Saturday, June 15, 2019

a Diamond T is a mighty fine thing

Just how in the world do they figure they'll get this unstuck? Wait til the ground freezes solid and chisel out a ramp?

I think Ben Franklin said "haste makes waste" but I think he couldn't guess that anyone would be in such a hurry that they'd drive off a boat before it had docked

you can't even trust the road to stay safe

the semi delivering the tank broke down, and was left for the weekend, as the tank wasn't operable either. 1968 Throg's Neck bridge, I 295 in New York City

Friday, June 14, 2019

stupid humans get their just reward.... you simply never think this sort of thing would happen at a car show

that's not a happy looking lion, and lady, you should get the fuck off him

I told you so

1966 Nell Theobald model was attacked by a lion at a BMW stand in a New York car showroom, Ludwig, the lion, had already posed for pictures and was in his cage when a television crew arrived late and witnessed the attack during the press preview of the International Automobile Show.

Witnesses rushed to the aid of Nell Theobald, a model held in the toothy grip of a 223-pound lion until the lion’s jaws were pried open, at a BMW auto show press preview. Ms. Theobald’s woes continued after the mauling — although doctors saved her leg intact, the $3 million lawsuit she filed was settled, to her disappointment, for $250,000. Later, she became a predator of sorts herself, stalking a Swedish opera singer for nearly 10 years. Ms. Theobald committed suicide in 1977, asking that her ashes be scattered on the singer’s garden in Sweden.

this is not going to end well, and someone's xmas was probably ruined (datestamp)

Brass knuckles? Or broken knuckles? This beast just unloaded on some goofball who decided to not roll the window down, and instead pass the insurance and registration out the small opening

See that right hand getting under the day glo vest just before cocking back? I'm guessing maybe that was getting a rod, or brass knuckles in place to obliterate the window

meanwhile in the news, Idris Elba and Ken Block are going to do a short tv series

An eight-episode stunt driving series.

 Elba will compete with professional rally driver Ken Block in such car-based setpieces as the “Wall of Death,” the “Car Tightrope,” and the “Flaming Obstacle Course.”

Wow... I've never seen an automatic fire suppression system at a gas station before... and it's genius! Why the hell aren't all gas stations REQUIRED to have one of these installed?

have you heard of a "toolroom" car? It means a car made of spare parts... there are two famous Tuckers made that way, and this Ferrari Dino 206P

What you’re looking at is a meticulous, ‘tool-room’ reconfiguration of a 206 SP, built from the ground up utilising many original Ferrari parts. It was completed in 2001 and has resided with its current owner since then. “I bought a spares package from another quite famous 206 including, among many other things, three steering racks, two lots of running gear, uprights, a windscreen and a spare front body.” What he didn’t have was a chassis, an engine or a gearbox, though detailed chassis drawings were also obtained in the deal.

The car was built over a number of years, beginning at Ferrari specialist Bob Houghton, before moving to RM Wilson Engineering in Leicester. Its breathtaking bodywork was fabricated by Shapecraft using the original front section and windscreen, and is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Power is drawn from a later four-valve, 2.4-litre engine developing circa-250bhp that a few 206 SPs ran in period and, though a 250 LM gearbox was initially fitted to handle the more powerful engine, it’s now equipped with the correct Dino unit.

A thought occurred to me

Due to some bad drivers out there that often are the reason people get into car wrecks, and sometimes die

It makes sense to have some things put in order so that after we check out, things move along smoothly, the govt doesn't inherit your stuff, and your passwords all go to someone who'll take car of your online  world, banking, and what ever else.

So, I thought, Hmmmmm, I oughta ask around, and see if anyone wants to take over JACG if I should get planted in a cemetary sooner than anticipated due to unforeseeable events which might cause no one to be left in charge of keeping up the site for those that enjoy it.

So, anyone want (when I quit breathing) a slightly used archive of cool stuff that takes a lot of time each day to publish some fun stuff for sharing with people that like vehicles of all kinds?

