Antique store on the Danforth
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
|Library and Archives Canada Photo|
I found an article on this little homebuilt three wheeler in the December 1986 issue of The Classic Motor Cycle, it had apparently also appeared in the December 11 1947 issue of Motor Cycling when it was already 27 years old.
The builder, a Mr. J.A Mills of Mansfield, England, built it immediately after WW1 when new vehicles were difficult to buy. The frame is steel tube, brazed together, the body is plywood built in three parts, lower "hull" with hood and upper tail added and bolted to the frame. The motorcycle based powertrain features a side valve AJS V twin which by 1947 had travelled an estimated 10,000 miles. A quick Google shows it's still around as of 2013, nearing 100 years of age.
Friday, May 25, 2018
|Jim Lotz and Keith Mackenzie, Railways of Canada, Bison Books, 1988|
A number of asphyxiations led to the replacement of steam with electric locomotives in 1908, an early use of Westinghouse's AC current system.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Auto Glider was part of the post WW1 scooter boom in England. Their initial offering in 1919 was a stand-up model (Model A) and despite their assurances that standing was a better way, they soon offered the sit down Model D Deluxe shown below. In both variations, no starter was provided, the rider paddled the vehicle along manipulating a decompressor lever in order to start it.
Aside from the awkward engine and drive arrangement on the front wheel, the Model D styling was a big improvement. Despite that, the company was out of business by 1921.
|The Classic Motor Cycle Dec 1986|