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Highway 1 by Big Sur California, the southern route might open as early as late July, and vacationers can once again travel California coast

June 14th, 2018 by admin

It’s been 14 months, and they’ve moved a hell of a lot of dirt, and the highway is a bit ahead of schedule to get opened to traffic. It was the largest landslide ever recorded on the Big Sur coast, and covered a third of a mile of the highway and burying it beneath 40 feet of dirt and rock.

The slide also added 15 acres to California’s picturesque coastline.

The Mud Creek section of southern Big Sur closed on May 20, 2017 after fierce winter rains triggered a massive landslide, has been aided by contractor efficiencies, favorable weather and longer days, said Caltrans.

So the target date for completion, previously set for mid-September, has been moved forward to late July

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/12/big-surs-southern-route-to-open-in-late-july/
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-highway-1-reopen-20180613-story.html
and there’s a great drone video in hi def at

a ‘32 roadster was just pulled out of a barn where it was parked in 1955, and forgotten about.

May 23rd, 2018 by admin

It still has the original side curtains and top

The known history of this roadster starts with a 1946 California pink slip, the year a Eureka, California, rancher bought it.

Look at this terrific radio and radio antenna… I’ve never seen an antenna like this!
It’s a 1930s Firestone radio, and Stewart Warner gauges

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/barn-find-1932-ford-roadster-hidden-60-years

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a ‘32 roadster was just pulled out of a barn where it was parked in 1955, and forgotten about.

a very large tractor, the 1903 Best 110 is 28 feet long and 17 feet, 4 inches to the top of the smokestack.

April 17th, 2018 by admin

In 1889, Daniel Best’s Agricultural Works (later renamed Best Mfg. Co.), began to manufacture steam engines at his plant in San Leandro, California, producing models ranging from 30 hp to the massive 110 hp model. Upon retirement in 1908, Best sold his company to Ben Holt, owner of Holt Mfg. Co. His son, C.L. Best, operated the company under the Best name until 1925, at which time it merged with Holt Mfg. and the two formed Caterpillar Co.

The Best’s single front wheel (5 feet in diameter) is steered by a chain-and-pulley system. Manned by a crew of three (engineer, brakeman and stoker) and sometimes described as the “monarch of the fields,” it could pull 34 7-inch plows, covering 12 acres per hour in clay and adobe. This model was designed not only for agricultural fieldwork, but also for long-distance freight hauling and was used as a road engine for the mining and logging industries.

It measures 9 feet, 7 inches wide, and weighs more than 18 tons. Its 8-foot-diameter rear drive wheels allowed for up to 15-foot width extensions to gain stability on the soft California land.

In December 2006, No. 185 was moved to the Roots of Motive Power Collection in the Mendocino County Museum, Willits, California, where it remains on long-term loan from the Oakland museum. Roots of Motive Power is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1982 to preserve and restore steam- and diesel-powered equipment used in California’s North Coast logging industry from the 1850s to the present.

http://www.haskey.com/johnh/steam/best/best_tractor.html
https://www.farmcollector.com/steam-engines/best-steam-tractor-zm0z16deczhur

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a very large tractor, the 1903 Best 110 is 28 feet long and 17 feet, 4 inches to the top of the smokestack.

Teardrops made from WW2 bomber aluminum, and wheels from Jeeps salvaged from sunken ships. True WW2 worker ingenuity

April 15th, 2018 by admin

notice the above and below have different fenders

this one seems very original.

the way the owner explained it, the builder started in his garage, getting the parts together to make teardrops, from whatever

AMX special edition I’ve never heard of before.. the California 500. 32 Special Edition AMX were sent to dealerships in California to commemorate the Riverside 500 race of 1969 and be utilized as courtesy cars throughout the racing season at the old famed Riverside International Raceway?

April 4th, 2018 by admin

The California 500 Special could be optioned with the 290ci, 225hp up to the 390ci, 315hp, but not the 340hp version in the Rebel Machine

A four-speed manual was standard but the 3 speed ‘Shift Command’ automatic was also optional.

