Sunday, September 22, 2019

Planes in formation, Fleet Cornells

Larry Milberry, Aviation in Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1979
Not sure of the "Denmark" name on the cowl, these are planes of the Norwegian Air Force, who operated training bases in Toronto and Muskoka during WW2.
 Pictured are 7 of the 1642 Cornells built by Fleet during WW2.

Cotal transmission

 Featuring a cute little gearshift mechanism, the French-designed Cotal transmission consisted of a epicyclic gear system activated by electromagnetic clutches. Maybe it could be better described as a semi-automatic system, as there was still a foot operated clutch. 
 During the 1930s, they were offered as an expensive option for expensive cars, Delage, Delahaye, Salmson, Bugatti among them.  As far as I can tell, North American manufacturers never used the system. A big part of the attraction must have been the avoiding of dealing with the non synchro gear change.  
Post-war, they could be had on some Peugeot, (French) Ford SFA, and Citro├źn Traction models but they were also used on trucks, buses and even railcars.
More here, Youtube

thanks, JP!

Sidecar Sunday

Isn't this fun?

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Bad eighties graphic design (Suzuki)

I like the cutaway of the Rg500 engine but the fact that the manual is for (highly stylized and almost unreadable) 4 and 2 stroke engines is not immediately apparent. Perhaps the original design had the text in a different colour?

Two thousand locomotives

Donald McQueen and William Thomson; Constructed in Kingston, Canadian Railroad Historical Association Kingston Div. 1999
The Canadian Locomotive Company of Kingston, Ontario paused briefly on July 28, 1942 to celebrate the completion of its 2000th locomotive. Looks like it was this Pacific destined for Canadian Pacific, temporarily decorated for the occasion. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Honda CB750 Custom

 There's been an awful lot of work done on this one. Note the magneto and also the Tonka logo on the engine.

Edsel, front view

Sidecar Sunday

Wrench by Penens Corp.

Here's another obscure name in wrench manufacturing.
 Penens Corporation of Cleveland was acquired by Proto Tools in 1942, and postwar the word Chicago was added to the tools. The Penens name continued to be used and in the 1950s produced wrenches under the Fleet Quality brand, ratchets and sockets under the Socketeer brand. 
Before the acquisition there appears to to be little information online available on the company or their tools.

It's the end of the world as we know it....

The tragedy of drug use are revealed in this 1968 movie...