Thursday, February 22, 2018

728 Plumb tools, plus an unknown number of screwdrivers. 500 bucks.

These are just the nice looking photos of the tools once they were sorted out.

The landlord lady said a guy that lived there had died and she's been cleaning this house out ever since.

She said he was a hoarder and had an a lot of plumb tools. The tool room was like being stoned, there were so many Plumb,  there was no idea where to start or what to offer

Taking a deep breath started estimating how many were there, figured there were at least 500 so $500.00 was offered. She said yes,  went back the next day and cleaned her out

tool box? Tool chest? Roller? Maybe we don't need those... maybe, a wall display is much better

this seems to be an inspiration to the guy with the garage wall display. I was immediately reminded of the vintage tool display I posted last month

coolest thing you'll see all day, virtual roller coaster ride for the baby!

no lights, no signals, no round about... and no collisions. How?

Thanks Marcin!

Grandson brought this collection of things from his grand dads estate to sell at the swap meet. His Grandfather was in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. The tools are Snap On, Proto, Rigid, etc

think this is still handy? Or made obsolete by cell phones able to get on the internet to look things up in the flea market?

it seems you can make a christmas tree out of collectible sockets

Car and Driver just did a pretty thorough article on the aftermath of Harvey on Houston's cars, it's a good read

There were so many cars floating (or sinking) that tow trucks were coming in from out of state to reap the harvest. Insurance Auto Auctions, a major player in the U.S. auto-salvage game, alone contracted with a reported 1000 wreckers.

The state of Texas wasn’t paying Liggio to store the uninsured cars. After two registered letters were sent from the state to the owners without any response, a salvage title would be issued and Liggio could claim the hulls and send them to auction. “We were lucky if we got $200 a car,” Liggio laments. He retrieved about 100.

But the water that corroded the electronics in those abandoned cars was tough on his Ford F-650 trucks, too. Down to one tow vehicle after the flood destroyed three of his rigs, Liggio was looking to borrow another when I spoke with him. “I have the drivers, but I don’t have trucks. By the time I fix my trucks and stuff, I’m going to lose money.”

McRee Ford lost 1100 new, used, and customer vehicles. They saved the family owned showroom centerpiece '65 convertible.

“The water came in everywhere,” recalls Dale, McRee’s great-grandson. “We had to destroy $61,000 worth of new tires. Drilled holes in all of them. The insides of tires aren’t made to get wet.”

By September 7, just days after the storm ended, the dealership was back in business selling new cars again. In addition to the post-Harvey demand for new vehicles, Ford’s “Texas Is Family” promotion, which offered employee pricing to anyone who lost a vehicle to the flood, made September the best month yet for new-car sales at McRee—385 units.

State Farm says it had settled 38,300 auto claims worth approximately $400 million by the middle of December. That’s one company, albeit the biggest one. The Insurance Council of Texas reports an industry-wide figure of 250,000 cars and just shy of $4 billion paid out.

These were once every day household products with ordinary packaging artwork for the era, now their appearance is nostalgic

there were cars in Oz

this 1934 Hispano-Suiza 12Y V12 unlimited hydroplane is coming to auction... in case you've got room in the boathouse and a long flat lake

the largest single-engine racing boat built in France in the" unlimited "class was handbuilt by the Chauvière boatyard at Vitry-sur-Seine with a strong double-diagonal mahogany planked hull using thousands of countersunk copper rivets.

2,196 cubic inches - 36 liters - and powered by six Hispano twin-barrel carburetors.

back when any landing was a good landing, even if you happened to come down on the wrong side of the war

the Gotha IV bomber suffered from one major defect – its fuel tanks were built into the engine nacelles/compartment. When they did crashland, the remaining fuel would invariably spill onto the very hot engines.

Landing accounted for 75% of Gotha IV losses.

The Gotha V was redesigned so that its fuel tanks were built into its fuselage.

Charles S. Rolls, of Rolls-Royce fame, seen here driving a Rolls-Royce with passengers Wilbur and Orville Wright sitting in the back seat during a visit to Shellbeach, Isle of Sheppey.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Army Corporal, Roy Holtz of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar combination and supposedly being " the first Yank to enter Germany after WW1

On November 8, 1918, Ray Holtz was stationed with his Unit in Northern Belgium, near Spa, close to the German border, and as a Despatch Rider, Holtz was ordered to take an American Captain on a night reconnoitering mission, the weather was bad and in the pouring rain they took a wrong turn and got lost. In the distance they could see the lights from a farmhouse, and decided to get direction from the farmer. Without knowing, they had actually crossed the German border, and the farmhouse was occupied by German officers of the 5th Bavarian Division, who were as surprised to see the Americans, as the Americans were to see the Germans.

Ray Holzt and his Captain were treated as guests of the German officers, and were then held prisoner for just 3 days, and as soon as the Armistice was announced on November 11, they were released by the Germans and their Harley Davidson motorcycle combination was returned to them.

Shortly after, Corporal Holzt and his Captain found their way back to their Unit, which had reported them missing. In the days following the Armistice, Corporal Holtz and his Unit crossed the border with Germany back and forth many times, and Ray Holtz thinks that is when the photograph was probably taken.

Corporal Holtz was unaware of the photograph, until it was shown to him by an American newspaper reporter in June 1943.

This is a rare WW1 medallion, which was commissioned and presented by the Auxiliary Omnibus Companies' Association to London bus drivers who served on the Western Front with their buses.

 The medallion was issued in 1919, and was made by Fattorini & Sons, of Bradford.

King George V's Rolls Royce

An Army Service Corps ( ASC ) recruiting poster, illustrating the joy of driving along the open road

an Austin-Healey 100 used in a kitchen appliance and furniture

had it since 1984,was driving it in high school, managed to hang on to it through the tough times, and just waiting to get a bit wealthier to afford the paint and bodywork and parts

hand made Harley snowmobiles

and that fast I lost track of who posted these on facebook

Seems Mac Tools had a gold plated set of tools bonanza for their 50th anniversary

Walnut cases too

and Ebay has several sets of each.