Saturday, June 24, 2017

Damn... a real deal 1969 ½ A12 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six-Pack that ran into a pole right at the tail end of break in miles... sold for 25k on ebay.

lead foot stupidity. Bought a real numbers matching A12 Bee, and smashed it as soon as he could.

The motor has been beefed up, and given a nice set of headers. NOS has been added, a top of the line NOS Fogger System which is mated to the original 6-Pack. AC, MSD, Bear disc brakes on all 4 tires, and an Optima battery.

This would have been an incredible car. Air Ride Technologies, 4 link added to the rear, mini tubs too  etc etc

full gallery at

Friday, June 23, 2017

David Kimble, airbrush artist who was a master at cutaway drawings, here is the 1990 Airbursh Art and Action article Maurice was nice enough to send and share!

Sweet ElRay

that is a cool funky 50s lamp!

reminds me of that incredible trailer, the Geographic,

one of the most beautiful designs I've seen

fully ready for camping adventure teardrop

1912 electric truck, damn, it's big! It's a CT electric, the Commercial Truck Company of Philadelphia from approximately 1908 to 1927. That double steering wheel is the unique identifying visual aid. This one was saved by a publishing company for silent early morning delivery up to 1962

The Commercial Truck Company operated in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and produced large electric trucks from approximately 1908 to 1927.

They sold twenty-two electric powered vehicles to Curtis Publishing, two of which were used to haul coal to fire boilers for plant operations.

The other twenty were randomly used daily to haul paper and to distribute magazines such as Jack and Jill, Ladies Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post. These vehicles slipped silently into the streets each day in the early morning hours never awakening their customers. These trucks received the best of care being serviced in the Curtis warehouse after each use and were charged approximately six hours per day.

This truck was Old Number 8 and one of the first delivered to the publishing company.

 The Model F-5 flatbed was rated at five tons but regularly carried in excess of ten tons, well beyond its stated capacity. Each wood spoke wheel has its own motor and used a solid-rubber tire that lasted for an extremely long time. Unloaded, the truck could travel at 12 miles per hour, which was two miles over the speed limit at that time.

There are less than 15 of these electric trucks left in the world and very few have been restored because of the complexity of the electrical system.

Steve remembered that he'd posted a photo of one of these on Shorpy years ago

COMMERCIAL TRUCK ELECTRIC (1912) from Dark Burn Media LLC on Vimeo.

those 2 groove wide solid tires reminded me of this beast of a gas electric:
from last year

Thanks Steve!

well, this is a first, I've never seen a camper top, that went over the trunk and top of a car! 1967

RV and Motor Home museum in Indiana

cool collapsible camper trailer!

luxury camping

LAPD not only has egg all over it's face for getting caught with it's pants down as cadets stole police cars, and joyrided for weeks, but this just in. . . HOW they got the cars? The equipment room officer gave the cars up in trade for sex with a 15 yr old girl cadet.

LAPD Ofcr. Robert Cain (31 years old),  10 years LAPD, and son of a LAPD officer, and now arrested by the chief of all LAPD himself, Chief Beck, for unlawful sex with a minor. (15 years old)

( THAT is statutory RAPE people. Tell me again why you respect cops? Didn't anyone learn from the rapes in the Rampart scandal? )

Then they found 100 weapons in his house, including modified assault rifles. Tell me something, how long does it take for the LAPD to access his registration files on weapons? 15 seconds if they type slow? So anyone want to take a guess how many he registered, and how many are either intrinsically illegal (AK47) or unregistered? Anyone want to guess if he is going to return for trial or disappear?

 Ironically, hypocritically, this piece of shit has videos on his facebook of what a hero he feels he is because he's a cop. He posted stuff about what victims cops are because so many random people shoot cops, and yet, he's a reason people hate cops, because he is one who is a criminal. (don't believe me? Ask the LAPD Chief, who just arrested this shitbag)

Chief Charlie Beck says Cain had a consensual (however, a girl this age cannot legally give consent) relationship with a 15-year-old girl, who's one of the cadets arrested for the stolen police cruiser incident last week. Bail is set at $75,000. (How fast can a corrupt pedophile cop get bail compared to a prostitute I wonder?)

