Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Cast iron toolbox

This cast iron toolbox came off a Frost and Wood (previous Frost and Wood post herefarm implement of some sort, I will find out what 941 signifies. Seen at the antique store, the latch mechanism was seized up, painted in place so the lid wouldn't open. I have to admit part of the reason I bought it was the challenge of getting it open!


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

We used to make things in this country #340 Regent oil refining.

 Oil refining was an industry in Port Credit starting in 1932, when The Port Credit Brick Works sold a portion of their land to Lloyd's Tankers to build a refinery. The site had several owners over the years till an arsonist set fire to the works in 1978, closing the facility. The site operated as Regent Refining from 1946 till 1955. History here.

Southern Pacific

Illustration by Patterson and Hall Advertising

Streamliner on the Lucin cutoff.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Bendix Stromberg carburetor injector

My guess is that this device was part of an intake system for a radial airplane engine, though exactly which engine might be harder to figure out!


Bikes in the 'hood, RG400

Seen at one of the local motorcycle destinations on the weekend, Robbie's Japanese market Walter Wolf RG400, modified with 17 inch wheels. Very nice.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Baker electric, 1913

Revolving front seats, steer from either the backseat or front...graceful low-hung body.... and no mention of range. The company closed in 1914.

Sidecar Sunday

Goldwing with Hannigan fairing, unknown make sidecar


Saturday, August 27, 2022

Suzuki RT60

The RT60, the piston port 125cc twin that Suzuki fielded for the IoM in 1960. They were not competitive, but at least all finished, in 15th, 16th and 18th place. The Suzuki average speed was 71.88 mph compared to the winners speed of 85.61 (Carlos Ubbialli on an MV). Note the mufflers, they can't quite be called expansion chambers yet.


Phaeton Moto-cycle

Lucius Copeland built a steam powered high wheel bicycle in 1894 and introduced it at the Arizona Territorial Fair that year. This gave him the confidence to continue his work and the Phaeton Moto-Cycle was introduced in 1886. He produced about 200 of these machines in the next five years before deciding he wasn't making enough money and retired.
 At least that's the story at Wikipedia, he is not mentioned in the ad above, and apparently lived on the other side of the country, so there's a gap here somewhere...
 More photos at Virtual steam car museum

Friday, August 26, 2022

Bikes in the 'hood, 80-83 GS750

Mixed feelings on this one, I owned a blue 1980 GS750 back in the day and thought it was very elegantly styled, the tailend is one of the nicest ever, though the square headlight in its body-coloured bezel jarred a bit. 

This one fixes the headlight issue but I'm not a fan of either the brown seat or the little cafe bump. Oh well, good to see these bikes still out there!


Bell Toy PT8 boat

This is a nicely made basic wooden PT Boat toy, about 10 inches long that is well proportioned and detailed, a lot of thought went into the hull shape. Sadly though, it is missing some parts. 
 It could be homemade though there is a logo on the bottom- Bell Toy- which I've never heard of.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

New York City Skyport, seaplane dock

In the 1920s, if you commuted to downtown New York by seaplane, this is where you arrived, it's still operational today.

Hallcraft mag wheels

Cast aluminum wheels for motorcycles became available in the aftermarket in the mid-seventies, these ones were a different approach, chromed all steel mag wheels, probably intended for the chopper market, the company was a division of Hurst who made the Hurst Airheart hydraulic brake systems. A quick google shows Hallcraft also did spoked wheels and spool hubs, apparently going out of business in the early eighties.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Kawasaki KT250


Bean-X tool

The text on the handle claims it is for stringing and slicing beans, no instructions given, but could come handy during harvest season!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Supercharged DKW, 1934

 Piston supercharged 1934 350cc Twingle two stroke DKW racer. Above, partially disassembled, showing attachment of supercharging piston. 

Intake is two piston ported Amals, one on each side with twin exhaust ports. Previous post.

bikes in the hood... choppers...


Monday, August 22, 2022

Zeppelins in formation

American Heritage of Flight, 1962

 A view of a fleet heading off on a bombing raid, taken from another airship. 1915 photo.

Souvenir letter opener from Expo 67

 Probably couldn't get away with selling them today, even if they are handmade and if we got letters any more.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Sectioned Vincent

 I wonder if this sectioned motorcycle is still around? There was no info accompanying the picture, it sure looks like the real thing, not just an illustration...

Sidecar Sunday

 I can't even imagine...

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Toilet and beard clippers

Here's a beautiful set of clippers made by a German company, H. Dorwall. Found at an antique market, complete with original box and instructions,  The company seems to have had a line of knives and other cutting tools. This site says that H. Dorwall was a brand name that Boker used for Canadian sales, yet another part of the complex Boker history.


Eclipse Tailbag

I've been using this Eclipse tailbag regularly since the early eighties, it's been just about perfect, Well constructed and waterproof with a handy zipped pocket on the front, it's just big enough for my use and has been durable enough to last about 40 years since I picked it up secondhand!
 But all good things... both zippers failed on my last trip.
 I see Eclipse is still in business so I should complain about "quality control" and "things not being made like they used to!" blah blah blah.  I do think it's telling that this bag is no longer in their current catalog, though.
 Kidding of course, no intention of retiring it yet, I'll see if I can get someone who sews better than me to fix it. 


Friday, August 19, 2022

Union Pacific

Twenty five of these giants were built for the Union Pacific, after a 6 year restoration, in 2019 number 4014 was put into operation again and has been in occasional railfan service for ever since. More here.

Tree Debarker


This Ball Debarker, built by Kockums Industrier of Sweden, is the centerpiece of the town square and park at Matagami Que. Translation of the plaque is roughly: Aware that the forestry industry is an important economic sector for the region, Domtar wants to pay tribute to forestry workers.

Matagami has two industries, forestry and the Matagami zinc mine- which closes this year.