Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Bridgestone 350 twin

Something about a blonde in plaid that says speed- or something... must be the sixties.
 The last hurrah for the "other" Japanese motorcycle manufacturer...

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Rex micrometer

 Apparently part of the Brown and Sharpe line, I'm not sure where the Rex name fits in. This was patented in 1923 and looks like a good solid measuring device.

Quaker State painting

I always wonder about the choice of an original painting in advertising. What possessed the art director to commission a painting of an... oil can? Once again, unsigned so we don't even know who the artist is- wonder if the original is hanging in pride of place is some collectors gallery?

Monday, May 29, 2023

Diamond Safety Tread Tires



Monday Mystery, R.F. Flock

 This one is a bit of a mystery. Someone was cleaning the metal leftovers from an estate in Hamilton Ontario and found a number of these wrenches in the collection. They're clearly homemade and could be considered crude, the jaws are sawn and filed out. There are file marks in the transitions between head and handle.  Whoever R F Flock was, he spent a lot of time on these, even chrome plated them, but the job seems incomplete, the wrench does not lie flat on a table. His name is stamped on one side, yet did not mark the sizes, 13/16 and 7/8". Wish I knew more about the man!

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jaguar E Type V12

Those pipes can't be stock!

Sidecar Sunday

 German competitors R. Trapp with unnamed passenger pose with their 600cc flat twin Victoria outfit at the 1929 ISDT event. They DNFed due to tire trouble.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Cast aluminum car

Here's a nice cast aluminum toy car. No markings but nicely done, probably dating to the twenties?  It consists of basically a left and right casting, bolted together with seperate driver and wheels.


Mechanical Drover

 This attachment/modification apparently was sold in Australia for sheep herding use, Putt along at sheep-walking pace in first gear with feet up on the pegs, the outrigger wheels apparently fold up for normal(ish) riding.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Peerless Marshall lathe

I took a long hard look at this watchmakers lathe at a local antique market. In the end I decided I didn't really need a specialized second lathe to buy accessories for- the 9" South Bend has handled the smallest things I need to. But this, with its nickel (or chrome) finish would look good just sitting in any shop. As usual has covered this model very well. 

The other end is stamped Marshall.