Friday, December 15, 2017

In 1965, Boyd was 14 when his dad gave him a Plymouth, and he fixed it up by using up 5 or 6 parts cars that in total, cost him about 100 bucks, and by the time he was legal to drive, it was done, and 5 of his friends could ride with him

He used up the to harvest parts to keep his car on the road. He salvaged seats, motors, fenders and trunk lids for his ‘Old Plymouth’

Boyd moved on to buy other, newer cars, but says they’d often let him down. He’d come back to the Plymouth several times, but says it was last legally on the road for Halloween in 1969.

“My sisters learned to drive the Plymouth around the farm, and would often take it to the sand dunes,” he says. “It was an amazing car that you could just about drive over anything.”

Over the years the Plymouth was moved around and sometimes stored inside and other times outside. Time has taken its toll, and the car no longer has functioning brakes. Rust has eaten holes in the gas tank and floorboards. Someone even painted a target on it and used it for paintball practice.

But that never stopped Boyd from driving it when he’d return for visits. With a gallon can of gasoline wedged into the engine bay and a 12-volt battery wired in place, he’d start the car and drive it around the farm, slowing it down in first gear to a crawl before he’d pop it into reverse to stop.

“That was the ritual, “ Boyd laughs.

Now, however, he needs to decide what to do with the car because it will soon have to be removed from his late mother’s property.

Nearing retirement himself, Boyd would like to find another 1951 Plymouth to restore, using many of the parts from his ‘Old Plymouth’ to keep the memories of a car he calls a ‘lifelong friend’ alive.

and it makes up one chapter of his memoirs!

not too long ago, race cars could fill up on high octane, or get some fast repairs, in any common gas station, usually owned and operated by someone who got out of the military after WW2 or Korea, and started their own gas and service station

Smart adaptation for a outlook post

blurring the lines between ripping off Ford's twin screw tractor, and later hydrofoils

Lucky? Or crazy... I'll bet he was crazy and had many concussions and some brain damage. This was before HANS devices and good helmets

and check out the tiny semi, and the tiny trailer... that trailer is only about 20 feet long, based on the estimated 16 foot long car jumping it

not the type of truck you expect to see when I mention baja racing truck

I get a kick out of seeing the ways South American vehicles are similar, but different from North American ones

Stan Mott's art and invented story to go with it.... purely for entertainment

One of the more fascinating vehicles at the 1985 Monterey Historic Automobile Races was this extremely rare 1921 Yumhammer TJ-16 Roadster. Little known outside of Muncie, Indiana, genius/blacksmith designer Yumhammer J. Horsefalls hammered this work of art out of used farm implements.

It was powered by a double row of four hyper hot Model-T Rajo engines he welded into a 16-cylinder monster. Driving it himself, Horsefalls would have qualified for the 1924 Indy 500 had not his machine been hit by lightening and thrown out of control!

Fortunately, there was little damage and no injuries. Unfortunately, Horsefalls was permanently disqualified from racing at Indy having aroused suspicions he was a warlock, and that the color of his car, green, from then on at Indy would be considered bad luck.

A lot of people are taking off after work today to start their Christmas vacation... enjoy the festivities, skiing, snowmobiling, and presents!

Turbonique-powered turbine dragster.

1941 Ice Racing Championship on Lake Winnipesaukee

There is a Black and Decker tool box on ebay right now

the 1926 Blackhawk tool catalog is online

These are just a couple of pages, because they have cool tool sets, and colored illustrations... for the whole catalog see

streamlined Blackhawk floorjack, model SJ 18

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bud Ekins' work truck with his, and Steve McQueen's, desert racers. I bet it's lettered by Von Dutch. He worked for Bud at one time, and did a lot of work for Steve, but I've never seen anyone discuss this truck before

the lettering looks just like the work Von Dutch did on Bud's Triumph dealership

Photos by John Dominis, Time Magazine

and there you have every single photo of the Ekins shop truck I can find. 

So, did no one think to save that Von Dutch'd truck? Damn. Probably not. It was probably sold to someone who repainted it, then sent it to the junkyard in the 70s

Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

His first car was an Edsel, bought a month after production ceased, and the dealership wanted it gone so bad they knocked a 1/3rd off the price. It lasted 12 years and 120,000 miles, and then life got in the way until he restored it, won trophies with it, and started collecting more Edsels.

He found and purchased 1960 Edsel Serial Number One – a four-door hardtop coincidentally painted the same Sahara Beige as his first four-door sedan. A lot of the his cars are low-mileage originals, including a black ’58 Citation four-door hardtop that has clocked just 22,000 miles, and a ’59 Corsair two-door hardtop – red, with cream-yellow inserts and a white roof – showing just 16,300 miles

In 1994, Jim’s 1960 Ranger sedan – the first Edsel he ever purchased, 34 years before – earned a Grand National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was the first Edsel ever to be so honored.

Stiffspeed never disappoints, there is always cool cars to see, mostly race cars

the factory kit car / Mopar race cars of the 70s

a Conestoga wheel stander