Friday, February 26, 2021

why do metric sockets.... work on a 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive... but don't have some weird 'metric' size drive?

 I've never heard of a metric drive socket wrench. 

So, what the hell is that about? 

Did someone look at the world, and say, hold my beer and see how long it takes someone to notice this shitfuckery? 

some people would be impressed with this, but I'm certain it's only a good start in the right direction. I have high standards I'm told.

I bet this is good for at least 4 ugga duggas

better remember to not drive faster than your guardian angel can fly, cause shit goes bad really damn fast out there... there's a reason new cars have all wheel disc brakes and air bags everyhwere

rumor is that they swapped out rear end gears from 3.23 to 4.11, went for a drive, downshifted in a corner from 3rd to 2nd and back end broke loose, front end clipped a tree while going sideways and then spun it around and it hit a tree going backwards..

Hot Wheels is making some cool stuff for this fall (thanks Kim!)

What a beast... no heater, no power steering, just work to be done - and one lousy headlight

If you're looking for a great tv series like Band of Brothers, see Liberator on Netflix. It's that good

Not sure if this is art, or a photoshop treatment, but it's damn cool

visual ID guide to 1932 -52 Checkers

Scenic Highway 1 near Big Sur to reopen this summer


Summing up, because the state (state highway must be maintained by the state, right?) won't budget for maintenance of the water drain culverts, this one clogged up, and now cost about 12 million dollars to rebuild, delaying traffic for 5 or 6 months. 

Seems obvious to me that a a couple hundred dollars of labor semi annually, or quarterly, would have prevented this.

illustration commemorating Phil Hill's 1961 Grand Prix World Championship showing Hill with his Ferrari, kissing a large number 1 that contains the names of venues where Hill captured podium finishes. The number 34 represents the number of championship points awarded to Hill.

this is funny, and true

10 inch long belt knife that was in the collection of Phil Hill, made to display the GM logo, and the Chevrolet logo... no idea what that's about, do any of you know?

San Diego used to be a place where a lot of racing was going on, it's got the right weather, proximity to Los Angeles celebs, etc... but must have become too expensive and unwelcome to racing businesses to be viewed as having any future in racing

There used to be a lot of drag racing and road racing... even vintage racing. It's all gone now. 

Carlsbad Drag Strip, Torrey Pines, Coronado Speed Fest, racing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Carroll Shelby raced there) they're all gone. Of course, it could also be a problem related to overcrowding residential neighborhoods that are anti noise. 

To get a look at the many race venues, and some of the famous people involved,


Phil Hill's racing helmet worn during his first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just sold at auction for a ridiculous $193,750

A simple racing helmet was the highest-priced item sold during Gooding & Company’s online sale of items from the late auto racing champion’s personal collection.

The Herbert Johnson helmet sold for $193,750

Hill was one of the most accomplished drivers to ever compete on a race track, reigning as America’s only World Champion in Formula 1, on the overall-winning team three times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and racking up a host of other significant victories in the 1950s and ’60s. In his later years, he was a gracious ambassador for motorsports and the collector car world. He passed away in 2008.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

great painting to show off the car number

 I'm guessing that the other eye, the one that appears to be a "black eye", is the clever way to acknowledge the cars demolition derby use. I find that really damn clever

that stuff across the nose looks like a bit of art from Von Dutch to me

this guy had a large piece of the good life

matching rims on the trailer even, and this must have been in the mid 1930s

the size of this bus! With dual rear tires

1911: Celebrating the arrival of the Pacific Electric Railway in San Fernando Valley.

Anyone recognize these guys who seem to have worked for Hot Rod in the 80s? Or know what the little scooter is?

the 1964 Ford Econ-O-Line known as the Collins Van by ham radio operators, as it was the mobile show room that toured the country for 2 years advertising the radios,

effectively too, as a lot of guys picked up the hobby, and used it during the Vietnam war to communicate for free, to the people back home

Thanks Ed!


Without mass social media sharing, would people learn of scams like this? There was something similar to this a couple years ago, and thanks to things like email and Facebook, the word got spread pretty fast so people wouldn't fall for it

Wonder Woman's invisible jet

Entrance to subway is an old subway car

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I guess on ice, one old motorcycle could move 5 people around pretty good with a studded tire

probably a 41 G.M.C. K-18 signal corps panel truck

only 312 of these Hix bodied rigs were made.

so crazy and true, I can't make this up... and it's related to vehicles 3 ways

 Iggy Pop, whose parents lived in Detroit, was hanging out with David Bowie, in Berlin, over an auto parts store, and while waiting for Starsky and Hutch to start, Bowie picked up his son's ukulele and roughed out 'Lust For Life".

GM electric bus, 1913. Odd that it seems to have hard rubber front tires and pneumatic rear tires.

Seems like a mix of stage coach, station wagon, and bus

the golden era of rich people flying off to island vacations, here's a Sikorsky S 30

Pan American World Airways was founded by two US Air force Majors. In 1927 it began an airmail service between Key West Florida and Havana Cuba and was the United States’ first scheduled International flights.

Within a year, aviation visionary Juan Trippe took the controls of Pan AM and introduced its first passenger services to Havana. An ad campaign cosponsored by PAN AM and Bacardi successfully encouraged Americans to fly away from alcohol prohibition in the US to drink rum in the sun in Cuba

  On October 26, 1958 Pan Am became the first United States airline to fly jet aircraft. A Pan Am Boeing 707 streaked across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in eight hours. In 1970 Pan Am carried 11 million customers and invested half a billion dollars in a large fleet of Boeing’s 747.

that's a lot of companies under one corporate umbrella

I'm pretty sure that GM had many more... spark plug, generator and alternator companies, brakes, etc

it's very very rare to see a top up over a rumble seat, and I guess it's due to the fact that's it's going to probably just catch a LOT of air, and get ripped off the car

Henry Js were small enough to fly in that small airliner? I'm impressed, you can't see the grease it took to get them to slide in and turn to get aligned front to back

 no doubt colorized by the always impressive "Imbued with Hues" facebook page artist.