Old Cars Cruisin' After Dark (HD) - Reno's Hot August Nights- Part 4 of 4
Old Cars Cruisin' After Dark (HD) Hot August Nights Controlled Cruise
Downtown Reno, Nevada Friday August 7 2009 Part 4 of 4.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Camaro Chevelle El Camino Impala
Dodge Challenger Charger Super Bee Ford Mustang Cougar Falcon Fairlane
Galaxie Opel Model T Touring 1956 Nash Metropolitan Oldsmobile 442 Super 88
Pontiac Trans Am Plymouth Corvair Shelby Cobra Mercury Comet Montclair
Studebaker Packard Buick Riviera
Car Chassis: " No Ghosts" 1935 Chevrolet Division General Motors; GM's YK Automobile Frame
more at http://auto-parts.quickfound.net
'"A DRAMATIZATION OF THE Y-K FRAME, WITH ESPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE RIGIDITY
OF THE FRAME & THE ELIMINATION OF SQUEAKS & RATTLES."
Nice "haunted house" imagery in the first few minutes (to a VO refrain of
1934 song "The House is Haunted". Note the phony bats flying in the
background.' Includes animation by Max Fleischer (of Popeye & Betty Boop
Auto mechanics playlist:
Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove
uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise
reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound,
though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
A frame is the main structure of the chassis of a motor vehicle. All other
components fasten to it; a term for this design is body-on-frame
In 1920, other than a few cars based on motorcycles, every motor vehicle
had a frame. Since then, nearly all cars have shifted to unit-body
construction, while nearly all trucks and buses still use frames...
There are three main designs for frame rails. Their cross-sections include:
By far the most common, the C-rail has been used on nearly every type of
vehicle at one time or another. It is made by taking a flat piece of steel
(usually ranging in thickness from 1/8" to 3/16") and rolling both sides
over to form a c-shaped beam running the length of the vehicle.
Originally, boxed frames were made by welding two matching c-rails together
to form a rectangular tube. Modern techniques, however, use a process
similar to making c-rails in that a piece of steel is bent into four sides
and then welded where both ends meet.
In the 1960s, the boxed frames of conventional American cars were
spot-welded here and there down the seam; when turned into NASCAR "stock
car" racers, the box was continuously welded from end to end for extra
strength (as was that of the Land-Rover from its first series).
Hat frames resemble a "U" and may be either right-side-up or inverted with
the open area facing down. Not commonly used due to weakness and a
propensity to rust, however they can be found on 1936-1954 Chevrolet cars
and some Studebakers.
Abandoned for a while, the hat frame gained popularity again when companies
started welding it to the bottom of unibody cars, in effect creating a
While appearing at first glance as a simple hunk of metal, frames encounter
great amounts of stress and are built accordingly. The first issue
addressed is beam height, or the height of the vertical side of a frame.
The taller the frame, the better it is able to resist vertical flex when
force is applied to the top of the frame. This is the reason semi-trucks
have taller frame rails than other vehicles instead of just being thicker.
Another factor considered when engineering a frame is torsional resistance,
or the ability to resist twisting. This, and diamonding (one rail moving
backwards or forwards in relation to the other rail), are countered by
crossmembers. While hat-shaped crossmembers are the norm, these forces are
best countered with "K" or "X"-shaped cross members....
GM Motorama Bus, Bortz Cars, Futurliner Parade of Progress
Auctions America by RM Spring Auburn, May 2011
The first time an unrestored Futurliner bus (going up for auction on
Saturday, May 14, 2011) and a beautifully restored Futurliner bus by NATMUS
will be shown together!
There was quite a crowd and press on hand to document this event.
Nobody was disappointed!
Holden History 1948 to 1978
A historical look at old pictures of your favourite Holdens from the 48/215
to HZ Kingswood. Presented to you by Australia's Most Awarded Holden
General Motors New Car Previews for 1950
The auto shows hadn't gotten back into gear right after World War II. To
fill the void and drum up excitement for its new cars and cars in general
GM staged its own auto show at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
These eventually became known as the Motoramas. In 1950, radio and TV
personality, Arthur Godfrey, hosted a tour of the displays of new
Chevrolets, Buicks, Cadillacs and his sponsor's, Pontiacs. Along the way
he bumped into GM President, Charles Erwin Wilson, or C. E. Wilson who
would soon be tapped by Eisenhower to become Secretary of Defense. He also
talked to the legendary auto pioneer Charles "Boss" Kettering who had
invented the electric self starter for GM. The device, along with cheap
oil, sealed the fate of the electric car.
General Motors Around the World - Late 1920's Documentary - Ella73TV
This documentary was produced in 1927 and show how General Motors, one of
the first multinational corporations, organized itself to sell to the world
under the leadership of Alfred R. Sloan. The film shows General Motors
workers in offices and factories, and scenes of General Motors activity in
Japan, Sweden, Australia, Egypt, Belgium, Peru, Spain, Brazil and other
Ella73TV - https://www.youtube.com/user/Ella73TV2 - A curated collection of
old films, newsreels & archive footage spanning the 20th century.
Recalling The Worst GM Race Cars You Can Buy - /SHAKEDOWN
While GM turns on its diatribe about Cobalt ignition switches, Leo Parente
and /ShakeDown use the issue to present some really bad GM race cars that
turn him off.
The list starts here. You add your suggestions.
Plus, /ShakeDown news and a thank you to the fans.
Special Thanks for Images:
GM Motorama Exhibit 1956
GM's Motorama exhibit in 1956 featured a film that looked into the far
distant future of 1976 with predicted a jet age future with electronic
digital displays and an On Star like central command that would guide us
along our uncrowded path to adventures.