A Limited Edition model also came with several options that included “Trendsetter Sidewinder” sidepipes and brass plaques on the hood blisters.

http://fabwheelsdigest.blogspot.com/2013/06/1969-amc-amx-california-500-special.html

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AMX special edition I’ve never heard of before.. the California 500. 32 Special Edition AMX were sent to dealerships in California to commemorate the Riverside 500 race of 1969 and be utilized as courtesy cars throughout the racing season at the old famed Riverside International Raceway?

Pure Vision’s Road Bee, a 1970 Plymouth RoadRunner body and a ’69 Dodge Super Bee front clip

March 27th, 2018 by admin

Something I hadn’t noticed before, the ’69 Dodge Coronet/Super Bee door was the ’70 Satellite/Road Runner/GTX door over at Plymouth.

the Navy jets that kids got to play on, back when kids were allowed to risk a scratch or scrape out side the home, in the park.

March 16th, 2018 by admin

From 1959 to 1993, Larsen Park hosted three different retired Navy jets, each donated to serve as imaginative play structures for the children of the Parkside District. The first was a Grumman F-9 Cougar reconnaissance plane from Squadron VC-61, driven up from Moffett Field in Mountain View with the cooperation of the California Highway Patrol and all the police department jurisdictions in between. The second jet, a Navy F-J Fury, replaced the Grumman in 1967. Both jets had ladders added to help kids climb into the cockpits. The third, and perhaps best-remembered jet, as it occupied the park for eighteen years from 1975 to 1993, was an F-8 Crusader.

But even though old-timers wish a real Navy plane could have been obtained, modern safety regulations and the prohibitive expense in taking on and remediating a real jet just made it impossible, even if the government had aircraft to give.

Also, San Francisco isn’t the Navy town it once was—many people object strongly to having an instrument of war in a public playground.

So now, something has been made to look the part, hopefully not just made of Nerf material, and the kids don’t really seem to mind the lack of authentic airtime.

But a Helicopter with blades? They’d go bonkers for a CH53 in the park, you just know it. Too bad the military wasted all those bombers and choppers in the graveyard in Arizona, instead of offereing them to public parks across the country for kids, and adults, to play in and on.

http://www.outsidelands.org/larsen_park_jets.php
https://www.sfparksalliance.org/our-work/park-partners/larsen-playground-friends
https://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/larsen-playground-project-in-sf-revives-iconic-playground-jet/Content?oid=2852218
https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Hopes-soar-for-new-Larsen-Park-jet-4288327.php

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the Navy jets that kids got to play on, back when kids were allowed to risk a scratch or scrape out side the home, in the park.

this amazing crazy true story of the Billy Goat Acres Mob is now ready for a repost thanks to the many relatives of these hooligans commenting on it

February 28th, 2018 by admin

The names of the six boys were Howard McAbee, Jack, Steve Bales, Joe Bales, Dale and Roy Bales and their dog Butch.

Howard was the driver because he was taller then Steven and said he knew how to drive. The three oldest went to jail for boys for what they had done.

Carl Stewart commented a couple times (thanks!) with info, and just wrote in with this background to the photo:

Steven wrote the story before he passed away; he was the oldest of the group at 13 and because of a problem at home he decided to run away from home. His two young brothers Joe and Roy not to be left out, went with him.

The other boys Howard, Jack and Dale all seen them and just had to join in on the fun. They went from Billy Goat Acres in a stolen car out of Bakersfield. This car broke down after flat tires. Then then stole a car in the mountains only to run out of gas in Mohave. They then stole another car and drove to New Hall where the police shot into the car not knowing they were all just kids that were to scared to stop.

From another website:

Billy Goat Acres was a poor neighborhood in Bakersfield.

you’ve come to the right place for things you don’t see every day, and I’ll end the day, and the year, with this, the 5000th post. For on the five thousandth post, he rested – they will say

December 31st, 2017 by admin

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you’ve come to the right place for things you don’t see every day, and I’ll end the day, and the year, with this, the 5000th post. For on the five thousandth post, he rested – they will say

’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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