The Intertec 2 stroke manuals were great, nice line drawings, clear concise explanations and hop ups! You too can turn your lowly ( insert model here) into a race bike!
Monday, February 28, 2022
|Herb Collings with Carl Morgan, Pioneering the Auto Age, Travelife Pub 1993|
The Canadian Commercial Motor Car Company started in a factory at 509 Goyette St. in Windsor in 1911, specializing in commercial vehicles. The model above, shown in a typical scene is "the Canadian", featuring a screened in body (not shown) and an ebony steering wheel. Carrying on the patriotic flavour was their motto "Deliver the goods the Canadian way". It wasn't enough, the company seems to have disappeared by the mid 30s.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
The Princess May was already an older ship when this accident happened in 1910. The vessel had been built in 1888 near Newcastle, England as a trader for use along the coast of China. It worked for several companies and under different names but in 1901 was acquired by Canadian Pacific Steamships for coastal service along the coast of British Columbia. On Aug. 5, 1910 the ship was heading south from Skagway Alaska in a fog when it ran aground on the north end of Sentinel Island. When the tide went out (a 16 foot range in that area) this is what the situation looked like.
Friday, February 25, 2022
In 1960 three versions of this sweet little 4 stroke V twin were shown at the Milan Motor show, 98, 125 and 175cc. Unfortunately Rumi was struggling at this point and the machine did not make it to production. One prototype remains.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
The WAG was built by Wright and Gasking of Birmingham and introduced in May of 1925 in The MotorCycle. The cylinders were spaced 60° but fired 180° apart. The crankcase was isolated from the cylinders by an intermediate chamber as shown in the lower right corner, so the intake and pumping took place above the crankcase, the piston running on an inner guide. An exploded view is needed to sort this one out!
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
One of those tools you never knew you needed when working on Briggs and Stratton points/condenser ignition system. This is the system that uses one end of the condenser as the other contact surface for the points. The ignition wire is held in place by a spring under tension, this tool squeezes the spring to expose the wire hole. Those of you under 40 years old and familiar with capacitor discharge ignitions, thyristors, mosfets, etc. may need to an update on just what a condenser does... (see below). All you need to know about points is 12 thou...
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
This was Henry Ford's first commercial automotive venture. Well backed financially by the mayor and local businessmen, it was open for a full year and never produced a single car. Despite the promotional piece in the Detroit Journal (bottom), which featured his second car, the vehicle to be produced in this facility is the delivery van in front of the factory (above). It was only the third car that Henry Ford had built. He never finished developing the design, constantly changing and redesigning components so no complete cars were sold. The operation closed down in the fall of 1900.
|Sidney Olson, Young Henry Ford, A picture history of the first 40 years. Wayne State University, 1963|
Monday, February 21, 2022
This is a fibreglass body kit to build your own custom sports car, details are a bit vague but steel tubes are molded into the various panels, allowing the body to be located on some appropriate car, the tubes cut to proper length and welded to the existing chassis. Googling this rather sketchy information brought up an entry in the excellent Coachbuilt.com website which tells the whole story.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
The 348 Turbo-Thrust motor was introduced in 1958, intended as a bigger engine for the larger Impala. Unusually, the combustion chamber was wedge shaped and located in the block. The combustion chamber surface in the head was flat. Never intended as a performance engine, it was in production till 1964. The 409 V8, introduced in 1962 replaced it as Chevrolet's big motor.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
|Thomas G. Lynch, Canada's Flowers, History of the Corvettes of Canada 1939-45, Nimbus Pub. 1981|