1886 Train Wreck


Now understand that details are a bit fuzzy because everybody in my research loves to be really vague or completely useless. But, since the birds are chirping and the air is warmer and people will be soon thinking about demolition derby, I thought I would throw this in.

In 1886 a passenger train full of tourists bound for Niagara Falls collided head on with a freight train on a sharp turn around my home town of Silver Creek, New York. Somebody didn’t stop the train at the station like they were supposed to. 21 men’s lives were lost when the baggage car enveloped the smoking car. The conductor and the engineer were charged with manslaughter for disobeying orders. DSC_0006

You may notice that the one car is inside the other. Women were not allowed in the smoking car, so none of them died.



I found these photos at the Silver Creek…ummm…room of old stuff. I don’t know what else to call it. It needs a lot of work. The engine looks like it’s from Vulcan Iron Works. They were used on the Buffalo & State Line Railroad quite a bit. To bad it didn’t “live long and prosper.”

Ford EcoBlue Engine Said to be a Game Changer

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Ford has unveiled a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel called the EcoBlue, which will be the first of a new range of clean-sheet oil-burners. The EcoBlue 2.0-liter will be the first Ford engine to use modular camshafts, which increase fuel economy by 13 percent. Expect the EcoBlue diesel to power future Ford passenger and commercial vehicles with an output ranging from 98 to 237 hp. The Transit and Transit Custom are slated to be the first models to use the new engine.BBsiHOD

Improvements include 20 percent more torque at 1,250 rpm compared to the 2.2-liter design it will replace. The engine will be less noisy thanks to a reduction of 4 decibels in radiated noise at idle. In addition, the new engine architecture in the EcoBlue also has reduced friction and has a clean-burning combustion system. A new after-treatment for exhaust gasses allows the EcoBlue engine to comply with Euro Stage VI standards that will be introduced in September 2016. That standard requires a 55-percent reduction in NOx emissions versus Stage V standards.


Clayton Parker’s 1979 GMC C-10

One point that I want to make clear to my readership is thus: I am not Hot Rod Magazine. A bit of rust or a dent or two will not turn me away. Everything tells a story and the hope is that it is a better story than “I threw a bunch of money at it.” Having a trailer queen doesn’t hurt your chances of me talking about you, but it also doesn’t help.

With that in mind, this time I wish to talk about Clayton Parker’s 1979 GMC C-10.

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Clayton (2).JPGThis is in excellent shape for a New York truck. Parker found it in Stockton, New York and took it to his home in Forestville. In between driving it around he put on a Crowl induction hood to cover up the less than perfect looking small block 350 with TH-350 automatic.

He added the aluminum wheels and the Cooper Cobra tires, along with…wait for it…new headlights. To add to his automotive affection, Parker admitted to washing it once in a while.

Clayton (6)In the future Parker wants to fix the cab corners and add an LS engine for more power and better fuel economy.

Parker bought the truck for his son, Nathaniel. “It was basically bought to go to a couple of car shows in the summer so my son can have fun. When he first saw it he said, ‘When are we going for a ride?'”

Clayton (1)Still this truck still looks rather good and has a deep rap to the exhaust that I find rather pleasant. When not parked at Norm’s Garage in Sunset Bay, this truck is easy to spot cruising around and a welcome site to local automotive memorabilia.




Wet n Wild Camaro

The owner of this brand spanking new Camaro ZL1 saw his romance with his new 580 horsepower ride come to a halt after he lost control of the car and plowed it straight into a swimming pool! Needless to say, the car will likely be totaled out, thanks to a hydrolocked engine and fried electrical system! Hopefully he took the time to get it insured before this unfortunate incident!


Rice Rice Baby

A loose definition of the compound word “hot rod” is “any vehicle modified to look or perform beyond original equipment specifications.” Even if we don’t pay any attention, we have all seen modified cars on the street. The word hot rod is normally used only towards older, rear wheel drive vehicles and seldom is used for newer, front wheel drive vehicles, even if the term applies.

These vehicles are normally known as tuners and once again can be broken up into two groups. There are true tuners, then there are what most petrolheads, both hot rodder and tuner alike, don’t care for, is the ricers.

How do you know if someone is a “ricer?”

First we must understand what that word means. It means Race Inspired Cosmetic Enhancements or, RICE. It does help that most of the enhancements are usually done to Japanese cars, but not always.

Understand that the improvements to the car are mostly on the outside, thus being cosmetic in nature. They maybe are race inspired, but not by the owner of the vehicle. Tuners race the car, figure out what makes it go faster and keep the parts that do. They add nothing that would lower performance.

That is where the ricers come in. If no research was done to figure out how the car will respond to a completely visual upgrade, you are a ricer.

1.       Rear wing. A rear wing is designed to improve traction by pushing down in the rear of the car, using drag. Unless you do massive turning with massive horsepower, they only rob you of performance and fuel economy, while looking really dumb.wing

2.       Ground effects. They lessen the air flow under the car, resulting in higher under hood and body temperatures and that robs you of performance. Heat is not your car’s friend. The cooler the air and gasoline is before it reaches the engine the better.

