Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Better than Selfridges!
Despite a dozen years of amazingly fantastic garage sale finds, I have never found a taxidermy mutant cow head. And I sure would like one. If you have a mutant cow head, I would trade a Curta mechanical calculator, 10 slide rules, a 1991 Sony Handicam 8MM, a book on piranha and a nice pocketknife for the pleasure of hanging it on my wall.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:36 PM
Its a hell of an ikebana basket, but lets focus on that oddball flashlight. The BrownBilt Shoes 'Tread Straight' Buster Brown Shoes mystery light is marked Germany and Triola, but I can find no online mention of such a device. It was purchased for .50 cents this last weekend. The knob to the left of the porthole engages a blue lens filter; the right, a red filter. The Buster Brown took a pair of D size batteries and, as you can see, it had metal belt straps on the back, but to what end? Was this some sort of belt bike light? Hang it off your ass and flip on the red filter for slow as it goes, blue filter for reverse?
The Buster Brown light was not salvagable as the battery acid soaked cardboard interior was missing parts. And I knew damn well when I bought Buster Brown that it was a disaster, but the quality of manufacture was so high and the switching lens system so ingenuous, I bought it with no idea what I was going to do with it. While removing all the guts and trying to decide if it was worth rebuilding from scratch, I realized it was really close to ipod size.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 1:07 AM
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Boardgames are a plentiful supply of dense, high quality cardboard and can be purchased for pennies, nickels and, sometimes, dimes. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea makes for a piss poor boardgame, but Fight Off Cannibals and Kill Giant Squid set the right attitude for ass kicking.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:02 AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
When I realized how close the fit was going to be, I literally ran to the car to retrieve my ipod. The Camel tire patch cardboard is held by foamback tape to give just enough tension to keep it in place. The original power button was on the top so I elongated the hole with the Dremel to accomodate the ipod remote cable connector.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 11:58 PM
Everytime I see the Buster Brown Shoes ipod case, I giggle like a damned idiot. It just looks so fucking Philco Predicta, round window ocilloscope, Westinghouse front load washer, Western Holly porthole stove, T-Bird cool!
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 11:53 PM
Friday, September 24, 2004
Inaugural Mister Jalopy Invitational Hooptyrides Trophy Dash and Outlaw Racing Derby
In preparation for the upcoming race, I worked for quite a while today on the 1961 Mercedes 190b brakes. Keep in mind, this car has not been registered since 1984 and the outstanding mechanical issues are daunting. The aesthetics are beyond reproach, so nary a cosmetic issue to address before race day.
The challenge was thrown down and accepted. I will be racing against the considerably more powerful, more modern and properly maintained 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 4.5. From the stats, it appears that the 190b's fate is sealed but there are special considerations. For example, as the sponsoring race body, I have complete control over the rules and may make changes right up to, and even during, the race.
As the Mercedes 190b is running after 20 dormant years, it was time to turn my attention to the brakes. Disappointingly, the brake pedal went straight to the floor without delay, remained at the floor and would likely still be resting at the floor if I didn't help it back to its proper position. Upon repeated vigorous pumping, the brakes came up to pressure and the pedal returned to correct position with no cajoling whatsoever BUT it managed to lock all the wheels absolutely stationary! For good! What spirit! What heart! This little car may be short on horsepower but what pluck! Like a cartoon teapot, building pressure, building pressure, cheeks red and puffed, building pressure, brow furrowed, eyes squinted until it finally gets to boiling point and blows the whistle! What a little champion, the Mercedes 190b. No brakes one minute, but a pat on the dashboard and a little pedal pumping action and boy, does the 190b deliver.
So, that brings us to the question, what is the competitive advantage of pluck? Probably not enough.
