The restoration of Hemmingway’s Chrysler 392 hemi New Yorker deluxe convertible in Cuba

December 3rd, 2016 by admin

Soul, now a dual citizen, USA and England, is a Hemingway fan who has traveled to Cuba several times and is friends with the museum’s administrators. When the restoration project stalled, the result of difficulty obtaining parts due to the longstanding U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, the museum director, Ada Rosa Rosales, called on Soul to intervene.

Although Cuban mechanics are experts at keeping old American cars running, much of their work comes down to improvising repairs and hand-making parts. But proper restorations require original components, impossible to find on the island. Soul contacted a parts supplier in Massachusetts that specializes in classic Chryslers and found that its proprietor is also a Hemingway enthusiast. Parts problem seemingly solved.

However, despite Soul’s best efforts, some parts have been delayed due to customs snags, while others, like a fuel tank, have proven difficult to locate. The plan had been to debut the hour-long film this June in time for the 14th Hemingway Colloquium in Havana, but the delays will result in a later release.

https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/new-documentary-focuses-on-tale-of-hemingways-1955-chrysler-new-yorker.html

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FX announced today that it will shoot a pilot for Mayans MC in March, that will be written by Kurt Sutter who created the immensely popular SOA and who will direct the pilot episode.

December 2nd, 2016 by admin

Here’s the official synopsis, per FX:

Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.

http://tvline.com/2016/12/01/sons-of-anarchy-spinoff-mayans-mc-pilot-ordered-fx/

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FX announced today that it will shoot a pilot for Mayans MC in March, that will be written by Kurt Sutter who created the immensely popular SOA and who will direct the pilot episode.

incredibly innovative way to paint a car. Electric motor spins a hand crank handle, which pumps an old bike tire hand pump, which fills a motorcycle tire used as a compressed air reservoir and regulator

December 2nd, 2016 by admin

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incredibly innovative way to paint a car. Electric motor spins a hand crank handle, which pumps an old bike tire hand pump, which fills a motorcycle tire used as a compressed air reservoir and regulator

The Survivor

December 2nd, 2016 by admin

During the Falklands War, the SS Atlantic Conveyor was carrying six Chinook HC.1s when she took two Exocet missiles to the side and burned.

Only one helicopter, the “Bravo November” – was in flight at the time, meaning she was the lone survivor. Hence the name it’s carried ever since

The ship also went down with nearly every tool used in maintenance except a pair of pliers and a screwdriver.

As the war went on, the Survivor got filthier and filthier – parts fell off, her rotors got out of track, she developed a leak of oil in her rear rotor’s gearbox, but she gamely flew on without nearly any form of maintenance.

The British forces loved her, giving her the new nickname, “The Shuddering Shithead.”

On her way back from a night mission she flew into a snowstorm. While the crew was trying to figure out how to get home, they flew into the sea at 100 knots, due to a faulty altimeter.

The impact threw up spray that flooded the engine intakes but Langworthy and his co-pilot managed to get the helicopter back in the air. The fuselage was damaged, an antenna had been lost and the co-pilot’s door was lost too.

The crew was unable to navigate or communicate with other forces, so it returned to San Carlos for damage inspection. The impact had caused “little more than dents to the fuselage and damage to the radio systems.” For the rest of the war she flew without a side door, leaving the copilot shivering.

At the end of the war she had one last thing to do.

Flying into Port Stanley at the cessation of hostilities, she landed next to an Argentinean helicopter that had been grounded by an air strike.

Her crew took their single screwdriver, unscrewed the Argentine door, and put it on the British helicopter. Allegedly, she still has the Argentine door today.

What’s even funnier is that, a decade later, her original door washed up on shore and was discovered by a Falkland Islander.

http://uss-edsall.tumblr.com/post/153339972725/during-the-falklands-war-the-ss-atlantic-conveyor

Thanks Steve!

From Wikipedia:

In April 1982 Bravo November was loaded, along with three other Chinooks, aboard the container ship MV Atlantic Conveyor bound for the Falkland Islands on Operation Corporate. Atlantic Conveyor was hit by an Exocet missile destroying the vessel along with its cargo. Bravo November was on an airborne task at the time and managed to land on HMS Hermes, gaining the nickname “The Survivor”. It was the only serviceable heavy lift helicopter available to British forces involved in the hostilities. The first of its four Distinguished Flying Crosses came for actions in the Falklands. Ever since, the name Bravo November became associated with this aircraft that has become “most famous” in the popular imagination. The aircraft is the subject of an exhibit at the RAF Museum.

Bravo November has had a distinguished career within the Royal Air Force serving in every conflict of the last 30 years and has seen four of its pilots awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions whilst at the controls of the aircraft.

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"Old Faithful" This 1942 GMC engine is believed to be the last civilian fire engine delivered by GMC prior to ceasing civilian production to focus on the war effort in support of WWII.

December 1st, 2016 by admin

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"Old Faithful" This 1942 GMC engine is believed to be the last civilian fire engine delivered by GMC prior to ceasing civilian production to focus on the war effort in support of WWII.

Mike Hammer’s Mustang, it’s not much to look at

December 1st, 2016 by admin

he carried around an old parking ticket so no matter where he parked, he wouldn’t get another

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John Hawkinson died without selling his car collection, and here is the last look at the great little collection he had before it was auctioned off

November 30th, 2016 by admin

John “Hawkeye” Hawkinson lived a simple life in a farm house with no running water, no electricity and little insulation.

The story of Hawkeye’s cars is the story of an eccentric collector of “all things beautiful” who shunned his family’s fortune for a simple, solitary life in the Adirondacks. Hawkeye was a master mechanic and an accomplished artist, photographer and writer. He was also a colorful character, perhaps best known locally for driving through Saranac Lake in midwinter with the top down in one of his Packards, wearing a raccoon-skin coat and smoking a corncob pipe.

His grandfather Amos Whitney co-founded the machine tool company Pratt and Whitney

Inside his barns were rows of beautiful 1920s cars, ackards, Buicks, Cadillacs and Pierce Arrows , as well as three fire trucks — one each from Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake

some of the collection were a Packard roadster, a 1919 Mack truck, a 1930 Cadillac V12, two carriages, a sleigh, a 35-foot ladder truck and most are from the 1920s. Nothing newer than ’31. The oldest one was a 1919 Linn tractor

“Chasing Classic Cars” will focus on Hawkeye’s 1930 Minerva, with a Hibbard and Darrin body,

Look at these deck out rigs! Dang, those Canadians are nice! 2016 IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Victoria Canada

November 30th, 2016 by admin

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Look at these deck out rigs! Dang, those Canadians are nice! 2016 IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Victoria Canada

possibly the funniest thing you’ll read all day: "600 cc sportbikes, if I could get it up the stairs I’d keep it next to my side of the bed."

November 30th, 2016 by admin

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to say ‘you almost wear this bike’ would be a hackneyed disservice to the breed. You absorb a 600cc sportsbike into the stuff of your being, and riding one is as endlessly astonishing and enduringly satisfying as having genitalia.

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Floyd DeBore was 16 when he bought this Pontiac had the body worked on, then took it to Larry Watson’s… it was finished and photographed and never seen again

November 29th, 2016 by admin