Friday, February 23, 2018

Diamond T, still on the job

just when you focus on the intersection, it's the moron texting in front of you that causes it all to go snafu (skip the 1st 30 seconds)

Rosenburg Arizona Feb 5th

hmmmm, a bank robbery in a hurricane movie. Well, that sharknado thing made a lot of money, so who knows?

A restored trailer with the sleeper underneath just as it was in the 40s through 60s.

a Postal Service driver was fatally shot on Interstate 30 in Dallas early Monday, 220am

Monday's shooting is being investigated by the Dallas police and the United States Postal Inspectors. Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Walton at 214-671-3632 or 214-701-8453.


U.S. Postal Inspectors in cooperation with the Dallas Police Department arrested 25-year-old Donnie Ferrell of Hutchins. McMurrey says federal authorities will determine the exact charges, but Ferrell will appear before a U.S. Magistrate judge Thursday.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Has it been too long since you've seen a Swift driver screw everything up? Well, wait no longer!

uh oh, a load of new Indian motorcycles just burned up, not just any bikes, next year models maybe, concepts, prototypes maybe? It's the demo tour bikes for sure

the trailer had a blow out around 11 am, on interstate 10 in Florida, and the driver was trying to get to the next exit, but that wasn't going to happen

the "Crewe Tractor" a Ford Model T chassis adapted to switch from running on rails, to road wheels relatively easily

the enormous quantities of rubber tyres needed for British military vehicles on the Western Front

to illustrate the enormous quantity of new tyres needed to keep the British military's vehicles on the road, the ' J Mobile Tyre Press ' at Hesdin alone, fitted 1160 tires to the wheels of 580 lorries in a week.

even more rubber tyre inner tubes were used, and whenever possible damaged inner tubes were repaired.

and the motorcycle tire repair shop

made by the German Mannesmann-Mulag Company, this WW1 German Army Staff Car/Troop transporter was able to seat some 38 men!

dealing with a stagecoach robber in Texas, c. 1890-1900

thanks Mike!

What's the difference between a 428, a 428 Cobra Jet and a 428 SCJ? Or the 429, 429 cj

The CJ block differs from the plain 428 due to the additional webs cast into the main bearing saddles. 

The SCJ block is the same as a CJ, and to that they added 427 "LeMans" connecting rods, better intake manifold, and an oil cooler, plus crank, rods, pistons, wrist pins, flywheel/flexplate

The 428SCJ was externally balanced with a counter weight behind a different harmonic balancer and an electronically balanced crank shaft  on the 428CJ

If you believed the ads, you had to wonder how Ford sold any Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet engines at all. Compared to a plain ol' Thunder Jet 429, a Super Cobra Jet would cost about $500 more and net you 15 advertised horsepower.


You could get that from a set of headers and a better cam, then buy a set of sticky tires with the change.

For a 429 comparison

The standard 429, with two-bolt mains, 2.09/1.65 valves, 10.5:1 compression and a 600 CFM Autolite on top, was rated at 360hp @ 4,600, and a gut-busting 480-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,800 RPM.

Let us assume this is a real number, and use it as a baseline.

If you'd b ought a Torino, for an extra $356, you could step into a Cobra Jet.
You got a 700 CFM Rochester carb, slightly smaller combustion chambers and 2.24/1.72 valves in the heads, a compression bump to 11.3:1, and stronger main-bearing webbing.

Ford advertised it with a mere 10hp gain and a net loss of torque--370hp @ 5,400 RPM, and 450-lbs.ft. (30-lbs.ft. less!) at 3,400 RPM.

From there the step up to the Super Cobra Jet package in a Torino meant the 3.91 ($155) or 4.30 ($206) axle ratio.
The CJ's two-bolt mains give way to four-bolt mains, the pistons are forged aluminum instead of cast, a 780 CFM Holley carb sits atop a bespoke intake manifold, there's an oil cooler hanging off the front of the radiator support, and a nasty solid-lifter cam requiring manual adjustment.

That's a lot of upgrading just to satisfy an axle ratio. There were also some external tells: a single incoming fuel line versus the standard CJ's twin lines, a slightly different air cleaner. The result? A rated five horsepower at 200 more revs. Five. The torque numbers remained the same.

Funnier still, a cold-air intake was optional on both engines, and (if the paperwork is to be believed) proffered no power gain. None. If a solid-lifter cam and extra air from multiple sources isn't enough to get more than five horses out of an engine, Ford's engineers should all have been fired on the spot. If the standard CJ was a 400hp machine, we'd peg the SCJ at around 425 to 430.

a 460 crank in an SCJ will get you 11.8:1 compression and 500 flywheel horsepower with few other changes

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an actual fluke, I found these in different places at different times, and it wasn't until days later that I noticed the connection

I just learned that Plumb made tools for Firestone

728 Plumb tools, plus an unknown number of screwdrivers. 500 bucks.

These are just the nice looking photos of the tools once they were sorted out.

The landlord lady said a guy that lived there had died and she's been cleaning this house out ever since.

She said he was a hoarder and had an a lot of plumb tools. The tool room was like being stoned, there were so many Plumb,  there was no idea where to start or what to offer

Taking a deep breath started estimating how many were there, figured there were at least 500 so $500.00 was offered. She said yes,  went back the next day and cleaned her out

tool box? Tool chest? Roller? Maybe we don't need those... maybe, a wall display is much better

this seems to be an inspiration to the guy with the garage wall display. I was immediately reminded of the vintage tool display I posted last month

coolest thing you'll see all day, virtual roller coaster ride for the baby!

no lights, no signals, no round about... and no collisions. How?

Thanks Marcin!

Grandson brought this collection of things from his grand dads estate to sell at the swap meet. His Grandfather was in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. The tools are Snap On, Proto, Rigid, etc