Saturday, May 06, 2023
Friday, May 05, 2023
the president of an Elvis fan club, had cerebral palsy, but was still the financial provider for his parents - because he was damn smart, and a hard working fan club president. Elvis gifted him a 57 Chevy partly as the payment for handling Elvis fan mail!
After Gary read that Mrs. Presley had started a scrapbook for Elvis, he started providing her with clippings that mentioned Elvis. Gary had cerebral palsy, but he was self-supporting in running his own business.
His kindnesses led to a solid friendship between Gary and Mrs. Presley. The whole family became close with Gary, and Elvis bought for Gary, his mother and his nurse, a house on Dolan drive, and for xmas 1964, a new wheelchair. Elvis hired Gary's father, Sterling Pepper, to work as a gate guard at Graceland.
Pepper and Whitehead attended Elvis' funeral, and Presley's father gave each of them a white rose from the casket
During his life, Presley paid Pepper for maintaining the fan club and also asked his friend Carl Nichols to find a nurse to look after Pepper, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Nichols approached devoted Elvis fan and nurse Nancy Pease Whitehead, who immediately took the job - although it was unpaid - and eventually moved into Pepper's home abutting Graceland's backyard.
for info on cleaning them the hardway, just like wet sanding paint, with 1000, 2000, and 3000 grit sandpaper, and then using a polishing compound _ or buying a Meguir's kit
did Lo Jack ever work? Regardless, it may as well be obsolete now... the New York City Mayor and NYPD just recommended using Apple's Air Tags
LoJack used to cost more than most people wanted to waste on an RF tracker that wasn't likely to result in your car being found by cops, IF cops even bothered looking for your stolen car.
I've never heard of ANY car being found because of LoJack, or ANY car thieves or crime ring being busted because of Lo Jack... have you?
But every week I read about people getting their lost luggage back from aitlines because they had an Apple AirTag in their suitcase or baggage
Lo Jack cost about 800 dollars... Apple AirTag? 30 bucks.
An AirTag is a small tracking device no bigger than a quarter that only costs $29, and it can be used to locate any kind of missing or stolen items using the app on your iPhone.
Car keys, purses, backpacks, and luggage are fairly common recipients of Apple AirTags. The same method can be applied to your vehicle in the event that you forgot where you parked, to discover that it has been stolen. According to the NYPD, by sharing your car’s information and location with the police, they will be able to track down, locate, and recover your vehicle.
While this does sound simple and helpful, it isn’t 100% foolproof. This is due to the fact that Apple AirTags are also equipped with a feature that if the thief has an iPhone, and attempts to steal a car with a hidden Apple AirTag, they will receive a notification to their phone of the AirTag’s presence. The same can be said for Android apps that can scan for the presence of an AirTag too.
Thursday, May 04, 2023
Dudley Fisher was an astonishing cartoonist... and how is it I've never heard of him until today when Steve threw me a life line? These are fantastic!
a Colorado woman and the ACLU sue over Kansas police - because out-of-state motorists are disproportionately stopped and detained and searched simply for having out of state plates and possibly marijauna -as Kansas still hasn't made pot legal recreationally
Jones, a former county sheriff, was appointed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelley in 2019. In a separate lawsuit, Jones was sued by five female current or former patrol employees who allege a hostile work environment, a culture of sexual harassment and gender discrimination under his leadership.
Republican lawmakers have pressured Kelly to force him out. Jones is stepping down effective July 1 but has said he wasn't asked to leave.
The Tenth Circuit Court ruled in June 2022 that an ACLU of Kansas lawsuit claiming the state highway patrol routinely and illegally stopped motorists with out of state license plates, can continue.
last September, FoMoCo faced a shortage of Blue Oval badges, now, it’s a shortage of door handles for the Ford F-150 pickup
This allows workers to not only be able to get in and out of the pickups, but also to perform checks inside the vehicles as it moves through he production process. These mismatched models will then be parked until the correct door handles arrive and can be swapped out for the temporary pieces.
