Auto Factoids for the Week of 2/22/2015 – Firebird, Thunderbird, AMX

Got a few huge debuts this week’s Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids), so lets get started.

 

Feb 23, 1954 – Ford shows off the Thunderbird for the first time.

Although the Thunderbird wasn’t available until 1955 it was in design.  Originally it was going to be called the Vega!!

1955 T-Bird

1955 T-Bird

 

Feb 23, 1967 – Pontiac debuts the Firebird

The brain child of John Delorean the Firebird started out as the Banshee in two versions (XP 833 convertible or Hard top coupe).  1966 it was a two seater referred to as XP-798.

 

Look some what familar? Corvette maybe?

Look some what familar? Corvette maybe?

Pontiac brass thought so too and these concepts were not approved.

Pontiac brass thought so too and these concepts were not approved.

The XP 798 Firebird concept.

The XP 798 Firebird concept.

1967 Firebird

1967 Firebird

 

 

Feb 24, 1968 – American Motors debuts the AMX

1969 Hurst version...NICE!!!

1969 Hurst version…NICE!!!

 

Feb 25, 1905 – Jose Piquero crossed the Andes in a Caddy!!

Had to dig for this one. Found it on http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org.   Back in 1905 a Cadillac was the first car to cross the Andes (the mountain range not Andes, New York) that happened on Feb 25th, but I don’t know why, nor does anyone else seem to know.  I can tell you  the Andes are in South American and average about 14,000 feet in altitude.  The ’05 (that’s 1905 not 2005) Caddy was, well, let’s say “airy”.   That ‘brave’ (pronounced ‘Crazy’) soul was Jose Piquero. But wait, some sources say it wasn’t a Caddy at all, but a Oldsmobile.

So I would imagine in either ride the trip was a tad bit chilly.

1905 Olds

1905 Olds

1905 Caddy

1905 Caddy

 

Feb 27, 1934 – Ralph “Corvair Killer” Nader was born in Conn.

You can celebrate that (anyone?  Bueller, Bueller…) if you absolutely can’t find another reason to have an adult beverage.  I wonder if he fell out of a car seat when he was young?

1962 Lakewood

1962 Lakewood

The last Corvair Vert.

The last Corvair Vert.

I'm seeing the Corvair but can't help notice the Nova's on the rail car.

I’m seeing the Corvair but can’t help notice the Nova’s on the rail car.

 

Feb 28,  1940  – Mario Andretti born in Montona, Italy

Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

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Auto Factoids for Week of Feb 15, 2015 – SCCA, Nash-Healey and More

Here are your Auto Factoids (#autofactoids) for the middle of Feb, 2015!!

 

Feb 15, 1944 – Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) was formed.  For those of you that don’t follow racing you need to check out what SCCA does.  It’s a great organization for local racing, as well as state/regional and even national.  I’m a proud card-carrying member and attend the local chapter Arizona Border Region .  I can attest that this chapter is well run and enjoyable.

Me and  SCCA Solo instructor in my C7

Me and SCCA Solo instructor in my C7

 

Feb 16, 1951 – Nash-Healey debuts.     The Healey Nash mash-up produced one of the most beautiful cars of the early 1950’s. They originally met the Queen Mary.  Nash supplied the power train that consisted of the Ambassador’s straight six OHV 234.8 cu in (3.85 L) engine (minus the cast iron cylinder heads – they used their own design aluminum version) and three-speed manual transmission with Borg-Warner overdrive, plus torque tube and differential.  Healey supplied the carbs – two SU and the body.  Actually Healey designed the body to fit their frame, but aluminum body the supplied Panelcraft Sheet Metal.

 

Beautiful Aluminum bodied sport car!!!

Beautiful Aluminum bodied sport car!!!

2 SUtwin 1.75-inch (44 mm) and  lighter and higher compression cylinder head - boosting it from 112 to 125 hp.  That's a lot for a small car.

2 SU twin 1.75-inch (44 mm) and lighter and higher compression cylinder head – boosting hp from 112 to 125 hp.

 

Feb 17, 1934 – First Drivers Ed Class – in State College, Pa.

 

Feb 18, 1952 – Studebaker 100 years

Studebaker started out with an electric car in 1902 (before that they produced wagons)  and by 1904 began producing gas-powered.

Basically an electric wagon!!!

Basically an electric wagon!!!

1904 gas powered Studebaker.

1904 gas-powered Studebaker.

1952 Studebaker.   2 years later money issues forced a merger with  Packard.

1952 Studebaker. 2 years later money issues forced a merger with Packard.

 

1979       – Richard Petty wins Daytona 500 (Number 6 for him)

6th Daytona win 1979

6th Daytona win 1979

The #43 Car for 1979

The #43 Car for 1979

 

1898 –       Enzo Ferrari born in Modena, Italy     (Not sure what he is famous for!!!)