The 15-year-old girl involved in the sexual relationship is one of seven cadets who have been arrested for stealing the patrol vehicles. Cain worked in the equipment room where police gear is checked out.

Now... how many underage teens has he raped the virginity of and paid in trade with police equipment? Use of the cars? Impounded drugs?

LAPD... not the first time complete corruption shows it's rotted face.

Former teen cadet (it was then called Explorers) now reporter, Gigi Graciette reports that before her time in the cadets, police were guilty of raping underage girl cadets and a scandal ensued, long forgotten, and of course, time proven to be repeated if history is not learned from.

Rampart, in the 90s, found 70 police officers either assigned to or associated with the Rampart CRASH unit guilty of some form of misconduct, making it one of the most widespread cases of documented police corruption in United States history.

As a result of the police corruption, perjury, and false evidence, 106 prior criminal convictions were overturned. The Rampart scandal resulted in more than 140 civil lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, costing the city an estimated $125 million in settlements. But only 1/3rd of the implicated cops were fired, and only 2 went to jail.

As of 2014, the full extent of Rampart corruption is not known, and several rape, murder and robbery investigations involving Rampart officers remain unsolved. $722,000 of bank robbery money was kept by LAPD ofc David Mack after getting out of jail, and over 9 pounds of impounded cocaine went missing, lots of cocaine was switched with Bisquick. Seriously. You think anyone ever tests the impounded drugs to make sure they haven't been swapped with cheap grocery substitutes?

so, I'll repeat myself again, for your safety and ability to have evidence in court when arrested or abused by corrupt cops, record every interaction with police. It might keep you out of jail.

think it's an isolated case? Nope.

San Diego PD raping prostitutes.
Oakland PD,San Fran PD, Livermore and Richmond police departments, as well as the Alameda and Contra Costa county sheriff’s departments, raping an underage prostitute.

Oakland PD:  criminal charges against seven Bay Area law enforcement officers, the departure of Police Chief Sean Whent and discipline against several other Oakland officers. Investigators with the Alameda County district attorney’s office and the Richmond Police Department were also fired amid fallout from the scandal.

In January, former Oakland Police Officer Leroy Johnson pleaded no contest to failure to report sexual misconduct with a minor, according to Assistant Dist. Atty. Teresa Drenick. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to stay away from Jasmine, Drenick said. Retired Livermore Police Officer Dan Black pleaded no contest to solicitation of lewd conduct in February, according to Drenick. His judgment was deferred, and the case will be dismissed in May 2018 if he successfully completes probation, the prosecutor said.

So, they guilty cops don't go to jail. They're still among us normal non-convicted, non-criminals. And so are their next victims.

what would Superman drive at the autocross?

57 Chev teardrop

looks like a shepard's wagon, it's labeled 1931

this is one cool old Dodge travelling rv, boat, huge steamer trunk, canvas tent... wow

on this side's running board it looks like an army cot, and portable stove, a pressure cooker, dutch oven and pulley

fantastic little yard art Airstream

wow, it's either a trailer made to look like a bomber fuselage, or a Quonset hut garage. The second one is most definitely a quonset hut type

interesting trailer concept. Sure the Cadamino is interesting too, but I've never seen a conestoga trailer idea like this

a fun old movie about car manufacturing, Gung Ho. Damn, the world view was a lot different in the 80s. Imports, cold war, big hair bands

one hell of a good cast, Micheal Keaton, Clint Howard, Gedde Wantanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, 

fridges and freezers in commuters

biker pissed off at car, kicks it, and though causing a chain reaction that crashes 2 vehicles, rides off and ignores flipped over truck . Damn, that's cold.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mickey Rooney in a Jeep in WW2, he was drafted and did 2 years of troops entertainment, got a bronze star with clusters

Rooney was trained as a sniper but was assigned to do morale boosting "Jeep Shows" along the front lines. While at the front, he was known to sneak away and as he put it, "Practice the craft that the Army had trained him to do."

tip of the hat in recognition of the many accomplishments of Ron Kelly model a engine rebuilding

Ron Kelley completed his first Model "A" restoration in 1974.

