Saturday, July 26, 2008

1/8th mile drag racing at Barona

Like the poster advertised, it was a great car show, music venue, and drag racing

The more you love horsepower, the higher your volume should be.

The wheelies were getting the specatators worked up, it's very fun to watch

The yellow Nova was getting out of line, and the green Camaro had a good burn out

Mopar wasn't going to be outdone by a bowtie burnout, and upped the ante

Cool Rv's, 2 because they melded a vehicle and a trailer into one the 1938 Turtle by Roy Hunt. The wrap around windshields are even cooler, and the nice slope to the front is very good looking, as well as the 30's grill. This one had me recalling

via is this Diamond T "Doodlebug" fuel tanker from the 30's

Ain't that the cutest! Maybe it was an Airstream Bambi? Mixed with a VW bus I think
had me recall

The Rolls Royce of the Sultan of Brunei. Well one of them I suppose, but cool design!

Sorry about the lousy quality photos, I can't remember where I found them. Carscoop? Autoblog? CarDomain? Can't recall

read more about the Sultan's collection

Friday, July 25, 2008

1913 Ford runabout speedster

No doors and no seatbelts; no front brakes, air bags, shoulder strap, safety glass windshield, roll over crush cage roof thingy to keep you from being squished under the car, no bumpers, no safety equipment of any kind.

And its one of the most fun cars you can drive legally on American roads. Because its all Ford, even though it's the best of the Model T and Model A parts, and built in a garage instead of the Ford factory.
Between the I beam and the radiator, above the leaf springs, are Hassler springs that reduce side to side sway and lean.

The above canister is a Carbonate powder gas generator that would have been supplying gas for the headlights, well before headlights evolved into electric illumination.
The silver canister above is the muffler
These two photos show the adapters for Model A rims, because they are wider and safer... the above is just an adapter, the below also has the gear set for the original speedometer. The above shows the Hassler shock absorber also, normally installed on the tall and heavy model Ts to prevent tipping when turning corners, but in a lightweight, it added stiffness to the suspension. Better for racing

The back area is also used for a pickup bed that bolts on.
The innovations that Henry Ford brought to making cars are historically and presently important, and were simple genius in action. Deciding to make cars for the vast majority of people in America was key to Ford's success, instead of the 1600 or so other car makers in America that didn't last past the great depression most of them weren't capable of producing enough, to profit heavily enough, to survive the loss of customers, however most that disappeared were catering to a small customer base that was looking for luxurious cars that stood out and were impressive everywhere the owner was chauffeured.
Henry Ford realized that the more you sell, the more you profit, and that means longevity in business. The key part of that for Ford was to make the cars so inexpensive, that in the time before a line of credit at the bank, before a second mortgage was common, before credit cards... when all you could buy was what you could pay cash for, and the most inexpensive cars would be the successful business model. So Henry learned as he went, and progressively made his cars cheaper. From 1908 to 1928 the Ford car didn't change very much for a 20 year time frame... not when you look at any car that has been made for the past 20 years and how it's evolved. Think 1988 Mustang compared to 2008 Mustang, 1988 F150 vs 2008 F150. Big changes in technology, design, and powertrain.
So Ford had huge amounts of raw material going into his factory, and cars coming out.... and very little change in the design, but lots of changes in production when some cheaper way to make the car was devised.
I just learned that the floorboards were one of the innovative money savers, the floorboards had started as hand formed and carefully made to fit due to the large differences in the early handmade cars that mastercraftsmen put together, but when the production shifted to assembly line unskilled laborers, and the tolerances of fitment became smaller, there was less time to get custom shaped pieces in place... so Ford had the transmission crates that were delivering transmissions to the assembly line made to specific dimensions that would be perfect to use as floorboards for the car! Brilliant! No longer disposing of the crates, or wasting them by reusing them to move more transmissions, they made a one way trip, just like the transmissions, and labor was saved from moving them back to repack more trans in.

When the early cars had wood for the frames, panels, doors, and most everything else, the craftsmen produced as a byproduct of their custom work, a lot of cast off trim pieces, odd bits that were cut off and not useful for any other car related item. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford noticed this waste, and realized that waste wasn't profit, so they invented charcoal, and used that to make profits too!

Henry Ford learned of a process for turning wood scraps from the production of Model T’s into charcoal briquets. So, he built a charcoal plant — and the rest is history.

The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford’s, brokered the site selection for Ford’s new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed Kingsford® Charcoal in his honor.  for a gallery of the images inside of the factory, the charcoal production, and the ford camping kits

How inventive and clever is that! Finding a use for the waste and the cast off byproducts of your factory to make more products, and more profit. Genius.

Plymouth Satellite, 1972 or 73.. very well done restification, cool hood!

I just followed this driver until she stopped at a light, to learn why she drives a Monterey

It came from someone her husband worked with at the Salk Institute. Cool! She's using it as a daily driver, even with the price of gas, the 390 cubic inch engine, and no air conditioning (however it is a bitchin 2 door and has the rear window that goes up and down)

About the new map with blue spots on the right hand side of this website

If you roll your indicator (pointer / mouse) over the blue dots, it tells you where the reader is, what country and city. Pretty cool!

The little map with red dots I'm keeping 'cause it tells me how many people looked in on the previous day. (I'm really amazed that all of you look at what I do, and astonished that around 500 people a day are looking now!)

It is very humbling that people in Indonesia, Italy, Brazil, Ireland, and the other 80 countries find what I do interesting enough to keep looking. Very astonishing... I guess we all enjoy much of the same auto related stuff.

Every now and then I repost my survey questions, but only 6 or 7 people have responded, 2 in California, one in Texas, one in England, one in New Jersey.. and my bad memory doesn't recall the other 2 (sorry, maybe you relate to my memory problem or maybe you sympathize. I believe it's due to the vast amount of stuff I post here, read, see, and do.)


Hello Jakarta! Hello Valencia! Hello Pheonix! Good evening readers!

If you happen to look here about this time at night, 9pm in California, refresh the page once before you stop reading, because this is the time I'm usually putting new stuff up.

Just thought you might like to know.

Dan has some great photos of steam cars in Vermont!


Replacing the headlight, I was at the right place at the right time for this series of photos