Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The nine cylinder radial Leonides was prototyped in 1936, its 718 cu. inches producing 450 hp. Although development work continued slowly during the war, the engine was brought out again, developed to 520 hp and put into production in 1947. Production continued till 1966, the last British production aircraft piston engine.
Not one of the better looking wrenches I've seen but when the forging is proudly proclaimed to have been done in the USA, I have to take a second look even if its a cheap looking thing. When the price tag was removed, I found the Select Steel wording hidden underneath. To me it still looked like a cheap department store wrench but apparently the Select Steel branding was used by Indestro.
As always, Alloy artifacts to the rescue.
Monday, August 2, 2021
Kind of a minor Monday Mystery I guess... Marked only with the number J132 and stamped Made in Canada, this looks like a wheel wrench supplied by an unknown automobile manufacturer. Pressed steel construction always seems shoddy, but it is actually quite good quality. The end of the handle has a sharp edge for prying hub caps loose.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
|July 1980 Road & Track|
Another 6 wheel experiment from the seventies, this time by Roy Lane, who converted the March 771 race car into a 4 wheel drive hill climb race car. He had fitted the two axle gearbox from the aborted March 761 F1 project. Apparently it worked well in wet conditions but in the dry broke gears and had traction and handling issues. The 4wd system also took a lot of horsepower. It was thought that a differential was needed between the rear axles to allow them to operate independently. The car was soon converted back to 4 wheels. Car history here.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Kingston Ontario is located in a limestone area, and during the remodelling of an 1860s downtown house, this stove pipe thimble carved from limestone was found in the backyard, still in good shape. Apparently they do turn up occasionally and generally all have the same proportion and appearance. The thought is that they were the work of a single stonecarver whose identity is long lost but once again, no information on them!
Friday, July 30, 2021
Another almost-good tool idea from the 70s. Like so many of these clever gadgets, the biggest issue is the space it takes up. Bolts and nuts out in the open aren't the issue, it's the ones that you can't quite get a grip on, this tool might occasionally be useful but would probably mostly stay in the drawer... Here's one on ebay.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
And .... another Norton special - this one has an 812 cc four cylinder Honda SOHC 750-4 in a stretched and widened Commando frame. Did he include the Isolastic engine mounts, I wonder. Not sure how long ago it was built, but it's still ridden by the maker, Andy Davidson of Victoria, B.C. Photo was taken on Saltspring Island British Columbia this summer. Thanks, Bevin!
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
|Thoroughbred and Classic Cars, April 86|
Rex McCandless, while consulting to Norton and designing the famous Featherbed frame, was busy on another project, this time on four wheels. It appeared at its first race in late 1951, pictured here with Laurie McGladery driving. Powered by a 500cc Manx Norton engine mounted in the nose, the box section spine frame also provided a mount for the countershaft with brake drums and transmission which then powered both front and rear wheels using chain drive. The machine was nearly unbeatable in the races it ran in Ireland. The car was fitted later with a more substantial body, pictured here. Below the Featherbed frame.
Monday, July 26, 2021
The company was acquired by Walter P. Chrysler and when the Chrysler Corporation was formed in 1925, Maxwell was shut down.
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
I've made a couple of previous posts on the Phänomen and have combined them into this one. For some reason, these things creep me out. I can picture them as the only vehicles appearing in a steampunk horror movie, a genre I think that really needs developing... Picture a Victorian version of the Bladerunner set as a starting point.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
I thought this was a nicely done Virago custom, utilizing the ubiquitous "NOS" or is that repro by now? Benelli Mojave tank. I got home before I realized it isn't a 1100 Virago, but rather something else, the scale is thrown off by the tank, engine doesn't look like a 535, the 250 is chain drive... what is it?