Sunday, November 29, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Powell and Hanmer started a company in 1885 to make lighting equipment, their products included carbide and acetylene lamps for bicycles and later motorcycles and cars. They also manufactured various motorcycle accessories, bulb horns, mirrors etc. In 1914 a second factory was opened to build electrical components. They must have worked well because in 1929 Lucas bought the company, to eliminate a competitor.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Motor inspection tour of the Pennsylvania Railway Tunnel during its construction. The tunnel, consisting of two tubes under the Hudson River, was started in 1903 and completed in 1910.
The automobile is unidentified. The tunnel, now called the North River Tunnels, is in more use than ever, running trains back and forth into Manhattan and is slated to be replaced in the next twenty years....
The Avions Robin 2160 was a French aircraft certified in 1978. For a brief period (1983-85) there was a Canadian venture to build them in Quebec and an unknown number were built.
This aircraft seems to have been built in fits and starts over the years by various companies, the most recent attempt in New Zealand between 2004 and 2008.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Top row; Raymond Loewy; Industrial Designer
Second row; David Rockola, inventor of the self-named jukebox- the Rock-Ola.
Third row; John B. McGay, he and a partner, George E. Nicholson, founded the Macnick Company in 1930 to manufacture the first parking meters, an invention of an Oklahoma City publisher, Carl L. Magee.
He also came up with the idea of inserting a valve into the rim of a tire to eliminate the need for a tube and offered it to the Government as a means of conserving rubber in World War II.
First introduced in 1911, the Senspray was a carburetor built by Atco, better known for their lawnmowers. A far cry from the surface evaporators of the previous century, it featured a float-fed fuel supply which was drawn up through a jet into the vapourizer tube in the center of the main air passage, giving good atomization. The vapourizer tube can be adjusted with a knob in the airhorn to expose more or less holes for fuel to spray into the mixing chamber. The rotary throttle valve with an integral adjustable air valve is controlled by two levers on the handlebar, allowing the rider to refine the speed and mixture while riding.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
With the Central Vermont trackage nearly complete in 1848, the principals of the company envisioned moving passengers at high speeds, and approached Baldwin Locomotive for a fast passenger engine. The company at that time was building mostly slow 6 and 8 drivered freight engines but they came up with locomotive above. A 4 wheel lead truck provided good tracking, the single pair of 6 1/2 foot drivers allowed high speeds with less rpms. There was an additional set of wheels mounted just ahead of the drivers, these were there to help support the weight of the engine, but could be raised by means of a lever to allow more weight on the drivers for better adhesion on startup. The cylinders were mounted horizontally in the center of the engine, to reduce the anticipated effect of the fast moving reciprocating pistons and rods. The "Governor Paine", named after the president of the Central Vermont, worked for several years on the line regularly achieving 60mph, but always suffering from a lack of grip. It was rebuilt into a standard 4-4-0 configuration.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
On the vast mudflats off the coast of South Wales, cockle fishermen follow the tides out and pick cockle shells. To support and move themselves and their catch on the soft mud, sleds were made that allowed the fisherman to lean forward onto the frame to support himself while propelling himself with his feet.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Associated Motor Cycles was the amalgamation of Matchless, AJS, Sunbeam and others, formed in 1938. In 1952 Norton was added to the group but AMC was struggling in the market. In 1963 the company took on the distribution of Suzuki motorcycles through its dealer network. The zippy 50 and 80cc bikes were popular sellers.
|Matt Oxley Stealing Speed Haynes 2009|
|Gordon Jennings Two Stroke Tuners Handbook|
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The stage coach arrival is providing a bit of history, the helicopter symbolizing the coming airport-to-city center shuttle service. Those must have been calm horses.
The medium range Viscount, introduced in 1948, was powered by 4 Dart turboprops, carried 40-50 passengers and was the pride of airlines all over the world till the jets arrived.
"The invasion began years before 1914. By the gradually increasing German control of metal supplies, by the dumping of machinery on the British market. By financial and political intrigue, the intention of which was to weaken British Engineering..."
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
After discovering yesterday there is or was a need for lubricating leaf springs and identifying a spring spreading clamp, I consulted the 1949-52 Pontiac service manual and discovered another type of lubricator- and instructions on how to use it.
Monday, November 16, 2020
In 1900 T J Juckes of Wolverhampton formed an engineering company (The Efficient Engineering and Motor Company) that carved out a niche building proprietary engines for cars, boats and motorcycles. They also developed transmissions for motorcycles, supplying thousands for the industry between 1911 and 1925.
As a sideline, he developed a motorcycle of his own design, powered by a 275 cc 2 stroke engine. This sold well and work was started on a 350cc 4 stroke machine. About that time the Efficient Engineering and Motor Company ran into financial difficulties and soon closed. Only nine 350cc motorcycles were built.