The plan for race day victory
1. Flexible rules
2. Remove the spare tire for reduced weight
3. Wear a suit
5. Superior driving skills
6. "Black Widow Brakes"
7. "The Trident Exhaust"
8. No radio antenna (or radio) means less aerodynamic drag
As there is currently no exhaust system, I am free to fabricate the most efficient and competitively advantageous exhaust. I have decided on a design of my making composed of a single exhaust downpipe, routed to just under the front of the passenger door where it will be split into three seperate pipes angled directly at my competitior's head. The exhaust will look very much like a trident with a single center pipe slightly longer than the pipes on each side. It will be painted gold and will be identified as The Trident Exhaust by a discreet stencil just above. As stipulated by the rules, the older car has lane choice and I will position the trident directly at my competitor's driver side window. The dismay caused by a raw blast of carbon monoxide should give significant advantage to the 190b. I told him, 'I am going to Neptune you!'
The first individual to pass the finish line, come to a complete stop, exit their car and prepare two cocktails from the trunk Executair traveling bar will claim the Hooptyrides Invitiational Double Triple Inaugural Outlaw Derby Dash Cup.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:03 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2004
David Koresh's Camaro at Auction
How much of David's appeal was charisma and how much was the fact that he owned the only 427 big block Camaro SS in Waco? Who could you say no when he pointed out the custom "David's 427 Go God" engraving on the engine block? Under the parking lot lights at Arby's?
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 11:50 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Absolute top dollar was paid for this lot - the princely sum of $50! But, keep in mind, everything to the east of the yellow Proto screwdriver is made by Snap-On. And look at that adorable stubby 1/2" MAC combination wrench. Looks good enough to eat.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 5:26 PM
With a toothbrush, a metal pick, some degreaser, grease, chrome polish, 0000 steel wool and WD-40, you can erase prior neglect. It is extremely satisfying. The top ratchet still requires attention, while the bottom ratchet is not perfect, well used and sorta perfect. Like a solid reader's copy - the text knows nothing of the cover.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 5:21 PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
The Greatest Do-It-Yourself Article Ever - 500 cubic inch Cadillac Engine into a '80 Chevette!
Recently purchased at a garage sale, probably the best issue of Hot Rod magazine ever published. Fast and Cheap, indeed. Hot Rod magazine is currently editorially adrift, I mean there is an editor, but to what end. They have started to cover the import tuner scene in a perplexing move to broaden their scope beyond the limits of a single magazine. The Hooptyrides racing team is not anti-tuner, not Hot Rod purists but there are already excellent magazines that cover that end of hot rodding.
Though not hand holding step-by-step, the greatest article of all time gave adequate detail for a reasonable car person to assemble an 11 second quarter mile, tire burning smoke machine for under $2000. This is Hot Rod magazine - creative, detailed, technical, inexpensive, fast and pure to the core of hot rodding.
Swap the smaller volume heads from a junkyard 68-70 Cadillac onto a 71-76 engine and you raise the compression to a staggering 12.0:1. A key to engine swapping is finding the space under the hood for massive engines - especially clearance for the steering as in most cars, the steering tends to hug the motor. They selected the Chevette as all the steering stuff is contained under the front fenders. Smart. I have studied junkyard Chevettes and am searching for oddball sedans (like a Hillman Minx or a Studebaker) to see if I can find similar clearances to build my own tire smoker.
This is my second copy of the April 2000 issue of Hot Rod, therefore I am willing to trade it for something interesting. Or, the Chinatown Incubator listens to cash.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 8:01 AM
Monday, September 20, 2004
Has there ever been a cooler stamp?
Just when you thought there could never be a cooler set of stamps than the Noguchi's, this terrifically weird Buckminster Fuller stamp is released complete with the notorious Dymaxion in the lower right.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 9:06 AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Automobile Racing for Aesthetes
Today I replaced the distributor cap and rotor. The points were incorrect, so I used the old points. And the condensor did not arrive. In short, a long way from a tune up. The timing was bouncing all over the place, despite the distributor being snug.
