Tuesday, February 20, 2018

the first-ever 427 Dana Camaro, a very incredible story

it was bought with a loan from a bank, which only went with it due to it getting insured, which was immediately cancelled because it was strictly race and not street.

So, the insurance agent lost it. He went to the dealership, who freaked out that now the state insurance commission was getting involved, they got ahold of the buyer, who was already upset that the car had been sold to him without oil.

Or, at least that's the story people are sticking to

So, they ate the cost of the car, and the buyer kept racing it. (See how implausible that is?)

The car never got titled by the 1st owner, went through a lot of changes and owners, and you can read the whole thing at Hot Rod, or, get a subscription to Muscle Car Review. Expensive but worth it.


Ariels are mighty low cars... will they make parking garage entry gates lower? I doubt it

in 1928 at Indianapolis, Leon Duray's Miler set a lap record of 124.02 mph that held for 9 years. In a 91 cu in supercharged inline 8 that Harry Miller just had to reduce in 1926 from 122cu in to meet AAA's new rules

They then took it to the Packard test track and set a closed course record of 148.2 mph and then went to Muroc (a dry lake used in the 1920s before it was closed to the public and El Mirage was chosen) and set a speed of 164 mph

the 91s were incredible until the rules were changed again by AAA, just 3 years later in 1929

Muroc is named after the Corum brothers of Rosamund of about 100 years ago, but the Air Force changed the name of the dry lake from Muroc to Rogers after a pilot who crashed there. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/05/dry-lakes-trivia.html


What it's like to be in a rig during a blizzard pile up, with kids, knowing that traffic will be slamming into you. This guy does really well at trying to keep the kids from freaking out

when traffic comes to a stop in front of you... get the hell off the road so people don't pile into the back of your vehicle

these would make terrific tool displays for a garage

and then for collectors looking for a cross over of great tool companies, there are the Craftsman tools made by Plomb

in the southern California traffic reports on radio and tv they refer to it as the daily ladder, as somewhere in every reporting area some contractor will drop a ladder on a freeway

you don't want to hit one with a small car or motorcycle.

never teach your own kids how to drive. You'll both be traumatized, and your car and garage will be wrecked, and maybe your marriage.

I tell you that drivers ed is the great untapped video market... this is where they need to make a tv show. Drivers ed instructors tell the stories and actors re-enact the scenes, just like those History Channel historical battle scenes

nice set of Plomb

another guy is looking to make t-shirts to show his appreciation for Plomb tools

For anyone that isn't familiar with Plomb.... they were a tool company that made very high quality hand tools equal to, or better than Snap On, for earning a living with. Not a lot of flash and snappy looks to the tool boxes, but, since they had to change their name in 1947 to Proto you may not have heard of them, and if you see any, you immediately know those Plomb tools are at least 70 years old

How good were they? Vic Edelbrock's toolbox has nothing but Plomb

and when Ab Jenkins was at Bonneville setting world land speed record, he brought Plumb tools,

or the mechanic on his Duesenberg did, Augie Duesenberg. Now, really, who has ever made a better endorsement of a tool company than Vic Edelbrock and Augie Duesenberg?


But I've never seen a tool box tag like this before

don't be a bitch, and don't mess with Tabitha

A New York woman is seen berating a flight attendant on a viral video is now on forced leave from her job.

Passenger Susan Peirez said she worked for New York Governor Cuomo, and tried to use that to be pushy.

Not today bitch.

Peirez: "I want your name."
Flight attendant: "Tabitha."
Passenger: "Thank you, Tabitha, you may not have a job tomorrow."
Flight attendant: "I want this lady off the plane."

A recording caught her not only threatening a flight attendant's job, but also saying she worked for New York Governor Cuomo.

After the video was posted online Peirez's employer, the New York State Council on the Arts, started an investigation, and says she's been "placed on leave until further notice."


75 yr old woman keyed dozens of cars on her street over months

Police say a senior citizen is to blame for vandalizing dozens of cars in a Scripps Ranch neighborhood.

The San Diego Police Department arrested Emilia Bello, 75, late Sunday after one of her neighbors said she watched the elderly woman key her car.

For months cars parked along Legacy Road in Scripps Ranch have been getting keyed on the passenger side.


Raymond Loewy. Evolution chart of automobiles, 1933. Boy, did he get it wrong.

Monday, February 19, 2018

the U.S. patent for snow chains from the pioneers, who were also well represented by the Thomas Flyer, and Harry Houdini

In 1908, the Thomas Flyer that won the New York To Paris Race was equipped with Weed Chains.

 The same year, as part of the New York Automobile Carnival, Harry Houdini was challenged to free himself from Weed Chains, performing this feat on the evening of April 10, 1908, Houdini overcame six padlocked Weed Chains in addition to two steel-rimmed car wheels and handcuffs and leg irons, over 400 pounds of weight. Houdini got out, but it took him 29 minutes and he was exhausted at the end of it.


Canada's answer to the American cartoonist Bill Mauldin, Sergeant William Garnet "Bing" Coughlin, who created the character "Herbie", the quintessential Canadian infantry man.

He originally served with the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, participating in the invasion of Sicily and then 4 months in the Italian campaign before being assigned to The Maple Leaf staff. 


the only public aerial car ferry was from Boston Bar to North Bend, British Columbia, but it shut down in 1986

the North Bend Aerial Ferry was the only aerial ferry that carried cars and was opened to the public in North America. Installed in 1940, it ran until 1986 when it was replaced by a bridge. During that time it carried 2,037,579 vehicles, 6,092,434 people and made 1,610,789 round trips.

the gondola has been restored and is on display along the Trans-Canada highway in downtown Boston Bar.


