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      01-15-2011 01:46 PM #151
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      01-15-2011 01:54 PM #152
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      Need more information on the be-finned, retractable hardtop streamliner above, please. I've never seen this before. It looks to be built on a Ford V8 chassis, judging by the wheels.

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      But both Otakar and I were stumped when Richard Kales sent us these photos of a mystery hardtop convertible from around about 1938. As Richard wrote:

      It is a sequential still of a retractable hardtop car that was – according to WBGH (PBS) – shot on May 11,1938 in Reseda, CA and shows up in the film “The World of Tomorrow” – an excellent documentary about the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.















      Nothing about the styling of the car gives us any hints, and that fin’s throwing us all for a loop. Seems like something that would have appeared in the pages of Popular Mechanics and then promptly disappeared. So we’re sending the call out to identify this car, or at least point us in the right direction.
      http://blog.hemmings.com/?s=retractable+hardtop

      First up, a retractable hardtop car that we’ve seen here before, the Dan LaLee car , but in much better resolution than the grainy photos from three years ago. The photos all date from February 10, 1938, and depict LaLee, along with Jack Knight of United Air Lines and model Betty Bryant, showing off the retractable in or around Dearborn, Michigan. A couple of the photo descriptions include the word “rebuilt” and those wheels appear to come from an earlier Ford, so we can presume LaLee used a chassis from a wrecked car on which to base his retractable.


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      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      01-15-2011 02:04 PM #153
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      Need more information on the be-finned, retractable hardtop streamliner above, please. I've never seen this before. It looks to be built on a Ford V8 chassis, judging by the wheels.
      Hey, Larry

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      video at speed included (couldn't embed) but if you open the link , it's there



      http://belsoseg.blog.hu/2007/05/06/mysterycar

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      01-15-2011 02:11 PM #154
      Aurel Persu’s Automobilul Aerodinamic Perfect, the rear-engined vehicle on which he refined his aerodynamic principles.



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      01-15-2011 02:55 PM #156
      Quote Originally Posted by TheBurninator View Post
      Wheel gap is like women, the more fingers you can fit the worse off you are

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      01-15-2011 03:17 PM #157
      ^^^Wow, that is beyond cool.


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      01-15-2011 04:12 PM #160
      Quote Originally Posted by G60toR32 View Post
      ^^^Wow, that is beyond cool.
      heh




      An unidentified rural letter carrier poses next to a Model-T Ford vehicle with a snowmobile attachment. The vehicle is fitted with a kit advertised as the “Mailman’s Special” from the manufacturer, Farm Specialty Manufacturing Company of New Holstein, Wisconsin. It included skis that replaced the front tires and caterpillar treads that wrapped around the back tires. Rural carriers are responsible for providing their own transportation. At a time when automobiles were not yet equal to the demands of icy or snowy roads, the skis and tread kit saved carriers the expense of purchasing and maintaining a horse and sled for winter deliveries.


      And then there is this




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      01-15-2011 04:16 PM #161
      The funny thing is I'm actually a mailman.
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      01-15-2011 04:25 PM #162
      An unidentified rural letter carrier poses next to a Model-T Ford vehicle with a snowmobile attachment. The vehicle is fitted with a kit advertised as the “Mailman’s Special” from the manufacturer,
      Quote Originally Posted by G60toR32 View Post
      The funny thing is I'm actually a mailman.
      fantastic.

      here's shots from the National Postal Museum

      !!









      Snowbird
      Not long after automobiles and horsepower began to replace horses, the need for a way to use automobiles year round followed. The snow across which horses could jauntily pull a sleigh was often too much of a challenge for automobiles. Foremost among those who needed to find a way to use their cars and trucks all year long were America’s rural letter carriers. After all, even if “neither snow nor rain or heat nor gloom of night” has never been an official postal motto, it certainly reflects the expectation that letter carriers and the mail will make the trip to our mailboxes, regardless of the weather.
      This 1921 Ford Model-T was owned by rural carrier Harold Crabtree of Central Square, New York. While Crabtree was able to use the car for his daily rounds most of the year, snowy days were an annual challenge. While many carriers held onto their horses and sleds for winter deliveries, Crabtree decided to try something new. After suffering through a few winters of using his back-up horses and sled instead of the car, he decided to buy the Model-T snowmobile attachment kit advertised as the “mailman’s special.” The kit included skis that replaced the front tires and caterpillar treads that wrapped around the back tires.
      The attachment manufactured by Farm Specialty Manufacturing Company of New Holstein, Wisconsin, had its history in a series of designs and adaptations dating to the first decade of the 20th century. One of the most successful transformation kits was a direct descendent of Crabtree’s purchase. It was work of inventor Virgil White. In 1906 White began trying to convert automobiles into snowmobiles using a Buick Model G. After the Model-T’s popularity made it the go-to car of the early 20th century, White turned his attention to creating a kit for that vehicle, devising a series of designs that he patented over the next few years.