In 1996, Jim Hampton won the Great Race (5000 miles) with a RK rebuilt engine. His RK engine was rebuilt and Dyno tested for comparison with a stock engine in 1994! It's 100% improvement in horsepower was documented in a magazine article the following year. The engine was still performing like a champion two years later!

In 1997, 1999 and 2005 Ron Kelley completed The Great Race with his own rebuilt Model "A" engines and in 2005, Greg Cunningham and his navigator won the Great Race driving a 1928 Model A Speedster with a RK rebuilt engine.

The ONLY Ford 4 cylinder to complete the 1997 Peking to Paris Road Rally (12,000) was a '32 engine rebuilt and prepared for the Prince of Malaysia by Ron Kelley.

Illegal 'recapped' tires cause I-95 crash, and closes north lanes for 3 hours

an illegal recapped front tire on an Allied Movers went flat causing the large truck to hit the interstate guardrail and overturn, blocking all three lanes of northbound traffic.

Florida Highway Patrol said the driver and passenger of the moving truck were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said 35 gallons of diesel fuel and the victims' possessions that were being moved spilled onto the interstate.

Taylor explained that tread being re-added to tires is an illegal practice usually done on commercial vehicles like the large moving truck, because recapped tires are less than 1/2 the cost of new tires.

FHP is investigating whether the South Florida driver and the passenger who rented the truck or the truck company itself will be liable for the crash.

The Piaggio P.7 was built for the 1929 Schneider cup seaplane races.

The idea behind it was to use hydrofoils instead of floats, which add a lot of drag when you're flying. The engine had two clutches, one would engage the boat prop and when you were going fast enough to be up on the hydrofoils, you engaged the other prop and took off. That was the theory any way. The pilot that tried it said there was so much spray coming off the hydrofoils that he could not see where he was going and ended the test. The idea was scrapped, it never flew.

remember this wheelie kid? Someone finally found a different photo of him, and learned who it is.

It's J.R. Bloom's son out of here in Phoenix. That little car is hanging in the rafters in his garage about 3 miles away from my place. His dad was the track photographer for Beeline Raceway, the photo was on the cover of Rod and Custom, August '67

2018 Demons. They've been allocated, so go preorder yours now... Yesterday was day one of dealerships ordering from the factory. Don't screw around if you want one, it's a one year car. 3300 will be made, 300 for Canada, 3000 for USA

the dealership I work at is getting 5, plus how ever many we buy from other dealerships. If it works like the Hellcats arrival, they will come in slow, a now and then type of thing (special transporters so they aren't stolen or damaged)

and the word is that they are bottom line 90 thou for a dealership to buy. Yup. That's what the factory charges a dealership.

The intended mark up per car is 5 thousand dollars.

The real profit on each and every one is around 30-50 thousand depending on individual factors like desperation for example, aka how much a buyer wants to acquire one.

Other dealerships are already offering Demons for 30 thou over MSRP to sell to a dealership that wants to buy their allocated Demons. This sets the market value at 120k at a minimum, the way I see it.

Would a dealership part with one for less to make nice with a long term customer that buys a new car a year? Maybe. But when you consider that a new 300 only gets about 4 thou in profit, and a new Jeep Grand Cherokee is about 4 k of profit, a dealership can make a lot of profit per sale on each Demon.

Regardless, if you actually have to have one, don't screw around with the dealership, cut a check, nail one down as yours. Screw around and you'll be left in the cold and have to settle for a used Hellcat

looks like a pinstripers working roller tool box and supply cabinet!

perfect 50s family cars? 1950 Plymouth Suburban and 57 Safari. Only 2 doors, kids couldn't accidentally open the doors

Don't just take my word for it, I learned it from Jay Ward, " I also have a ’57 Pontiac Safari station wagon. That’s what we take the kids to school in, and it’s a family car because there are no back doors for the kids to fall out of!"

Hella and Automotive Lighting busted for fixing automotive lighting parts prices, fined $29.8 million

The European Commission on Wednesday slapped German auto parts companies Automotive Lighting and Hella KGaA Hueck and Co. with a $29.8 million fine for colluding to fix prices for automotive lighting parts.

