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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.

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.

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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.

Armor All… did you ever see the original advertising mascot?

January 4th, 2018 by admin

The original label (in the viking’s hand) say’s Protects and Beautifies, it’s also below, in the advertising

did you notice the arrows have words? “Fear of nagging sales” is one, “Skylab” is another. “Fear itself” and “Inflation”

it’s quite the complicated piece of art, with all the people the viking is shielding, and their banners. It’s a lot like a Beatles piece of hand drawn art. Very busy.

Well, it was invented in 1962, by polymer chemist Joe Palcher, Joe discovered a “miracle formula” that protected rubber, plastic, and vinyl from UV radiation and ozone.

A pinterest post contradicts the official website info, and says
“Byron Quivey, a race car builder, racer, and a custom wheelwright who owned a service shop in Santa Ana, was instrumental in the origin of the product called Armor All. He had a friend named Joe Palcher who was a chemist who had a product my grandfather encouraged him to produce”

It’s quickly sold off, and resold, and resold – as a company I mean. It looks like it took a while to catch on and get marketing, distribution, and consumer demand.

In 1966 Briggs Cunningham was using it on the cars in his museum (according to a editorial in Street Rodder Jan 2018 issue) and motivated Joe to get into sales and production of his miracle juice. They named it Tri Don, that’s No Dirt backwards

In 1972, marketing expert and car enthusiast Alan Rypinski bought the rights to Joe’s company, renamed the product Armor All® Protectant

In 1979 it was bought by a company, in 1996 it was bought by a corporation, and in 2010 it was bought by investors. In 2015 it was bought again.

The original art was too busy for all these fast slick corporate types with no soul, so they simplified it, and changed the arrows to a bolt of lightning, the bottle in his hand became a hammer, and they beat the cool factor out of the mascot original art until it was a rubber stamp simple design

the new execution of the Armor All Viking has been sanitized of anything that might be considered a dangerous weapon; the spike on the shield, the spiked arm band, the axe — even the horns on his helmet have been turned inward so as not to hurt anyone.

Did you know that Snap On has a museum? It’s in Kenosha Wisconsin, it’s used mainly for corporate events and is not open to the general public.

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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Laura Kukuk of Petrolicious was invited into the Louman Museum for a private tour

November 21st, 2017 by admin

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The Brunner-Winkle Aircraft Corporation built 220 planes in Brooklyn between 1928 and 1931, and perhaps 60 are still around. But this one was bought by Charles Lindbergh

September 7th, 2017 by admin

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For 3 days and 2 nights, the crew of tank ‘Fray Bentos’, stuck in no-man’s-land, fought off German machine gun fire, snipers, grenades, heavy artillery and dynamite.

August 27th, 2017 by admin

An enemy soldier even climbed on top and dropped a grenade inside but one of the plucky Brits threw it back before it exploded.

Inside were nine men who would become the most decorated tank crew of the war.

David Willey, curator of the Tank Museum, said: “Many amazing stories of stoicism and bravery have emerged with the First World War anniversaries, but you still cannot help but be taken aback by the tale of Fray Bentos.

“Eight men, stuck in tank for three days and nights in no-man’s-land, being continually shot at with bullets and hot metal flying around inside.”

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/press-releases/huge-wreckage-uss-indianapolis-located.html

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For 3 days and 2 nights, the crew of tank ‘Fray Bentos’, stuck in no-man’s-land, fought off German machine gun fire, snipers, grenades, heavy artillery and dynamite.

World’s biggest car museum: La cité de l’automobile, in Mulhouse, France

March 12th, 2017 by admin

520 cars from 98 brands, incuding the world’s largest collection of Bugatti’s (123) including three of the 7 Royales

the next 3 biggest museums are all in Germany, the Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes museums

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World’s biggest car museum: La cité de l’automobile, in Mulhouse, France

one of the most beautiful collections of motorcycles in France, Jean Luc Gaignard’s

February 13th, 2017 by admin

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one of the most beautiful collections of motorcycles in France, Jean Luc Gaignard’s

I love to learn of wonderful people, who’ve done wonderful things, and made wonderful collections. Allow me to introduce you to Guy Webster… photographer of the stars, collector of motorcycles

January 27th, 2017 by admin

He turned his earnings into houses, married, and began a family. He took time off to live in Europe, buying a farmhouse in Spain and spending two years studying art in Florence, Italy.

That’s where he fell in love with Italian motorcycles.

“I decided I needed three or four different bikes, because they were good for different kinds of riding,” he said. “But when I had 10, I decided to let myself go up to 20. Then I went up to 30.”

Webster filled two garages with his motorcycles, eventually, he built a two-story barn. The collection grew to 150 as Webster bought, sold and traded increasingly rare machines.

Retired wine entrepreneur Robb Talbott, who now operates the Moto Talbott Collection motorcycle museum in Carmel Valley, said he became faint when he first visited Webster’s collection in 2003.

“There is no other museum that could have come close to it, for the quality, the artistic value of the bikes, and the rarity of the bikes,” Talbott said.“Some of them are one of only one in the world, or one of three in the world. In America, he was No. 1.”

The famed collection is headed to auction though, in the next four days starting today, at events held in Las Vegas, eight of Webster’s finest will cross the block.

Bonhams will sell a 1988 Ducati Corsa race bike that may fetch $34,000, and a 2000 Ducati MH900E that may sell for $24,000, the auction house said. (A 1959 Ducati 175 F3 it sold in 2015 brought $89,000.)

The six motorcycles to be sold by Mecum are a rare Ducati, two Ceccatos, a pair of FB Mondials and three MV Agustas — including the first 175cc Webster bought in 1959 for $300.

The motorcycles could together return as much as $500,000. But Webster claimed indifference to those figures.

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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