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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. Production did take off quickly, but from what I've read, this started well before Pearl Harbor when the war in Europe began to appear likely and then actually started in 1939.  "In May 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 185,000 aeroplanes, 120,000 tanks, 55,000 anti-aircraft guns and 18 million tons of merchant shipping in two years and congress approved the addition of 3000 planes to the Army Air Force" per Wikipedia.  Another statistic was munitions production tripled from 1939 to 1940 and tripled again in 1941.  Things were well underway prior to Pearl Harbor to provide support to England and its allies although I'm sure production was turned up even further after the US entered the war.

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  10. The Binder was introduced in 1975.  Per Crismon's book, "It was  a very basic truck, at the low-cost end of the Loadstar line aimed at the farm market" and he has a photo showing it with the standard grille.  

    I never realized that grille was used with the MV engines which this one has in addition to the diesels. Probably it covered a larger radiator for more cooling, but that wouldn't be needed on the basic truck.

  11. 5 hours ago, acem said:

    I don't have a book for 77 models but I'll try see if my older books help. It looks like an 1850 to me.

    It looks like a diesel by the grill. What's under the hood?

    I'd agree that is a diesel grille, but the engine could easily have been changed in 40+ years.  The VIN indicates it was built in Chatham where the diesels were built vs Springfield for the gas models.  My 1972 specs indicate the 1850 GVWs ran from 23,660 up to 30,200#, a 1750 maxed out at 26,000#

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