I’ll say it again, it’s not part of my daily routine (Although I which it was!!!) that I get to deal with some rare cars. By day I’m the Director of Information Technology for a retail company with stores throughout Arizona at home I’m a Corvette and Mustang (check out #ProjectSportsRoof) loving car guy. But today the two intersected and that equaled a cool day.
If you look back at my post entitled Driving a 1929 Detroit Electric Model 97 http://wp.me/p2YxYx-4Qp you’ll get a good look at the Detroit Electric. Today it is headed back to its owner and the owner of our company.
We pushed the Detroit out of the building and into the sun light again – most likely will be its last bit of Arizona UV rays. This beauty is on its way to Hood River, OR where the owner is loaning it to a transportation museum. The guys in this video, Tom, David, Lynn have worked and lived with this rare mode of transportation for over 10 years. It will be missed.
As if that’s not enough for one post, there’s more to this ‘most excellent day’ (to steal a phrase from Bill and Ted).
It’s tough to pick a transport company to move your special vehicle across country. I have used my share, transporting a Mustang, a Torino, a VW bug and a motorcycle via different carriers and it’s a big deal. The company selected for this rare car was FSI Transport Service and the care the driver showed was very reassuring that this 1929 electric car was in good hands. FSI is operated by Frank and Laura Martinez, out of El Paso, Tx. Their rig was perfect for the job – being that the Detroit is a bit taller than the average car.
Often the car you are shipping travels with several other cars that are headed the same way. But this time there was only one travel mate for this trip. It just happened to be a beautiful 1953 GMC Custom pickup, according to the driver it build by the folks at Gas Monkey Garage and headed home to the owner.
That’s a beautiful truck and a worthy travel mate for the old electric car.
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Out and About!!!
The world’s fastest electric car? – BBC Top Gear
Remember the Detroit Electric SP:01? Announced in 2013, it followed a well-thumbed recipe and promised to be an esoteric entrant in the eco-friendly sports car class. SP:01 Well, it’s back and in production form ahead of official sales in 2015. And it’s a bit different to before, adopting a new fastback …
There’s not a huge fan club for the 1947 Chrylsers. They were huge cars weighing well over 3,000 lbs, 18ft long and room for the whole family. With names like Town & Country, New Yorker, Windsor, Saratoga – these car did demand respect.
1947 Town and Country – that sub-model name was used a lot by Chrysler
You’d think they’d have huge engines to push these around town but the engine line up for 1947 consisted of only 2, one 6 cylinder and one 8 cylinder.
The 6 cylinder was called the Royal/Windsor engine. It was an L head, cast iron hunk of metal. With a bore and stroke of 3.438 ” x 4.50 “, five main bearings, solid lifter it displaced 250.6 cubic inches. With the compression ratio at 6.6:1 (rather low) and topped with various carbs (B-B EV1 or Ev2 or E7L4 – for the fluid drive and B-BEx-1, EX3 or Ex2 for the manual shift) it managed to put out 114 HP’s.
Flat Head L6 Chrysler engine – powered some of these giants.
The 8 cylinder was labeled Saratoga/New Yorker. It was a flat headed iron blocked L8. The bore was smaller than the 6 cylinder @ 3.25″ and the stroke was slightly higher @ 4.875 (nearly 1/2 an inch higher), creating compression ratio of 6.7:1 and displacing 323.5 cid. It had solid lifters and five main bearings and took in air though a B-B E7A1 carb. This all produced horse power of about 135 @ 3400 RPMSs
1947 Chrysler Saratoga/New Yorker L8 engine
I really enjoy doing Engine Line Up series of blog post. Hopefully you do too!!!!
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Engine Line Up – 1946 Packard
I love writing Engine Line Up pieces. I learn a lot doing the research. Back in 1946 there wasn’t a lot of imagination when it came to naming cars. Packard either named their cars after the engines that powered them or their engines after their car models plus the cylinder count. …
Engine Line Up – 1949 Chevrolet
1949 was the first year after World War II where Chevrolet did a complete maker-over of its offerings, meager in terms of variations as compared to what they would become in the next decade. With only the Special Series 1500 GJ, Deluxe Series GK, each with a Fleetline and Styleline …
Engine Line Up – 1956 Hudson Part I
Think there was much of a choice of engines back in 1956? Well there were a few for the 1956 Hudson. As was custom back in the 40’s and 50’s, the engines were often named similar to the model of the car they powered. For the 1956 Hudson, the company had …
Engine Line UP – 1964-1966 Griffith
Ok…how many of you stopped to Google Griffith? Not a commonly mentioned classic car, right? Well the Griffith was developed by a Ford dealer, Jeff Griffith. It was a tubular frame with a British TVR body bolted on. He produce the cars in that configuration, until the source of the TVR bodies …
A fun car show for a GREAT cause!!! Autism Society of Southern Arizona.
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Bring your classic beauty, your muscle machine, your chopper, your tuner, your daily driver or your project car!!!! Heck – bring your farm tractor!!!! You’ll get a swag bag with goodies (Car Guys Garages free t-shirt offer, Hagerty Insurance and more) and a cool T-Shirt. There will be raffles for collectible die-cast cars, and other prizes from O’rielly’s Auto Parts, Hot Rods at Old Vail Road, car wash packages and more.