I did not replace the plug wires, so they are two tone - extremely faded blue jeans blue and process blue blue. The distributor cap is a color only an auto parts manufacturer could love. And, of course, the fading black of the wire boots. Altogether, the colors are so complimentary that I changed the contrasting blue coil wire connector to a non-insulated crimp connector (as seen in the lower left). I like the colors so much, I am thinking everything should be these colors, especially the exciting racing livery for the upcoming Mister Jalopy Inaugural Hoopty Invitational Outlaw Cup.
Replacing the insulated connector with a non-insulated connector could be disasterous on race day. I can not see anywhere that the wire could short out, but physics change at high race speeds. Along with everything else that is on the line, now we realize we are racing for aesthetics.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 8:04 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
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Sunday, September 12, 2004
The O'Keefe and Merritt gas range with the Grillavator adjustable broiler, griddle in the middle and original salt and pepper shakers is almost done. Actually, in a holding pattern as additional components are needed for completion including a door hinge, replacement left side panel, chrome top vent and a simmer cap. Progress at the Hooptyrides garage all but stopped as intense Southern California heat made working on anything metal extremely perilous. Early morning work sessions chipped away at the projects as the intense afternoon heat left no option but to hide inside and weep. Stove should be done pretty soon and available for purchase.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 11:28 AM
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Defender of the Mundane
Mister Jalopy's Hooptyrides celebrates the modest, the worn, the patina'd, the proletariat, the uncommon in the common and admit, freely, that I am a bad collector. No complete sets, rare examples only if that is what is stumbled upon and experts in nothing. Collecting widely, selling occasionally, trading encouraged.
99 Items Aggresively Pursued
- Auto accessories
- Auto parts
- Barrister bookcases
- Mechanical calculators, computers, comparators, integrators
- Old science equipment
- Water slide decals
- Girlie stuff
- Labratory furniture
- Kid's plates
- Snap-On tools
- Automotive tools
- MIG/TIG welder
- 78 rpm records
- Telefunken/Grundig consoles
- Pocket knives
- Old skateboards
- Examples of natural splendor
- Anything related to the New Yorker
- Table lamps
- Hand made furniture
- Wormy American Chestnut
- Fancy western wear
- Lacoste alligator
- Interesting cans and jars
- Hardware - knobs, pulls, handles
- Representations of goldfish
- Small buildings
- Coin operated machines
- Machines that do not require electricity
- Machines that operate with tubes
- Polaroid cameras
- Old telephones with a crank
- Desert things
- Toy automobiles
- Books about automobiles
- Items found in a service station
- License plate frames
- Salesman samples
- Cookie jars
- Spooky dolls
- Christmas ornaments
- Utility vehicles
- Japanese gardens
- Flower pots
- Old fabric
- O'Keefe and Merrit gas ranges
- Monterey furniture
- Old radios
- Old old books
- Mexican furniture
- Colored drinking glasses
- Jelly jar glasses
- Ceramic kitchen chickens and roosters
- BB guns
- Science and medical models
- Farm engineering
- Things made of cigar boxes
- Needlepoint pillows
- Chinese checkers boards
- Shadow boxes
- Cooking equipment
- Quartersawn oak
- Los Angeles information
- Marshall Fields
- Japanese hibachis
- Tourist woodburning pictures
- Silver coins
- Diaries, personal letters, scrapbooks, found photos
- Old denim
- Ghost town information
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 10:17 PM
The Amazing Curta Type II Mechanical Calculator
Offered for your consideration, a Curta mechanical calculator Type II (SN#547205) in Fair-Good condition for $400. No case, considerable anodized aluminum wear, some corrision on bottom screws, works perfectly, if a little hesitantly due to needing a tune-up.
I inherited a Curta mechanical calculator from my land surveying maternal grandfather and have been calculating cube roots for years. Recently, I came across this Curta that was coincidently manufactured a mere 6 months from the time of my grandfather's Curta.
There is really so little that I can add to the already voluminous information available. Suffice to say, the Curta is one of the most amazing mechanical machines ever made. My grandfather's Curta is under a glass dome in my cabinet of wonders.
