Saturday, October 17, 2020

Kory's new made 150 Case plowing for the 1st time ever with a 36 bottom John Deere plow.

what a beast!

I wonder what the torque is, or the torque factor of the weight of the tractor, factored with the ground's dry and compacted limits, and the length of the herringbone tracks on the wheels which increases the traction patch of the wheels

I think we all will agree, this pilot deserves a high 5 and a very cold beer for floating his chopper while the mechanics worked on getting the landing gear to deploy (Change the setting to 2x speed or jump ahead frequently to speed it up)

Never a dull day when Muphy's Law is out to create havoc, and delay liberty call.

Guess who has more balls than the pilots? GROUND crew!

Elon Musk’s Boring Company’s system of tunnels to shuttle people under the Las Vegas Convention Center may only be able to move 1/4 as many people as originally promised, because now that it's closer to being accomplished, they finally faced the fire regulations which won't allow more than 800 people

The choke point isn’t technology — it’s fire regulations. In one of the three loading zones for the tunnel network, called the Convention Center Loop, only 800 passengers an hour are allowed. If that’s true of all three loading zones, the Loop will only move about a quarter of what it promised: just 1,200 people an hour, according to TechCrunch. It’s unclear what might be enforcing that limit of 800 passengers, as the plans don’t include any turnstiles or barriers that could help control the flow of passengers.

There are financial consequences if The Boring Company can’t actually shuttle as many people as promised with the Convention Center Loop. It may miss out on more than $13 million of its construction budget. It will also be penalized $300,000 for every trade show that it doesn’t move an average of 3,960 passengers per hour for 13 hours, to a maximum of $4.5 million in fines, according to TechCrunch.

The Loop is also behind schedule. The Boring Company was scheduled to have completed the system by October 1st, according to the documents, a date that would have had the Loop up and running ahead of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show — though that conference will now be online-only. Now, the Loop is set to open in “maybe a month or so,” according to an October 14th tweet from Musk. The Boring Company completed digging the tunnels for the Loop in May.

In the Las Vegas Loop, passengers will ride in Tesla Model Xs, Model 3s, and a modified Model 3 that can hold up to 16 passengers at a time, and they’ll travel through the tunnels at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour

Banksy took advantage of a bike without a back wheel, and painted a cool mural outside a beauty salon, showing a girl hula-hooping with a bicycle tire.

The salon the artwork appeared outside is on the junction of Rothesay Avenue and Ilkeston Road in Lenton, a popular residential area for students.

After Bansky's confirmation he was the creator, people began arriving to have their photographs taken with the artwork, with about 30 people there at one point, as well as police officers.

But not until after some asshole blackwashed (opposite of whitewash paint?) over the Banksy

because jealous people with no talent are disgusting pukes

A spokesman from Nottingham City Council said it was "amazing" Banksy had confirmed the work was his, adding "we obviously don't know why he chose Nottingham but we're a city famous for our rebels, like Robin Hood of course".

Holy roll away’s Batman! Idiot mechanic doesn't do a damn thing to prevent his truck from rolling ( e brake, chocked tires) and then accidentally knocked the transmission into neutral, and his Colorado rolled over him and out into the cul de sac

Frank Buck, a guy that went to Asia in the 1910s -1920s to hunt and collect animals for circuses and zoos, which were taking off like mad at the time, wrote a book "Bring 'Em Back Alive" in 1932 and like Tarzan, impressed a lot of kids

In the 1980s, actor Bruce Boxleitner kicked off his tv show career (right after starring in Tron) playing Frank Buck in a fun show, Bring Em Back Alive, which was how I knew about Frank Buck.  Then Bruce got the lead in Scarecrow and Mrs King with former Charlies Angels star Kate Jackson. He then got the starring role in Babylon 5, and NCIS.

By the way, Boxleitner makes 60 million dollars a year for royalties from NCIS

The 80s had a few fun adventure shows, though few had a good enough budget to excel more then the rest, or better writing, etc etc, but Magnum PI 1980-88 motivated other producers to try and cash in with, Simon and Simon 81-89, Bring Em Back Alive 82-83, A Team, 1983-87, and others making 1980s tv a lot of fun. 

It had to be a lot more fun, now that MTV was pulling teens away from sitcoms, and video games were getting home consoles, and malls were becoming a draw for teens with nothing to do... tv shows had to get adventurous

A couple of years ago I posted about the Rolls Royce that was featured in the show

Frank Buck (1884 – 1950) 

Beginning in the 1910s he made many expeditions into Asia to collect exotic animals, bringing over 100,000 live specimens back to the United States and elsewhere for zoos and circuses and earning a reputation as an adventurer. 

He co-authored seven books chronicling or based on his expeditions, beginning with 1930's Bring 'Em Back Alive, which became a bestseller. 

Between 1932 and 1943 he starred in seven adventure films based on his exploits.

