Monday, October 21, 2019

Yamaha TZR 125, 250

Pegaso show car

thanks, Rolf!
Sports cars built by Pegaso are rare enough,  the Z-102 having sold less than 100 units during the 7 years of production- beginning in 1951. 
This one-off promotional model with body and frame in plexiglass was built for the Paris Motorshow in October 1954.
 Does this showpiece still exist?

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Fibrefab Avenger project

 The Avenger was a Volkswagen-based kit car from about 1970. This one might need a bit of work... and an engine ... and an interior...

Sidecar Sunday

Phelon and Moore 500 with "Canadian canoe" sidecar.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Suzuki variable valve timing. 1992

I remember when Suzuki introduced variable valve timing to the motorcycling world on the 1992 Bandit 400 and trying to figure out a mechanism that would allow that. 
So if you're an engine guy, give a thought to how you might do it- before looking at the image...  

This would add quite a bit of reciprocating weight in the valve train but it didn't seem to be an issue, the engine revved to 12,000 rpm.  

Friday, October 18, 2019

Deutz air cooled diesel cutaway

Its been awhile since I posted anything Deutz, here is a sectioned engine sent to me by a reader.  
Previous Deutz aircooled diesel post here.

thanks, Rolf!

snowmobile patent

Patent application no. 367104
Registered June 29, 1937

"Some day, I will invent a little machine that will glide over the snow and will even allow me to go up hills."  J.Armand Bombardier

Thursday, October 17, 2019

One of my vices is vises, C. Parker No 5 1/2

 I dropped in to visit the Waterloo Central railway in St Jacobs today (more on that later) and was greeted by this big old Charles Parker Number 5 1/2 vise sitting out proudly by itself in the middle of the yard. It's obviously had a long hard life and it's good to see it still working!

One of my vices is vises. Prentiss Vices

Prentiss Vice was organized by John and Edwin Mulford in Montour Falls, NY in 1877. It appears that they had acquired the Hall Manufacturing Company, who employed a man named Mason Prentiss, who held US Patent 75,576, issued March 17, 1868 for a bench vise. 
Although the ad mentions a NYC address, this seems to be only the sales or head office,  Prentiss Vises were manufactured by Bagley & Sewall in Watertown, NY. 
 As is common with this era of tool manufacturers many companies became intertwined and in 1925 the Prentiss Vise Company completed the purchase of the Henry Cheney Hammer Company.
In 1947 The Prentiss Vise Company, including the Cheney Hammer division, was sold to the Charles Parker Company of Meriden, Connecticut.

Tyre choices 1928

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

American Motor AMX

 About 19,000 of these were made from 1968-70. There can't be many left.


Here's one for you, Glenn...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1983 Suzuki Katana

Lots of detail changes for 1983, black engines, smooth vinyl on the seat, cleaner front engine mounts and more obviously, red paint on the 750, blue on the 1100.

Monday Mystery

Here's another interesting old device whose use isn't immediately apparent. It took awhile to figure out, the clue being the "Red Devil" name. We'll do a different format and turn it into a multiple choice quiz.
The above device is:
a) an overly complicated 19th century carabiner, named after the Red Devil mountain.
b) a shoe stretcher (competition for the Coulter product).
c) stapler for installing window points

 Answer here.

Update, Red Devil alive and well in Pryor Ok. though not making staplers any more.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Norton International 40M

Riders Club May 1998
Another beauty.

Datsun 510 owners manual

 These things used to be everywhere! They were great cars. I see the occasional one showing up as a vintage racer.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sidecar Sunday

Vintage grasstrack. Leading on 165 is is Celia Walton with Jon Hodges as passenger. The bike is a prewar 500 Ariel single, photo from the mid 80s.

100cc Harley flat tracker

Aermacchi Harley 100cc schoolboy flat tracker. Recently sold- back to the original owner.
 A different chapter to the Harley Indian wars?

300,000 km by Katana

Here's a little personal milestone, the speedo on my 1982 Katana rolled over again, this time to 300,000 km. We had a little roadside celebration...

I bought this bike in 1986 shortly after selling my 100,000 km 750 Katana I had bought new in '82. 
I needed another bike, I had grown used to the ergonomics by then ("you can't tour on that bike" said a guy to me when I was a couple of thousand miles from home), and felt I could use a bit more power. This 1100 suited me just fine. It remained mostly stock till it reached 160,000 km in the early 90s.
At that point I felt it deserved a rebuild and restoration. But partway through the process, my focus changed- the last thing I needed was a brand new 1982 motorcycle. I wanted modern brakes and tires. Suzuki parts from other bikes mostly just bolted on.
 When a small end bearing went bad in the motor in 1997, I found a GS1150 engine to replace it and soon a Wiseco 1229 kit was added. That's more like it! I rode it in all the Blackfly 1600 rallies, finishing as high as 4th. 
At this point the bike really is like the woodsmans axe, the handle has been replaced five times, the head twice...

Somewhere in Ohio, 1989, in its white paint phase.

back to silver and experimenting with trim...

Rat Kat phase. Katana 600 front end and rear wheel, '86 GSXR exhaust 1995

Outfitted for the Blackfly 1600, More or less to its current configuration by the late nineties

200,000 km, 2003

featured in Cycle Canada 2012!

the bike has always lived outside and is routinely ridden in the winter months. 

Looking forward to a lot more riding!

Another job you probably don't want to do, grinding valves

June 1992 The Classic Motorcycle
A rather common job on early internal combustion engines.

Hennecke carousel motorcycle

 These carousel motorcycles made by Wilhelm Hennecke in the 1950s look quite realistic, even down to the individual parts, though the exhaust seems to be missing on this one.  Should be easy enough to assemble, refer to the black and white image below...