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!)

a good looking 37 Chevy

probably the only Z16 (396 SS) 1965 Chevelle still with it's original owner, and he hasn't driven it since 1971

Gottlob’s Chevelle was driven until 1971 and parked with 68k miles and is all original. “I built the building where it’s currently parked in 1974,” says Gottlob. “The car has been in its current location since 1974 and never moved.”

Gottlob set the world quarter-mile speed record in Alton, Illinois in a 1959 Corvette with a 283 - 290 hp fuellie at 12.01 seconds and 112 mph. The new record thrashed the previous record by more than 2 seconds, catching the attention of the CEO of Chevrolet and Vince Piggins who was Chevy’s Manager of Product Performance

After agreeing to reveal his secret enhancements to the 1959 Corvette, they gave him a 409 engine for research and development in exchange for the experimentation data. They also used his enhancements to the 283 engine in the 1959 Corvette as a baseline blueprint for the 1961 283 - 315 hp engine.

He was drafted for the Vietnam war, but kept in touch with Piggins and Cole, and they got him in on the best cars with limited runs being made, like the Z16 Chevelle (200 made) and the very 1st 1965 Corvette 396 made.

He bought the '65 Vette, but then without seeing yet, traded it up for the Chevelle because of it's limited production.

Also they hooked him up with on a 1 of 20 1967 Corvette L88 427, which he bought and raced in the 24 hours of Daytona taking first place in his class.

An Audi V8... glad I don't have to work on it!

Thanks David!

Tom Shaw's library was recently bought, and some of the books are now hitting the market, and they are some rare items indeed.

 So if you need to add these to your library, ask over at

Hat tip to  for bring up the topic of what to do with rare old documents and dealership items in an article by Tom Shaw;

" There is no central archive for muscle car info. We need an automotive Smithsonian where muscle car info would be stored, a library of specs, info, and history. The big manufacturers have little interest in warehousing this stuff for the ages. I hate to think how much valuable historical information has already hit the dumpster.

The deep specifications about our cars, like SAE reports, AMA specifications, and Manufacturer’s Engineering Reports, were never intended for public consumption. They stayed in dealership service departments, engineering labs, or in the archives of racing organizations like the NHRA and NASCAR. As the years rolled on, enthusiast interest in muscle cars grew, while dealer interest declined.

So the deep technical info about our cars remained in the hands of a few archivists scattered among the clubs. So far so good, but as the first wave of muscle car people, the generation that grew up with them, reaches old age, what will become of their knowledge and research? The problem there, in my experience, is that the material is not readily accessible to the man on the street, and that should be a priority. The whole idea is to promote the free flow of accurate information so that error does not gain a foothold. There’s already enough misinformation floating around.

Ever been to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green? I’d sure like to see something on that level for muscle cars. The American Muscle Car Institute, maybe housed in an old dealership building, with a big wing to archive irreplaceable muscle car documents, literature, and history. Need some info about your car? Pick up the phone and ask the reference desk. For a small fee, a copy of the page will be sent or scanned and emailed. "

Sadly the irony of selling off these items and not donating them to such an endeavor wasn't appearant to Tom, and the library he'd collected (some of which you see above) was sold to Geoff, who in turn is selling it off in pieces.

I believe Hot Rod couldn't see this, maybe a side effect from the 70s features of vans and VW bugs. Shiver. Those were some dark days the the path was lost. Hot Rod Magazine never recovered. It's been bought and sold several times since, and had to give away the archives to get them digitally stored and cataloged. Now they are in the Pete, and Getty has the rights, and sells them. Ho Hum.

I got my daily commuter back from the dealership, after 4 days of it getting worked on and waiting for parts. There's just one thing wrong

the clock is slow by 10 minutes

Why is that a big deal?

I use that damn clock in the car to determine when I stop reading the magazine of the day and get started at my job. See, I arrive 10-15 minutes early to work, and the place is locked up until the very minute it opens for business, as the person who has the keys and opens it up doesn't get paid to get started early, so, they don't. They start when they get paid. Makes sense.

So I don't bother getting out of my car and going in until it's time to clock in.

And that brings us back to the clock in my car... which I rely on to be accurate (It always is) for me to start the day.

But it lost 10 minutes while in the dealership due to the battery being disconnected I suppose.... and so, I'm 10 minutes late to work today.

Other than that, the car is nicer than when I dropped it off, because they washed it, wiped the tires with some black shiny stuff, cleaned the rims, and for the love of Mike they cleaned the hell out of the windows. I gotta find out how they do that, because they now look like brand new glass. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bought as an investment, it only has 6 miles on it, and is still covered in cosmoline, and it's one of only 51 964 Carrera RSRs ever built. It just hasn't moved since 1993

The 964 Carrera RSR combined the 911 Turbo's wide body with a 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six that pumps out an impressive 350 horsepower. Other RSRs went on to earn class wins at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring while this silver example languished unused.

It's going to be aucitoned in the end of may, and they expect about 3 million dollars

things should be engineered so they can be repaired easily, quickly, and by most any half capable mechanic

Ford's best factory for efficient production wasn't in Michigan, it was in Minnesota

It was the tallest built, to take advantage of gravity, and it was built on a silica sand deposit, mined right under the building to make the glass for the cars.

