So Begins the Model B Gearbox Conversion

My friend John Cochran put me in touch with a very nice chap in Scotland named Ian Caldwell who happened to have a Model B gearbox for sale. The Model B gearbox offers the advantage of synchromesh over the Model A by removing the need to double declutch.

Wikipedia description

In a synchromesh gearbox, to correctly match the speed of the gear to that of the shaft as the gear is engaged the collar initially applies a force to a cone-shaped brass clutch attached to the gear, which brings the speeds to match prior to the collar locking into place.

Now I still need to gather quite a lot of extra parts to effect the conversion, these include a clutch pedal, shift lever. I’ll post the progress!


City of Detroit to take a stab at redeveloping former AMC headquarters – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

Moves are afoot to save the former AMC  building on Plymouth Rd Detroit

Read Daniel Strohl’s article here at Hemmings

The 5 Rare Finds Inside the Hemmings Motor News Garage – Sean Evans, The Drive

Everyone in the old car hobby knows of Hemmings and the various titles that they publish (I’m subscribed to most of em!)

I’m not sure however that everyone knows about the excellent small but perfectly formed museum that they have on site at Bennington Vermont headquarters.

You can read Sean Evan’s excellent article here on The Drive

Yet another museum for the bucket list!

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

We stayed here at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook Arizona a few years back, it’s a really unique place and one of only two of the originals left.

Read some background on the Motel in this article from

Here’s an article about our visit


Don’t call it a replica: Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg working on third-generation Auburn Boat Tail – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

Those of you who read the blog will know that anything ACD, (Auburn Cord Duesenberg), are amongst my favourite vehicles.

I was lucky enough to visit the ACD Museum a few years ago to see a lot of  the original factory and artifacts in Auburn Indiana.

Daniel Strohl at Hemmings has written an article about the latest incarnation of the Auburn Boat Tail Speedster.

Glenn Pray followed by his son Doug along with the ACD Museum have kept the brands in the public consciousness over the years

You can Daniels article here




Here are some of the previous posts around the ACD and the Prays’

Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 1
Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 2
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (originally published in 2008)


Go Behind The Scenes at The Race Of Gentlemen

Great Race of Gentlemen video from Red Bull Motoring

For those who don’t know

The Race Of Gentlemen is a beach race with a difference where competitors come from all over the world to drag race vehicles built before 1945. Step behind scenes to meet the racers and organisers.

The video is here

2018 Great Race Entry List

The entry list for the 2018 Great Race has been published.  I will be taking part as the navigator for Harald von Langsdorff in his 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC.  The list is made up of 130 cars from a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Climber to Harald’s Mercedes-Benz.  This year Harald’s car will be sporting car #6.  The 2018 Great Race entry list is presented below.

2018 Great Race Entry List

No. Driver Hometown Navigator Hometown Year Car
1  Howard Sharp Fairport, NY Doug Sharp Fairport, NY 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Climber
2 Curtis Graf Irving, TX Wayne Bell Las Vegas, NV 1932 Ford Roadster
3 Mike Weaver The Villages, FL Craig Jongerius Sheldon, IA 1931 Ford Model A
4 David Reeder Fort Smith, AR Sawyer Stone Plymouth, MI 1932 Ford Victoria
5 Hiroshi Izawa Tokyo, Japan TBA
6 Harald von Langsdorff Toronto, ON Steve McKelvie

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Oil Filters Revealed an Update by Russ W Knize


I did an article a while back featuring the Engine Oil Filter Study by Russ W Knize which you can find here

A reader kindly pointed out that there has been a major update of this work by Russ which can be found here

Both of these articles are excellent and the update is a very welcome addition.




Classic Cars Excel London 2018

Mustang Maniac

It’s a known fact that Adam doesn’t do big car shows, “been there, done that and got the trophies as Adam would say, but on the odd occasion he will. Last weekend was one of those shows, the Classic Car Show at the London Excel Centre. This show is aimed at people wanting to buy classic cars rather than the trade style shows on how to restore them. The cars were all glistening and tip-top looking, in fact some were better than when they came out the factory. Adam took his much-loved KR to the show and was along side a few other great cars at the Mustang Owners Club of GB all weekend.

There was the usual interest in the car and somebody even argued that Carroll Shelby signed the name wrong on the glove box. It was explained that the signature was Cleo’s, unfortunately the little knowledge the…

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The Buick Y Job, The First Concept Car

A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the limted access GM Heritage Collection in Sterling Heights Michigan as a Birthday present.

Trip post here

A recent edition of Jay Leno’s Garage featuring the Buick Y Job reminded of how lucky it was to have been up close to this ground breaking car.

The Buick Y-Job was the auto industry’s first concept car, produced by Buick in 1938. Designed by Harley J. Earl, the car had power-operated hidden headlamps, a “gunsight” hood ornament, electric windows, wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s and the vertical waterfall grille design still used by Buick today. It used a Buick Super chassis, indicated by the word “Super” located above the rear license plate. (read the full article here at Wikipedia)

The Y Job is one of the few cars that I have on display at home.