automotive history

Lessons Learned

A three or four day project is now in month six and I am about three or four days away from completion. The latest set back is the ignition switch. It is brand new. I purchased it on Friday. Yesterday morning I installed it. It worked - twice. And now I can't turn off...

Tales Of Inspiration & Independent Thinking

An accident as a child left Charles blind, yet he became a prolific inventor best remembered as the creator of cruise control. At age four Mary's family moved deep into the north woods of Minnesota and built a log cabin by hand. She was a musical prodigy that wrote...

Adventures With The Beast

It seemed like a good idea at the time. And on occasion it still does. But that depends on the frustration level as I make a valiant attempt to install a stem to turn wiring harness and upgrade the '51 Chevy, AKA The Beast, with turn signals, twelve volt gauges, and...
Blurring The Line

Blurring The Line

History has an interesting way of using the past to reflect the future. I was deep into a research project about the Great Depression, the implosion of the American auto industry and an era of dramatic societal as well as technological transition when I stumbled on a...

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Well, That Didn’t Work

Well, That Didn’t Work

As late as March of this year it still seemed feasible. The Beast would not be finished but it would be drivable (safely and with dependability) by the first of May in time for the Route 66 Fun Run. It just needed a wiring harness, new gauges, and installation of a...

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Mysteries

The Old Trails Garage dates to 1915. It was built by J.W. Thompson for M.G. Wagner who had operated the original Old Trails Garage on South Front Street, now Topeka Street. It is one of the oldest remaining auto repair facilities in Kingman and retains an unaltered...

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Amish Social Media

Amish Social Media

Several days ago I was locked out of my Facebook account, an integral part of the Jim HInckley's America network. After exhausting the myriad of options for resolution presented, I called a service number. Needless to say my sense of humor had been sorely tested by...

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Carpe Diem

Cape Diem. The Roman poet Horace used the term which translates as "pluck the day" or "sieze the day" to convey the idea that every morning dawns with new opportunities. But there is a caveat. There might not be another day. There may not be anotther chance to sieze...

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Telling People Where To Go

Telling People Where To Go

It has been a most interesting week, and it is only Thursday. Last night I attended the Route 66 Association of Kingman meet & greet at the Liquid Coffee Shop and Bistro, a new business in the historic Kingman, Arizona business district. I had written the...

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