Saturday, June 24, 2017

A hardtop convertible to make a fastback, I think I posted about this years ago, but I can't find it

and these are probably better looking photos than whatever I might have posted before anyway

the 2015 Mustang had a Hollywood walk of fame reveal back in 2013, and even did the Gruaman's Theater cement bit

they had this Stang roll onto wet cement and leaves its tire tracks like hand prints of a star

My cousins dream car is ruined!! Not a freaking month after getting it, and 2 months after getting rear ended at a stop light! Sitting at a stop light...again. $19,500 dollars of damage. 78% of it's value.

parked in front of Hollywood High, in 1937

the car analyzing thing he is using is a Motor X Ray analyzer

Allen commented and said

Motor X Ray" engine diagnostic tool.
Upper left gauge valves/carburetor,
upper right gauge, compression
both of these are controlled by the center dial.
 Bottom right gauge, voltmeter/condenser,
lower right, ammeter, these two were controlled by the bottom center dial.
One of these without the stand went for $345.00 at auctions America a few years ago

good way to tour and travel

A very cool fire truck in front of Engine Company #43, 10234 National Blvd, in September 1942.

Damn... a real deal 1969 ½ A12 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six-Pack that ran into a pole right at the tail end of break in miles... sold for 25k on ebay.

lead foot stupidity. Bought a real numbers matching A12 Bee, and smashed it as soon as he could.

The motor has been beefed up, and given a nice set of headers. NOS has been added, a top of the line NOS Fogger System which is mated to the original 6-Pack. AC, MSD, Bear disc brakes on all 4 tires, and an Optima battery.

This would have been an incredible car. Air Ride Technologies, 4 link added to the rear, mini tubs too  etc etc

full gallery at

Friday, June 23, 2017

David Kimble, airbrush artist who was a master at cutaway drawings, here is the 1990 Airbursh Art and Action article Maurice was nice enough to send and share!

Sweet camper trailer, and with a cool funky 50's table lamp

that is a cool funky 50s lamp!

reminds me of that incredible trailer, the Geographic,  and that seems to be because the same company made them.

one of the most beautiful designs I've seen, the Geographic:

David H. Holmes, maker of Holiday House trailers, had envisioned the first luxurious Trailer for the Rich with amenities of a fine home on the road. The unique "Model X" is fully protected by patent pending. Holmes retained Lawrence McCane of the Industrial Design Affiliates, Beverly Hills, California, who has achieved national prominence for his brilliant work in industrial design, and who had been one key to Holmes' development of the aluminum - plywood line of Holiday House trailers.

 To help Holmes bring the new exciting fiber glassed trailer to realization, McCane enlisted Robert B. Brophy, one of the nations few experts in missile and satellite fiberglass, to engineer and produce molds for this assembly-line fiber glassed honeycomb prototype model which, as McCane describes it is "ten years ahead of the trailer industry in concept, design and construction principles."

In 1958 and during the preliminary design phase, this Trailer was named “Star Craft”. Later and during its marketing it was referred to as Model ”X”, and finally it was introduced to the public as “Geographic”.

 In February of 1960, the completed Showroom Model of “GEOGRAPHIC”, one of the five-manufactured Fiberglass Coach Trailers was shipped to Van Nuys, California to be introduced to the world during one of the largest trailer shows in the country.

 It is assumed that due to its expensive price tag of $8,495 (In 1960 you could buy a house for $13,000), no units were sold and finally in 1962 the Showroom Model was sold to Joyce Woodin, the Showroom manager for $5,000.

 She kept all the original sales; service receipts and brochures that came with this magnificent trailer as well as a complete set of Mel Mac dishes. After her death, in February 1995, her sister sold the trailer for a few hundred Dollars to a residence of Green Valley, California.

for a gallery of the inside of the Geographic:

Super Bob mentioned in the comments that the bottom photo, the Geographic that I posted in 2015, was a Holiday House special build. So I looked over in Facebook, and there is a page for Holiday House trailers  enjoy!

fully ready for camping adventure teardrop

1912 electric truck, damn, it's big! It's a CT electric, the Commercial Truck Company of Philadelphia from approximately 1908 to 1927. That double steering wheel is the unique identifying visual aid. This one was saved by a publishing company for silent early morning delivery up to 1962

The Commercial Truck Company operated in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and produced large electric trucks from approximately 1908 to 1927.

They sold twenty-two electric powered vehicles to Curtis Publishing, two of which were used to haul coal to fire boilers for plant operations.

