Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wow, since 1961 this travel trailer has never moved, and now it's for sale for 1100

a rare thing, a Slimp dolly, that was part of the Airfloat Trailer

wow, best brake light ever, and cool bus too

end caps salvaged for a new restaurant interior

ever heard of the Holiday House travel trailers? Good looking, and a hell of a cool front window

aspects of restoring an airstream, separating the foundation and bracing the interior

before buying a bike, consider this video, and realize, you're not cut out for the Isle of Man TT

Why do bikes get such cheap insurance?

A former drag racer built a grant touring Sebring for road tripping across the states and Europe, if you dig redundant systems and planning a bulletproof car, you'll dig this article

Al young won the 1981 Super Street National Championship in AHRA in his evolved Challenger, but he always wanted to build his own muscle car, a car he knew inside and out, where everything is modified and improved to perform better for touring around the world... so that required some planning and improvements, so choices were made on the safe side, not the hi perf side.

A 318 instead of a 340, but with 340 X heads, 360 exhaust instead of headers for clearance, dual ignition systems, a 904 instead of a 727 for less rotating mass, back up fuel pump, the venerable 8.75 mopar rear etc

He bought this Sebring for $500.00 and made it happen. From 2011 to 2013 there were 3 trips totaling 23,000 miles.

When he looked at the cost of seeing Europe, 24 countries, and the options were flying to each, a train to each, or drive your own car... the cost and convienence was decidedly in the favor of his own car, but... it cost 11,000 to ship his car over. (How, I've no idea) so he talked to an old sponsor, and they traded him shipping costs for promotional sponsorship.

Things went so well, they were asked to do it again, and again!

If you ever plan to take your car over to Europe, you're going to learn it's nearly impossible to drive around in... the countries there suspect it's only to try and sell your car there. So they need a better reason. Read this article to get the low down on what to do.

Also, gas is 3 to 4 times the cost of gas in the USA. It's 7 to 9 dollars a gallon.

Anyone know of a good 1st gen Mustang for Sale website or facebook page? My cousin's stang just got wrecked, and he's going to try and find another 1965-68

1935 Bugatti Type 52 “Bebe”

These “Bebe” Bugattis were modelled on the Type 35 and 51, which were very successful racers at the time. This was an expensive and desirable toy for children of the wealthy in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and races were staged for them at Deauville and Monte Carlo.

The first car was built for Ettore’s five-year-old son, Roland, for the 1925 Milan show. But what was thought of as a joke turned out to have remarkable staying power. These are often referred to as the Type 52, but it’s believed the factory just called them the “Bebe.” They were aimed at children between six and eight years old. Early models were built on a 47-inch wheelbase; later cars were stretched to 53 inches. Altogether approximately 500 “Bebes” were built between 1927 and 1935.

The car features pneumatic tyres, detachable alloy wheels, a dummy radiator and an opening hood and is powered by a 12-volt battery with a single forward speed. The throttle is connected to a rheostat on the electric motor above the rear axle, and with a simple switch you can reverse polarity and create a reverse gear. Top speed is 15-18 km/h or about 11 mph flat out—perhaps not enough to escape mom or pop!

Blaine Jenkins has an exceptional history of accomplishment in car design despite never having shaped a fender, a taillight, or any other gross physical element of a production-car exterior.

Jenkins was an “inside man,” someone who helped create the instrument clusters, steering wheels, seats, and trim panels of cars that represent the absolute peak of General Motors’ hegemony over the world automotive industry

Late in 1956, Chuck Jordan, later the fourth-ever VP of Design at General Motors but then just a ferociously ambitious rising star in original GM design boss Harley J. Earl’s styling imperium, was sent to Art Center to check out the work of promising students. Jenkins brought a pile of his drawings and spread them out on a ping-pong table. He was offered the job.

Never in charge but always a solid contributor to the production models — including every Corvair ever made and the first-ever Caprice — Jenkins nonetheless has his share of tales to tell from that period. For instance, he was involved in the now-legendary story of Bill Mitchell’s famous Mako Shark I concept Corvette, which was unveiled in 1962. Mitchell had succeeded Harley Earl as GM’s VP-Design in 1958, and he was determined to be even more of an atypical presence than his mentor had been, whenever possible going for something outrageous, whether in his custom-made motorcycle clothing, spontaneous temper tantrums, or surprising concept cars. On a Caribbean fishing trip Mitchell caught a mako shark and then had it stuffed and mounted on his office wall. He then ordered the in-process concept car painted to exactly match his trophy fish.

