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’68 Cougar Trans-Am tribute was built by Scotty Hackenson of Cobra Automotive in Connecticut

November 16th, 2017 by admin

Inside, a full stripped-out interior includes cage, harnesses, fire suppression system, and racing seats. Around back, a fuel cell feeds the V-8 up front. To remain competitive on the vintage racing circuit, the Cougar wears a special suspension with Koni dampers and upgraded rear leaf-springs. At all four corners, disc brakes were substituted for the original system.

The current owner acquired the car in the January 2009 Russo and Steele auction and has used it occasionally since. The 347ci Ford V8 was built in 2015 by RC Performance in Huntington Beach, California with a Dart Iron Eagle block, JE pistons, AFR aluminum heads, and more as detailed below. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed Ford Toploader transmission and 9″ rear end with a limited-slip differential. Other details include a 6-point roll cage, Kirkey racing seat, Safecraft fire suppression system, disc brakes all around, and 15″ Torque Thrust wheels.


http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-pair-different-cars-mercury/
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1968-mercury-cougar-xr7-4/

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’68 Cougar Trans-Am tribute was built by Scotty Hackenson of Cobra Automotive in Connecticut

an unmarked ATF agent car and the guns inside were just stolen a block away from the Salk Institute and USCD in La Jolla yesterday

October 27th, 2017 by admin

On the road illuminated with yellow highlighter, that’s where a load of weapons in an unmarked ATF car was stolen.

Notice all the UCSD buildings across the road

the ATF car loaded with guns was in the sweet millionaires tennis court (17 of them) neighborhood in the upper left corner.

Why?

And why is NBC news lieing about it? Instead of saying the road the car was on was in millionaire’s neighborhood of 17 private tennis courts, they state “agent had his car and the guns inside stolen from a popular beach in La Jolla Thursday.

Sam Pierce, sponsor for Burt Munro’s Indian Special, and Indian Motorcycle specialist in San Gabriel

September 20th, 2017 by admin

When the Depression hit, Sammy turned to his motorcycle for a living, performing stunts and racing at county fairs. Along the way he acquired an expertise for sheet metal, designing and fabricating custom cars. But bikes were his passion, and in 1945, after a stint in the Navy during World War II, he swung a deal to become the California distributor for Norton.

Pierce Indian was on the corner of Fairview and San Gabriel avenues, next to that was Pierce’s home, where Munro lived from at least 1965-67.

Way back in their youth, Sam Pierce and Rollie Free worked for the same Indian dealership agent in Kansas City

Pierce combed the U.S. for parts. He bought out the stocks of numerous dealers who once sold and serviced the great red machines.

Burt Munro : The Lost Interviews

I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

August 11th, 2017 by admin

a retiring sea captain bought a 1958 Moskvitch in Amsterdam, and had it shipped to Los Angeles, where the customs guys bounced it right back… nothing was SAE approved… no lights, electrical, or glass.

But when some Mongo went to forklift it back onto the ship, both forks went into the doors.

Maybe it was a reaction to the Sputnik fear. Who knows.

But the car was taken to a repair shop in Ensenada before the ship headed back to return the car to point of origin, and was going to get the doors fixed.

But it was stolen, and driven into LA. Yeah, complete opposite of what happens to cars in LA, when stolen, and taken to Tijuana.

It was stripped and abandoned in LA, and the cops impounded the hulk, and it went to a junkyard. The junkyard operator thought it was kinda neat, got it running (remember, it was barely ever used since being bought) and when some DMV employee friend asked to borrow a car, and this was the best option in the junkyard, the DMV guy got some paperwork to make the car legal.

Later, another acquaintence in AAA did a paperwork trick to make the car legal, and the Moskvitch was suddenly a legit California titled car.

So it was occassionally used as a backup or loaner car, but as years passed, it sat in the junkyard and rusted. Just hanging out in a corner. Until the junkyard was finally closed as the operator retired, and moved to Hemet (between Riverside and San Diego on the I 15) when it was finally put up for sale in the newspaper.

Then it was finally acquired by Gary, who took it with him when transferred to a new job in Texas, and diligently restored it, even when it was part of a sudden disappearance of all the cars in the paint shop as the owner went out of business, and was found miles away in a barn… and then finally Gary took it to car shows. Such as the one on an Air Force base… where someone freaked out that Gary may have mentioned he was in frequent contact with a parts supplier of communist political affiliation (this was the 80s and cold war paranoia was nuts, just look at the goofy movies we made about that whole era) and the FBI stopped by to ask some questions.

Obviously, the FBI agents realized what a gaffe had been made, laughed it off, and Gary has continued to bring his 1958 Russian car to concours condition the hard way in the many years since 1981.

