Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An old Jeep Wagoneer buried in a partially collapsed garage at Cape Cod for 40 years to be removed

in the above photo, the house to the left? Yup, that one with all the additions in behind it. Well the small dark shrub covered dune to the left of the telephone and light pole, that is the other side of this collapsed and partially sand dune covered garage where the Wagoneer has been for decades

"I remember it being in the garage," said Graham whose home is near the buried Jeep "It's like a white Wagoneer."

As the town begins this spring to allow the shifting dune near the Musnuff's property to cover beach parking spaces, the time was right to ask the family to move the Jeep too, the town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said. "It should be moved for environmental concerns,"

The family had wanted to get the Jeep out of the garage for years, but the town wouldn't let them move the sand, "Now they (the town) want it out," Basil Musnuff's mother owns the property. He says he began visiting in the 1970s and has never seen the Jeep driven.

Today, the weathered cottage at the center of the issue sits precariously on a dune between the present parking lot and the beach.

When the owners of this cottage were asked what they planned to do, they replied, “We’ll just wait for it to fall in.”

On Feb. 10 the town conservation commission issued an order of conditions for the move, scheduled for Friday, weather permitting.

The family's house and a horse barn-turned-shed, both built before 1895 according to town historical records, sit atop a grassy dune with the garage half-encased in sand at the toe. The garage's crushed roof nearly obscures the Jeep inside.

Friday, a contractor hired by the family will take the roof off the garage and pull the Jeep out. The garage will then be filled back up with sand.

Emily Beebe with the town’s conservation committee said, "Literally, a couple of days later the town will be pulling parking lot up and then doing the same thing, letting the dune restore itself in that area which it hasn't been able to do for decades because of the parking lot."

'69 Super Bee on Power Tour

careful with the volume level on the next video, the music sucks.

documentary movie about the Dunlop family, brothers, in 2 generations, on the TT. And Netflix has it

gonna lose some skin and regret not wearing a helmet and pads in 3, 2, 1...

1st I've ever heard of a car on the Isle of Man TT course, and it's a slow Subaru

the cut apart display Chevelle at the Detroit Auto Show

Coast Guard Aviation 100th Anniversary

convertible Super Bee with yellow stripe tires, the 1968 show circuit car

The origin of the name, "Super Bee", has its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.

 Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey Winn, won a studio design review with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion.

The logo was used unchanged after he hand-cut the design on his dining room table. It went on to be the centerpiece of what industrial designer Mack King called "a more graphically stated muscle car than the Plymouth Road Runner."

 The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the 1968 Detroit Auto Show.

This late start by Dodge meant the Road Runner was cleaning up in sales by the time Dodge had the Super Bee ready for production. In an effort to spread publicity, Dodge blitzed the media will full-page color spreads in the popular car magazines and 250 college newspapers.

 Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's 116 in (290 cm) wheelbase.

 In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.

 The Super Bee used the dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the four-speed manual cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage, this shifter outshined the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.

Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Road Runner and this had a negative effect on sales. Only 125 Hemi Super Bees were sold, as it was 33% more expensive than the 383 Bee.,48654.0.html

the Caldwell Park bike jump

the oldest vehcile repair shop in the USA? Probably. The Fitzpatrick Brothers in Dorchester/Boston Massachusetts still located on the same spot since 1894

Founded in 1894 by Thomas and Martin Fitzpatrick.

In 1919, and in 1929 their sons joined, and then the grandsons Harry and Frank, began in 1954 and 1956 respectively. Finally, greatgrandson  Neale began working full time for the company in the late 1980s.

They transitioned from a horse-drawn wagon repair shop working long hours and instead of body techs they had blacksmiths, wheelwrights and carpenters back then, to a technically advanced collision repair center in 1926, when they became the first auto body repair shop to use spray guns, and they stopped using a paint brush. They are now Mon - Fri, 630am to 330pm

When they celebrated the business' 100th year on September 8, 1994, the Fitzpatricks mailed over 1,000 thank-you cards to all the names accumulated in their database, which was only 6 years old, no one had thought to keep track of the customers for the first 100 years.

