Saturday, January 20, 2018

Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, one of my favorites when I was a kid

The premise is simple: Ralph is a young mouse who lives in Mountain View Inn with his mouse family. He’s going a little stir crazy and wants to seek out adventure and live on the fast road, but past mistakes mean he’s got to practice caution. Things get interesting when a young boy, Keith, arrives at the inn to explore California with his family. Even more interesting, Keith has a shiny new motorcycle (toy) and it’s not long before Ralph gets involved in zany hijinks like getting trapped in a wastepaper basket and more.

Ralph and Keith bond over the motorcycle and at first it’s all fun and games for the two. Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle and the two get along famously, but sadly a stop comes to the fun when his mother catches the mouse taking it for a joyride. What follows is a mini adventure and even a rescue of sorts by Ralph who seeks to set things right between him and his friend.

They even made a stop motion animated of it back before CGI.

I wonder why this classic hasn't been given a proper new movie treatment?

were any of you ever stationed in Pearl Harbor in 1992-95 and met Marty and his wife with their matching Dusters?

he punched out his 440 to 505, and had a flip front end

hers was a cherry 340

does anyone recognize what manufacturer made this tractor?

I'm pretty sure it's from the 50s, maybe the 60s

This Pontiac woody was in the little town I grew up in... it's not there anymore, I hope someone bought it to restore instead of if going to a junkyard

I took this photo back in 94 I think. 

check out this cool home built kids tractor made from rotor tiller tires, electric wheelchair, and lotsa love

that little kid grew out of it, but it was passed onto another little kid. By the way, a duplicate was commissioned by an admirer, so there are two out there

from one of my long time favorite sites:

Herbrand tools... was bought by Kelsey Hayes, the company that made good rims. Bonney history merged with them, as smaller tool companies couldn't compete with less expensive imported lower quality tools

The Herbrand Company was founded in 1881 in Fremont, Ohio by Jacob Herbrand, Charles Thompson, and J.B. Van Doren.

By 1909 Herbrand's products included carriage hardware, bicycle and automobile wrenches, and safety razors, and Thompson was the GM and President. Herbrand wasn't mentioned again, so, sadly, seems to have lost his company, or sold it or died... but, hey, his name is now known, and no one knows anyone else that ran the company after him.

As the automobile gained popularity in the early 20th century, Herbrand expanded production of drop-forged tools for automobile tool kits.

During the 1920s and early 1930s Herbrand expanded their line of tools and became a supplier to high-volume retailers such as Western Auto Supply and Montgomery Ward. Western Auto catalogs from the early 1930s list Herbrand tools and mention their brand names "Van-Chrome" and "Multihex".

By the 1960s the increasing competition in the tool industry had made it difficult to remain independent, and in 1961 Herbrand was acquired by the Kelsey-Hayes who had previously acquired Utica Tools in 1956, and Herbrand became part of their Utica Tools Division.

by 1964 they added Bonney Forge and Tool, and in 1967 sold out to Triangle, who was bought up by Cooper.

Bonney Vice and Tool Works was founded by Charles S. Bonney in Philadelphia in 1877, the company moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1906.

In the 1950's, it was acquired by Miller Manufacturing of Detroit,

Kelsey-Hayes was originally a manufacturer of automotive wheels and then brakes for a variety of American automakers and apparently, the diversification fever of the 60's, decided to get into the tool business.

Enter H. Arthur Bellows Jr. He founded the Triangle Corporation of Stamford, Connecticut in 1967.

The following year, Triangle acquired Torque Controls, a manufacturer of torque wrenches, moving production from South Elmonte, California to Utica's factory in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1970.

At that point, the Utica firm was employing around 800 people, making about 200 models of pliers and over 1000 custom models, with an automotive tool line of over 1200 items. Under the brand name Utica/Bonney, the company was making around 50,000 tools per day.

In 1982, Triangle Tool went on to acquire the Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company. Triangle merged with Audits/Surveys Worldwide, and the tool side was sold to the Cooper Tools Conglomerate in 1995.

NOS Kennedy tackle box, still in the original packaging. Was just bought for 35 bucks (not by me!)

a Model T.. so simple, but, what other car can you strip down like, this, and drive on the freeway?

driving this must be pretty close to driving a motorcycle, from the point of view of no cage, adn the only thing under you is a seat at a lot of road

An example of how I can remember cars pretty well, I saw this charger one Hickam AFB about 25 years ago. Once. It just popped up on facebook, and I recognized it.

Here is the conversation we had about it on Facebook...

Ray was saying I bought it in 1990 from the man who ordered it from Honolulu Dodge. 43k miles, matching #, no rust, for $7500. My friends thought I was crazy. Still own it.

I replied I believe I saw this car getting restored on Hickam Air Force Base in 1993-94. The one I saw was said to have been bought by a Honolulu cop, and that he used it as a cop car because the PD didn't have a budget to purchase a fleet of cop cars, so, officers were given an amount to buy their own. I think I've even got a photo of it getting wet sanded

Ray replied Yes, this is that car! Curtis Cabral painted it. He was the master! Can you find the photo? I would like to see it. Thanks! Curtis was killed in a motorcycle accident about 10 years ago. Would like a pic of him.

