Robin Coleman

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  1. Dave.... Not trying to be nit picking here, but Slim did not drive a missile in Dr. Strangelove.... He rode the bomb down after it was released from the bomb bay.
  2. Dave... I'm not trying to replace your math teacher way back when, but I think you need to move the decimal point one place to the right (61 ci instead of 6.1).. Otherwise your 7 liter engine has a displacement of around 42.7 cubic inches, not the 428 it is said to be. If it is indeed 42.7 inches, man oh man are they squeezing some power outta that thing!
  3. Just wondering.... do you recall what price per gallon was displayed on the pumps? In my hometwon, all of the old style pumps had to display one-half price in the 70's because the computer would not go above 50 cents per gallon. I'm surprised some pump collector has not taken those pumps. I do not keep up with pump prices, but some of those oldies sell for astronomical prices.
  4. Brian.. I would suggest a search for an Alvaraz forum or enthusiasts site. There is almost sure to be a few out there. I can't imagine any potentiometer (volume control) type device with the knobs actually molded on. That would require a complicated manufacturing step plus it would require the end user, in this case Alvaraz, to have a custom run made just for their exclusive use. Such a control would add greatly to the price and make service in the field all but impossible. I believe the knobs will come off provided they are studied closely enough. If the controls are mounted to the control board with a typical nut type arrangement, that in itself is a sure indication the knobs are or at least were removable. How else would the shaft/ threads go through the hole in the board?
  5. Barry... A documentary I watched recently noted the cooling system was shut down and the pipes filled with grout some time after the concrete was poured. I do not remember how long the cooling system was in use. I do remember they said that without the cooling system in place the temps would have gotten so hot it would have led to cracking. Also, the concrete would have taken 125 years to fully cure. That dam was (is) an amazing feat of engineering, especially considering the time it was built. Like a previous reply, I am amazed also at the equipment used, particularly the over head cable system used to pour the concrete. I can just imagine the obstacles that would be impossible to overcome if OSHA and the EPA had existed then.
  6. Not exactly an act of kindness per this post, but.... Here in Eastern Arkansas there are numerous crop duster strips in the sticks. In 1972, my girl friend and I had a favorite one we would park on late at night to watch the stars. I managed to get my nearly new '72 Formula 400 Firebird stuck deeply in the mud. We had to walk nearly nine miles home to borrow my parent's car so I could get her home, 30 miles away. Needless to say, we were very late and her father simply asked what had happened. The next morning, I went to a farmer's shop, borrowed his Farmall tractor (no one was around to ask permission) and used it to pull the 'Bird out. I returned the tractor to its shed. The next day I was at home washing the car when the owner of the air strip drove by and stopped. I just knew I was a dead teen, for I rutted the strip up pretty badly. All he said was "I would appreciate you filling up your ruts". Since the ruts were nearly 1/4 mile long I could not see doing that with a shovel, so I again borrowed the tractor, hooked it up to a blade near the shop and did the job. I later dropped by and told the farmer what I had done, offering him 10 bucks for fuel (at the time 15 cents a gallon). He refused the money. I should add here that my mother was a rural letter carrier and everyone around knew my parents and me. In this day and age of rampant crime and vandalism I believe the outcome would be very different. What happened to the girl? We married in 1974, had two daughters and a wonderful life together until the Lord called her home in 1998.
  7. The transmissions appear to be Indian to me. Harleys have always had the drive sprocket on the same side as the driven sprocket except for the Sportsters, which were always unit construction (eng and trans in same cases). Indian trans had the drive sprocket on the right side and the clutch/ driven sprocket on the left as is pictured here. This is not an early version or prototype of Molt Taylor's Aerocar. His engine was in the rear and the front axle was not solid as is this one. A two cylinder Onan would not have the power to make anything fly that was built as heavy as this frame. There are also no provisions for a tail or wings to attach, nor is the existing frame strong enough in critical areas to modify later for such fittings to be added. I also believe that had it ever been intended to fly, an aircraft engine would have been used from the outset for power. My personal opinion is this is a one off shop made car. It was obviously made by someone with an extensive background in aviation though.
