Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:32:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 For Sale: A Boeing Stearman – Fully Restored And Ready To Fly https://silodrome.com/boeing-stearman-for-sale/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:30:44 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103483 The Boeing Stearman is one of the most famous biplanes of all time, this is largely due to the fact that almost 10,000 of them were made before and during WW2, and they became a...

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The Boeing Stearman is one of the most famous biplanes of all time, this is largely due to the fact that almost 10,000 of them were made before and during WW2, and they became a common sight at airshows as aerobatic aircraft in the years after the war.

The aircraft, first called the Model 75 Kaydet, was actually designed by the Stearman Aircraft Corporation in the early 1930s and it first flew in 1934, Boeing bought Stearman in 1938 and so the aircraft became widely known as the Boeing Stearman thereafter.

The Boeing Stearman

In the build up to WW2 both the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy chose the Boeing Stearman as their primary fighter trainer, it was selected due to its exceedingly tough construction, its tandem two-seater layout, and its tailwheel configuration.

Fighter aircraft of the time were typically tailwheelers too, which tended to make landing more challenging and taxiing is difficult as you can’t see out of the front of the aircraft when it’s on the ground. Many pilots would slowly swerve left and right as they taxied to ensure they had some idea of what was in front of them.

Boeing Stearman Landing Gear

The Stearman has an over-built welded steel fuselage with fabric-covered wooden wings and it’s powered by a radial engine – typically either the Lycoming R-680 (225 hp), the Continental R-670 (220 hp), or the Jacobs R-755 (225 hp).

Trainee pilots have a reputation for hard landings, so the Boeing Stearman has over-engineered front landing gear with rigid legs that bolt directly to the underside of the fuselage. The wheels are mounted in axle/strut assemblies that slide up and down in the bottom end of the landing gear legs offering some impact absorption, the tires also help to soak up bumps.

Thousands of American pilots were trained in Boeing Stearmans and the aircraft was used extensively by other nations including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Israel, Venezuela, Mexico, and many others.

Stearmans remained popular with pilots who had trained in them, some of whom would line up to buy them as military surplus after WW2 and use them as personal aircraft or for aerobatics displays at airshows. The other popular use for ex-military Stearmans was crop dusting – the tough nature of the plane made it ideal for the task and many were modified with pesticide tanks in place of one of the seats and spray nozzles along the underside of the lower wings.

Due to the high number of Boeing Stearmans that were made there are still many of them flying around the world, and there are companies that specialise in repairing and restoring them, which will ensure they remain flying for many years to come.

The 1941 Boeing Stearman Shown Here

The 1941 Boeing Stearman you see here has benefitted from a full restoration in 2019 by Antique Aero, based in Paso Robles, California. The aircraft was returned to 0 hours and it has accumulated 5 hours since during testing, which makes this a unique opportunity to buy an essentially brand new Boeing Stearman.

During the restoration all the wood was replaced and it was recovered in modern Polyfiber material, it’s now fitted with a cowled Pratt & Whitney R-985 with 5 hours, spinning a Hamilton Standard propeller.

The aircraft is currently for sale through Platinum Fighter Sales with an asking price of $250,000 USD, if you’d like to read more about it or enquire about buying it you can click here to visit the listing.

Boeing Stearman Cockpit

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Boeing Stearman Cowling

Boeing Stearman Propeller

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Boeing Stearman Wheel Cowling

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Boeing Stearman Cockpit 2

Images courtesy of Platinum Fighter Sales

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The Original Kevlar® Motorcycle Shirt – The Axe 2 by Crave https://silodrome.com/kevlar-motorcycle-shirt-axe-2-crave/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:25:19 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103889 The Axe series of Kevlar® motorcycle shirts by Crave were the first to market, the genre has grown in leaps and bounds since, but Crave still make some of the best engineered examples you’ll find...

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The Axe series of Kevlar® motorcycle shirts by Crave were the first to market, the genre has grown in leaps and bounds since, but Crave still make some of the best engineered examples you’ll find anywhere.

In many warmer climates people can be resistant to wearing motorcycle jackets, there can be no doubt that full jackets offer the best possible protection of course, but it can be a challenge to be fully suited up in slow moving traffic when the mercury passes 90ºF.

One solution to this problem is armoured Kevlar® shirts, they offer armour to help protect against impacts and of course the Kevlar® is great for abrasion protection. Many motorcyclists who wear shirts like this do so because it’s more comfortable and they like the way it looks, they can also be worn around town as they don’t look any different to regular streetwear.

