59' Hayes first start in 10yrs
This is my 59' Hayes Clipper 220 Cummins first start in 10 plus years. Put
a couple batteries in it and she whirled right over and fired.
Look at Life - Down In The Dumps 1965
An excellent "Look at life" video clip from The Rank Organisation dated
September 1965 looking at what's being done to clear the streets of dumped
cars, contains some very upsetting scenes!
Link to DVD advert.
1951 Army truck pulled from building after 30 years storage.
I decided to get this army truck out of my building, after 30 years - - I
now have it for sale for $1500 - - - missing transmission, has transfer
case yet; 99% rust free. I had planned to install a 6-71 Detroit diesel in
it with an Allison automatic. I might still do that if no one wants it
before that. Still has the 302 GMC 6 cyl gas engine though.
1948 Caterpillar D8 First Start 2012
Cranking over the pony motor and lugging the big diesel to life for the
first time since about August last year, then taking her out for a quick
stroll. This Cat originally belonged to the Rocky View County shops for use
when large objects needed a little tractive persuasion. Pioneer Acres
Museum, Irricana, Alberta.
1978 Peterbilt 359 started up after 8 years of sitting
My old Peterbilt had been sitting for 8 years. We thought we had better
fire it up before any more time went by, so we primed the fuel lines with
fuel and rounded up four old car batteries, gave the glow plugs 20 seconds
to warm things up - - - and she fired right up - - this is Part 1 - - first
firing after 8 years. It is a Cat 3406-A engine
Starting the 1909 Blitzen-Benz, UNEDITED, @ Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Blitzen-Benz was purpose built to do just one thing, to break speed
records (not racing), and it did repeatedly from 1909 through 1911.
(Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2HtUHzUuw )
Its speed of 228.1km/h (141.73mph) on April 23rd, 1911, driven by Bob
Burman at Daytona Beach, stood as a record until 1919. Twice the speed of
the fastest airplane, (12 April, 1911, Alfred Leblanc @
69.442mph/111.801kph in a Blériot Blériot) and even shattering the record
speed of 210km/h set by a locomotive in 1903.
This record was not even officially broken in an airplane until 1920!
Of the six originally built, this is one of only two that exist today, and
is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
While the extended and nuanced effort required to start the Blitzen-Benz on
a cool coastal morning can try the patience of some viewers, its historical
significance and ground-breaking engineering brilliance still place it
amongst the greatest motor-vehicle achievements of all time, and the dozens
witnessing this effort felt it was one of the highlights of many great
moments at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2011.
Here's a great collection of vintage and modern images of the Blitzen-Benz
and other historic speed record contenders:
displacement 21500 cc / 1312.0 in³
bore 185 mm / 7.28 in
stroke 200 mm / 7.87 in
power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 1600 rpm
specific output 9.3 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 137.93 bhp per tonne
The "Flying Millyard" first test run
This is the first test run of my 5 litre V Twin engine based on two Pratt &
Whitney R1340 aircraft cylinders, all other parts are hand made including
the crankshaft, con rods and crankcase wooden moulds, the crankcases were
then cast in aluminium. The engine runs a dry sump with twin pumps, twin SU
carbs, points ignition with manual advance / retard and twin plugs per