Anyone that doesn't want to have any advertisers to argue with, no subscriptions to maintain, low expectations of the blogger, but a moderate amount of commentary to respond to daily?

let me know in the comments section, and not with email. See, if you don't have a blogger / Gmail account/profile, you're already unable to run this blog. Unless you'd transfer all the archives and blog to a new domain of your choice (and why would I care?) on a .com, .org, or whatever.

Just asking, you know, to see that things continue on with a cool person from anywhere with internet access, of any nationality, language (google can auto translate), or other variation from my circumstances of birth. I know there's nothing particularly inherent in a yooper that makes for a good blog.

Just someone that knows they'll keep it up for some years before passing it along to the next car crazy goofball, never repeat what's already been posted, and not let the quality and quantity slide too much, and become some Old Motor like shell of it's previous self. A dozen photos a week is bullshit. I can do that while burping.

I don't want to just have it *POOF* disappear when the 20 dollar a year storage fee from Google comes along, and then all the archives and fun stuff will disappear from the internet. 

things that make you go Hmmmm!

Left hand drive cars, and driving on the right hand side of the road, so the driver is sitting closest to the center of the road... makes sense for more than the one reason I'd already been informed of (drivers ability to judge distance between their car, and the traffic moving in the other direction) and it's a mark of a truly civilized gentry: this puts the passenger on the safe side of the vehicle when exiting.

They aren't stepping into the middle of the road, they are stepping onto the curb, sidewalk, or shoulder of the road, with a sturdy heavy obstacle (the vehicle) protecting them from traffic that is coming towards them from BOTH directions.

Of course, right hand steering, with left lane driving does the same, but not all countries have worked out the combo.

I suspect there have probably even been national restrictions to allowing the import of the contrary steering wheel side designed vehicles into a country

So, you see, THAT is a mark of a civilized motoring society. It's probably why any countries that became aware that some others were driving in the same direction, but other sides of the road, changed, and switched to moving in the forward direction of progress, on the right side of the road.

All others are a bunch of rowdy types who live a bit more dangerously, of course (wink wink Australia!) and are fun to hang out with, and whose population can still kill snakes from 20 feet away. 

ever hear about Burnside skatepark in Portland?

Back in 1990, motivated by the lack of parks in the area, a renegade group of skaters focused their creative energy into pouring concrete under a bridge in a neglected part of Portland, constructing a renegade three-foot-tall by three-foot-wide bank against a slanted wall under the Burnside Bridge.

There was garbage and graffiti everywhere, so the skateboarders started cleaning it up and introducing themselves to local business owners. Ultimately, the skaters persuaded city officials to let them keep building because they turned an eyesore into an attraction.

Over the following years, that initial undertaking eventually evolved into a 10,000-square-foot legit park, arguably the most famous DIY project in the world. It also spawned a modern concrete skatepark revolution that became prevalent in the North-western U.S and beyond.

To say Portland’s concrete park scene has evolved quite a bit since that first lump of concrete was shaped in 1990 is obviously an understatement. And that evolution sparked what is currently one of the strongest riding scenes in the country, as Shad elaborates: “When I first moved here in the early 90s, there were like ten dudes who rode. Now there are hundreds.”

While Portland has many attributes that contributed to the abundance of riders, one significant reason is access to the many concrete parks all over the area. With fifteen more slated to be built in the Portland area, and an additional five alone in Vancouver, Washington in the next ten years, Portland will be even more of a cement transition Mecca.

By the way, if you want to read Red Bulletin online,

Lena Salmi, professor at the University of Helsinki, was nearly 60 when she took up skateboards.

I began longboarding at the age of 57. Initially I started because I thought my beautiful bike would be stolen outside the Olympic swimming stadium in Helsinki, Finland, where I swim every single day during summer. I just got the idea that a longboard would be more suitable in a locker, and this is how it all began.

After one summer of cruising, I began to realise that perhaps I should learn a little bit more. Friends taught me to slalom – weaving in and out of obstacles, or around whatever is facing you. But this was the point where being patient with myself came into the picture. For some three years I had been merely cruising, but little by little I started to get the confidence to challenge myself. This is when skateboarding came into my life – I was 61.

I immediately started skateboarding into work. [It] is seen as remarkable in the eyes of others, but can been seen as unprofessional, too. I have at times managed to relax the atmosphere because I've walked into meetings with my skateboard. Nowadays my work is my PhD at the University of Helsinki where there are no issues concerning my skateboarding.

