Time to finish your winter projects.

Spring has sprung and it is time to get those winter projects done and out of the way.

Soon the cruise ins and car shows will hit the frozen north. The project needs to be done so you can display all of your hard work and determination.

So get busy before “jobs” and other work get in the way and the project gets put off until next winter.

With sitting for another year more problems usually show and the project becomes an never ending story

Is everyone ready for the Spring fixem up time?

It alwaays seems like no matter how much time you spend working of equipment over the winter. The coming of Spring finds new problems to fix and replace.

So are your tools and garages ready for the onset of work coming your way?

Maybe now would be a good time to make sure your stock of fluids is full and your tools are ready. From the small items put off due to weather and ice formations to the parts that fail with the changing seasons. This is the time to prepare youself.

Back with a different look.

After a long hiatus caused by multiple life events we are back with a new look.
I am hoping that things will normalise and I will be able to return to posting on at least a semi regular basis.

Streamlight warns against off-brand batteries

EAGLEVILLE, PA, October 8, 2009 – Streamlight, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights for industrial, fire and rescue, law enforcement professionals and sporting enthusiasts, today issued another warning about purchasing and using inferior quality lithium 123A batteries with its flashlight products or other products. Use of off-brand lithium batteries may present a risk of leakage, fire, explosion or serious personal injury, company officials said.

“Streamlight recommends only the use of U.S. made, high quality lithium batteries with its products, including Streamlight Battery No. CR123A, Panasonic Battery No. CR123A or Duracell Battery No. 123,” said Ray Sharrah, Streamlight’s Chief Operating Officer. “The use of other batteries, or the mixing of used and new or different brand batteries, could result in fire, explosion or burn hazards.”

Sharrah said that a Houston police officer suffered minor injuries on October 4 when a Streamlight flashlight he was using during an investigation reportedly exploded while in use. The flashlight was powered by off-brand Chinese batteries, which were the source of the explosion.

“Streamlight lithium CR123A batteries are manufactured to stringent quality control standards, incorporating safety features which ensure they will not overheat in our high-performance flashlights,” explained Sharrah. “By using quality U.S. made lithium battery brands exclusively, Streamlight product users can be assured that they can operate their flashlight products safely at all times.” He added that users should never misuse, short circuit, improperly store or discard, disassemble or heat any CR123 batteries above 212 F (100 C).

Streamlight includes a warning about using off-brand batteries on applicable product packages and instructions

1934-1957 Citroen ‘Traction avant’

An excellent write up on this car was done by the editors of Consumer Guide. I am posting it below.

1934-1957 Citroen ‘Traction avant’

by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant” was the product of the French mass-production pioneer of front drive and all-steel unit construction, the latter encouraged — and tooled — by America’s Budd Body Company. It boasted many advances, including pushrod ohv engines, removable wet cylinder liners, independent front suspension, and four-wheel torsion-bar springing.

The driveline put a three-speed manual gearbox ahead of the differential and engine. This layout influenced the U.S. Cord 810/812. The shifter poked through the dash and worked “backwards,” an artifact of Andre Citroën’s aborted plan for automatic transmission.

Styling, now long world-famous, was low-slung — just 60 inches high, some 18 inches below the contemporary norm — emphasized by omitting running boards. Wheels at the extreme corners made for exceptional interior space, a smooth ride, and — with fairly broad track dimensions — high stability.

There were progressive improvements and more powerful four-cylinder engines, plus a six-cylinder alternative from 1938. Mainstay models were four-door sedans: four-seat legere (“light”), stretched five/six-seat normale, and longer seven/nine-passenger familiale. The last had a lift-up rear-end panel — an early hatchback — and was also sold with removable seats as a commerciale. A 2+2 coupe and convertible were built for a time, as was a low-volume five-seat coupe de ville.

The 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant” was not fundamentally changed postwar, but it saw further improvements and, from 1953, “trunkback” styling. Starting in 1954, some 3000 Sixes received the radical new oleopneumatic suspension system from the forthcoming 1955 DS19, though Traction assemblies didn’t stop until July 1957.

Pluses of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”

* History-makers all
* Great character
* Unmistakable “French connection” styling
* Roomy and smooth-riding

Minuses of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”

* Not that common in U.S.
* Ditto parts/service/restoration expertise
* Ditto club support
* Leisurely performance
* Established Citroën’s reputation for quirkiness

Production of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”
4-cylinder: 708,339
6-cylinder: 50,518
(includes prewar British-built models)

Specifications of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”
Wheelbase, inches: 114.5 (7CV, 11 legere); 121.5 (15/Six and 11 normale); 129.0 (11 familiale/commerciale)
Length, inches: 184 (7CV/11 legere); 191 (15/Six and 11 normale); 198.5 (11 familiale/commerciale)
Weight, pounds: 2650-2950
Price, new: $1,798-2,686 (1955 U.S. POE)

Engines for the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv I-4 79.5 cc 32 1934
ohv I-4 93.3 cc 35 1934
ohv I-4 99.3 cc 36 1934-1941
ohv I-4 116.6 cc 45/56 1934-1957
ohv I-6 175.0 cc 77 1938-1957

1951 Delahaye Type 235 Saoutchik

The Delahaye 235 was the last attempt by Delahaye to produce a successful sports car after the war. This example has a unique Saoutchik body, first exhibited at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. With a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine and a Cotal pre-selector gearbox the Delahaye 235 was a modernized descendant of Delahaye’s pre-war 135 with revised suspension. Far from cheap, it cost double the price of the rival Jaguar XK120 or about the same as a Bentley Mark VI. This car led a busy life in Europe, being shown at several concours, until 1964 when, with 80,382 kilometers on the clock, it was put away in a garage in France. During the last 45 years that car has been driven less than 100 kilometers; and it is complete and original in every respect.
The 235 was a modern vehicle introduced in 1951, just after the close of World War II. It was powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine capable of producing just over 150 horsepower and could reach speeds of 100 mph, or more. The 235 replaced the 135 and was Delahaye’s only model offered for sale during this time.

Delahaye produced the rolling chassis and left the creation of the bodies up to coachbuilders, such as Letourneur & Marchand, Chapron, Ghia, and Vanden Plas.

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SK Hand tools strike

Can a company in these troubled times afford to pay all the benefits the Unions demand?

With the loss of so much USA industry due to EPA rules, carbon caps, OSHA regulations and labour laws. When are people going to realize that they are driving their jobs away?

When the company closes and these people join the unemployment line what are they going to do then. Oh I forgot then they will probably be eligible for medicaid. That will pay 100 percent of all medical costs at the governments expense.