Of course you would!!!

OH!!!!

 

Feb 20, 1954 – Dodge displays it’s Firearrow at the Chicago Auto Show (go on now for 2015)

One of the coolest concept cars!!!   Agree?

Two convertible models

Two convertible models

Clock in the steering wheel center?  Crazy Cool!!

Clock in the steering wheel center? Crazy Cool!!

Awesome Interior

Awesome Interior

 

Thanks for reading!   Let us know how you like the Auto Factoid segment!!!

Tim

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Auto Factoids for the Week of 1/25/2015

Wow it’s the end of January already. Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for the last week of January 2015. Jan 26th 1920 – Lincoln Motor Company.

 

BangShift.com 1936 Chevy Bus

 

This 1936 Chevy Bus Was Made Into A Hose Hauler By The Fire Dapartment – Could It Haul Hot Rods?

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1936 Chevy Bus

1936 Chevy Bus

 

 

So there will never be a day when we grow weary of seeing, scheming about, or dreaming of cool car haulers. This 1936 Chevy school bus was converted into a hauler of sorts many moons ago by a fire department to move hoses around. They simply lopped off the roof of the passenger compartment and left a big open flatbed for them to throw their heavy hoses on. We’re guessing that this rig was used in a town that wasn’t too large because a 1936 Chevy school bus laden with rolls of heavy hose would likely arrive to the scene of a fire in time to help save the basement after the rest of the structure was consumed. As cool as its history is, how neat might the future be?

Sparse interior...even when it was new.

Sparse interior…even when it was new.

It would take some doing and a lot of dough but we’re thinking that this truck has serious possibilities as a hot rod hauler. The cab area would need to be reworked and likely everything from the windshield back would need to be formed by a metal shaping house like Marcel’s or someone of that creative genius level of talent so that it didn’t look like a high school project. The entire drivetrain would need to be swapped out for something more powerful and modern, the chassis would need to be beefed, the suspension revamped, and the there’s the issue of the hauler area itself. Leave it as a flat bed and simply add some ramps? Make some sort of a wedge deal on the back of it? This is looking like a Donald Trump level budget project but it is pretty fun to mentally design the truck as we would want it. Your turn.

via BangShift.com 1936 Chevy Bus.

 

I’m think it would be a cool toy hauler or maybe an awesome why to get your trailer queen to a car show!!!

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

chevy bus

PPEP, Inc.

to southern Arizona farm labor camps. This was all done aboard a 1957 Chevy bus. PPEP was officially incorporated on December 10, 1969. PPEP TEC High

 

H.E.M.I. Show – Come, see, and hear, the largest all Mopar show in Arizona.

The H.E.M.I show is back, Saturday, March 7th, 2015. 8 AM -3 PM. Sponsored by Universal Technical Institute and Mopars Unlimited of Arizona. The biggest all Mopar car show in Arizona has a NEW LOCATION. This year the show will be at UTI, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce St, Avondale, AZ 85323.

The H.E.M.I show is back, Saturday, March 7th, 2015. 8 AM -3 PM. UTI, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce St, Avondale, AZ 85323

The H.E.M.I show is back, Saturday, March 7th, 2015. 8 AM -3 PM.
UTI, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce St, Avondale, AZ 85323

 
More space, more vendors, more swappers, food trucks, and over 50 professionally judged classes and all Mopar.

Vintage, Classic, Muscle, Truck, Jeep, FWD, Neon, Prowler/Viper, AMC, new Challenger, Charger, and Dart classes, survivor class, and a display only class plus many more. Stock and modified in most classes.

Personal Touch Dynamometer chassis dyno on site all day. See which Mopar will make the most power at the Dyno challenge. Special award for the highest horse power Mopar.

Come, see, and hear, the largest all Mopar show in Arizona.

Go to moparsaz.com for more info and to register show cars, swappers, and vendors, Just print and mail in the form by February 16th for reduced pre entry fee for show cars.

Entry is free to spectators. Show car $20 pre register by Feb 16th, $25 day of show, $15 Display only, Swap/Vendor space $20/$50, Dyno Challenge $30 2 pulls, enter as often as you like.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

mopar car show

 

ThrowBackThursday A 1969 Dodge Coronet 440

I had to sneak this one in for #ThrowBackThursday.

One of my frequent reader sent over a couple of shots of him with his 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 from back in the day (1980).   ‘Wish I kept this one!” Bill says.

 

Thanks Bill.

 

Nice Car Mr. Bill!!!  Yeah...we all have one we should have kept.

Nice Car Mr. Bill!!! Yeah…we all have one we should have kept.

me_coronet5a

 

Thanks for reading!!!