Click the title above for the terrifically informative Curta Calculator website of Rick Furr. Be sure to check out the Flash Curta Calculator emulator. The only thing more amazing is the detailed photo disassembly page - which gave me an upset stomach as disassembling a Curta is a task not for the faint of heart.
Standard 10% Chinatown Incubator donation is already included.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 9:53 PM
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Another item sold (and a little more money for the Chinatown Incubator), Sammy is the proud new owner of the Seeburg DS-160. An arc welder, a diorama builder and Ranchero owner, Sammy is the right guy to own the Seeburg.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 3:36 PM
Trash the Dewey Decimal System for $999!
Forget the noble beginnings of the bookmobile and public service, you can become the arbiter of taste! Your own media bias! Start trends, declare the hottest and latest by way of careful editing of your stacks.
From cat staples to improvised munitions, plagues to two headed calves, venomous animals to internal combustion engines, pyromania to backwoods stills, aircraft sheetmetal repair to bathtub surgery, pulp nurse romances to jumping chollo cactus, beehive technology to carnivorous plants, death rays to model airplanes. baroque to biscuits.
Imagine! Freeze knowledge to a certain year.
Rewrite history! Select only that which agrees with your crackpot views.
Though a handsome trailer, is it a bookmobile without a engine?
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 8:44 AM
Sunday, September 05, 2004
1967 Bookmobile on ebay! Be still my heart!
Goodness gracious I want this bookmobile. Think, I could have a whole shelf dedicated to books about cannibals! Another shelf dedicated to Polaroid cameras! Dewey decimal, my ass. I'll have an entire section dedicated to old Sears catalogs. If you buy this bookmobile for the Chinatown Incubator, we will rename the Dewey Decimal system whatever you want.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 9:22 PM
When I was trying to get to more gauges for comparison's sake, I had to wrestle with this Hamilton Beach 3 Malt Mixer. I am tired of this right here and I am up to my armpits in stoves. Therefore, this very cool, very heavy, decent condition, great porcelian, missing a part or two, been opened and monkeyed Maltmixer is available for GONE. But! You need to come get it! Trades accepted! Standard Chinatown Incubator donations apply.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 1:32 PM
Vintage Stewart Warner Gauge!
The find of finds. I knew it was good when I found it, but I didn't want to look too closely as the excitement would have made it impossible to eat breakfast. It was better than I thought. Click the title above for the excellent roadsters.com page of vital Stewart Warner gauge info.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 1:25 PM
At first blush, it appears to be a slightly better than average day of garage saling. Big deal, another Robert Benchley book and a third copy of The Bends. Some gauges, a recent Sun Tachometer, a set of marked playing cards... but the Stewart Warner box looks promising even though they are usually filled with nuts and bolts.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:47 PM
Nice! A great Beugler, new in box, pinstriper. With complete instructions and history of the Beugler company. As you can see, it is easy to use as they point out the 9 year old boy putting finishing touches on his own bicycle. A GIRL'S BICYCLE! Poor bastard. I have another Beugler with only one wheel (you can order the others) that I will sell for $15, 10% to the Chinatown Incubator.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:44 PM
A perfectly fine pressure tester but I already have three. Therefore, this one is available for purchase. $10, 10% to the Chinatown Incubator.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:41 PM
At the garage sale, I checked that there was indeed a gauge inside the box, but I didn't verify if it was a D360A or even if it was a Stewart Warner. My pokerface negotiating skills would have been hopelessly compromised as I deliriously outbid myself.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:40 PM
Tucked in an army blanket scrap, the correct new old stock gauge for the box. This is a true transition gauge. The newer 'big block' logo, first year of the new logo, still curved glass face and in an older logo 'wings' box. A dazzling find but not even the best of the weekend.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:36 PM
Not that I don't have plenty of gauges, I have plenty of gauges. And can not see a day when I stop buying gauges. The green faced, round glass ammeter in the front is exquisite.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:34 PM
More gauges. Some extremely cool and desirable like that little temperture gauge in the back has glow in the dark numbers. I believe the coolest gauge set would not be a matched set of Stewart Warners in a pre-made Stewart Warner dash panel, but rather a mishmash of surplus, hot rod and industrial gauges in a homemade panel. Even the mishmash shoudl be anchored by a Stewart Warner 'wings'.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:29 PM
The gauge is beyond reproach. It is the real deal, the gauge to have in the hottest of hot rods. The anti-thesis of the giant import window pillar shift light tachometer is this very practical, homemade, low buck, run what you brung, golden era of hot rodding custom bracket and cup - made of a green bean can!
