Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Push button Dodge

Flip the lever up to take it out of Park. Push "Drive". Go!

Monday, September 16, 2019

1977 Yamaha Champ

Sold for only one year in the US, the Champ was considered to be a dual-purpose scooter. Looks like a Yamaha take on the Honda Trail 70 idea (Dax in other markets).

Monday Mystery tech corner, Track Speeder carburetor

thanks, Glen!
Talk about obscure... This is a carb for an old track speeder. The engine is a big slow-turning crankcase two stroke engine. The float-type carburetor is simple, with choke and just one adjustable main jet. No throttle but there not one but two vacuum activated poppet valves in the intake tract. 
Anyone know (or have any guesses) why this arrangement? It appears the speed is mostly controlled by the spark advance.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

"Long" ratchet

 I picked this 1/2" ratchet up at a swap meet for 50 cents and it wasn't till I got home that I saw the name stamped on it- "LONG".
 I've never seen this manufacturer's name before and expect it's a lower quality Asian import but, on searching the internet, what's the chance of finding the company name?

1938 Mack F-J Chain drive

 A visitor the the Owl's Head Truck and Tractor meet 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

I guess someone (other than John Candy in Trains. Planes and Automobiles) has gotta love 'em..

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Suzuki X6 T20 Sales Guide

 Imagine the scenario... It's 1966, you're a salesman for Suzuki used to selling little 50 and 80cc bikes when these motorcycles are unloaded. This thing is hot! It's capable of 100 mph with quarter mile times to rivals twice the size, has probably the only 6 speed transmission in the industry and as a bonus, you don't have to mix the gas and oil. They should fly out the door!
But Suzuki was probably feeling a bit nervous about a two stroke twin being accepted by the public so dealers got this comprehensive manual to help them hone their sales pitch. 

1966 Yamaha Big Bear

Seen at the Fast Eddie's Motorfest in Stouffville. Sept 7 2019.
 The owner restored the bike and said he rebuilt the vertically split two cylinder engine, not a straightforward design. The clutch lives on the left end of the crankshaft and the gear change mechanism is a disc located on the bottom of the engine.
 I gave up on a Big Bear project in the pre-internet years (the shifter mechanism came disassembled in a box) when you could not find parts or information for any old bike. I do like the scrambler pipes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Speed record attempt

Following Rollie Free's cues for riding position but perhaps lacking his core strength, Bob Berry, aiming for 176 mph, makes an unsuccessful speed record attempt on the Pendine sands with his Brough Superior.

Are you acquainted?

From 1904-1907 Oldsmobiles had been made under license in St Catherines. This was the one cylinder Curved Dash Olds Model N, selling for $650.
A couple of years later here is an ad for a real automobile, just after GM took over the company in 1908. Price has gone up a bit- $3000- probably the price of an average house. For comparison, the average wage in Canada was less than $600 per year. 

Fast forward to 1985, Oldsmobile had their best year ever,  selling nearly 1.1 million vehicles- and the brand was killed off as unprofitable in 2004.

More Auto Cycle construction kits

I did a bit more looking into the Auto-Cycle toys, these Meccano-like kits were made in the 1920s by Les Jouets Auto-Cycles, France and consisted of aluminium and steel parts with brass fittings and rubber wheels.  

thanks, Rolf!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

1956 Lincoln Premiere

Grindlay Peerless cutaway drawing

I can't make out the signature of the artist who drew this cutaway of the first 500cc motorcycle to break 100 mph in Britain. The front wheel appears cocked oddly, once again the miracle of ellipse guides.
 In 1927, Bert Denly on a Norton had achieved 100 mph on French soil, and the publishers of The Motor Cycle offered a silver cup for the same feat in Britain. Bill Lacey did 103.3 miles in an hour on August 1 1928. 
 The remains of the motorcycle were much later found in a barn and the machine restored. 

Supermarine Sea Lion III

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The Sea Lion III was one of Britain's entries for the Schneider Cup in 1923, held at Cowes on the south coast of England. Both the British entires were powered by 450 hp Napier Lion engines.
 This was the beginning of a new era for the series, The US government backed the Curtis CR-3 floatplanes and the days of the flying boats as racers were disappearing. The British finished a distant second to The Curtiss CR-3.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Monday Mystery, vintage outboard motor

A friend just acquired this vintage outboard motor from a local bargain paper, bought solely for its beauty. 
Despite its V-twin appearance it's actually an opposed 2 stroke twin and the large finned curved area is the muffler. Trouble is, there are no markings on this at all so we are looking for a manufacturer's name, any ideas?

thanks, Clay and Fred!

Sunday, September 8, 2019