To put some perspective on how long Fitzpatrick Brothers has been in business, in 1894 the sport of basketball was only three years old, Dwight Eisenhower was four, the camera was six, the Statue of Liberty was eight, Einstein was 15, and Grover Cleveland was president then.

How did they survive the great depression?  From 1931 to 1937, that generation of Fitzpatricks stayed afloat through a community bartering effort. Cash was almost non-existent, weekly salaries averaged $5, and if you could sweep the floor for a quarter you were doing pretty well for yourself. If they needed groceries, they repaired the grocer's truck. Need some hardware supplies? Surely the store owner was in need of a paint job. When the electrician needed some work done on his car, he'd offer to rewire your building.

It wasn't until the '50s that the business would see its most significant transformation since gasoline. No longer would insurance companies simply acknowledge a claim and send a check. They wanted to see the work now. "The business became really tough," said Franny. "Insurance companies began insisting on negotiating. You had to deal with an agent and present him with your bill. And those were days when $200 and $300 jobs were major operations."

In order to streamline their appraisal and billing process, they purchased a $4,500 computer from Radio Shack in 1979

What made a difference, the brothers say, is that nobody in the family was ever mandated to work for the family business. Harry and Franny's father and uncle never asked them to give up their accounting and radio engineering degrees respectively. They chose the family business like their father and his brother. Harry's two sons, Neale and Scott, have continued the tradition. "It's funny how things work out," Franny philosophized. "We have always had two Fitzpatrick brothers running the business with two more stepping in. We have all wanted to be a part of this. In this day and age when families are falling apart, it's nice to see this kind of longevity."

“It wouldn’t have worked the same way anywhere else, we’re probably the only body shop in the whole world surrounded by residential houses,” Fitzpatrick said. “And 90 percent of those houses are out customers, even when someone gets married and moves to Milton or Quincy, they tell their kids to come by the shop to get work done.”

Fitzpatrick said that while he appreciates his business’ history, his real pride comes from what lays ahead.  “It’s a funny thing, but we’ve been here now for more than 100 years. You won’t become a millionaire doing this kind of work, but it’s satisfying knowing you’re doing the same work as your father, as your grandfather. You know it’s the work you can keep on doing.”
hat tip to Repaint Reporter v75.2, the PPG company magazine

You know how companies like bars seem to have a tradition of framing the first dollar earned for good luck? Don't you wish this company had an 1894 dollar of some type, bank note, silver dollar, whatever... framed? I think that would be awesome, don't you?

before the car heater, the Dorchester Pottery Footwarmer (a ceramic hot water bottle basically)

Roy wasn't messing around, he was Jeeping around, and that inspired him to put a Jeep on his tv show

One of the most memorable characters on the Roy Rogers TV show that ran from 1951 through 1957 was neither Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk or even Bullet - or for that matter even made of flesh and blood. It was a TV icon manufactured from good old American steel and named Nellybelle, a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep with some very innovative bodywork.

Roy Rogers chose to include a Jeep into the program because he noticed that after WWII, Jeeps were very popular, especially with children. Rogers himself owned a Jeep which he used for hunting, off road cruising and travel to and from his studio. (the above black and white photo)

Dodge 8 3/4 axle preferences

the 3rd member has a casting, and the 741 gets a lower rating because it has a 1.375 rear pinon bearing
the 742 has 1 3/4
the 489 has 1 7/8

Since all Mopar 8 3/4 use the same diameter pinion U joint flange hole (either coarse or fine spline.) The weakest link if there is one is the same spot for all three.

But, there isn't much of a weak spot, the hemi was using the 8 3/4 so, that's pretty damn good.

random 16 year old learning to drive, hadn't learned to steer or brake.

I just got a great note from Jordan!

"Very cool to read about the story of my grandfathers car.

