Wednesday, May 23, 2018

There seems to be a misconception about a shortage of 23 window VW buses... there won't be any shortage. Have you seen how many they're building replicas of, at Yumos?

Yumos VW, Semarang Indonesia has a crew of 30, and exports 90% of their finished vans. They make the vans from new parts, old 11 window vans, and a hell of a lot of work.

They take old Brazilian 10 windows, add a new aftermarket nose clip, etc etc is what I get from reading around the internet.

As best as Google can translate:

Yudi makes VW type Combi Brazil into VW type Dakota.

Brazilian combos are rarely glimpsed because the cost of re-assembling with a selling price is not comparable. The form is also considered less unique. Different eg with German Combi. Yudi prefers Brazilian Combi purchasing cost of Rp 20 million, Rp 60 million for the revamp cost. No buyer would pay that much for a Brazilian Combi.

"VW Brazil ngeding, I bought from the owner. His condition was ruined, there was no engine, only skeletal left. The concept of recycling is made into a dakota, "said the man who crossed the world overseas thanks to VW.

"I try to find a gap opportunities by making a basic clone. Take a Brazilian Combi that looks the same. Just change the front shape. Moreover Brazilian Combi population a lot, the condition is destroyed and the owners do not intend to fix it again, "said Yudi.

Watsh this video to get a quick tour around their shop

that's a tough truck, and a drunk driver appearantly

The Most Amazing Aeroplane in the World in 1919.

VW bug #3

I am very impressed with peoples innovative solutions to how to organize tools

1951 White moving van, with a crate 427 that was passed over on Ebay without a bid

in 1989 it was a magazine cover feature, but has fallen on bad times since. Now it's not running, brakes don't work, etc.

Thanks Case for the tip! 

rookie move, or rust. Either way, it's going to be a bad day

I hope this stupid bird doesn't have some crazy idea about nesting on this car

When your car insurance company told you that they were done being nice, and threw away the lube oil, they sent you this

Planning to buy a high-performance car?

It may cost you more than you figured. State Farm, like others automobile insurers, is increasing premiums on certain high-performance cars.
If you're thinking of purchasing one, we suggest you contact your State Farm agent before you buy.
He can tell you which cars are affected and by how much.
Policy holder information service, State Farm

David has one unusual street freak of a Dart

he doesn't have a photo of it, but there are two wings on the back... been there since 1971 he said.

We all know that a gasser look isn't everyone's cup o tea, and wings are rarely appreciated unless they are on a Super Bird, Daytona, or Hurst Olds... but I admire the moxie it takes to put them on and buck the trends. Making that car yours, and not some damn belly button look alike that's just ignored... that's ballsy. Good for David for letting it all hang out.

Dang, some people sure do have a lot of hemis

If you ever wonder if they are rare, then no. They are simply all sitting in someone's garage.

How do I say that with certainty? Well, look around. They sure as hell ain't driving anything with a hemi to work anymore. They've all been collected, or they've been sitting in museums. Sort of a shame, to desire a speed part so much that it won't get used ever again.

That's just ironic. Buying up hemis to take them off the road. In these 2 photos along you're looking at about 10 hemis without cars. Probably from either blowing the motors up, or wrecking the cars.

But, you aren't looking at 10 cars with hemis, ready to go out and play, have fun, and make smoky burnouts. Damn shame.

Top photo from in Pennsylvania. Bottom photo I took in the hills north of Honolulu back around 1992 or 3

most astounding true story I've heard all month, an R code dual quad 427 Fairlane XL500 was found, bought, sold, and then the son of the new owner contacted him to let him know it was for sale again... 35 years later which is fine, the car hadn't left a heated bodyshop since he sold it

Bought in 1982, for $750 minus the short block, but with the induction, exhaust, and trans.

Oh, and it's a bucket seat one of 72 built, by the way.

Sold it a year later for 10 grand, intake and exhaust were sold separatly.

The man who purchased the Fairlane “did a little bodywork” and put a 427 motor together. His interests changed, and the car sat in a body shop.

 The 427 Fairlane owner died in the summer of 2017.

“The son called me. The problem was the car had been in a body shop for 35 years.”

The body shop owner wanted $15,000 in storage fees. (that's $35 a month)

Jay negotiated $12,000 in storage fees, for storing the Fairlane inside his heated shop for 35 years. You can't beat that.

you can tell the hood is a factory original, the bottom of the X has a sectioned area to allow room for a Dual Quad air filter

Icon's new 1965 Jeep Wagoneer looks really good

Coolest thing you'll see all week (first video is better visually, but has stupid music recorded over it, 2nd video is race coverage, but bad visual resolution)

THIS is the moment Moto3 rider Jakub Kornfeil JUMPED over another bike during the FrenchGP.

Czech rider Kornfeil was racing for him KTM team in the fifth race of the season on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was fifth with just two laps remaining when Italian Enea Bastianini fell in front of him on a corner.

Kornfeil had barely a second to react and looked set to plow straight into Bastianini’s upturned Leopard Racing bike.

