History of the 1978 – 1989 Buick Turbo 3.8 V6 – Old Car Memories on YouTube

Interesting video on the history of the Buick Turbo 3.8 V6 of the late 70’s early 80’s. Very much ahead of its time. Buick nearly didn’t have the opportunity to leverage the engine having sold the engine to Kaiser to be used in the Jeep. Buick eventually realised its mistake and bought the V6 back. The turbo equipped unit had an output of 170hp in 1980. Watch the video to see the full story

The Art and Colour of GM from Hemmings Classic Car – Mark J McCourt

The Art and Colour of GM

I think that the future of General Motors will be measured by the attractiveness that we put in the bodies from the standpoint of luxury of appointment, the degree to which they please the eye, both in contour and in color scheme, also the degree to which we are able to make them different from competition.”

 

— Alfred P. Sloan Jr., in a letter to Fisher Body Corporation president William A. Fisher, September 1927

This article from Mark J McCourt at Hemmings Classic Cars tells the story of GM’s approach to the design and attractiveness of vehicles and was the complete antithesis of Henry Ford’s approach.

Entire collection of pre-Model T Ford alphabet cars transferred to Piquette Plant museum – Daniel Strohl

Early Fords move to the Piquette Plant museum

As part of the continued development of the old Ford Piquette Plant into a museum the entire collection of  letter number pre-Model T Fords are being moved in and put on display once they have been prepared . The collection belongs to Larry Porter and is known as the Alphabet Ford Collection and will be on loan for 5 years.

Read the rest of the article from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

Photo courtesy AACA Museum.

Comparing HEMI to Flathead Engine Design – How Stuff Works

Hemi v Flathead

Article from How Stuff Works on the Hemi engine and the comparison with the venerable Flathead.

Read the complete article here

 

The Electric Car Future, Good or Bad?

Chevy Bolt EV

 

Don’t shoot me but I’ve been considering the electric car and what the impact on both the car hobby and the motor industry in general.

I’ve collected a few articles that may help to clarify where we all might end up?

The first article is by

Oliver Hazimeh is director and head of the global e-Mobility practice at PRTM, a global management consulting firm. He can be reached at ohazimeh@prtm.com.

The article is titled “Preparing For The Electric Car Future”

and was published by Forbes here

The article ” Morgan Stanley is wrong – electric cars aren’t going to take over” by Matthew DeBord gives a different slant to things here on Business Insider

 

Tesla Model 3

Regardless of what we think, wll the major manufacturers are introducing EV programmes which are being supported by the announcement of increasing regulation and eventual banning of the conventional ICE engined vehicle as we know it.

I’m actually looking forward to the convergence of my two areas of interest into one!

The Flying Ford Flathead… The Ford Model 15-P – The Jalopy Journal

Jalopy Journal

The Flying Ford Flathead V8

Great article from the Jalopy Journal on the Ford Model 15-P Flying Wing, the last aircraft developed by the Stout Metal Airplane Division of Ford Motor Company.

The aircraft was powered by an aluminium version of the 221 cubic inch version of the Ford Flathead V8 developing 115hp as opposed to the cast iron car versions 75hp.

Read the Jalopy Journal article here

Read the Wikipedia page here

The Flying Ford Flathead…

A Friend Catches Up…

Brilliant post reblogged from Mustang Maniac

Mustang Maniac

We feel it’s time to reveal what the special post was going to be all about that we talked about when Adam came back from his SEMA trip this year. Of course it was always going to be car related as you would expect. Last year Adam made arrangements to meet up with his friend Cleo Shelby. This year he has gone one better…

While out in Las Vegas Adam made the phone calls and arranged to meet up with his friend Cleo, this time he introduced his wife Lynn to Cleo who hit it off straight away.

The usual catch up chats were had and as time passed a rare opportunity was offered to Adam & Lynn; lunch at Cleo’s house the next day in Las Vegas! Obviously that is an offer you just can’t refuse. For privacy issues we delayed this post and made sure all was OK…

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100 years later, Model T is back at Bell McCall

Model T turns 100 in same Hamilton family

David Vial stands next to the 1917 Model T his father purchased in 1917 at the local Ford dealership in Hamilton. Vial is wearing the garb of the era, a duster and cap. Jean Schurman photo.

HAMILTON, Mont. – One hundred years ago a 15-year-old boy from Hamilton and his dad purchased a brand new Ford Model T touring car.

The teenager drove that car all over Hamilton.

Today that Model T has been restored to mint condition and remains in the family.

Read on here

and here

Model A Ford Clutch Pedal Modification For Dropped Foot

As I’m 6’4″ tall and have a dropped foot, (no ankle pivot at all), driving the Model A can be a bit of a challenge.

We came up with this modification a while back and event though it’s a bit basic in it’s construction it has made driving the A a lot easier.

It consists of a block of wood and a door hinge, which has the dual functionality of a lever and a footrest.

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