Friday, May 29, 2009

Toyota Cresiida 1984

For 1984, the Toyota Cressida saw some changes. The speedometer was changed to read to 130 mph, and the left outside mirror was changed to the convex type for a better field of view. Also, the stereo cassette player was standard (it had been an option before).

The '84 Cressida came as a wagon or a sedan. The engine was a 2.8-liter, 156-horsepower 6 cylinder, and it came standard with an automatic transmission. A five-speed manual was available as an option. The Cressida was well-equipped, coming with a generous amount of standard features.

Drivers like the 1984 Toyota Cressida because it offers a very comfortable and smooth ride, has many amenities, and if treated well, will last for decades. Some drivers have had problems with rust and the A/C.

Toyota Camry 1983

Toyota introduced the Camry as an independent name to the US market in 1982 for the 1983 model year. It was typical of Japanese imports of the time: small and boxy, but sturdy. It was available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.

The 1983 Toyota Camry came with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, 92-horsepower engine and was available in either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Both the 1983 Toyota Camry sedan and the hatchback were available in LE and DLX trim levels.

The 1983 Toyota Camry did face two recalls. One was because of a malfunctioning cruise control, and one because of problems with the alternator. While the car was still a long way from becoming the best-seller that it is today, drivers of the car report that they still see 1983 Toyota Camry cars on the road occasionally, speaking to Toyota's commitment to reliability.

Toyota Corrola 1980,

The 1980 Toyota Corolla was unchanged from 1979, when it received a new chassis, body, and engine.

The 1980 Toyota Corolla came in many body styles with several trim levels. The two- and four-door sedan came as a standard, DX or E5. The hardtop coupe came as a standard or SR5, and the sports coupe came as a SR5. The wagon came as a standard or DX. The liftback came as a standard and SR5. The 1980 Toyota Corolla had a 75-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.

Owners of the 1980 Toyota Corolla speak very highly of it, and many are still being driven today. Parts are very inexpensive and because of the car's simple construction, just about anyone can perform routine maintenance and small repairs. Body rust is a problem, as are uncomfortable seats that are not suited for long drives.

Start of new Era

Due to sever shortage and high prices of fuel around the world and more need of transportation and traveling required to make more fuel efficient engine increased.
Most of the car makers started making smaller and fuel efficient technology, which resulted the transformation of electronic fuel injection as well as use of gasoline with smaller engines. Japan was the first one who came up with Japanese technology with high reliability of engines as well as long lasting life.

Back before increase in fuel prices all car makers use to make big engines car like V-8 and V-6 were very common but with the time the V-8 engines only use for big and heavy duty work as well as V-6 engines started installing in SUV's and other mini trucks and most of the common use car gone down to V-4 and V-3.

In past only men used to be fascinated by cars models, shapes, performance and enjoyablity. But, now in modern era there is no difference between men and women now all are fascinated by new models and shapes of cars, SUV's and trucks.
Please keep reading my next posts with more advanced cars in market in the time line.

Friday, March 6, 2009

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark VI

AS NEW with 31,232 miles. PERFECT!

1970 Cadillac Deville Convertible.

This is the last of the RWD Cadillac DeVille Convertibles.... and they drive terrific when properly restored.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

1959 Lincoln Mark V 2/dr. Convertible

1957 Chevrolet BelAir Convertible

1954 Ford Custom Truck

1954 Chevrolt Corvette Convertable

1953 Oldsmobile

1953 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Convertible

1952-1954 Henry J Corsair

The 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair was the four-cylinder companion to the Henry J Corsair DeLuxe, with improved styling and increased prices. The 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair also shared much in common with the 1951 Henry J standard, a four-cylinder model that was intended to be the lowest-end model.

Pluses of the 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair:

  • Better looking (but not much)
  • Improved workmanship
  • Good economy
  • As for 1952-54 Corsair DeLuxe, but with better economy and poorer performance

Minuses of the 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair:

  • The same dull styling
  • As for 1952-54 Corsair DeLuxe

Production of the 1952 Henry J Corsair:

Production of the 1953 Henry J Corsair:

Production of the 1954 Henry J Corsair:

Specifications of the 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair:
Wheelbase, inches: 100.0
Length, inches: 181.5
Weight, pounds: 2,370-2,405
Price, new: $1,399-$1,517

Engines for the 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair:

sv I-4
134.2 cid
68 1952-1954

1922 Dodge Touring Car

SPECIFICATIONS: L head four cylinder engine. 25 hp pressurized vacuum tank fuel system. 12 volt Northeast electric starter/generator unit. 2 wheel brakes, 32X4 tires.

