Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pavesi P4

the Italian artillery tractor Pavesi P4 was used by the Italian Regio Esercito between 1927 and 1942, but this incredible vehicle is based on a civilian version built for farmers developed in 1918.

This vehicle is based on two separate chassis, with a pivoting articulated point in the middle, in order to increase its four-wheel drive capacities. This artillery tractor was tested by several countries, including British Army.

Monza 1922

Harvey Dunn art

The Off Road Expo at Pomona Fairgrounds is next weekend, tickets are 4 dollars cheaper at O'Reilly's Parts stores, and keep in mind, parking is probably 10 to 15 dollars

looks like a Mucha piece of art

The Vassar College girls demonstrated their skill as farmers at the Eastern States Exposition and Dairy Show, which opened recently in Springfield, on October 16, 1917

total picture. I'm not sure if it's because it's a cool tractor, or because she's driving it, not simply posing

Saturday, September 23, 2017

the inverted locomotives of the Southern Pacific

Because of tunnels and "snow galleries" that protected the locomotives from snow. But it was quickly realized that when ordinary locomotives went through these tunnels the smoke, soot, cinders and heat flies back and enters the control area, blinding the engineer, and that's never a good thing.

The space in the tunnel is small, and as the steam engines became more powerful, the smoke became more daunting . And soon the locomotive engineers began to suffocate from this smoke it was a real threat to people's lives.

And then the South Pacific leadership had an idea to move the car forward. In 1911 the Baldwin plant in Philadelphia got the first orders for the "Inverted" locomotives.

With this arrangement of the cabin the visibility was excellent, and smoke was no longer a problem for the crew.

1933 Thompson Trophy paintings by Frank Warren

impatient truck driver gets instant kharma (skip the first 20 seconds)

thanks Mike!

the Tractors Gone Wild calendar donated $47,000 to causes like St. Jude's and the American Family Children's Hospital.

"[The calendar is] just a bunch of girlfriends and a bunch of local tractors," says Joleen Schreiber/Westphal. She started making the calendar in 2007 when a radio station challenged listeners to create something that reminded them of Wisconsin. Since then, it's taken off. They sell nearly 2,000 editions each year. The women have even gotten requests to send calendars internationally.

Nine years ago Westphal heard a radio station campaign asking for listeners to send in photos that depict what Wisconsin is all about. She got together with some friends and posed in front of a John Deere tractor.

Westphal, an operations manager at Eagle Valley Ag Service in Prairie du Sac, took the idea and made it her own. She and her friends found it wasn’t hard to find tractors of all makes, models and ages to pose with.

"[I'll miss] the memories, how close we've gotten with each other," says Amy Orvis, featured as July 2016. "As well as meeting all the different farmers and the great stories and the experience." "You go to the farm. You meet the farmers. You hear all about their tractor. It's the greatest thing. It doesn't matter what weather it is, you go out and you take a picture with the tractor," says Cathy Jo Schreiber featured as January 2016. "It's usually a big gathering. We're talking they get their neighbors and the friends over, and they're asking questions and talking to you and making fun of you, and it's all great."

The hard work has paid off though. The women say they have donated $47,000 to causes like St. Jude's and the American Family Children's Hospital.

"When it's freezing, I'm like, I'm doing this for the children!" says Amy.

imagine the number of stupid people that insurance agents get coming to them to receive a payout for a claim. The stories they hear, and the photos they see, would be a best seller in any bookstore

it just got serious

wrong place, wrong time to act like a fool

from the pin up grand master artist, Gil Elvgren

check out the car in the background


Friday, September 22, 2017

street sweeper, 1938 Vienna

trench digger in Iraq, 1930s

Anyone remember what car company this is?

For the life of me I don't get why people keep asking me to identify stuff, I made it clear, I don't have answers that I keep to myself, if I've ever learned it, I've posted it. 

30,000 posts are on this blog, and whatever there's a question about is either posted, or I don't know it. 

Ventura to Death Valley

someone scored a barnfind... lucky bugger has one that can fun on weekend track days too!

keeping score

cool light cover

who knew that drifting would ever be a thing? In the 1970 BOAC 1000km at Brands Hatch they simply had oversteer on wet track

a couple concepts of mass transportation, and one of a gyro stabilized fire fighting helo

that's probably about a 100 dollar brand new area rug stuck in this trucks undercarriage, getting dragged down the road

looks like a rust free, trouble free, and all parts removed sweet convertible project, it's VIN is a 1968 Satellite convertible that had a 6 cyl. It's been custom converted to 1969 Road Runner

how the landslide at Big Sur hwy 1 is going so far... slow. Not going to be opened until next summer at the earliest

these images were recorded last week

if they were smart, they'd blow up the shoulders, extend some clear space at both sides of the slide area, and then push all the dirt to the coast, then put the new freeway in the middle of the coast to cliff cleared space. That would be the most they can probably afford to do to prevent a repeat of the narrowest part of Hwy 1 getting closed by another landslide.

But it turns out, that of course some eviromentalists already had a law passed that prevented such common sense logical solutions, and instead the half a mountain of material has to be moved offsite.

See, the 1983 landslide that happened here wasn't enough "learn from history or be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past" when it took a year to clear the only North South highway for hours of less time spent on the road. Nope, so they are going to pay twice to make this area passable. And this second time, it's costing double the amount to fix, instead of shoving it all towards the beach.

When you’re facing a “once in a lifetime” mudslide, it’s not a bad idea to hire John Madonna, son of Alex Madonna — whose name is on both the famed Madonna Inn and the Alex Madonna Memorial Highway in San Luis Obispo, a contractor who can call on two lifetimes’ worth of experience in road-building.

“It’s interesting to see how things have evolved,” he said. “Back in 1983 and ’84, they pushed 3 million cubic yards (of earth) into the ocean. It took nearly a year, and there were nearly 30 bulldozers pushing.”

There would be even more earth to move this time — 5 million cubic yards (or 8 million tons), Madonna said, so the process at Mud Creek would take even longer. That he only has 20 employees has a lot to do with the timeline also. But even if he wanted to, he couldn’t simply push all that earth into the ocean. The Coast Highway Management Plan adopted in 1998, which seeks to preserve the coastline, wouldn’t allow it.

The slide brought down “8 million tons in five minutes” May 20, Madonna said. Half of those 5 million cubic yards that rumbled down the mountain in May are sitting directly on top of the old highway, Madonna said, which helps explain why digging down to the old road isn’t a viable option. Caltrans has opted instead to build an entirely new road — Madonna said it will be 2,000 feet of asphalt — over the top of the body of the slide instead.