I took these photos in the early 90s, probably 93

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ever hear of the 1985 IROC Z signed by all the rock stars at Live Aid? It sold for only 22k in 2004

General Motors partnered with MTV to bring two '85 IROCs to the concert to be signed by all the entertainers such as Brian Wilson, Kenny Loggins, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon, Eric Clapton, Ozzy, Bo Diddley, Page, Plant, The Four Tops, Tom Petty, Judas Priest, Jagger, Run DMC, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and Santana. The autographs were clear coated over

 After the concert, the other IROC Z went to the GM Heritage Collection Center and this one went on the GM international auto show schedule.

In 1986, it was raffled off at a concert in New York City named "Drive Aid" All proceeds went to the Live Aid Foundation. A-25-year old computer programmer won the drawing for the Camaro but he realized he could not keep the car or pay the tax on it.

The lucky winner was named Ken Bowser of Colchester, Connecticut. In august of 1986, Ken decided to put the car up sale

He sold it to a collector who basically threw a cover over it and stored it.

Twenty-five years later, the car only has 911 original miles.

Just think, a couple of the autographs are from dead legends, like Tom Petty

Can you imagine what a 1969 Camaro with signatures from everyone who played at Woodstock would be worth?

NYPD 1946 Indian Chief

1934 Harley RL with side car finally imported to the USA, as it had always been registered in Italy since '34

stolen 1976 Trans Am t-top 455 4spd recovered, and the car thieves were caught... one is named John Smith for gods sake, seriously. They hid it behind hay bales... like they probably saw someone do in a movie

1937 BMW 328 Veritas barnfind is on the cover of the new Autoweek, found in a barn, in Iowa of all places, where it had been forgotten for 46 years

This special BMW is a hybrid with a very rare BMW 328 lightweight racing chassis and a postwar Veritas body. The monetary valuable part is the racing chassis. To give you an example, the subsequent chassis number received a high bid of 4.3 million euros at an auction in Monaco in 2010, yet the owner decided to pass. Of course, the car we're talking about is nowhere in the same state as the 4-million plus 328, but it is still very valuable being so rare and with a great racing history.

This Veritas/BMW 328 was found by 2 car enthusiasts from Iowa: Dereck Freshour and Heath Rodney. When they bought the car from neighbouring farmer, they thought it was a postwar Veritas, worth a fraction of a 328, even though some Veritas were built using 328 parts (which their car obviously was). Yet, underneath the relatively mundane body lied a very special chassis. Chassis #85031 is a rare BMW 328 lightweight racing chassis that everybody thought was lost.

Out of the 434 328's produced by BMW between 1936 and 1940, only 61 were made to lightweight specs with a 70% more powerful engine (from 80hp to 136), a close-ratio gearbox, a 100-litre racing tanks, bigger drum brakes, and, of course, a much lighter and more aerodynamic body.

Chassis 85031 was raced at the 1937 24hr of le Mans, almost right after it left the factory, where it got into an accident.
Then it was shipped to England to enter the Tourist Trophy, where it was driven by racing royalty Prince Bira of Siam to 3rd overall and first in class.

The next year, it came 3rd in class at the Mille Miglia where BMW swept the podium in the 2-litre class.

After an unsuccessful run at the 1938 Tourist Trophy, the car was retired from racing by BMW.

Then it disappeared

The car became a Veritas after the war probably because the Americans forbid construction of new cars in Germany as a retribution of war.

So Veritas, the new company started by former BMW employees, used old BMW chassis to build new cars

Somehow chassis 85031, now a Veritas, found its way to the US, probably imported by some US Army serviceman in Germany reutrning to the states after the war and was used until around 1966 in Iowa.

The car was stored in 1966, then bought by a farmer in 1971 who thought of restoring it but never did and was finally acquired by Dereck and Heath.

hi def 1080p 1962 Monaco Grand Prix video... if you can put this up on your flatscreen, I bet it looks incredible

Indy 500 team owner wins

Andretti earned his fifth Indianapolis 500 victory as a team owner, each with a different driver. Andretti also was the winning owner in 2005 with Dan Wheldon, 2007 with Dario Franchitti, 2014 with Ryan Hunter-Reay and 2016 with Alexander Rossi.

Ironically, three of those five winners were with different teams the following year. Wheldon left for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2006, Franchitti left for Ganassi’s NASCAR team in 2008 and Sato in 2018.

Andretti is tied with Chip Ganassi for second on the all-time Indianapolis 500 victory list among team owners. Four of Ganassi's wins came as owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, with the fifth as co-owner of Pat Patrick Racing in 1989. Roger Penske leads all owners with 16 victories in 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'

cool things that can be pulled from junkyard cars, clocks. Here's a Keinzle from an 66 - 70 Opel Kadett

a railroad tie jackstamd and a safety chain tied to a bumper. Yup, a true redneck backyard mechanic getting ready to work on the Rustang

some country boys fixin their exhaust using a rope hoist. We turned around and went back to take a picture and they loved it. They did have a railroad tie jack stand though.

I think a good name for an amateur race team should be "Hold My Beer Racing Team" Or Humbert.