Thursday, April 27, 2017

things should be engineered so they can be repaired easily, quickly, and by most any half capable mechanic

Ford's best factory for efficient production wasn't in Michigan, it was in Minnesota

It was the tallest built, to take advantage of gravity, and it was built on a silica sand deposit, mined right under the building to make the glass for the cars.

"One of the environmental criteria that Ford set was to locate the plants near raw material. In St. Paul, underneath this plateau, 100 feet above the river, was this incredible amount of pure silica ... for the production of glass. They developed a tunnel system and a mining system right underneath the floor of the plant. They would tunnel and collect all the sand on little electric carts, haul it up to the floor of the factory 100 feet above, dump it on the floor and shovel it right into the glass furnace."

The smaller parts were hauled to the top and the car was assembled as it worked its way down through the building.

he even built a hydroelectric dam int he 1920s to supply the factory

A new book, "The Ford Century in Minnesota" by Brian McMahon, tracks the car company's influence across the state. McMahon interviewed more than forty retired auto workers about their time at the St. Paul plant and their memories of the company.

The hunt for a new site to build a modern, single-story plant stirred intense rivalry between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Henry Ford took a rare personal interest in the search and selected a 125-acre parcel in St. Paul overlooking the recently built High Dam on the Mississippi River, which allowed for navigation and hydroelectric power. The Twin Cities Assembly Plant would go on to manufacture millions of cars, trucks, tractors, and military vehicles until its closure in 2011.

Henry Ford’s large-scale experiments with every aspect of the industrial economy sent ripples and shockwaves through the lives of Minnesotans—management and assembly line workers, dealers and customers, families and communities. First-person accounts of more than forty retired auto workers share what it was like to work at Ford—from the early years of the Minneapolis plant to the final hours of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. McMahon documents the company’s transformation—through the Depression, the rise of the United Auto Workers Union, World War II, women joining the workforce, competition from imported cars, globalization, outsourcing, and the closing of the plant.

Cars 3

Disney unveiled the latest preview for the threequel on Wednesday, showing how Lightning McQueen tries to reboot his career following a catastrophic crash and the threat of irrelevance posed by a new generation of high-tech racers. Today, Mattel will unveil its complete line of Cars 3 offerings, from miniature vehicles of old and new characters to playsets to larger-scale interactive toys — and Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look below.

The franchise built around animated autos has driven more merchandise sales than any other Pixar film, with Mattel’s line of die-cast cars leading the way.

Nathan Fillian (Castle, Firefly) voices Lightning McQueen's business marketing manager, Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center—one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country. The always dapper Sterling comes across as unassuming and laid back, but business is business, and Sterling is driven to ensure all of his investments pay off.

when the first teaser preview showed us Lightning McQueen, in a major wreck there was one Cars fan who was especially shaken by the event. So much so that he hatched a plot for vengeance.

An eight-year-old wrote Pixar and said, 'Are you really killing Lightning McQueen? Because if you are, I want to buy the toy that kills him, so that I can kill him.'

Randy has an old passenger train car diner down the road from him, in East Syracuse NY!

Road and Track magazine thinks that the only musclecar made today is a Honda Accord.

RT says:
When we consider the true high-volume family cars out there and their overpowered variants, we come up with a pretty short list. There's the Accord V6, the Camry V6, the Altima V6, and the Ford Fusion Sport. Everybody else uses a small-bore turbocharged four-cylinder engine for their upmarket models.

Imagine, for a moment, that you are back in the year 1964, driving to your local Pontiac dealer to order a GTO. On the way there, you get into a car crash and you spend the next fifty-three years in a coma, only to wake up and go muscle car shopping again. You know exactly what you want: a two-door sedan with a four-on-the-floor and the biggest engine you can get. That is a muscle car.

As painful as it may be to do so, therefore, I'm going to disqualify the Fusion Sport because it has four doors, all-wheel-drive, and a mandatory automatic transmission. Conceptually, the fast Ford is far closer to "budget Audi S4" than "modern Torino Cobra Jet."

That leaves us with three American-made contenders. Two of them are only available as four-door automatics, which of course is also antithetical to the original GTO formula of two doors and four-on-the-floor transmission.

And that is how we get to the rather insane idea that the last American muscle car is, in fact, a Honda Accord.

Dyno testing of a brand-new unit suggests that its rated output of 270hp is conservative by thirty ponies or so. It's common for owners to break into the thirteens in the quarter-mile and trap well over 100mph, numbers that would have been perfectly respectable in the muscle car heyday of the late Sixties.

