Of all the events happening in Fairbanks Friday, February 12, I made the great choice to attend Dancing with Cars at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. There was quite a diverse crowd – I would guess around 250 people. It didn’t feel crowded because the museum is so big and there is so much to see that people were spread all over the place. You could actually move from area to area and visit with folks without hitting elbows. Except of course, there was always a line for the great food (can you say seconds and thirds?). My big favorites were the Marinated Beef Kabobs (which melted in your mouth) and the Salmon Sliders.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thanks to the crew for all their work and allowing me the opportunity to educate them on clincher wheels and tires. On Tuesday we had three docents come in for the project, Rick Larrick, Paul Tekin, and Will Chase. We put new tires on the new wheels we had made, and then put them on the Flyer, adjusted up the tracks and made it ready for operation.
The test run went well, except that the battery power to the coil box failed and it quit on us, causing us to fire it up on the mag, which runs very well. We continued to play around with it, and now it's ready for the annual Tired Iron Rally,..as soon as we fix the electrical issue. Great job guys!
2/23/10 update: Check out this video of the Snow Flyer on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyIwYU3P-9s
Monday, February 8, 2010
The crate is constructed so that the axles will rest on the upright supports and the wheels will not reach the ground. The car is rather fragile at this point and we do not want to damage it in any way. Lynden Transport will be bringing a heated truck to haul the car so that it is not shocked with temperature or humidity changes during the move. This is very important when handling 100+ year-old cars that are all-original.
The car will be secured down to the crate with straps around the axles to prevent it from moving, and then the crate will be secured in the truck. With all the help from the docents and UAM staff this should be a very smooth operation.
Keep watching for updates on the progress.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
We've had an amazing number of people check out our December post on Fordson Snow Devils, so I thought I'd follow up with more pictures of these funky machines.
The first photos are of a nice-looking Fordson Snow Motor at the Heidrick Ag History Center near Sacramento, CA. We need to get measurements and photos of its rear gear mechanisms so we can fabricate a set for the Snow Motor we have on display.
I found the next two photos on the Internet and they've been reposted so many times I have no idea who the photographers are. If one of these pictures is yours and you would like credit, please let me know. This wonderful example in the upper photo belongs to the World Museum of Mining in Butte Montana. The one below it is a mystery. Anyone know where that Snow Motor resides?
I've come across several historic photos (and one video) of these Snow Motors in Alaska, but if you know of others I'd love to hear from you.