      By 1922 White was sure enough of his latest design to begin marketing it to the public and sold just over 70 kits in the next year. White sold the kits for $250 to $400 each, depending on size and complexity, from his new Snowmobile Company in West Ossipee, New Hampshire. A few years later White sold his snowmobile patents to the Farm Specialty Manufacturing Company which quickly recognized the kits’ appeal to rural carriers and advertised the attachment kit in postal association publications. Rural carriers across the northern United States were able to keep their cars on the road through the year thanks to the “mailman’s special.”
      http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1d_Snowbird.html
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      01-15-2011 04:38 PM #163
      They run pretty damn cool also!











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      01-15-2011 04:42 PM #164
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      01-15-2011 04:43 PM #165
      on another note

      Quote Originally Posted by David Votoupal
      The car sucked in every way imaginable, that it entered the annals as one of the worst cars ever built. It was shoddily built in a plant where labour relations were atrocious. It rusted like hell, and the aluminium engine had the durability of a soggy potato chip. Few cars could have been so thoroughly bad Despite the "explosion" controversy, the Ford Pinto compared favourably to the Vega, and that's saying something.

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      Quote Originally Posted by David Votoupal
      The car sucked in every way imaginable, that it entered the annals as one of the worst cars ever built. It was shoddily built in a plant where labour relations were atrocious. It rusted like hell, and the aluminium engine had the durability of a soggy potato chip. Few cars could have been so thoroughly bad Despite the "explosion" controversy, the Ford Pinto compared favourably to the Vega, and that's saying something.

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      01-15-2011 04:54 PM #167
      Limerock..

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      Quote Originally Posted by David Votoupal
      The car sucked in every way imaginable, that it entered the annals as one of the worst cars ever built. It was shoddily built in a plant where labour relations were atrocious. It rusted like hell, and the aluminium engine had the durability of a soggy potato chip. Few cars could have been so thoroughly bad Despite the "explosion" controversy, the Ford Pinto compared favourably to the Vega, and that's saying something.

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      01-15-2011 05:11 PM #168
      Quote Originally Posted by cartalk
      "As near as I could tell, the car was built from compressed rust."

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      01-15-2011 05:21 PM #169
      Plastic car from Ford 1941

      It’s a good guess that the man on the left is Robert A. Boyer, who headed Ford’s soybean and plastics research from 1930 to 1945, and who later invented soy protein-based synthetic meat, an indirect result of experiments (cut short by World War II) in creating synthetic wool out of soybeans while he was still at Ford. “We tested the wool fabric for salt content and other factors and one day – I’ll never forget it – it occurred to me that if we could make something for the outside of man, why not for the inside,” Boyer told Ralston Purina Magazine in 1970.


      Quote Originally Posted by cartalk
      "As near as I could tell, the car was built from compressed rust."

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      01-15-2011 05:22 PM #170
      Quote Originally Posted by cartalk
      "As near as I could tell, the car was built from compressed rust."

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      Quote Originally Posted by Barry2952
      I dragged her back to see the $4,500 Pacer. She hated it, but we bought it. She went home and cried. (when we sold it) my wife put an ad in the newspaper. A woman came out to look at the car. She said, "I really didn't go out looking for a Pacer." My wife replied, "Lady, nobody goes out looking for a Pacer. It's eighteen hundred bucks, take it or leave it!" The woman took it and drove away smiling. My wife cried.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Barry2952
      I dragged her back to see the $4,500 Pacer. She hated it, but we bought it. She went home and cried. (when we sold it) my wife put an ad in the newspaper. A woman came out to look at the car. She said, "I really didn't go out looking for a Pacer." My wife replied, "Lady, nobody goes out looking for a Pacer. It's eighteen hundred bucks, take it or leave it!" The woman took it and drove away smiling. My wife cried.

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      01-15-2011 05:57 PM #174
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