John and Horace Dodge were both machinists, when Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company in 1903, the Dodge brothers machine shop built Ford's engines. As part of the deal Henry Ford gave the Dodge brothers a one-tenth share in the Ford Motor Company, which the Dodge brothers later sold for $27,000,000 cash, the original capital for the Dodge Brothers Motor Company.

This 1922 model, Serial # 731464, has been in ths Swope family since 1952. It is little changed from the original car produced by the Dodge brothers on November 14, 1914.

The Dodge Touring car got its first big test as a military vehicle in 1916 when General John J. Pershing took six Dodges on his punitive expedition into Mexico while pursuing the bandit chieftain, Pancho Villa. The success of the Dodge in the rugged wastelands of old Mexico soon was a matter of US Military History, and the Dodge became the US Army's first command car.

The Universal Car

From 1908 through 1927 15,000,000 Model T Fords were produced. Known as the “Tin Lizzie” this vehicle made the Ford name forever famous. Henry Ford used the assembly line method of manufacture that revolutionized the automobile industry and paid his workers a $5.00 per day minimum wage which was considered quite high for the times. The list price for a brand new “T” in 1909 was $850, and the price was continuously reduced until 1927 when a brand new “T’ Roadster could be purchased for $260.

There are more Model Ts still running today than any other automobile from the same era. This Model T served as “Sir Percy Goodfellow’s” ride in our air show for many years.

America On Wheels

1908 was a year of great significance and historic importance as Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from Detroit USA produced its first Ford Model T motor car. The car was also known as the Flivver or Tin Lizzie.

This was now the age when motor cars came into popular usage, not only the rich were able to have enjoy the joys and freedoms of motoring, when, as some say, “It put America on Wheels”. There were two main reasons for this change to the American society they were:

1) 1) It was the birth of the assembly line

2) 2) A ready market was also created by Henry Ford paying his workers a wage that was proportional to the cost of the car.

Vintage Car
Vintage Car

Henry Ford's Model T

On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the fifteen millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. Since his "universal car" was the industrial success story of its age, the ceremony should have been a happy occasion. Yet Ford was probably wistful that day, too, knowing as he did that the long production life of the Model T was about to come to an end. He climbed into the car, a shiny black coupe, with his son, Edsel, the president of the Ford Motor Company. Together, they drove to the Dearborn Engineering Laboratory, fourteen miles away, and parked the T next to two other historic vehicles: the first automobile that Henry Ford built in 1896, and the 1908 prototype for the Model T. Henry himself took each vehicle for a short spin: the nation's richest man driving the humble car that had made him the embodiment of the American dream.
Henry Ford invented neither the automobile nor the assembly line, but recast each to dominate a new era. Indeed, no other individual in this century so completely transformed the nation's way of life. By improving the assembly line so that the Model T could be produced ever more inexpensively, Ford placed the power of the internal combustion engine within reach of the average citizen. He transformed the automobile itself from a luxury to a necessity.
The Advent of the Model T seemed to renew a sense of independence among Americans who had lost their pioneer spirit to industrialization. Yet the methods that Henry Ford devised for producing his car so efficiently advanced that very industrialization. Like its inventor, the Model T represented both high ideals and hard practicalities.

Car owners in fifties

Midway through the century, cars had become a central feature of life for young people. The cars owned by the students of Winfield High School in the fifties are typical of every where in America at that time. It was mobility, status, challenge, and social freedom. It certainly hurt our football team at the time. A typical excuse for not playing on the football team was that a student had to work to earn money to pay for their car. When asked why they needed a car, the answer was invariably: to get to work!

After a century of the automobile, we can begin to assess the effects of long term transport by internal combustion. Nearly every aspect of our lives has developed around this technology. Only now, are we seeing new digital communications technologies, of the internet and beyond, that may eventually displace some of the functions of the automobile and replace our current problems with a new set that you, our grandchildren, will be charged with solving. Ask your grandparents about their first car. I'm sure you will get to hear a great story.

