In 1911, if you were driving a motorcar, it would likely be a Model T that was sitting on wooden wheels. They were probably between 21 and 24 inches tall, and had a speedometer gear on the back side. Inflatable tires were still very new to the automotive world, but added huge comfort to the vehicle because of the rough, turn of the century roads. Wooden wheels like these were the norm up into the late 1920’s when steel took over. 100 years later, this 1911 Model T is running like a top, still rockin’ the wooden dubs, and still wrapped in black paint, like when Henry’s workers originally made it.
That’s the noise that team owner Tony Stewart heard as Ryan Newman crossed the finish line ahead of him during Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Both Newman and Stewart ran an excellent race yesterday. Tony Stewart has had one heck of a bad year at the beginning of the season. This was a great shot in the arm for Stewart- Haas racing. Ryan Newman is now 8th in the Nascar Sprint Cup points chase and team owner Tony Stewart is pretty close behind in 11th.
Sitting in row 22 on the start/finish line, it was a little toasty on the metal bleachers up in the grandstand. Temperatures were into the 90’s on race day. I was listening in on Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he said it was so hot inside the car he could feel his face blister. (more…)
There has never been, nor could there ever be, a more suitable zombie apocalypse survival vehicle. Technically speaking, this is a Tucker armored snow vehicle. It has what appears to be a Dodge V8, a manual transmission, and 1 spare seat for a friend. 4 wheel track steering is fully functional, and it is armored from top to bottom.
Whether you are looking to take your Steampunk swagger to a whole new level, or survive the all-but-certain zombie apocalypse, there is, and can only be, one vehicle up to such a challenge. Just ask yourself, do you want to be battling zombies in your busted cavalier or are you going to be be saving lives with steampunk style? Buy it now on eBay for $13,995 or the zombies will win. eBay Item # 380354878683
Special Thanks to Todd for the Tip!
Last week we discussed the scariness of discovering acres of rot behind the quarter panel that I had just reluctantly removed. Then I showed off the metal repair / replacement of the 64 Chevy’s outer wheel house, and trunk drop off. There was one other piece that had some serious metal repair, but I already made a 1A Blog post about it over a year ago, so I won’t repeat it here again. if you are curious, you can view the fuel filler neck surround metal repair Here.
Next on the Impala list was fixing all of the metal surrounding the “tailpan”. Basically, the rear-most section of the trunk floor was rotted badly on both sides, and it all needed to go in the trash barrel. The bad news is that nobody makes these replacement panels, so I had to make them myself. First step, cut out the rotted area and see what we’re working with. Eeeek!
As you can see , there was no shortage of rot on the driver’s side rear of the “six-foe”. Rather than crying, I began making a flat metal replacement that was the “same” shape as the original. The problem was that I didn’t have a lot of the old metal to work with, so most of this process was a guessing game. (more…)
I realize that not everybody is a fan of Corvair’s, but for those of you that are, I have some eye candy for you. This is a “trunk” full of air cooled goodness. It’s got chrome. It’s got four carbs. It also has working air conditioning. Haters may hate, but I think this a totally boss setup. If and when I own a naturally aspirated Corvair, it will be a copy of this setup. Oh and don’t mind the shadowed silhouette in the picture, I’m still learning how to ruin my own photography.
In 1910, REO apparently self proclaimed itself as the “World’s Toughest Truck”. With a manly one cylinder
asthmatic sounding engine and stomach churning 9 horsepower, how could it not be? Uhhh. I think when they said “tough”, they must have meant that driving it was tough. Seriously, you would need to be eating your Wheaties to tame the solid tires, chain drive, and the rear-only mechanical band brakes. Fill this animal with rocks or lumber and you’re guaranteed to be the first one at the scene of the accident.
Luckily for us, this extraordinary example somehow managed to survive over 100 years, and was on display at the Codman Estate Car Show this morning. It was absolutely beautiful from every angle, and really looked like a museum piece. The engine spun smoother than a well oiled sewing machine, and made me realize just how terrible my engines run. Well done REO, well done.
Tony’s Friday Video Pick:
“Keeping with this weeks theme and my excitement for racing, here’s a cool video that I dug up on YouTube of Clint Bowyer’s win at NHMS last year,when Tony Stewart ran out of gas.
This was also the controversial race where Clint Bowyer was docked 150 points, and 150,000 dollars for a quarter panel that was 60-thousandths of an inch out of what Nascar deems as acceptable. Less than the thickness of a quarter!”
Jeremy’s Friday Video Pick:
“I bet that you have never seen multiple Cadillac CTS-V’s on two wheels before.”
Can’t see the videos? Here are the links: