Saturday, May 26, 2018

Longtime Nickey fabricator John Tinberg spotted an ad on eBay Motors for a ’55 Nash two-door post, and made a cool little gasser out of it

when he spotted this ’55 Nash on eBay, he hit the “buy it now” button. The car was soon delivered to the Nickey gasser shop, where he and Randy Schmitt build all the straight-axle cars for Nickey. The Nash sat for months, inspiring much discussion and many concerns about whether it was even practical to make a unibody Nash into a real gasser. Tinberg issued the challenge to Schmitt, and after some head scratching and a few dozen sketches on the garage floor, the plan came together.

full gallery and story at

the Terra Tamer and the Terrain Master

using a fat wheel and a wheel mounted disc brake, the control is simple and easy, and it's got to make getting someone out of a mountain trail or skiing hill a lot easier than carrying them down on a stretcher

or switching to an atv wheel for use in sand dunes, snow, etc

and attachable hand holds, adjustable litter control handles

gas cans as garage art I get... but gallery art prints? Hmmm.

Stagecoaches at Korenlei, Gent. c.1912.

these remind me of the extremely large stage coach I saw in the Coburn movie "Duck You Sucker"

.... they are just so damn big! 

gothic and industrial view of the Queensboro Bridge and two massive smokestacks, showing the reconstruction of its train tracks looking east to Queens. New York. 1930

The first New York Automobile show, Madison Square Garden, 1900

screen grabs from a video I can't find on youtube to embed, but it's pretty cool to see if you want to click through

Why train wheels have conical geometry

Friday, May 25, 2018

there is a 2nd life in that Barbie Mustang

looks to me like the "check engine" light would complete the set. Ironic, isn't it!

The track record at Denver was 205 mph by Don Garlits until the first run of Paul Gommi's twin supercharged dragster ran 220 mph. The NHRA immediately banned twin superchargers

Gommi made his top fueler in pieces for 2 reasons, it could fit in his garage, and it allowed him to quickly swap out a back section if it blew up

NSFW NSFW Ok, don't play this at work, around kids, etc. Hell, it's cool if all the other mechanics come watch, but make sure none are going to rat you out to HR. NSFW NSFW

and if this variation from the usual rated G for General Audience, and Pixar loving Disney respecting content mystifies you, well, remember this: I am just a car guy, that's even the name of this website you are looking at, and I rarely find any hardcore car guy gear head knuckle dragging grease monkey MM (SS) funny shit to share... when I find it, I share it.

If you find that funny, as I do, you will also appreciate the Mercury outboard vs Johnson:

 If this video offends you, well, you  must weld with a Miller, drive a Honda Civic, and listen to Justin Beiber. You might feel more at home on Jalopnik.

That is all. I now return to rated G content that isn't offensive to anyone. 

Moog and spokeman Mike Rowe (one of my favorite guys since the Dirty Jobs tv show)

I happen to respect Moog upper ball joints too.

I do not like that to replace them you have to buy a god damn special socket though. That's just bad design. Make it a big ol socket if you must, even one that just won't have any other purpose than to be a pencil holder, or paperweight, or cupholder. But at least it's going to have a purpose that isn't a single function that you'll only EVER use once when upgrading or replacing the ball joint on your ol Mopar. Seriously, it's been over 20 damn years since I had to pay for that damn thing, and I've never even met anyone that has done a upper Mopar ball joint that i could GIVE that damn tool to.

someone brought a Mustang with a lame hoof. That's gotta be embarrasing

The tide will get the people that are willing to risk getting stuck

how? How does the front end hinge like this, but not break off?

you will need to push the play button twice

it's on Instagram for a better look... but I have no idea if wasting time on youtube will find a copy of this video or not

Pow! Crash! BLAM! Holy bat crap!

suppose he hit the gas and it spun out? Or, did some Joker cut him off?

when you ARE the best at spinning donuts at the county fair

have you heard of the Clark County Fair Tuff Trucks Street Class?

Larne, Ireland, 1899, (British) Daimler wagonette

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Royal Train of Queen Maria Pia of Portugal, the carriage dates from 1858, one of several royal railcars gathered for a 201o exhibit on the most luxurious train cars ever

D. Luiz. Built in Manchester by Beyer, Peacock and Company, 1862

The Santarèm museum in Portugal loaned out not only the carriage used by Queen Maria Pia of Portugal but also the locomotive that pulled it and the saloon car used by the two princes, making up a complete royal train dating from 1858.

