Saturday, May 27, 2023
Bill Wylam was working at NASA as a senior electrical engineer for the space program in the late 50s, while in his spare time he was the drawing airplanes for Model Airplane News
The Pratt & Whitney Company was founded in 1860 by Francis A. Pratt and Amos Whitney, with headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. The company manufactured machine tools, tools for the makers of sewing machines, and gun-making machinery for use by the Union Army during the American Civil War.
In 1925, Frederick Rentschler approached Pratt & Whitney for funding and a location to build his new aircraft engine. Pratt & Whitney loaned him $250,000, the use of the Pratt & Whitney name, and space in their building. This was the beginning of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, which evolved into today's widely known aircraft engine manufacturer.
Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool was going through a period of self-revision at the time to prepare itself for the post-World War I era, discontinuing old product lines and incubating new ones.
RM Sotebys is auctioning off a lot of Paul Newman stuff, and wrote up an article that is fascinating - I learned a lot in it, like, his race car number was his age, and Nissan made a Skyline R30 Paul Newman Version, a variant sold only in Japan beginning in 1983.
Friday, May 26, 2023
when you piss off your girlfriend, your day will come to pay... this guy's girlfriend was so freaking outraged that he wasn't treating her cats like gods, that she took his family heirloom '72 F100 (grandfather to father to him) to a scrapyard to get $400
when you piss off a customer, your day will come to pay.... this woman keyed around 400 cars on different dealership lots, all owned by the same family, causing about a half million dollars in damage
the wonderful Austin Powers would say, "Oh behave!" if he were to discover the swinging London 60s Birds Paradise double decker fashion boutique
Name one invention that the Allies used for night ops off aircraft carriers, that the Japanese did not have? Flourescent color fabrics made possible by Day Glo colors, invented by the Switzer brothers of Cleveland, the same inventors that made magnafluxing effective
DayGlo Fire Orange became the standard of safety in aviation by increasing visibility on aircraft, the psychedelic 60's rock concert posters would be boring without day glo paints, so would swimsuits, Tide boxes, and traffic cones.
the FBI and Houston PD just busted a County Deputy for being the police escort of a 10 kilo load of cocaine, in exchange for 6,000 dollars. How nice that the uniformed police in Houston, in official police cars are for rent. Is that like Uber Cops?
in trucking news.... slow roll, and ironically, brake safety inspection finds 10% of the inspected failed. Plus some brain dead moron thought he'd get away with booting trucks, and demanding 600 dollars to remove the boots
Thursday, May 25, 2023
In 1911 when you wanted to travel in snow, you improvised, wrapping large rope around tires increased traction, decreased punctures
The Saint Christopher Coupe as Gewertz calls it, started life as a body shell he acquired from Mike Wolfe of the television show American Pickers.
The build was performed over several years by South City Rod & Custom in Hayward, California, and features a long list of traditional hot rod custom touches such as the chopped top, rows of louvers across the roof and deck lid, vintage magnesium wheels and of course, a souped up 331 cubic-inch vintage Hemi engine. The wild paint work is by Compani Color
ever heard of Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio? those with disabilities enter for free. The theme park isn't just for people with disabilities, it's for everyone, but it was built by Morgan's dad to focus on being ultra inclusive for the disabled
In 2017, the Ultra-Accessible™ theme park opened it’s expansion, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, which was named on the 2018 “World’s Greatest Places” list by TIME Magazine.
"This is the guy who started wearing jeans to work in the 1960s, when offices were a sea of gray suits," the book-jacket blurb reads. "He's the guy who told The Wall Street Journal in 1985, 'If it ain't fun, we don't do it.'
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Ford's upper management claims they'll reduce the number of parts on an F150 by up to 2500 less, in about a year. Of course, absolutely not a single specific was mentioned, that's a POTENTIAL goal
If they can even delete 250, and it's not just washers replaced with vinyl lock nuts with shoulders? I'll be surprised.
If they figure out how to make an F150, that has all the same functions and features, without deleting actual equipment (like glove box doors, ventilation variable discharge vanes, or whatever) I'll be surprised of they can figure out even 250 things that they can make that truck without.
I don't count replacing switches with touch pads as much of an improvement, though, yes, that would reduce the number of parts by about 3 on a 4 panel switch. Fewer trim pieces would just annoy all the car reviewers who believe that the level of luxury is based on the amount of decoration trim pieces