Friday, June 24, 2022

Opportunities for all! 1954


Postwar, the Canadian aviation industry was a pretty good place to be.

Bristol Mk1 450 Coupe

Bristol used this strangely shaped car with enclosed cockpit for the Le Mans in 1953 and 54, finishing 7th and 8th in 1954. Despite its ugliness, the car was apparently quite stable aerodynamically, though for the 1955 season it lost the roof and gained scalloped fender wells for brake cooling and it looks quite a bit nicer.

The earlier models were scrapped, though we can still get one, Dinky Toys introduced a diecast toy in 1956.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Suzuki GS750

 Paris Vintage Meet, looks showroom condition!

Homemade Yamaha four

Motorcycle Repair Manual, Petersen Pub. 1968

 Pardon the page break in the picture. The rider of this machine, described only as a young Japanese motorcycle mechanic, built his own inline 2 stroke four out of two Yamaha twins. Long before Allen Millyard. Chain alignment is not mentioned.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Garnet wrench

This fancy (nickel or chrome plated) but simple tool would have been supplied with a Garnet anthracite coal burning stove and would be used to turn and empty the grates in the firebox. Very little information online on the company or their stoves.



Tillotson Diaphragm Carburetors

I was leafing through this old Petersen motorcycle mechanics book, when I came upon a picture of Jerry Branch using a Tillotson diaphragm carburetor on a Rapido hop up. This brought back some ancient not so pleasant memories of a rescued Sears moped amateurishly outfitted with a chainsaw carb. At the time, at 14 or 15, we knew even less about a diaphragm carb then we did about the Mikuni carbs on the little Japanese bikes we were playing with. The moped ran only once in our care, wide open till it stopped by itself. My next experience with diaphragm carbs were the $50 non-runner snowmobiles that we could never make run long enough to foster anything but utter hatred for the things. 
In retrospect if we had just installed a new set of points/condenser and a new diaphragm, I'd probably still be riding the them. But at the time... puller? ignition? carburetion? all black magic...
 So I googled a bit and found that that type of carb was used in karting and even original equipment on Harleys. Lots of info out there... and the most amazing thing is now you can buy replacement Chinese diaphragm carbs for chainsaws, $20, just bolt on- they don't even need adjusting.

Yep, pretty straightforward...

Tillotson HD here

Harley HD

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Another job you might not want to do, camshaft timing on an Aston Martin DB2

 All of a sudden a timing belt looks good...

Planes in formation; Vampires!

 De Havilland Vampires served with the RCAF from 1949 till 1958. When they were retired one was saved for posterity, but several from different sources have been preserved. More Canadian Vampires here.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Select Steel wrench


Select Steel was one of the economy-line tool brands used by Duro  Indestro.  According to Alloy Artifacts these tools were made from the 1940s through to the 1970s. They are a rebranded version of the earlier Indestro Chicago wrench shown below (also from the incredible Alloy Artifacts site). fig 144.

Motorcycle Snowmobile hybrid

Seen at the 2022 Paris Vintage Meet. Like a Rokon but different...


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

1968 Cycle Buyers Guide

 A lot more interesting than the ones today...

Power Dozer

Here's a tin friction drive toy, made in Japan. Better to not use it in sand... 
Then came Tonka.


Friday, June 17, 2022

More power is always better

 Big power for your K10 or B100P, those were the days!

Orenda Iroquois

 Orenda engines grew out of the Turbo Research company founded in 1944 to study the new jet engine technology. It was part of the Avro Canada group and focused on axial flow turbines instead of the Whittle type engines. This ad is from 1957 when the Avro Arrow was being developed- and the future was rosy. 

 The B-47 in the ad is the one they modified to test the engine. Previous post here.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Oldsmobile Toronado, 1966

 This IS your fathers Oldsmobile... I'd own one in a minute..

Hodaka! from Pabatco 1967

90cc of pure fun. Pabatco might have sold Avon fairings but this is where their heart was. They had a good thing going -for a while...

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Avon fairings

Avon fairings ad from 1967, not sure what the actual message is? And is that helmet going to fit over that hair? Note that Avon is handled through Pabatco- the people that brought you the mighty Hodaka.

Norvin Viscount

In 1960, Bob Morton and Tom Somerton built a Norvin with a difference, it was intended as a prototype for a production motorcycle. Norton frames may have been relatively easy to come up with, donor Vincents less so, and only a few were built. Looks like a  nice alternative to an Egli....

More here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Polycarbonate open face helmets

Just the thing to go with that 60s metalflake paint job!

What's for breakfast in 1919?

100 years later, they're all "husky", and hardly an oat to be seen...

Retired Farmall Model B

Here's a sad and neglected little cultivator tractor, competing in the same market as the Model G Allis Chalmers. The  drivers sits to the right of the powertrain for visibility. Once again, implements are mounted to the belly. Engine is 113 cu in, making about 16 hp.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Allis Chalmers Model G

The rear engine Model G was built for small farms and market gardens. It was a different concept than most tractors, rather than pulling implements, they were mounted to the machine between the front and rear wheels, and under the operators feet, giving him an excellent view of the work. Farmall used Culti-vision to accomplish the same thing. The power was a 61 cu in 4 cylinder, rated at 10 hp, working through a 3 speed transmission.

 It was not as successful AC hoped, about 30,000 were made between 1948 and 1955.