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The Axe 2 has three-layer construction, with a cotton microfibre outer, an Aramid (Dupont™ Kevlar®) inner layer, and a comfortable 100% microfibre inner layer. For better nighttime visibility the shirt has a reflective stripe on the collar, it also has five pockets in total including 2 chest pockets, 1 zippered pocket on the right shoulder, 1 smaller zippered pocket on the left forearm, and 1 inner zippered pocket.

The shirt has pockets for armour in the back, elbows, and shoulders. Many of us already have armour in our motorcycle jacket so Crave don’t include it with the shirt in order to keep costs down, but there are many brands of level 1 and level 2 armour available separately.

Crave offer the Axe 2 in sizes from XXS to XXXL and there’s a handy sizing chart available on the website to ensure you get the right fit first time.

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The eSCRAMBLER by Shanghai Customs https://silodrome.com/escrambler-shanghai-customs/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:44:14 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103815 The eSCRAMBLER is designed entirely from scratch by ex-Yamaha Japan Advanced Labs Industrial Designer and former Danish Flat Tracking champion Michel Riis. Michel comes from a speedway and motocross family

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This article was written by Matthew Waddick of Shanghai Customs. When possible we like to bring you the story of a build in the words of the team that built it, to cut out the middle man and give you direct insight into their thought process and methodology.

The eSCRAMBLER – Design

The eSCRAMBLER is designed entirely from scratch by ex-Yamaha Japan Advanced Labs Industrial Designer and former Danish Flat Tracking champion Michel Riis. Michel comes from a speedway and motocross family, has a master’s degree in industrial design from the Design School of Kolding and has been building and racing bikes since he was 12 years old. Michel’s design brief was for a mid-size motorcycle with similar proportions to the Shanghai Customs eTRACKER concept, a more powerful mid drive motor, belt drive, refined design and production ready – meaning toolings, CNC welding jigs and molded parts. The bike also needed to be able to handle crazy-fast speeds and have good practical ‘real world’ range (up to 150km/hr, 0–100 in 3.2 seconds, and minimum 150km range per charge). This required a completely new design and development from the ground up.

There are a ton of electric scooters, light electric motorcycles (mainly in the off-road segment), as well as expensive electric sports bikes. However, there still isn’t much in this high-level custom styled mid-sized motorcycle segment and definitely nothing I’ve seen in production so far. This is mostly due to design challenges – it is challenging to make these look good whilst delivering speed and range at a price that the consumer can accept. The amount of suppliers needed to complete a project like this as well as homologation and putting it into production – it becomes too difficult for most.

eSCRAMBLER Shanghai Customs Side

Having such a talented designer like Michel on the team, who also has the ‘hands on’ custom and practical skills, meant we could design the bike from the inside out, rather than wasting time on over the top sketches and building down trying to make them work. Michel started off with some basic dimensions and proportion layouts which were loosely based on the concept eTRACKER, before sketching and adding in the CAD over the top. It was then a process of back and forth – cad – sketching – cad – sketching on each component until it was ready to prototype. We started with the core structure, box and frame, as opposed to more stylistic items such as the ‘tank’. This meant we could understand the bike more and how it would actually work and fit together. It was all very practical with Matthew’s engineering team building in tandem on the ground. This greatly simplified the process and made assembly of the bike easier and cheaper for mass production.

We want people to understand this bike, see how it is all put together – to demystify electrics and especially not hide that we have a box full with cells. However, the design was not as easy as it looks – in fact it was incredibly difficult. Generally, making a complex product look simple is one of the hardest things to do and this is especially true with electric bikes.

Michel began with basic box sketch designs and built the frame around this. Working in collaboration with the engineering team, myself, Sam Dekok and Hector Alvarez, we developed the initial pack size and unique internal (proprietary) design with a power of 11kWh (going up to 13kwh), which is very big for a midsize motorcycle (the same as the zero SR). The cells are cooled using aluminium and copper heat transfer plates inside the box which dissipate the heat out through the box, covers and cooling fins.

eSCRAMBLER Shanghai Customs Side 2

The eSCRAMBLER mid drive motor outputs a whopping 50kW so we knew the ride would be fast and a super strong. The vast majority of electric bikes tend to hide parts away under plastics and fairings and use a drop in/perimeter style frame where the box slips in the middle and the controller sits on top under the tank or covering. I wanted a double cradle style tube frame – I’ve always loved them, they’re super strong and add a retro/soulful element that most electric bikes just don’t have. This was easier said than done and quite a few times we almost gave up but eventually Michel, with clever use of lines, bends radiuses and angles, as well as combining with moulded parts with aluminium tubes was able to make it work brilliantly. We ended up working with the same frame engineers who make the ZERO frames so we also had great support and quality to draw on.

