I want one.
Pop Strutts (my grampa) created this bit of vehicular awesome from a lawnmower engine, some stray bicycle parts and wood scraps. There was no steering wheel, only a tiller.
The engine was a Briggs & Stratton 1/2 hp rope-starter. It had three gears, but to change gears you had to stop, move the drive belt a pulley over, and hope it didn’t sever your fingers while you moved it. There was an accelerator pedal that attached to the throttle, and a brake that consisted of a lever that forced a piece of metal into the rubber of one of the rear wheels.
To shut down the engine, there was a piece of spring metal with a wooden switch to short out the spark plug. It’d give you a nice zap if your finger missed the wood.
What’s not shown here is The Peckerwood. On the rear of the vehicle, Pop mounted a wooden image of a boy who mechanically rocked back and forth as the Go Cart moved, poking his steel wire “pecker” back and forth through a steel eye screw. Papa Strutts probably removed it so as not to give a 10 year-old Bunk any nasty ideas, but I remember it. I had nasty ideas anyway, but not because of The Peckerwood.
[Update: November 2014 – this sold at a recent estate sale for $75.]
1953 Short Ford Bus offered for only $6,500:
I put Flat Head V-8 In service 10 years Carb, Ignition, Two new water pumps, all heater hose and service ran strong and just needed a clutch fork, a few glasses and I have access to glass, pulled drive line and did not work on any more, would make a great ride [via]
Go for it.
P.S. The interior is flawless.
[Yep, now we’ve got an archive category for Rat Rods and it’s entirely awesome.]
Chaetopterus pugaporcinus aka the pigbutt worm.
Cool exhibition of Conway’s Game of Life here.
Nice collection of Living fossils.
Nan goes Christmas shopping in Singapore.
If you’re going to run over your own kid, do it with a Landrover.
A Twinkies inker exposed.
It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford. Winslow Arizona trompe l’oeil. (Only criticism – there oughtta be a Jackson in the upper window instead of an eagle.)
On Anthropogenic Global Warming, this is a fun read, and educational, too.
For those who think this blog is about Raccoons, here ya go. [h/t A.U.]
Top image found here.
Bunkessa spotted this Rat Rod Trike in front of the local Home Depot yesterday and thought “I know who’d like this.”
She was right. More Rat Rods here.
[via email from 1389AD]
We’ve featured Rat Rods before, but now it’s time for some street legal mobiles that would make Ralph Nader crawl into a freshly dug grave just to roll over.
Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal.
They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we’ve seen in too long. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California and they’re all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap.
They were originally powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines but they rattled like heck because of the two cylinder vibration and Tom replaces them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750’s and a couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase.
Are these true Babe Magnets? For sure, and they’re Unsafe At Any Speed, which is just how we like it on Tacky Raccoons.