Wednesday, April 25, 2018

original owner 1968 Barracuda 340-S on a forgottten side street, rusting away while the "for sale" sign has fallen inside the car where no one would be able to read the phone number anyway

Still has the original hub caps, and factory exhaust tips. Those tires look pretty old too. 

things I did not know, and proof that there are always things to learn

NASCAR will start requiring teams to use nitrogen in the NASCAR-issued pit guns starting this weekend at Talladega.

The air wrenches are designed to be driven by nitrogen, but there were a few teams using gases other than nitrogen, likely looking to gain an advantage. Bob Pockrass, NASCAR

How can using a different compressed  gas, like CO2, or even compressed air (regular atmosphere) change the results of how an impact gun tightens or loosens a lug nut?

Isn't the pressure the deciding factor? Not the atomic structure of the gas under pressure? Like, how could Argon do the job any different than Nitrogen?

Reading the article about it it seems that most of the issue is really about the high tech guns that the best funded teams have been using, which get the job done faster... and Nascar decided that had to stop, now they all get the same impact guns, which may not be working if the last guys to use them, from whatever team had them issued, dropped them a lot.

Figure, if they damage an impact gun, it most likely will mean their competition has to deal with a broken impact, not them.

David Ragan, of the smaller Front Row Motorsports, believes the pit gun mandate has enabled his team to better compete with the higher-funded teams like Joe Gibbs Racing.

"Last year, there was no chance we could average in the top-10 or 12 in pit stops over a weekend, because our equipment was inferior compared to the Joe Gibbs Racing teams, maybe the Penske teams and Hendrick Motorsports teams, because they had special components, parts, and pieces in their air guns and maybe even jacks that allowed them to do it faster and more efficiently,” Ragan said in an interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Dang, this is a new perspective on why to enjoy life

When cops decide they have to go undercover to do their jobs... I wonder how many drug dealers they are catching, murderers they're arresting, or are they going to this far extreme just to catch drivers speeding?

the 1st Superbird clone, was made in 1976

Leonia New Jersey, 2 miles west of the George Washington Bridge, has a population just over 9,000, and it made headlines when it shut off 60 of its public roads during rush hour to non-local drivers.

Navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze have made rerouted traffic unbearable to residential neighborhoods, as thousands of city-bound motorists are now being rerouted each day through side streets as a turnpike shortcut for commuters into New York City from New Jersey.

“We've have had days when people can’t get out of their driveways,” Leonia’s police chief told The New York Times.

Just days after, Leonia police began issuing $200 fines to non-local drivers. The nearby town of Weehawken followed that enforcement tact, enacting rush-hour restrictions on a specific right turn in an effort to ease traffic to and from the Lincoln Tunnel.

Other small towns across the country have floated similar complaints about diverted drivers taking over local streets—a growing backlash against the so-called ‘Waze Craze.’

But the Leonia ordinance might be the most dramatic example of a town taking drastic measures to combat the effects of a disruptive mobility technology. It raises a host of thorny questions about the responsibilities of private companies when they impact public space, and how government can, and should, respond.

The ban’s effect on local small businesses? Revenue drops as high as 40 percent. In February, several shop owners marched on the mayor’s office to protest the road laws.

putting your legs in front of the steering... I don't want to try that

1980 junior Velocino

In 1933, Ernesto Pettazzoni, an engineer from Bologna, Italy, applied for a British patent for his ultra=short-wheelbase semi-recumbent machine, the Velocino. It represented a wheelchair chopped in half, with the seat over the normal-sized rear wheel. The tiny front wheel was about 10 inches in diameter. The handlebar was reversible, giving the option of under-seat steering. Mussolini is said to have commissioned the Velocino as a compact, easily stored urban vehicle. The project attracted a lot of attention but was canceled after Italy entered Word War II.

– Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History, by Tony Hadland, Hans-Erhard Lessing, Nick Clayton, Gary W. Sanderson

1940 Tribike tricycle.... what in the world did it need a 4th tire for? Well, pretend it's a 2 wheeler with training wheels and it changes everything

As the Tribike has an original transfer (decal) on the rear that says ‘Dionne Quins Tribike’ it would appear that the company supplied the Dionne Quintuplets with these tricycles.

The Dionne Quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, were the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. The identical sisters were born in Canada, just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil. All five survived to adulthood.

The Dionne girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made Wards of the King for the next nine years under the Dionne Quintuplets’ Guardianship Act, 1935. This was a very poor area of Canada, and the government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario.

The Dionne girls starred in three feature films, which were essentially fictionalised versions of their story.

In November 1943, the Dionne parents won back custody of the sisters, but their home life was far from happy. The quintuplets left the family home upon turning 18 years old in 1952 and had little contact with their parents afterwards. Three went on to marry and have children: Marie had two daughters, Annette three sons, and Cécile five children, including one who died in infancy and twins Bruno and Bertrand. Émilie devoted her brief life to becoming a nun. Yvonne finished nursing school before turning to sculpting, then later becoming a librarian.

In 1998, the sisters reached a $2.8 million settlement with the Ontario government as compensation for their exploitation.

Well, ok... allright, how come I've never seen a flexy racer before? Did too many kids crash heading downhill with bad brakes?

1927 Garton Badger with a sidecar.... only kids threewheeler I've ever seen with a sidecar

1949 American Metalcraft streamlined Autowagon (Thanks Robert!)

Kim is heading across country on his MZ with a PAV trailer, from Los Angeles heading east to Quebec, then new York, via Colorado and Chicago

and he's blogging about it along the way...

the blog has gotten started already, but the bike is still stuck in transit from Denmark, and the shipping company has promised to deliver it a couple times already, and failed.

Very sharp and prepared for trouble, he shipped a 2nd bike to Colorado, which will be a back up in case of big problems, and maybe get used for a run up Pikes Peak

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Barnfind Buick

early advertising without the advantages of a sign painter... looked lousy to say the least

But it's a good intro image to let you know that I came across a Tumblr focused on 1901 to 1916 brass era vehicles and motorcycles that I'll be exploring soon

Columbia record run - Chicago to New York, 1904. 58 hrs & 45 minutes.

so, why build a motorcycle no one can ride? A robot bike that exists to see if it can race faster alone, than a bike racer can on a track amid competitors?

1st thing that came to mind... was it the machine gun robot cycles in Terminator? 

Click on the highest resolution, select full screen, and enjoy the view

Let me start the slow clap of admiration for the truckers... More than a dozen lined up beneath an overpass to help police try to prevent a suicide.

Michigan State  troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man standing on an overpass above Interstate 696. As officers routed traffic away, they directed truckers to drive into positions to shorten the fall if the man jumped.

Thirteen trucks lined the freeway as police dealt with the man. The incident lasted about four hours until he walked off to waiting officers and to seek medical help.