The minimalistic and strong swing arm was designed from scratch and a lot of engineering work went into fitting it with the frame as well as the suspension and motor. Michel used a simple silhouette for the shape, making it look simple from a distance, but added a lot of small details to make it stand out when you are next to the bike. ‘I love to have small highlights show the lines I want people to notice’ combined with the shadows the design accents show depending on light and angles.

Another engineering challenge was we wanted the motor and the motor axle in the centre of the swing arm pivot with the belt drive train coming directly off the motor, opposed to some sort of complex gearing or pulley system or forward/back/up motor placement. Again, all of this easier said than done, there is placement issues, motor RPM issues, sprocket ratio issues, swing arm design, the swing arm axle and a lot of work around the bearings and swing arm contact point. In addition, as anyone who has swapped an engine knows, alignment issues with getting the tire lined up in the centre. We have been working closely with Gates who provide the carbon fibre belt – they have been great, and we designed the gorgeous rear sprocket to suit. With such a powerful bike, Michel pushed for a super strong triple tree which he designed to hold our upside-down forks and stunning e-mark and DOT approved LED front headlight and indicators. Rims are 18inch aluminium front and back. We decided to opt out of retro twin shocks and went with a more modern central mono shock thus dropping the tracker name and evolving into trademarked eSCRAMBLER, but we do plan on releasing a twin shock eTRACKER variant with some other subtle modifications in the near future.

eSCRAMBLER Shanghai Customs Rear 2

There was a big emphasis on details – the leather seat, controller cooling and electronics pan (which sits under the seat), CNC’d foot pegs, foot levers, rear light, all kinds of mounts and brackets – just an extraordinary amount of work all reproducible for production and simply gorgeous. The bike gets better and better the closer you look which makes it great for photo shoots. There are no imperfections on this bike as we have designed every detail.

Most of the crew are from custom bike backgrounds so the eSCRAMBLER was definitely built with this in mind. It’s a production bike, but also a good clean platform to do custom builds on. The sub frame and tank are easily changed, which will change the look of the bike to fit different purposes and styling, including number of seats. SWITCH is a production motorcycle company, but we will work with custom builders, including Shanghai Customs and others all over the world to develop, build and sell custom versions.

The eSCRAMBLER – Technical Details and Specs

Aesthetics are one thing, but for people to really fall in love, the bike needs to perform. One of the main benefits of electric bikes over gas bikes is the awesome instant torque, therefore we wanted a battery/controller/motor combo that could do 0-100 3-3.2 seconds. The truth is we still have a bit to go before we are at full power, but the tech and packing inside is awesome.

The controller can deliver an insane 900amps to the motor and has field weakening, meaning more power at lower voltages. This means we are able to stay at 72v, which is much more stable than the higher voltages, better for homologation purposes and means we can up the amps (currently at 144Ah) for take-off speed. The other tech is pretty cool too and I’ve spent a lot of time on this. The bike has integrated wi-fi so we are able to see real-time updates and performance globally, lap times as well as a plethora of battery monitoring and other diagnostic information from anywhere in the world. This means Michel can be thrashing around the track in Aarhus, Denmark while we can be monitoring, adjusting his settings after each lap/race from Shanghai in real time. The bike is also equipped with built in GPS tracking, digital display, 3 speed modes, cruise control, battery level indicator, regenerative braking, USB phone charging and all the other gadgets that you would expect from a high end electric motorcycle. We are working on the fast charging system at the moment.

eSCRAMBLER Shanghai Customs Rear

All suppliers of the components on the bike are top quality. A big part of my work has been to get top level suppliers on board and supportive of the project and we couldn’t do it without such support so it’s been great to see! The braking system is supplied by the Spanish company JJuan, forks and rims are used on KTM, Carbon Fibre belts is by Gates USA, Battery cells by Panasonic and the Taiwanese controller company Mopibus (one of the best in the world) is working with us on the tech. We are also developing the ABS system at the moment with BOSCH.

