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xoxoxoBruce 12-21-2015 03:31 PM

I was surprised. I've been vaguely aware of Whippets(cars, not the dog or whipped cream capsules), pretty sure I've seen a couple, but didn't know they were built by Willys.

Cannonball Baker was the inspiration for the Car & Driver Magazines, "Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" races from NYC to Redondo Beach, CA, in the '70s, which I read about each year with irrational exuberance. After five years in was too well publicized with cops across the country competing to stop and ticket the most racers, in the name of protecting the public, and preserving Crook Nixon's 55 mph national speed limit. The series was followed by a couple of books by participants, then a slew of Cannonball, and Gumball movies.

It's funny(to me), the complete and correct, "Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" name, which few knew at the time, rolls off my tongue effortlessly, while I can't remember what I had for breakfast. :crone:

xoxoxoBruce 12-24-2015 01:52 PM

♫ Oh, do you know the popcorn man, ♪
the popcorn man, the popcorn man,
♪ Oh, do you know the popcorn man,
That lives on Drury Lane? ♫
I wonder if the same steam used to power the car, was used to pop the corn after he arrived?

xoxoxoBruce 12-26-2015 05:19 PM

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This belongs to one of my SSR group.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 12:59 PM

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Wide load...

Pamela 12-29-2015 09:16 PM

VERY illegal to move an oversize load like that after sunset. tsk tsk

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 09:59 PM

No, that's not what he's saying. The mine owners, rather than paying these guys to truck things, would drive the bigass Haul trucks over the road. Those fuckers are 31 ft wide.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2015 10:06 PM

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1914 Militaire had outriggers that could be deployed with a lever at slow speeds. That $165k was this year, not 1914. :haha:

Pamela 12-30-2015 07:58 PM

I used to drive a huge Cat 769 at a mine in PA.

We had to drive them up the mine road, across a public road and up to the edge of an abandoned mine, back up to the edge, dump the waste and return, over and over.

One poor soul got too close to the edge, which crumbled out from under him and he and his truck went over and rolled to the bottom. The bed was torn off the chassis but the truck was otherwise undamaged. The owners brought in a big wrecker, righted the truck, got it running, drove it out of the pit, replaced the hydraulics, put the bed back on and had the thing back at work in two days.

The driver, not so much. He lived to tell the tale, albeit with a broken leg and two broken arms.

xoxoxoBruce 12-30-2015 09:38 PM

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That's a shitload of weight, living on the edge is hazardous to your health. He was lucky to live.

This is a beut.

Mary Lambright, 23, made the 1880 historic bridge collapse on Christmas Day in Paoli, Indiana
Iron bridge had a weight limit of six tons - her vehicle and trailer weighed about 60,000 pounds - or 30 tons - at crash
Lambright told police she didn't know how many pounds were in six tons
No injuries, but the bridge collapsed under the weight and was destroyed
She left the Amish order about a year ago, got her CDL in May, rented the truck from Penske. Pulling a 53' box with 43,000lbs of bottled water to walmart, hit the superstructure at 30mph, then the damaged bridge couldn't handle the weight. Doesn't say if she was shooting for walmart's 15 minute window.

Clodfobble 12-30-2015 10:13 PM

Too tall and too heavy? Idiot.

BigV 12-30-2015 11:56 PM

I can still hear you.... :eyebrow:

xoxoxoBruce 01-02-2016 06:45 PM

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Coming to a US Post Office near you...

Gravdigr 01-03-2016 02:26 PM

That '38 IH is a beautiful thing.

fargon 01-03-2016 03:07 PM

I like that Cornbinder.

xoxoxoBruce 01-03-2016 04:58 PM

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The problem with the '38 IH is the cab was made at the end of the depression when most folks were skinny. Two of us fat guys wouldn't have room for a lunch box.
Whenever we had to fit three in, if there was a girl, she got put in the middle straddling the shifter. Sorry, but I need first and third too. :blush:

One of the SSR guys customized his truck to look like that '53 chevy.

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