A Super Duty Tempest, winner of the first ever NASCAR Challenge Cup in February 1963, a 250-mile race at the Daytona oval for GT race cars with engines smaller than 427.2 ci displacement.

The Pontiac Super Duty program began in late 1959 with over the counter parts for the 389 V8, and was expanded to include the new 421 V8 in 1961.

Bunkie Knudsen had taken Pontiac from the old man brand to the dominant racing brand in a short amount of time and when 1963 rolled around, the Poncho skunk works was in full swing for the upcoming season.

The Super Duty part were ALL available for order at any Pontiac dealership, “by anyone with the money to do so”. In 1962 to early 1963, before the infamous GM “racing ban”, Super Duty cars were produced on the assembly line and could be ordered by the public from any dealer, albeit for a very hefty price in early 1960’s dollars.

There were 12 Super Duty Tempests produced in December of 1962 for the 1963 model year, sold them to the “right people” six of the cars were Tempest station wagons and six were Super Duty Le Mans coupes. Of all these cars, the only one that didn’t end up on a drag strip was the car that Goldsmith drove which was delivered to Ray Nichels Engineering, Merrillville, Illinois.

Pontiac contracted Ray Nichels Engineering in to beef up the coupe to withstand the 250-mile pounding. Nichels upgraded the suspension, added a rollcage, oil coolers, and a 500hp, dual-quad, 421ci Super Duty engine. It also rigged two two-speed “TempesTorque” Powerglide transmissions back-to-back, adapting them to the stock LeMans rear-mounted transaxle.

The real genius in these cars was the rear mounted trans-axle that made Goldsmiths life easier when trying to get this car to turn and stay stuck to a race track. The four forward speeds were achieved by ingeniously stacking a pair of Pontiac two speed Tempest Torque units. Goldsmiths car did not use a torque converter like most of the other SDs did. His used a clutch to get the car moving but once it was under way he was able to knock through the gears without using the clutch.

Paul Goldsmith put the Pontiac on the pole. Running in the rain against Ferraris, a slew of Stingrays, Jags, and Porsches, Goldsmith leapt to the front of the pack and never looked back—lapping the European exotics, including a Ferrari GTO he lapped eight times.

By the time the checkered flag flew, Goldsmith had lapped the second place finisher, AJ Foyt in a Corvette, twice. Yes, he won this race by five whole miles.

From here, it was entered in the Continental road race the following week also at Daytona, but didn’t finish. Soon, Mercedes purchased it for competitive reconnaissance, and it was never seen again.

Nichel's Engineering’s next engineering milestone was the development of the Nichels Chrysler Hemi in late 1963, early ’64. The results of his work were evident when Goldsmith set a new world’s closed-course stock car speed record of 174.910 mph, taking the 1964 Daytona 500 pole at almost 15 miles per hour faster than the 1963 Daytona pole-winner Fireball Roberts’ qualifying speed of 160.943 mph.


Salute of the day to the mounted police horse

you marvelous beast you!


Paul Shauck came across this $600 '61 C10 while looking for something else. He left the 55-year-old paint alone but changed the hood for $100.

The C10 uses an iron block 5.3L from a 2001 Tahoe with a 4-inch stroke to get a new-school, 383ci displacement. Twin 62mm inducer turbochargers feed boost and give the truck around 750 hp. The drivetrain consists of a Turbo 400 with a Gear Vendors and a 9-inch with 3.50 rear gears.

 At the 2015 Ohio Mile May meet, the truck ran a best of 162.92 mph


Guy Martin spent 5 months building a working replica of a World War One tank, passed his tank driving test, just to drive the machine at Lincoln's Remembrance Day parade (origin town of the tank) and then police freaked out that a tank, 4mph, would be on the city street.

For Martin's tank, the team created a 3D computer-aided design based on photographs provided by German model ­expert Thorsten Brand – as well as using a Haynes Workshop Manual.

The steel chassis was welded together by a team at JCB’s factories in Staffordshire.

Then Herts-based engineers Chasestead Ltd manufactured more than 360 components, from gun mounts to ­periscopes, using ­computer ­technology the original makers could hardly dream of.

His five-month mission to build the 26ft long by 10ft wide replica from scratch was shown on the Channel 4 programme Guy Martin's WWI Tank on November 19.

However the plan to drive his WW1 tank through Lincoln city centre was scrapped because the police were "not happy".

The city of Lincoln has long been recognised as the home of the tank; the place where the armoured vehicle that transformed modern warfare was first developed. So it seemed fitting that there should have been plans for a replica of the Mark IV British tank to take part in the city’s Remembrance Day events.

But those plans have now been scrapped on health and safety grounds, after fears the tank might pose a danger to shoppers.

Lincoln City Council said it could not guarantee the safety of of shoppers and sightseers congregating in the area if the tank had joined the parade because of the size of the vehicle and its lack of maneuverability.

The police say the safety committee required extra safety and security measures, and I think it all sounds like a money issue was brought up where the local council required local businesses to profit from extra security people, traffic directors, parking attendants, trash removal, traffic barriers, etc etc from the extra amount of tourists that would be lured to Lincoln by the filming of a internationally televised event, and rare opportunity to see a WW1 tank roll through main street. The tv people declined to entertain that, instead, filming a similar piece in France.

Craig Bowness, from Welton, wrote on Facebook: "I’m just one of the many that are extremely disappointed, confused, disheartened in the horrendous decision not to give Lincoln and it’s fantastic war efforts a bit of limelight on this show that was primarily made to use Lincoln as its number one focal point.


a couple more examples of weight savings achieved by using a drill

if you haven't gotten your Mopar barn find/project car yet, you're in luck. Some cool ones are coming in June to Van Der Brink Auctions (not the overhyped Barrett Jackson)