Thursday, May 24, 2007

"This is where it all began" not just the opening line of a Cult song

Thanks to and I recommend you look through

Gotta praise firefighters

Chemical fire extinguiser 1910

Ladder 1900

Why does it have what seems to be a snow plow blade under it? Something to drop for support and stability?

Ladder 1944
And they way cool vehicles they've used in the way back days, some when horses had to pull the firefighting equipment around. From these are photos of the Bridgeport Fire Dept.

1915 Stanley Steamer taxis

From Steam Car News

"We lost one, but let it be remembered by saving others"

In the effort to get the resources for World War 2, a lot of community activism was powered up. War bonds were sold, silk stocking for women were stalled in manufacturing, in order to use the silk for parachutes (best story, dress in the Smithsonian) the kids got in to the mood by recycling rubber tires from their bikes, and would go house to house to collect any recycleables that people would give to the war effort.

More to the relevance of my website here, is that cars were scrapped. Just brought down and melted for the steel. Necessary? Appearantly so. Sad? We don't even remember that it happened, and know nothing of the cars that disappeared as a help to the cause of saving the world from the Axis Powers.

I want to help keep the history clean, clear, and known, just as much as I'm able in the car world. So, in 1915 a car company called Locomobile made 2 unique cars... well the bodies were each very one off, and extraordinary in the features that they innovated, that went on to be standard features. One of these two was donated for scrap, one remains in the MAggie Valley Museum in North Carolina.

Well here is the only pic I can find of the one that didn't get scrapped.

Car review website, searchable by make

Car stuff that disappeared, or phrases that we never hear anymore

Fender skirts
curb feelers
steering knobs
Continental kits
emergency brakes
foot feedrunning board
dimmer switch
column shift
push button
Brake shoes
vent window
pour spout
rumble seats
Ammoco White
rear seat speaker
inner tube

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Racing cars images, by year / make / model / race, it's pure car porn

Posies is trying something way different

A chopped ‘47 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan with a Roush-built, supercharged 300-cube Ford inline-6 sporting three sets of exhaust headers and triple tailpipes. No fenders. Finished in flatblue paint, with rivets and reveals for looks, the“Fleetliner” fastback looks like a Bugatti Atlantic that had spent a bit too much time with Darth Vader.

Beautiful place for food, American style, the roadside diner

Holley will sponsor this years National Hot Rod Reunion June 15-17

The big news... is that the actor who played John Milner (Paul Le Mat) will be there with two replica cars, the yellow 32 Duece, and the 55 Chevy that Harrison Ford drove.

Big Deal.

Yeah, big deal. Whoop dee doo.

He was here in San Diego last summer at the Over The Hill Gang Streak #34, Campland on the Bay, with the real 32 Duece that actually was in the movie.

The 2007 Pirelli Calendar... if you are familiar with it

Sofia Loren posed!

What's hanging around your neighborhood?

Unimog and other interesting stuff around the neighborhood

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Must-Haves for a Sportster Collector

The Sportsters considered most unusual and sought-after by collectors, the 1977-78 XLCR Cafe Racer and the 1983-85 XR1000

Look through some cool 67 - 75 magazine ads for Muscle Cars

How the autombile was patented, and royalties were collected from anyone who made them

Inspired by the mammoth internal combustion engine invented by George Brayton displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, George Selden began working on a smaller lighter version, succeeding by 1878, some eight years before the public introduction of the Benz Patent Motorwagen in Europe.

He filed for a patent on May 8, 1879. His application included not only the engine but its use in a 4 wheeled car. He then filed a series of amendments to his application which stretched out the legal process resulting in a delay of 16 years before the patent US patent 549160 was granted on November 5, 1895.

Shortly thereafter the fledgling American auto industry began its first efforts and George Selden, despite never having gone into production with a working model of an automobile, had a credible claim to have patented an automobile in 1895.

In 1899 he sold his patent rights to William C. Whitney, Whitney and Selden then worked together to collect royalties from other budding automobile manufacturers. He was initially successful, negotiating a 0.75% royalty on all cars sold by the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers, the ALAM. He began his own car company in Rochester under the name, Selden Motor Vehicle Company.

However, Henry Ford, owner of the Ford Motor Company, founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1903, and four other car makers resolved to contest the patent infringement suit filed by Selden. The legal fight lasted eight years, generating a case record of 14,000 pages.