The ‘tank’ is another item on electric bikes that always seems to get a lot of comments. Putting a gasoline tank on is just ridiculous, but at the same time, and particularly with this style of bike, some sort of heritage or natural evolution of design is required. This ‘tank’ is another Michel Riis special and he spent a long time on this with numerous designs and trials before we got it right. The lines, the way shadows form on the edges creating the contrasts between the different highlights and shadows is just gorgeous. It’s a super complex piece that covers all the 12v electronics and we are working on a lid which will open with a small compartment for gloves and phone.

Finishing was also important and it would have been criminal to paint over that aluminium frame so instead we treated and polished it. I think in production we will also keep the raw look, but maybe some painted too. We finished the aluminium battery box in a semi-gloss anodized dark grey, and the ‘tank’ in a Volvo metallic blue to accentuate the sculptured shapes. The welding level is stunning so we left the welds untouched in most places. There are just so many details to the bike, everywhere you look, foot pegs, mounts, brackets, adapters, foot lever., et al – when people see the effort that has gone in and the minimalist beauty of the eSCRAMBLER they just want to touch it.

eSCRAMBLER Shanghai Customs Onboard 5

Homologation and Testing

There a bit of work to do until we get to market. The pack needs to be put through its paces, thoroughly tested, and there is still some modifications to do for a tank–glove box plus some tidbits here and there. However we are now entering the homologation stage and have begun working with DEKRA on the type approvals. The process and testing is complicated but they have been super supportive and great to work with, it’s much better to be making the changes now rather than later. The other big thing is the ABS system which takes a minimum of 9 months and for this we are working with BOSCH who have also been super helpful. You can’t just buy an existing ABS system and hack it on, the whole thing is painstakingly matched and tested under all conditions.

We will be releasing the road legal version in 2022. The good news is that we don’t need homologation and abs for the track and will begin really putting the bike through its paces this year on the Scandinavian flat tracking circuit with some world champions already lining up to have a thrash. It was Michel’s personal dream was to create an electric bike you could use as your daily ride and also have track days – ‘the simplicity is perfect, you can focus on riding and not be distracted by the loud noise from your gas engine’.

It’s been challenging, but we are getting there and can’t wait to see the eSCRAMBLER initially on the track and then the road!

Words by Matthew Waddick

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The Ka-Bar Tactical Spork Is Both Fantastic And Hilarious – $5.28 USD https://silodrome.com/ka-bar-tactical-spork/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:16:00 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103875 This is the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork, it’s 100% made in the USA from high-density black polymer, it costs just $5.28 USD, and it will be the single funniest thing in your camping gear or survival...

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This is the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork, it’s 100% made in the USA from high-density black polymer, it costs just $5.28 USD, and it will be the single funniest thing in your camping gear or survival kit.

The Ka-Bar company needs no introduction, they became famous by making the most popular American fighting knife of WW2 – the USMC Ka-Bar knife.

There were other versions made for different armed services with slightly varied specifications, during the war the knife was legendary for its toughness and versatility – it was capable of everything from knife fighting in the trenches to opening tins of chow and ammunition crates.

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The Ka-Bar Tactical Spork has a handle that unscrews to become both a spork and a serrated knife, it’s made from black food and water approved Grammid, and the blade measures in at 2.5 inches in total.

Although there’s obvious humour to be had wth anything called a “Tactical Spork”, Ka-Bar designed it as a serious, functional piece of camping and hiking equipment. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and it measures in at 6.875″ overall when closed.

We originally featured the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork a couple of years ago and it proved highly popular, we bought some for ourselves at the same time and although they have been used when camping they’ve become our de facto letter openers. The Tactical Spork is an excellent addition to your camping gear and it also makes a great gift for outdoors people with a good sense of humour.

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Full Documentary: The Flying Boats https://silodrome.com/documentary-flying-boats/ Sun, 23 Feb 2020 13:39:13 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103840 The Flying Boats is the most comprehensive documentary we’ve ever seen on the subject of amphibious aircraft, if you’re a regular visitor to the pages of Silodrome you’ll know that we’re quite fond of flying boats,...

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The Flying Boats is the most comprehensive documentary we’ve ever seen on the subject of amphibious aircraft, if you’re a regular visitor to the pages of Silodrome you’ll know that we’re quite fond of flying boats, and this isn’t the first documentary on the subject that we’ve featured.

