Friday, February 15, 2019

REO Speedwagons

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has been served with a sweeping federal subpoena seeking construction documents in connection with the $9.2 billion rail project

the subpoena covers all construction records for the rail project as well as all records that HART provided to the Hawaii State Auditor.

The rail line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center is the largest public works project in state history, and the city has struggled for years with cost overruns and construction delays.

The city signed an agreement with the FTA in 2012 that called for rail’s elevated guideway and 21 stations to be built for $5.26 billion by 2020, but the project is far over budget. Construction and financing of rail are now expected to total about $9 billion, and the rail authority expects to finish the system in late 2025.

annual dirt drags at Monte Vista Colorado

The Rotary Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford is hosting its car plunge contest as to when a Saturn will sink through the ice and fall into a local caved-in mine

The car has been altered to be environmentally safe by students at the Dickinson - Iron Technical Education Center under the supervision of Rich Henrion.

The engine, transmission, power train, battery, radiator, fluid coolers, master cylinder and heater hoses have all be removed. As have oils, greases, road grime, and other unintended vehicle contaminates.

The Saturn was then painted and lettered by the Technical Education Center’s Auto Body class under the supervision of Keith Stachowicz. The entire suspension system including inflated tires and steering gear remains intact to aid in placement and removal of the vehicle from the East Chapin Pit.

We hit paydirt, it's a couple of parts department photos! This one is 1934

Click on it for full size to check out the details
or click through to use he zoom on the image

a 1937 display of Chevy accessory parts, optional click for full size, it's a really big image with small details

Quite an unusual trailer, I don't recall seeing one before. Or, a stacked display like this, of the contents put on display so that at a glance it appears to be a lot of boxes... but it's only one box deep

Coffee and donuts video of the day... a narrative about the events during an Apollo mission launch (Thanks Maurice!)

Hank Devlin says this:

Seems like most of these commenters agree that if you’re too lazy to clear your vehicle and drive around endangering others you deserve a ticket. You rail incessantly against law enforcement and government whenever you get the chance, but here’s an example of police enforcing a law the residents of the state overwhelmingly supported and still you’re not happy with the job they’re doing. What kind of run in did you have with the po-po that gave you this hard on for them?? To your other point, maybe instead of Portland everyone could move to San Diego, drive a car you can’t see out of like a Veloseter (did you see my cool 3rd door), pretend we’re gonna restore an old car (can’t afford to even with the money we begged strangers to send us) and sit in front of a computer for hours a day compiling cool stuff other people posted and passing it off as our own content

My reply?

slavery was also overwhelming supported. So was the Nazi party. Go ahead, ponder the ramifications of just why you support whatever the flavor of the day is instead of thinking for yourself. Then fuck off. You might as well be a nazi slave owner, to insist that overwhelming support means shit to me. I think for myself. If you could, you would too.

and a couple other paragraphs.

You take what you want from him wasting his time hating on my for what I put on my blog.

If you enjoy my occasional rant, read the rest at the bottom of the comment section:

Santa Fe and Route 66 in Pasadena. The eastbound Chief noses past midcentury traffic on Colorado Boulevard (late 1950s?)

1904... a mighty small locomotive engine

“Dammit Superman! Stop showing off to Lois Lane every time a train passes by!” Rio Grande 5661 wrecked on 19 December 1963 at Mill Fork, Utah head on with a freight train 5701

a train derailment sure destroyed a lot of new cars... and I bet they weren't stripped for spare parts.

imagine having the job at the factory of tearing apart delivery wrecks to reuse good parts. Rims and tires for example, there's no harm in tossing those on new cars, and whatever doesn't get damaged in the train wreck, that doesn't have a VIN, seems like a good source of parts for new cars. Let a QA/QC check them out, and re-use them

is it me? Or does it appear that the VW Bug fenders influenced the Mercedes Benz designers on this?

Purchased new by a doctor in Indianapolis. The car remained with the doc until his passing in 2001 and is said to have been serviced by the same Mercedes-Benz mechanic from new until 2012, when it was acquired by the selling dealer from his family.

It was auctioned but the 400k high bid still hadn't racked the magic million reserve. Why do people think that somewhere there is a billionaire who wants to part with a million for a car that maybe 100 people in the world ever wanted enough to buy, new or used?

Investors? Maybe. Probably not. They have to be sure that they are buying low, and will find a buyer later that is desperately in need of the car/investment to pay far more than anyone else. Easy, if you've got a 62 Ferrari GTO, not so much for a funky Mercedes  Thanks Doug!

It's been another good week for banners!

it's ridiculous how these photos are so heavy with action in the lower right, and void of interest in the upper left

1934 service bay, with a brand new set of Penzoil accouterments

curbside fueling station getting it's supply, 1931

'67 Camaro, barnfind, 396 L78 is finally on the market, after 43 years of sitting in the barn

When Russ Johnson parked his 1967 SS396 Camaro on a dirt floor in a pole barn behind his house in Wisconsin in 1975, he had no idea the Bolero Red coupe would remain parked in this same spot for the next 43 years.

If other owners or finders of barn finds are interested, send an email to:

Not only did someone take some great upclose photos of the New Zealand McDonalds DC3, but it's recently got a new paint job too (Thanks Steve!)

Since 1990 the disused DC-3 plane was parked beside the McDonald's restaurant in Taupo, New Zealand.  It has 56,282 hours of flight

Eileen Byrne, the restaurant's 59-year-old owner, says: 'The site was previously part of a car dealership, the Aeroplane Car Company, and the owner bought a disused DC-3 plane, which sat alongside the building.

'And when McDonald's purchased the site in 1990, the aeroplane came with it.

Built in 1943, the plane was one of three used by New Zealand's South Pacific Airlines from 1961 to 1966

ZK-CAW Delivered to the USAAF in October 1943, the aircraft was later sent to Australia and between 1947 and 1961 was owned by a succession of Australian airlines. Purchased by SPANZ (South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand, competition for the government-run NAC), it was imported to New Zealand and named George Bolt. When SPANZ went out of business the aircraft passed to rivals NAC, who leased to Fiji Airways and then to Mt Cook Airlines, until it finally became part of Feildair’s topdressing fleet in 1972.

The aircraft was withdrawn from service in 1984 having completed 56,282 hours. In 1989 the aircraft was towed to Taupo where it was refurbished, painted, and displayed as a feature of the Aeroplane Car Company’s car yard. By late 1990 George Bolt had become an extension of the McDonalds restaurant next door,;geo=255113&detail=3137042&ff=41404739&albumViewMode=hero&aggregationId=101&albumid=101&baseMediaId=41404739&thumbnailMinWidth=50&cnt=30&offset=-1&filter=7&autoplay=