Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday Mystery, a powered sieve?

Here is an interesting device. The images are of a very nicely made model about a foot long. By the quality and detail it could be a patent model or possibly a salesman's model? 
But what is it a model of? By the pulleys, it looks like it is powered by flat belts and the troughs (tubs) with perforated bottoms point to a production sieving device of some sort? Or a washing machine? Any ideas welcomed!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Haying season

Haying season again, tractor is fine and so is the shabby Oliver rake of indeterminate age. I like the idea of the 20 year old son working on a 68 year old tractor...

However, the ancient automotive radial tire on the baler was coming apart by the minute. Bets were taken but it is still functional at the end of day.  It's a Goodrich Firehawk in a strange size I've never seen, 27x6.5x14. 

Sidecar Sunday

Classic Bike 1981

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Mosquito field assembly

Almost like a plastic model kit. The complete fuselage is lowered onto the wings and the assembly will be bolted together. The engines are yet to be fitted.

Know your depth gauges...

Tools and their uses, Prepared by the US Navy (Bureau of Naval Personnel)

Friday, July 3, 2020

Spanish Princesses

Here's the Spanish streetbike collection, the Ossa 175 Sport was bought in the early eighties when I despaired of ever finding a Metralla. This bike was the last of 12 he had imported in the sixties. I had fun riding it around for awhile, but it's been sitting and deteriorating for far too long.

The man who had owned and raced the Metralla suddenly passed away in 1975, it had been stored in a basement ever since but the widow wanted to do a Thelma and Louise-type trip in the American Southwest. She told me this bike was going to pay for it. We reached a deal by phone,  I went to her house after she returned, we sat outside on the porch in the dark and told stories while we drank a bottle of wine. A good proper transaction. It mostly sits in my dining room but will fire up with a couple of kicks..

The Impala appeared a short time later at a swap meet in New York State. i figured I should give it a home with other Spanish bikes, and now I had 3 of a kind. It is just as it was when I bought it- neglected- and will probably be the project after the other Metralla projects are out of the basement.  

Meanwhile, it's nice to pull them out and admire them occasionally...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Temporary log flume and wooden dam

During the great pillage of forests in Ontario, trees were cut during winter and pulled by horses to the nearest stream or lake and then floated down to the mill during the spring runoff. Often streams were dammed to create a reservoir that contained enough water to do the job.  Here in the Haliburton area, a substantial temporary dam made of squared timbers is used.

Montesa Impala 250, 1966

Montesa introduced their popular Impala in this enlarged form for America. Not many were sold. and they are quite rare today. 

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe #738

This oddball 4-4-2 Atlantic wheel arrangement locomotive was built by the Schenectady Locomotive works in 1889. Why the Santa Fe thought they needed a camelback locomotive is anyone's guess,  the locomotive does not seem to have the wide firebox that warrants such a design, but at least the fireman got his own protective shelter. 
Apparently it did not work out, and 3 years later it was rebuilt into a regular 4-4-0 and renumbered as 40.  It was retired in 1925. No pictures that I can find of that configuration.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Streetcar perils

Trolley wires, weighed down by a coating of ice from freezing rain, broke, fell and electrocuted this team of milkman's horses. 

Happy Canada Day!

The Warplane Heritage Museum  celebrated Canada's 153rd birthday by flying their Lancaster, (one of two in the world) around the Toronto-Hamilton area.  Their Toronto flights usually involve flying directly over our house as they circle the CN tower. We haven't seen (and heard) this airplane yet this year and sure miss it flying overhead. Good to see it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Another job you wouldn't want to do; chimney inspection and maintenance.

Asa Briggs, The Power of Steam, University of Chicago Press, 1982

A steeplejack installs ladders on an industrial stack in England. Using wooden plugs and iron dogs he attaches sections brought up from the ground by rope and pulley.

DKW two stroke development

In the prewar racing era, DKW tried nearly every possible idea to increase the power of the 2 stroke engine, employing various supercharging methods on their split singles including different arrangements of a large diameter pumping piston that increased the amount of charge into the intake. Below is a magnesium piston, the crankshaft and cylinder of the bike (#3 above) restored at the Barber Motorsports museum about 10 years ago. The postwar supercharger ban put a damper on 2 stroke development till the advent of the expansion chamber exhaust by MZ.

Sidecar Sunday

Classic Bike, 1987

The short flight of the Old Glory

Four months after Lindbergh made the first solo transatlantic flight, Randolph Hearst sponsored another transatlantic flight attempt, this time nonstop to Rome with three people on board. It was decided that the flight should start at Old Orchard Beach Maine and with great publicity and fanfare the single engine Fokker F-VIIa took off on September 6, 1927. Several hundred miles off Newfoundland the pilot radioed that they were having difficulties and the airplane soon ditched in the Atlantic. Wreckage was found but the crew was never seen again.  Story here.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The future is round

Allan Elder, Made in Canada: Craft and Design in the Sixties, McGill-Queen's Press 2005

 This is a 1971 sketch for the Electrohome Hemisphere '80 future concept, a look into the far-off future of home entertainment, with a spherical TV projection and speaker unit suspended from the ceiling, operated with a remote control and accessing a proposed Canadian communications satellite system. This concept was never realised. 
This concept was the work of Gordon Duern, a Canadian designer and artist employed by the company and followed the introduction of his earlier Electrohome Apollo 860 stereo (shown below). 

 During the late seventies, the company struggled under the wave of Japanese electronic imports and got out of the consumer market in the eighties. 
The Duke posted the history of the Dominion Electrohome company here.

Player's Plyers, 1982

I'm not a musical instrument guy, but I'm not sure what benefit a special pair of orange-handled needle nosed pliers might bring to my life, even if they are specially ground....

Another sad chapter in the Norton story

Powered by an aircooled rotary engine, only 100 were made in 1987

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Firing order, early 20th century

 Here's a lovely mmachine from a different time. It's a comprehensive teaching aid to demonstrate the four cycle engine by the Welch Scientific Company, which along with showing engine dynamics also featured provision to show the effects of adjusting ignition timing. Note the wooden pistons.

thanks, Rolf!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spent Bullet train

I found this sad sight on a Polish site,  Text is translated from Polish. 
In 2002, Nagareyama Onsen was opened in Nanae on the island of Hokkaido. Next to a small platform, however, was placed one of the older super-fast Japanese trains - 200 Series Shinkansen from the 80s.
However, the small station and the train standing by it fell into oblivion. The decaying train that was once the pride of the Japanese railway was retired in 2013 due to its very poor technical condition. Currently, only its remains remain at the station.
Before the train was removed, a Japanese photographer took this amazing photo of a destroyed and ragged super-fast train. The picture was taken on July 7, 2012.