The other twenty were randomly used daily to haul paper and to distribute magazines such as Jack and Jill, Ladies Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post. These vehicles slipped silently into the streets each day in the early morning hours never awakening their customers. These trucks received the best of care being serviced in the Curtis warehouse after each use and were charged approximately six hours per day.

This truck was Old Number 8 and one of the first delivered to the publishing company.

 The Model F-5 flatbed was rated at five tons but regularly carried in excess of ten tons, well beyond its stated capacity. Each wood spoke wheel has its own motor and used a solid-rubber tire that lasted for an extremely long time. Unloaded, the truck could travel at 12 miles per hour, which was two miles over the speed limit at that time.

There are less than 15 of these electric trucks left in the world and very few have been restored because of the complexity of the electrical system.

Steve remembered that he'd posted a photo of one of these on Shorpy years ago

COMMERCIAL TRUCK ELECTRIC (1912) from Dark Burn Media LLC on Vimeo.

those 2 groove wide solid tires reminded me of this beast of a gas electric:
from last year

Thanks Steve!

well, this is a first, I've never seen a camper top, that went over the trunk and top of a car! 1967

RV and Motor Home museum in Indiana

cool collapsible camper trailer!

luxury camping in a Greyhound Scenicrusier

The Scenicruiser was almost 11 feet tall and 40 feet long. The Greyhound Bus Company had to convince several states to change their laws on bus length so that the Scenicruiser could be operated in those states (most states had a 35-foot limit on bus length in the early Fifties).

LAPD not only has egg all over it's face for getting caught with it's pants down as cadets stole police cars, and joyrided for weeks, but this just in. . . HOW they got the cars? The equipment room officer gave the cars up in trade for sex with a 15 yr old girl cadet.

LAPD Ofcr. Robert Cain (31 years old),  10 years LAPD, and son of a LAPD officer, and now arrested by the chief of all LAPD himself, Chief Beck, for unlawful sex with a minor. (15 years old)

( THAT is statutory RAPE people. Tell me again why you respect cops? Didn't anyone learn from the rapes in the Rampart scandal? )

Then they found 100 weapons in his house, including modified assault rifles. Tell me something, how long does it take for the LAPD to access his registration files on weapons? 15 seconds if they type slow? So anyone want to take a guess how many he registered, and how many are either intrinsically illegal (AK47) or unregistered? Anyone want to guess if he is going to return for trial or disappear?

UPDATE June 27th- 3 dozen of the weapons are illegal

 Ironically, hypocritically, this piece of shit has videos on his facebook of what a hero he feels he is because he's a cop. He posted stuff about what victims cops are because so many random people shoot cops, and yet, he's a reason people hate cops, because he is one who is a criminal. (don't believe me? Ask the LAPD Chief, who just arrested this shitbag)

Chief Charlie Beck says Cain had a consensual (however, a girl this age cannot legally give consent) relationship with a 15-year-old girl, who's one of the cadets arrested for the stolen police cruiser incident last week. Bail is set at $75,000. (How fast can a corrupt pedophile cop get bail compared to a prostitute I wonder?)

The 15-year-old girl involved in the sexual relationship is one of seven cadets who have been arrested for stealing the patrol vehicles. Cain worked in the equipment room where police gear is checked out.

Now... how many underage teens has he raped the virginity of and paid in trade with police equipment? Use of the cars? Impounded drugs?

LAPD... not the first time complete corruption shows it's rotted face.

Former teen cadet (it was then called Explorers) now reporter, Gigi Graciette reports that before her time in the cadets, police were guilty of raping underage girl cadets and a scandal ensued, long forgotten, and of course, time proven to be repeated if history is not learned from.

Rampart, in the 90s, found 70 police officers either assigned to or associated with the Rampart CRASH unit guilty of some form of misconduct, making it one of the most widespread cases of documented police corruption in United States history.

As a result of the police corruption, perjury, and false evidence, 106 prior criminal convictions were overturned. The Rampart scandal resulted in more than 140 civil lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, costing the city an estimated $125 million in settlements. But only 1/3rd of the implicated cops were fired, and only 2 went to jail.

As of 2014, the full extent of Rampart corruption is not known, and several rape, murder and robbery investigations involving Rampart officers remain unsolved. $722,000 of bank robbery money was kept by LAPD ofc David Mack after getting out of jail, and over 9 pounds of impounded cocaine went missing, lots of cocaine was switched with Bisquick. Seriously. You think anyone ever tests the impounded drugs to make sure they haven't been swapped with cheap grocery substitutes?

so, I'll repeat myself again, for your safety and ability to have evidence in court when arrested or abused by corrupt cops, record every interaction with police. It might keep you out of jail.

think it's an isolated case? Nope.

