Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Tach Dwell meter

When did you last use a Tach Dwell meter? 

 Googling Fox Valley brings up the Fox Valley Metrology company- started in 1996, which seemed to be too late for this sort of meter. More googling brought up a earlier company- Fox Valley Instrument of Cheboygan Mi. which is now out of business.

Apparently no connection between the two companies, but with the similarity in names, one does have to wonder...


1937 Audi Front

 The Audi Front was the first 6 cylinder front wheel drive European car. Introduced in 1933, it used the 2 litre engine of the Wanderer, the company which had been acquired by Audi the year before. The engine was turned 180 degrees to drive the front wheels. The model shown is a 1937 with the enlarged 2200 cc engine.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Jeep Station Wagon

Probably about 1955? I wouldn't change a thing, just drive it like it is...


Monday Mystery J S Kent

Here's a blade-type thing with a thread and eye of some sort on one end (possibly for insertion of a wooden handle?). The corroded blade seems to be marked J. S. Kent Barnstable Mass. Ideas anyone? 


Sunday, November 26, 2023

We used to make things in this country #354 Torpedo Snowshoes

Another small town industry that is long disappeared. 

Sidecar Sunday

Cristine Somer-Simmons. The American Motorcycle Girls:1900-1950. Parker House, 2009

 Mrs and Mr Roy Smith on their trip from New Jersey to Miami. C'mon kids, look happy!

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Alton Railway streamliner No. 50

 The Abraham Lincoln was the name given to Alton Railways St. Louis- Chicago service. The train featured what has been considered the first diesel electric road locomotive in the US. In 1935 it arrived from GM as a boxcab, and as No. 50, it was used by the B&O for passenger service. 
It was transferred to the Alton, a subsidiary of the B&O and was soon fitted with a slanted nose to give it some semblance of streamlining. Still not much of a looker. 
Fortunately, it was recognized as significant, today it's on display at the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri.

Swandean Spitfire

The Swandean Spitfire was a speed record contender built after WW2. It was based on a Rolls Royce Merlin engine from a Mosquito with the chassis made from two Daimler Scout chassis welded together. The car was used mainly in the Brighton Speed trials, achieving 240 kph in the flying kilometer. For comparison., the car on the right is the Bennet Special, based around a 250 cc motorcycle engine.


Friday, November 24, 2023

Go west, young man

 Aerospace is the future! Or boating... 1959.

Pasture pump

This large lump of cast iron is an ingenious device, set out in a field and connected to a well, a cow pumps its own water by pushing the paddle when it would like a drink. Apparently the critters catch on quick and it works very well.