Tim

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Auto Factoids for the Week of 1/25/2015

Wow it’s the end of January already.  Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for the last week of January 2015.

Jan 26th 1920 – Lincoln Motor Company formed.

Lincoln Motor Company was actually started in 1917 and produced  Liberty engines with Ford parts for World War I.   After the war they began producing luxury cars.  By 1920 the company had financial issues and Ford bought the company in 1922.   Ford allowed the company to operate separately until 1940.

1921 Lincoln Model 'L'

1921 Lincoln Model ‘L’

Jan 27th 1974 – Not being able to drive 55 became against the law as President Nixon signed the national speed limit law in response to gas/oil issues.

 

Jan 28th 1950 – Preston Tucker was acquitted of mail fraud.

The history of the Tucker car is extremely interesting.  The Tucker car was an innovation ahead of its time and offered an alternative (rear  engine) to the typical cars being produced in that era.  The car industry was a powerful and influential business entity generally were not interest in a start-up threatening their share of the industry.   The car of the future (called the Tucker Torpedo – while under development) was produced in 1948 against insurmountable odds.   Only 51 Tucker 48’s (Model 48) was produced in 1948, 47 still exist.

While dubbed "Tucker Torpedo"  during production no 'Torpedoes' were produced.

While dubbed “Tucker Torpedo” during production no ‘Torpedoes’ were produced.

 

Tucker-3_jpg

 

Some Tucker Specs:

– Engine: H-6 (horizontally opposed), OHV, 335 ci (4.50 x 3.50 in. bore x stroke), 7.0:1 compression ratio, 166 bhp, 372 lbs/ft torque.

– Size: 128″ wheelbase, 219″ overall length, 60″ height, 79″ width, 4200 pounds.

– Performance: 0-60 in 10 seconds, est. top speed 120 mph

 

Jan 29th 1886 – Benz developed the first gasoline (internal combustion) automobile.

Carl Benz's Motorwagon.

Carl Benz’s Motorwagon.

The Motorwagon engine was actually built in 1885, 1886 was when Mr. Benz applied for the patent

Some specs on the Motorwagon’s power plant:

     –  Rear mounted horizontal engine with vertical crankshaft

     –  Belt primary drive and final transmission to the rear wheels by side chains

     –  Displaced 984cc and mustered up .9 horsepower

     –  Top speed was achieved at 8 mph

–  Loud

– Smelly

It was a tubular chassis suspended in place by three large wheels.

Jan 30th 1958 – Rambler American debuts

This was the first car created by American Motors Company (AMC).  The company was formed by the merger of Nash and Hudson.  The American for 1958 was only built in a 2 door with one engine option, the 195.6 cu in (3.2 L) flathead, that  producing 90 hp.  There were a couple trim options the base or Deluxe and the Super.

The American was produced in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and Iran.

 

Jan 31st was a big day in automotive history with the debut of Pontiac’s 2 door Custom Safari (1955)

Who doesn't love a two door wagon?!?!?!?!

Who doesn’t love a two door wagon?!?!?!?!

Rarer than the Chevy Nomad, the Safari was produced as the Star Chief Custom Safari with 3,760 made and as the Chieftan 860 “Colony” 2 door (two or three seats):  8,618 in 1955.

These sported the 287 V8 engine and were topped with 2 or 4 barrel carb.

Jan 31st Studebaker/Packard debuts the Clipper (1957)

Frankly this car was a mess!  Actually it was just a Studebaker with Packard tail lights, bumper and instrument panel, fitted with stamped overlays for body panels.  Referred to as Packardbaker, these were not well received.  They did use the 289 (4.7 liter) engine from the Golden Hawk, which produced 275 hp.  Also came in a wagon version.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Auto Factoids for the Week of Jan 18, 2015

Here is your Auto Factoids for the week of Jan 18, 2015.  It as a slow week in automotive history.

1/20/1942 – Chevy ceases producing cars for World War II.

 

1/21/1954    – First gas turbine displayed in New York.  It was by GM and it was the Turbo-Crusier Bus

 

GM Gas Turbine Bus

GM Gas Turbine Bus

 

1/24/1964 – Volvo debuts the P1800.

The P1800

The P1800

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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ABANDONED!!! 1939 Packard Henny Hearse

I don’t know too many car peeps that don’t have a soft spot for abandoned cars.  Either they stir up distant memories of years gone by or inspire you to think of all the possibilities for that misused piece of iron.  One of my hobbies is to photograph abandoned car when I get the chance.  Whether they are just sitting in a junk yard, or field or even being used as advertising they mark the passage of time.

On the outskirts of Tombstone, AZ. is where you’ll find this car.  It’s easy to spot as it is the ‘landmark’ advertising car to get you to stop at the Boot Hill gift shop.  Clearing abandoned at some point, it was dragged to its current post many years ago and is a bit of a tourist attraction.

