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  1. To clarify, there was no bankruptcy. 

    It was close and he was likely preparing for that.  I heard that all the paperwork was done and all that remained was for IH to file it with the court.  But the deal with Tenneco cancelled that so his work was for naught although his bank probably came out better in the end.

  2. 9 hours ago, Steve C. said:

    Interesting.  And no interstates to get all the way to Texas.

    Yup, done on two lane US-27 and US-24 thru downtown Fort Wayne.  People who grew up along the route have said that when you saw one coming, you got off the road as they were coming thru.  Angola, IN has a traffic circle in their downtown where US-27 crossed US-20.  Parking in the downtown was banned for the duration so the trucks could get through.

  3. 1 hour ago, hardtail said:

    Remotely fired I assume?

    Given the lack of protection that I have read about for troops involved in atomic tests into the 1950's, I'd say probably not.

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  4. The first picture appears to be at Ford's Piquette Ave. plant where the Model T was developed and first built.  Production soon moved to Highland Park where the other photos were taken.  Wikipedia says "Although the Rouge produced nearly all the parts of the Model T, assembly of that vehicle remained at Highland Park. It was not until 1927 that automobile production began at the Rouge, with the introduction of the Ford Model A."  

    Piquette Ave. is now a museum dedicated to the Model T.

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  5. 22 hours ago, IH OAK said:

    IIRC the proving grounds were torn up recently and the tower is going away soon as well. Or so I've heard.

    The tower is not going away.  It's a landmark for the industrial park and in good condition.  The power plant inside the plant area which once had a tall stack was torn down last month.


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  6. 2 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

    I’m surprised that has been preserved. 

    The Studebaker sign is not a part of the Navistar Proving Grounds.  In 1996, Bendix Corp. who owned the grounds at that time, donated 195 acres of the site including the sign to the county for a park, Bendix Woods County Park.  The trees of the sign which were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1938 were dieing off from age and were replanted by volunteers after the park was formed.

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  7. On 11/10/2022 at 1:46 AM, Old Binder Guy said:

    That is a European engine, so I'd bet they hadn't heard about the Kromer Kloth Kap with polka dots yet? I don't know about their steam locomotive engineers? Whether they wear the striped caps the American steam locomotive engineers used to wear or not? I doubt the European traction engines wear poky dots in yellow or not? Maybe they do, as I found this yellow polka dot cap on the internet.





    I searched for "British Train Driver Hats" (they aren't called engineers in most other countries--and that really bothers US engineers on FB) and found numerous varities, many similar to uniform caps like this one



    I'm not sure if there was a "standard" hat there, although the striped denim wasn't the only one you see in old photos over here, just the most common.

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  8. A little history on the Autowagon/Autobuggy models.  IH introduced the Autobuggy in 1907.  It was distinctly different than an Autowagon which can be seen if you compare the pictures of them above.  The Autobuggy had no box or any sort or cargo space, only a rear seat for passengers with the sides open for easy entry.  The Autowagon was introduced in 1909 with a cargo box in the back and would be the first truck.  A second seat could be installed in the box, but that did make it an Autobuggy although it served a similar purpose.  Autobuggy production continued for a year or two after the Autowagon appeared.

    All this is confused by the 40 Year display pictured above which has a 1909 Autowagon labeled as a 1907.  I'm sure that was put together by some marketing types who didn't know the difference and if they did, figured no one at that time would know the difference.

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  9. 10 minutes ago, stronger800 said:

    In a accident like that, whatever must’ve happened to that truck, there’s surely lots of expensive parts being replaced that are not being repaired I would think.  With  that in mind, why would you not just replace the frame? I mean if you’re going to order a new cab why not send a frame along with it

    RepIacement might be better IF a new frame is available.

  10. Some searching brought this up:

    Goodrich continued to apply the latest technology to its tire production. In 1910 it introduced the first cord tire for use on U.S. automobiles. This tire, which reduced fuel consumption and increased the comfort of the ride, was developed in Silver-town, England, and marketed there as the Palmer Cord. Goodrich purchased the patent rights for it in the United States and sold it to U.S. consumers as the Silvertown Cord.

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  11. It should be noted that the B-36 flying with the B-50 is no ordinary B-36--note the lack of the normal bubble canopy for the crew.  That is the NB-36 testing the use of nuclear reactors to supplement the power of the normal engines.  That different front is a 11 ton lead-lined compartment protecting the crew from radiation.  Nothing much seemed to come from the tests.  Read about it at 


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