|From an article in Dec 1980 issue of Collector and Classic Cars|
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The cover bike for this 1987 issue of Classic Bike was a new acquisition and restoration by the Sammy Miller Museum. The radical new bike had been built by Ernie Earles of Earles fork fame in the early 1950s, whose company Elms Metals was working hard on bring the aluminum construction expertise from the aircraft industry to the motorcycle industry. This BSA powered motorcycle utilized a welded aluminum tube frame, possibly the first of its type, though the short production Mercury had a cast aluminum frame in the thirties. Aluminum welding was brand new, having only been introduced in 1944.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Someone once said, "Every man should own a 12 cylinder car at some point in their life".
Monday, March 28, 2022
John Hope had been making engraving drums for fabric printing as far back as 1780, by the time the House of Hope was established in 1810 in England, they was already the leader in the technology. The company expanded or moved to Rhode Island in 1847 under the care of the son, also John Hope, bringing their expertise to the thriving fabric mills of New England. John Hope (and later his sons) continued to develop engraving technology, perfecting pantographing technology, becoming the authority for all types of engraving, not just fabric. The company was finally incorporated in 1890 as John Hope & Sons Engraving and Manufacturing. From Grace's Guide. Googling the company name shows entries into the 1920s, but it's uncertain how long the company survived.
The small handout 3" scale above was an advertisement for their capabilities.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Leytonstone Jig & Tool made jigs for the aircraft industry in the 1940s, as the war ended, they started a line of hand tools, Leytool, including this wrench, their hand drills seem to be much more common. The company seems to have been in business at least into the seventies.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
|Racer with larger TT tank.|
Here's an early fifties BSA development project for a proposed horizontal 250 cc 4 radial valve race bike. BSA was looking for a forward thinking design to carry on the success of the Gold Star. The original concept came from Bert Hopwood in 1949, Doug Hele did much of the following development. It featured an interesting frame design with leading link fork and a cantilever rear suspension with a single shock. The engine had twin carbs and twin exhaust and revved above 10,000 rpm.
|Bruce Main-Smith, The First Classic BSA Scene|
Friday, March 25, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Here's a device I found at Cardon's at Perth, Ontario on the weekend. No idea what it would be used for, but being all stainless steel and with a handle like another medical tool I have, (bottom) I would guess it's something from the medical world... opinions welcomed!