Happy Easter

April 18, 2014

It will be here before we know it. And just because
we are tired of the commercialism of the day we
present the following. When the advertisement gets
done it is an entertaining video.

Easter always reminds of Cadillacs and church. We
never owned a Cadillac, but did go to church a lot.
So here is a video of a different kind of Cadillac.

One problem some of us have is with speeders who
race up and down our streets at all hours. While it
doesn’t bother us personally, if it bothers you this
video offers a solution.

Sometimes around holidays we reflect on where we’ve
been and where it looks like we’re headed. We are
saddened when we look ahead because of where we are
now. The following video is about a victim of
bullying who tragically took her own life earlier
this month at the age of 14.

Enjoy your Easter, Passover, weekend, or whatever
you call it. And if you could please take a minute
to think of way we stop the bullying, perhaps one of
us may come up with workable solution.
Comments are always welcome.

Old dog with new tricks

April 13, 2014

Ever heard of the Adams-Farwell automobile? Did you
know they made these cars in Dubuque, Iowa? I didn’t
know either until today and will share what I’ve
learned with you.

One thing you may noticed in the video is that the
five cylinder engine revolves around the crankshaft.
This made it lighter as it didn’t need a flywheel or

The first prototype engine was completed in 1898 and
it was placed between the front wheels of horse
drawn carriage. This didn’t work so hot so they tried
installing it in the rear, and the rest is history.

The car in the video is a 1906 Adams-Farwell Series-
6 that has a five cylinder engine with 490.9 cubic
inches and makes around 45 horsepower. It is also
the only Adams-Farwell car known to exist today.

The automaker lasted from 1898 to 1913 when a seven
passenger touring car sold for the princely sum of

If the engine interests you as much as it did me,
go to Animated Engines to see some info on
a similar engine used on fighter planes in WWI.

Live and learn.
Comments are always welcome.

Rambling rhetoric

April 11, 2014

Unless you have been living in a cave playing with
monkeys, you have heard of the GM recalls of cars
because of ignition switches. Those being recalled

2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
2007-2010 Pontiac G5
2007-2010 Saturn Sky
2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR

The first recall was because the ignition switch
would slip from the run position to off which shut
off the engine and accessories. Then came the recall
because keys fell out of the ignition switch while

One cause of problems like this is something we
have never understood. Why must people put 5 pounds
of keys and 8 pounds of trinkets on the key chain
that holds their car keys?

And now some upcoming events.

April 11th and 12th is the Branson Auction.

April 11th through the 13th is the Barrett-Jackson
12th Annual Palm Beach Auction.

April 10th -12th is the Houston 2014 Auction hosted
by Mecum Auctions.

April 12th-13th is the 40th Annual Hawk A Model A
Club Auto Swap Meet held at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Go here for more.

And here are some local burnouts.

A vintage Buick commercial.

Selling the sizzle, not the steak.

Thh-thh-thh-that’s all folks.
Comments are always welcome.

Fuelish facts

April 8, 2014

We’ve all heard the tips to help us get better fuel
economy. Even our president has chimed in on the
subject. Some of these tips have become outdated and
no longer apply to most newer vehicles on the road.


The EPA fuel economy numbers for new cars are not a
realistic guide to what you should expect your new
car to achieve. Actually, the numbers are estimates
and actual mileage will vary with different drivers,
and using different fuel blends.

One tip is that if you change your air filter
often it will improve your gas mileage. While
true back in the day when the air cleaner sat on top
of a carburetor, it no longer applies today. The
computer will adjust the air/fuel mixture.

Driving a vehicle with a manual transmission used to
be a way to improve gas mileage, but with all the
improvements to automatics, that is no longer the

Buying a small car used to equate with good gas
mileage, but with the advent of hybrid drive-trains,
turbo charging, diesel engines, better automatic
transmissions, and aerodynamics, midsize and even
larger cars are very fuel efficient.

And a new vehicle does not necessarily mean a more
fuel efficient vehicle. Gas mileage actually improves
as the engine gets broke in. Older cars don’t see a
decrease in mileage either if properly maintained.

If you live in a part of the world that has cold
weather you have probably heard the debate about
letting the vehicle warm up before driving or just
taking off. Old school was to let the engine, and the
interior, warm up before driving away.

In newer vehicles, the engine is ready to go in a
matter of seconds and warms up better while driving.
You still don’t want to mash the go pedal to the
floor until it warms up, and with a cold interior you
may want the heated seat option.

We hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.
Comments are always welcome.

Technical thoughts

April 7, 2014

Technology is a wonderful thing, but at times it can
be scary. A friend sent a link to a website and said
to type slowly, one space at a time.

I was amazed as I typed in our address one space at
a time and almost every time the screen lit up with
a map from a different spot on the globe. The site
went to France, India, Laos, and various locations
around the USA.

But what shocked me is when I finally typed in the
last of our address, which was the first four letters
of our city. I was looking at a screen shot of my

As I moved the cursor around the screen filled with
the driveway, then the back to the front of the house,
and even the neighbors houses. I did notice it wasn’t
current as a portable garage on our driveway
extension was in the picture.

It was still scary in that such a complete tour of
our property could be done online. Not that we do
anything illegal. Still I wouldn’t want to get caught
scratching my butt.


And if you infrequently use a multimeter so you need
a refresher course, this video will explain “How To
Use a Multimeter”.


Just when you think we’re done, an entertaining
video showing the difference between burnouts in
America, Europe, and Iraq. We have shown this one
before but needed a laugh.

That is more information than a single mind should
be legally able to possess. Use it wisely.
Comments are always welcome.

