Monday, June 26, 2017

Jack Dempsey in his 1929 DuPont

Probably the most memorable of all duPonts were the Model G's, introduced in late 1928. Power was from a eight-cylinder L-head Continental 12-K engine that displaces 322 cubic-inches. It had an aluminum cover over the distributor, spark plugs and wiring which made it waterproof and gave it the allusion of having overhead valves. The 125 horsepower engine rested in a wheelbase that measured up to 141 inches. The price of ownership included hydraulic shock absorbers and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The sticker price ranged from #4,360 to $5,750 and buyers were able to select from twelve body styles which included roadsters to town cars. Most were bodied by Merrimac Body Company.

The Merrimac Body Company was established by Stanley Judkins, son of John Judkin's of the J.B. Judkins Company who were famous for their bodying of Lincolns and Packard's, among others. Both were located in Merrimac, Massachusetts, along with around 40 other custom coachbuilders. This Mecca location attracted the most influential and prominent buyers from around the world who would come to see the new designs and creations.

The Merrimac Body Company was initially created to aid Judkins in creating vehicles, as Judkins was backlogged by numerous orders for their work. Merrimac's largest customer became Rolls-Royce of America in Springfield, though they bodied other marques such as Lincoln, Locomobile, Franklin and Packard. Their legacy resides with the work they did for duPont and the sensational Model G Speedsters.

The world was blessed with the introduction of the Model G Speedster at the January 1929 New York Auto Show. It was bodied by Merrimac and shown in two-passenger configuration. There were gently-sweeping fenders, a bull-nose grille, and other unique and distinctive trademarks. The first individual to purchase the Model G Speedster was Mary Pickford for her husband Douglas Fairbanks.

With the Great Depression in full swing, the list of potential clients dwindled. The competition for the luxury car segment was at a pinnacle and Paul duPont decided to suspend production until the economy was more stable.

The company merged into the Indian Motorcycle Company when E. Paul du Pont purchased the Indian Company.

and then there's this... all I can tell is that it was a Russian helicopter

Cheap way to make exhaust cut outs, if you've got a welder and plenty of motivation

seaplane taking off from a truck trailer. That's something you don't see everyday

B 36 taking off... one hell of a view, even if it is a Hollywood movie

low and fast

Hooooo, if this was real, it would break my brain to behold it

Who ever made this needs a damn award for craziest thing you'll see all week

the Packard Cable specials

save a tail light, don't be a dumbass

What it was like to be a passenger on the Concorde

here's a living the dream example, an Airstream gourmet food van, and a Super Bee

Near Panama City Beach in Florida

I just learned of a Cobra in disguise, the Willment CSX 3055

1931 Ford Model AA, 1 1/2 Ton Express Pickup Truck, Type 197-A, 157" wheelbase

when the saints go marching in, I want to be in that number

wow, this is a period perfect travel trailer step!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wow, since 1961 this travel trailer has never moved, and now it's for sale for 1100

a rare thing, a Slimp dolly, that was part of the Airfloat Trailer

wow, best brake light ever, and cool bus too

end caps salvaged for a new restaurant interior

ever heard of the Holiday House travel trailers? Good looking, and a hell of a cool front window

aspects of restoring an airstream, separating the foundation and bracing the interior

before buying a bike, consider this video, and realize, you're not cut out for the Isle of Man TT

Why do bikes get such cheap insurance?

A former drag racer built a grant touring Sebring for road tripping across the states and Europe, if you dig redundant systems and planning a bulletproof car, you'll dig this article

Al young won the 1981 Super Street National Championship in AHRA in his evolved Challenger, but he always wanted to build his own muscle car, a car he knew inside and out, where everything is modified and improved to perform better for touring around the world... so that required some planning and improvements, so choices were made on the safe side, not the hi perf side.

A 318 instead of a 340, but with 340 X heads, 360 exhaust instead of headers for clearance, dual ignition systems, a 904 instead of a 727 for less rotating mass, back up fuel pump, the venerable 8.75 mopar rear etc

He bought this Sebring for $500.00 and made it happen. From 2011 to 2013 there were 3 trips totaling 23,000 miles.

When he looked at the cost of seeing Europe, 24 countries, and the options were flying to each, a train to each, or drive your own car... the cost and convienence was decidedly in the favor of his own car, but... it cost 11,000 to ship his car over. (How, I've no idea) so he talked to an old sponsor, and they traded him shipping costs for promotional sponsorship.

Things went so well, they were asked to do it again, and again!

If you ever plan to take your car over to Europe, you're going to learn it's nearly impossible to drive around in... the countries there suspect it's only to try and sell your car there. So they need a better reason. Read this article to get the low down on what to do.

Also, gas is 3 to 4 times the cost of gas in the USA. It's 7 to 9 dollars a gallon.

Anyone know of a good 1st gen Mustang for Sale website or facebook page? My cousin's stang just got wrecked, and he's going to try and find another 1965-68

1935 Bugatti Type 52 “Bebe”

These “Bebe” Bugattis were modelled on the Type 35 and 51, which were very successful racers at the time. This was an expensive and desirable toy for children of the wealthy in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and races were staged for them at Deauville and Monte Carlo.

The first car was built for Ettore’s five-year-old son, Roland, for the 1925 Milan show. But what was thought of as a joke turned out to have remarkable staying power. These are often referred to as the Type 52, but it’s believed the factory just called them the “Bebe.” They were aimed at children between six and eight years old. Early models were built on a 47-inch wheelbase; later cars were stretched to 53 inches. Altogether approximately 500 “Bebes” were built between 1927 and 1935.

The car features pneumatic tyres, detachable alloy wheels, a dummy radiator and an opening hood and is powered by a 12-volt battery with a single forward speed. The throttle is connected to a rheostat on the electric motor above the rear axle, and with a simple switch you can reverse polarity and create a reverse gear. Top speed is 15-18 km/h or about 11 mph flat out—perhaps not enough to escape mom or pop!