Car Race Passion

The drivers of the day were an adventurous lot, going out in every kind of weather, unprotected by an enclosed body, or even a convertible top. Everyone in town knew who owned what car and the cars were soon to become each individuals token of identity. Notice the guy at the far right fixing his flat time. The dirt roads were a challenge in any weather. By 1910 Winfield paved the downtown streets with brick, horses were no longer welcome. The mule drawn trolleys were upgraded to electric streetcars.
By 1915 racing had become a passion all over the United States. A typical local race track was at the Cowley County Fairgrounds in Winfield, Kansas. The local obsession with horse racing, started by the earliest settlers in 1870, turned to the new technology of auto racing. Local farm boys who were familiar with motors and equipment used their talents on cars and motorcycles to go faster than anyone in the county.

The horse racing facilities were quickly converted to the new, faster, more dangerous, and thus more exciting, motor racing.

8-Cylinder Cadillac

Mr. Martin Baden of Winfield, Kansas and his new eight-cylinder Cadillac roadster. This car was especially built for Mr. Baden, and was equipped with all modern appliances. Driving an automobile required a high degree to technical dexterity, mechanical skill, special clothing including hat, gloves, duster coat, goggles and boots. Tires were notoriously unreliable and changing one was an excruciating experience. Fuel was a problem, since gasoline was in short supply. Mr. Baden became interested enough to become a self-taught geologist and eventually discover major oil deposits in Cowley County, Kansas, and surrounding area

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost of 1906 was a six cylinder car that stayed in production until 1925. It represented the best engineering and technology available at the time and these cars still run smoothly and silently today. This period marked the end of the beginning of the automobile.

13 Duryea 1898 CE

The factory which produced the 13 Duryeas. In 1898 the brothers went their separate ways and the Duryea Motor Wagon Company was closed. Charles, who was born in 1861 and was eight years older than Frank had taken advantage of Frank in publicity and patents. Frank went out on his own and eventually joined with Stevens Arms and Tool Company to form the Stevens-Duryea Company which was sold to Westinghouse in 1915. Charles tried to produce some of his own hare-brained ideas with various companies until 1916. Thereafter he limited himself to writing technical book and articles. He died in 1938. Frank got a half a million dollars for the Westinghouse deal and lived in comfort until his death in 1967, just seven months from his 98th birthday.

Henry Ford's First Car

Henry Ford had an engine running by 1893 but it was 1896 before he built his first car. By the end of the year Ford had sold his first car, which he called a Quadracycle, for $200 and used the money to build another one. With the financial backing of the Mayor of Detroit, William C. Maybury and other wealthy Detroiters, Ford formed the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899. A few prototypes were built but no production cars were ever made by this company. It was dissolved in January 1901. Ford would not offer a car for sale until 1903.

Duryea's First Car 1893 CE

Running by February, 1893 and ready for road trials by September, 1893 the car built by Charles and Frank Duryea, brothers, was the first gasoline powered car in America. The first run on public roads was made on September 21, 1893 in Springfield, MA. They had purchased a used horse drawn buggy for $70 and installed a 4 HP, single cylinder gasoline engine. The car (buggy) had a friction transmission, spray carburetor and low tension ignition. It must not have run very well because Frank didn't drive it again until November 10 when it was reported by the Springfield Morning Union newspaper. This car was put into storage in 1894 and stayed there until 1920 when it was rescued by Inglis M. Uppercu and presented to the United States National Museum.

Daimler's Early Cars

The picture to the left, taken in 1885, is of Gottllieb Daimler's workshop in Bad Cannstatt where he built the wooden motorcycle shown. Daimler's son Paul rode this motorcycle from Cannstatt to Unterturkheim and back on November 10, 1885. Daimler used a hot tube ignition system to get his engine speed up to 1000 rpm

The previous August, Karl Benz had already driven his light, tubular framed tricycle around the Neckar valley, only 60 miles from where Daimler lived and worked. They never met. Frau Berta Benz took Karl's car one night and made the first long car trip to see her mother, traveling 62 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 1888.

Also in August 1888, William Steinway, owner of Steinway & Sons piano factory, talked to Daimler about US manufacturing right and by September had a deal. By 1891 the Daimler Motor Company, owned by Steinway, was producing petrol engines for tramway cars, carriages, quadricycles, fire engines and boats in a plant in Hartford, CT.