This three part documentary is just under one and a half hours long, it includes a wide breath of flying boat history from well before WW2 and into the years after. There are a number of interviews with original pilots and crew of flying boats from the era including both military and civilian aircraft.

The stories revealed in these interviews make the documentary doubly worth watching, a story that was a personal favourite was the former flying boat hostess who explained that the pilot needed to be alerted before they opened the onboard bar, as the passengers would all rush to the rear of the plane for their martinis. This significantly shifted the load onboard and the pilot didn’t like to be surprised – for obvious reasons.

Although most flying boats slowly went extinct after WW2 there are still many of them in flight, and there are more than a few still in production. The Japanese currently build the ShinMaywa US-2 and the Chinese have the slightly larger AVIC AG600 Kunlong in production, though neither are passenger planes. For those who want their own private flying boat you can get yourself a ICON A5.

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There’s A 28 Litre, 1,100+ HP Allison V12 Aero Engine For Sale On eBay https://silodrome.com/allison-v-1710-engine-for-sale/ Sat, 22 Feb 2020 10:30:31 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103797 The Allison V-1710 aircraft engine was originally intended for use in US military airships, it would later be used in a wide variety of aircraft during the Second World War including the original P-51 Mustang,...

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The Allison V-1710 aircraft engine was originally intended for use in US military airships, it would later be used in a wide variety of aircraft during the Second World War including the original P-51 Mustang, the twin-engined Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Bell P-39, the Curtiss P-40, and many others.

Known colloquially as “the Allison”, the V-1710 engine takes its model name from its displacement of 1,710.6 cu. in. (28 litres). It’s a 60º V12 with a single overhead cam per bank, four valves per cylinder, and it has a bore and stroke of 5.5 in. by 6 in. (139.7 mm by 152.4 mm).

Before and during WW2 the Allison V-1710 was offered in a number of configurations including naturally aspirated, supercharged, and turbo-supercharged. The engine you see here is one of the supercharged variants, with a large centrifugal supercharger mounted to the back of the engine in a similar configuration to the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12.

Allison V-1710 aircraft engine head

Almost 70,000 Allison V-1710 engines were built during the war, and in the years after hostilities ceased many of them ended up being sold into private hands. It would be in private ownership that the Allison would see some of its most extreme development, the engines were used for land speed racing, high performance powerboats, and in tractor pulling competition.

Highly tuned versions of the V-1710 were capable of well over 3,000 hp, more than triple the original power rating of the first V-1710s. The Allison is still a common engine in the tractor pulling world, there are companies that specialize in rebuilding them and supplying parts, as well as advice.

The Allison V-1710 you see here is a military surplus unit, it comes with its original WW2 documentation showing that it was rebuilt in 1944 after being pulled from service in 1943 due to metal being found on the magnetic sump plug. Of course it would need a rebuilt again now before any serious use.

The engine is for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $36,000 USD, it’s mounted to a steel engine stand and it comes in a wooden crate for shipping.

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Allison V-1710 aircraft engine document bag

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Allison V-1710 aircraft engine front and back

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A Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser With A 345 hp Corvette 5.7 Litre Ram Jet V8 https://silodrome.com/toyota-fj45-land-cruiser-custom/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:01:30 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103527 This Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser was restored and upgraded by TLC, a company run by a man who’s name will be immediately recognisable to anyone with more than a passing interest in vintage 4x4s –...

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This Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser was restored and upgraded by TLC, a company run by a man who’s name will be immediately recognisable to anyone with more than a passing interest in vintage 4x4s – Jonathan Ward.

Ward’s other company Icon is well known for their comprehensive rebuilds of vintage 4x4s, tailor-building them to their owners and fundamentally re-engineering them for more modern comfort and performance. With TLC, Ward’s mission is to create more subtly upgraded vehicles that still outwardly look much like they did with they left the factory.

Icon is most famous for their Ford Bronco and J-series Land Cruiser rebuilds, so the rebuild of this 1965 Toyota FJ45 was familiar territory for the team. Rather than fundamentally change the vehicle they kept almost all of the upgrades under the surface, creating a vintage 4×4 sleeper that’ll have no trouble embarrassing far more modern trucks.

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The most significant upgrade is the addition of a 345 hp Corvette 5.7 Litre Ram Jet V8 up front in place of the original inline-6 cylinder unit. Adding this much power necessitated a slew of other upgrades further down the drive line including a more modern Toyota H55F 5-speed transmission and upgraded driveshafts.

A pair of front disc brakes were added in place of the original drums, power steering was also added to make the rig a little easier to live with as a regular driver. The original suspension was replaced with much higher performance Old Man Emu suspension with a slight lift, and period correct steel wheels now wear BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires.

The team at TLC found this FJ45 in 1999 in remarkably good condition, it had been delivered new to California and it remained in the state for its whole life. When it was discovered the body was in excellent condition, highly unusual for a vehicle that spent decades being used as a work truck.

Body rust has always been an Achilles heel for the early Land Cruisers, however restored examples with modern paints and anti-rust treatments don’t suffer the same issues as their forbears.

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The restoration included a strip down to bare metal and full respray, a pair of Brazilian Bandeirante doors were used in place of the originals, but the interior was kept very close to stock, including the original steering wheel and the cosmetically original speedometer.

The FJ45 is the tray back pickup truck version of the J-series Land Cruiser, the “F” in the model name denotes that it was originally a petrol/gasoline powered version, the diesel versions have a “B” prefix. Although the Japanese Land Cruiser appeared a few years after the American Jeep (from which it took its inspiration), it quickly became a popular 4×4 around the world thanks to its reliability and improved power output.

In more recent years the early J-series Land Cruisers have become highly sought after and collectible, and many specialist companies have been established to source, restore and sell them at a handsome markup. Vintage 4x4s are one of the areas of the classic car world that’s seen significant growth in recent years, and it doesn’t seem likely to slow down anytime soon.

If you’d like to read more about this Land Cruiser or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing on RM Sotheby’s.

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Fuel Greasy Selvedge Motorcycle Pants – Selvedge Denim Woven With Aramid Fibres https://silodrome.com/fuel-greasy-selvedge-motorcycle-pants/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:57:38 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103805 These are the new Fuel Greasy Selvedge Pants, they’re made by the team at Fuel Motorcycles from a highly-abrasion resistant 14 oz single-layer material made by combining high-quality selvedge denim with Aramid fibres. This results...

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These are the new Fuel Greasy Selvedge Pants, they’re made by the team at Fuel Motorcycles from a highly-abrasion resistant 14 oz single-layer material made by combining high-quality selvedge denim with Aramid fibres. This results in a comfortable, breathable fabric ideal for daily motorcycle use and it comes with an AA safety rating.

Selvedge (selvage in the USA) comes from the words “self-edge”, it’s a type of weaving that creates a fabric that doesn’t need hemming. The edges are self-edging so they’ll never come unwoven.

Selvedge fabric is prized for jeans and other heavy duty workwear for its natural toughness, and it’s been used extensively since the 16th century.

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The Fuel Greasy Selvedge Pants were designed by the Barcelona-based company to address the need for tough, daily-wearable denim motorcycle jeans that offer excellent abrasion protection. Pockets in the knees and hips allow for the optional fitment of Polyanswer CE protectors which are included with each pair of pants.

Traditional denim tends to fare poorly when involved in motorcycle accidents, asphalt abrasion can wear through denim in less than a second depending on speed – leaving your skin exposed. The addition of advanced Aramid fibres into the denim as it’s woven significantly improves abrasion and penetration resistance without significantly changing the way the material looks.

Fuel Motorcycles offer the Fuel Greasy Selvedge Pants in sizes ranging from a waist circumference of 30 to 40, and they have the traditional layout of two front pockets plus a fob, and two rear pockets.

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Mercedes-Benz Ruthmann Unimog – The Greatest Race Car Hauler For Sale On Earth Right Now https://silodrome.com/mercedes-benz-unimog-car-hauler/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:18:46 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103680 This 1966 Mercedes-Benz Unimog car hauler is one of the more unusual methods you could use to get your car to the race track, it has a unique rear hydraulic system that moves both rear...

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This 1966 Mercedes-Benz Unimog car hauler is one of the more unusual methods you could use to get your car to the race track, it has a unique rear hydraulic system that moves both rear wheels out from under the tray back, the tray back then lowers down to the ground so cars can be loaded and unloaded.

Underneath the tray back there is an H-shaped brace that lowers to slightly lift the rear wheels off the ground so they can be extended outward, and it’s this H-brace that then lowers the rear of the tray down to the ground. This can be hard to visualise so we found an old YouTube clip that shows the mechanism working on a similarly equipped Unimog and added it below (it may be this same vehicle, but we haven’t been able to independently confirm that).

If you’re looking at these images and wondering how on earth the drive system to the rear wheels works (as I was), rest assured that there is no mysterious rear wheel drive mechanism. This is one of the few front-wheel-drive-only Unimogs in the world. Everything including the exhaust system has been cropped to make room for the unusual load carrying platform and its hydraulic systems.

The designers of this Ruthmann Unimog named their system the “Niederflurhubwagen” (or “low floor elevating truck” in English). There’s no information available on how many were built, though it’s clearly a very rare vehicle – we do know that the bed was added by Ruthmann before the Unimog was first put into service, so it’s not a later conversion.

The Unimog was originally developed as an agricultural vehicle in the years after WW2, its track width was chosen because it would fit neatly between two rows of potatoes, it was fitted with portal axles to increase ground clearance, a ladder-type chassis that was designed to be flexible and act as part of the suspension, and a power takeoff for operating farm machinery.

The remarkable abilities of the Unimog saw it quickly adopted by farmers, but also by militaries, forestry services, fire departments, municipal authorities, aid agencies, and many other groups. The Unimog you see here is a 406 model which was first introduced in 1963 alongside the long wheelbase 416 model.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

It’s fitted with a 5.7 litre, 6-cylinder diesel with fuel injection and it produces 80 bhp at 2,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels (on a normal Unimog it would be all four wheels of course) via a 4-speed transmission with both high and low range, and there are drum brakes on all four wheels.

Unlike many Unimogs this one has a known history from new, after it was originally built it was sent to Belgium, then it made its way to the USA in 2001 before being acquired by the Schnuerer collection in 2008. Mr. Schnuerer commissioned an extensive restoration, the lengthy history file has well over $50,000 USD in receipts for the work performed.

The vehicle is now in excellent overall condition and full working order. It’s hard to argue that this isn’t one of the coolest car haulers on earth, and if you happen to own a vintage German race car of some description you really have no choice but to buy it as soon as humanly possible.

Bonhams estimate that it’ll sell for between $25,000 and $35,000 USD when it crosses the auction block on the 5th of March at the Amelia Island Auction. If you’d like to read more or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Side

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Tray

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Logo Badge

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Tray Back

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Interior

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Hydraulics

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Engine

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Car Hauler Interior 2

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The Nose Cose from Jim Hurtubise’s 1969 Mallard-Offenhauser Indy 500 Car https://silodrome.com/mallard-offenhauser-indy-500-car/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:01:50 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=103429 This is a nose cone from the last front-engined car to ever qualify for the Indy 500 – Jim Hurtubise’s 1969 Mallard-Offenhauser. Both Jim Hurtubise and his Mallard-Offenhauser would become legends in the long history...

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This is a nose cone from the last front-engined car to ever qualify for the Indy 500 – Jim Hurtubise’s 1969 Mallard-Offenhauser.

Both Jim Hurtubise and his Mallard-Offenhauser would become legends in the long history of the Indy 500, apart from being the last front engined car to qualify he kept bringing the car back to Indianapolis for years and trying to qualify it, right the way up until 1981.

He became famous for his tenacity, when the Mallard-Offenhauser rolled out the crowds would often rise to their feet in applause.

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The Mallard-Offenhauser was designed by Jim Hurtubise, the chassis was welded up by Bill Henderson, the body was formed by Paul Cozard, and the engine was prepared by Don Shepard. If the car had first appeared a few years earlier it could have dominated the field, but by this time it was clear that mid-engined cars were the future and more traditional front-engined cars were quickly disappearing from the Indy 500.

Hurtubise did later experiment with mid-engined cars but the Mallard-Offenhauser always remained his first love, today it’s a car of significant historic importance. This original alloy nose cone from the car is in original and as-raced condition retaining its Pepsi/Frito-Lay livery. It measures in at 45 inches long, by 44 inches wide, and 20 inches high.

Bonhams will be offering it at the Amelia Island Auction on the 5th of March with an estimated value of between $1,000 to $1,500 USD. If you’d like to read more or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

Jim Hurtubise Mallard-Offenhauser Indy 500 car The Mallard

Jim Hurtubise Mallard-Offenhauser Indy 500 car tip

Images courtesy of Bonhams

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