He was also briefly a director of the San Diego Zoo, 

displayed wild animals at the 1933–34 Century of Progress exhibition and 1939 New York World's Fair, toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and co-authored an autobiography, 1941's All in a Lifetime.

the Mormon Meteor

Friday, October 16, 2020

Danny Downs made this 1/48 scale 1942 Hobart Weldmobile... and a whole lot of other cool stuff (Thanks Bill O!)

Danny was at Topeka Foundry for 40

When he first joined Topeka Foundry, Downs said he started working as a painter. Then they found out Downs knew how to weld.

“Then they made me assistant foreman in the structural shop and I was assistant foreman for 23 years,” Downs said. “Then they started up the ICR shop, industrial component manufacturing and I had that shop for almost 13 years.”

“It’s just I like making stuff and fabricating stuff, and we did a lot of neat stuff,” Downs said. “I’m proud of what I do, I’m proud of what they taught me. I didn’t have this knowledge coming into this.” 

Downs was a graduate of Highland Park High School in 1975 and graduated from Kaw Area Vocational Technical School — now called Washburn Institute of Technology — the same year.

A 1955 Mini Divco that was originally owned by ButterKrust Bakery in Topeka. They used it for store displays, school carnivals and parades. Danny bought and restored it in 1995 for his daughter.

Danny is one talented guy, and also, seriously nice.


mail box revenge

Every time it snowed, the snow plow would take out his mailbox - and only his mail box. And just to be clear - it was done intentionally. No one knows why, but the driver of the snow plow would target his box and mow it down. He’d call the DOT to complain, and would get an earful of excuses that amounted to “not our fault you have a wimpy mailbox.”

Fast forward to the next winter. First decent snow starts falling, and every kid is hoping for a snow day. It was right around 4:30 am that the whole neighborhood was woken up to this loud CLANG and the screech of tearing metal. My dad made it to the window first and started laughing his ass off.

Sitting out side was one very totaled, and almost ripped in half, snow plow. And these weren’t little pick-up trucks with a blade on the front

Well, turns out over the summer, my dad’s neighbor got himself a backhoe and sank a steel I beam into the ground in his front yard. Then he covered it with a decorative wood sleeve and topped it with a brand new mailbox. When the snowplow driver tried to mow it down it was a bad case of immovable object meets unstoppable force - and the mailbox won. With the plow firmly impaled on the I beam, it was very clear that the driver had gone out of his way to hit it.

Naturally, the DOT wasn’t happy, and the neighbor’s reply was simple: “Not my faulty you have a wimpy snowplow.” 

 They did try to sue him for the damages, but as he had gone to the town, gotten approval for the post and its installation, and made sure everything was up to code, it was thrown out pretty quick.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will have his driver's licence suspended after being caught speeding and using his cell phone while behind the wheel of a ministerial car.

Mr Barilaro is taking a month's leave from Parliament due to mental health concerns. (AKA getting out of the public eye until this is entirely forgotten)

His spokeswoman said the traffic infringements had nothing to do with his decision to take time off. (AKA bullshit)

Are they simply putting a mirror finish chrome wrap on cars now to get these photos? This is amazing

Don't be an idiot, like this (goes without saying) Mustang owner

And I'd still like to hear his plan to get out of his car, regardless of this ramp issue

Why was this even attempted? Wasting the day away stuck while others are on the move and enjoying themselves!

The Daily Timewaster sure has posted a lot of cool stuff to look at, here's the V-22 Osprey putting the wings away, no wonder that they had to include one in the Transformers movies

the Cologne Crocodile, the Schnibbelmobil was constructed in the early 1980s by German heavy vehicle specialists Colonia Gmbh at the behest of VAW Aluminum. As you can clearly see, it's a mashup of a station wagon and a heavy-duty truck frame

the primary objective was to carry extraordinarily long loads

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hard to believe that someone was driving around with these antenna poles mounted front and back

I love cool old photos like this, with unusual vehicles (street sweeper) next to a cool airplane, with a delivery van in back, and then something interesting and with wheels, like the apu near the front tire!/page285

Coincidentally, it's the same type of street sweeper that Danny made from copper and brass

A fisherman in Indiana, spotted a car stuck at the bottom of the Geist Reservoir on his boat’s sonar. A 1987 Chevrolet Camaro that had been reported stolen on July 8, 1988.

Unfortunately, when the police went to notify the owner, they found out that they had passed away.

good morning!

looks like one tire is about 4000 rpm faster than the other

the kid seems to be getting some advice

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

a new, quarterly, English-language, 96-page motoring history magazine, titled Rare & Unique Vehicles... a magazine for those who like the unusual, is being proposed. The publisher needs to collect 400 subscribers in order to launch the magazine.

It will be a quarterly English-language magazine featuring unique content on 96-pages. Each issue will focus on a central theme, followed by a few anniversary-related features and Spin the Globe. Spin the Globe is a unique column, featuring rare, unusual and interesting cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses from around the world.

