Wednesday, May 12, 2021

a 1920-1923 Packard third series twin-six, 12-cylinder, 90-horsepower, 136-inch wheelbase, special MGM camera car, filming "wind stuff" in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "The Wind.""

I am surprised to come across movie studio camera cars, and horse racing pacing cars... 2 unusual but legit forms of vehicles that have one function that they been adapted to

why doesn't it have an outboard... ?

I wonder what the story is with this... multiple parking for one household, because there's too many people with too few parking spots?

I'm giving the kid credit for TRYING to be cool, trying real hard. He's got a great bike, so, he's got that at least. That, and ambition to have great biceps

we were all that self assured, and unwittingly goofy, once or twice. 

I hope he still looks at this photo now and then, and laughs. I also hope it wasn't in the slideshow at his graduation or marriage. 

Why not just buy a gas mower for the back? this is just idiocy.... I get it, someone conned this poor schmuck into going green the pollution that makes the electricity that powers his mower is out of sight, out of mind,

like the generator running on gas behind him. 

But really, a gas mower has to be cheaper than a generator!

El Mirage, I'm pretty sure

because so many Americans swarmed England in WW2, the father of Andy Summers, guitarist of the Police (80s rock group), bought a gypsy wagon to give his wife a home of her own, as there was nothing to buy or rent

at the edge of the River Wyre in Lancashire, his dad was stationed with the RAF in the north of England. Housing was in short supply and he purchased a Gypsy wagon

suppose it doesn't slosh out, all over the vehicle's interior, and that the fumes don't make her sick, how fast will that gas evaporate and leave empty containers?

and on top of everything else, they just closed a bridge across the Mississippi the 37k vehicles use every day

a bridge closure across the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee due to a fracture in the frame, due to a crack on the bottom side of the bridge truss.

I've been saying for years, ever since the bridge on I 35 collapsed, over the Mississippi in Minneapolis, in 2007, that these bridges need more attention. 

From the Texas power grid collapse to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack to the I-40 bridge crack, infrastructure in the US appears to be miserably failing.

this, is cool

Happy Birthday Homer!

Thanks Keith V! 

Did you hear that there is ONE gas pipeline serving 45% of the East coast states, and that hackers shut it down? So, prices shot up, from 2.99 to in this example in Richmond Va, 6.99. More than 1,000 gas stations across the East Coast have reported gas shortages or outages

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Tuesday in an effort to mitigate issues that could arise following a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.

The pipeline delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast and is the primary fuel source for many Virginia gas stations.

Colonial Pipeline restored some fuel delivery service by Tuesday, but the main artery of the pipeline remained shut down. Colonial has said it anticipates restoring the majority of its service by the end of the week.

A Richmond gas station was charging $6.99 per gallon of gasoline Tuesday afternoon, it was under 3 dollars a gallon that morning, at that station. Last I heard, price gouging during an emergency was illegal. The Federal Trade Comission, or something like that

Viewers flooded the NBC12 phone lines questioning whether a gas station on Williamsburg Road is price gouging. Over the course of the day, they say prices climbed to out-of-the-ordinary prices. Gas stations are not supposed to overcharge during a state of emergency.

If you think a Virginia gas station is price gouging, you can report it to the Virginia Attorney General, HERE. You learn more about filing the report, HERE.

end of an era, the car wash of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood for more than 60 years until in October 2020, when a demolition permit was filed for the car wash

The bright, rotating sign was a hit with locals and visitors alike. Elvis washed his car here in 1963 while he was in town filming It Happened at The World’s Fair and so have many other famous people. The elephant sign also made a cameo in the 2010 movie Love Happens, starring Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston.

Luckily, this piece of Seattle history will be preserved at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). The sign was taken down in November 2020, and is undergoing a restoration process to fix the lights and remove rust. When complete, it will join MOHAI’s vast collection of signage from local businesses

can you say "bus stop" without the song kicking off in your head?

Someone took advantage of the pattern of holes in this bus stop bench to macrame a peacock into it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Munster, Firestone and Barris

How Mercedes Benz advertised their strong headlights

Mercedes-Benz in Mexico has come up with two brilliant print ads to promote their Intelligent Light System that provides 60% more visibility on the road. The ads feature silhouettes of a cow and a deer standing in the middle of the road at night. The headlights of the Mercedes in front of them are so strong, that they create an “X-ray vision” of the insides of the animals.