In fact, she’s the Facebook administrator for a group called “Very Old Skateboarders,” which has more than 2,000 members.

no other way to take this but as a genius idea to make the ceiling add some levity to the room

even racoons like playing with bike tires, why not, swinging on them looks like fun

I bet this earned an award

may you know beautiful roads, without other people anywhere around

1939. Four different locomotives at B&O Railway.

this would be a really good framed print

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The USS Hornet was torpedoed during the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands in 1942, it sank 3 miles down into the South Pacific. This International Harvester is still sitting on the deck as though it's ready in case it's ever going to be needed to move an airplane

how the hell it stayed upright, parallel to the edge of the deck, for 3 miles of sinking through the ocean... is amazing

so after 9 years of waiting to see if the 24 cylinder diesel with 8 superchargers was ever going to get completed, I'm surprised to say it has. But no one seems to have seen it.... the guy wants to sell dvds of it instead of drive it or bring it to shows is what I'm thinking

so, looks like he took it out for one video shoot with a few still photos, and that's it. The video is a waste of time, but if you want to watch someone's ode to how great they are, that's fine by me, but
I'm not going to host a minute of really bad home made chrome porn. This just is worth a look, and that's about it, it's not worth trying to avoid noticing how many times they bolted little skulls, and nameplates but there must be a couple dozen of each because this guy wasn't satisfied until he achieved some mental orgasm of how incredibly amazing his truck was.

This is just the narcissistic trucker version of a useless mall crawler, imho, or Michael Bay's acid trip version of Optimus Prime

This all started back in 2013
and finally in Nov 2019 it was photographed professionally in a studio

track pack '70 Charger R/T that Russell M been trying to buy for over 25 years.

The owner bought it new, and it's a low mileage car. The owner won't sell it cause he says "it has to many memories."

The last Hurst SS AMX comes to light after decades in a shipping container

Ordered new by an Anchorage dealership, Sunset AMC, it was drag raced by the dealership for 1969-1970, then local drag racer Gary Clark who had seen it racing at the nearby Polar Raceway (now Alaska Raceway Park) in Palmer, Alaska, about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage saw the car in the service bay of the dealership in late 1971

"I asked Ivan Felton Jr. if I could purchase it,” says Clark. “It was not for sale until Ivan’s father overheard the conversation and told me I could buy it, but it was only for sale if I paid the full sticker on the car, $6,303.”

Gary sold the car in 1976 to friend when he moved out of Alaska, who then raced it for a couple years and then started to tub the rear.

The project was left unfinished and put into a shipping container in the late 1970s. And there it would stay for about three decades, known to just a few people deep within the AMC community, who called it the “container car.”

In 2005, Clark traded a restored 1969 AMX to that friend to get the Hurst SS AMX back. Thus the car had had just three owners, the dealership, Clark (twice), and his friend.

Then Dan Curtis, owner of AZ AMC Restorations in Peoria, Arizona (,
learned of the car in 2008 and let Clark know that if he ever wanted to sell it, he wanted to buy it.

Finally in April 2019, they made a deal, and now the car will finally get restored  hat tip to

these computer colorized photos are getting incredibly high res hi def, and nearly 3d

1927 Walter Layman, who traveled with his family and his dog, photographed the States and Indian culture for National Geographic magazine

This photo is 92 years old... I doubt my Nikon dslr could do this good a job on auto settings.  thanks Steve!

only a President as down to earth, and forgettable to presidential history, as Truman would select the Lincoln Cosmopolitan (constructed by Henney under Lincoln supervision) as the White House limo of choice, and lease 10 of them to replace the 1939 Lincolns with Brunn coachbuilt bodies

lengthened 20 inches over its original 125-inch configuration to an impressive and certainly Presidential 145 inches.

The coachbuilt body is the end result of a Lincoln coupe and sedan seamlessly crafted into one unit. The roof on the unique body was raised 7 inches over the standard Lincoln height to provide additional headroom for the hats of President and passengers alike.