Steam cars had been built in America since before the Civil War but the early one were like miniature locomotives. In 1871, Dr. J. W. Carhart, professor of physics at Wisconsin State University, and the J. I. Case Company built a working steam car. It was practical enough to inspire the State of Wisconsin to offer a $10,000 prize to the winner of a 200 mile race in 1878.>

The 200 mile race had seven entries, or which two showed up for the race. One car was sponsored by the city of Green Bay and the other by the city of Oshkosh. The Green Bay car was the fastest but broke down and the Oshkosh car finished with an average speed of 6 mph.

From this time until the end of the century, nearly every community in America had a mad scientist working on a steam car. Many old news papers tell stories about the trials and failures of these would be inventors.

By 1890 Ransom E. Olds had built his second steam powered car, pictured at left. One was sold to a buyer in India, but the ship it was on was lost at sea.

First Four Stroke Engine

The first practical "four-stroke" engine was patented by the Otto and Langen Company of Deutz, Germany.

A1-intake valve
A3-fuel/air mixture
B1-spark plug
B2-compressed mixture
C1-mixture ignites
D1-exhaust valve
D2-burned gases

Nikolaus Otto was a salesman with a grocer when he read of Lenoir's two-stroke gas-driven internal combustion engine. Otto started a workshop in Deutz near Cologne, supported by Langen in 1863. He had a model engine built and improved upon the gas engine, making it a practical power source. The four-stroke Otto Engine was invented in 1876, and a large number of engines were produced under the patent of Otto and Langen.

It was however, a German engineer named Gottlieb Daimler, who, carried out much of the development work on the engine. Daimler was at the time employed with Otto and Langen, and a substantial credit for the success is due to him.

First Motor Accident 1771 CE

Nicolas Cugnot who designed the first car in 1769 made another steam-driven vehicle two years later, also at the Paris Arsenal. The machine reportedly ran quite well, although on one occasion it ran into a wall, thus recording the world's first motor-accident. The vehicle may still be seen today in the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Metiers in Paris.

First Gasoline Engine Car

After several small changes to Lenoir's design, In September of 1893, after several small changes to Lenoir's design, the first gasoline powered car, built by brothers Charles and Frank Duryear, was ready for road trials. The first run on public roads was made on September 21, 1893 in Springfield, MA.. When most people think of the first cars on the road, they think Henry Ford, but it was not until 1896 that one of Henry Ford's cars could be seen on the road. He sold his first car, which he called the Quadracycle, for $200 and used the money to build another car. With the financial backing of the Mayor of Detroit and other wealthy Detroiters, Ford formed the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899. A few prototypes were built, but no production cars were ever made by this company and it was dissolved in January 1901. Ford would not offer a car for sale again until 1903.
The development of the automobile changed the face of small-town America. As time passed, cars became less of luxury and more of a necessity. However, after a century of automobiles, we are finally realizing the long-term effects of transport by internal combustion and are looking for alternative forms of fuel and transportation

First Change in Car

The next step towards the development of the car was the invention of the internal combustion engine. Francois Isaac de Rivaz designed the first internal combustion engine in 1807, using a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen to generate energy. Several designs were developed for a car to run on the internal combustion engine during the early 19 th century, but with little to no degree of commercial success due to the fact that there was no known fuel that could be safely internally combusted.

In 1860, Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, a Frenchman, built the first successful two-stroke gas driven engine. Two years later, he again built an experimental vehicle by his gas-engine, which ran at a speed of 3 kms/hour and drove it from Paris to Joinville. Both of these cars became popular and by 1865 could be frequently seen on the roads. Unfortunately, Lenoir died broke before he could ever make any money or even enjoy his invention.

Birth Of The Car

The birth of the car as we know it today took several years and the works and developments of many people. It was not until 1885 that the first car rolled down the streets; however, earlier attempts at steam powered road vehicles were successful, giving people the idea that cars as we know them today have existed for a lot longer than they have.

The first steam-powered vehicle was designed by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and constructed by M. Brezin in 1769 and could attain speeds of up to 6 km/hour. Two years later, he designed another, much faster steam-driven engine, which was so fast that it rammed into a wall, recording the world's first car accident. These early steam-powered vehicles were so heavy that they were only practical on a perfectly flat surface as strong as iron. However impractical as these cars may have been, the design for these vehicles were the basis for the first self-propelled vehicles and ultimately the basis for the design of the car we know today.