The commission hit the two companies with fines after a third cartel participant, Parisian auto parts company Valeo, brought the scheme to the authority’s attention in January 2012, a commission representative told Law360 on Wednesday. For alerting the commission, Valeo dodged a more than €30.5 million fine.

here's a new attack on red light cameras... in the situation where a city changed the law, to profit from the fines, and lower the amount of evidence needed "legally" to charge drivers

Phenix City, Alabama (can't Alabama people spell phoenix? Did they make a word up?) 
“For-profit entities cannot be afforded the ability to do the police’s job for them,” plaintiffs said in their complaint. “This practice amounts to an unlawful grant of police discretion to defendant Redflex, and the profits they obtained are ultimately gained through a blatantly unconstitutional practice, which has deprived plaintiffs and class members of their civil rights.”

The red light camera program kicked off in 2012, the same year, according to the plaintiffs, the city adopted the ordinance allowing a civil rather than criminal penalty to be levied against owners of vehicles found to have run a red light.

and now the powers that be in the state of California judicial system want to do the same thing with the laws, and make money. 

Want to know what "Too fast for conditions" is? This cop blasting through a 30 mph at 50 to 80mph

that right there is a 30 mph sign, one block before he ruins EVERYONES day, and costs the taxpayers one expensive cruiser.

FYI, when I went through the police academy, the law was with lights and siren on, you still have to drive so safe no one gets hurt, and you're only allowed to be 10 mph over the posted speed limit.

This is exactly why that was police procedure and policy. Doing the speed limit, of course, is the law, and the police are not immune to all the laws, expecially the damn ones about public safety. Which happens to be their SWORN OATH duty to obey.

police inflicting damage on innocent bystanders just pisses me off immensely.

all the competition for rims and lack of focus has killed off Center Line Wheels. Costing nearly 175 apiece for 15 x 8... well, who the hell is blowing that much on rims, frequently enough to keep them in business?

too many rims, not enough customers, and too many varieties in inventory that don't sell.

Overhead, lack of day two upgrades, and ridiculous competition...

Say it anyway you like, in any perspective, and it won't matter.

Center Line, one of the coolest looking rims in the 80s, is out of business.

Jegs confirms it, "Unfortunately for all of us automotive and truck enthusiasts Center Line Wheels recently has ceased operation and is currently no longer in business. JEGS has a limited inventory of many styles and sizes of Center Line Wheels in-stock at drastically reduced pricing ready to ship today."

$280 a rim? Gtfoh. Nope. And that is why they are outta business. How does a rim they've been making for 30 some years still go for what you used to be able to buy a pair for? 25 years ago when I last bought a set of 4, I paid around 120 apiece. I know the costs of a lot of things go up, but not when it is already designed, molded, stamped, engineered and tested. Sure, some things like distribution and other incidental costs have risen, but the making of it? That is subject to efficiency of scale. Am I wrong?

Dodge / FCA announced a plan today to attempt to keep dealerships from marking up Demon's. Will it work? Will a dealership actually sell a Demon for MSRP around $90k?

Dodge said that its earliest production run of Demons will go to dealers who promise to sell them "at or below" the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Dodge will demand a notarized “acknowledgment document,” signed by both dealer and potential customer, that includes their agreed-upon contract price.

Those Dodge dealers finally have a gold mine, and they’re essentially being told by the parent company – which, by the way, is legally forbidden to dictate pricing to their independently-owned dealer franchises – that their Demon profits will be capped, or else.

But isn't it obvious that some will repeat what we saw with the Hellcat? Bought for reasonable prices, and sold for immediate profit to the 2nd owner who was more desperate and less able to obtain a Hellcat through a dealership.

So, why can't the dealerships set their own prices, and profits, at reasonable market prices (crazy profit in all reality for a Demon) instead of seeing a buyer drive off the lot and flip it for 50 thousand dollars profit. Do you have any idea how many lousy Dodge cars like the Dart and Aspen a dealership has had to move to make a profit at all? Compasses, Patriots, Caravans, 200s, etc on a Mopar dealership are sitting for months and months.

someone already tried selling a Demon on Ebay for $250,000. No one took them up on it.

the Ford F100 Western Nationals... I've never heard of it before, but it's an annual Anaheim truck show in early June