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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seat Belts

Believe it or not, the Ford Motor Company offered them starting in 1955 as a dealer installed option. It was tied into a "Arrive alive in '55" ad campaign. They were not Federally mandated until January 1, 1968. 

Finding cars with them prior to the mandate is somewhat rare. Compounding the issue is the fact that dealers could install them prior to the law. This 1964 and a half had them. It appears to be a factory install. Sadly, one belt was cut.

The dealer belts seem to be quite different than factory ones.  I had one goal. Replace the buckle hardware for the one that was cut. All the webbing is going to be replaced anyway. 50 year old fabric I don't trust. 

Here are the dealer belts I scored on fleabay. The boxes call out a "C5" number stating that the boxes at least were labeled for 1965. On top of one of the boxes is the cut belt from the car. 

I'm after the label on the cut one to affix to the the new webbing and buckle. 

Date code 7-64. Totally correct for this car. 

Here is the bottom of the buckle from the car. Note it sports the correct FoMoCo and date stamping of 1-64. 

Then here is the bottom of the dealer buckle. A lot of difference here. 

This buckle is sporting a "C3" number denoting a 1963 part yet stamped 1-64. The Ford oval stamping has been replaced with a "Rotunda" as well. Oh, BTW. I need a Macro lens for this camera it seems! 

The label on the webbing is totally different as well on these belts. 

They also have some markings on them as well that would be excellent for a NOS person but not suited for something that will be driven.

There are some small variances in the buckles as well, but I will take what I can get! 

Original is on the bottom, the dealer accessory on top. Close enough! 

 The grain is much deeper on the original. 

Why do I do this? Well, details matter and my Mother will be driving this car.  

Keeping a 100 pound meat sack restrained in a 2.5K pound car if it goes bad has made leaps and bounds of advancements in 50 years. Best I can do right now though! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hey! OLD NFO! I Found Your NAV Chart!

Hey, NFO, My Father found one of the first nav charts you were issued. 

He thought it might be handy right now for ya! 

Seriously, does this look like the real deal? 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

What's in Your Closet?

My friend Brigid has a wonderful post up tonight on Pieces of History and as happens occasionally I was rummaging around here tonight as it is a rainy day here. 

I found this:

 I bought this little train set from Monroe Hardware when they announced they were selling everything and moving out of downtown Monroe. Sad really. The building is still there and I remember walking down the wooden floors so worn down by many shoes over the decades. 

A faithful reproduction of the "Hooker Chemical" scheme from back in the day, but sadly I think that would mean silicone and meth now. 

Then this:

See the difference in packaging? Doesn't the "Southern" look so much more appealing than the box below sitting on a retail shelf? This was made during the much derided "MPC Era". Another footnote in history. Inside we find this:

And everything else to run a train set. At least it says "Made in America" as Lionel is made in China now. 

"Pieces of history" my friend said. She wondered who in the future would cherish or discard items. This train is one of my most cherished possessions.

Not even a cataloged set. Apparently the hobby shop cobbled up something for my parents to buy from loose rolling stock. A much derided "Scout" engine to the purists. No matter. To me it is priceless for what it is and what it means. My Mother kept this train for decades and presented it to me a few years ago. I thought it lost in the haze of my youth. 

So now we do still run across some items of interest. 



ZW and KW train transformers. The largest made. They command a premium now as actually putting 275 watts of AC power on some metal track laying in the floor of the living room would make a corporate lawyers head explode now.

I fear in the age of Xboxes, PS, tablets, etc. that the era of these is done. I don't know who if anyone will be stewards of these pieces of history in the future. Sad, but I am glad they are here to remind me of the sacrifices made so long ago so I could run over green army men with my train! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'm Getting Old!

Way back when a TDR was expensive and huge. I had to sign for one and return the thing when I was done. Now? Pffft! 

This just showed up at the house. 

Heh! I love upgrading "electronally".


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

That is what that noise was!

Very close to here. VERY close. If you run a car into a subdivision median divider made of concrete, rock, and steel at about 100 MPH, well all I can say is I'm thankful for that sign. If there was nothing to stop him, he would have possibly taken innocent lives in their home.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hood Ornaments!

Correct hood hardware for 50 year old or so Mustangs is a rare treasure to behold. Difficult to find, harder to maintain. 

When you do find the correct parts though, it is a wondrous thing!

Before anybody gets bent, I called the friend in the above picture and she thought that it would be awesome now in this context after over 25+ years.

She should know. 


Then there are some dudes standing in front of Mustangs. She should have been in the picture as well. 

She earned it! 


Friday, November 28, 2014

Meeting Tomorrow!

Meeting someone that says they have a firearm for sale is always problematic. I will offer these tips as I will meet someone tomorrow about a *pony snake*. 

Meet in a controlled place such as a friendly range that knows you. Never go to the sellers house! Do your homework on the hardware in question. Be prepared to have the proper purchase permit or a copy of your CCH permit (in this state anyway) to present to the person. Get a bill of sale from them! If at all possible have it witnessed by a third impartial party. 

Let's face it. You are going to be carrying cash or a negotiable document.  

Wish me luck!