Come on out and hang out with some cool cars!!!!
FUN AND A GREAT CAUSE!!!!!
I’ll be there with my 1973 Mustang and 2007 Corvette!!
See you there.
07 and 73
As usual I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with the lineup of cars for this years Barrette-Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ.
I spent the entire day looking over the offering and even with other auctions running just before, during and just after, you are going to see some great auction fun!!!
One of my favorites of course are the Mustangs and there are plenty there!!! That being said, I did not see a single 71-73 Mustang in the tents – but I do see at least one in the catalog. But you have to love what was on display in one corner of this massive complex.
The Boss 429 Corner:
More coming up from Barrett-Jackson!!!
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I don’t often post up cars on Craig’s list or elsewhere, but I happened to run to the owner filling up the Ranchero at the Shell station down the street.
The pics in this post are from the Craig’s list ad, but I can tell you body is in great shape and straight. The wheels are awesome looking. The engine sounds strong and the interior is in great shape.
Take a look at these pics and it looks even better in person.
Has the 400 in it…very cool (only a 2bbl carb….needs 4bbl – easy) Will need a transmission – easy to find a used one.
Wheels are great looking. Engine was pretty clean. Interior was great condition. Sounded awesome!!!
Body was in great shape. Originally delivered to DSO 74 (Seattle), so it’s a west coast car.
Check it out here:
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Welcome to this weeks Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids)!!!!
Back in 1977 on Nov. 15 Ford produced it’s 100,000,000. It was a 1978 Ford Fairmont and rolled out of the Mahwah assembly plant in New Jersey.
1955 Ford Mahwah New Jersey Plant
Triple F (Ford Fairmont Futura)
This car was in fact, a fox body, but gets as much respect as a K-Car.
You can understand why that is when you see it in the 4 door configuration
Now the two door wasn’t too bad – still not great!
But, you know me, I think any two door car can be made to look awesome…..
Back in 1906 the man who started one of the largest global car (and motorcycle) companies was born on Nov 17 in Iwata-gun, Japan:
Another millionth for the month of Nov. Back in 1940 Buick produced 278,784 cars (about 70k more than in 1939) one of those was the 4 millionth Buick and it rolled off the line Nov. 17th.
That car was a Buick Super Coupe like this one:
1940 Buick Super Coupe
I’ve been doing these Auto Factoids for years and this next event never fails to make me scratch my head. Yup it’s the death of the Edsel. Killed by Ford on 11/19/1959 BOO HISS
One of the last Edsels – 1960 Edsel Ranger sedan :(
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Love to hear from you – in any language!
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Here is your #AutoFactoids and Car News Now for this first full week of September 2015.
Sept. 7, 1954 – Production of Ford Thunderbird begins
Sept. 8, 1903 Preston Tucker was born in Capac, MI.
While dubbed “Tucker Torpedo” during production no ‘Torpedoes’ were produced.
Sept. 9, 1935 – Studebaker exports 163 Presidents to England.
These are what were shipped
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Automobile reports that the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S get Turbocharged!!!
- That’s the 3.0 liter flat six engine. The twin turbo will produce 379 hp w/ 331 lb-ft fo torque in the Carrera and Carrera S will have 420 hp with 368 lb-ft. That is 20 more horses the current 3.8 liter produces for Porsches.
2017 Porsche Twin-turbo Flat 6 – smoking hot!!
Car Buzz took a look at Audi’s A8 with Armor – it will be bullet and bomb proof – meeting VR 9 ballistics protection standards.
- You are gonna need some extra punch to get these moving so there are two engines available. The are the 4.o liter V8 with 429 hp and a 6.0 liter W12 with 495 hp.
Check out the doors!!!
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The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Launched at IAA Frankfurt
With its world premiere headed for the IAA Frankfurt, the refreshed seventh generation Porsche 911 Carrera (991 series) should represent an epic showcase of efficiency, technological advancement, engine development and design curation. Innovative …
I know a lot of guys that have too many project cars (as if that’s a real thing!!). I don’t have that luxury – space is limited to my driveway and my garage. So, as I search for my next project car, I need to satisfy the urge to work on something…vintage. While surfing around on the Internet I ran across this 1961 Comet instrument panel and picked it up.
It’s in good shape.
I thought I might use it as a bit of Man Cave art and have it light up with altering it too much or destroying it.
So I’ve been working the wiring and testing with a 6 volt battery.
The Comet was developed as a sub-model for Edsel. As you know 1958 saw the end of the Edsel and the Comet was released in 1960 as an orphan model. It remained badged only a Comet until 1964 when it became part of the Mercury marque.
Right Turn Signal works – bypassing the flasher.
Oil Light is functioning.
Generator Light working.
The Temp and Gas gauges work when power is supplied.
With the exception of the left turn single everything is working.
I’m missing the main light that would light up the instrument panel when the headlight are on, doesn’t seem to be a bulb there.
The goal would be get this wired to keep all the lights on at one time. May be even find a way to have the gauges (Temp/Fuel/Speedometer) to jump to life and then fall back.
Hey…it keeps me off the street and since electrical isn’t my strong suite (mainly being colored blind limit the ability to match up the colors) it can be a bit of a challenge.
What do you think? Anyone do this for fun?
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