Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I just learned from Bobby about the model on the cover of the 1969 Shelby Accessories brochure

Miss Scandinavia 1964 in Helsinki, Finland. (1st runner-up place, Miss Press)
- Miss Europe 1963 in Beirut, Lebanon. (2nd runner-up)
- Miss World 1963 in London England. (3rd runner-up)
- Miss Universe 1963 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. (1st runner-up)

according to this click bait tutorial, the fastest way to break a side window is in the upper corner

Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas- Officially the widest freeway on the planet

Norman Reedus is getting his own biking show June 12th on AMC, cool! Does this mean they killed off his character on Walking Dead?

Six one-hour episodes will follow actor and biker-enthusiast Norman Reedus as he takes viewers on a ride on the open road to explore local motorcycle culture and history.

Each episode of Ride will begin in a different city where Reedus and his riding companion – a fellow actor, musician, friend or local chopper fanatic who shares his passion for motorcycles – will journey to a new destination. Along the way, they will stop at various locales such as custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, collector’s warehouses, or a roadside smokehouse…with plenty of time for unplanned detours and tire changes. The series will also showcase different types of motorcycles each week including vintage, minis and cruisers.

looks very cool, but when the airbag pops open? That is going to really ruin someones face

the Aspen based Petty kit car

Steve and the Hurst Baja Boot

Capt Jack and his racing go cart, and his VW microbus!

Fiat and Chrysler, two name brands that are tanking. Without Jeep and Dodge truck sales, they'd probably be bankrupt

From March of 2015 to March  2016

Sales of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan plummeted a stunning 68%

FCA's Chrysler brand fell 13%

Fiat sales declined 24%


Jeep brand posted a sales gain of 15%

Four Jeep models, the Cherokee, Compass, Wrangler and Renegade, posted their best March sales month ever.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Maytag toy racer from 1935. Powered by the washing machines hit and miss 2 stroke engine, this was a promotional kids go cart made in Newton Iowa from 1934 to 41

about 30 of the 500 made still survive,

Thunderbird Jr was featured in Pee Wee's Big Holiday, that kind of promotional exposure is a great boost to a small company like Jr Central Promotional Cars

Mrs Thunderbird herself, Lois Eminger in a dusk rose 1957 Thunderbird JR named Pink Petunia sitting next to her Pink Lady full size 57 Tbird at an early Thunderbird club meet.

Lois Eminger worked for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, and eventually retired after many years of service to the company. She had earned the nickname of "Mrs. Thunderbird" among Ford employees, and for good reason. She was the lady given the task of communicating with Thunderbird owners who corresponded with Ford about their cars, especially if it were an older model that was no longer covered by a warranty.

She was instrumental in convincing Ford to produce a run of desperately needed T-Bird sheet metal. After a decade of negotiation, Ford resurrected the original dies and authorized the Budd Co. to produce a limited run of sheet metal parts in 1972/73. She worked with CTCI to get the sheet metal project done, and she worked with TARTC to get the build sheets saved and cataloged.

While employed at Ford Motor Company, Eminger discovered that original invoice copies were being destroyed when no longer needed. These invoices are actually the #2 sales copy, and were one part of the multi-part form that also produced the window sticker that appeared on new car windows. Eminger felt this information might be of importance to people down the road, so she asked for permission to save these copies for future reference, and permission was granted by Ford for her to do so.

People who requested invoice copies or other information often received a hand written note from Lois as well, which shows what a true enthusiast she was. She was reportedly thrilled to receive an invoice request and discover it was for a particularly rare car, and was happy to know that it had survived and was in the hands of someone who was caring for it.

The exact accounting of how Lois Eminger came to save all these invoices was told by Eminger herself in the 1990s: In 1967, Lois worked in the Legal Department at Ford, and needed to research a particular 1955 Thunderbird. When she asked the people in archiving for the invoice, she was told that they were all thrown away after 10 years, which of course meant that the information she needed had been destroyed two years earlier. Concerned about this newly revealed information, she asked Ford management for permission to have the archive send her all invoices instead of destroying them. She received the OK, and from that point forward the original invoice copies were sent to her. When one considers the monumental task of storing all these invoices over the years, it's apparent Eminger's dedication to the classic Ford hobby was very strong.

