Saturday, February 25, 2017

Might be a real Ed Roth trike body, but, how would you ever prove it

I did come across some cool things at the swap meet (which really has very little car related stuff anymore)

This was the coolest home made trophy idea I've seen in a long time. But back to what I was saying about what used to be a good swap meet, it's total garage sale now. More 33 rpm lp records than I've seen in one place that wasn't a record store, more old vcr tapes than I've seen since Blockbuster closed down, more clothes racks, and rusted out junk.

yup, way back in the 30s the cars would get flats a lot, and just using the engines exhaust to pump it up actually worked. An adapter for the spark plug hole in the head, to a hose, to the tire valve.

Problems? Yeah, gasoline was put into that tire, so... not good.

I've never seen a "Firestone" radio before

Fatman steering would swing out of the way so you could get in and out of the car. For a couple different examples of these aftermarket advances in steering wheels, see

I know it's odd, but this high chair has wheels, and converts to a stroller

and this one converts too, to a chair and table

And it has wheels too.

Pretend for a moment that you're not wondering if I lost my mind to post kids high chairs, and ask why no one makes these anymore. Why aren't any good pieces of furniture made of real wood produced in the USA anymore? Kids strollers and high chairs are just plastic ( Evenflo, Cosco, and Graco ) just with warning labels now, nothing as cool as these multi use high chairs.

nice '62 Western Flyer

When is the last time you saw a 60s 6 wheeler? Looks like an Amphicat

neat (sort of) goose neck trailer, looks like a recent build

Some sort of mish mash of a VW van and an aluminum rv trailer

First time I ever noticed that a Crosely had the rims bolted on, instead of using lug nuts

I was at the (former) swap meet in San Diego today, and it's a hell of a flea market. I did find these heads and valve covers though

Guy Martin and the Britten

and I haven't read anywhere what made the Britten so pioneering, but this follwoing video does a great description

if a rim broke on me, I'd use it to bludgeon the manufacturer's factory engineer, then the manufacturing manager.

These were not the result of a crash, these were the cause of crashes

I believe the source link (below) says that they were both from single swing arm bikes

Friday, February 24, 2017

JC Leyendecker

eye candy wall hanging

building a model A from scratch, and it's a photo tutorial to make it clear, that it's a lot more work than you'd think. But take a look at just what it took to build the rims from start to finish

What the unbelieveable hell, Tonya Harding has a Bonneville speed record.

On August 12, 2010, Harding set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph driving a 1931 Ford Model A, named Lickity-Split, on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

On Monday, Tonya did a qualifying run, of 79.1 mph. On Tuesday, she did a second run, at 83.618 mph, establishing a record of 81.37 mph, from the two runs. She is the first person to drive a 1931 vintage gas coup on the Salt Flats, to establish a land speed record. Also, this is the first time that a vintage gas coup has competed at a SCTA-BNI sanctioned event.

 The car, named Lickety-Split, is owned by Yacolt WA resident Pete Richardson. It's a 1931, stock body Model A coup, powered by a 1932 4 cylinder flathead, with few modifications.

Pete Richardson purchased Lickety-Split, a full-bodied 1931 Model A Coupe after his wife passed away around 2003. Richardson, who is 82, heads toBonneville with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.

In addition to Tamra and Shane, the crew has also included friend Tonya Harding. The team has worked together to set several world land speed records in the vintage gas couple class. Harding, who previously set the flat head with supercharger record at 97.1 mph, has moved to eastern Oregon
Richardson, who turned 79 on Sept. 10, headed to this year’s event with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.

if you're too young to know why Tonya Harding at Bonneville blows my mind, or you've never heard of her, here's the scoop

Ernest Montaut died at the young age of 31. Prints continued to be produced after his death by his wife Marguerite Montaut.

Ernest Montaut could easily be considered the father of ‘motor speed’ and Mecanic Art. He has invented numerous artistic techniques, such as speed lines and the deliberate distortion of perspective through bending and foreshortening of the image, to capture speed and create the impression of movement in his paintings. Some of his techniques are still used by contemporary artists today.

Robert Dunlop, did someone put a hit on him? 1998 3rd start of the Northwest 200 125cc class

Number 4, Dunlop, has space all around him, and 22 (David Lemon) hits him hard on the elbow from behind.  You can see there is plenty of room to HIS right side for 22 to pass without contacting him, even in the following snap shots

here you see his arm being straightened out

causing him to crash, and nearly killing him.

Was there a hit on him? Taking out the most likely winner is the easiest way to win.

Think I'm nuts? Tonya Harding had Nancy Kerrigan kneecapped. That's only 1 simple and clear example of a loser taking out a winner. Then in 2008 his engine seized and killed him. Now, for someone that had been racing and working on his own engines for 30 some years, what is the likelyhood that his engine would not be built right, and ready to race at it's best, vs, what's the chances that the same people who (in my theory) had a price on his head got someone to make a carb adjustment so it ran lean, overheated, and seized?

The Mirror (London, England) Date: May 18, 1998
Dunlop was leading the 125 class on all three occasions when it was halted. He came to grief at University Corner where David Lemon collided with him. Robert could be out of action from four to six weeks.

Last year in his TT comeback following a smash in 1994 he was third in the 125 class. On Saturday he was returning to the North West for the first time in four years.

get the full race up to that point, in the next video, the crash is at the 5:20, and you'll see that the whole field knew Robert Dunlop was going to win it, by this point in the 1st two starts he was in 1st place, just like this 3rd start of the race.

2 weeks later he won his class (ultra lightweight) at the Isle of Man TT, despite this crash, and the many crashes and wrecks before that which nearly killed him

I'm convinced Lemon targeted him, you judge for yourself. Why am I making an issue of this 19 year old race? Well, wouldn't you call this, if you saw it, regardless of how long it's been? Why not? If you suddenly learned who Jack the Ripper was, wouldn't you say so?

Hats off to Robert, he survived a brutal lot of crashes, and a rim that tore itself apart and nearly wiped him out. He didn't quit. He came back, and effing won.

Then in 2008 his engine seized at 170 mph. He died. Was his engine tampered with to run lean? Or to run out of oil? It was a very smokey start to the race for his exhaust. And in 1994, he rear rim broke from the hub.  I seriously doubt he used anything but the best rims, and for one to fail is rare

at the 31 second mark

Maybe I'm suspicious for no reason, and all 3 infinitely impossibly unlikely fatal things were circumstantial. Yeah, right. And the Kennedys were not jinxed.