Friday, February 16, 2018

figuring out where to fab headers for his dual quad 427 SOHC cammer ... in a 57 T-Bird

a 71 Barracuda, with a 275 hp 340 cu in for drivers ed? Party on

This enterprising soul has taken the Buick nautical connection to new heights. He's added a flying bridge to the car. Also note the flag and bow railing.

the Italien, a fastback 62-3 T-Bird concept car




The Italien was a featured in Ford's 1962-63 "Custom Car Caravan" and the 1964 New York Worlds Fair's "Cavalcade of Custom Cars" then appeared in Autoramas throughout the United States such as Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and more.

 The Italien was featured in 14+ magazines in 1963 and 1964 such as "Motor Trend", "Hot Rod", "Car Life", "Motorcade", "Speed and Custom" and others.

 Dale Robertson, tv star on a cowboy show, fell in love with it, and wanted it. Since the only contact information was the placard from Dearborn Steel Tubing in the car, Robertson contacted them.

He offered DST $10,000.00 for the car and then DST went to work trying to convince Ford to sell them the car rather than scrap it. They were successful and as you learned earlier, they purchased the Italien from Ford for $5,000.00 and immediately sold it to Robertson for $10,000.00.

All in all, DST did well, they got paid $11,000.00 from Ford to build it and then picked up another $5,000.00 when they sold it to Robertson. Robertson drove the Italien regularly around the Los Angeles area and one enthusiast remembers spotting it on the highway and following it only to lose it in the hills of Hollywood.

Circa 1965, Robertson let his secretary take the Italien on an errand and she rear ended another car.



It was restored and sold at auction in 2008 for 660,000


The Thunderbird Italien was a styling study from Ford's own Thunderbird styling department and was designed by Fords own Thunderbird Stylists who actually built the plywood buck over which they sculpted the clay model of the roof in their own studio and then gave the car to DST where Vince Gardner made the one piece plaster cast over the clay from which he made the fiberglass roof and deck lid.


http://www.reocities.com/tpls63/italien/Conception.html
https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1963-FORD-THUNDERBIRD-FASTBACK-ITALIEN-CONCEPT-CAR-60571
http://www.fordinsidenews.com/forums/48-vintage-ford-discussion/3104-ford-t-bird-italien-concept.html

a Nudie Cohn made Pontiac was used in a Kid Rock video, and on the cover of his album... it was a Roy Rogers car

the Buick Wells Fargo, a 1958 Buick Limited which was given to Dale Robertson of the show Wells Fargo Days and was his personal car.







Built from a Limited convertible and given to actor Dale Robertson, the star of the Buick-sponsored television show, Tales of Wells Fargo (broadcast on NBC affiliates from 1957-1962).

This car was on the show circuit, such as the 1958 Chicago Auto Show, and among the custom features added by GM to the car were special bucket seats and door panels upholstered in Danish calfskin with western-motif leather inserts, Jersey hide carpeting for the floors and lower door panels, a console between the seats which served as a gun rack containing two Winchester rifles, and leather holsters on the door panels holding pearl-handled .38 Colt pistols

A collector bought it in the 90s, and flipped it, and when the bidding for the Wells Fargo stalled, the auctioneer knowing Robertson was in the audience asked him to come to the stage and talk about the unique car. Soon afterwards the bids doubled, and the car sold for 61k

it was then flipped again, but without the star, the car went for non-star power money 31k.








Western themed cars seem to be quite a thing, and a couple you my not have heard of are the '58 Caballero built for Bill Mitchell, or a '50 Roadmaster convertible built for Harlow Curtice  and then, of course, there's the long-lost '59 "Texan" -- the Western-themed Invicta Estate Wagon that provided the pattern for the '60 Invicta Custom Estate Wagon.