The case was heavily publicized in the newspapers of the day, and ended in a victory for Selden. In his decision, the judge wrote that the patent covered any automobile propelled by an engine powered by gasoline vapor. Posting a bond of $350,000, Ford appealed, and on January 10, 1911 won his case based on an argument that the engine used in automobiles was not based on George Brayton's engine, the Brayton engine which Selden had improved, but on the Otto engine.

The above is mostly from Wikipedia, but for a very indepth and journalist written account with quotes from the people involved gathered from the newspapers of the day,

This stunning defeat, with only 1 year left to run on the patent, destroyed Selden's income stream. He focused production of his car company on trucks, renaming his company the Selden Truck Sales Corporation. It survived in that form until 1930 when it was purchased by the Bethlehem Truck Company. Selden suffered a stroke in late 1921 and died at 75 on January 17, 1922. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester. It is estimated he received several hundred thousand dollars in royalties.

It was also much more simply put on

The first patent on an internal combustion on a 4 wheel vehicle was filed in 1879, and issued in 1897. George Selden was a civil war veteran, with skills and interests in engineering and law. After the Civil War, he entered engineering school, but had to drop out. He later took up law, and filed his patent. He knew that he would not be manufacturing cars before the term of the patent expired, so he did all he could to delay its issuance. It finally issued in 1897, at a time that other car makers were in production.

 He licensed his patent, and the company that owned the rights to it licensed it to the other car makers. Selden also began making cars, the Selden Motor Car.

 Henry Ford refused to pay the license fee on the Selden Patent, and lost an infringement lawsuit. He appealed the decision, and won. The Selden patent was accused of not being "enabling". To determine if the patent enabled one skilled in the art to build it, a mechanic used the Selden patent as the blueprint to build a car, the first Selden car ever built. It ran, barely, but Selden's patent was determined to cover only the three cylinder, two stroke engine that it disclosed. Ford and all the other car makers used a four stroke engine, and so were not infringing. When the lawsuit was over, the Selden patent only had one year to go before it expired anyway.

 Over the years, licensing the Selden patent had been a real money maker for Selden. Selden later made automobiles, then trucks, and his company lasted as the Selden Truck Sales Company into the 1930s. Ford also had another car built from a patent, a gasoline car patented by Lenior in 1860, a Belgian. Ford's goal was to show that Selden's patent was invalid, because a car had been patented earlier. Both Lenoir and Selden were only the first gasoline powered cars, because earlier steam cars had been built by Evans in the U.S. in 1805 , Gurney in the U.K. in 1829, Bollee in France in 1875 and Cugnot in France in 1768. The Duryea Brothers car was the first production car, first designed in 1893

450 HP sand buggy, I bet these are already in vogue at Glamis

Hybrid car gas ratings finally forced to prove the nonsense claims

What's hanging around your neighborhood?

What a unusual car to keep lkooking this good! It's got the black and yellow plates, and that's all it takes as far as I'm concerned. Must be a six cylinder, by the single tail pipe, and lack of engine call outs.
It's a 68 Plymouth Valiant Signet, and remarkably clean inside and out, interior pics didn't turn out, too dim in the evening, but wow... fresh paint and aftermarket rims. Congrads to the wner who isn't dying from the gas mileage of the straight six.

More what's hanging around your neighborhood?

I still can't tell for sure if it's 2 or 4 door, but how lucky that it fits lengthwise in the garage!

Now this really shows effort, a 72 Dodge Dart Swinger, Cragar SS rims proviong again that everything looks better with that vintage Cragar SS look. Hood scoop is (I think) a 64 Super Stock Dodge aftermarket piece, and wow, what a king pin piece tot he whole package look. Nothing sets off a car better than the right hood scoop choice.

Even went the 200 dollar extra with the 69 Super Bee exhaust tips. My applause!

More what's hanging around your neighborhood?

Monday, May 21, 2007

BMW, something about fine engineering.. it escapes me what the catch phrase is

I bet they weren't referring to this bit of engineering accomplistment. Ever heard of hog ring repairs to a plastic rear window? They don't mention it at ... of course, they are the ultimate driving machine... not that I've ever, but no claims on convertible rear window translucency, or ability to take hog ring repairs either!