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the Prosperity Special

May 17th, 2017 by admin

the Prosperity Special was a train made up entirely 24 Baldwin locomotives, part of an order of 50, left on May 27, 1922. They “headed west out of the Baldwin Locomotive Plant to East St. Louis, took the Cotton Belt Line across Texas and was switched to SP tracks in El Paso.

Thousands of spectators lined the tracks to see an almost half mile long train made up entirely of new locomotives cross the country bound for California. A large sign was erected on the lead locomotive that read, ‘The Prosperity Special’.

The special arrived at Taylor Yard in Los Angeles in early June. Half of the locomotives would stay here and run heavy freights over Beaumont Hill and Tehachapi Pass. The rest of the locos went to Sacramento for duty over the Sierra Nevadas, the train stopped to take on water before the descent into Bakersfield and the trip up the valley to their new home in Sacramento.

A couple of years ago I posted this pic of the completed 50 at Eddystone, Pennsylvania:

Texas quail rigs… there are many variations on the basics, and they wound up in a book that captures them for posterity, a niche market of single use vehicles in a sport that is fading away as the baby boomers give up hunting

March 4th, 2017 by admin

Cars, indelibly linked as they are to the development of American geography, take on an entirely different identity as quail rigs, post-car vehicles fashioned alike from American classics, German military trucks, or icons of global luxury.

The scope of a vanishing tradition and culture of quail hunting in Texas reaches far beyond the art of photography. Lokey traveled throughout Texas’s quail country to photograph and study the trucks, each one of the 120 plus rigs is different, and reflects the personality of its owner and builder.

I don’t know why this wasn’t mentioned at the Diesel Brothers exhibit at SEMA, but they are working with Chuck Norris on a sweepstakes give away truck… called, what else, Truck Norris

February 22nd, 2017 by admin

if you go to the website, you can learn about the truck features by putting your cursor over the red dots.

Right? So, to get the chance to win it, you have to register, join the “adventure” club, buy the merch which looks like Chuck Norris springwater, and the more you buy the more “trail points” towards a chance at getting the truck or something.

Look, retired actors have to do something to pay the taxes on their Texas estates. Chuck’s hockin’ bottled water. Why the hell not, there are a lot of people wasting money buying water, and very few buying karate clothes and belts.

I’ve never heard of Maverik stores, CForce water, or the tv show Diesel Brothers. And believe me, not watching commercials is a relief… If the commercials are any good, you’ll either get told how good they are, or they’ll show up during the superbowl or something. Hell, I just posted two, so you can get some idea of what this is all about, as it’s how I tell you the news that I think is cool, or interesting enough to share.

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Hey… where did everybody go?

October 9th, 2016 by admin

I was taking a moment to kick back and enjoy other peoples blogs, and discovered it has been a long time since I did that. And a lot of bloggers and car and bike website people have given up.

I went to Lowtech, who was doing over 150 posts a year, now does about 15.

So I looked over at the blogorama list of recommended sites at Lowtech..


the "Swoose" the only survivor of the 19th BG of Clark Air Base, Philippines. The only known surviving combat plane that served in the war from start (Dec 8th 1941 mission) to finish. The only surviving "Shark Tail" B 17. Pieced together from parts planes though the war. Now its been 70 years of storage and moving, and moving and storage. No one has displayed it, or restored it… or displayed it before dismantling it for storage.

August 16th, 2016 by admin

Delivered to Hickam Air Base Hawaii, in May 1941, and moved to Clark Air Base PI in Oct 1941

Dec 8th 1941, the Japanese bombed Clark Air Base in the PI, and Ole Betsy was damaged but repaired with a tail from another damaged B 17

On Jan. 11, 1942, three Japanese fighters caused heavy damage to Ole Betsy during a running 35-minute engagement off the coast of Borneo.

Maintenance personnel in Australia replaced the damaged tail with one from another B-17D, replaced the engines, and converted the aircraft into an armed transport. The new pilot, Capt. Weldon Smith, gave it a new nickname after a then-popular song about a half-swan, half-goose called the “Swoose.”

Then, as a reward for valor, she was assigned to transport missions for high Army officers.

Capt. Frank Kurtz, a personal pilot for Lt. Gen. Geroge Brett, (CO Air Force of the Far East) and

Did you ever hear of the B 32? Probably not. But, they had an incredibly historic moment at the end of WW2

August 5th, 2016 by admin

Development of the B-32 started before WWII, in June 1939. US Army Gen. W.G. Kilner delivered a study that recommended development of a new bomber to succeed the B-17 Flying Fortress, despite the added cost, two separate designs from two separate companies should be developed; in case one turned out to be a failure. Boeing entered their XB-29 design, Lockheed their XB-30, and Consolidated their XB-32.

The clear favorite was Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress however it was decided to still pursue a “fall-back” option and Consolidated’s B-32 was selected. A pre-production order was placed in June 1941.

The first production B-32 wasn’t delivered until 19 September 1944, by which time the B-29 was not only in service but already flying combat missions. Clearly, there was no longer any need for a “fall-back” bomber design, but since so much money had already been sunk into the Dominator, production continued and the total final order was actually increased to 1,966 planes.

During the twenty-day interim between the second atomic bomb drop on 9 August and the arrival of the occupation fleet off Japan on 29 August, B-32s (now in Okinawa) flew reconnaissance missions over the Japanese home islands. The actual reconnaissance value was small, but the flights tested Japan’s willingness to refrain from further combat before the surrender ceremony on 2 September 1945.

“There’s no gas in all of Chihuahua.” Mexico has more problems than usual, and the border towns on the American side are suddenly selling out tankers of gas every week, instead of a 1/4 tanker a week

June 23rd, 2016 by admin

A mysterious gas shortage in the Mexican border state, home to some 4.8 million people, is pushing many Chihuahuenses to make the tedious cross-border journey into Texas to fill their tanks.

But Presidio, a town of 6,000 people and just three gas stations, wasn’t prepared to receive the long line of empty-tanked vehicles snaking up from Mexico.

Tom’s Service Station, an affiliate of Texaco, ran out of gas just two hours after it opened on Tuesday morning.

He says on an average day he sells about 400 gallons, and usually orders new shipments of petroleum every 10 days. But due to the unexpected lineup of vehicles from Mexico, Ornelas had to place an emergency order for a next-day delivery.

It’s Convoy day, the 7th of June, because the songwriter wrote a different but similar Convoy song. I’ve never heard this version before, but it comes with a better video

June 7th, 2016 by admin

Arizona, noon, on the seventh of June

A. J. Foyt at the wheel of the Mecom Hussein I at the LA Times GP, 1964

April 2nd, 2016 by admin

Built on a Cooper Monaco space frame chassis, the original Traco Chevy in the Hussein was replaced with a NASCAR 500+ hp Chrysler (Dodge) 426 ci motor. It is currently in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Considered to be the most powerful sports car in the United States at the time, “Hussein,” as this special British-built Cooper-Monaco was called, was commissioned by Texas oil millionaire John Mecom, Jr. The bare chassis was shipped from the Cooper Car Company in Surbiton, England to Mecom’s Headquarters in Houston, Texas, where it was outfitted with a special aluminum body crafted by renowned West Coast fabricator Jack Lane. Although the car had little success, and competed only a handful of times, normally driven by A.J. Foyt, it drew quite a lot of attention. The original 427-cubic-inch Holman & Moody V8 Ford engine was soon replaced by a 500-horsepower 426-cubic inch Dodge V-8 Chrysler “hemi” from Nichels Engineering, the engine currently in the car. With this combination, Foyt placed second to the Chaparral of Roger Penske in the 112-mile Governor’s Cup race at Nassau in the Bahamas on December 4, 1964. The car’s name came about due to the Mecom family’s business relationship and friendship with King Hussein of Jordan, who was a great sports car enthusiast. Some historians have referred to the “hemi” version as Hussein II, inferring that there was a second car. There was only the one.

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A. J. Foyt at the wheel of the Mecom Hussein I at the LA Times GP, 1964

Gen. Pershing heading into Mexico after Pancho Villa,who led the only successful invasion of the USA by an army, after the war of 1812, from Mexico

August 11th, 2015 by admin

147 of the 3 ton FWD (Four Wheel Drive) trucks were ordered for the expedition

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