed in there too). Keep in mind that this thing is huge on the inside and you can transport a LOT of weed in it.

The first picture is what this van looked like before the Man at the corporation rained downed us for having this van painted like their copyrighted image and forced us into removing the paint.

Bring a trailer to float this baby home because she hasn’t been started in several years and the fuel has gone sour. We had rebuilt the brakes with new shoes, springs and cylinders, but time has brought them down from sitting. For you antisocial types or the romantically challenged, rope and duct tape must be purchased separately .

 For you Renaissance festival types, there is room enough for a mattress in the back that a Lord can layeth with thy wench that thy Lady need not knoweth about.

 $1300 firm is a steal. Wow man, think about the possibilities.

 This van is also great for smuggling Mexicans, drugs or running armament. However, most people frown on its use as a school/day care bus, so you may not want to use it for that.

 The views expressed in this ad do not necessarily reflect the views of the seller. Seller does not condone the sale or use of weed, Mexicans, rope or duct tape. Libyan terrorists types need not apply. Take your plutonium elsewhere.

 All joking aside, if you are interested in the van, pick up the phone and call me. Yes, it is for sale.

Found on http://bangshift.com/blog/craigslist-find-a-scooby-van-with-an-epic-description-of-its-smuggling-potential-must-read.html

drag racing tattoo of the month

A good close look at the condition of the Brazilian Tucker, the only Tucker ever exported



skip to one minute 20, all he does is talk to that point

Found on http://flaviogomes.warmup.com.br/

Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrate John Woolfe, for he is capturing the roadside diner, and most of them are (I just learned) Worchester Lunch Car Diners












Just a sample of the beautiful work John does, from Massachusetts to New Jersey... just photographing diners. That is very cool!

His website has 101 so far, so go take a look! http://www.jwoolf.com/portfolios/nightroad/ learned about if from http://retroroadmap.com/spot/night-road-diner-photos-by-photographer-john-woolf-exhibit-extended-at-the-national-heritage-museum-lexington-ma/

Worcester Lunch Car Company

Philip H. Duprey founded the company in 1906 as the Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company. It was named for Worcester, Massachusetts, where the company was based.
The company produced over 600 diners between 1906 and 1957, when manufacturing ceased. All of Worcester Lunch Car's assets were auctioned in 1961.

 While most of their diners were located in New England some were purchased as far away as Florida. The Miss Worcester Diner (1948) still exists in its original location across the street from the former factory. The Rosebud (1941) is an example at 381 Summer Street in Somerville, Massachusetts near Davis Square.
 The Liberty Elm Diner (originally known as Central Diner) is Worcester Lunch Car Company #806 built in 1947 and moved to its current location in 1953 where is still operates in the Elmwood section of Providence RI. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010

 The Henry Ford Museum in Michigan contains a notable example of a Worcester Lunch Car diner called Lamy's, built in 1946. In January 2012, Lamy's once again began serving food. Many surviving Worcester Lunch Car diners are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

I just posted a rail car / diner yesterday, is today too soon to post another? nah!




A vintage 1938 O’Mahony diner, the Reading Diner was originally open in Exeter, PA. In 1950 it was moved across route 422 to become the basis of Fegley’s Family restaurant.

As the restaurant grew in size, it grew around the diner, so that from the outside you could barely tell that there was a diner at the heart of the restaurant. Inside the diner offered counter and booth service. The restaurant closed in 2003 and the diner was removed before the restaurant demolished. First moved to another site, it was later donated to the Boyertown Auto Museum, where it was repaired and had its grand unveiling in the spring of 2011. They did a fantastic job!

Found on http://retroroadmap.com/spot/reading-diner-boyertown-auto-museum-great-diet/ and the museum website is http://boyertownmuseum.org/

the ABCs of tools

the Mustang Sprint.. haven't seen one of these in a dozen years



top image from http://aacalibrary.tumblr.com/ the bottom one I posted years ago from Svammerislum I think... but the point is, they are so rare now that I didn't even see one at the Knotts Berry Farm Fabulous Fords Forever show last year