Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design

It seems that I often refer to the superiority of the overhead valve engine design as compared to the side-valve or “flathead” engine design.  My day job is as a consulting engineer (although not in the automotive industry) so I … Continue reading

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The 1947 Cadillac: The Last “Old” Cadillac

Recently I have made some posts about the significant overhead valve engine that Cadillac introduced in 1949.  Cadillacs of that era even competed at Le Mans.  To balance that story I thought that I would include a post about the 1947 … Continue reading

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Unknown Car In Dublin, Ireland

Frequently I get photos of cars from people asking me to help identify the car.  North Americans who travel to Europe see many car brands and/or models that are not available in North America.  Actually it seems that most small … Continue reading

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A 1929 Chevrolet: A Car From My Past

This past week I came across some old photographs that I have which I hope to scan in the next few months in order to share them with my daughter.  One photo that caught me eye was of a 1929 Chevrolet … Continue reading

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2012 Great Race Winners

The 2012 Great Race is now in the books.  From what I have read online, it seems that the competitors enjoyed the event.  I am pleased that the Sportsman Class was won by Brian Blood and Steve Keller.  They did … Continue reading

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1958 Chevrolet Impala: A One-Year Wonder

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala was a notable car for several reasons.   For one thing, this was the first time that Chevrolet used the model name “Impala”.  This also was the first Chevrolet to use the “quad” headlight design. A 1958 Chevrolet … Continue reading

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Ariel Four Square Motorcycle: The “Squariel”

One of the more interesting motorcycles to come from England was the Ariel Square Four.  I had the opportunity to see one of these motorcycles at the Spring 2012 Show of the British Iron Association of Massachusetts. A 1955 Ariel … Continue reading

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