Monday, August 31, 2020

One of my vices is vises, Rae once again

We've covered the history of Rae in Orillia and Hamilton, Ontario but I figured we could look at this large old No 50 (5")  vise about to resume its working career in someone's workshop despite the split in the back of the slide.  

I do like the rakish angle of  the cast-in "Hamilton Canada" below. Rae seemed to put their logo and location wherever it would fit.


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Tubes and how to bend them

Tools and their uses, Prepared by the US Navy (Bureau of Naval Personnel)


Velocette, 1955


Sidecar Sunday

 Hans Haldeman and unnamed passenger in the 1949 Swiss Grand Prix. The passenger is rarely named in these old pictures, but is in what might be described as the "full cower" position. 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Foul weather Typhoons

Crewman sits on wing of aircraft to guide the pilot while on the ground. He was probably happy to get a ride.

Crewmen try to push a Typhoon out of the mud. 

Armourers of the RCAF 440 squadron trudge through the mud to re-arm Typhoons at a makeshift airfield. 
Eindhoven, Holland, 1944

Whiz Electric Tool



Friday, August 28, 2020

Autoglider Model D Deluxe

There was a scooter boom after WW1, the various manufacturers of military products needed something quick and easy to make to keep the doors open. The Autoglider company of Birmingham started with a simple stand-up scooter with a Villiers 2 stroke engine mounted over the front wheel with the power transmitted by chain.
 The next model was the one in this post, a development in the same general concept, improved with the addition of a seat and a novel leaf spring suspension system. It was also nicely styled, until you get to the front end at least! The engine was now a Union 292cc 2 stroke engine capable of powering the machine to 40 mph. However, no kickstart was provided and pushstarts were the norm, the highmounted engine making manipulating the machine awkward. 
By 1921 the boom was over and the company failed to last the year.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Suzuki GS1100 cutaway

 One of the great engines from Suzuki, a 16 valve air cooled inline four.  Built from 1980-1983, then with 50 more ccs, a different head and sharper outer case styling, it continued till 1986 as the GS1150. 

 Nice illustration, the Japanese manuals don't mention the artist.

Hirsh drill powered wood lathe

This ultra basic tool must date from the sixties or seventies, back in the days that an electric drill was gods gift to the handyman. Still, it would do the job if you wanted to make a candle stick or a short banister spindle... 
They turn up often enough online, but no company information or history, just some weird pdf webpages with lorim ipsim body text
 But it makes the crappy piece of junk I used as a kid look positively quality.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Kodak cameras

With the new simple Kodak process, the "snapshot" arrived. 
100 years later, if it wasn't posted on facebook, it never happened...

The American Champion grader

Patented in 1875, and improved in the next few years, it was in production till 1925. Requiring 5 teams of horses for heavy work, the grader could be used for regular work with 3 or even 2 teams of horses. The angle and attitude of the blade were adjustable by the operator while in motion with the use of handwheels.

 The rear axle extension (below) allowed the horses to stay in the road while the blade was used for ditching and for moving a heavy furrow of dirt from the side to the middle of the road with slipping sideways. 

The internal combustion powered machines replaced this unit.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Matchless, 1948

This may be the last recorded use of the word "Predominates" in an motorcycle ad. 

How many people today have even used the word in a sentence, I wonder?


Expanding toolbox find

This box was sitting out beside the road, and I couldn't just leave it there, right? It even came with a few stray Gray sockets.
Though I don't need another toolbox, and this doesn't seem to be any significant make, no stamped name, remains of a decal or any identification of any sort. A little WD40 on the thirty pivots and it works well. I think it's left best with patina till I figure out what to do with it.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Sidecar Sunday

Tippco Silver Racer. A rare and beautiful toy, the sidecar monkey swings out and leans to make the turn as the vehicle turns left.

Thanks, Rolf!


Truth in advertising, 1969

 "Vintage machines for the enthusiast".
 The company went out of business in early 1971.

1949 Pontiac

"It's not a show car," he said, "I drive it every day."

Friday, August 21, 2020

URS engine

Privateer Helmut Fath won the 1960 sidecar championship using a BMW, the motor of choice at that time. In 1961 BMW gave him factory support but a crash ended that seasons challenge. As he recovered, he planned on building a more powerful BMW engine but parts were not available form the factory. A resourceful man, he and friends designed and built an inline four from scratch naming it the URS after their town Ursenbach. 

It first ran in 1964, and though it made good power, it broke- a lot. problems were ironed out and development continued till the engine was reliable and powerful. In 1968 Fath won the championship again, beating the factory BMWs and breaking their 14 year winning streak. 

The engine was a 2 valve DOHC inline four with two crankshafts connected by a common cushioned countershaft. The chain driven camshafts are driven from that countershaft and are also made in two halves. A series of gears drives a Bosch fuel injection pump intended for a Borgward car.  The engine produced 78 horsepower at 13,000 rpm while maintaining a healthy spread of power. The transmission (not shown) was an Austrian make, Schaftleitner, and used 4, 5 or 6 speeds depending on the track. The engine was also tried in solo motorcycles using a frame from Seeley and later Rickman.

 Drawing above by Bill Bennett.