Saturday, October 31, 2020
Big Time. A 1958 Buick is driven into and posed inside the 350 ton, 46 foot tall hood-stamping press in the Flint, Michigan GM plant. Is that machine still working, I wonder?
La promenade en Torpedo
This is considered to be the first rendition of a motor vehicle in European art. On top of an architectural rendering of a house and gardens, another artist later added the motorcar with passengers. France, 1896.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Know your saddle parts
Thursday, October 29, 2020
DR Big 50
Suzuki introduced the 750cc single cylinder four stroke DR Big in 1988, it was never sold in the US but it was reasonable seller in Europe. Suzuki then introduced this 50cc 2 stroke replica for the Spanish market, kind of ridiculous! More here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
One of my vices is vises, P&B
"Here, have this..." Helping a friend moving house and I acquire another vise with an unfamiliar name. Parry and Bott (previous post here) of Birmingham made hand tools, mainly spirit levels and braces- and apparently also vises. There does not seem to be much information on the company online but according to Grace's Guide they were acquired by Rabone Chesterman in 1971.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Atlantic steam locomotive model
Hungerford suspension bridge
Monday, October 26, 2020
Shell Company of California
Monday Mystery, Sorby Auger
Sunday, October 25, 2020
New Zealander Jimmy Cullen (Squadron Leader) proudly poses for a publicity shot with his new Tempest V On April 15 1944. I found this image in the 1974 book Typhoon and Tempest at War. As you do, I started wondering about this proud young man, No probs, the internet knows...
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Bench grinder, tool rests
GM design sketch
Harley Earl Sketchbooks.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Siemens electric locomotive
Thursday, October 22, 2020
First motor car race
According to Antique Auto, Vol 53, #4 this 1895 painting is the first known rendering of a motor race in the USA. The lead driver is said to closely resemble Elwood Haynes, the first to drive a motorcar in Kokomo Ohio during the July 4th parade the previous year.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Komet Me 163S “Habich” two-seat trainer glider
Vintage BBQ chicken recipe
A few years ago, I was looking for a recipe for green chile and I was thoroughly disgusted with one that started with, "Buy a can of enchilada sauce..." Really? start with an unidentified, undefined mass of commercially canned glop? Move along...
But, the attached recipe must have originated in the fifties, and there is no doubt that it's from another era, a time of TV dinners and canned everything, featuring exotic ingredients like ketchup, prepared mustard, Worcestershire sauce... and it wasn't anywhere near a BBQ but crap... can't deny, it actually tastes pretty good and it's easy to make... substitute any collection of chicken parts...
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
A great design that they got right. A hundred years later they're still right.
|Feb, 87, The Classic Motor Cycle |
Did you hear the news?
It appears the F.A.M. Endurance run was a big thing.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday Mystery, Richards Wilcox
Douglas torsion bar suspension
Another under-engine suspension system. Torsion bars seem an elegant solution, but that's an awful lot of parts and machining!