 

Greeting you at the edge of the town "that's too tough to die" Tombstone, AZ is this 1939 Packard.

Greeting you at the edge of the town “that’s too tough to die” Tombstone, AZ is this 1939 Packard.

 

 

As you can tell it purely used as prop now.

As you can tell it purely used as prop now.

 

This Packard 120 still retains it 288 Straight Eight engine.  Look like with a little TLC it will roar to life.

This Packard 120 still retains it 288 Straight Eight engine. Look like with a little TLC it will roar to life.

 

The 288  (sometime called the Super Eight) produced 150 hps.  Not a lot  for all that American Steel.

The 288 (sometime called the Super Eight) produced 150 HP. Not a lot for all that American steel.  But speed wasn’t a factor when you are headed to the local ‘boot hill’.

 

It's a fair piece to bring a body to Tombstone, AZ from Texas.

It’s a fair piece to bring a body to Tombstone, AZ from Texas.

 

Although the Arizona heat is tough on car interiors this one still retains all of its details.

Although the Arizona heat is tough on car interiors this one still retains all of its details.  Has the shift column and I’m betting the new for 1939 Overdrive.

 

Henny began using the Packard chassis 1937 replacing the stretched Model A chassis.

Henny began using the Packard chassis 1937 replacing the stretched Model A chassis.

 

This old hearse has a ton of character and prominent place at the edge of town.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Pininfarina’s aerodynamic 1960 X Concept was 50 years ahead of its time

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via Pininfarina’s aerodynamic 1960 X Concept was 50 years ahead of its time.

 

drag coefficient of 0.23

drag coefficient of 0.23

Thanks for reading
Tim

 

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On the Hunt for the Next Project Car: A Car Guy’s Shopping Trip.

I don’t know about every car gal and guy, but I don’t enjoy shopping as a rule, clothes, gifts and food shopping is a chore!!   To be honest shopping for new or used cars is not a great time for me.    At times, even car parts shopping can be annoying.  I’m much happier when I get what I need and get back to wrenchin’.

But today was different.  Today’s shopping experience was…well…the perfect setting for my kind of shopping.

 

There is nothing like a 50 degree day here in Southern Arizona and a junkyard where the newest cars there is 1970.   The weather was perfect for climbing over cars, that would normally be like walking on a 150 degree griddle in the summer time, wading through a sea of 1930, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s hub cabs and trailblazing through the tall weeds in search of my next project car.

 

Yes the 1970 Mustang is gone – living a life of leisure in a collection in the mid west and the 1984 C4 is in the hands of a Corvette lover – south of the border.  And after clearing the purchase of a new project car with the she who has to put up with the mess and I am on the hunt.

 

Today I met up with my brother-in-law and my nephew and we did execute a perfect car guy’s shopping excursion. 

 

This was a good sign!!!!

This was a good sign!!!!

 

The salvage yard has been in place for 60 years or more, I’ve known the owner for nearly 30 years and recently the place was damaged by some huge flooding issues.  The owner isn’t in great health is clearing out some of the desirable cars.  

The car gods were shine some light for this shopping trip.

The car gods were shining some light for this shopping trip.

 

He was mainly a Ford car, restoring and collecting Model T’s (including a Model T doing duty as a tow truck) so there are a lot of Fords – Comets, Fairlanes, Falcons, Ford Customs, Thunderbirds and on and on.  There are a few MOPARs there as well, including a 1971 Charger and a Satellite with a 400 under the hood.  There’s a few Chevys as well and Covairs, Impalas and 50’s Caddies and some very cool military Kaiser Jeeps.

We covered a lot of ground and I’m look for a complete car – mostly.  Here in Arizona the heat is not kind to the interiors, so they is little doubt that an interior will be a necessity.  I need to it to have the basics – good frame – engine, front and rear ends in-tack and depending on the car good glass.

So what caught my eye (beside everything I mentioned above)?

 

1961 Mercury Comet – Nice little 2 door car with 6 cylinder under the good (oh yes there’s room in there for something bigger for sure!!!).

Nice straight body - got to love those tail lights!!!

Nice straight body – got to love those tail lights!!!

Interior is mostly there!

Interior is mostly there!

 

There was also this Mercury Cougar, clearly used for a race car based on the stickers on the side and the tires.

 

Cougar!!!!

Cougar!!!!

 

 

I also found a car I’ve been interested in getting my hands on for a few years and that’s a 1970 Thunderbird.

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Here are a few more shots from the yard.

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While I’m waiting for the owner to give an idea what he wants for the cars I’m interested in, the hunt continues!!!   This was a great day!!!!

 

Thanks for reading.  

 

Tim

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