Saturday, January 27, 2018

the craziest thing I saw at the Grand National Roadster Show today, was the 4 wheeled motorcycle... yep, two fronts, tow backs, and somehow, as long as it has a VIN for a motorbike, that's what the DMV believes it is, I was told

If you're thinking, "hey, I've seen this in some old magazine, it's been around since the 70s" then you're having the same thought I did, and I couldn't recall when or where... but I ran across this photo last March

Thanks for reminding me Burkey!

the coolest thing I saw at the Grand National Roadster Show today was the Frankenspider! A collaboration of pinstripers and artists!

How crazy is this, airplane crashed onto a roof... no one was injured, and the plane just sat there!

The house at 46 Angus Drive, Ruislip, Middlesex, (a London suburb) was an incredible structure  that didn't buckle under the crash landing of this airplane.

Irene Zigmund spoke of the incredible escape of herself and her 4-month old-son David, who was asleep in his cot upstairs when Railway Air Services DC-3 G-AGZA landed on the house, which is now known as 'Dakota's Rest'. The crash landing on the houses earned the Captain the nickname "Rooftop Johnson".

The plane only took off from RAF Northolt on Dec 19th 1946 when the crash occurred, it hadn't had the snow cleaned off the wings

The Dakota was ready to depart from Northolt Airport to Glasgow and had a total of four crew and one passenger on board. The aircraft had been de-iced since it was a cold, snowy evening which had delayed the departure.

 While the Dakota was waiting the temperature dropped and snow was falling and froze on the wings. The plane was finally ready for departure and taxied into position for take-off. The snow storm had closed the airport to incoming traffic and outbound traffic was subject to long delays. The aircraft had been waiting for more than an hour for clearance

When the pilot accelerated down the runway he noticed that when the aircraft lifted off, it could not gain any height, the ice had packed on on the wings, disturbed the air flow, and the aircraft wasn't getting any height.

 It was however too late to abort take-off so the crew tried to get the aircraft to climb. The aircraft flew only a few feet over rooftops straight down Angus Drive from the end of the runway until the left wing contacted taller rooftops and the aircraft slewed through 90 degrees and came to rest on the roof of a house.

G-AGZA was severely damaged and radio officer Murdoch was fortunate that he wasn't sitting in his seat as some metalwork was pushed through the seat and it would probably have killed him had he been sitting there.

In fact no one was even injured in the incident, the crew and passenger all descended into the house's loft, down the loft ladder onto the landing and then down stairs out the front door

Coffee and donuts video, but bring a box of Kleenex

Patrick McKay is an Irish immigrant who realized the American dream during the 1950s.

He was a full-time bus driver, business owner and adventurer. When he wasn’t driving buses, McKay wanted to ride in style. This led him to purchase an ultra-stylish 1956 Nash Ambassador.

 The Nash was the focal point of McKay’s life as a young adult. He impressed his wife on their first date with that car. They drove it on their honeymoon. It became the touring vehicle for his family’s many adventures.

As his health began to fail, and his mind succumbed to the affects of dementia, McKay’s final wishes was to take one last ride in a blue 1956 Nash Ambassador.

Friday, January 26, 2018

a WW1 British plane crash landing on a French house.

In this very car the Archduke of Austria was in, when Serbian Nationalist Gavrilo Princip attacked and killed the Archduke sparking WW1

Aspen X Games 2018 snowmobile finals, LaVallee vs Turcotte, skip the first minute, as always

It's all over at the 3 minutes point

a promotional jazz album "available exclusively through your Johnson Sea Horse dealer".... how about that for obscure!

1969 Ford Torino Cobra with only 956 miles. Try and imagine buying a new car, and only driving it a month. That about sums it up. Makes no sense at all

Bob Perkins has a business of restoring cool 60s Fords...

He is also a contributing editor and technical advisor to Mustang Monthly Magazine.
Bob is the Mustang Club of America (MCA) Authenticity head judge
Bob is the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) Head Judge.
Bob is a Bloomington Gold Survivor Zenith Judge (Ford products).
Bob also serves as Ford answer man for My Classic Garage expert panel.

And the next post shows you the inside of his private collection of parts and stuff

Perkins Restoration, the most incredible collection of NOS and NIB Ford parts I think I've ever seen, and the walls are covered with posters from dealerships... incredible

Watch the video here for a look around in the shop, and collection

I think the only collection I've seen that surpasses this, is the Mopar collection of Steve Juliano, which has no equal

15 years of sitting in a back room of a shop made this Boss 302 pretty dirty, but it kept it out of the rain and snow

Lawrence of Arabia, made famous by the movie, was involved in a lot of stuff that didn't make it on the big screen, like finding airplanes

The above photograph shows the Ford Model T being towed by the Crossley 20/25 Tender on the outward journey take to recover a damaged BE2.c aircraft. Capt. T.E. Lawrence is shown 2nd from the right

Having located the downed RFC B.E.2c aircraft, the recovery party dismantled the aircraft, and the B.E.2c's salvaged parts were attached to the Crossley 20/25 Tender for towing back to base, and it was during the return trip to base that the recovery party picked up the Ford Model T motorcar they had abandoned on the outward part of the journey.

