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... 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Paul Schultze cutaway engine

 Here we have a nice 16 inch tall cast-iron cutaway F-head engine produced commercially in Germany in the 1920s. The company Paul Schultze did not build working engines, but rather specialized in models as training aids.

This model is available for sale, located in Holland, priced at $950 US. Contact me at for more details...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Train set available...

Winchester Press photo
One more reason to need to win the lottery.
 The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced its intention to divest itself of the locomotive and cars located in Crysler Park near Upper Canada Village, Ontario.

The train, relocated to the SLPC in the late 1950s, consists of a steam locomotive, baggage/refrigeration car and passenger car. While the train provides a representation of transportation in the region during the late 1950s, it is not of the same style as the historic “Moccasin” train that operated in Eastern Ontario.

The SLPC is proceeding with a Request for Expression of Interest with more information available here.

thanks, Kevan

The locomotive on display was part of an order of 25 built in Kingston for the Grand Trunk. Another locomotive from the same order is pictured above as delivered. The biggest external visual change over the years is the cast one piece cylinders.
 This batch of Grand Trunk engines has the highest survival rate of any Canadian locomotives , 7 out of 25 remain today, according to the book  Constructed in Kingston.

GMC Cab-over

Apparently the original cab-overs were a workaround for maximum vehicle length restrictions. In a crash situation this might leave a driver feeling a bit vulnerable... 
Today they're so rare as be a spotting game for my kid while we're out driving,,

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-scavenged two stroke engine. The float-type carburetor is simple, with choke and just one adjustable main jet. No throttle but are 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.