I wanted to share some further insight to ol' Number 7. This was My great grandfather George Muench's car. Max Day was actually an insurance provider in small town Pueblo Colorado who the car was originally built for and owned by.

My grandfather was his mechanic and the driver was actually a fearless man named Dan (danny) Morgan. Noting the qualifying times set on friday, Morgan was an unbelieveable 42 seconds ahead of AK Miller who's powerful and light corvette was a handful on the loose dirt of the test climb section. Had the gear selector managed to stay intact on the day of the race, Morgan would have easily made the triumphant victory a sealed deal.

After the 1959 race season, my grandfather purchased the car from Day and repainted it and removed most of the race specific tuning features. Wrapped pipes were traded for chrome and the slightly pinkish red was swapped for a rich and vibrant candy apple. Many trips to and from pueblo colorado were made up to my grandparents cabin by twin lakes.

None the less, it was amazing car that was refurbished and now maintained by a true collector. I sure do miss the sound of the triple carbed, straight piped MONSTER grumbling through the mountains of colorado though! "

Man, that's cool to hear from him about this car!

Sox and Martin pinion snubber

the truck big platform bucket seat armrest goes back a long way, as early as 1965

this came up when the next post about a 69 Super Bee came to my attention, the seller says it has some rare mini bucket seat up front instead of a center console, and that the car doesn't have a bench seat. I don't recall hearing about the Dodge cars in 1969 having bucket seats, with some mini bucket. The 1970 Charger had a Buddy Bucket

But hell, there is a thing you've never heard of around every corner. I surprised someone yesterday with the 1958 Mercury 430 tri power

Factory panther pink Super Bee, pretty rust free appearance, looking for a new home for a decent price. 383, 4 speed, #s matching. Vinyl top delete

If you restored it, you'd have a very unique Mopar, and if it's really this damn rust free, you'd have a good body without the replacement panel issue. There won't be any other pink Super Bees, they only made one.

yes, it's flipped over, the top was harder to read.

Power steering, power brakes, drum all around. 8.75 gears, bucket seats, Center console is missing, just the floor boot around the shifter. Round speedo, not the bar, Hurst shifter

to see more photos, and contact the seller: Sam McConnell - 949-235-4540 -

rough morning for the garbage can bandit, he rode it out though, 7 miles to a new neighborhood.

Politico reporter Helena B. Evich took a photo of the poor little dude (we don’t actually know if the raccoon was male or female, but we kinda get the sense he’s a dude) gripping the ladder of a trash truck in Rosslyn, Virginia, on Friday morning.

Evich tweeted that the driver and the company, American Disposal Services, were helpful and responsive when she alerted them to the situation.c

armored Case IH Quadratrac

you don't see factory sponsored racing like this anymore, risky, crazy, and fun... the 3rd paint scheme of SC/Ramblers

Not the A paint scheme, not the B, but the Baja of James Garner's AIR, closer to the Breedlove AMX paint design

like a boss

what all those types of definers mean, that follow the name of the road.

A road has no special qualifiers. It connects point a to point b.
A street connects buildings together, usually in a city, usually east to west, opposite of avenue.
An avenue runs north south. Avenues and streets may be used interchangeably for directions, usually has median
A boulevard is a street with trees down the middle or on both sides
A lane is a narrow street usually lacking a median.
A drive is a private, winding road
a court usually ends in a cul de sac or similar little loop
place is similar to a court, or close, usually a short skinny dead end road, with or without cul de sac, sometimes p shaped
bay is a small road where both ends link to the same connecting road
a trail is usually in or near a wooded area
a highway is a major public road, usually connecting multiple cities
a motorway is similar to a highway, no pedestrian or animal traffic allowed
an interstate is a highway system connecting usually connecting multiple states, except Hawaii
a turnpike is part of a highway, and usually has a toll, often located close to a city or commercial are
a freeway is part of a highway with 2 or more lanes on each side, no tolls, sometimes termed expressway, no intersections or cross streets.
a parkway is a major public road, usually decorated, sometimes part of a highway, has traffic lights.
a causeway combines roads and bridges, usually to cross a body of water
circuit and speedway are used interchangeably, usually refers to a racing course,

when things get tense at the office, and in the parking lot

plates that got past the censors

the last rim company in Argentina has closed, imports undermined the price point, and it's outta business

Cimetal started in business in 1954, was bought by Mefro, a German company, in 2001, and employed 160 people.

