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Diaphone Jim 03-10-2020 12:51 PM

I found this trying to find out if those are square barrels. I loved their look on Gold Stars, e.g.
Indeed a beauty.

"The engine was built in the late 40's by Australian Jim McMahan. It uses a Ford V8 (60) crankshaft and rods held in a sheet steel block that supports four Triumph/BSA cylinders and heads with two pistons each. Because the heads are of the hemi-combustion chamber design with valves on each side, there are three camshafts. One is located as a conventional Ford V8 operating the intake valves. The other two cams are on the outer sides and operate the exhaust valves. All of the cams are chain operated inside front mounted large case. Mounted to the front of the chain case in an oil pump and magneto drive. Intake manifolds are hand fabricated and mount two Stromberg Model 97 carbs.

Jim raced his hand built midget engine at Southern California and San Joaqin Valley race tracks and experienced some good success for a few races. However, an accident claimed his life the wonderful engine was forgotten about for a long time. The remnats resided in LA junk yard until it was discovered by a friend of Bill Smith, founder of Speedway Motors and The Smith Collection Museum of American Speed. After many man hours of pains taking labor it has been restored to its former wonderful example of hand made engineering and is now housed in the midget race car display area of the Smith Collection. It is another illustration of how this great facility is preserving the racing heritage of years gone by."

xoxoxoBruce 03-11-2020 01:35 AM

Yeah, but how did he handle the .625" difference in stroke?

xoxoxoBruce 03-17-2020 01:32 AM

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xoxoxoBruce 03-20-2020 12:48 AM

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"Steel Horses"

Diaphone Jim 03-20-2020 12:40 PM

Zoomed in, you can see that all the background is already plowed.
What an evocative photo.

Griff 03-20-2020 01:02 PM

Considering the Dust Bowl ran 1930-35 this is deeper.

xoxoxoBruce 03-26-2020 11:25 AM

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xoxoxoBruce 04-02-2020 02:36 AM

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Now that's an iron horse...

Griff 04-02-2020 07:21 AM

That's pretty sweet. I guess Wheel Horse was natural progression.

Diaphone Jim 04-02-2020 12:04 PM

It appears to be a WWI-era recruiting wagon.
What does the hand-held sign say?

xoxoxoBruce 04-06-2020 03:10 AM

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All I can make out on the tennis racket is Are You On The...

Renault big-foot...

Happy Monkey 04-06-2020 01:43 PM

Assuming it actually works towards its purpose, that's an ingenious mechanism.

xoxoxoBruce 04-06-2020 03:36 PM

It probably did as it had been used on early armored and artillery pieces in WW I.

xoxoxoBruce 04-08-2020 02:00 AM

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Did you hear the one about the fast doozy and the French hooker?

xoxoxoBruce 04-10-2020 04:37 PM

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99 wheelbases?

Diaphone Jim 04-10-2020 07:56 PM

Wouldn't that involve 99 different driveshafts? Or at least a bunch?

xoxoxoBruce 04-11-2020 01:27 AM

I should think so unless they're moving the front wheels, although they were likely multi piece driveshafts so maybe one section. Small differences could be handled by a sliding spline at one of the pillow blocks.

fargon 04-11-2020 10:59 AM

Drive shafts are ridiculously easy to make.

Question did International use Torque Tubes on the smaller trucks like GMC?

xoxoxoBruce 04-11-2020 12:51 PM

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Don't know if they used torque tubes or not.

How about a Lambo...

fargon 04-11-2020 09:08 PM

Pretty Crawler.

xoxoxoBruce 04-11-2020 11:38 PM

Tractors were his business until he bought a Ferrari and had a lot of trouble with it so he started his own company with the Miura.

Diaphone Jim 04-12-2020 12:15 PM

Damn, but this is one beautiful truck. The dash brings to mind classic wristwatches.

It is from a neat website, too.

xoxoxoBruce 04-13-2020 12:54 AM

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Back in the day most instrument panels were similar in they the used fine needles and finer lettering. Classy yet harder to read in low light but slower speeds gave more time to figure it out. Then they graduated to fat needles too wide to tell which graduation they were pointing at so minimum graduations like H & C instead of temperature and H&L instead of pressure. Next came idiot lights but they seem to be getting away from that.

Heavy equipment...

xoxoxoBruce 04-21-2020 01:24 AM

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Some people are a little more uh... deranged than most...

BigV 04-22-2020 06:22 PM

apparently, making solid rocket fuel isn't rocket science. more like... kitchen science. as I remember, granulated sugar is one of the primary ingredients. now, strapping myself to one and having it lit... that seems a lot more religious.

xoxoxoBruce 04-24-2020 01:21 AM

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Unique tow truck in the 1940s...

Diaphone Jim 04-24-2020 11:16 AM

Do you remember this guy?

