Thursday, December 2, 2021

Visual parts chart for vintage cars

 People immediately create jargon for their objects of interest, causing confusion among newcomers and less experienced people.  This collection of line drawings shows descriptions of parts and features of veteran cars. The list first appeared in the "National Used Car Market Report" probably from the mid twenties. 

  Reproduced in the Antique Automobile May June 1980


thanks, Ski!

 In between the serious tech advances and clever mechanical innovation there's always the novelties. Pull this thing out today and you'd probably get shot- for smoking in public...

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Handcrank grinder

Here's another handy little farm-type tool, clamps onto anything solid and with its 11-1 crank ratio, you can soon have the 4" wheel turning at a useful speed. Whether you can continue to do so while trying to accurately sharpen the knife blade you're holding with your other hand, I'm not sure. No name anywhere on the device, which used to be a nice forest green.


Ducati 4Valve Desmo head cutaway model

I can't identify the model its actually from, but four valve and liquid cooled, it must be fairly modern...

Thanks, Rolf!


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Diamant sailplane

 Further to the discussion on the noisiness of metal sailplanes, here is the first all-fiberglass sailplane. It was designed by students at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich under direction of a Professor Rauscher. The prototype first flew in 1964. It was manufactured by Flug and Fahrezeugwerk of Switzerland, formerly part of Dornier, which was split off in 1948. The aircraft was in production till 1970 and according to Wikipedia about 86 were built. More here.

craft table...

Canadian woodworker, eh?

Rex Winter Enclosure

Antique Automobile May-June 1980

Proud owner Louis Steiner poses with his 1924 Buick Six Model 45 fitted with a Rex Winter Enclosure. Looking at the foliage, he may have been a bit premature in installing it.


Monday, November 29, 2021

Catalina parts!

 All you guys working on the restoration of your flying boats, this looks like the answer to your prayers- in 1957. A quick Google shows the company may not have survived, at least as an airplane parts company.