Monday, 28 February 2011

Brilliant, immediate unstoppable traction in mud, also known as good horse sense, and farmer magic

Now this, in my opinion, is effing brilliant. It really no-shit works, and like nothing else possibly could to add traction that can't be stopped.



The website of "Stupid things people do to fix stuff"

Found in the first car of some young highschooler I bet... old cars didn't have cup holders I'm thinking... I never had anything made from 1973 to 1989, so I don't know. They aren't in my zone of interest.

I'm betting someone ends up in the emergency room

Sheesh these are lazy kids, is there anyone reading this that didn't put in years mowing lawns as a kid, before riding lawnmovers, self-propelled lawnmovers, and you think these kids could really use some time pushing a lawnmower?
real bad decisions caught on camera and shared with the rest of us to warn us of stupid ideas


cool photos from Kombi rules

Isn't this a cool idea? Instead of painting your van, just add this cover to the front, and make faces on it.

from where I recommend you go for more


The US Interior Secretary and Director of the BLM toured the Imperial Sand Dunes at Glamis

story here:,0,4494274.story but in a nutshell they came to relate that motorized recreation fits into the Obama administration's "America's Great Outdoors " conservation initiative rolled out last week that is heavy on land preservation.

great photo by Allen Schaben, shows the secretary in a ranger's sand rail that got stuck when they went to go over a steep dune... nice new rail huh?


Sunday, 27 February 2011

1967 Rebel station wagon regional models

The Mariner (600 units) in Barbados blue with panels trim of simulated bleached teakwood planking accented by narrow black horizontal stripes and a "nautical anchor" medallion. The interior featured anchors and stars decorating dark blue suede bolster panels of the seats, which also had white piping and broad horizontal pleated inserts of medium blue antelope grain vinyl and was sold along the coastal regions of the United States.

Above, the Mariner
Below the Westerner

The Westerner (500 units) in Frost White with plankwood trim side inserts and a "Pony Express" medallion. The interior featured stallion brown vinyl that simulated "richly tooled" leather on the seats and door panels in combination with white antelope grained vinyl and was available west of the Mississippi River.

The Briarcliff (400 units) in Matador Red with simulated black camera grain side panels and "regal" medallions, as well as its own black "antelope grain" vinyl interior. The Briarwood was marketed in major markets in the east and south.

Designed to spur interest in all of AMC's products and to generate increased sales for the company, the special wagons were limited for sale to geographical areas.

Info from learned about it and got photos from


One cool little camper, privacy from the back, great view from the front


the "NeverWas Haul" is the name of this vehicle at Burning Man

above via

Above from
In the above the cow catcher is missing to see and learn all about it
All three of these were from different sites, and I've posted two of them before, but never together. The middle one is new to me, and from

the guy in charge is Major Catastrophe, and is interviewed here about what it's about:


Jeep minivan prototype designed by Brooks Stevens


ultimate gamers chair


Shelby Comet. Never heard of that, have you? Did you hear of the Shelby Europa? 14 made

Shelby Europa were just getting started by Claude Dubois, who raced a Ford of Antwerp Shelby Gt 350 in Spa in 1967. They came directly from Ford as semi-finished and completed by Dubois. Now it was not very many, 1971 and 72 made a total of just 14 pieces, including two convertibles.

There are eight survivors, three of were in Sweden, then Norway, then to Finland.

Well, so was there a special European-Shelby prototype, GT250, a 1971 Mercury Comet that Claude supplied with a GT40 289 block and heads, that gave the car more than 350 horsepower. It was a couple of years as Claude's own daily driver before being resold.
Claude was in Dearborn when Ford announced the cessation of the Shelby Fords, and so bought the last 34 or 36. He sold them in Belgium, Paris, Istanbul, Geneva and Germany
Read his 2002 interview here:
After 1970 Claude proposed a licensing deal, and bought Mustangs from Bob Ford in Detroit, the first was completed in January 1971 and went to the Brussels Motor show. The Shelby parts came from Shelby American. Some had 351's and at least one was a drag pack 429


Burnelli airplane transporting a car in a underslung

I don't recall where I found this photo, for a bit about Burnelli aircraft:


World War one carrier pidgeon transport vehicles

Front-wheel-drive three-wheeler with onboard carrier pigeon birdcage from


If you have a car shipped, I recommend inspecting the cargo container before they lock it closed and send it off

If you look closely, you'll the see above photo has 2 pieces of lumbar stacked on top of each other , both sides of the container, from the front to the back. Doesn't look safe to me.

Photos from becuase if I recall correctly, that blogger works at a recieving location where collector cars come into Sweden

Marten ( tells me
Since the customs about a year ago raised their costs excessively for goods from the US, people shipped cars via the Netherlands and paid only 6% fees, but now they raised the fees to 20%, so what is done now is to take the cars to France which has a regular fee of ony 5% on the custom value. The reason for taking a midway landing is that when the car is brought here its suddenly a European car, and then taken into Sweden with no charges at all!


Ettore Bugatti's runabout for inspection tours of his factory

Called a type 56 Bugatti, if the translator program on Google hasn't mangled it, and it was an electric buggy.
found on:


1922 touring body by Smith & Waddington in Sydney, Australia ... real unusual, it's called a charabanc

This is built on a truck chassis from White vintage 1922 and the huge body built by Smith & Waddington in Camperdown, Sydney, Australia.

But this body type is called a Charabanc, the same name is also used for buses with open bodywork that was common at this time. This White charabanc had room for 15 people and had been ordered by Mr Day. He used it for New South Wales Tourist Bureau excursions and adventures in the wild Australia.

found on


bridging the eras of horse drawn carriages and the first engine driven vehicles

1894 in Paris... that looks like a horse carriage in back, that wasn't changed at all, but hooked up to that early motor vehicle

Similar looking vehicle below is the Grand Duke Alexis in his carriage with a Heilmann front end , Paris 1899

Above is an electric coach built for the Queen Mary of Spain in 1896
from the Thrupp and Maberly coachbuilders in 1913 on a chassis from Thames Iron Works
Found on


Saturday, 26 February 2011

Model A's may be the most versatile vehicle ever made, nothing else was a delivery truck, railcar, firetruck, racecar... infinite variety

I'm thrown... Never seen a cross between a conestoga and a Ford


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