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Old horse wagon exposed after Detroit lake had a record low water level in Oregon in 2015 and ‘16

September 18th, 2017 by admin

Back in 1953, the 200 residents of the tiny town of Old Detroit deserted their homes after Congress approved a nearby dam, which, when finished, would flood the area to create the reservoir now known as the Detroit Lake.

But water levels at Detroit Lake were 45 feet lower than normal in 2015, approximately 143 feet below capacity, so low that people had to pull their boats out of the local marina.

In 2015, a historic drought brought the reservoir to its lowest summertime level in history, 1,511 feet in early summer and as low as 1,425 feet by autumn.

But Marion County Deputy Dave Zahn spotted old fashion wagon wheels that had been buried in the silt and mud.

“In late October when the lake was at its lowest I took the opportunity to walk the river line to see what’s out there, more of a treasure hunt,” Zahn says.

That is when he spotted the classic timepiece.

“We noticed it was a wagon, a horse drawn wagon. It had a plate on it out of Ohio.”

“That wagon was built for the country that you’re in,” said David Sneed, owner of the Wheels that Won the West collection. “With those extra spokes, the metal encased hubs, and the ‘Oregon brake,’ it’s built to engage rough terrain.”

The wagon was made by the Milburn Wagon Company in Toledo, Ohio, sometime around the turn of the last century. Milburn was one of the nation’s biggest manufacturers: in 1882, it was producing 600 wagons per week, the majority farm wagons, Sneed said.

This one could’ve been built as late as the early 1900s, but certainly not before the 1890s, he said. Becuase the hubs on the 16-spoke wheels – themselves much ballyhooed by Milburn for “having 12 more spokes than any on the market” – were patented by James Sarven in 1857 but not used on Milburn wagons until the 1890s, Sneed said

The surprisingly well-preserved wagon was seen by a handful of people in October, lying in the exposed mud of the old townsite when the lake drained to its lowest level in 46 years. Dave Zahn, a marine deputy for Marion County, photographed it right before rainstorms came and raised the reservoir’s level.

In a matter of days, the wagon was gone again, buried under many feet of water. Its appearance had been so brief that U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Cara Kelly barely had time to document its existence and no time to plan for preserving or removing it.

“Removing it would be very costly, and it would be almost impossible without ruining it,” Kelly said. “It was challenging just trying to get to it because it’s so buried. The mud around it was like soup; I couldn’t get to within 20 feet of it.”

While Zahn first spotted the wagon on October 29, he and Kelly decided to keep its location a secret, so as not to attract potential looters and vandals. According to a metal plate attached to the wagon as seen in some of Zahn’s photographs, the wagon was made in 1875 by the Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio, which was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of wagons at the time. As Brooks reports, the lake bottom’s low oxygen levels almost perfectly preserved the wagon – ironically, its brief stint on land probably damaged it more than all the decades it spent underwater.

http://koin.com/2016/01/06/dry-detroit-lake-reveals-bits-of-oregon-history/
http://winkster2005.tumblr.com/post/139196420029/beautyofabandonedplaces-old-horse-wagon-exposed
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2016/03/transportation-history-on-front-page-detroit-lake-wagon.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/30/detroit-lake-hits-highest-water-level-since-2009/101028980/
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/local/silverton/2016/03/01/detroit-lake-artifacts-give-glimpse-past/81012452/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-coast-drought-uncovers-remnants-long-sunken-oregon-town-180957691/
https://swarfs.tumblr.com/

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under the hood

August 9th, 2017 by admin

In the 70s, the car was fitted with a genuine 1970 NASCAR 426ci Hemi by its previous owner, who at the time worked for Ray Nichels – former head of Chrysler’s NASCAR program.

