Every now and then it’s not about cars, racing or banging on car fenders. But it’s always about Words.
Although this is a bit about cars, because this popped into my head when I was reading the book “A Most Unique Machine” by George S. May. Any excellent read if you like the history part of this passion of ours – cars.
In the book they grab excerpts of real period accounts and news articles about the dawn of the auto industry in the United States – which was mid morning to the rest of the world – as we were behind many European countries.
These excerpts came from a time when words stood lone. Words like ‘marvelous’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘unique’. The use of these words meant some thing back then. They were reserved words, used to emphasize important events or objects. The word ‘unique’ really meant something special. Here’s an example from the Detroit Journal: ‘when in motion, the connecting rods fly like lightning, and the machine is capable of running seven or eight miles an hours…a most unique machine.’
This excerpts is a description of Charles King’s evening joy ride in his gas powered horseless carriage in March of 1896. Of his version of the car he said…”I am convinced they (horseless carriages) will in time supersede the horse.”
Back then words such as ‘fly like lightning’ or even words like ‘capable’ and ‘unique’ were as good as it got. If someone called you ‘capable’ that was high praise as was ‘unique’ and if you supersede someone or something it meant you were the best. In today “drama – filled, I need attention writing these are lame words.
Can you image describing the winning top-fueled drag car – fast as lightning? Certainly not (hell no) it would be friggin’ fast.
Words meaning have been muted by adjectives and adverbs.
Ok on to my next audacious, awesome filled, friggin’ outstanding article.
Here we have Ruff Bolt and the King’s Horseless Carriage. Ruff Bolt is a funny automatic controlled plane which can fly 10,000 km per second! The Kings Horseless Carriage is small, cozy, and pretty fast. Both Ruff Bolt and …
King’s “horseless carriage” moved down Woodward Avenue to the surprise of pedestrians. The next day a local newspaper called it “a most unique machine.” King became the first Detroiter—and possibly the first …
Think there was much of a choice of engines back in 1956? Well there were a few for the 1956 Hudson.
As was custom back in the 40′s and 50′s, the engines were often named similar to the model of the car they powered. For the 1956 Hudson, the company had the Hudson Rambler, Wasps and Hornet. The engines followed suit for the most part. There were 5 six cylinder versions and 2 V8s.
The first up is the Hudson Rambler Six. This was an in line 6 L head with a displacement of 195.6 cid. It was a cast iron block with bore of 3 1/8″ and stroke of 4.25″
and a compression ratio of 7.5: 1. The four main bearings, solid valve lifters and 1 barrel Carter Carb (YF model 2009s) combined to produce 120 horse power.
’56 Hudson Rambler In Line Six
The Wasp Six was a In Line L-head 6 cylinder. It to was a cast iron block same compression ratio 7.5:1. Its bore and store was larger than the Hudson Rambler – 3.00 x 4.75 (vs. 4.25) and it manged to displace 202 cid without a change in hp still at 120. The engine came from the factory with a Carter one barrel WA-1 carb (2009s).
The Wasp Twin-H Six was similar to the other Wasp except it managed 8.0:1 compression ratio with the help of the H carb configuration. This consisted of 2 Carter single barrel carbs (WA-1 model 2013s) that helped the 202 cid engine produce 130 hp.
This 1953 Chevy Wagon was bought new by my Grandfather as a delivery wagon for his grocery store. My Uncle and Cousin had restored and maintained it until it was passed on to me. This is the actual first car I remember riding in as a toddler. I was fascinated by the chrome on the dash, and have been a car nut ever since.
After a lot of thought and conversations, I have decided what direction to go with the restoration of the Wagon. At first, I wanted to preserve the original state of the car, but if I did that, it would be dangerous to drive in today’s traffic. In 1953, there were no seat-belts and few other safety devices. I really would like to enjoy the car as it was meant to be…. driving it as much as possible. I would love to build it with a Big Block, but I am realistic so I plan to install the original Corvette engine and transmission from the ’78 Vette. I also want to install disc brakes all around with radial tires. Of course there is creature comforts like air conditioning I want to install. I will keep the original look of the car with a few exceptions like wheels and over-sized tires.
The SEMA Show is the automotive performance industry’s most important yearly shindig—a trade-show gathering of parts manufacturers and car builders representing every kink in the gearhead world. It’s where business gets done, it’s the launching point for thousands of new products, and it has become one of the nation’s most interesting and diverse car shows. The project cars on display are advocates of the newest components and styles in the niches of hot rods, muscle cars, imports, street trucks, and 4x4s.
At HOT ROD, we look at the SEMA Show as an indicator of trends coming and going, and we walk the aisles looking for consistent themes in the creations of car builders nationwide. Here we present the fruit of this year’s hunt.—David Freiburger