Saturday, September 24, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
The ratchet at least is probably not original, but a nice collection of century-old pressed steel sockets in a very lovely wooden box. (Silly logo too.) According to the tremendous Alloy Artifacts site, it was the first automotive tool kit sold by Sears Roebuck.
Here's a heavyweight steam tractor outfitted for use on soft ground. The wheels are double width (even the wagons), fitted with pivoting plank-like treads, restrained by steel cables. The system was devised by Australian Frank Botrill and must have functioned on some level, but it sure looks ungainly!
Monday, September 19, 2022
I'm guessing this is some sort of ancient power hacksaw, perhaps for some specialized use? No names or markings anywhere. The two level stand with screw adjustment is odd and the little 45° shelf might be part of a missing feed table? Anyways, information and guesses welcomed!
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
Frank Duryea at the wheel of his automobile, 1893.
In 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald, inspired by the Paris-Rouen Automobile Race, decided they could sell a lot more papers if they too organized and ran an automobile race. They promoted the 14.5 mile Chicago-Evanston race for Thanksgiving Day, 1895. There were ninety five entrants but only six cars showed up on race day, three Benzs, two electrics, and the Duryea. The Duryea ran away with the race, at the eyewatering speed of 6.66 mph.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Doug Schwerma poses with the Yamaha triple he made using aircooled Yamaha twin parts. If Yamaha two stroke twins were dominating 250 and 350cc roadracing, what could be done by adding another cylinder? Mr. Schwerma was the first to do so but the cause taken up in Britain by several people, who made triples using various combinations of 250 and 350 cylinders including the SCITSU triple in 1973, before the TZ500 and TZ750s. More here.
Monday, September 12, 2022
In Newcastle coal mining circles, the "Pit sinker" was the first man down the shaft once they reached a coal seam. Along with the rsk of collapse, these shafts often filled with water, requiring steam powered pumps to keep ahead of the inflow. I expect these men didn't enjoy long lives. More here.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Saturday, September 10, 2022
I picked this Bultaco Metralla mocked up racebike project up last week, not yet sure what I'm going to do with it...
Wrong fork and front wheel, engine is a rare model 106 Astro 350 (one of 627 made) and the Metralla frame is 23-02800- if you have the matching 23-02800 Metralla engine, do I have a deal for you!
Friday, September 9, 2022
Henry Ford, posing with the Detroit Electric car he bought for his wife, Clara. It seems odd, by the picture below of her target shooting, she was no shrinking violet but apparently not willing to- or capable of?- drive a model T, and with Henry's resources, why wouldn't he build her a one-off Ford electric?
BTW that's Edsel in the foreground making the time-honoured small boy faces.