Saturday, September 17, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Tom Lieb bought his 1929 Ford, this very Model A roadster, when Eisenhower was in office, it just takes a while sometimes to get around to finishing some cars
Preoccupied with college and a fledgling business that paid for it, he put off building it. And it was the right thing to do; that fledgling business grew to one of the more prominent aftermarket manufacturers, Scat Performance.
So he put off building it some more. In fact he put it off until about 2006 or ’07 when he broached the idea again. Still loaded with obligations, he resigned to let someone else do the heavy lifting. He delivered it to SO-CAL Speed Shop
The exhaust manifolds are rare and unusual: “They came off a World War II-era landing craft,” he reveals. “I found them in New Zealand, so I put some in my suitcase and brought ’em home!”
The air filters, are just as exceptional, they’re ’28-’29 Lincoln. “They have a little impeller in there,” he explains. “The louvers direct the air to spin the impeller which throws any solids to the outside.” A trough around the bottom perimeter catches and dispenses with the debris. “There’s no element, just the turbine wheel.”
Incidentally the tank began life as a crewman’s oxygen tank from a high-altitude bomber like a B-25. Shine elongated it to take it from 7-1/2 gallons to about 12.
Believe it or not but this very engine profoundly affected on the industry. “A fella who I knew is a third-generation crankshaft manufacturer in Spain,” Lieb says. “His family made all of the crankshafts for Simca, who used Flatheads in trucks until 1972. He told me about a surplus dealer in France who had 200 of those cranks and he wanted to sell them.” So he bought the cranks and put them in the catalog.
“In the process I set aside a couple for myself,” he continues. “A couple years later I went to collect all the parts to build the engine but the cranks weren’t there!” As it turns out, the warehouse manager thought they were out of place and put them with the rest of the inventory that sold off. “‘Aw man!’ I thought. ‘Well I guess there’s only one thing to do now, make them!’” Which he did, H-beam rods included. “Now we still sell an average of two of those cranks and rod assemblies a day.”
This spring Masato Kawabata set the drifting speed record — 189.5 miles per hour — in a stunt in the UAE at the airport
Tanner Foust, rally racer and Top Gear USA host, says he was planning his own attempt at the record, but Kawabata's feat — 55 miles an hour faster than the previous record — will be hard to beat. "What you have to understand is that to drift consistently at 180 miles per hour," Foust says, "your wheel speed actually has to be something like 200 miles per hour." The sideways movement also creates extra lift, which could flip the car in an instant.
Kawabata's GT-R was tweaked by Nismo, and GReddy. It's 4 liter engine was tuned to give it a healthy 1,380 horsepower. (The standard GT-R at Nissan dealers has a paltry 565.)
see it from another viewpoint...
do NOT brake check a semi... because you are small and squishy, and it will take a long time to peel open your vehicle to bury you
Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer ran into the back of a second tractor-trailer. That second tractor-trailer then a drove over a silver pickup, crushing it, and ran into a third tractor-trailer. GSP said the third tractor-trailer hit a fourth one.
1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43, incredible condition after a restification sold for $176,000, double the auction estimate
According to the seller, this truck was used in South America by an energy company for most of its life and is said to have been well maintained at Toyota dealerships during that time. It was then purchased by a Toyota enthusiast who used it as a daily driver for years. The truck was restored earlier this year by The FJ Company.
the FJ Company sells a LOT of these
Episodes of the show will come weekly to Amazon Prime, with a new one every Friday after the show's premiere on November 18th. There will be 12 episodes per season
Episodes are expected to be 70 minutes long, and Matt Damon and Charlize Theron will be on in the first season.
Made by the American Silversmiths Guild in 1977 the 75th anniversary of Ford Motor Company.
"Meticulously hand-crafted by master silversmith, each model will weight approximately eight pounds, and will contain more than 40,000 grains of sterling Silver and a full fifteen grams of pure gold.
The world renowned jewelers, Cartier of New York, London and Paris, have been commissioned to set flawless, full cut diamonds in both front headlamps, as well as a deep ruby in the rear lantern. The model will be limited to 1,708 examples only, the exact number of original Model A's produced by Ford Motor Company.
Each model will be accompanied by accustom display case, produced in solid walnut, featuring a roadbed of genuine, turn-of-the century cobblestone actually taken from the streets of America's great cities. This "Model A" includes the original display case, complete documentation and certificates of authenticity.
Only Ford dealers could order and purchase these rare models. Because of the very limited production they were sold out and not all the orders were filled.
immediately reminded me of the dozer model http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/12/caterpillar-sixty-silver-and-gold.html
One just sold in 2020 for about $2750 https://simpsongalleries.com/lot/a-ford-75th-anniversary-sterling-silver-and-gold-1903-model-a-ford-by-american-silversmiths-guild-1977-3990472 thanks Billy!