3.       neon-car-lightsUsing the car as a life line for a light bulb. This adds weight in the form of extra batteries, controllers and the lights themselves. Depending on where the weight is added, it can effect cornering. The extra drain on the electrical system can lead to premature failure of the alternator and other parts. Most installations are not professional, and can lower the resale value if holes for wires are visible or molding parts are broken. Lights and wires often melt when put to close to hot parts of the car like the exhaust system.

4.       Short intake tubes. In an effort to clean up the engine some, short air intake tubes are often added. Cars like dense, cool air. What these intakes deliver is hot, thin air. The tube should be as long as possible and the air cleaner as far away from the engine as possible.

5.       ewwSmall cars are hard enough to get into as it is. I have to either smash my head or pull a muscle in my side to get into them. Only a ricer would figure out how to make this problem worse with doors that hinge up and cover the opening.

6.       Fart Cans. Sometimes called fart cannons, lawnmowers, Weed Eaters on steroids. That would be the muffler. They are normally found at the parts store, right off the shelf, seldom fit right and sound horrible. Most modern cars need a certain amount of back pressure in the exhaust system to run right and these mufflers rob the system of pressure.

Since next to nothing about ricers is under the hood and is to just show off, these cars perform worse than their unmodified siblings in cornering, performance and fuel economy. It is all for show, but in reality, it all just looks stupid. So if your new goal in life is to be a douche bag, doing all these things to your car will help.

Ford Supercar? Oooo…

The all-new Ford GT supercar is officially available to order. Ford announced today that it will begin taking order applications for the GT on www.FORDGT.com, a dedicated website that’ll also allow anyone to configure the Blue Oval’s upcoming supercar.

GTFord is only accepting 500 orders, which covers the allocation for two years (250 units each year). Official pricing has yet to be announced, but the automaker estimates a starting price of $400,000 before taxes and destination.

The GT will be powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that will make at least 600 hp. It’ll be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A number of Ford GT race cars have been busy testing this past year and four GTs are slated to race at this summer’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

By Moter Trend, MSN News


Self Drive Cars are the End of an Era

The fear that we will become completely automated has been around for some time. Others may call it a dream. Cars are almost there.

According to Hot Rod, “It started with the automatic transmission; tomorrow won’t be like today. Irreversibly, tomorrow will be populated with robot cars transporting humans that will not know how to drive a manually operated automobile. Will a test lab somewhere in the heights of Berkeley be allowed to resolve the difficult questions, or will it be put into the hands of typically apathetic voters. On every level, future generations will be amazed at the amount of freedom our society once had.”

Don’t believe it? Name someone that drives a stick shift? Even semis are turning automatic.

“There are some strong pluses and minuses to the controversial topic of autonomous cars, so lets play devil’s advocate for both sides. The good news is driverless cars will remove the steering wheel from the hands of people that really shouldn’t be driving,” Hot Rod said.

The minus is a way of life will be gone, and can even to go to extremes, ads that may be seen from the air could be made by letters and numbers painted on the tops of cars. Who thought of this? It would cause problems for commuters. People with places to go would find themselves delayed for the sake of advertising. Don’t we contribute to the rich enough? Those without numbers on their cars could be pushed back and delayed, or cars with numbers slown down to make the most of the advertiser’s dollar. If the cars are that well controlled, what would stop them from taking it just because they need a “w” right now? Think people.


The Fastest Street-Legal Electric Car Is a Chevrolet Corvette

It would be easy to assume the Tesla Model S is the fastest electric car in the world. The P90D can, after all, hit 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph. But no, it doesn’t hold the record as the fastest electric car in the world. That record belongs to an electric Corvette called the Genovation eXtreme Electric, Road and Track said.


The GXE’s motors produce a combined 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to also hit 60 mph in three seconds flat with a top speed of 186.8 mph.  Its 130-mile range on a single charge isn’t too shabby either. Perhaps the craziest thing about this electric Corvette-other than its $335,000 price tag-is the fact it still uses a manual transmission.


More on New Trans Am

TAWith the demise of the Pontiac brand in 2008, hopes of a new Firebird or Trans Am from GM were all but crushed. For those wanting a new Pontiac pony car, Trans Am Worldwide converts fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaros into modern-day Pontiac Trans Am coupes.  Burt Reynolds introduced a modern tribute car celebrating the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was used in the popular movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”
Dubbed “The Bandit” and signed by the actor who played Bandit in the film, the new Bandit Trans Am tribute car will be limited to just 77 examples, a nod to the 1977 model year of the car from the original film. Like the car from the movie, the Bandit features black paint and gold accents, including the “screaming chicken” graphic on the hood. Other cosmetic details include custom T-top roof panels and more gold trim in the interior.


Under the hood, the Bandit Trans Am features a supercharged LSX 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V-8 crate engine cranking out 840 hp and 790 lb-ft of torque. The T-Tops and boosted LSX crate engine are options on the company’s standard Trans Am conversions.

Trans Am Worldwide can also make a Pontiac GTO Judge, but some may look at the Trans Am or GTO conversion as just a Chevrolet Camaro with a body kit.

For more on that check the link.

MSN News