If anyone is racially upset about what I post, feel free to not read my blog. This morning someone got racist, and that's not cool

A comment this morning from Wolfgang Black 8:38 AM

 so now people do not have the freedom of association and have to put up with customers they don't want. Seriously, you have things backwards and if you dealt with "african americans" a lot you'd quickly see how backwards you are. Question: why doesn't the law stop black colleges and business from discriminating against whites and asians?

Was in response to my post about the Green Book, and the racist south east USA.

The title of that post was probably all it took to upset Wolfgang...

the racist American southern and eastern states created a need for a travelers guide to avoid the racist assholes, so Victor Green made a travelers guide so blacks could avoid racist places and find the hotels, gas stations, and restaurants that were hospitable

My response to Wolfgang was so damn long I had to waste an hour to type it, and then it wouldn't work in the 4000 character limit of a comment... so it's in two pieces at that post, and if you are curious what sort of reply took my that long, click on this link,  and scroll down past the post.

No one else had commented on that post. I think that indicates that not very many racist people are reading my blog.

Good. I'm not racist, my parents are.

I'm also not some one who has to cater to racists. That's for people who get paid to make magazines, tv shows, and websites where they have to worry about ratings, readership numbers, stats, metrics, traffic analytics and how their income is affected by opinions.

I don't have to. No one was ever invited to read this blog, no one ever paid to, and no one ever had to subscribe, register, or sign in. So, no one is looking at this blog unless they WANT to. That's why I don't have to put up with any shit I don't WANT to. It's my blog, my site, and whatever I say, goes. Like Eddie Murphy once said, if you don't like it, get the fuck out.

For everyone else, who doesn't mind what I do, say, post, feel, or promote, I'm glad to get along with you, as all I'm doing here is sharing stuff I think is cool. Not finding people and forcing them to look at my nonsense. I'm just putting my favorite things up, and letting it be, and letting the rest of the online world judge for themselves if they want to look at it, or not. 

a 'Stepney' spare wheel consisted of a rim and tyre that clipped onto the original wheel. Its possible that Stepney wheels were carried and attached and removed as and when required

The ' Stepney ' spare wheel and tire system was an ingenious vehicle spare wheel and tyre system invented by Welsh brothers Thomas and Walter Davis, who were Ironmongers by trade from the town of Llanelli in South Wales, with the name for their ' Stepney ' invention coming from the name of the street in Llanelli where they had their Ironmongers business ' Stepney Street '.

The Davis brothers' Stepney system was intoduced at a time when motor vehicles typically did not have a spare tyre, and being ironmongers by trade, the Davis brothers designed a circular metal rim to which was fitted an inflated spare tyre, and in the event of a puncture or other tyre damage which caused the tyre to be changed, the ' Stepney ' rim and spare tyre could be easily and quickly clamped to the wheel rim having the damaged tyre, and securely held in place by two strong ' Butterfly Clamps ' which were easily tightened by thumb screws, and it was claimed that a ' Stepney ' spare wheel & tyre could be easily and quickly fitted without the use of any tools, or the need for the vehicle to be jacked up.

The Davis brothers patented their ' Stepney ' vehicle spare wheel & tyre system, and introduced it for sale in January 1906 by their Company the ' Stepney Spare Motor Wheel Ltd. ', and their ' Stepney ' system was so successful, that in just a few short years, the Davis bothers were both millionaires with vast numbers of their ' Stepney ' systems being sold not just throughout Britain, but also all over the world. Their 1913 advertisement, claimed that 400,000 ' Stepney ' spare wheel & tyres had already been sold.

The ' Stepney ' spare wheel & tyre systems was used by the British, and Empire's military during WW1 on various vehicles, and from the photographic evidence, they were mainly used as the spare wheel on Ambulances.

After WW1, the company moved from Llanelli to Waltamstow, London, and as more and more vehicles started to be sold already equipped with a spare wheel & tyre already fitted to a road wheel, the ' Stepney ' system became obsolete, and the Davis brothers concentrated on rubber tyre manufacturing, forming the Stepney Tyre & Rubber Co., also based in Walthamstow, London.

Patton’s tank—a World War I-era Ford M1917—stands over 7-feet tall and 16-feet long. The 7-ton machine had very few original parts, and no blueprints.

Randy Becht, owner of Hoosier Restoration and Movie Props has been in the street rod business for many years, and throughout his career has restored military vehicles for museums and movie sets alike.

But his wife Janet had the idea of rebuilding Gen. George S. Patton’s tank.

Over the course of 18 months, Becht and his team made progress rebuilding the tank with very few original parts, and no blueprints.  “Most of the parts were built or recreated from pictures, but that’s what we pride ourselves on—building what was lost to history,” Becht said.

When it came time to build custom springs, however, progress came to a halt. That’s when Becht decided to try EATON Detroit Spring.

The importance of the spring setup was unexpected, according to Becht. Without the right rates and specs the tank would not sit right, nor would it wouldn’t function properly.

“What we started with was flawed,” he said. “EATON Detroit Spring came in and saved the day. They not only corrected 100-year- old flawed engineering, but improved it greatly.”

Patton’s WWI tank, it was dedicated on Nov. 2 and is now on permanent display at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, Indiana.

Here's what a similar one looked like originally, not the exact same one, but another WW1 single gun tank.

Damn, I have posted a lot of stuff when I can find this image on my own blog