交换人生俱乐部

交换人生俱乐部with apologies to Ogden Nash...

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Firing order, early 20th century

 Here's a lovely mmachine from a different time. It's a comprehensive teaching aid to demonstrate the four cycle engine by the Welch Scientific Company, which along with showing engine dynamics also featured provision to show the effects of adjusting ignition timing. Note the wooden pistons






thanks, Rolf!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spent Bullet train



I found this sad sight on a Polish site,
Smartage.pl  Text is translated from Polish. 
In 2002, Nagareyama Onsen was opened in Nanae on the island of Hokkaido. Next to a small platform, however, was placed one of the older super-fast Japanese trains - 200 Series Shinkansen from the 80s.
However, the small station and the train standing by it fell into oblivion. The decaying train that was once the pride of the Japanese railway was retired in 2013 due to its very poor technical condition. Currently, only its remains remain at the station.
Before the train was removed, a Japanese photographer took this amazing photo of a destroyed and ragged super-fast train. The picture was taken on July 7, 2012.

Great Lakes steamer,Buffalo


Dana William Ashdown, Railway Steamships of Ontario, Boston Mills Press, 1988

This steamboat, owned and operated by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad was built by Thomas Quayle and Sons at Cleveland in 1878. Made of wood, the ship featured reinforcing wooden arches above deck, first introduced in sidewheeler days. Not many stories on the boat online but after a name change to Auburn in 1899 it appears it was converted to a barge in 1911, and abandoned in 1924. Shipbuildinghistory.com



Ship history here

Firing orders for American V8s



And a Beetle motor?

Chrysler's first Hemi


Robert Genat, Hemi, the Ultimate American V8, MBI publishing, 2002

After WW2 Chrysler was looking for a modern engine design to take it into the future. For a company used to flatheads, the hemi arrangement with its splayed valve layout and hydraulic lifters was a big leap. This cutaway engine shows the angles involved and locations of components required to get it to work. In early testing the valve train suffered rapid wear but problems were sorted out and the 331 cu. in. engine was released in 1951.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Handley Page O/100



Handley Page O/100 heavy bombers at a Dunkirk area field in 1918. The twin engine 100 foot-wingspan bombers were Britain's first heavy bomber and were mostly used for night bombing. They were replaced by the Vickers Vimy at the end of the war. Interesting to think that powered flight was only about twenty years old at this point, about the age of most of the crewmembers.

Monday Mystery, what make of car?




We've covered the the 
gas-producer vehicles of WW2 in a previous post,  these systems with their burner, heater, radiator and associated plumbing  could really spoil the original styling, Some commercial systems were reasonably well integrated but none could be considered beautiful. Above a large American styled car sold by GM in Denmark, below a Daimler Benz and a Panhard.



The next two images are both described as an Opel Wanderer, but I believe Opel and Wanderer were different companies, so I'm not sure what these actually are.


Above images from John Fuller Ryan, Wartime Woodburners, Gas producer vehicles in WW2. An Overview. Schiffer Military History 2009

And finally a fancy sedan with wheel covers and chrome flashes, anyone have any idea what make this one is?






 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Harley Davidson Rapido




Here's another ad like the MG Midget school of advertising post of a few months back, how many disparate elements can we jam into one photo in the hopes of attacting every possible buyer. Salt flats, airplane, orange jumpsuit, green pantsuit, a racer about to T-bone a touring Sportster. Anything else? Lots of fun!

Sidecar Sunday