Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vans iPhone cover arrived

More likely a collectors item... (Normally I hate those condoms for electronic gadgets!)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Display Your Old Skool BMX

Check this:

Damn, if I had only known this some month ago... I guess I am not welcome with my unrestored "rat-looker" Redline BMX.

The bike in the back is my "little freak of nature" a Cannondale Hooligan

Okay, challenge accepted! Next year I promise to be there with a restored BMX. Tom @wheelerdealer will have sleepless nights as he has to convince the "chrome company" to re-chrome a complete frame, fork und handlebar for a reasonable price.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

US Spec taillights from 1968-1972

Since I live in Germany, I was a little bit confused about the diffent sorts of taillights between 1968 and 1972 in the U.S.
It took me a while to find out, but now everything is clear! YAY!

The early ones... ca.1968-1970
These taillights got the same size as their european counterpart. Easy to recognize at the number engraved on the glass: SAE STIAR P169. Main differences apart from red indicator lense is the missing reflector, instead there is a side reflector. Therefore there is a left and a right one, the european spec is interchangeable from left to right.

From left to right: U.S. spec 1970-172, U.S.Spec 1968-1970, European 1967-1972 with red indicator lense (Normally amber)

Same from the inside

U.S.Spec 1968-1970 and remote reflector for mounting on the bumper

Since the lack of a reflector in the taillight, there was a remote reflector (SAE A69) which was located on the bumper. I have no idea wether on top or beneath... Probably for looks beneath and for safety on top.

The later ones... ca. 1970-1972

U.S.Spec 1970-1972 with side reflector

They are bigger, far bigger! And they need a different base, gasket, chrome ring, glass... everything. There is the number engraved on the glass: SAE STIAP1AR 70. They have got an internal rear reflector and no internal side reflector. Instead, there was a trapezoid shaped reflector on the base unit.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Things I have done, when I was a trainee...

Must be around 1989/1990 when I attend an industrial training at the german Telekom, then called "Fernmeldeamt". This training was obligatory for studying study paths like electrical or mechanical engineering.
Over some weeks we had to build a lorry...

...and later the Frankfurt telecommunications tower.

Okay, I had some spare time between years, so I have drawn them in 3D CAD. This is how it would have looked like if I had taken care for the correct dimensions :-)

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Toy

LRP Heli, a present from Martin. Thank you, a good start for the new year. YAY!