Friday, February 23, 2018

a good design allows for a simple adaptation to make a dual purpose able item, like a truck/trailer towing, or a sofa sleeper, or a draftsmans table, or this tractor / train engine

in the above, visible on the far side rear rim, they bolted on a flange

and that made this tractor able to roll on rails as the front rims were made with flanges and the right distance apart

if the tractor looks a little familiar, maybe you're remembering the trench crosser

Volkswagen Trailer Assist (thanks Mike!)

and here's the behind the scene's vid, even more interesting

I've never heard of fake railway lines, these were painted in black on canvas, and placed over a British gun position to provide camouflage for the emplacement.

well this is obscure and obsolete, an the 1st I've ever heard of the WW1 lice killing clothes steamer truck to combat the pest, and typhus

Official figures show 71 per cent of duty-time lost in the AEF in France was through disease, against just 22 per cent from battle injuries.

The Army had a 'delousing' program which consisted of infrequent visits of a large tank-truck-like device and a steam generator. We were required to completely disrobe and toss our clothes into a bundle which was then thrown into the tank and live steam cooked the bugs. During this time we froze, of course, since the contraption never came on a nice warm day, but usually made its appearance during the winter months.

a plank road for King George V, who was being chauffeured in a Vauxhall staff car during his visit to the front at Vimy, on 11th July 1917

When those batteries need to get connected, but you're out of jumpers

with a little help

either for the mancave, the office, or the local bar... this is a cool stove. This one is at the Beer Farm in Margaret River (near Perth Australia)

sometimes it's easy to spot the retired grandpa. Coolest thing I've seen today

“Hello shop.” Shop-go ahead. Op- hey I have a serious issue on this hoe, can ya come take a look?

I think this calls for a sunday afternooon John Wayne movie where he runs a dozer

I think this must have been the movie where he portrays the guy who put out oil well fires, Hellfighters

how can this have not been locked down enough to keep it from moving 15 to 20 feet. That is not a "shifted" load.

Owner made to reflect the kind of rig he wants, but no one builds anymore.

just when you focus on the intersection, it's the moron texting in front of you that causes it all to go snafu (skip the 1st 30 seconds)

Rosenburg Arizona Feb 5th

hmmmm, a bank robbery in a hurricane movie. Well, that sharknado thing made a lot of money, so who knows?

A restored trailer with the sleeper underneath just as it was in the 40s through 60s.

a Postal Service driver was fatally shot on Interstate 30 in Dallas early Monday, 220am

Monday's shooting is being investigated by the Dallas police and the United States Postal Inspectors. Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Walton at 214-671-3632 or 214-701-8453.


U.S. Postal Inspectors in cooperation with the Dallas Police Department arrested 25-year-old Donnie Ferrell of Hutchins. McMurrey says federal authorities will determine the exact charges, but Ferrell will appear before a U.S. Magistrate judge Thursday.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Has it been too long since you've seen a Swift driver screw everything up? Well, wait no longer!

uh oh, a load of new Indian motorcycles just burned up, not just any bikes, next year models maybe, concepts, prototypes maybe? It's the demo tour bikes for sure

the trailer had a blow out around 11 am, on interstate 10 in Florida, and the driver was trying to get to the next exit, but that wasn't going to happen

the "Crewe Tractor" a Ford Model T chassis adapted to switch from running on rails, to road wheels relatively easily

the enormous quantities of rubber tyres needed for British military vehicles on the Western Front

to illustrate the enormous quantity of new tyres needed to keep the British military's vehicles on the road, the ' J Mobile Tyre Press ' at Hesdin alone, fitted 1160 tires to the wheels of 580 lorries in a week.

even more rubber tyre inner tubes were used, and whenever possible damaged inner tubes were repaired.

and the motorcycle tire repair shop

made by the German Mannesmann-Mulag Company, this WW1 German Army Staff Car/Troop transporter was able to seat some 38 men!

dealing with a stagecoach robber in Texas, c. 1890-1900

thanks Mike!

What's the difference between a 428, a 428 Cobra Jet and a 428 SCJ? Or the 429, 429 cj

The CJ block differs from the plain 428 due to the additional webs cast into the main bearing saddles. 

The SCJ block is the same as a CJ, and to that they added 427 "LeMans" connecting rods, better intake manifold, and an oil cooler, plus crank, rods, pistons, wrist pins, flywheel/flexplate

The 428SCJ was externally balanced with a counter weight behind a different harmonic balancer and an electronically balanced crank shaft  on the 428CJ

If you believed the ads, you had to wonder how Ford sold any Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet engines at all. Compared to a plain ol' Thunder Jet 429, a Super Cobra Jet would cost about $500 more and net you 15 advertised horsepower.


You could get that from a set of headers and a better cam, then buy a set of sticky tires with the change.

For a 429 comparison

The standard 429, with two-bolt mains, 2.09/1.65 valves, 10.5:1 compression and a 600 CFM Autolite on top, was rated at 360hp @ 4,600, and a gut-busting 480-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,800 RPM.

Let us assume this is a real number, and use it as a baseline.

If you'd b ought a Torino, for an extra $356, you could step into a Cobra Jet.
You got a 700 CFM Rochester carb, slightly smaller combustion chambers and 2.24/1.72 valves in the heads, a compression bump to 11.3:1, and stronger main-bearing webbing.

Ford advertised it with a mere 10hp gain and a net loss of torque--370hp @ 5,400 RPM, and 450-lbs.ft. (30-lbs.ft. less!) at 3,400 RPM.

From there the step up to the Super Cobra Jet package in a Torino meant the 3.91 ($155) or 4.30 ($206) axle ratio.
The CJ's two-bolt mains give way to four-bolt mains, the pistons are forged aluminum instead of cast, a 780 CFM Holley carb sits atop a bespoke intake manifold, there's an oil cooler hanging off the front of the radiator support, and a nasty solid-lifter cam requiring manual adjustment.

That's a lot of upgrading just to satisfy an axle ratio. There were also some external tells: a single incoming fuel line versus the standard CJ's twin lines, a slightly different air cleaner. The result? A rated five horsepower at 200 more revs. Five. The torque numbers remained the same.

Funnier still, a cold-air intake was optional on both engines, and (if the paperwork is to be believed) proffered no power gain. None. If a solid-lifter cam and extra air from multiple sources isn't enough to get more than five horses out of an engine, Ford's engineers should all have been fired on the spot. If the standard CJ was a 400hp machine, we'd peg the SCJ at around 425 to 430.

a 460 crank in an SCJ will get you 11.8:1 compression and 500 flywheel horsepower with few other changes

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an actual fluke, I found these in different places at different times, and it wasn't until days later that I noticed the connection