Sunday, July 31, 2022
Friday, July 29, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Although the Ford Motor Company started manufacturing Model Ts in Britain in 1911, it wasn't till 1932 that they designed and built the Model Y specifically for Europe, In 1935 the company got the price of the car down to £100. (About £6700 or $8200 USD).
Below, Model Ts being made at the Trafford Park factory, Manchester.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
This looks like a recent barn find, it was at a local motorcycle dealer, maybe with an eye to get it back on the road. It looks like it was a well loved motorcycle back in the day with tasteful mods like the Shelby Dowd wheels, café seat, allen head engine screws and the period custom paint licks. Hope to see it on the street!
The poster is by Yusaku Kamekura, a prominent Japanese graphic artist of the time.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
In Los Angeles in 1912, the Bryant Brothers Flying School placed an ad for a woman to teach to fly, their ulterior motive was to feature a woman pilot in their barnstorming act. Alys McKay impressed Johnny Bryant enough, having ridden a motorcycle and displaying the most enthusiasm, beat out 17 other women, and became an accomplished pilot. She participated in a number of airshows along the west coast, setting an altitude record for a woman of 2900 feet. In July 1913 they crossed the border into Canada and performed for royal visitors in Vancouver, BC, being the first woman to fly a plane in Canada. A month later at another flying demonstration in Victoria BC, strong winds cut her flying short. Her new husband Johnny Bryant flew in similar conditions the next day. The plane suddenly went into a dive and crashed into a building, breaking his neck and killing him. She was devastated and gave up flying for a year. She resumed her career in aviation by going to work at Benoist Aircraft, where she helped construct and design aircraft, and became a flying instructor. Alys McKay Bryant died in 1954 at 74 years of age.
By the turn of the last century, having a streetcar line was such a status symbol that any town without, was having feelings of inadequacy. The village of Croghan, in upstate New York, was one such town, so a local photographer/darkroom artist put together this postcard, which was a local hit.
Monday, July 25, 2022
In a world searching for a poppet valve substitution in 4 cycle engines, rotary valves, sleeve valves etc. all had their supporters. This is a new idea, well, new to me, it was patented in 1919 and shown at the London Motor Show that year. The oscillating or rocking idea was simple enough, the actuating mechanism wouldn't be complicated and with piston ring technology sorted out pretty well, you'd think we might have seen more of this arrangement.
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
This is the first alligator wrench, made by the Hawkeye Wrench Co. in Marshalltown, Iowa: “The company was founded in 1904 by G.H. Ruth and L.R. Willard to make the Hawkeye combination alligator wrench and thread re-cutter., patented February 17, 1903. Later production included the crocodile wrench (Schultz No. 7), which added a screwdriver to the original design. The company appears to have ceased operation in 1923.”
Friday, July 22, 2022
Haynes manuals, we all have some on our shelves, I'm sure. This ad in a Cycle magazine shows a disassembled Suzuki X7, a model that was never sold on this side of the pond, but no matter, Haynes manuals and the Clymer competitor product probably saved us more times than any other single thing.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
No idea who the manufacturer of this wrench is, these are the only markings, but its probably the West German competition to this one made in East Germany posted a couple of days ago. If this came out of a vehicle tool kit what company used inch measure tools from Germany?
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
|June 1979 Cycle|
This is a wrench that appears to be of indifferent quality. I've never seen another one here in Canada but possibly it's from a vehicle toolkit.
Coming from the DDR (East Germany) we can date it roughly between the late 40s to 1989. During that era all industry was VEB- Volkseigener Betreib- meaning State-run industry, the acronym also acquired a tongue in cheek translation- Vatis ehemaliger Betrieb- Daddy's former business...
With Rolf's help, I found the listing below but I did not find much more info.
VEB tool factory Radebeul, Belongs to Combine VEB tool combine Schmalkalden
address: Wilhelm-Pieck-Strasse 11, PF 46, DDR-8122 Radebeul
phone: Dresden 79931 telex: 028943, 025221
Products and services; wrenches, pruning shears
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
In the fifties and early sixties, British offroad motorcycle manufacturers generally based their product on the readily available Villiers 197cc 9E engine, but more power and reliability was required. In 1964 Greeves built their own 250 cc engine, the Challenger. Basically a crankcase bolted to an existing Albion gearbox, it worked quite well. The limiting factor was the dated Albion box and compared to the new unit construction CZ it didn't quite do it. Joel Robert won the championship on the CZ.