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Lord K's Garage #186: The Airomobile

In 1937, the Airomobile was a one-of-a-kind experimental model built by engineers from Franklin Auto and Lewis American Airways.*

1937 Airmobile Experimental - Dolphin Tail view

It was intended to be a low-priced, mass produced car. The design was the result of Paul M. Lewis, who wanted a simple inexpensive ( target price of $300) and safe automobile in 1934. The…


Added by lord_k on May 31, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

S.A.M. #82: Wings of Passion (III)

This is the last chapter of the Early Lockheed's Saga.

Lockheed Orion

The Lockheed Model 9 Orion was the last of Lockheed's single engine transports, seated six passengers and was powered by a 420hp P&W Wasp engine. The Orion cruised at 180-195 mph and is claimed to be the first transport capable of 200 mph. The Orion was also the first commercial…


Added by lord_k on April 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #180: Long'n'Low Ruxton

A front-wheel drive posh car in the early 1930s? A few thousand bucks will buy you a Cord... or a Ruxton.

1930 Ruxton Model C Rauch & Lang Phaeton - mascot

The Ruxton is a forgotten manufacturer, often overlooked when considering early pioneers in automotive design and mechanics. One of their biggest automotive achievements was the use of front-drive…


Added by lord_k on April 19, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #174: Cord. A New Kind of Motoring

By the end of 1920s, front-wheel drive configuration found its way into one of the most ambitious automotive designs ever.

1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

The Cord L-29 was revolutionary, using a front-wheel drive system rather than the popular rear-wheel drive configuration. Many believed that having the front wheels be responsible for turning, carrying the…


Added by lord_k on March 8, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

S.A.M. #77: Wings of Passion (II)

A glorious pair of Lockheed monoplanes is ready to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.

Lockheed Sirius

Both were a development of Northrop-designed Lockheed Vega. Developed originally to meet a requirement of Charles Lindbergh for a low-wing monoplane of high…


Added by lord_k on February 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #168: American Cousin

An Interbellum compact car made in the United States? Is it possible? Sure it is!

Bantam advert

There was a true American Mini - the Crosley. But it wasn't the first try to re-engineer Yankee & Dixie drivers' mind, directing them towards smaller, fuel-efficient…


Added by lord_k on January 25, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #71: Wings of Passion

Wake up! Your Saturday Air Mail is here, brought by a sleek, stunningly beautiful monoplane.

Lockheed Vega Century of Progress 2 Allan Lockheed and Jack Northrop teamed up together in 1927 and formed the Lockheed Aircraft Company.  It was a great combination and their Vega became the aircraft of the Golden Age for setting records.  Names like…


Added by lord_k on January 5, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #164: Assorted Packards

This is the last Garage entry in 2012. It could be 'punky or at least diesel-ish. Instead, it is full of early '30s posh cars.

1931 Packard Sedan-Limousine

There were 12,105 Standard Eights and 3345 Deluxe Eights sold during 1931. These low figures are due to the Great Depression which was crippling the luxury car segment. The 845 sedan-limousines originally carried…


Added by lord_k on December 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Rare Color Photos - WWII Working Women!

CBS News has a photo essay of real life "Rosie The Riveter's"! There's 85 pics of women working in the factories during WWII...The amazing thing is that these photos are COLOR...Here is the link to the CBS site:…


Added by Joseph A. Burick on December 2, 2012 at 12:18am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #161: Postwar Buicks

This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:

Concept For Buick

Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:…


Added by lord_k on November 30, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

S.A.M. #66: The Stratoliner

It's Saturday, and your Air Mail is here again, delivered by a state-of-art flying Leviathan.

TWA Stratoliner

The following article was published on Boeing official website:

The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. With names like…


Added by lord_k on November 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #49: Forever War...

Christmas, 1944.  The Long War drags on amidst the snows of the Bulge and the fires of Luzon.…


Added by Cap'n Tony on October 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #73: The Shoreliners

This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.

Sascha Maurer. Greater Power (The New Haven Railroad)

With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…


Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #158: All-American Oakland

Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.

1926 Oakland

Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…


Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Two Barrels, Two Calibers, One Gun: Game Getter

A simple backwoods gun, something that has two calibers that can handle anything you throw at it. A true American style firearms coveted by woodsmen that roved the continent for hundreds of years. In Europe 'Drilling" guns are well known. Here in the US they're a bit more a niche, something you carry as a backwoods…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on September 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?

Tower City Front Exterior, 1950

With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…


Added by lord_k on September 18, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #71: Flying Colors

One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:

UP City of San Francisco ad

Three years after the introduction of lightweight diesel-powered streamline units, much more powerful locomotives were ready to haul full-weight trains. These locomotives, designed and built by EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, IL), were a serious competition…


Added by lord_k on September 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #155: Dymaxion

I believe everyone here is familiar with Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion World concept.


And the Dymaxion Car is by no means "obscure" or "forgotten". But should it stay out of our Garage? Of course it shouldn't - the car (actually, three cars) as well as the idea of …


Added by lord_k on September 7, 2012 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #41: The Wild Blue Yonder!

Look out below, Gerry, we're comin' atcha!


Yes siree, the Mighty 8th Air Wing of the US Army Air Force is ready to demonstrate that Fortress Europa has no roof!  The B-17 Flying Fortress, the sleekest, most modern of heavy bombers with it's super-secret Norden bomb sight (rumor has it it can drop a bomb in a pickle barrel from 30,000 feet!), is ready to hit the Nazi war…


Added by Cap'n Tony on September 1, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #40: The Cabaret Goes to War!!



Horror of horrors, War has come to the Cabaret!  That dastardly Tojo hit us with our pants down and sucked us into this second World War.  I told you that neutrality thing was a bad idea and that we'd eventually be pulled into this war, right?  But…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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