San Diego PD raping prostitutes.
Oakland PD,San Fran PD, Livermore and Richmond police departments, as well as the Alameda and Contra Costa county sheriff’s departments, raping an underage prostitute.

Oakland PD:  criminal charges against seven Bay Area law enforcement officers, the departure of Police Chief Sean Whent and discipline against several other Oakland officers. Investigators with the Alameda County district attorney’s office and the Richmond Police Department were also fired amid fallout from the scandal.

In January, former Oakland Police Officer Leroy Johnson pleaded no contest to failure to report sexual misconduct with a minor, according to Assistant Dist. Atty. Teresa Drenick. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to stay away from Jasmine, Drenick said. Retired Livermore Police Officer Dan Black pleaded no contest to solicitation of lewd conduct in February, according to Drenick. His judgment was deferred, and the case will be dismissed in May 2018 if he successfully completes probation, the prosecutor said.

So, they guilty cops don't go to jail. They're still among us normal non-convicted, non-criminals. And so are their next victims.

what would Superman drive at the autocross?

57 Chev teardrop

looks like a shepard's wagon, it's labeled 1931

this is one cool old Dodge travelling rv, boat, huge steamer trunk, canvas tent... wow

on this side's running board it looks like an army cot, and portable stove, a pressure cooker, dutch oven and pulley

fantastic little yard art Airstream

wow, it's either a trailer made to look like a bomber fuselage, or a Quonset hut garage. The second one is most definitely a quonset hut type

interesting trailer concept. Sure the Cadamino is interesting too, but I've never seen a conestoga trailer idea like this

a fun old movie about car manufacturing, Gung Ho. Damn, the world view was a lot different in the 80s. Imports, cold war, big hair bands

one hell of a good cast, Micheal Keaton, Clint Howard, Gedde Wantanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, 

fridges and freezers in commuters

biker pissed off at car, kicks it, and though causing a chain reaction that crashes 2 vehicles, rides off and ignores flipped over truck . Damn, that's cold.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mickey Rooney in a Jeep in WW2, he was drafted and did 2 years of troops entertainment, got a bronze star with clusters

Rooney was trained as a sniper but was assigned to do morale boosting "Jeep Shows" along the front lines. While at the front, he was known to sneak away and as he put it, "Practice the craft that the Army had trained him to do."

tip of the hat in recognition of the many accomplishments of Ron Kelly model a engine rebuilding

Ron Kelley completed his first Model "A" restoration in 1974.

In 1996, Jim Hampton won the Great Race (5000 miles) with a RK rebuilt engine. His RK engine was rebuilt and Dyno tested for comparison with a stock engine in 1994! It's 100% improvement in horsepower was documented in a magazine article the following year. The engine was still performing like a champion two years later!

In 1997, 1999 and 2005 Ron Kelley completed The Great Race with his own rebuilt Model "A" engines and in 2005, Greg Cunningham and his navigator won the Great Race driving a 1928 Model A Speedster with a RK rebuilt engine.

The ONLY Ford 4 cylinder to complete the 1997 Peking to Paris Road Rally (12,000) was a '32 engine rebuilt and prepared for the Prince of Malaysia by Ron Kelley.

Illegal 'recapped' tires cause I-95 crash, and closes north lanes for 3 hours

an illegal recapped front tire on an Allied Movers went flat causing the large truck to hit the interstate guardrail and overturn, blocking all three lanes of northbound traffic.

Florida Highway Patrol said the driver and passenger of the moving truck were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said 35 gallons of diesel fuel and the victims' possessions that were being moved spilled onto the interstate.

Taylor explained that tread being re-added to tires is an illegal practice usually done on commercial vehicles like the large moving truck, because recapped tires are less than 1/2 the cost of new tires.

FHP is investigating whether the South Florida driver and the passenger who rented the truck or the truck company itself will be liable for the crash.

The Piaggio P.7 was built for the 1929 Schneider cup seaplane races.

The idea behind it was to use hydrofoils instead of floats, which add a lot of drag when you're flying. The engine had two clutches, one would engage the boat prop and when you were going fast enough to be up on the hydrofoils, you engaged the other prop and took off. That was the theory any way. The pilot that tried it said there was so much spray coming off the hydrofoils that he could not see where he was going and ended the test. The idea was scrapped, it never flew.