Instead he showed off some outrageous motocross skills when he unavoidably hit Bastianini’s bike after the Italian fell on the final corner with a lap to go.

The Czech rider was launched into the air, but spectacularly managed to land upright in the gravel and continue with the race!

As the video shows, the move left commentators and fans stunned

this is some surprising photography

Snap on does make a couple points with this dump truck on their tool cabinets exhibition in 2006

February 28, 2006, Kenosha, WI
 In a daring test of strength, Snap-on Tools Company placed a Peterbilt dump truck on six tool storage cabinets to demonstrate the durability of its storage units. The Snap-on® premium KRL extended cab system rolling units were outfitted with steel plates and wheel chocks to stabilize the weight of the Peterbilt dump truck, which was lifted on the cabinets with six heavy duty mobile lifts.

The KRL storage cabinets are built with double-wall construction, which uses two full-sized layers of high-quality "Class 1" heavy- duty steel to provide ultimate strength, durability and finish. Heavy-duty ball bearing drawer slides help drawers open smoothly and interchange easily, and the Snap-on® Lock N' Roll® system prevents drawers from drifting open during unit transport and non- slip liners keep stored tools in place.

They certainly are strong, they are built really well.

But tool cabinets don't need to hold up weight, not like this, they just need to slide drawers open when you are looking to get a tool. So, lets not get crazy.

most of you would have never heard of the Calder Thunderdome. It was at the time the only NASCAR oval in the southern hemisphere. During one race weekend in 1991 they rolled out four of those toolboxs and a crane lowered a Snap On truck onto them, a man in white overalls with the word Snap On in big red letters on the back then ran around and opened every draw of every toolbox, then ran around and closed them all. it was a very impressive demo of their strength

Calder Park Raceway is a motor racing circuit in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, it hosted the Goodyear 500

someone's been eating the lead paint

There is a Challenger give away drawing. Well, 2 Challengers, a new Hellcat, and a restored 1970 hemi 727 R/T... plus 45 thou USD to cover the taxes

promo code HR2018H and Hot Rod says it's free to enter the giveaway, and you don't have to donate. Looks like that's bullshit to me.

Enter before June 26 2018

The Berlin Buick made it into Hot Rod magazine

Thom wrote up the article, and John Jackson (Not Stock Photography) did his magic.

Last September we got a sneak peak of the photos from some other websites

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Walmart seems out to piss off the only people that deliver to it. That's a mighty bad idea. If truckers decided for one week to not make any runs with a Walmart destination, this bullshit would stop

Ever watch Charles Bronson in Mr Majestyk? Here's a scene Steve sent me of a Ford truck getting treated like it owes someone money

I never thought seeing the 3 biggest boobs in the Sports Illustrated 2018 swimsuit issue would make me laugh

see what I mean? I can't make up stuff like this. I can only make up the funny line to title the post

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company inspection engine, circa 1900.

today, the news reported the amazingly terrible driving record of that school bus driver responsible for injuring 43, and death of two, due to driving across the median of a New Jersey highway

The 77-year-old school bus driver involved in last week’s fatal New Jersey crash has had his driver’s license suspended 14 times, eight speeding tickets and one citation for an improper lane change.

Six of the suspensions were tied to unpaid parking violations, seven were for administrative and paperwork reasons and one was for driving while his license was suspended.

In addition to the deaths of 10-year-old Miranda Vargas and 51-year-old teacher Jennifer Williamson, there were 43 others injured in the crash of the school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and seven accompanying adults.

Other news reports that there is a video of the event,

The long yellow school bus comes into the video frame on the right, slowly making its way down the ramp to I-80 west from Route 206. The driver passes the end of a concrete strip separating the ramp from the interstate. To the left, a dump truck travels down the center lane of the three-lane interstate.

the driver makes a seemingly inexplicable sharp left onto the interstate, darting nearly perpendicularly across the highway.

The driver, a source says, is heading toward a cut-through to the eastbound lanes, the kind used by State Troopers and other emergency vehicles, but occasionally repurposed by motorists making illegal u-turns.

The dump truck swerves to try to avoid the collision, but it's simply not possible. The bus is too long and takes up too much of the highway for a fully loaded dump truck to completely avoid.

Why isn't the entire driving record of a school bus driver checked during the application process?

I get it that what he may have done in the 60s and 70s isn't very relevant to his current driving style... but 14 damn suspensions of his license? That's a clear sign to anyone with half a brain that the person isn't cut out to be a school bus driver responsible for the well being of 4 or 5 dozen kids in rush hour traffic.
a school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and seven accompanying adults

a '32 roadster was just pulled out of a barn where it was parked in 1955, and forgotten about.

It still has the original side curtains and top

The known history of this roadster starts with a 1946 California pink slip, the year a Eureka, California, rancher bought it.

Look at this terrific radio and radio antenna... I've never seen an antenna like this!
It's a 1930s Firestone radio, and Stewart Warner gauges

I found a souvenir on El Mirage, a hex head 1/4 turn fastener

It would be far cooler to find something from famous hot rod, like from the So Cal belly tanker... but, it'll do.