The conflict at the Mefro Wheels plant is controversial, metallurgists claim the German company wanted to close the plant, prevent the sale to companies that could compete with the export of its wheels manufactured in its subsidiaries in Germany, France and China.

 The situation caused different automotive terminals, such as Ford and Volkswagen, to stop buying aluminum tires at the Rosario plant. By 2017 it was projected to place 600 thousand tires on the market.

yellow headlights.... it started in WW2 as a way to differentiate French cars from German cars

The main objective of the yellow lights (used first in military vehicles) was not to be such an easy target.

The Government enacted a law on the 3rd of November, 1936 stating that all vehicles put into production in 1937 are required to have yellow headlights. The French being who they are, didn't abandon these headlights until 1993 when forced by the European Unions conformity standards.

Rendezvous, 40 years later, a tribute filmed by Ford with a 360 camera

The world’s first self-driving car race on a professional track ended predictably, with a crash.

As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

And the car received even more damage when it was loaded onto an towtruck : the operators misjudged the weight distribution, hooked it too far ahead of the center of balance and the entire rear of the crashed against asphalt.

It was not the only mistake on the day of the crane operators: they later destroyed a Formula E Jaguar by knocking down a bridge they hooked with the tow truck crane

Roborace has intimated that it plans to race 10 cars of this type against each other in future, with each running off different AI software.

In Argentina the Formula E just begins to generate some interest, but the competition went basically  unnoticed. Among local media, only Autoblog Argentina even reported on it.

Outside Argentina, the picture is the opposite. The Twitter account of these autonomous vehicles has 735 thousand followers: seven times more than the official account of Formula E.

at the Ekati Diamond Mine in Alaska

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

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.

Go to, but turn your speakers down, those assholes think we want to hear a damn Cialis commercial. When did everyone start that? What the hell happened? Suddenly there is a blue pill commecial everywhere you go, and I'm fed up with it. We finally outlasted the bastards that spammed our emails with mortgage refi and blue pill bullshit, now it's all over the tv commercial time. 

if you must stage an event, have a great half time race for fun and laughs ( the first half of the video)

two World War One DH9 bombers were found in an elephant stable in India, they are nearly finished being restored

A rare First World War bomber was discovered rotting in the elephant stable of a maharajah's palace, a de Havilland DH9 two-seat biplane is the only one in Britain and one of only six in the world.

Its chance discovery was made by a British backpacker, a keen aircraft enthusiast, who photographed a cannibalised DH9 in a new museum at the Palace of Bikaner in Rajasthan in 1995. He passed the word to an airplane restorer, Guy Black, who visited the palace in India 3 years later. But the aircraft had been moved to the palace's former elephant stables.

There, among piles of elephant saddles, was the airframe of the DH9, engineless, its timbers partly eaten by termites and much of its fabric covering missing.

Along one wall, were a dozen DH9 wings. Several tailfins were nearby.

He said: "I could not believe my eyes. The DH9 are as rare's as hen's teeth now and there wasn't a single one in a collection in Britain."

In the stables were the remains of three DH9s that been given by Britain to the Maharajah of Bikaner in the early 1920s to help him establish an air force under the post-war Imperial Gift Scheme.

Mr Black bought two of the rotting hulks. D5649, the plane he restored and sold to the Imperial War Museum for nearly £1 million was unveiled at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, yesterday. The Imperial War Museum, by luck, had a DH9 engine to instal in the restored plane.

the second one is still in the works and not quite finished yet