Monday, May 29, 2017

Cadillac Le Mans

The Cadillac Le Mans was a concept car designed by Harley Earl and developed by Cadillac.

one of four made.

Also, it's the one missing show car last spotted in Oklahoma.

It also made its appearance in 1953 and wore a fiberglass body, just like the Corvette.

The Cadillac Le Mans was a success as a styling study, with cues appearing across the Cadillac lineup throughout the 1950s. One car even received a refresh, reemerging from GM's styling division sporting quad headlamps and sleeker fins.

But they never directly led to two-seat Cadillac production vehicles, so they were of little use to GM once their time as Motorama dream cars came to an end.

One of the Cadillac Le Mans cars went to Harry Karl, a shoe magnate who gifted it to his wife, a statuesque blonde named Marie “The Body” MacDonald. Another was sold to a big Cadillac dealer in Beverly Hills.

One of the Cadillac Le Mans show cars was one of the stars of the Oil Progress Exhibition at the Oklahoma City airport in 1953, along with two other Motorama show cars: the Wildcat I and the Starfire. Then the Cadillac went on exhibit at Greenhouse-Moore Cadillac Chevrolet for two days during the first week of November. After Nov. 8 the car disappeared.

hard to believe, but GM used a national park to advertise the Pontiac Safari

scat pack bee i made is coming along pretty well

I can't understand why the hell they had flat valve covers, so I made ones that look a little like hemis

David Pearson's one of one Cobra Torino

In 1969, David Pearson drove Holman Moody’s No. 17 Ford Torino to a second NASCAR Grand National championship in a row.

Ford Motor Company and Holman Moody worked together to prepare the special one-of-a-kind 1969 Torino Cobra as Pearson’s reward for winning back-to-back NASCAR Grand National championships.

Under the hood was a 428ci Cobra Jet V-8 backed by an automatic transmission. The Torino was originally built with 3.70 rear gears, which Pearson changed to 3.10s for highway driving. The interior was fitted with bucket seats and a column shift.

Ford’s Lorain, Ohio, assembly plant built the Torino Cobra and applied the special blue metallic paint. It was then shipped to Holman Moody, where gold paint was sprayed to the upper portion of the car and a spoiler was mounted on the trunk lid. The shiny aluminum spoiler was not a random part from inventory or pulled from a parts bin; it was an actual spoiler from the No. 17 Holman Moody Torino race car Pearson piloted.

the Tarmaciser

cross section of front axles, 1907

How the White Steamer crossed the finish Giant's Despair Hill Climb, it was pushed by the driver, navigator, and a lot of spectators who were inspired by the determination to finish. May 30, 1907

the boiler cracked a ways from the finish, and they got out and pushed. Uphill. After they came into view of the finish line crowd, their moxy was so awesome, spectators went and helped them push the White over the finish line.

The Giants Despair Hillclimb is a hillclimb established in 1906 in Laurel Run, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States, just southeast of its border to Wilkes-Barre Township.

The contest was first run in conjunction with Wilkes-Barre's centennial celebration. It is the oldest continuing motorsport event in Pennsylvania. Race drivers from across the nation gather annually on East Northampton Street, a road that winds its way through a 1 mile section of Pennsylvania's steep mountains. Rising 650 feet, the course reaches grades up to 20% and has six turns—including the 110 degree "Devil's Elbow"— on the way to the top. The original race was won in 2 minutes 11.2 seconds.

In its first years, the race was used as a proving grounds by the biggest names in the automotive industry. Louis Chevrolet raced the hill in 1909 driving for Buick. He won Event No. 2, Gasoline stock cars, selling from $851 to $1,250 in a time of 2:34.4 sec, his car being the only entry in the class.

Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, and Oscar Koveleski are just a few of the famous drivers that set out to tackle the mile. The hill has been paved many times and the records have been shattered. The current record holder is John Burke, who ran the course in 38.024 seconds in 2014

the photo was the subject of a lawsuit over the photographer making money selling the photo or nagatives, without the permission of the car company, to the competition.

Found on the back page of Garage Magazine issue #15

The White Steamer Company, of New York, manufacturers of the automobile that lowered the record for the mile run in the hill climbing contest over "Giant's Despair" near Wilkes - Baarre on Memorial day, this morning filed a petition in court for an Injunction to restrain J. Horgan Jr., the Spruce street photographer, from printing and selling snap shots, alleging that he threatened to sell photographs of their machine to rival companies,

Sensational charges against the photographer are contained in the statement of the plaintiff company. The company attached letters received from Horgan in which it is alleged he agreed to destroy the negatives of the picture for $100. A photo of the White steamer, being pushed over the finishing line by men accompanies the letter.

Just how dangerous were race tracks? Here's a couple spectators at Lions nearly being run over by a smoking Goodyear

Dumbass of the day

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