Sunday, June 20, 2021

Brough Superior?

Dec 84 Classic Motor Cycle
Who among us wouldn't want a nice stylish Brough Superior sitting in the garage, big V twin JAP motor filling the frame, feeding into the twin fishtail mufflers...

 Here are two models that in my opinion fall short of that Brough appeal, The Brough Superior Dream, above with its stacked horizontally opposed engine and below ( continuing the car engines in a motorcycle series) the Austin-engined inline four longitudinally mounted which drove not one but two rear wheels. Both just look wrong to me.

Feb 87 Classic Motor Cycle


Sidecar Sunday


Richardson wrench

Seen at a local flea market today. a number of Richardson wrenches. I've not seen the name before but they do resemble Craftsman wrenches. I can find no further info on them, the back just says Drop Forged Tool Steel.

 I see a Richardson patent from 1863 for the first ratchet wrench and on ebay is a bicycle wrench marked Richardson Chicago, it does not look related.

Aerite foot pump

This is a nice solid foot operated air pump probably from the 1950s and made in England, just the thing to keep in the trunk of your car for emergencies. 

I used foot and bicycle pumps far too often when I was a kid, I'm a compressor fan these days.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Triumph H fork issues


The Triumph model H was used during WW1, 30,000 were produced for the army and by and large they worked well gaining the nickname "Trusty Triumph". However the girder fork spring, pointing forward and working against a yoke, took a lot of abuse. On the rough roads and off road, the yoke was known to fail, causing the fork to collapse forward almost certainly resulting in a crash. The DRs soon learned to put a strong leather strap around the fork in order to avoid this eventuality. Somewhere I've seen a picture of a bike with collapsed fork, I've given up trying to find it. If someone finds that picture, I'll add it to the post.


Clipper ship, Andrew Jackson

The clipper ship Flying Cloud set a record of 89 days, 8 hours from New York to San Francisco, averaging 200 miles per day in 1845.

 In 1860 the Andrew Jackson finally beat that record by 4 hours. This was enough to claim the title of the fastest ship in the world, as the above sailing card proclaims. 


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Mini cross-section

 The original Mini cross-sectioned to show interior space and layout.

Suzuki RM100

Unlike that anemic TM75, the RM100 was about the coolest thing a kid could imagine in 1976.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Drive carefully past animals


Gacan Forge Wrench

I picked this wrench up a while back online, no sizes marked but one end is .580 (14.7mm), the other .520" (13.2mm). Forged on one side is the name and city; it appears to be Gacan Forge- Welland Ont., a manufacturer we've never heard of. On the other side is Forged Steel Treated. Another little mystery wrench!


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1960 Cadillac station wagon

 Cadillac did not make station wagons, this one is by coachbuilders Hess and Eisenhardt, one of the premier American coachbuilders. The company's bread and butter were airport limousines but they also made presidential cars and the occasional thing like this.

A different one.

Before safety was invented

Ski-doo As long as there's winter, Bombardier, 1999

 While looking for info on that odd little snowmobile in yesterday's post, I happened across this page from a book from Bombardier, depicting the lineup for 1964. Newborns, kids, old guys, everyone can have fun!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Ethyl will win the war!

An ad for high octane fuel from May of 1942, not sure how accurate the statement; "plane for plane, American warplanes can outfly and outfight the enemy..." is during that time, but; Confidence, guys! We can do it! And they did.

Cold Monday

 This will make a hot day seem cooler... 
Looks like Sid Mitchell is playing with a Piper Cub and what looks like an early Snow Bug.

thanks, Kate!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Adventure tourers!

 Is this the first Adventurer tourer?

There was the Triumph Trophy Trail or Adventurer in 1972, not really the same thing, I guess.

Sidecar Imp Sunday

Sidecar sprinter, powered by a Hillman Imp engine...

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Beaver Tools wrench


This is a brass (no spark) wrench seen at a local flea market. I expect it might be for tightening valves on acetylene or similar tanks, though I've not seen this name before.

Update (Thanks, Dave); It's actually a tool included with a Beaver woodturning lathe.

Planes in formation; Hotspur II gliders


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Norton NSU

This special was built by Mike King of Superperformance Motorcycles (defunct) in North Vancouver BC. It's a 1000cc NSU Prinz engine in a Norton frame, with an inverted Norton transmission. The bike was likely built in the late 60's, it still has a 1973 BC plate on it. The bike is part of the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Collection in Vancouver.

thanks, Bevin!


Grumman Mallard

 On September 27, 1946, the first production aircraft (c/n J-2, CF-BKE), was delivered to McIntyre Porcupine Mines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shown above, it's still going today. 
Introduced as a 10 passenger airliner for harbour to harbour service, few of the fifty nine built were purchased for that use. Most were purchased as corporate aircraft. 
 Canadians bought their share, c/r CF-GEV was bought by Canadian Breweries Ltd of Toronto. The Globe and Mail used one, CF-EIZ,  as a "flying newsroom"and Maritime province businessman K. C. Irving owned at least three. 
 A prominent user in the United States was Roy Fruehauf of the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation. Fruehauf owned and operated a fishing camp, Killarney Lodge at Georgian Bay, Canada, and ferried customers there from Detroit. Another Detroiter, William Packer of General Motors, also owned a Mallard, which he often flew to Killarney.
It must have felt like a Grumman fly-in at times up there!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bugatti enthusiasm

 Careful! That thing is priceless!

We used to make things in this country, #326 KSM Innovations ATV


This interesting thing was seen on Facebook Marketplace, someone spent a lot of money on this, I think I'll just present the ad in its entirety.

Own a piece of powersports history. This is believed to be a one-off prototype of an all-terrain vehicle built by KSM Innovations of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was designed as “light weight, single track, motorized vehicle that is amphibious, unsinkable, all terrain and all season, safe and stable and having no need of transformations or additions to adapt it to different weather or terrain conditions” in Patent # 4,981,188 as filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office.It is powered by a Honda ATC125 engine that is connected to a one piece track drive system.Built in the early 80s. rumour was they lost the contract with Honda due to design flaws. Runs drives moves, could use restoration, 

Amazing collectors piece. $6500 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

We used to make things in this country #325, Atlas Graphite Flakes

Not generally seen on store shelves today, apparently used as an oil additive, one teaspoon per pint of oil, introduced directly into the cylinders, or mixed with quick drying shellac... I can't read the rest of the directions- but the manufacturer is Atlas Asbestos, and we know where this is going...


Morris Minor


Monday, June 7, 2021

Blakey's shoe protectors

 I recall long ago, certain tough guys at school liked their clickers on their boot heels, but I always wondered about them, steel on a terrazzo floor, aren't they slippery? And if you walked across a hardwood floor... 

Anyways, they're still being manufactured.