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.
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.
Model B Gearbox arrives
Model B Gearbox
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!
Moves are afoot to save the former AMC building on Plymouth Rd Detroit
Read Daniel Strohl’s article here at Hemmings
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!
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
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’
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
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.
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.