Cadillac wasted 16 million dollars on a single engine design, that they only built 800 examples of. Right about the time they moved their headquarters to New York. Frankly, I don't know how they aren't bankrupt

The Blackwing is unlike any other V-8 in GM’s current lineup, closer to the high-end powerplants of the German luxury brands than the General’s pushrod offerings. It’s the first twin-turbo V-8 in the company’s history, with an aluminum block and heads, dual throttle bodies, water-to-air charge coolers, and electronic wastegates. In the CT6 Premium Luxury, the engine made 500 horsepower and 574 lb-ft of torque; in the high-performance CT6-V, those figures jumped to 550 horsepower and an astounding 640 lb-ft.

The few examples of the twin-turbo V-8 were hand-built in Kentucky, at the Bowling Green plant where the Corvette is assembled. Each engine was constructed from start to finish by a single employee, one of just six appointed to this role. One source estimates that the Blackwing cost General Motors $16 million to develop—around $20,000 per example.

hang onto a bad wiper blade, it's a good way to check and see if someone inspecting your car is doing a good job

not really "care assurance" when they gaff the inspection and lie about performing it. Notice that my wipers, the 4th line item, were rated good. They didn't even look at them. 

it's easy to see that the wiper is no good, when it leaves a streak

but anyone who doesn't need glasses can see RIGHT THROUGH this damn wiper

so, feel free to use this helpful tip to check if anyone's doing their job when inspecting your car when you drop it off at the car dealership

been a long time since I've used these

unless I go back to working as a car mechanic, I doubt I'll probably ever use them again.

it seems that painting utility boxes on public property along streets and sidewalks

the Transformer and Utility Box Art Project is sponsored by the San Diego Board of Supervisors through both Community Enhancement and Neighborhood Reinvestment grant awards.  for other examples

someone experienced at keying cars got pissed at this one, and didn't miss a panel

so, when leaving the car rental lot last week, I didn't make it to the first stop light a 100 yards away before I rethought not getting the super duper expensive extra insurance. Because of this jackass.

This jackass decided she needed my lane more than I did, and didn't have the courtesy of a working right hand turn signal. 

Then I noticed the dented in trunk lid, then the baseball bat dents on the c pillar.

I'm not the 1st and I won't be the last person she infuriates by near collisions

where the hell in San Diego county has this been parked that this is getting moldy?

what the hell does "Sa6ina" mean?

The Des Moines Register reports that John Deere can't meet demands, because it can't get anyone to apply and increase man-hours of production, even though it's union wages mean starting pay is 19 an hour... in Ohio. That's gotta be pretty good at making a dent in a house payment

Deere & Co., one of the biggest agricultural equipment manufacturers, reported an $8.1 billion backlog in agricultural and turf equipment orders in November, a 32% increase over the same period the year before. For the quarter ending in January, the company reported year-over-year sales were up more than 20% in agricultural and construction equipment. Yet it says it can't find enough workers to meet the current demand.

They want to hire another 120 right now. And, come November, they project demand will necessitate 200 more hires — if they can find enough able bodies.

Iowa's shallow labor pool is leaving other companies thirsty for workers, as well. Spokespeople for Winnebago Industries, Sukup Manufacturing and HNI Corp. told the Des Moines Register they're struggling to find enough workers to meet their hiring targets. 

Experts were particularly surprised to hear that Deere couldn't find enough employees. A household name, with union representation from the United Auto Workers and a starting hourly wage of $19, Deere has been one of the Midwest's premier manufacturing employers.

When Deere held a job fair in Waterloo March 6, it drew about 400 applicants. A month later, the company held another.

Randy Venzke, the labor relations manager at the Waterloo plant, said about 80 applicants showed up for the second event. Then 50 showed up for a third. Just five showed up for a fourth.

"We haven't seen as much interest as we have in the past," said Mark Onderick, the company's labor relations manager at the Dubuque plant

So, what is it that John Deere representatives, managers, etc are NOT saying that is obvious to everyone else that looks at the issue? 

Deere has lay offs, periodic buyouts to reduce workforce, and benefits don't kick in until after a seven-month probation period

Well, that's a lot of bullshit that I've never run into in the 15 jobs I've had in the past 20 years

Indeed, Deere, for instance, gave notice to the state in 2016 that it was laying off 115 workers.

The company issued a similar notice last summer, alerting the state it was laying off 35 employees. It also periodically uses buyouts to reduce workforce.

It turns out, many of the company's benefits don't kick in until after a seven-month probation period.

one minute timelapse of a 27 minute reassembly of a 1947 John Deere Model M, by Roberts Carburetor Service Repair of Spencer Iowa

a horrible example of how somethings are unavoidable, because the trailer of that semi had no reflectors, and the damn thing was parked on the road, in the dark.

