Monday, April 23, 2018
A 19-year-old St. George man was arrested in 2014 after damaging his stepfather’s motorcycle in a rage. The incident was triggered when the stepfather turned of the younger man’s Xbox.
The stepfather said he had returned home and found his stepson, Young, playing video games on his Xbox. He asked Young to stop and turn off the TV, and came back after getting the mail, found Young still playing on the Xbox, he turned the video game console off himself.
Young went outside and started attacking his stepfather’s 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle with a knife, then got into his 2000 Nissan Maxima, backed out of the driveway, “then rammed his Maxima into the motorcycle, pushing it into the garage and into the wall of the garage.”
While being transported to the county’s jail, Young told McDaniel he had missed the last two doses of anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication he is supposed to be taking.
Old story, found all over the internet
Von Dutch worked on, and painted, so many motorcycles and cars, it's no wonder I've never seen or heard of this one before. 1969 Münch 1200 TTS
Having learned his trade in the Horex race shop in the 1950s, Friedl Münch went his own way when the plant closed in 1959, later developing a racing front brake that would set him on the road to becoming a motorcycle manufacturer. In 1965 Münch was approached by wealthy French ex-sidecar racer Jean Murit with a simple brief: build a no-expense-spared ‘superbike’, though the latter term had yet to be coined. Münch found his ideal engine in the form of the air-cooled overhead-camshaft four powering the recently introduced NSU Prinz car. For Murit’s machine he used the 1,000cc TT sports version of this engine which, tuned for 60bhp, proved capable of propelling the bulky Mammoth to a top speed of 120mph. Nothing too remarkable there you might think, but while several contemporary production motorcycles could achieve a similar maximum, it was the Mammoth’s ability to accelerate powerfully from 20mph in top gear and cruise all day at 110mph that set it apart from the herd.
The production Mammoth first appeared at the Cologne Show in September 1966, by which time the capacity had risen to 1,085cc, power to 70bhp and the top speed top close on 140mph.
In early 1969 the European market 4TT became the 4TTS, and not long after it gained larger 41.3mm Rickman front forks and a new handmade aluminum gas tank (replacing fiberglass) that could be sized to customer requirement. By 1970 Clymer’s health was failing, and he sold his interest in Munch to millionaire Arthur Bell, who was looking for a suitable business opportunity for his son George. Bell commissioned a new factory in Altenstadt, near Frankfurt, and acquired URS, Helmuth Fath’s world-championship winning sidecar racing team. Rider Horst Owesle went on to win the 1971 sidecar world championship with a Münch-powered URS outfit.
Münch continued development, producing the 115 horsepower Sport-Münch and the 125 horsepower “Daytona Bomb,” which was aimed at beating Mike Hailwood’s 1965 one-hour speed record of 145mph, set on an MV Agusta. At Daytona, the Münch was averaging 178mph, but no rear tire would last more than four laps!
However, when George Bell suddenly pulled out and returned to the U.S. in 1971, Münch was forced into bankruptcy. He found a new business partner in the packaging manufacturer Hassia, yet just when things seemed to be going well again Hassia pulled out at the end of 1973, leaving Münch to declare bankruptcy yet again.
Mary Ann and Rebecca... D8 dozers that served at McMurdo Station... built in the 50s specifically for work in Greenland and Antarctica, with 54" wide tracks, and 30k pounds towing ability, about 25% more than regular D8s
the others that were at McMurdo were named Pam, Big John, Linda and Colleen
Pam and Colleen left Antarctica in 2013, Mary Ann stayed until 2014.
They'd previously had their blades removed by Russ Magsig and crew. There had been plans to ship Colleen north in 2012-13, but that was cancelled because of the width of the Bailey bridge from shore to ship http://www.southpolestation.com/mcm/1314/14photos1.html
Thanks a lot to Dennis!
One way to start an airplane was a truck pulling a spring mounted rope, or bungee type rope, until the line was stretched out, then letting go of the prop, and letting 'er spin
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1968 Jaguar XK-E Series 2 convertible, Willow (pea) Green with Biscuit Hides (tan leather interior).
a 1957 Ford Thunderbird (customized).
