Sunday, May 28, 2017

odd invention, the No-Skid Tire Belt

Genemotor, built by GE

from the above it seems that GE made a car. I say that because they are displaying a car, not the generator.  From the below, it seems like it's actually the generator, predecessor to the alternator

as a yooper I'm surprised to learn that there was a truck making company in the upper peninsula of Michigan

wow, how about this, the original pay at the pump!

WOW, a spare tire method of quickly getting back to driving I've never heard of before

how about this, indication of the beginning of the gas stations getting their tanks underground

Presto lighter

Larrabee Deyo trucking company, whatever happened to them? Anyone ever heard of them?

“The fame of Binghamton is being carried to the far corners of the Earth by its products, and especially by the motor trucks which are made here.”

In 1919, this quote appeared in The Binghamton Press with an announcement that the Larrabee-Deyo Motor Truck Co. had received large orders from New Zealand and Sweden. Business was booming for this local manufacturer, and with their trucks, “Made in Binghamton” was being heard around the world.

The new company grew out of two successful Binghamton manufacturing concerns. Sturtevant-Larrabee had a reputation for manufacturing high-quality horse-drawn wagons, carriages and sleighs since the 1870s. The Deyo-Macey Engine Co. built gasoline engines in a plant on Washington Street. Now, with H.C. Larrabee as president and R.H. Deyo vice president and general manager, the new company was advertised as having “the advantage of the services of men experienced in both the construction of gas engines and in carriage building.”

In 1923, nationally known cartoonist Johnny Gruelle came to town. The creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy characters, and the comic strip “Yapp’s Crossing,” Gruelle was in Binghamton to take delivery of a custom Larrabee Speed Six Wagon “Coach De Lux.” Outfitted with seats that converted into bunks, mahogany cupboards, window curtains and a short-wave radio, it would serve as a house on wheels for Gruelle and his family as they embarked on a highly publicized cross-country adventure.

Following a large order in 1925 to produce Majestic taxicabs for New York City, sales steadily declined. Production of trucks continued, but the company was losing money.

The great depression killed it.

It seems that only a few guys still love them, Roger Luther is one, and he has a website  , and a collection of Larrabees

Local moving and storage company owner James Kocak has a large collection of company memorabilia, as well as several trucks, including a 1923 fire truck. “My grandfather always had Larrabee trucks on his farm,” Kocak said. “As a boy, my father used to ride along as he picked up milk from farms and delivered it to Crowley’s.”

A restored fire truck now sits in a garage of the Binghamton Fire Department. Originally purchased in 1929, it was finally retired in the mid-1960s. Later owned and restored by Jim VanHart, it was eventually donated by the VanHart family back to the fire department.

a winch by any other name - the Never Stuck Auto Puller!

old ads from 1916

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nascar inspired 1960 Starliner build... every car looks better with 60s racing numbers and a sponsor down the quarter panels

Ryan’s Starliner started off as an unfinished project, he swapped out the tired old 325 for a 390 sporting 3 Rochester 2 barrels. Replacing the engine was just the start of this primarily mechanical restoration as Ryan added air ride suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes, custom side pipe exhaust that runs through the frame, new wheels and tires and a floor mounted shifter. The interior looks mostly original as he left the bench seat and didn’t install a roll cage. He did, however, make some of the neatest door panels around.

Thanks Lucian!

Amelia Earhart & Lockheed, Southern California, 1932

1925 publicity shot for Felix Chevrolet

1958 at the Terminal Island scrapyard where Los Angeles Transit Lines (and in this shot, Southern Pacific) units go to die an inglorious death

Rubaiyat of a motor tourist

Motor Age magazine, June 22, 1916

Maytag made a tractor with a highly articulated steering

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bob wrote a great article about tools in the Model T forum on Facebook, and mentioned he has inherited tools from his dad, who was given them by his grand dad... that is so cool!

(and here is what he wrote:)
What Dad Taught Me About Lending and Borrowing Tools

The loan of a tool is a sacred, holy thing, especially when it involves that kind of rare, extremely hard-to-replace, vintage implement that does the job oh-so-much-better than anything manufactured in the last half-century (and you know the type I'm talking about; they're always rust-colored without actually being rusty). Man, that's an expression of trust!

I was brought up by a second-generation, Italian-American Dad in a paper paint hat, shoulder-strap undershirt and leather tool-belt. Grandpa wore the same uniform. Both made their livings as disciplined craftsmen and both treated their tools like a priest treats golden altar utensils. When he gave me my first bicycle, Dad, in ceremonial solemnity, withdrew from his tool cabinet, a satchel-grip of ancient hand tools—and with laser beam eye-contact, gave me permission to use them as I needed, explicitly conditional on their diligent care and return. One made certain to be careful with the tools Grandpa had handed down to Dad. Respect.