In 1925 Robert Paxton McCulloch was 14 years old when he inherited part of a fortune, later in life, he bought the London Bridge and moved it to Arizona... in between, he raced, made superchargers, and chainsaws
While still an undergraduate Milwaukee-based Robert McCulloch was making his mark in the world of speed. He raced in outboard-motor hydroplane contests in more than 15 states and Canada, winning two class championships and collecting some 50 trophies.
McCulloch’s first business target was auto racing. He and his team built a four-cylinder two-stroke engine of one liter from which 90 bhp were extracted. Targeting the compact unit at midget racing, McCulloch installed it in a four-wheel-drive chassis.
Taking note of the wave of supercharger launches by Duesenberg, Graham and Auburn, in 1935 Robert McCulloch turned his talents to a compressor suitable for the ubiquitous Ford V-8. The resulting McCulloch Supercharger was launched in 1937 as an $85 kit. More than 5,000 superchargers were sold before McCulloch ceased producing them after 1941 in order to turn his attention to wartime requirements.
McCulloch had a good war, designing and producing Roots superchargers that were used for railcar engines, generator sets and power units for high-speed patrol and torpedo boats. Shifting operations to California, McCulloch was not idle. His post-war activities included experimental helicopters and the compact two-stroke engines that had always been a passion.
Starting with their first McCulloch-branded chainsaw in 1948, his team engineered breakthroughs in small and light saws that became major money-spinners. Exploiting his middle name, McCulloch poured some of his profits into a new enterprise, Paxton Engineering, set up on May 1, 1950 to explore new business opportunities. He decanted more than $700,000 into development of the Paxton variable-speed centrifugal supercharger that achieved wide acceptance both in the aftermarket and as original equipment for Kaiser, Ford and Studebaker.
Then he made a car prototype designed by Brooks Stevens who ingeniously provided for its hard top to slide backward and down to nest snugly over the rear deck for full convertibility.
For anyone that isn't engine/mechanic/car minded, McCulloch might be best known for purchasing the "New" London Bridge, which he moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona—one of the cities he founded.
In 1963, on the courthouse steps of Kingman, McCulloch purchased a 26-square-mile parcel of barren desert that would become the site for Lake Havasu City. At the time it was the largest single tract of state land ever sold in Arizona, and the cost per acre was under US$75.
May the 4th (dual cool day - my first movie I watched in a theater was Star Wars in 1977 when I was 6, and it's my birthday) be with you Star Wars trivia car enthusiast tie in (tie in, see what I did there? HA!)
Wednesday, May 03, 2023
when I posted about the Victorian era steampunk car racing mystery Hullabaloo 10 years ago, it was just an idea, in need of a crowdsource funding project.... and it's nearly complete, but not entirely
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang illustrations in the early 1970s Houghton Mifflin reading books like I had in 1st and 2nd grade in the mid 1970s
Charles Bachman, whose dad was a football coach at Michigan State, got a win at Soapbox Derby racing, and went onto study data structure access in computers (RAM) because he got a education at the university
His dad was the quarterback for Knute Rockne, and they invented the forward pass, and that got him the coaching job at MSU
They could do that forward pass because Wilson sporting goods made a better football (less like the Rugby ball) that could be thrown overhand.
Wilson did that because he had worked in the Chicago stockyards and meat packing industry, and figured out what to do with meat byproducts, like the leather from pigs, aka, pigskin footballs
The stockyards in Chicago came along because the civil war's increased need for meat to feed the soldiers
That appetite of the soldiers increased because there was one guy appointed to the rank of Captain of feeding the union soldiers, James Sanderson who had been in the restaurant and hotel industry, and who made a cookbook with some basic rules of how to properly run an Army field camp cooking stove to reduce diseases transmitted in the food (rancid meat, un hygenic pots and pans)
All things I learned from 6 degrees with Mike Rowe, on AMC +, episode one. Which I wanted to try because of Connections with James Burke
there are a couple of cars that had nicer engraved panels, but I've only found 2 or 3, they all were made between 1925 and 1930, the Cadillac, Hudson, Gardner, and Essex... see them at http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/search/label/instrument%20panel
the origin of the name Nerf, that an advertising person realized was perfect for their Hasbro's line of kids toy branding in 1969, is from off roading guys putting soft foam around roll bars
Ukraine farmer Oleksandr Kryvtsov made a remote controlled land mine finder, with his tractor and armor plates from destroyed Russian military vehicles (thank you Marc B! )
"We started doing this just because the crop-sowing time has come and we can’t do anything because the rescue services are very busy," Kryvtsov told Reuters.