The central theme for the first issue is streamlining. 
Additionally, a look at the Victoria K1 – the first BMW-engined motorcycle from 1920 –, 
50-years of Bond Bug. 
The Spin the Globe section will feature a Trabant-based buggy from Hungary, 
a French car from 1901 which escaped all the history books,
 an Australian coupe and more.

Rare & Unique Vehicles will be available in digital format on Readly from the middle of November. 

The printed version of the first issue is scheduled to be published on the 10th of January, 2021. A single issue costs €9.90 – yearly subscription is €34.90 for four issues. 

Great guy of the day shout out goes to Don, who dropped off 2160 cans of Campbells soup to a homeless shelter when a mix up in paperwork resulted in the pallets of caned goods needing to go to good use.

A truck driver in Idaho called up the Boise Police Department on Sunday morning with an odd request: He had an extra shipment of soup in his trailer, and he needed to get rid of it.

Police say the trucker, whom they identified only as Don, had attempted to drop the soup off at a local business but was unable to do so due to a “mix-up.” Since he needed the space in his truck, he got permission from his bosses to donate the Progresso Chicken Pot Pie soups — which amounted to thousands of cans — to a nonprofit organization serving the needs of Boise’s homeless population

interesting improvised used car lot... using a set of bolt on curb ramps, and a cool street car as an office!/page299

Interesting story about Alex Tremulis and Harvey Earls frail ego

Having moved from his role as head designer at Cord, Auburn, Deusenburg upon that company's demise (note the exhausts), Tremulis went to work as part of Harley Earl's design team.

He was shortly thereafter dismissed for embarrassing his boss at the Company's Designers Picnic, by overtaking his Boss's new '38 Olds 8 cylinder; driving this same, antiquated '35 Ford (equipped with a 2 carb set-up from Henry Ford's disgraced 1938 Indy Ford/Miller racing fleet)

When Auburn Cord folded I went to the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. One of the first things they wanted me to do was to buy a new Oldsmobile at special employee rates. I think they offered the car to us for $600. I still couldn’t afford a new car so I kept on driving the same old 1935 Ford Roadster, the first car I owned.

I really liked that Ford, especially after I put on the twin intake manifolds that came off of one of the 10 Ford Indianapolis race cars in 1935. At that time I had the only Ford on the street with dual intake carburetors. And because I couldn’t afford a Duesenberg, I had two exhaust pipes coming out the side. I had a lot of fun with that car. But unfortunately I did a dumb thing which was a stupid mistake on my part.

We had a big styling department picnic for the Oldsmobile Division. All of the stylists had just bought their new $600 1938 Oldsmobiles. All of them had 6 cylinders except the boss’s car which had eight cylinders. On the way to the picnic, the boss went by all the six’s, and then I made the mistake of going out after him, and passing him. I guess he was pretty embarrassed.

The next day I was called in to my supervisor’s office where I was told that what I had done had been in very poor taste. And that I should not have embarrassed the entire styling section with an old 1935 Ford. They even accused me of cheating because my car was practically a race car. I was told I had to give up the car. This I refused to do. In a matter of a month I was laid off.

I guess Roy Faulkner heard about me being out of work so he called and asked me to come back to Auburn. The Auburn Automobile Company had folded up by now, but they still had a subsidiary which was steel kitchens. There was a chap there by the name of Powell Crosley who had just developed a fantastic washing machine... the one with the round window. He made this washer pretty successful and he also wanted to build an automobile. So Roy wanted me to go down there and build the car.

So I went to Auburn...

Monday, October 12, 2020

1935 Ford 2 ton, Super Car Equipment, 1935

getting some extra use out of the family car

McCormick Deering tractor company is written on object in the back of the International stake side truck, and it looks like they are loading from a combine, into some separator thing, that then pours into several different areas of the truck bed

Makes me wish people would caption photos so we could understand what was going on

Great way to draw in some walk up customers!

far out cool news, the Stranger Things and Netflix people have opened a "drive thru" experience for us!

Just in time for Halloween you can unlock the untold story of Hawkins 80s nostalgia in real life with a new concept experience.

 This immersive trip will be filled with mind-blowing audio and visual effects, monster hunts and surprises.

The new Drive-Into Experience will transport you deep into Stranger Things’ world with incredible live actors taking you through a thrilling narrative in mind-bending sets—all from the safety of your own car

When you drive into Starcourt Mall, beyond the beaming pink and blue sign, you’ll find a portal to the Upside Down. Turn on your walkie talkie and find familiar characters on the other side as you unlock the mysteries of this mini-verse. You’ll join Eleven and friends on an adventure that will get your pulse racing. If we’re lucky, Hopper might be on hand to help investigate the unusual activity…

By the way, season 3 is out on DVD, but they haven't released the Blu Ray version yet. I can't understand why they don't sell both at the same time, or simply quit selling dvds

Tickets start at $59 for 2 people in one car