Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pete "Hot Dog" Finlan, is the one pinstriper and painter you probably haven't heard of, but should. His work was awarded a Ridler, and the Von Dutch Award (twice). No one else can claim that

2nd credit on the board folks.  Full gallery of this truck at

He was the head painter at Monster Garage with Jesse James. And Jesse didn't work with anyone that wasn't tops.

Hard to believe anyone jsut set these aside and stopped riding them! Dang I'd love a Vespa

Milton Marvin restored the very first Toyota they ever sold, I dig that. It's the centerpiece of their dealership showroom floor now ( a Toyota dealership commonality)

donated by the original owner to the dealership
hat tip to PPG's company magazine, Repaint Repair v 75.1

This showroom looks a lot like the impressive local Toyota dealership with the 1970 Land Cruiser representing the first year they were selling Toyotas

Seriously, why is this cop so damn scared of something the photographer of this photo was unconcerned about and shot with a camera

the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship... if these guys are in contention for the championship, I can't imagine how bad ordinary non racers must be

How fast is an F1 compared to regular (ish) cars?

if you thought your day at work sucked... consider this work site.

At least they have a dozer and excavator to get it out of there. No croc or gator is going to damage on of those, right?

I hereby start the slow clap for this kid.

Skagit Steel MAC Fordson unit operated on a pole road by Scott Brothers logging company of Concrete, WA circa early 1920s.

thanks Steve!

McLaren, the film

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An old Jeep Wagoneer buried in a partially collapsed garage at Cape Cod for 40 years to be removed

in the above photo, the house to the left? Yup, that one with all the additions in behind it. Well the small dark shrub covered dune to the left of the telephone and light pole, that is the other side of this collapsed and partially sand dune covered garage where the Wagoneer has been for decades

"I remember it being in the garage," said Graham whose home is near the buried Jeep "It's like a white Wagoneer."

As the town begins this spring to allow the shifting dune near the Musnuff's property to cover beach parking spaces, the time was right to ask the family to move the Jeep too, the town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said. "It should be moved for environmental concerns,"

The family had wanted to get the Jeep out of the garage for years, but the town wouldn't let them move the sand, "Now they (the town) want it out," Basil Musnuff's mother owns the property. He says he began visiting in the 1970s and has never seen the Jeep driven.

Today, the weathered cottage at the center of the issue sits precariously on a dune between the present parking lot and the beach.

When the owners of this cottage were asked what they planned to do, they replied, “We’ll just wait for it to fall in.”

On Feb. 10 the town conservation commission issued an order of conditions for the move, scheduled for Friday, weather permitting.

The family's house and a horse barn-turned-shed, both built before 1895 according to town historical records, sit atop a grassy dune with the garage half-encased in sand at the toe. The garage's crushed roof nearly obscures the Jeep inside.

Friday, a contractor hired by the family will take the roof off the garage and pull the Jeep out. The garage will then be filled back up with sand.

Emily Beebe with the town’s conservation committee said, "Literally, a couple of days later the town will be pulling parking lot up and then doing the same thing, letting the dune restore itself in that area which it hasn't been able to do for decades because of the parking lot."

'69 Super Bee on Power Tour

careful with the volume level on the next video, the music sucks.

documentary movie about the Dunlop family, brothers, in 2 generations, on the TT. And Netflix has it

gonna lose some skin and regret not wearing a helmet and pads in 3, 2, 1...

1st I've ever heard of a car on the Isle of Man TT course, and it's a slow Subaru

the cut apart display Chevelle at the Detroit Auto Show

Coast Guard Aviation 100th Anniversary

convertible Super Bee with yellow stripe tires, the 1968 show circuit car

The origin of the name, "Super Bee", has its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.

 Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey Winn, won a studio design review with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion.

The logo was used unchanged after he hand-cut the design on his dining room table. It went on to be the centerpiece of what industrial designer Mack King called "a more graphically stated muscle car than the Plymouth Road Runner."

 The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the 1968 Detroit Auto Show.

This late start by Dodge meant the Road Runner was cleaning up in sales by the time Dodge had the Super Bee ready for production. In an effort to spread publicity, Dodge blitzed the media will full-page color spreads in the popular car magazines and 250 college newspapers.

 Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's 116 in (290 cm) wheelbase.

 In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.

 The Super Bee used the dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the four-speed manual cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage, this shifter outshined the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.

Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Road Runner and this had a negative effect on sales. Only 125 Hemi Super Bees were sold, as it was 33% more expensive than the 383 Bee.,48654.0.html

the Caldwell Park bike jump

the oldest vehcile repair shop in the USA? Probably. The Fitzpatrick Brothers in Dorchester/Boston Massachusetts still located on the same spot since 1894

Founded in 1894 by Thomas and Martin Fitzpatrick.

In 1919, and in 1929 their sons joined, and then the grandsons Harry and Frank, began in 1954 and 1956 respectively. Finally, greatgrandson  Neale began working full time for the company in the late 1980s.

They transitioned from a horse-drawn wagon repair shop working long hours and instead of body techs they had blacksmiths, wheelwrights and carpenters back then, to a technically advanced collision repair center in 1926, when they became the first auto body repair shop to use spray guns, and they stopped using a paint brush. They are now Mon - Fri, 630am to 330pm

When they celebrated the business' 100th year on September 8, 1994, the Fitzpatricks mailed over 1,000 thank-you cards to all the names accumulated in their database, which was only 6 years old, no one had thought to keep track of the customers for the first 100 years.

To put some perspective on how long Fitzpatrick Brothers has been in business, in 1894 the sport of basketball was only three years old, Dwight Eisenhower was four, the camera was six, the Statue of Liberty was eight, Einstein was 15, and Grover Cleveland was president then.

How did they survive the great depression?  From 1931 to 1937, that generation of Fitzpatricks stayed afloat through a community bartering effort. Cash was almost non-existent, weekly salaries averaged $5, and if you could sweep the floor for a quarter you were doing pretty well for yourself. If they needed groceries, they repaired the grocer's truck. Need some hardware supplies? Surely the store owner was in need of a paint job. When the electrician needed some work done on his car, he'd offer to rewire your building.

It wasn't until the '50s that the business would see its most significant transformation since gasoline. No longer would insurance companies simply acknowledge a claim and send a check. They wanted to see the work now. "The business became really tough," said Franny. "Insurance companies began insisting on negotiating. You had to deal with an agent and present him with your bill. And those were days when $200 and $300 jobs were major operations."

In order to streamline their appraisal and billing process, they purchased a $4,500 computer from Radio Shack in 1979

What made a difference, the brothers say, is that nobody in the family was ever mandated to work for the family business. Harry and Franny's father and uncle never asked them to give up their accounting and radio engineering degrees respectively. They chose the family business like their father and his brother. Harry's two sons, Neale and Scott, have continued the tradition. "It's funny how things work out," Franny philosophized. "We have always had two Fitzpatrick brothers running the business with two more stepping in. We have all wanted to be a part of this. In this day and age when families are falling apart, it's nice to see this kind of longevity."

“It wouldn’t have worked the same way anywhere else, we’re probably the only body shop in the whole world surrounded by residential houses,” Fitzpatrick said. “And 90 percent of those houses are out customers, even when someone gets married and moves to Milton or Quincy, they tell their kids to come by the shop to get work done.”

Fitzpatrick said that while he appreciates his business’ history, his real pride comes from what lays ahead.  “It’s a funny thing, but we’ve been here now for more than 100 years. You won’t become a millionaire doing this kind of work, but it’s satisfying knowing you’re doing the same work as your father, as your grandfather. You know it’s the work you can keep on doing.”
hat tip to Repaint Reporter v75.2, the PPG company magazine

You know how companies like bars seem to have a tradition of framing the first dollar earned for good luck? Don't you wish this company had an 1894 dollar of some type, bank note, silver dollar, whatever... framed? I think that would be awesome, don't you?

before the car heater, the Dorchester Pottery Footwarmer (a ceramic hot water bottle basically)

Roy wasn't messing around, he was Jeeping around, and that inspired him to put a Jeep on his tv show

One of the most memorable characters on the Roy Rogers TV show that ran from 1951 through 1957 was neither Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk or even Bullet - or for that matter even made of flesh and blood. It was a TV icon manufactured from good old American steel and named Nellybelle, a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep with some very innovative bodywork.

Roy Rogers chose to include a Jeep into the program because he noticed that after WWII, Jeeps were very popular, especially with children. Rogers himself owned a Jeep which he used for hunting, off road cruising and travel to and from his studio. (the above black and white photo)

Dodge 8 3/4 axle preferences

the 3rd member has a casting, and the 741 gets a lower rating because it has a 1.375 rear pinon bearing
the 742 has 1 3/4
the 489 has 1 7/8

Since all Mopar 8 3/4 use the same diameter pinion U joint flange hole (either coarse or fine spline.) The weakest link if there is one is the same spot for all three.