"We ran over an anti-tank mine. The protection got blown out (but) the tractor is safe," he said." Everyone's alive and safe. The equipment was restored and repaired."
Russians, regardless of the public information campaign by Princess Diana, and others, for decades, put land mines over about 30% of the Ukraine territory that they had access to in order to hamper the Ukraine economy and inflict collateral damage, and fill hospitals. Unscrupulous fuckers.
the bridge that has been seen by more people than any other (very likely true) but until today, was not identified or known - has finally been identified, and located. The bridge in the background of the Mona Lisa painting
Tuesday, May 02, 2023
this is just the usual small sample of a handful I like the most, there are dozens more at https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=dwrenched.george&set=a.6195057403889288
an echo of the wiper delay back stabbing of the 60s (remember the Greg Kinnear movie?), Ford was found guilty of reverse engineering a contracted companies software, by a jury
Jim Wangers has passed away, he did more than most with the car manufacturing companies and in drag racing than most car guys will recall - and worked with some incredibly iconic people, including Hefner, Hurst, DeLorean, and JFK Jr
He worked with Hefner at Esquire, I shit you not, before Heff went independent with Playboy, and Jim even owned a Chevy dealership in Milwaukee.
a retired Canadian is building full-size replicas of WWII planes, including a 1916 Sopwith Camel, a 1918 Fokker DR 1 (Red Baron's plane), a 1944 Spitfire, a 1944 Messerschmitt ME 109, a Sherman Tank, Willys Jeep, a Hawker Hurricane and the front end of a 1911 Pacific Type steam locomotive. (thank you Robert G!)
Ian started after visiting the Ford museum where he saw what can be accomplished by bending metal. He had experience building dune buggies and restoring Model As, and he truly believed he could create a fighter replica with stuff he already had around the house. The few things he didn’t have, like sheet metal from above-ground pools he scavenged from scrapyards and neighbors.
Of course, when Luverne suggested to her husband that he'd built enough planes, he turned to constructing other war replicas: a Sherman Firefly tank that drives, and for their pond, the conning tower and gun tower from a World War II German U-boat.
Mr. Baron doesn't splurge on the materials. The planes, tank and U-boat are made almost entirely from recycled or scrap items, though the welding supplies, paint and rivets can cost around $2,000 per project ($45 each for 20 cylinders of oxygen, $60 each for 10 cylinders of acetylene and $50 per gallon for eight or nine cans of rust paint). Discarded, above-ground swimming pool skins are used to create the outer shells for his creations.
"I'm on pool number 29 now," says Mr. Baron. Most of the pool skins are free; some cost him a case of beer.
The Sopwith Camel's wings are made from bent-up farm gates, TV aerials and concrete rebar. The landing gear on the Messerschmitt is made from legs from a children's teeter totter and its tail wheel came from his wife's wheelbarrow. The Spitfire's fuselage is fashioned from bar stools and has 15 authentic British airplane gauges he paid $5 each for. Its wheel wells are fashioned from the tops of 45 gallon drums.
Mr. Baron's passion for motorized machines started with his father, who was a mechanic and sergeant with the 23rd Field, Fourth Canadian armoured division in World World II.
Mr. Baron has an encyclopedic knowledge about the original versions of his creations. He does extensive research on the Internet and has gleaned other details from a 92-year-old farmer from Manitoba who served with his father during the war.
He also receives information about the original machines his replicas are modelled after from people who have heard about his collection through or who have noticed the war replicas while driving by. One veteran who stopped in supplied him with details about the Sherman tank, while another drop-in visitor was the son of an engineer who designed a part for the Spitfire.