While the engine’s original intake is no longer fitted, it retains the genuine X-Code Chrysler Racing block and heads, and now runs a single 1050cfm Holley carb and direct-port nitrous system.

https://www.streetmachine.com.au/events/1707/motorex-2017-our-10-favourite-rides-gallery

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Bobby Green of Old Crow Speed Shop has a cool short wheel base 1922 Overland – Whippet

July 13th, 2017 by admin

Outfitted with a four-cylinder Whippet engine, its streamlined “speedway” body was made by Faultless, and it rides on a narrowed Overland frame.

so he fixed it up and brought it to the 2015 Race of Gentlemen

He co-owns and produces the annual Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood, New Jersey and is the co-founder of the nightlife company 1933 Group (named in honor of the year Prohibition was repealed), Green creates bars that also hark back to America’s past, like Sassafras, a Savannah, Georgia, townhouse he turned into a jazz-era cocktail lounge and plunked down in the middle of Hollywood. He splits his time between 1933 ventures–its eight bars took in $13 million last year–and his Old Crow Speed Shop, where he stores more than two dozen cars and motorcycles and a trove of auto­motive memorabilia.

https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowSpeedShop/photos/a.656716727672261.1073741826.355225744488029/1024237674253496/?type=3&permPage=1
https://www.inc.com/magazine/201602/sheila-marikar/bobby-green-of-1933-group-on-building-bars-and-restoring-cars.html
https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/mus/2016/01/What-Wonderous-New-Machines/3749320.html#PhotoSwipe1499919809253
http://www.insidehook.com/los-angeles/race-of-the-gentlemen-pismo-beach
https://www.streetmachine.com.au/events/1511/usa-bucket-list-the-race-of-gentlemen
http://nwrodderblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-race-of-gentlemen-2015-on-street.html

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Bobby Green of Old Crow Speed Shop has a cool short wheel base 1922 Overland – Whippet

the fire that melted off the wing of a 767 last October at O’Hare airport resulted in an NTSB report that took 12 months to get released to the public. Do they think we’ll forget if they delay long enough?

July 7th, 2017 by admin

It took at least a minute from the time the plane stopped until the copilot reported shutting off fuel to the engines, according to a transcript of the cockpit’s voice recorder. (That’s a big damn problem when some idiot doesn’t understand fire 101, turn off the damn jet fuel pumps immediately!)

What was learned? Pilots aren’t able to be yelled at from the cabin, there’s no way to shut off the engines from the cabin in order to deploy the emergency exit chutes, and it’s obvious that locking the door to the pilots will cause big damn problems in similar emergencies like this when the engines catch the plane on fire, and the pilots and cabin crew can’t prioritize, because they are trying to follow checklists.

Pilots told investigators that it took a long time to depressurize the cabin, which was required in the evacuation checklist before shutting off the engine and ordering an evacuation. The captain described the checklist as “cumbersome.”

Sully proved why a good pilot should do the right thing, not the checklist, in an emergency

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-ntsb-report-ohare-runway-fire-20170706-story.html

After the past 6 months of horrible airline treatment of passengers, it’s no wonder why this report was delayed. Airlines didn’t want a dogpile of bad publicity preventing people from flying. Those planes have to keep on schedule whether full or empty, and if they are all empty, they’re losing money at a rapid rate for the airlines, which go out of business. If the airlines fail, airports fail. When airlines, and aiports fail, the govt will bleed red ink like mad, and quickly learn the cost of a failed system that the govt will have to prop up with ridiculous amounts of money.

Here’s the info from the report, keep in mind, the plane was moving at 154mph when the engine broke apart

According to the NTSB, passengers said they heard a loud bang during takeoff and the aircraft wobbled. Flames were detected almost immediately. Passengers moved from the right side of the plane to the left, shouting at flight attendants to open emergency doors as the plane came to a halt and the cabin filled with smoke. The effort to evacuate the plane was hindered by the undamaged engine still running.

One passenger told investigators he could see flames coming from the right wing and windows on that side of the aircraft began to crack. He said the crew was telling passengers to stay in their seats, and thinking that was odd because the right side of the plane was in flames.

“He stated the only thing to do was get out of the airplane fast, which he did,” the NTSB reported.

The passenger said he opened a left exit hatch, climbed on the wing and tumbled down the slide, resulting in an injury. He said he stood up to get away from the plane and was blown over by the thrust of the still-running left engine.