Every attempt made to shade the paint on the car as subtly as the natural gradation on the shark was furiously rejected, which was a problem for Jenkins because he was considered to be “the color guy” for Chevrolet. As the story goes, the fish was taken down to the paint shop after-hours, the car was made to look as close to the taxidermist’s masterpiece as possible, and then the fish was sprayed with the same paint from the same gun so that it was identical

While working for GM, in 42 years, Jenkins ran the color studio at GM Styling for four years, and was chief interior designer for Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet, and often worked on the interiors of  some one-off cars made for the wives and daughters of GM top executives.

Corvair Super Monza: This 1960 Corvair with a one-off interior was a sixteenth-birthday present for Design VP Bill Mitchell’s daughter, Lynne.

“Pinky” A 1961 Corvair done for Harley J. Earl’s wife, Sue, to use in Palm Beach, Florida.

early ’60s “His and Hers” Corvair show cars, one done in cloth, the other in leather.

cool mailbox


1937 cement truck, because I dig seeing old versions of vehicles we are use to

do you know why you don't jumpstart a Chevy with a Ford?

So your Ford doesn't catch whatever that Chevy has

Sam Elliot - The Ranch season 3

America's first neon sign, made for Earle C Anthony's LA dealership, 1923, by Georges Claude (the neon sign inventor), Paris:

LAPD cars since 1956:

LAPD cars since 1956: 1956 Chevrolet 4 door sedan
1957 Ford 4 door sedan
1958 Chevrolet 4 door sedan
1959 Ford 4 door sedan
1960 Patrol: Plymouth Savoy 4 door sedan
Interceptor: Pontiac Catalina 4 door
1961 Patrol: Dodge Dart 4 door
Interceptor: none purchased
1962 Patrol: Plymouth Savoy 4 door
Interceptor: Pontiac Catalina 4 door
1963 Patrol: Ford 300 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4 door
1964 Patrol: Plymouth Savoy 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile 88 4 door
1965 Patrol: Plymouth Belvedere 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4 door
1966 Patrol: Plymouth Belvedere 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile 4 door
1967 Patrol: Plymouth Belvedere 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile Delmont 88 4 door
1968 Patrol: Plymouth Belvedere 4 door
Interceptor: Oldsmobile Delmont 88 4 door
1969 Patrol: Plymouth Belvedere 4 door
Interceptor: none purchased, last year of Interceptor program
1970 Mercury Montego 4 door
1971 Plymouth Satellite 4 door
1972 AMC Matador 4 door
1973 AMC Matador 4 door
1974 AMC Matador 4 door
1975 Plymouth Fury 4 door
1976 Plymouth Fury 4 door
1977 Plymouth Fury 4 door
1978 Plymouth Fury 4 door
1979 No patrol cars purchased
1980 Plymouth Gran Fury 4 door
1981 Plymouth Gran Fury 4 door
1982 thru 1991 a mix of Chevrolet Impala/Caprices and Ford (LTD) Crown Victorias were used.
1992 unknown if cars purchased
(LAPD a few 1992 Chevrolet Caprices, they got them from MTA Police that were merged into the LAPD)
1993 Chevrolet Caprice
1994 Chevrolet Caprice
1995 Chevrolet Caprice
1996-2007 Ford Crown Victoria
2008 Dodge Charger
Ford Crown Victoria
2009-2011 Ford Crown Victoria

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A hardtop convertible to make a fastback, I think I posted about this years ago, but I can't find it

and these are probably better looking photos than whatever I might have posted before anyway

the 2015 Mustang had a Hollywood walk of fame reveal back in 2013, and even did the Gruaman's Theater cement bit

they had this Stang roll onto wet cement and leaves its tire tracks like hand prints of a star

My cousins dream car is ruined!! Not a freaking month after getting it, and 2 months after getting rear ended at a stop light! Sitting at a stop light...again.

parked in front of Hollywood High, in 1937

the car analyzing thing he is using is a Motor X Ray analyzer

Allen commented and said

Motor X Ray" engine diagnostic tool.
Upper left gauge valves/carburetor,
upper right gauge, compression
both of these are controlled by the center dial.
 Bottom right gauge, voltmeter/condenser,
lower right, ammeter, these two were controlled by the bottom center dial.
One of these without the stand went for $345.00 at auctions America a few years ago

good way to tour and travel

A very cool fire truck in front of Engine Company #43, 10234 National Blvd, in September 1942.

Damn... a real deal 1969 ½ A12 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six-Pack that ran into a pole right at the tail end of break in miles... sold for 25k on ebay.

lead foot stupidity. Bought a real numbers matching A12 Bee, and smashed it as soon as he could.

The motor has been beefed up, and given a nice set of headers. NOS has been added, a top of the line NOS Fogger System which is mated to the original 6-Pack. AC, MSD, Bear disc brakes on all 4 tires, and an Optima battery.

This would have been an incredible car. Air Ride Technologies, 4 link added to the rear, mini tubs too  etc etc

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