Wednesday, December 13, 2017

coffee and donuts video of the morning, fixing up a 2CV ( I like to watch a nice quiet documentary about fixing a car)

and it quickly sets me straight that it takes more than disassembly and reassembly with new parts to properly get one back to running right, and reliably.

This restoration was entrusted to the Atelier 2CV of Bareggio, the owner, Guido Wilhelm, has been in a 2CV since he was a boy and knows the model in every detail.

The starting point was not to modify a Citroën 2CV already in order, but to save a car that otherwise would have been scrapped: a 1982 2CV originally registered in the province of Turin.

50 years after hitting a deer, and never fixing their Fury, a son was motivated to restore his parents car while they are still around to enjoy using it!

while they were in Palm Springs, their car collection in Canada burnt to the ground. They were insured by Hagerty, so I think they'll be fine... but a couple of the cars they collected are irreplaceble

He's 13, living in Canada, and needs a 51 Windsor for a parts car so he can fix up his 1951 Chrysler Windsor... how cool is that?

he talked the owner down to 300 bucks, and bought it from a grandson who inherited it after it was bought by his grand-dad from the original owner who used to haul milk with it.

After assessing the car, Liam put an ad online. “I need a parts car or parts. It would be good to have a parts car so, if anything breaks in the future, I have a source for replacements. I have had only had a few responses. One person has doors and the other lives too far away.” Liam says.

Apart from some assorted parts, his big need is for quarter panels that are the rear fenders. His have had rust issues and contain a lot of body filler.

It's in pretty good shape! But he's still going to need a parts car... anyone who can help him out, he can be contacted at

zipping around Bathurst in a XYGT

and this next car needs a better steering ratio, and new motor mounts or a chain... to keep that motor from twisting so far clockwise!

Amsterdam's mayor and court make the beer bike illegal. Pot and prostitutes? Still legal... wtf?

The resistance of the Amsterdam hospitality industry was strong, but now the canvas seems to have fallen for the beer bike. The Council of State confirms a previous court decision that prohibited the driving beer tapping.

the late Mayor Van der Laan banned the thing in the busiest parts of the city center.

Maybe "drive around" is what the sign should say instead of "drive through"

when that tank absolutely positively needs to become slag, use only the best, Phosphorus Missiles by ACME. Also, don't try to invade Israel. They ain't fuckin' around

do NOT get into a fight with a weakling in an excavator. Remember, he has an EXCAVATOR!

there is some major road rage in all parts of the world, but, only in Russia does it seem everyone has a dash cam!

Keeping your racing in the budget, with a lawn tractor instead of the million dollar multi engined tractors

Wow, mini jeep and trailer

63-year-old farmer in Germany used his tractor and drove over six speed cameras. Cost to replace, 600,000 euro

Seven years in prison for American Volkswagen CEO

VW top man Oliver Schmidt got the maximum prison sentence of 7 years last night, because of the consumer's cheating.

The 48-year-old Schmidt was the highest boss at VW's American Environment and Engineering Office and is therefore seen as the main responsible for the dieselgate scandal. A few employees, including Schmidt, had set up a super secret fiddle cave next to the head office, to which only a few people had access. Schmidt sits since March 2017 in a US federal prison in Michigan, in August he pleaded guilty of two crimes - fraud against the US and violating the Clean Air Act .

In short: it was inevitable that Schmidt was hanging, the question was just how long. The judge was not exactly mild, and sentenced him to the maximum seven years in prison and a fine of $ 400,000. Quite a punishment for what is in fact a victimless crime , but perhaps also played a part that Schmidt refused all cooperation in the initial phase of the investigation.

not turned over since 1982, this matching numbers 1 of 13 1971 Phase III Nugget Gold GTHO Ford Falcon finally came out of storage from the original owner in Western Australia

The highest price paid for one of these factory super stock Australian muscle cars was 683,000 way back in 2007. This one was extimated to auction for over a half million of course, but the bidders weren't having any of that, and stopped when it hit 430k, making it a no sale as the museum was looking to bank a fortune with their reserve price


TV placement isn't ideal, but damn, the blue fur was a cool touch

the recreation of the 1903 Packard Gray Wolf, built using original drawings from the Packard factory obtained in the 50's by Dick Teague.

Whoa! Coolest exhaust pipe custom piece I think I've ever seen

Improvements could be made, but... wow, what a damn good idea!

another hot rodded Cozy Coupe, this one is from Brat Rodz

Same street sign, 4 months apart.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

there is a covered wagon in Texas that has made the news papers a couple of times, the first time was in 1955, the second was more recent, when someone sent me a newspaper clipping, maybe in 2013

May 16, 1955 The Eagle, Bryan, Texas

80 -Year Old Woman Wants To Repeat Wagon Venture

SHERMAN. Tex. — Her daughter paid a man 30 cents to teach her to harness a horse. The horse bit him. That’s why Ma Weaver paid the 30 cents. Then Ma and her two daughters were off by covered wagon for Denver, Colo. Today, 21 years later, that covered wagon is a permanent fixture in the side yard of her home at 322 N. Burdette St.

Mrs. Birdie Weaver, Ma to all who know her, has only one regret these days. She can’t find anyone to repeat the trip with her. She’s 80. “I’d buy a new wagon,” she dreams. The original has rotted to much for such a journey. “It’s the only way to travel. Automobiles is awful. Just perfectly awful. I wouldn’t go anywhere in a car.”