  8. My vote, FWIW, for the all time absolute ugliest car...The Pontiac Aztec....This "thing" is livin' proof that both GM and Pontiac designers and execs routinely consumed massive doses of LSD!
  9. My '72 Firebird Formula 400 (bought new) was lacquer. I found this out the hard way when I used a commercial road tar remover on it...The water hose took the paint off the bottom half of the car in one sheet. I was 19 then...It like to have killed me. Thanks to the local parts store owner, Borden (the maker of the degreaser) eventually reimbursed me for new paint...That process took almost a year.
  10. Dry powder extinguishers will, over time, compact their powder by settling. This is why they must be serviced preiodically and have a tag affixed to them showing the service date. There are also two types of them, those that carry the pressure charge internally and those that have a small cylinder of gas attached to the side. The externally charged extinguishers can have the gas cylinder 'tripped' without the extinguisher being used, which will quickly render the extinguisher useless. Internal charge extinguishers will have a gauge on them to indicate the go no go amount of pressure available. externally charged types will have a small clear dome on the lid with a red pin that sticks up like a flag if the charge has been released. They do leave behind a resdue which gets into everything and is very abrasive to engine internals. A CO2 type will not do this, but they are much more expensive to buy and are more difficult to use properly. Since they carry a high pressure internally they must be periodically hydrostatically tested. There are businesses that do this for a nominal fee in every decent sized city. A CO2 type would be the choice for an engine fire. The best extinguisher made will do you no good at all if you can't access it when it is needed. One that is too small will not last long enough to get the job done. Halon extinguishers are great except for two things....They are no longer made for the average person to have and they are useless in an outdoor environment or anywhere there is the slightest breeze. They were very expensive even back when they were still legal. I always carried one in my airplane for cockpit/ engine fires. BTW, not bragging, but in order to explain my qualifications for posting this response, I am a retired (25yrs) vol. firefighter/ EMT.
  11. Mr. Peterson...I assumed the car was the diesel powered version. You are correct, and now that I think about it, I believe it is unlikely the diesel Packard was ever placed into production. There was probably only the one built and it is more than likely long gone. That's a tragedy. What a collector's car that would be!
  12. I should have looked a little more before posting this question. I have answered some of it myself. The Cummins history page shows a photo of an open touring diesel powered Packard, and gives a manufacture date of June, 1929. There is no onther information other than the car was driven to a car show then and in 600 miles, used $1.38 of fuel. Below is a link.... Clessie Lyle Cummins and Cummins Diesel Engines This link to the history of the Cummins Company is in and of itself a fascinating bit of reading material.
  13. Surfing the internet a minute ago I ran across a history on the development of the diesel engine. Diesel engines are a particular interest of mine, for I was formally educated as a diesel mechanic and spent my entire life running locomotives. It said the first use of a diesel to power a passenger car was the 1930 Cummins powered Packard. Anyone here ever heard of or seen one of these? Are there any specifications to be had? How many were built? Are there any photographs of such a vehicle and are there any examples around today?:confused:
  14. My apologies for not reading your question better. I assumed Mobil was still furnishing advice for their modern day lubricants versus what they had decades ago. Failing to get help directly from them, perhaps one of the labrotories that test oil samples for fleet use may be able to help you. That said, any oil/lube that has a similar viscosity made today is light years better than what was out there in '23. Others may have a different opinion on what I am about to say, but I am a died in the wool absolute believer in Mobil 1 oil.
  15. Sir: I am a retired Vol. FF in Marion, AR. Congratulations on the project. We located and restored Marion's very first engine, a 1940 Mack seceral years ago. It was purchased as army surplus after the war ended. Expert advice on the proper oil/ lubricants is as close as your phone. Call 1-800 Ask Mobil. They will help you with what you need, and the service is free.