Oh, and the Harold's Club Buick I posted last week http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-reno-harolds-club-1949-silver.html

http://www.overdrive.fi/forum/threads/vanhoja-valokuvia-ameriikan-raitilta.267070/page-864#post-3216753
http://carsofgm.blogspot.com/2014/11/1958-buick-wells-fargo-text-by-david-w.html
http://robertmead.blogspot.com/2011/05/wells-fargo-buick.html
http://www.1958buickforum.net/webpage/WellsFargoLimited.htm
http://forums.aaca.org/topic/251651-1958-buick-wells-fargo-at-amelia-island-concours-delegance-march-13-15/
http://www.sunstarmodelcars.com/4821/4821.htm

Great Northwest Log Haul 1988


In a sign of solidarity by loggers, more than 300 logging trucks rolled into Darby, Mont., in May 1988 to deliver about 1 million board feet of logs. Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of harassing legal actions against the Forest Service by environmental groups forced the Service to cancel its sales of timber, causing the nearly complete collapse of the industry. One by one, mills closed their doors.

A bunch of logging companies and sawmills were donating these, and the logging trucks were on their way to donate all the logs to keep Darby Lumber running.

The truck count into Darby was 303. Organizers expected about 220 logging trucks would take part in the Great Northwest Log Haul when it started rolling out of Libby headed for the wood-strapped Darby Lumber Co. The convoy stretched for 15 miles. It provided enough logs to keep the mill running about three weeks.

Organizers of the Great Northwest Log Haul claimed the Darby mill was shut down because of excessive environmentalist challenges to Forest Service timber sales.

Hoyt Axton was the entertainment that night. Darby Lumber paid for the logs, the logs were whatever loads anyone could come up with. Kids were let out of school and Paul Harvey talked about it on his radio show. High schoolers volunteered to wash the rigs

http://www.montanaoutdoor.com/2017/01/great-northwest-log-haul/
https://www.csmonitor.com/1988/0627/alog.html
https://www.facebook.com/133063052837/photos/a.388141957837.168625.133063052837/10153839733922838/?type=3

This log haul was organized by sawmill co-owner James Hurst

Years later, he hit on a plan for hauling several truckloads of shovels to Elko, Nev., to protest U.S. Forest Service road closings, it was called the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade.

He had heard of a situation in Elko County, Nev., where the Forest Service was refusing to repair a public road in Inyo-Humboldt National Forest, near the minute town of Jarbidge, and indeed had even blocked access with boulders and debris.

Residents of the county were outraged and tried to open it, only to be blocked by court action.

When Hurst learned that the people had tried to open that road with shovels, but were stopped - that what was going on there was what was going on in Eureka he contacted the county commissioners in Elko and offered to bring a few shovels as a symbolic gesture.

He ended up bringing over 11,000 that people had donated. He called them Shovels for Solidarity. Some were used that July 4 to open the road in Jarbidge Canyon.

“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” says Mike Nannini, one of the four and a truck stop owner from Wells, Nev. “We intend to do everything we can to help call attention to the need to revise federal forest policies.”

Nannini credits Hurst with making it possible for the county to reclaim the Jarbidge Canyon road.

“We got our road back,” he says, “But had it not been for Jim Hurst and his Shovels for Solidarity and the national attention we received, the Forest Service would have never backed down. The road would still be closed.”

Four of Elko County’s five commissioners are expected in Eureka, bringing with them 500 shovels, plus the 13-foot-high shovel — embellished with the names of 9,000 sympathizers — that has stood upright in front of the courthouse in the city of Elko since erected last year.

http://www.wnd.com/2001/05/9278/
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/darby-s-rises-and-falls-seen-in-the-lives-of/article_9af20c24-0239-5c12-88c6-1d0239c2274a.html
http://www.overdrive.fi/forum/threads/vanhoja-valokuvia-ameriikan-raitilta.267070/page-862#post-3216222

music videos do weird things, for mere moments, at big production costs, for little benefit and no explanation. Case in point:

shakedown lawsuit in progress... now that Seinfeld's "Comedians in cars"... is making ridiculous money, a guy is sueing, claiming to have invented the idea, and that Seinfeld stole it.

Notice, he never made a peep until 7 years of non-money making episodes were over, and Netflix picked it up and it became a profit maker

http://www.thedrive.com/news/18523/lawsuit-claims-jerry-seinfeld-stole-idea-for-comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee

(funniest thing you'll see today) Oh Kharma, thou art a hilarious bitch (turn down your volume though, the woman recording this circus act of road rage is loud and annoying as hell while narrating)



If I were the guy in the Bimmer I would have then pulled up and over, and taunted the rolled over truck guy.