"I used to live upstairs from Bruce. Bruce drove a tow truck: a sweet black flatbed with recessed flashers and a massive winch on the front. On the doors was written "Bruce's Wrecker Service: Out To Get You 23 1/2 Hours A Day"."

xoxoxoBruce 04-25-2020 01:32 AM


When I asked about that, Bruce said, "Well, I gotta stop and take a shit sometime."

xoxoxoBruce 04-30-2020 08:11 PM

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Agriculture when men were men and so were women...

Diaphone Jim 05-01-2020 11:45 AM

Unintended, but inarguable:
Top right illustration is Bruce's girl in the barrel race.
Second down on left is "WHOA!"

xoxoxoBruce 05-02-2020 12:05 AM

Barrel race?

Gravdigr 05-02-2020 08:54 AM

I'm lost, too.

Thought it was just me...

fargon 05-02-2020 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1051879)
Unintended, but inarguable:
Top right illustration is Bruce's girl in the barrel race.
Second down on left is "WHOA!"

I think that he wanted to put this in the Horse thread.

sexobon 05-02-2020 11:12 AM

It's likely he's drawing an analogy between the way the machines look in this thread and the body positions of horses in the horse thread, especially the barrel racing pic. It's like a pic association (thread) thing. It requires a little abstract reasoning:


Abstract reasoning refers to the ability to analyze information, detect patterns and relationships, and solve problems on a complex, intangible level.

Diaphone Jim 05-02-2020 12:27 PM

Two Un's back from the dead on the same day and look what happens.

The twin-bottom plow at top right simply appears to be in rapid motion, a function, I think, of its forward leaning and oval wheel. These are both common ways to impart movement in drawing.

The drawing of the harrow (second pic on left) shows a backwards leaning tines forward look, indicative to me of a quick halt.

These impressions were instantaneous to my eye and, of course, lose a little something in explanation.

xoxoxoBruce 05-03-2020 01:52 AM

The top right - two wheels appear oval because they lean to the side in order to follow the previous furrow. The third wheel looks round because it's upright for support.

Diaphone Jim 05-03-2020 09:14 PM

I know I stepped on Bruce's toes with my reference to the race photo, but my observation remains unchanged, stronger with each view.

xoxoxoBruce 05-03-2020 11:51 PM

I wish I knew what you're babbling about, I haven't a clue.

sexobon 05-04-2020 12:16 AM

Sounds like he's sayin' that if you didn't dance so close together, he wouldn't step on your toes.

(I think he wants to lead.)

glatt 05-04-2020 09:33 AM

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fargon 05-04-2020 09:47 AM

I see the lead wheel is mounted at an angle so it gives the illusion of motion.

BigV 05-04-2020 10:53 AM

It may well give the illusion of motion in that illustration, but it is actually tilted on the actual machine for other purposes, like the wheels on a motor road grader.

Diaphone Jim 05-04-2020 12:12 PM

Thanks for the help. That's what I am babbling about.
I should have emphasized "illusion."

xoxoxoBruce 05-10-2020 12:24 AM

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I don't want to follow one...

Griff 05-10-2020 10:46 AM


Diaphone Jim 05-10-2020 11:46 AM


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I don't want to follow one...

Or rear-end one.
How did it back up?

xoxoxoBruce 05-11-2020 04:36 AM

You can go anywhere why back up? :lol:

xoxoxoBruce 05-13-2020 12:21 PM

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Before TV the Movietone news and Industry on Parade, were a big deal.

Diaphone Jim 05-13-2020 05:06 PM

Plowin' from the porch.

BigV 05-13-2020 05:07 PM

World's Most Comfortable Tractor Seat.

xoxoxoBruce 05-15-2020 01:02 AM

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Hard to believe 9 Cats working together, it's hard enough just to herd them...

xoxoxoBruce 05-16-2020 12:23 AM

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Local hauling...

Griff 05-16-2020 08:36 AM

Make me wonder how bad that trucks brakes are.

Diaphone Jim 05-16-2020 12:14 PM

The discussion at The Old Motor on that pic only begins to answer all the questions it raises.

Gravdigr 05-16-2020 02:54 PM

Dibs on the black one...

xoxoxoBruce 06-11-2020 11:37 PM

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Home built hedge trimmer...

Griff 06-12-2020 07:36 AM

That's a full yikes.

Diaphone Jim 06-12-2020 12:40 PM

With the slicer on the driver's side.

xoxoxoBruce 06-19-2020 12:46 AM

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Found a couple more pictures of that iron horse artillery dragger thingy.
WW I, promoting war bonds and enlistment, a soldier and either a marine or sailor on board, but a civilian driving.
I wonder if he's the manufacturer of that beast?

xoxoxoBruce 06-24-2020 10:21 PM

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Looking for oil in the salt water marshes of LA and TX.
Set off dynamite and record the echoes.

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