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder
1962 Ghia L6.4
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 (now owned by Jay Leno)
1970 Eldorado station wagon (called the Casa de Eldorado)
1972 Stutz Blackhawk
1972 Jaguar XKE 2+2 CPE V12
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Stutz Blackhawk III (1973 production Serial Number 1)
1976 Cadillac Castilian Fleetwood Estate Wagon
1976 Stutz Blackhawk
1984 Ferrari GTi 400
1986 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible
Dean never had his cars repaired. If they broke down or were in a crash, he simply disposed of them. Especially if they broke down when he was on his way to play golf as did both the 1968 XK-E (he kiddingly told his kids that he got out and shot it - they never saw it again) and the Ferrari Daytona Spyder, which he had had for less than 24 hours.
His son Ricci had sourced the used car, which Dean had wanted very much, through Ricci's mechanic, the morning after it was delivered Dean jumped in to go play golf and half-way to the links the Ferrari stopped dead. Dean calmly called Ricci and had the car returned to the seller, although he let the mechanic keep his commission.
The Aston Martin was wrecked when the house man was moving it for Dean, but hit the gas instead of the brake and crashed it into a tree on the Martin estate.
For the one's I've posted in the past: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/05/dean-martins-cars-quite-variety.html
Saturday, April 21, 2018
a 1903 curved dash Olds that Ransom Olds himself put together in the late 1940s specifically to donate it to the Michigan State University
MSU displayed the Olds at its museum for more than 50 years, but retired the car when exhibits changed. It had been stored at Spartan Stadium for years.
The vehicle is unique since it was constructed between 1945 and 1948 strictly for the purpose of donating to the MSU Museum. The Curved Dash design was produced from 1901 to 1907. This particular one features parts from different years, according to Val Berryman, curator of history at the MSU Museum.
“It was put together from various parts,” Berryman said. “It’s not a car that he owned, used or ran, but just something that he put together especially to donate to MSU.”
Adcock described the vehicle as a combination of several models which R.E. created with his own personal taste.
“It’s got wheels off a 1901, but an engine of a 1903 and a lot of brass pieces that I think R.E. put on himself,” Adcock said.
In 1969, a group of MSU engineering students convinced Oldsmobile to give them a car for hands-on learning. Oldsmobile sent a former W31 Cutlass S test mule. They drag raced it!
It came with a 325hp 350 engine with Outside Air Induction, a Muncie 4-speed transmission, and a 5.00 Anti-Spin rear differential.
Most of the original Project W31 student engineers will be a the MCACN to share their stories in person for the very first time at MCACN 2018. This will be in conjunction with the Ram Rod/W31 Invitational display, and there will be a feature article in an upcoming edition of Muscle Car Review magazine.
There are 5 pages about it in the MSU Spartan Engineer article from October 1970. http://www.v8buick.com/index.php?threads/olds-w31-cars.280731/#post-2454767
I posted a couple photos of it once before: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/04/university-of-michigan-w31-project.html but I didn't know a thing about it
Friday, April 20, 2018
Featured car art by Leyendecker was posted before, http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/search?q=leyendecker
the style you see here was Phillips "fade away girl" trademark look. He did other work that was also impressive, but this style was his signature.
Other Cole Phillips work I've posted before at http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/10/coles-phillips-1880-1927.html
only 20% of Oregon's high schools have an automotive class, so a museum has stepped up to fill the need to teach high schoolers about car mechanics
Sally Bany, co-founded the museum with her husband, Dave. They met in high school, back when there used to be high school shop classes,
They found a factory-turned-Dodge dealership in Wilsonville, with the 15 auto bays
Bany says, “we thought, oh my God, we could have a motorsports museum and an education program for kids.”
“The local school districts were excited to work with us, because none of the high schools in our immediate area have shop classes—none,” Ferguson says. “They have students that are clamoring to take a class like this. We thought: We know we have this facility. We know we have the students. So we contacted Clackamas Community College just down the road to bring in the curriculum and the instructors. We’ve got three really strong equal partners in this: The community college provides the instructors, we provide the space and all the tools, IT, anything like that, and of course, the schools provide the students.”
So far as Ferguson knows, they’re the only institution in the country that’s worked out this sort of trilateral partnership.
the shop is packed with exactly what you’d expect to find in a real garage: a tire machine, balancer, brake drum lathe and rotor machine and more—all high-quality stuff. And kids are using it. There’s also an Allison V10 pulled out of a hydroplane, plus a Brumos-liveried Porsche 935 tucked into the corner.
only 73 educational institutions have an auto shop class, and that includes high schools, community colleges, job corps, etc. 49 are high schools
Indiana-based Autocar today marked the official opening of a $120 million heavy-duty work truck assembly plant in Birmingham Alabama
some talented celebrities have endured being homeless and living in a car or van, and went on to become millionaires with mansions