In 2010, the Dutch Railway Museum in Utrecht hosted the international exhibition entitled Royal Class, regal journeys. The entire museum was decked out in a regal atmosphere. For the first time ever, historical royal trains from all over Europe could be seen in a single exhibition. A unique experience for anyone who is curious about the luxurious way in which European Royalty was used to travel. Carriages used by the different royal houses of Europe were on show.

In addition visitors were able to admire other carriages and interiors as used by King Louis II of Bavaria, Tsar Alexander II, Franz Ferdinand, Carl Gustav of Sweden and King Albert I of Belgium.

A special replica of Saloon Car No.1 was also being built. This carriage was originally built in 1864 specially for Queen Anna Paulowna, the wife of the Dutch King Willem II. The carriage used by the present Dutch Queen, Beatrix, was also on show.

Bavarian King Ludwig II’s train... 1860.

The interior of Danish King Christian IX’s royal carriage.

Queen Victoria's

 Besides the carriages used by the Dutch royal house, a special area has been set aside for the carriages on loan from foreign collections. A number of these are quite unusual. Visitors could see one of the oldest preserved royal carriages in the world, the carriage used by the British Queen Mother Adelaide, dating from 1848.

The carriage built specially for the state visit made by King Edward VIII to Ireland in 1902 was also on show.

this reminds me, if you want to see more of the below royal horse drawn coaches:

Charles Harvey making a test run along the Greenwich Street portion of his cable-driven West Side and Yonkers Patented Railway. December 1867 at the corner of Morris Street and 39 Greenwich Street.

That line ended up becoming the 9th avenue elevated line, which became known for having the worst accident in the history of NYC's elevated lines.

In 1867, Charles T. Harvey (1829-1912), a self-trained civil engineer who had built the Soo Canal uniting Lake Superior and Lake Huron, built an experimental single-track cable-powered elevated railway from the south end of Manhattan Island, northward up to Cortlandt Street.

His company had been chartered the year before under the name of the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway Company, with subscribed capital of $100,000, to build a 25 mile elevated railroad from the southern extremity of the city northward through the city and thence to the village of Yonkers.

The half-mile line was dubbed the “one-legged railroad,” because the single track ran above the street on a single row of columns. The cable was a loop, driven by a stationary engine, that ran between the rails for propulsion of the cars, then returned under the street.

 The concept was similar in many respects to that used by the San Francisco cable cars five years later—the primary difference being that Harvey's patent called for the car to be secured to the cable by a sort of claw that would grab onto metal collars woven into the cable

The system broke down frequently and stopped running some time in 1870. A contemporary magazine article says "The Greenwich Elevated Railway, which at first was a total failure as long as several stationary engines were used, moving the cars by means of a wire rope, has become a decided success since the employment of small locomotives, each pulling two or three quite long cars."

Another article describes the technology and its problems in more detail: "...the main trouble by which the first management lost considerable money, (and probably the cause of the breaking of the company financially,) were the costly experimental contrivances intended for the propulsion of the trains. They consisted in an endless wire rope of about a mile long, and of which one-half moved over pulleys between the rails, while the returning half moved through a small tunnel underground, along the base of the columns.

A magazine article about another proposed cable-driven system concluded "If this inventor were acquainted with the drawbacks connected with the system of drawing trains by endless ropes, and had seen how it has been gradually abandoned in every case where it was possible to apply the motive power in another way, he would not think of applying it in a case like this. Does he not know that this was the plan upon which the Greenwich street elevated railroad was first worked; that it was given a fair trial, and that after so many thousands of dollars had been spent in experimenting as to bankrupt the whole concern, it was finally abandoned as valueless for the purpose?" ("An Absurd Rapid Transit Plan", [Manufacturer and Builder, Volume 11, Issue 5, May 1879)

Courtney took her big Bronco to the Bronco Super Celebration in Townsend, Tennessee, and did a thorough job of covering the show too

see all the rest and or read her article about getting there at

Good news! Mike Rowe is doing Moog commercials! Maybe he'll be at SEMA! Well, I can hope, can't I?

a 1963 drop top 327 4 speed Vette that was parked in 1972 is finally getting a new owner that will drive it

Bought from the original owner in 1964 and driven until he decided to take it apart and restore it. Then, babies came along and he said he never got around to it. So, there it sat.

The engine is a numbers-matching 340-horse 327 and it still has the original four-speed.