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Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

December 15th, 2017 by admin

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.

http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/newsroom/2017/12/-jim-popp_s-_shrine-of-the-holy-grille.html

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Steve McQueen’s pickup truck loaded-up with his Bud Ekins’ desert-modified Triumph Bonneville desert racer. I bet the tailgate is lettered by Von Dutch, he worked for Ekins at one time, and did a lot of work for Steve McQueen

December 15th, 2017 by admin

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Steve McQueen’s pickup truck loaded-up with his Bud Ekins’ desert-modified Triumph Bonneville desert racer. I bet the tailgate is lettered by Von Dutch, he worked for Ekins at one time, and did a lot of work for Steve McQueen

Blackhawk Nugget tool boxes, first advertised in the 1930s

December 14th, 2017 by admin

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there is a covered wagon in Texas that has made the news papers a couple of times, the first time was in 1955, the second was more recent, when someone sent me a newspaper clipping, maybe in 2013

December 13th, 2017 by admin

www.heralddemocrat.com

May 16, 1955 The Eagle, Bryan, Texas

80 -Year Old Woman Wants To Repeat Wagon Venture

SHERMAN. Tex. — Her daughter paid a man 30 cents to teach her to harness a horse. The horse bit him. That’s why Ma Weaver paid the 30 cents. Then Ma and her two daughters were off by covered wagon for Denver, Colo. Today, 21 years later, that covered wagon is a permanent fixture in the side yard of her home at 322 N. Burdette St.

Mrs. Birdie Weaver, Ma to all who know her, has only one regret these days. She can’t find anyone to repeat the trip with her. She’s 80. “I’d buy a new wagon,” she dreams. The original has rotted to much for such a journey. “It’s the only way to travel. Automobiles is awful. Just perfectly awful. I wouldn’t go anywhere in a car.”

The trip started from here in October, 1934. Mother, Betty and Beatrice arrived in Denver six months later, spent a year and returned the same way. The younger women were in their 20s. Beatrice now is Mrs. R. D. Spangler. Why did they make the trip? “Just for the fun of it,” says Ma Weaver with finality. It was no typical prairie schooner which made the voyage. Instead of canvas, the covering was of sheet metal. Coops I underneath carried their chickens. Winnie the milk cow tagged along behind wearing special shoes designed by the Weavers.

If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I’m happy to say, it’s a Argentinian Torino, and ain’t it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we’ve never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

December 13th, 2017 by admin

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and

photography is an amazing thing

December 12th, 2017 by admin

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Crawfish boats… crawfish, are like tiny lobsters, that live in swamps, marshes, and ponds and are trapped like minnows.

December 12th, 2017 by admin


These little crafts, heirs to the old Cajun swamp-going boats but with the benefit of generations of creativity and modern materials, are constructed both to glide along the top of a flooded field and to ride easily along dry roads, even going along the side of the highway toward the next crawfish field. No two of these boats are exactly alike because they’re not mass-produced in factories. Instead, they’re just made in the area where they’re needed by a handful of men who know how to build machines.

An engine operates a hydraulic pump and motor to propel a metal wheel that extends beyond the boat. Metal cleats are welded to the wheel, which is mounted to the rear to push the boat in shallow water. The hydraulic steering can be operated with foot pedals, leaving the driver’s hands free to empty and rebait traps.


there is even a good book about them

The Amazing Crawfish Boat chronicles the development of an amphibious boat that transformed the Louisiana prairies into alternating fields of aquaculture and agriculture. In seeking to understand how such a machine came into being, John Laudun describes the ideas and traditions that have long been a part of the Louisiana landscape and how they converged at a particular moment in time to create a new economic opportunity for both the rice farmers who used them and the fabricators who made them.

https://soundcloud.com/johnlaudun/sets/the-amazing-crawfish-boat
https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Crawfish-Folklore-Studies-Multicultural/dp/1496804201
http://thewandererschuckandkate.blogspot.com/2011/04/cajun-tale.html

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Crawfish boats… crawfish, are like tiny lobsters, that live in swamps, marshes, and ponds and are trapped like minnows.

Coffee and donuts video of the morning, how manufacturing line workers are at the verge of getting exoskeletons to lower fatigue and increase stamina, and make work easier and less likely to cause repetitive strain injuries

December 11th, 2017 by admin

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the oldest known model D just sold for $185,000

December 11th, 2017 by admin

This tractor, Sn. 30404, was the 4th built and is the oldest example known to exist. I

The tractor has been in the long time collection of Ted Spoelstra of Forks, Washington. He had searched this tractor out several decades ago and performed a detailed restoration to preserve it’s historical importance.

https://bid.aumannauctions.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/13701/lot/2022019/

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keep the dream alive, if any kid tells some other kid what they "can’t do" point out how almost nothing can’t be done, especially in the Western hemisphere, that’s why we’re North AmeriCANs and South AmeriCANs

December 10th, 2017 by admin

A 10-year-old girl got to fly a plane for the first time last week, thanks to UPS’s Wishes Delivered campaign, https://wishesdelivered.ups.com/

Taylor is going to be a UPS pilot: She knows this, and you should, too.

“When she was about 5, we took her to the Mall of America, and she got to fly in a plane, and she just knew that’s what she wanted to do with her life,” her mem said. “She was just amazed by it.”

She had taken Taylor to a Girls in Aviation day at Bowman Field, and the UPS Wishes Delivered crew was there, filming and scouting for a candidate, and they chose Taylor.

Wishes Delivered fulfills the dreams of children in various ways. In the past, a young boy who had a special relationship with a driver, was given a custom-made UPS package truck to drive around his neighborhood. The team once delivered snow to children in Texas who had never experienced snow before.