Flight attendants said they weren’t able to contact the cockpit to coordinate the evacuation with the pilots. Passengers had begun racing to the left side of the plane even before it stopped on the runway. Some people insisted on trying to bring their bags with them despite repeated calls to leave them by flight attendants.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-06/ntsb-details-chaotic-evacuation-of-fiery-american-airlines-jet
http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/NTSB-Details-Chaos-Panic-on-Burning-American-Airlines-Jet-at-OHare-Last-Fall-432997143.html

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Cadillac Le Mans

May 30th, 2017 by admin

The Cadillac Le Mans was a concept car designed by Harley Earl and developed by Cadillac.

one of four made.

Also, it’s the one missing show car last spotted in Oklahoma.

It also made its appearance in 1953 and wore a fiberglass body, just like the Corvette.

The Cadillac Le Mans was a success as a styling study, with cues appearing across the Cadillac lineup throughout the 1950s. One car even received a refresh, reemerging from GM’s styling division sporting quad headlamps and sleeker fins.

But they never directly led to two-seat Cadillac production vehicles, so they were of little use to GM once their time as Motorama dream cars came to an end.

One of the Cadillac Le Mans cars went to Harry Karl, a shoe magnate who gifted it to his wife, a statuesque blonde named Marie “The Body” MacDonald. Another was sold to a big Cadillac dealer in Beverly Hills.

One of the Cadillac Le Mans show cars was one of the stars of the Oil Progress Exhibition at the Oklahoma City airport in 1953, along with two other Motorama show cars: the Wildcat I and the Starfire. Then the Cadillac went on exhibit at Greenhouse-Moore Cadillac Chevrolet for two days during the first week of November. After Nov. 8 the car disappeared.

http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/mystery-missing-1953-cadillac-le-mans-concept

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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.

Bill Carter, you may not know the name, but you’ve seen his work become famous, and the influence spread far from who inspired him, and who he inspired

May 13th, 2017 by admin

Bill began his career as a youngster painting a 1956 Buick that he striped in a garage and would eventually paint everything from Airplanes to Wheelstanders.

One day while on a sidewalk waiting to be picked up from the movies Larry Watson rolled by in his 50 Chevy, and Bill was floored by the whole thing, the car, the paint, and the pompadour.

He was inspired by Larry Watson in a couple of other ways too, the painting of candy, lace, and style… and taking on bit roles on tv and movies.

Bill became the protégé of Larry Watson after working around town but being too shy to ask Larry for a job, and is the only person known to have the secret formulas to iconic Watson paint jobs memorized. It was Larry Watson who coined the nickname “Wild Bill” because Bill would not only paint dragsters but race them.

Starting at the bottom, working on the side at home and doing beer trucks, paint, lettering etc, he was suddenly screwed when the union went on strike at the beer factories, so he went to work in a production company across the street from Disney. (1964-65). Suddenly making 3 times the money as an employee instead of self employed, and in the right place at the right time when Larry Watson walked into the shop and offered him a job based on the great work he had seen around town that Bill had done.

But they didn’t get along, and the job was a grind. So, he went out on his own and started his own company, Custom Candy by Carter. About that time he got hooked on driving top fuel dragsters too. (1969)

By the late 60’s Walt the “Kid Striper” had grown up and teamed up Bill Carter at Carter Pro Paint on Burbank Boulevard.

Walt was Bill’s pinstripe expert, and the word grew that Walt was definitely the go-to guy for custom striping. At the time, Bill would also take under his wing a 12-year-old worker by the name of Mario Gomez, who handled the broom duties at the shop, and in years down the road, the friendship between them would bring about the Candy Factory.

Walt went on to do the paint on Gypsy Rose, the most famous lowrider Impala ever.

He painted the Wagonmaster for the guy who bought it from Tommy Ivo, met Don Prudhomme, and began painting for Don, who introduced him to Tony Nancy, etc etc the ball was rolling and he painted Joe Piasano’s fueler, and Dick Landy’s cars, then Pennzoil wanted their Indy cars and team rig all pearl yellow.

Suddenly Hollywood was knocking at the shop door and he was painting Linda Vaughn’s Ferrari, Fleetwood Mac’s cars, Leslie Neilson, Dan Haggerty’s (Grizzly Adams) Porsche, etc.