And since I’m in a hurry to tell you this story instead of waiting for him to email me some photos, I’ll just post this right now. Photos to come later, I hope.

https://www.ttnut.com/russian-american-cars-and-trucks-anyways-t1099-40.html
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/02/19/sia-flashback-auto-adventures-in-a-son-of-moscow/

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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

the tree transplant experts Environmental Design, from Texas, were called to Idaho to move a Sequoia, they used Caterpillar machinery

June 29th, 2017 by admin

St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to city property, to make room for a hospital expansion.

The tree is believed to be Idaho’s largest Sequoia, not native to the state, it was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.

Muir, a Scottish immigrant to the United States, rambled around the Sierra Nevada mountains and took long treks across the country to Florida and through Alaska. His writing helped bring attention to the United States’ natural wonders and the threats they faced from logging and ranching. His book on the newly created parks of the West, Our National Parks, caught the eye of President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Yosemite in Muir’s company to discuss future conservation initiatives.

The tree’s new home is twelve hundred feet away from where it was first planted in 1912.

In October, the tree’s roots were trimmed to keep them from expanding. This spring, wood and burlap walls were built around the root system, then steel pipes and airbags lifted the massive tree into position. Crews then rolled the tree down the street on airbags, getting the tree into its new position at the park by 11:15. On Monday, they leveled the tree and added more dirt from its original position to help it adapt.

David Cox told the AP this is the largest tree his company, Environmental Design, has ever moved.

http://www.treemover.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EDITreemover/
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/idahos-largest-sequoia-moved-new-home
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-movers-transplant-100-foot-tall-giant-sequoia-boise-180963848/

I posted about another tree moving a couple years ago, it too was a Caterpillar powered move of incredible proportions

Earle C. Anthony and Lee Miles with his airplane, Los Angeles, 1935

May 14th, 2017 by admin

The Miles and Atwood Special is on the trailer, and in front of it, are Anthony and Miles.

Miles was a living legend during the Golden Age of Flight. At the time this photo was taken he was the number one air racer in the National Aeronautics Association standings.

Earl C. Anthony is perhaps best known as the Packard distributor for the state California from 1915 to 1958.

Prince de Faucigny-Lucinge et Coligny, of France, financed his racing career in part by selling off a family castle and vast domain of Coat-an-Noz in 1923.

April 16th, 2017 by admin

The Prince’s nineteenth-place finish at the 1923 Indy was his best performance.

Other participation included that year’s Grand Prix of France held at Tours and the 1924 inaugural event at the Montlhéry Circuit south of Paris.

During the late 1950s, chassis no. 4004 was mated with the engine from its sibling no. 4006. This latter engine had powered a land speed record attempt at California’s Muroc Dry Lake in 1929.

https://simanaitissays.com/2016/12/27/bugattis-at-indy/

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Prince de Faucigny-Lucinge et Coligny, of France, financed his racing career in part by selling off a family castle and vast domain of Coat-an-Noz in 1923.

1980 GMC Indy Hauler truck

March 15th, 2017 by admin

you can see a full gallery of one,

A movie film recorded 4 days before the 1906 San Francisco disaster, from the front of a streetcar during filming on Market Street from 8th, in front of the Miles Studios, to the Ferry building. Your coffee and donuts morning video

March 10th, 2017 by admin

thanks Jeff!

From the you tube video notes:

The origin of the film was an enigma for many decades, and it was long thought to have been shot in September of 1905, after being dated as such by the Library of Congress based on the state of construction of several buildings. However, in 2009 and 2010, film historian David Kiehn, co-founder of Niles Film Museum in Niles, California, dated the film to the spring of 1906 from automobile registrations and weather records. Kiehn eventually found promotional materials from the film’s original release and dated the film to April 14th, 1906, and finally gave credit to the filmmakers, the Miles Brothers.

Accuracy: Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars shown in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric “oogaa” horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.

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A movie film recorded 4 days before the 1906 San Francisco disaster, from the front of a streetcar during filming on Market Street from 8th, in front of the Miles Studios, to the Ferry building. Your coffee and donuts morning video

Marti confirms one of the Bullitt Mustangs has been found in Mexican junkyard

March 7th, 2017 by admin

The car was discovered last year in Baja California Sur by Hugo Sanchez, rotting away no drivetrain. Legend had it that the film’s primary stunt car had been sent to the junkyard shortly after filming was complete.

Sanchez brought it to a Mexicali custom car shop owned by his friend, Ralph Garcia, Jr., to have it turned into a clone of the similarly-famous “Eleanor” Mustang from the film “Gone in 60 Seconds,” but first sent for a Marti report.

Marti is certain that the VIN plate is original, and he also cross-checked the dates stamped onto the car’s original body panels, some of which were beyond easy repair and had been removed. A few of the modifications made to the car for filming have been preserved, including strut tower reinforcements and holes drilled into the trunk for auxiliary power cables.

A frenzy for all things “Bullitt” should be in full swing by next year, the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut.

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/03/06/ford-mustang-found-in-mexican-junkyard-is-from-bullitt-expert-confirms.html
http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vintage-mustang-forum/1037026-what-thought-lost-now-found-3.html

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