Thanks to Steve! I've never heard of her, but, Steve knows a ton of stuff about the car world I've never heard of, and he's a researching machine

the new Chrysler Pacifica is replacing the Town and Country van. It's a bit of an improvement in many ways, but it also has a cool little homage to the vans that started the whole mini van explosion

The Caravan and Voyager, and the Town and Country. Not sure what the 4th one is. Maybe these are just the evolution of the Chrysler Mini Vans.

the umbrella holder is kinda cute too

I just enjoy listening to an old Harley putter... so skip the self promoting guy, and the first 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and this 104 year old Harley Davidson lights off quite smoothly

Before and after low budget cleaned, primed, sanded, painted and minimized engine bay Rebel

Moved the battery somewhere else, and removed the AC and windshield wiper fluid tank too

Royal Enfield

Worlds oldest motorcycle manufacturer in constant production. When they went out of business in England, Siddhartha Lal kept them making motorcycles in India, where they now sell 95% of their bikes, and only 5% is exported

the last successful car manufacturer to start from scratch in the USA

Lincoln, 1920

Wow. All those since aren't still in business, or, haven't been profitably successful, according to Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, Jan 2016 issue

Jeep and Chrysler went bankrupt too many times to call them successful, Checker is dead, Saturn was a falling star, briefly brilliant and then flickered out. AMC went bust. International Harvester sorta hung in there a little while, and most of the semi truck makers sold out or merged. Their nameplates remain, but they have no independent identity and soul. 

the cars you can buy for less than the sales tax on a Ferrari

think about that.

Just about any car under $30,000


the X6 weighs 5202, the M3 weighs 3613
the X6... ridicuolously, is faster 0 to 60, stops in less distance, and has a better skidpad

How does BMW now get better results from their cars?

Magazine Car and Driver had this great piece of writing to summarize this absurdly overweight SUV - "BMW didn't just teach an elephant to dance; the company also strapped roller skates to it's feet and mounted JATO rockets to it's ass"

the Woods Town Car, the ultimate undriven car, the last unrestored Duesenberg to be with its original owner's family, and the ultimate Duesie barn find. Also known as the NYC parking garage Duesie barnfind Leno found that couldn't get out of the building

Fred Roe, who wrote the definitive book Duesenberg, the Pursuit of Perfection, photographed Leno's car covered in dust in the corner where he found it. "Wood made cars from 1904 to 1930, but in very limited numbers," says Roe, a sprightly 86-year-old. "Their main business was building bodies for commercial cars and trucks, so their car bodies came from contacts with store owners."

Leno says he paid a fair price for his car, considering it will cost $200,000 to restore. He shipped it to Ema in California, and was thrilled by the expert's condition report.

Chassis # 2467 - engine #J-418L, the only Duesenberg known to be bodied by Woods, was purchased new at the 1931 New York Auto Show by a New York department store owner.

"The car has covered 7,085 miles," says Ema. "It's the last original-owner, original-condition Duesenberg to be found. There's one other in the original family's hands, but it's been reupholstered."

It was parked in a New York City garage in 1933 by the wealthy owner who didn't like it. Leno heard about it and decided to track it down one day while his wife went shopping.

"I figured it was one of those rumors I heard when I was a kid, like the $300 Corvette somebody died in and they couldn't get the smell out, or the Hemi Road Runner where the guy went to Vietnam and never came back," he says.

"I hit about 16 parking garages and asked if they had any old cars upstairs. Then I found this Duesenberg sitting next to a 1932 Rolls-Royce. It was a situation where a great deal of money was owed for parking. The guy was wealthy but wouldn't pay the parking, a lien sale ensued, and I got the car," he recalls.

What Leno bought was the only Duesenberg bodied by F.R. Wood and Sons, a small New York body shop. It's a square, formal Town Sedan, most of which were converted over the years to more valuable open cars.

Leno says he paid a fair price for his car, considering it will cost $200,000 to restore. He shipped it to Ema in California, and was thrilled by the expert's condition report.

Duesenberg's New York service department maintained the Woods car until 1937, then it sat until the owner's son inherited it in 1953 and got it running. "He went to a classic car meet, but he didn't like them, so he took it home and parked it," said Ema.

Leno has been quoted as saying it was stuck on the second floor of the garage because the elevator had been remodeled and it was now too long to fit. "No, that's not true," he admits. "I exaggerated so people would think it would have to be dismantled. Hey, it chased people away for ten years."

Known in their day for their high quality commercial delivery vehicles, Frederick R Wood and Sons built the world’s first electric ambulance in 1899. They occasionally built a one-off limousine or town car for one of their commercial body customers and are known to have built on Crane-Simplex, Duesenberg, Mercedes, Panhard, Rolls-Royce and Thomas-Flyer chassis.

Although they shared the same surname, Frederick R. Wood was not directly related to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Frederick Wood, a principal of the famous Bridgeport and Manhattan carriagebuilding house of Wood Bros. that operated a number of large warerooms along Broadway from the late 1840s into the early 1880s.