"One of the environmental criteria that Ford set was to locate the plants near raw material. In St. Paul, underneath this plateau, 100 feet above the river, was this incredible amount of pure silica ... for the production of glass. They developed a tunnel system and a mining system right underneath the floor of the plant. They would tunnel and collect all the sand on little electric carts, haul it up to the floor of the factory 100 feet above, dump it on the floor and shovel it right into the glass furnace."

The smaller parts were hauled to the top and the car was assembled as it worked its way down through the building.

he even built a hydroelectric dam int he 1920s to supply the factory

A new book, "The Ford Century in Minnesota" by Brian McMahon, tracks the car company's influence across the state. McMahon interviewed more than forty retired auto workers about their time at the St. Paul plant and their memories of the company.

The hunt for a new site to build a modern, single-story plant stirred intense rivalry between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Henry Ford took a rare personal interest in the search and selected a 125-acre parcel in St. Paul overlooking the recently built High Dam on the Mississippi River, which allowed for navigation and hydroelectric power. The Twin Cities Assembly Plant would go on to manufacture millions of cars, trucks, tractors, and military vehicles until its closure in 2011.

Henry Ford’s large-scale experiments with every aspect of the industrial economy sent ripples and shockwaves through the lives of Minnesotans—management and assembly line workers, dealers and customers, families and communities. First-person accounts of more than forty retired auto workers share what it was like to work at Ford—from the early years of the Minneapolis plant to the final hours of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. McMahon documents the company’s transformation—through the Depression, the rise of the United Auto Workers Union, World War II, women joining the workforce, competition from imported cars, globalization, outsourcing, and the closing of the plant.

Cars 3

Disney unveiled the latest preview for the threequel on Wednesday, showing how Lightning McQueen tries to reboot his career following a catastrophic crash and the threat of irrelevance posed by a new generation of high-tech racers. Today, Mattel will unveil its complete line of Cars 3 offerings, from miniature vehicles of old and new characters to playsets to larger-scale interactive toys — and Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look below.

The franchise built around animated autos has driven more merchandise sales than any other Pixar film, with Mattel’s line of die-cast cars leading the way.

Nathan Fillian (Castle, Firefly) voices Lightning McQueen's business marketing manager, Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center—one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country. The always dapper Sterling comes across as unassuming and laid back, but business is business, and Sterling is driven to ensure all of his investments pay off.

when the first teaser preview showed us Lightning McQueen, in a major wreck there was one Cars fan who was especially shaken by the event. So much so that he hatched a plot for vengeance.

An eight-year-old wrote Pixar and said, 'Are you really killing Lightning McQueen? Because if you are, I want to buy the toy that kills him, so that I can kill him.'

Andy has an old passenger train car diner down the road from him, in East Syracuse NY!

Road and Track magazine thinks that the only musclecar made today is a Honda Accord.

RT says:
When we consider the true high-volume family cars out there and their overpowered variants, we come up with a pretty short list. There's the Accord V6, the Camry V6, the Altima V6, and the Ford Fusion Sport. Everybody else uses a small-bore turbocharged four-cylinder engine for their upmarket models.

Imagine, for a moment, that you are back in the year 1964, driving to your local Pontiac dealer to order a GTO. On the way there, you get into a car crash and you spend the next fifty-three years in a coma, only to wake up and go muscle car shopping again. You know exactly what you want: a two-door sedan with a four-on-the-floor and the biggest engine you can get. That is a muscle car.

As painful as it may be to do so, therefore, I'm going to disqualify the Fusion Sport because it has four doors, all-wheel-drive, and a mandatory automatic transmission. Conceptually, the fast Ford is far closer to "budget Audi S4" than "modern Torino Cobra Jet."

That leaves us with three American-made contenders. Two of them are only available as four-door automatics, which of course is also antithetical to the original GTO formula of two doors and four-on-the-floor transmission.

And that is how we get to the rather insane idea that the last American muscle car is, in fact, a Honda Accord.

Dyno testing of a brand-new unit suggests that its rated output of 270hp is conservative by thirty ponies or so. It's common for owners to break into the thirteens in the quarter-mile and trap well over 100mph, numbers that would have been perfectly respectable in the muscle car heyday of the late Sixties.

It will "chirp third" with reckless abandon; that was once considered to be the sign of an authentic muscle car. Much of the interior is disturbingly cheap and fragile; I believe the same thing was true of every Plymouth Road Runner that ever left the line.

That's why I don't read Road and Track magazine folks. The author of this idiotic idea is, of course, a Honda Accord owner

So... an idiot with an ego and since he's a writer for RT, a overabundance of ego about his car expertise. 

All right then... lemme just toss this out there

In the latest update of Google Maps released today, the company has added a feature to mark your parking spot and share it with friends,

If you open up the app and tap the blue location dot, you'll see a new option to "Set as parking location" (iOS) or "Save your parking" (Android). Once that's selected, you'll see the classic little "P" icon appear on the map, and tapping on that brings up a host of new options

This might be the best preserved Hemi Cuda in existence, (2,010 miles) it's unrestored and completely original, with the original factory-fill fluids and 1970s air in the original tires

Bought by the inheritor of the Reynolds Tobacco company fortune, the same guy that raced the Turbonique rear axle Galaxy 500

Now it's someone's golden egg, and they figure the market is prime for a payday.

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