The trip started from here in October, 1934. Mother, Betty and Beatrice arrived in Denver six months later, spent a year and returned the same way. The younger women were in their 20s. Beatrice now is Mrs. R. D. Spangler. Why did they make the trip? “Just for the fun of it,” says Ma Weaver with finality. It was no typical prairie schooner which made the voyage. Instead of canvas, the covering was of sheet metal. Coops I underneath carried their chickens. Winnie the milk cow tagged along behind wearing special shoes designed by the Weavers.

 The wagon doors had padlocks. Each woman had a revolver. Going up, they ran into rough weather—a snowstorm on the New Mexico plains and the famous Black Dusters sandstorms of the 30s. They lost three horses, but Ginger, a tough little mare, pulled and pulled and finally brought the wagon back to Sherman. She died of old age at 27. Once, on a shorter trip, a horse died and the Weavers were low on money. So they hitched Winnie the cow along-side Ginger and made it home.
Winnie died, elderly at 14, of a snakebite.

 At 80, Ma Weaver still helps Betsy look after 36 head of cattle and rises at 3 a. m .to milk half their 14 cows. The way she looks at it, all women should do as much. “Modern women,” she snorts, “ain’t no ’count.”

She was born in 1875 in East Texas, daughter of a former Confederate army surgeon who owned a plantation in antebellum days. “If those Yankees hadn’t come along and messed things up,” she says, “I would have had millions.” “Then men, all they know is devilment.”

they Dyno'd Tucker #1044... 94 HP and 221 ft lb's of torque @ 2,700 RPM's.

new scene from Ready Player One car race ... with Mad Max's Falcon, the Adam West era Batmobile, Bigfoot, and the A Team van

That #5 on the left? Nor sure... might be Speed Racer's Mach 5?

and that above new scene is the view from behind these cars, which in the older preview, showed the cars from the front

Notice the A Team van on the far right upper corner here

by the way, the main character's hide out to get away from everyone is the inside of an empty abandoned van, which seems to be in stacks of vehicles, so, probably in a junkyard


the one on the Bergrennen Reitnau hill climb in Switzerland that DIDN'T crash, and burn... the bathtub guy!

Highschool counselor: where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Me: driving uphill in a bathtub, with a rubber ducky, scrub brush, and shower head

“Is there a future in that?”
“It’ll get me on tv for sure!”

The man behind the motorized bathtub is Swiss engineer Hannes Roth, who created the eye-catching contraption by grafting a tub onto a go-kart chassis. To unlock its outrageous speed, he shoehorned a 600cc Yamaha R6 motorcycle engine into the basin, which punches out 120 horsepower.

If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I'm happy to say, it's a Argentinian Torino, and ain't it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we've never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and  read that the car chassis number was 00007, which was heartening to hear given the #3 car was was 00008, and the #1 car 00009. Then they had all the owners names, that the car had had, and the last one was an elderly man from Santa Fe province.

He said that the car was given to his son in 1990 and that his son and his granddaughter had a significant accident in it, his granddaughter surviving only because of the roll cage the car had in it. The damaged car went to his mechanic’s workshop where he decided to sell some parts of the car; small ones at first, and then the body, engine, and rear axle. Also, he gave the 140-liter fuel tank to his brother-in-law who lived in the province of Chaco.

 What was left of the car, except for the gearbox and front brake calipers, was removed from the workshop by a man who had the intention of building a race car out of it once again. After a lot of searching, they found and bought the gearbox and the front brakes that were put in two different trucks of all things.

 Then, they bought the fuel tank in Chaco, which had become a wasp’s nest after many years of remaining useless in a barn. Finally the body was found in a country field next to a plowing machine in the province of Santa Fe.

there is an Italian restaurant in the new "Liberty Station" development, the re-use of the old San Diego RTC/NTC Navy base, and that restaurant has a cool gimmic, a Fiat 850 with a table in it

Officine Buona Forchetta

Funniest thing I've read all week, the 1st night of driving for Lyft

First night, July 2013, Steve Y.

It was midnight, during Comic-Con, and I received a Lyft Plus request in Pacific Beach. When I rolled up, six young men jumped into my Jeep. They all looked like they were in their early 20s; they appeared to have been "pre-gaming," too.

I welcomed them on board, "Aloha! Welcome aboard the Luau Lyft. What are you boys celebrating?"

A few of them shouted out, "It's our buddy's 21st birthday and we're gonna get him drunk in the Gaslamp!" I dashed out to the back of my ride, grabbed six leis - all different colors - returning with a shout of, "Happy birthday, everybody gets lei'd!"

We drop onto Sixth Avenue and catch a red light at F Street, right in front of (American Comedy Club). I look out at the crosswalk and see three young ladies walking in front of us. Two of them are paired up; the third one looked so faded she was walking a little crooked. (The drunk one) approached my vehicle, noticing the huge pink 'stache on my front grill (a signature of Lyft vehicles at the time). She looks at the 'stache; she looks up at me and the boy in the front seat. She looks back down to the 'stache and grabs it.

She begins to roll the 'stache between both hands, while licking her lips and staring us down with a naughty smile on her face. Then, she drops the 'stache, pumps her fist in the air and screams, "I want a mustache ride!"

Now, she begins to crawl on my hood - kinda like the scene in the old '80s Duran Duran video, Hungry Like a Wolf. The boys begin to chant, "Jump in the Jeep! Jump in the Jeep! Jump in the Jeep!" Her two lady friends look back and run over to peel her off of my hood. They exit to the sidewalk, the lights turn green; the fella in the front and I have a look of deer in headlights.

He asks me softly, "Does this happen every night?" I answer like a teenager, "I dunno. This is my first night. But, if this is what it's like, I'm driving every night!"

59 drop top Vette pulled out of the remains of a fallen down shed in Florida! Next to it were two 60s Vettes