So before you get in your car, make sure your loved ones know you're quite enamored with them, and have your insurance up to the level needed to take care of them. Especially the life insurance. 

I don't think there was anything the dash cam vehicle that recorded this video could do, except drive slower all night long, and use the high beams

Monday, May 10, 2021

this 68 Camaro was stolen 33 years ago, two weeks after the original owner had finished fixing it up while he was working his way through college in Ohio in the 80s, but it was finally found in Delaware last year, and returned to him. (thanks Mike!)

oilers for 100 year old motorbikes

this is a 1933... so, 80-100 year old bikes, if you can't abide a lack of accuracy

Boots, bike, and bonny lad

Back when you were a working joe at age 8, selling newspapers, mining, etc. 

2 seat sports cars

there are surpsingly around 50 two seat sports cars currently offered in 2021

Only 9 are under $100,000 

The Supra comes in under the Porsche Cayman, Audi TT, and Corvette C8 making it one of the most affordable GT cars on the market.

It's about 55k for the GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra with 382 hp inline 6 three liter

Now in its fifth year, the 2021 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will award $1 million in prizes to public high school skilled trades teachers and programs in the U.S., applications close May 21


they will have a free webinar for high school skilled trades teachers Tuesday, May 11 for navigating the 2021 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Sunday, May 09, 2021

hoods from junk yards of army Jeeps after WW2 were used to make a roof for a garage in Bonn Germany

these Jeep hoods were just some of thousands in junkyards in Germany after WW2, considered nothing more than metal panels. They were discovered in the ceiling of a garage in Bonn that was being torn down to make way for another structure

the yellow paint on some of the hoods as reason to believe that these Jeeps may have been involved in the battle of Normandy. The special dye, brushed between the points of the invasion star on the hood, is called “M5 Liquid Vesicant Detection Paint,” and its job was to change colors upon detecting dangerous chemical agents.

The U.S. army was worried that Germany might use chemical weapons on the battlefield, considering Germany did so during World War I. So, in 1943, the European Theater of Operations standardized vesicant paint, as shown in this document found in the National Archives

I bet Bridgestone wishes they had the contract now to supply tires to Jeep... they had a mighty cool sidewall name way back when -"Jeep Service". Maybe not as cool as a "Wrangler" tire from Goodyear on a Jeep Wrangler, but pretty damn close.

1946 menu from The Coral Cafe restaurant in the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia, featuring a Jeep painting by James Sessions on the front cover

OPA... Contains the 1943 WWII war-time rationing OPA Regulations Statement! OPA was the Office Of Price Administration that issued ration stamps and set maximum pricing allowed for restaurants so that over-inflated high prices would not occur during the war. Meat & other items were in very short supply. The OPA statement was printed on menus to show they were in compliance with the rationing regulations.

with other examples of the Willys-Overland Motors Jeep such as... field work, farmers utility truck, firefighting, city runabout, and light delivery.

When open, the size is 12x18 inches. 

James Milton Sessions (1882-1962) was born in Rome, NY and he received his first exposure to art from his mother, herself an accomplished artist. 

He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1903–1906 and initially supported himself as a wheelsman aboard Great Lakes ships from 1906–1914

He later serving in the Illinois Naval Reserve during World War I. He also worked as a commercial illustrator.

Sessions was a master watercolorist and is probably best known as a painter of marine subjects. Sessions painted images of numerous locations, from the Bahamas to New England's busy fishing harbors, north to the raw fishing grounds of Nova Scotia, and ultimately to the Navajo reservations in New Mexico.

The Chicago Tribune newspaper utilized his talents. Sessions is considered to be the greatest "brush reporter" of World War II. His works can be found in Presidential collections, numerous important corporate collections and military establishments throughout the country.

Sessions created numerous wartime advertisements. Examples are the 60-painting documentary of jeeps in World War II action for Willys Overland Co., and a Borg-Warner ad in 1945 showing the mass production of radiators and clutches for motorized warfare manufactured in Detroit. 

His World War II scenes were the subject of a book, and were exhibited at the MMA. Later, he produced calendars for Brown & Bigelow Co., St. Paul

Sessions was married in Chicago, Illinois in 1946 to Chrysanthy G. Deamanthopulos. He unfortunately destroyed many of his watercolors due to alcoholism and his self-imposed high standards for finished works. He died in 1962 in Chicago at the age of 80.