A 4-speed Hydra-Matic fully automatic transmission was sourced from Lincoln rival Cadillac to deliver the highest available level of smooth motoring.

9 examples were closed limousines by Henney, and the convertibles by Dietrich were fitted with a removable Plexiglas top which allowed the president to see and be seen even in bad weather.

The 'bubbletop' soon became the name for the whole car. The car was built by the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan with the coachwork handled by Dietrich.

In all, nineteen of these cars were built - ten hard tops for White House service and nine drop tops for other government and VIP use.

The 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitans served three presidents - Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy - from 1950 to 1961. It is most remembered as President Eisenhower's only parade car, and at his own suggestion, it was equipped with a special removable Plexiglas 'bubble top' so that the President could be seen in rainy weather

In 1887, the Truman’s moved to a farm near Grandview, in 1890, to Independence, and finally, in 1902, to Kansas City. Harry attended public schools in Independence, graduating from high school in 1901.

After leaving school, he worked briefly as a timekeeper for a railroad construction contractor, then as a clerk in two Kansas City banks.

In 1906 he returned to Grandview to help his father run the family farm. He continued working as a farmer for more than ten years.

From 1919 to 1922 he ran a men’s clothing store in Kansas City with his wartime friend, Eddie Jacobson.

Truman was elected in 1922, to be one of three judges of the Jackson County Court. Judge Truman whose duties were in fact administrative rather than judicial, built a reputation for honesty and efficiency in the management of county affairs.

In 1934, Truman was elected to the United States Senate. He had significant roles in the passage into law of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the Transportation Act of 1940. After being reelected in 1940, Truman gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. This committee, which came to be called the Truman Committee, sought with considerable success to ensure that defense contractors delivered to the nation quality goods at fair prices.

In July 1944, Truman was nominated to run for Vice President with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On January 20, 1945, he took the vice-presidential oath, and after President Roosevelt’s unexpected death only eighty-two days later on April 12, 1945, he was sworn in as the nations’ thirty-third President.

Was there a president of the USA since Truman less corrupted by the system, less political, and more down to earth? I seriously do not think it possible.

The Truman Doctrine was an enunciation of American willingness to provide military aid to countries resisting communist insurgencies;
 the Marshall Plan sought to revive the economies of the nations of Europe in the hope that communism would not thrive in the midst of prosperity;
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization built a military barrier confronting the Soviet-dominated part of Europe.

Truman’s recognition of Israel in May 1948 demonstrated his support for democracy and his commitment to a homeland for the Jewish people.

The one time during his presidency when a communist nation invaded a non-communist one — when North Korea invaded South Korea in June 1950 — Truman responded by waging undeclared war.

He issued executive orders desegregating the armed forces and forbidding racial discrimination in Federal employment.

In 1948, Truman won reelection by his famous “Whistlestop” campaign tour through the country

This is a bit odd, I'm guessing there were drugs involved

Hmmm, what's the reason there are 2 different styles of registration stickers on the California license plate?

really good street performer

it's "Seawolf Submarine Green " a factory color, and it's the earliest known surviving Power Wagon... and likely only still exists because instead of earning a living like other work trucks, it was mollycoddled at a university for it's first 3 decades, and that's not a bad thing

the Power Wagon was the simple evolution of the WW2 Dodge military truck with a few mods for civilian life, and they barely had a blip in production before returning soldiers were demanding the same great offroading trucks they'd come to respect which they'd used in all sorts of foreign countries.

this one rolled off the production line on January 28, 1946

The truck you see here is the earliest known surviving Dodge Power Wagon, the 12th built in January of 1946. Its first owner was the Agricultural Engineering Department of Michigan State University. Its duties during nearly 30 years at MSU are unknown, but the truck was sold in the 1970s to an MSU employee who used it for a couple of decades, and then parked it for a couple more.

It ended up in the hands of Michael Mandzak, a product engineering manager for a Big Three automaker, in 2017.

Michael had more or less decided to get it running and driving well, fix the worst of the bodywork, redo the original MSU markings on the door, redo the upholstery, and let the old truck proudly show off its well-earned patina. It generated a great deal of excitement at the 2018 Vintage Power Wagon Rally (  tip of the hat to