Today, Wild Bill Carter is sought out for striping, overlays, pearl bases, candy overlays and color arrangements which are is key factors on custom paint job and he is the go to guy for wild 60s paint schemes.

So Prudhomme set about getting the Shelby Super Snake restored. But that took a longer time than he was used to. Don Long, the original builder, did the chassis. “Wild” Bill Carter painted the body.

“He’s in a walker, a f****** walker, and he insists on doing the painting himself,” said Prudhomme of Carter. “He does a few swipes, moves the walker, does a few more swipes…”

http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/don-snake-prudhomme-brings-back-shelby-super-snake
https://www.facebook.com/SnakeRacing712/posts/883774785023613
https://www.facebook.com/SnakeRacing712/photos/a.828113817256377.1073741829.161884967212602/883208825080209/?type=3
http://www.customcarchronicle.com/custom-cars/howard-gribble-collection-part-2/
http://rodzbackalley.blogspot.com/2015/03/legendary-custom-paint-icon-wild-bill.html

http://www.bikernet.com/pages/BIKERNET_SUPREME_BRENT_AND_KIYO_KNUCKLE_FEATURE.aspx

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In 1903, St. Cloud bicycle-store owner Stephen Tenvoorde signed a dealership agreement with Ford Motor Co. to sell cars. Today, Tenvoorde Ford is the world’s oldest Ford dealership.

April 27th, 2017 by admin

Stephen Tenvoorde was an industrious young man. He started his own blacksmith shop in his twenties. Then he started selling bicycles, he repaired them too. He loved to tinker.

“Evidently when the first automobile came out it caught his interest,” Jack Tenvoorde says. “So he brought the first automobile to St. Cloud, a Milwaukee Steamer, up the Oxen trail from Minneapolis. That was in 1899

in 1903 he went to meet Henry Ford, and he was the 2nd person to become a dealer… but the 1st person has long since sold out, and doesn’t get to be the oldest dealership after that moment of sale.

During World War II Cy Tenvoorde was forced to lay off all of his salesmen, except one. The dealership concentrated on repairing carburetors, fuel pumps, generators, ignitions, distributors, transmissions, crankshafts and re-building engines

Used cars were repaired and put on sale. It sold service by encouraging people, through advertising, to keep their cars in good repair. The purchase of a crankshaft grinder that cost a shocking $8,000 at the time eventually paid for itself through repairs. Against all odds, business grew.

The company reached the point where it was rebuilding an average of 125 engines a month for retail customers and several competitive dealerships. ‘Dad made more at that business than he did selling cars,’ said Jack Tenvoorde. ‘When the war was over, Ford put in its own official factory machine to rebuild engines, and put him out of that business.’

the 5th generation of the Tenvoorde family started working at the dealership in 2003, just like all the generations of the family before him, he started with washing cars. Well, his granddad also ran a tractor for demonstrations when needed, back when Henry Ford required all dealerships to have a tractor in the showroom.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1297952
http://www.tenvoordeford.com/
http://www.tenvoordeford.com/history-and-heritage.htm

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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

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

1967 GT500 427 Drag car (1 of 1)

March 8th, 2017 by admin

This car was built for a friend of Caroll Shelby, Clint Lunham, he was a banker in San Francisco at the time. clint wanted to drag race and asked shelby to build him a car.

Shelby wrote how he wanted the car built and what modifications. the engine was a Cobra S.C. lightweight 427; aluminum heads, water pump, balancer, Holman Moody 2×4 intake custom headers and exhaust system, heavy duty radiator, no p.s. cobra oil cooler, remote oil filter, C-6 modified by D and H hydro, 3000rpm stall converter, Ddetroit locker 411s, under ride traction bars,shock towers were cut just above a-frames and plated up to the top to make room for spark plug access and headers. the rear wheel wells lips were cut off, raised and spread a little over an inch and welded back on, still looks like a factory opening just bigger.
http://www.highdefforum.com/car-forum/115098-muscle-cars-1962-1972-a-142.html
http://saacforum.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=tpjv54n98tg05s7obr0hfd7m04&topic=1385.180

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