Monday, December 18, 2017

smuggling cocaine across the Mexico USA border

Swamp buggy racing... a very southern thing

Clips from The Grand Tour season 2 episode 2

Appreciation of the day to Gary, for sharing his photos of Mexican trucks! They don't show up anywhere that I've seen on the internet, and it's time to take a look at these!

Starting as early as 1951 Kenmex, Ramirez, Pena, and Dina were the longest lasting brands. All independents pretty much disappeared a few years after NAFTA came into effect. There have been some non-Mexican brands made in Mexico for Mexico only, like Volvo, International, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Scania, White, Kenworth (Mex version called Kenmex) and even Belarus. (never sold a single Belarus after 2 years of trying)

And there were export trucks to the US made by Volvo, International, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Kenworth, and some say a few Peterbilts.

The similarity of looks by many independent Mexican truck makers is due to the fact that smaller companies could easily make door frames and doors so they bought them mostly from Kenworth through dealers along the border or from Kenmex sometimes. Making a truck in Mexico, except Dina National, required a permit for every truck to be built issued by the government. Dina could not accommodate all the specific variations of chassis that independent operators needed so a small market existed for low volume brands. It was said the Ramirez R-15, R-22 and R-44 could be driven off a 200' cliff, rollover a 6 times (not at all uncommon), be hauled back up, put a new body on it and it was ready to go.

Thanks Gary!

these guys are damn impressive

Sunday, December 17, 2017

must be in the time before lawyers, he got to keep his car!

one thing leads to another... the hot rod cozy coupe inspired a real build of a self powered oversized kids cart

this above image inspired a build, which was well done on a forum over a couple months

but here's a fast look, if you don't want to read through the 8 pages

step 1, mock up a plan

then a chassis, front end and rear axle

start on the placement of the cab

the dive into engine, fuel, and brakes

exhaust and steering

and around this point, the many systems were tested out before getting to work on the body 

skip to the 30 second mark. He's out of sight until then. Fuel, steering and brakes all work

and some finishing touches and work on the roof, to bring it up to the moment

Thanks Steve!

A movie like Gone in 60 seconds is coming...

some cool cars were lost in the fires

Hot wheels stunts from the point of view of the car

Nope. Just throw a lit stick of dynamite it that direction, or grenades or something... burn the whole gas station to the ground... because there are probably more hiding elsewhere, like the restroom