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:17 PM
The best gauge I have ever bought was in that box. A 1953 Stewart-Warner "Wings" Oil Temperature gauge with all associated hardware, sender, extremely cool handmade bracket and green bean can cup.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 12:12 PM
Friday, September 03, 2004
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:22 PM
Without a glovebox, the options were wide open. All too often there is a lack of temporal solutions to bigger problems - refine, focus, upgrade. The boardgame dash is not forever, just until everything of higher priority is resolved.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:20 PM
For several years this Polaroid has sat in the frame corner - so long that I nearly stopped seeing it. Now that the 1954 Chevrolet is sold and gone, I can't keep from looking at it. Taken in Yellowstone, with a fumarole in the background, under a Democratic administration, pre Patriot Act, back in the days when you could reject an illegal search, a trip like this could change your views on patriotism. Now, it almost seems impossible.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 5:23 PM
Roberto's completed etching on the rear passenger window of his Chevy Astro van. Using a tool engraver, he freehanded this delightful work that captures all the grand themes of life.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 5:09 PM
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Free Window Handles!
Recently purchased at a garage sale, Mister Jalopy offers this delightful set of new old stock Cal Custom General Motors woodgrain and chrome window handles complete with original Pep Boys price tag. These will be given away free to the correct car - we only ask that it be the GM product and that a photograph is forwarded to Mister Jalopy of the handles installed. An tangerine metal flake 1964 Buick Rivera? Very possible. A green 1967 Chevrolet Kingswood with fake wood paneling? A very likely winner barring a custom van spoiler entry.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:59 PM
Astute readers noted the lack of center cap on the steering wheel. Everybody likes to have a compass when traveling. Also, no dust.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:52 PM
Doesn't look like much, but every one of those valves has been disassembled, cleaned, re-greased, tuned up, tricked out, reassembled, tested and installed.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:48 PM
The San Fernando Valley gives and gives. Today, a photo of Herbie. The original Herbie the Love Bug was the first movie I saw twice. Before that, I didn't realize you could see a movie twice. The power of complete all knowingness made it even more enjoyable the second time.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:44 PM
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Available to those with strong backs and $40, this old auto parts store counter. Genuine custom Formica decorated with nuts, bolts, lugnuts, cotter pins, wing nuts, lock washers, fender washers and threaded cylinder head studs. This photo is but a small section of the 7 foot long 28 inch wide counter. There is some water damage on either end, so probably better suited for the garage than the dining room. But then, if you cut off the ends, you could still serve lots of people at Thanksgiving. This is the counter only. Clever buyers will fashion some sort of legs - oil drums?
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 7:00 PM
Case in point, Mr. Jackie Stewart looking like he was dressed by a 1971 Sears catalog - precisely how his 5 year old fans were dressed at the time.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 3:42 PM
Recently, I accidently purchased two of these 1000% cool Corgi Formula 1 Elf Tyrell-Ford World Championship cars made famous by the Flying Scotsman himself, Jackie Stewart. Knee high to a grasshopper, not afraid to wear a tartan hat with a pompom, big sideburns, he was every kid's racing hero, as he was our size and dressed like we would if Halloween was everyday. The Mister Jalopy collection has room for exactly one of these, therefore, the second is available for sale ($25), with, as always, 10% of the proceeds directly benefiting the Chinatown Incubator. Alternatively, accepting immediate trades for John Player Special F1 Corgi of the same era.
Posted by Mister Jalopy at 3:34 PM
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