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It looks like there is a place in Syria that was doing maintenance and restoration on this 1918 steam locomotive

October 19th, 2017 by admin

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It looks like there is a place in Syria that was doing maintenance and restoration on this 1918 steam locomotive

There was a Bomber gas station in Canada too! Had a Lancaster!

October 18th, 2017 by admin

But unlike the B17 Bomber Gas Station in Milwaukie Oregon, the one in Canada didn’t last long, as the plane was quickly desired for fire fighting, and after they fixed it up, and were taxing to take off, a fire broke out in the nose, and that was the end of that. It was scrapped.

In 1947, the Canadian Government decided to sell a number of Lancasters. The RCAF struck KB885 off inventory and sold it to Charlie Parker of Red Deer, Alberta for $275.00.

Charlie saw his new Lancaster as a potential magnet to draw customers to his service station

He began to tow his new bomber from the base on country roads and across farm fields. For a time it was bogged down in wet ground but finally, after the ground froze, it completed its trip to Charlie’s gas station that he named, “Bomber Service.”

Health reasons forced Charlie Parker to sell “Bomber Service” in 1954.

Two years later, the business was purchased by Walter Mielke who was approached by Troutdale Airmotive Company of Oregon, who offered to purchase the Lancaster for $6000 and convert it into a fire-fighting water bomber.

The offer was accepted on the condition that the Lancaster was also replaced with a surplus P-40 Kittyhawk and it was moved to “Bomber Service”.

In the fall of 1956 two air force mechanics from assisted with prepping the Lancaster for flight. New Rolls-Royce Merlin engines were fitted and run-up, the elevators, ailerons, and rudders, were refurbished, new tires were installed, and a makeshift runway was bulldozed in a nearby field.

As the big moment arrived in January, 1957, pilot-mechanic E. Robinson taxied the Lancaster through the snow to her new runway. Just before take-off hydraulic problems developed and while Robinson worked on the hydraulic system a fire ignited in the interior of the nose section. Before it was extinguished the complete nose section burned off and fell to the snow. The once proud bomber was towed back to the service station and later sold for scrap.

http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/lanckb885.html

the other one I mentioned

https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2013/01/i-love-b-17-bomber-story-here-is-good.html

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the Pur Sang Nicola Romeo

October 16th, 2017 by admin

The engine is an Isotta Fraschini airplane six-cylinder 14.7-liter with 250-horsepower.

The work was completely handcrafted in the workshops of Pursang in Paraná , Entre Ríos,

http://tn.com.ar/autos/lo-ultimo/nicola-romeo-una-de-las-creaciones-mas-singulares-de-autoclasica-2017_827697

Pur Sang is a group of artisanal enthusiastic mechanics and designers, with endless ideas including building aircraft engined specials in the style of the post-WWI era. What goes on at Pur Sang is amazing.

In the end, though, the process is less significant than the people, who are – and realize they are – privileged to work in an environment that creates marvelous objects. Yes, it’s a job, and at 5 o’clock they head out to their families but the pride and satisfaction they take from what they do, and in doing it well, is tangible throughout Pur Sang, from Leonidas Anadon, Pur Sang’s padron, to the second generation assembling cars and gearboxes with their fathers.

http://www.sportscardigest.com/pur-sang-argentina-introduction/

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the Pur Sang Nicola Romeo

A Veyron Grand Sport convertible, 1 of 150 ever made, became the first victim of the Bugatti Grand Tour

October 14th, 2017 by admin

The driver lost control of his vehicle, left the road and ended up against the stones, on a slope of the Andes.

incredibly cool rail inspection cars I’ve never seen before

October 13th, 2017 by admin

I really dig this last one, it’s so much more Victorian in design details.

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/mow22.html

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incredibly cool rail inspection cars I’ve never seen before

Some people take off roading very serious, but… don’t leave anything behind or on the trail means bringing your Jeep home too!

October 12th, 2017 by admin

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Some people take off roading very serious, but… don’t leave anything behind or on the trail means bringing your Jeep home too!

Homeless and living in a van, but not hopeless…

October 12th, 2017 by admin

Idris Elba spent lonely nights in New Jersey sleeping in his van. The ice-cold ladies man of an actor was then a humbled nobody, separated from his pregnant wife and their Jersey City apartment. After being resigned to turning his Chevy Astro Van into a makeshift home, Elba wondered, “How did I get here?”

Like most people in the arts, Elba soon discovered that the road to success was very much a bumpy one.

To fund the notoriously unglamorous life of an upstart actor, a young Elba took up jobs as a tire fitter, shop clerk and DJ. Most notably, though, he was once a factory worker at the Ford automobile plant where his father had been working for 30 years, a site that would later symbolize the most pivotal moment of his life.

https://www.elitedaily.com/money/how-idris-elbas-career-demonstrates-that-you-have-to-be-bold-if-you-want-to-succeed

He’d been living out of a Chevy Astro van on the streets for three months when he went to audition for a part on a new HBO series called The Wire.

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a55996/idris-elba-james-bond/

before he hit the big time as the drug lord Stringer Bell in “The Wire,” he was a bouncer (and pot dealer) at the comedy club Carolines on Broadway, sometimes living in his Chevy Astro van.

“Really nice velvety seats,” he recalls. “I miss that little thing. Honestly, if I found one, I’d definitely buy it and ship it back to France to my little house out there.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/style/idris-elba-interview.html

http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/idris-elba-king-of-speed

Keep in mind, Chris Pratt also lived in a van a short while

those GM tailgates aren’t as interchangeable as you might think, apparently

October 11th, 2017 by admin

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those GM tailgates aren’t as interchangeable as you might think, apparently

A cheater manifold with a second carb hidden under the manifold. Evidently the guy never got caught. He was found out 40 years later when the manifold was found at a garage sale of his stuff.

October 11th, 2017 by admin

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A cheater manifold with a second carb hidden under the manifold. Evidently the guy never got caught. He was found out 40 years later when the manifold was found at a garage sale of his stuff.

that is some leverage!

October 10th, 2017 by admin

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that is some leverage!