Friday, September 21, 2018

Bessey 30 clamp

Although we've covered Bessey clamps in a previous post,Walter from Alabama sent in these images of this one he inherited that features an unusual set of hinged jaws. We can't find any info online about this device, apparently it works very well at straightening up and clamping a crooked joint. My guess is the "30" might refer to the capacity- 30 cm?- but this did not twig any hints with Google either.

KLG GT sparkplugs

Window sticker included!

Thanks, Fred!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

1934 Oldsmobile hood ornaments

These elegant mascots are not one of the more common flying ladies mounted to the hoods of luxurious cars of the 30s. These belonged to the top of the line 1934 L34 8 cylinder Oldsmobile.
They were acquired by the current owner about 20 years ago when he made a deal for the display piece shown below- the three mascots mounted to a round steel frame.
The seller had received them as a gift from an old lady he was helping to move to an old age home. They in turn had belonged to her husband who received it as a gift when he retired from a GM plant in Antwerp. According to this woman there once was a simple glass plate or bowl forming a base for the mascots. They used the sculpture as a fruit basket in their home. It's long gone, apparently broken during WW2.
They ARE available if someone is interested. I can forward requests to the owner.

MG Motor Sales, Winnipeg

Another vanished dealership...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Norton ES2, 1949

California Motor Bicycle, George Wyman

 Although Cannonball Baker made news in 1914 by crossing the continent in 11 days he was by no means the first. 
In 1903 George Wyman rode a 200cc California Motor bicycle from San Francisco to New York to be the first motor vehicle to make it across the continent. The road network was much less developed in those days so he followed railways for much of the way. The journey took 51 days. 

Cunard paddlebox variations

Although carved figureheads installed at the prow of ships provided the main focus for ornamentation on ships of the time, the advent of paddlewheels and their protective shrouding provided new opportunities for decoration.

Power steering (optional)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Yamaha 80 period piece

Another Easy Rider influenced creation. I'll say it again, Peter Fonda, you have a lot to answer for...

Sunday, September 16, 2018