It will "chirp third" with reckless abandon; that was once considered to be the sign of an authentic muscle car. Much of the interior is disturbingly cheap and fragile; I believe the same thing was true of every Plymouth Road Runner that ever left the line.

That's why I don't read Road and Track magazine folks. The author of this idiotic idea is, of course, a Honda Accord owner

So... an idiot with an ego and since he's a writer for RT, a overabundance of ego about his car expertise. 

All right then... lemme just toss this out there

In the latest update of Google Maps released today, the company has added a feature to mark your parking spot and share it with friends,

If you open up the app and tap the blue location dot, you'll see a new option to "Set as parking location" (iOS) or "Save your parking" (Android). Once that's selected, you'll see the classic little "P" icon appear on the map, and tapping on that brings up a host of new options

This might be the best preserved Hemi Cuda in existence, (2,010 miles) it's unrestored and completely original, with the original factory-fill fluids and 1970s air in the original tires

Bought by the inheritor of the Reynolds Tobacco company fortune, the same guy that raced the Turbonique rear axle Galaxy 500

Now it's someone's golden egg, and they figure the market is prime for a payday.

April banners

the method of setting the yellow light timing was engineered in 1959. Only one of the people involved with that paper is still alive. They made a mistake, he agrees, but it wasn't ever fixed

this is how it SHOULD be calculated... but isn't.

"They only looked at a vehicle traveling safely directly through an intersection, however the equation they developed is not used for turning lanes," Mats Järlström said. "When you make a turn you slow down but that's not accounted for in their solution, so people are getting caught in red light cameras for making safe turns."

Järlström, understandably, wanted to get feedback on his findings. And so he reached out to the engineering board, his local sheriff, and 60 Minutes. He was even invited to give a talk about his research in front of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Anaheim, California. He also spoke to Alexei Maradudin, the last surviving author of that 1959 paper: "He wants me to continue with this, it's amazing that I have his support," Järlström said.

In 2014, he sued the City of Beaverton over the length of its yellow light lengths, but that case was quickly thrown out because a judge said he lacked standing to challenge it because "for purposes of standing, Plaintiff must allege that the short yellow-light intervals create a credible threat of imminent injury to him."

the oldest driver in Nascar right now is 44. When did guys start retiring young in Nascar?

Harry Gant had the most wins of his career at 51. Retired at 54
Mark Martin, David Pearson, and Richard Petty retired at 54
Rusty Wallace and Bobby Allison retired at 50
Bill Elliot retired at 56
Terry Labonte retired at 57
Darrell Waltrip retired at 58
Cale Yarborough retired at 49
Dale Earnhardt wasn't ready to retire when he died at 50

So why do they retire so much younger now?

Money, commitments, etc. They make far more than the old timers ever did, they have about the same number of races, but twice as many appearances and event commitments to sponsors as they do races. So, 40 races (for nice round even numbers) 90 appearances, and now you have 1/3 of the year accounted for, without any practice, development, testing, or travel.

From the interview between the Post Register and Dale Jr:
Earnhardt touched on the demands of the NASCAR schedule before the season, when he noted that he was doing nearly 90 sponsor or team commitments in addition to 38 races.

“Back in the ’70s and ’80s, when guys were racing into their 50s, they were running 28 races and had a lot of time off,” Earnhardt told The Associated Press in February. “They didn’t have sponsor responsibilities. Ninety days of work off the track? What was Bobby Allison doing in ‘83 with Miller? Twelve days off the track, maybe? They had a lot of time to do what they wanted to do to unplug and keep their battery charged.”

When Earnhardt announced Tuesday that he was retiring at the end of the year, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage knew the immediate effect it would have on his gate.

“Dang it! Dale Jr. put my kids through college and I was hoping he would stick around long enough to send my grandkids to college,” Gossage said.

Movie about lowriders, and skate punk taggers, in theaters in 2 weeks. Theo Rossi from SOA is the brother character

A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.

 A young graffiti artist decides to use his talents to help his family's legacy of prize-winning classic cars. But to go all the way, he has to choose whether to compete against his felon older brother, or to give his brother a hand and risk getting pulled into his brother's gang.

The eclectic car culture of Los Angeles is put on display in the first trailer for Blumhouse Tilt's Lowriders, arriving in theaters nationwide May 12. Lowriders is set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA's near-spiritual car culture and follows the story of Danny (Gabriel Chavarria), a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father (Demian Bichir) and ex-con brother (Theo Rossi), and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.