Seriously, I'm not above that childish behavior, and in this instance... well, it was attempted vehicular homicide, so... you're justified in taunting someone who has just tried to maim or kill you with their SUV. Moon them. Waggle your bird at them, piss on their windshield, you'll get a pass from me on it all.


CHP arrived and the Ford was still on it's side in the center median. Andrew Carson Branch, 23, of Escondido, was the driver of the Ford Escape, and in addition to rolling his suv, he now is arrested and booked for felony assault

The BMW of 33 yr old Kevin McCall will be charged with misdemeanor leaving the scene, and probably inciting, and assault with bodily fluids, and maybe even traffic charges of stopping on a freeway and obstructing traffic.

But really, he's going to pay a fine, frame the tickets, and get this video on loop in a display case.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Drivers-Charged-in-SR-78-Road-Rage-Caught-on-Video-CHP--474317673.html

I don't recall seeing the Shelby American Cobra dealership before

Baldwin Motion's Fantastic Five

airplane art from a variety of printed materials



they didn't even have cabs to get out of the wind and snow... I think they are hauling snow

the cleaning bill is going to be a big one

too bizarre to make this up

A driver of a street sweeper fled the scene after the vehicle caused two construction workers to fall into a trench just after midnight.

Police said one worker suffered a broken rib and another suffered a broken hand when they were swept up by a water hose that was moved by the street sweeper.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to the construction site to get the workers out of the trench.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/2-Hurt-in-Bizarre-Street-Sweeper-Hit-and-Run-Collision-474286063.html

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I've never seen whitewalls on a tractor before.


and that Nash is on the far right side of the photo

Castle Air Force Base, CA. 1963

http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/327-1-1-car-threads/364605-madison-avenue-main-street-19.html

wow, when your parents drive a 63 split window Vette, and give you a go cart? That's the American dream for a 6 year old!

GM labels a fuse the "non walk home" ... I am good with that. Hell no, I applaud that! Let a car owner appreciate the honest priority that fuse has to the usefulness of their car!

every now and then some dumbass talks shit before having a damn clue. Now and then, they have to eat crow


yes, it's petty to throw it in this guys face, but her really isn't a pleasant person to begin with. 


and I wasn't being an ass. He come out of no where with nothing relevant to a discussion in progress just to add drama where it wasn't requested.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/996045710517424/permalink/1453469314775059/

as true today as in the 60s

The other El Camino, no, not the Caballero, the other other El Camino, the GMC Sprint


and since someone will ask, what the hell are you talking about, the Caballero was a station wagon... well, the other Caballero http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2006/11/pickup-type-cars-like-ranchero.html and this http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2007/05/gmc-cabellaro.html but if your that other person say, what the hell station wagon Caballero are you talking about? then look at this http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2012/10/buick-cabellaro.html and this http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2008/05/58-buick-caballero-most-extensively.html

How to get rid of mosquitos and Prius owners

this is probably back in the 70's, so, why didn't Ford, Chevy or Dodge do this? They do it now

1971 Neptune Mighty Mite 500, Unused, still in original box, never had the gas cap on it. Somehow made it back to the distributor where it sat in warehouse for 45 years until they went under in 2016

Some cool designs showing how Walt Disney himself went in a variety of directions towards public service announcements that the Disney Corp board of directors wouldn't even dare consider for fear of offending stockholders



From Pinterest 

1950 Nash at the 456th Change of Command at Castle Air Force Base, CA. 1963, with the jolly humor that most military squadrons, platoons, commands have had for silly things like the group's informal car



The "two star" flags on the Rambler Command Staff Car are misleading, as it's actually carrying the departing, and incoming Lieutenant Colonels.

The "El Jefe" (The Boss) decals on the front fenders hint to the tongue in cheek spirit in which the car was decorated by the squadron members…

The story goes, that it was originally fit with an F-106 pitot tube and mast. Which despite sporting a "remove before flight" tag was removed at request of Air Police, who deemed the needle a pedestrian hazard

http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/327-1-1-car-threads/364605-madison-avenue-main-street-19.html
https://picssr.com/photos/133451850@N04/interesting/page6?nsid=133451850@N04

The images are terribly distorted because the only source of them on the internet I can find does not have the images. Google shows them as being on the Hobbytalk.com forum, but the images don't show up there, just the thumbnails in google