Well, Dad has been gone for a number of years and his tools are mine, now (and they sure as hell don't go in the plastic bucket with my Harbor Freight junk). Some of them have the Ford imprint, for Giuseppe and Conrad were Ford men; and when I reach for one of those wrenches to use on my Model T—

which is identical to the car in the sepia-tone photo of Dad and Uncle Lou, for they two went partners on a 1915 Touring just before the war—I get a feeling of heart-tugging nostalgia. I gaze at that tool in my hand and from the archives of my memory, a video is selected much the same way an old Wurlitzer juke box would extract a single record from a horizontal stack of 45’s. As it plays, there’s Dad looking not quite forty years old, and he smiles patiently as he tells Bobby, not yet Bob, "Before you screw on the nut, turn it backwards till you feel the click; THEN spin it on."

1915 Death Valley Dodge, and Grand Canyon Conquerer

Thanks to Steve for finding this article in Motor Age magazine, June 22, 1916

"Rocket" Bob Gullickson, 1966 - 2013., put in a wheelchair by a motorcycle accident, but built one of the fastest wheelchairs ever back in 2010

 Bob Gullickson's kind-of wheelchair resembles a high-tech go-cart more than a wheelchair, but both Gullickson and inventor Ky Michaelson agree that a standard wheelchair isn't safe for that kind of speed.

I can't find any info about him except this and his obit. If he ever did get this on the dragstrip, there isn't any mention of that escapade on the internet. His facebook account is closed.

In 2001 he entered the National Veteran's Wheelchair Games traveling to New York City and earning 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Pikes Peak, 1965 Ak Miller, Devin body with Ford Cobra 289, 1st in Sports Car Class

you can almost hear some 70s music from an 8 track and 6 by 9s.

Damn, you know what? Most kids would have no idea what a 6 by 9 is.

GM Silver Anniversary Show advertising.. very elegant. 1934. No corporation seem to advertise with this sort of elegant old classy style anymore

1948 Chevy woody

reamarkable how good the artist was at drawing the car... this comparison shows his good work on the proportions, and change in perspective as he went from the back to the front as he drew it, instead of sitting back and not moving, as the camera does, which makes the wheel base look smaller

Thanks Doug!

A 1986 Goodyear Eagle Formula One rear tyre with Speedline rim, raced used by Ayrton Senna during the 1986 F1 season when he drove for Lotus in the Lotus 98T.

Biggest mudslide in California history wipes out state Highway 1, also known as the beautiful coastal highway, near Big Sur

The mudslide the crashed on California State Route 1 on Saturday has resulted in $1 billion dollars in highway damage. The weekend slide buried parts of the coastal highway under a 40-foot layer of dirt and rock. Recent aerial shots from above show a massive mud dome that created a wide skirt over the road, down the cliff, and onto the shore below.

The mudslide is being billed as the biggest in recorded state history. "It's one of a kind," Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, told Associated Press. “We haven't been able to go up there and assess. It's still moving," Cruz said.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Burt's land speed record, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with his great nephew to recreate the historic run at Bonneville on August 13.

For the publicity attempt, Lee Munro will pilot a modern Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team in an effort to become the world's fastest modern Indian motorcycle.

 The attempt will not break Burt's record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling. Fueled by their own ambition to push beyond boundaries, Indian's team of engineers volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project "after hours."

The team will undergo several test runs in El Mirage, Calif. before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville.

Trump talked yesterday about the trade deficit with Germany, said he wants a 35% import tariff to force them to build BMW, etc in the USA instead of Mexico

"Look at the millions of cars they’re selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this,” Trump reportedly said of the Germans.

Here's the thing: the U.S. can't negotiate a deal with Germany alone. It has to deal with the entire EU, since Germany is a member state. Merkel reminded Trump of this when they met in March, noting that trade agreements with the U.S. have "not always been all that popular in Germany either."

While Trump's irritation over German car sales isn't new – Trump told a German newspaper earlier this year he wanted a 35% import tax on BMWs assembled in Mexico to encourage manufacturers to move to the US

the best un-restored example of a '68 Belvedere coupe just sold at auction, it was driven by the owner for a year before he died of cancer, his widow and son only drove it rarely after that until 1974 when it went to long term storage. 18k miles are all it ever covered

the usual things have been replaced, voltage regulator, water pump, gas tank, brake pads.

About a year after purchasing the car, Roland sadly died of cancer. The title was transferred to wife and son. It was driven very little after his passing but the journal mentions his son Joseph driving it to the hospital in Ann Arbor several times to visit his dad. From 1969-1974, it was stored every winter and pleasure driven only. From 1974 to July 24th, 2008, the car was kept in dry storage and the engine was turned over by hand.

In 2008 his wife passed away his son took the car out of the garage and into daylight with only 17,640 miles on the clock. Once Joseph got it home,  he worked to put it back on the road over the next few years by replacing the gas tank, rebuilding the carburetor, new brakes, re-coring the original radiator and installing a new water pump to make sure it would be reliable.