2 amazing

April 6, 2014

We enjoy sharing tales of amazing people from time
to time. This time friends have blessed us with two
different stories of amazing people.

If you haven’t heard of Ted Gundy, you will. He is
around 86 years old, was a sniper in WWII, and this
video will show him making some amazing shots.

He makes shots that seem impossible and makes it
look easy.

Our second amazing person is Grace Braeger from West
Bend. She bought a 1957 Chevy in 1957. While that
alone doesn’t make her amazing, the fact that she
still owns it does.

She claims it has just over 100,000 miles on it and
gets the oil changed every 1,000 miles. It still
looks sharp too. Amazing.

We’d like to thank the friends who sent these to us.
Comments are always welcome.

Wandering diversions

April 4, 2014

Sometimes our mind wanders until it gets lost. Today
was such a day. So here are some auctions, cruises,
events, and videos for your perusal.

April 4 and 5 is the 4th Annual Gone Farmin’ Spring
Classic Tractor Auction at the Mississippi Valley
Fair grounds in Davenport, Iowa. A 1913 Bull Tractor
Co. Little Bull 5-12 is just on of the 300 tractors up
for bid.


There are also over 400 signs and farm relics. To
learn more, go here.

April 10 is Duffy’s Cruise Night in Hiawatha, Iowa.

April 11 and 12 is the Branson Auction
held at the Hilton-Branson Convention Center. Cars to
cross the block include a 1908 Buick Model 10. This
car sold for around $900 new.

April 12 and 13 is the 40th Annual Hawk A Model A
Ford Club Auto Swap Meet at the Hawkeye Downs
Raceway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information
go to the club website.

April 19 is the Weekend of Wheels Show and Shine at
the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Call
641-891-1744 for more information.

From our ‘when life hands you lemons’ department
this video show how Garlits solved his problem.

A friend sent us this video of old crashes set to

This wildlife video shows that sometimes the little
guy wins.

And just to prove age is only a number, check out
this 84-year-old couple dancing up a storm.

Our song pick is the rockabilly version of ‘My Baby
Thinks She’s A Train’ by Asleep At The Wheel.

This time around we picked a newer movie for your
watching pleasure.

Enjoy your weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Weird project gene

April 2, 2014

We recently heard of 1959 Lloyd for sale reasonable
and thought it might make a good project since most
of the parts needed are sitting around here anyway.

First came the problem of finding out if it was an
Alexander TS, or an LT model.


The 1959 Alexander is pictured on top and the LT 500
is on the bottom. We were hoping it was the LT and we
will explain why after a brief bit of history.

First thing of note is that this make isn’t English.
German Carl Borgward is said to be the father of the
Lloyd. Borgward started in 1924 with the Blitzkarren
(lightning cart), which was a three wheeler with a
2.2 horsepower engine.

Sometime after WW II Borgward wanted to build a
smaller vehicle and the Lloyd was born. The first
Lloyd was an LP 300 in 1950 and due to the steel
shortage in post-war Germany the body was plywood and
covered in vinyl. Almost like a vinyl top over the
whole car.

The numerical part of the model name is the size of
the engine in the vehicle. 300cc, 400cc, 500cc, or

With that behind us it is time to explain why I had
hoped it was an LT. I just thought it would be a neat
little mini-van if I dropped in a V-8.

The one for sale is a rusty relic so I would have no
problem chopping the top, dropping in a healthy V-8,
throwing on some mags and tires, and giving it a wild
paint job. Bet it would be the only one like it at a
car show.
Comments are always welcome.

Thoughts of rain

April 1, 2014

Today we were thinking “April showers bring May
flowers”. Which brought to mind another mention
of April in the prologue to The Canterbury Tales.

We are only going to cite the first four lines as

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendered is the flour.

And the following is the modern English translation
of the above:

When April with his showers sweet with fruit
The drought of March has pierced unto the root,
And bathed each vein with liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire the flower.

Regardless of what we think of the month, when
April rolls around we are a little closer to
summer. So here are a few diversions that remind
us of warmer weather.

Washing the car is high on the list.

And the world’s largest model railroad.

In a different look at power, have you ever seen
a drag car pull the ceiling off the shop?

And, of course, ZZ Top singing the Blues.

Comments are always welcome.

Everything old is new again

March 31, 2014

Today it seems all the automakers are talking gas
mileage. They all think their solution to the mpg
problem is the right one and clearly state the EPA
estimated mpg in their ads.

Would you believe us if we told you this has been
going on for almost 100 years? If you answered no,
you probably haven’t heard of Frank J. Enger. Mr.
Enger was a carriage maker who was known for the
quality of his work and in 1908 decided to build


The Enger Motor Car Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, put
out an ad in 1917 that stated the Enger Twin-Unit
Twelve model got 35 mpg. It actually averaged 36.8 on
the track at Indianapolis.


The Enger Twin-Unit was powered by a 60 degree V-12
that displaced 227.3 cubic inches and was rated at 55 hp.
But the amazing thing about this vehicle was when you
pulled a lever on the steering column you deactivated
the exhaust valves and fuel supply to one bank of the
engine making it a 6 cylinder.

Yes, it was the 1916 version of GM’s Displacement on
Demand technology in use today. The problem Mr. Enger
had was that the Twin-Unit Twelve sold for $1,095 in
1917 which was 4 times the cost of a new Ford Model

Mr. Enger committed suicide in 1917 and left
instructions that the family keep the company going.
Being a married man this didn’t happen of course.

And thus ends the tale of first use of “displacement
on demand” technology.

A few more items you probably didn’t think go back
as far as they do is the tilt steering wheel (1916),
and the locking steering column (1913).
Comments are always welcome.


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