But, there isn't much of a weak spot, the hemi was using the 8 3/4 so, that's pretty damn good.

random 16 year old learning to drive, hadn't learned to steer or brake.

I just got a great note from Jordan!

"Very cool to read about the story of my grandfathers car.

I wanted to share some further insight to ol' Number 7. This was My great grandfather George Muench's car. Max Day was actually an insurance provider in small town Pueblo Colorado who the car was originally built for and owned by.

My grandfather was his mechanic and the driver was actually a fearless man named Dan (danny) Morgan. Noting the qualifying times set on friday, Morgan was an unbelieveable 42 seconds ahead of AK Miller who's powerful and light corvette was a handful on the loose dirt of the test climb section. Had the gear selector managed to stay intact on the day of the race, Morgan would have easily made the triumphant victory a sealed deal.

After the 1959 race season, my grandfather purchased the car from Day and repainted it and removed most of the race specific tuning features. Wrapped pipes were traded for chrome and the slightly pinkish red was swapped for a rich and vibrant candy apple. Many trips to and from pueblo colorado were made up to my grandparents cabin by twin lakes.

None the less, it was amazing car that was refurbished and now maintained by a true collector. I sure do miss the sound of the triple carbed, straight piped MONSTER grumbling through the mountains of colorado though! "

Man, that's cool to hear from him about this car!

Sox and Martin pinion snubber

the truck big platform bucket seat armrest goes back a long way, as early as 1965

this came up when the next post about a 69 Super Bee came to my attention, the seller says it has some rare mini bucket seat up front instead of a center console, and that the car doesn't have a bench seat. I don't recall hearing about the Dodge cars in 1969 having bucket seats, with some mini bucket. The 1970 Charger had a Buddy Bucket

But hell, there is a thing you've never heard of around every corner. I surprised someone yesterday with the 1958 Mercury 430 tri power

Factory panther pink Super Bee, pretty rust free appearance, looking for a new home for a decent price. 383, 4 speed, #s matching. Vinyl top delete

If you restored it, you'd have a very unique Mopar, and if it's really this damn rust free, you'd have a good body without the replacement panel issue. There won't be any other pink Super Bees, they only made one.

yes, it's flipped over, the top was harder to read.

Power steering, power brakes, drum all around. 8.75 gears, bucket seats, Center console is missing, just the floor boot around the shifter. Round speedo, not the bar, Hurst shifter

to see more photos, and contact the seller: Sam McConnell - 949-235-4540 -

rough morning for the garbage can bandit, he rode it out though, 7 miles to a new neighborhood.

Politico reporter Helena B. Evich took a photo of the poor little dude (we don’t actually know if the raccoon was male or female, but we kinda get the sense he’s a dude) gripping the ladder of a trash truck in Rosslyn, Virginia, on Friday morning.

Evich tweeted that the driver and the company, American Disposal Services, were helpful and responsive when she alerted them to the situation.c

armored Case IH Quadratrac

you don't see factory sponsored racing like this anymore, risky, crazy, and fun... the 3rd paint scheme of SC/Ramblers

Not the A paint scheme, not the B, but the Baja of James Garner's AIR, closer to the Breedlove AMX paint design

like a boss

what all those types of definers mean, that follow the name of the road.

A road has no special qualifiers. It connects point a to point b.
A street connects buildings together, usually in a city, usually east to west, opposite of avenue.
An avenue runs north south. Avenues and streets may be used interchangeably for directions, usually has median
A boulevard is a street with trees down the middle or on both sides
A lane is a narrow street usually lacking a median.
A drive is a private, winding road
a court usually ends in a cul de sac or similar little loop
place is similar to a court, or close, usually a short skinny dead end road, with or without cul de sac, sometimes p shaped
bay is a small road where both ends link to the same connecting road
a trail is usually in or near a wooded area
a highway is a major public road, usually connecting multiple cities
a motorway is similar to a highway, no pedestrian or animal traffic allowed
an interstate is a highway system connecting usually connecting multiple states, except Hawaii
a turnpike is part of a highway, and usually has a toll, often located close to a city or commercial are
a freeway is part of a highway with 2 or more lanes on each side, no tolls, sometimes termed expressway, no intersections or cross streets.
a parkway is a major public road, usually decorated, sometimes part of a highway, has traffic lights.
a causeway combines roads and bridges, usually to cross a body of water
circuit and speedway are used interchangeably, usually refers to a racing course,

when things get tense at the office, and in the parking lot

plates that got past the censors