Saturday, April 29, 2017

nice matched woody and boat

How about that, a boat and it's factory matching trailer. I dig that. I've never heard of Kelson Boats before though

you know I love cool old outboards and original vintage touches like the sales and service stickers, right? It's rare to see them on bikes, motorcycles, scooters etc, but those are the only things I've seen these type of stickers on

nice Plymouth woody, not special in any particular way, but appealing to me. The paint color and wood color sure are nice

might not be the right colors for So Cal or Florida beaches, but I'd love to see this buzzing around backwoods roads in Northern Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota hauling around a Chris Craft runabout

sweet Merc Monterey woody wagon

1941 Plymouth woodies, rough and restored - compared. The unrestored one was far more interesting to look at. The vintage stuff on it that a restoration removes is fantastic. 200 are known to exist, 3 were at Doheny today

the back of the restored ones is full of seats, and there was no point in photographing the back of them

F1 woodie truck

Where does the "Sea Country" script come from? Country Squire and something else maybe

Thanks Ron!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

have fun this weekend

1st image I've seen to validate that there ever was a Don Garlits Speed Shop

Just 2 weeks ago I posted a Charger that had been upgraded at his speed shop, and that is the only time besides this photo that I've ever seen his speed shop mentioned

BMW seems to believe that the 70s vibe requires a mustache to be legit

they didn't make any RHD Cobras did they? Turns out I didn't even consider the countries they would have made RHD Cobras for. So, 61 rhd, 655 lhd Cobras were made

Thanks to Larry and Burkey for the reality check.

You guys know I often need one, right? Feel free to keep my mind open to the reality that I can't remember nothing, know very little, and haven't seen half of everything yet

there is a small railcar diner in Oneida New York, and it's not on the internet at all... not even on Google Street View! But Andy had a moment and now Morey's Diner is posted for posterity!

Morey's Diner is a rare Ward and Dickinson from the 1920s. There might only be 16 left.

It was originally known as the Miss Oneida and was located on Main Street.

 It was moved here in 1953. By 1989, the diner was in very bad shape. A new owner has been gradually restoring it ever since. Morey's reopened in 1996

The biggest problem with Ward and Dickinson's are that they were not conducive to the booth clientelle, thusly, many were scrapped or traded in, while some were added on to. These additions were sometimes done with respect to the dining car and other times with very little respect.

Thanks Andy!

info from

Buffalo Courier Express Nov 3, 1972 Bygone Era Was Clovered with Roadside diners

Earl B Richardson, of Westfield, came to Old Home Week in Silver Creek in 1908, and didn't return. The little restaurant-on-wheels he had built and hauled into town was so popular, he stayed with the business. Many persons credit him with being the father of the roadside dining car that developed in the 20's and even flourished in the depression.
The Westfielder's idea was to provide a lunch for workingmen who didn't have time to seek out a restaurant and wait for service.
It was successful beyond expectation. The little eating spots, built to suggest the railroad dining car with its swank and appeal, soon became a fixture in business and industrial neighborhoods across the country.
Shops sprang up in Chautaugua County, turning out the portable diners. The most notable was the Ward and Dickinson Dining Car Mfg. Co., Silver Creek, which at the height of production employed more than 100 craftsmen and shipped its output by rail.

Tourists passing through the community would stop at the rambling plant and look over the cars lined up in the yard, awaiting shipment.
"Pretty soon they'd sign up for a diner," recalls Lyle Allen Myers, Sr., Silver Creek, who headed up the paint and trim department at Ward and Dickenson. "They'd decide to go into the lunch car business back home. Everyone was making money at it."
Nothing less than cabinetry went into the diners. Because they would be moved to their site on a set of four wagon wheels, they were built to withstand stress.
"The supporting framework of beams were laid in the form of an arch held by truss rods," he notes. "As the car was built, its weight flattened out the frame and every joint was fitted under tension."
A Curved roofline, windows in a row and the lighting added from a clerestory added to the dining car illusion.
White enameled sheet metal sides emphasized this. Windows were trimmed in green.
The most popular model had 20 stools facing a counter, and a booth at each end. "Battleship" linoleum, freen, covered the floor. Interiors were apple green.
So completely were the diners equipped that all a restauranteur had to do was hook up water, electricity and gas. The table service, pots and pans, knives and spatulas were part of F.O.B. Silver Creek.
Myers remembers when 18 of the units were paraded through town, drawn by truck, and loaded two to a flatcar, for shipment to Cleveland.
"A customer coming through the door of a diner would hang his hat on a hook, throw one leg over a stool and do it in fewer than three steps." Myers says. "At noon, it was elbow to elbow eating."
"Men loved to close to everything feeling in the diner. One could see the counterman ladle out the chili from the steam table. You could watch while he flipped pancakes on the grill."
If you were going to a restaurant for dinner, you would dress up.
In the diner you wore overalls.

Hey! Ed Roth did a drawing for Wham-o's wheelie bar!

Whoa, my inner 70's child has found a cool website

isn't that everything you wanted at some time as a kid? Bikes, cool 1976 banana seat, pedal tractors, etc!  They've been collecting, buying and selling vintage collectibles and other cool stuff for over 25 years.

you know this isn't going to end well, and keep watching to see when they actually crash, and how bad


The original version is much longer, and he tried to get a wheelie going several times

the Alves Museum collection is going to auction next month, and the catalog is online to look through. Don't drool though, it makes your keyboard sticky. (thanks Doug!)