New TV Series Gives Us The Best Look At World War II Atomic Sabotage

Alright, so it's a Norwegian TV series, but if you die in Norway you die in real life so I'll count it. And since The Heavy Water War focuses on a uniquely Norwegian facet of one of the less-well known events of World War II, you might even say that it gives it an especially pertinent focus. » 12/15/14 9:00am 12/15/14 9:00am

A sunken WWII-era Japanese 'mega sub' has been found near Hawaii

Researchers diving off the coast of Hawaii have found a sunken 400-foot (122 meter) "Sen-Toku" class submarine. One of the largest pre-nuclear subs ever built, the "mega sub" was torpedoed by the U.S. shortly after the Second World War to prevent the Soviet Union from getting their hands on the super-advanced… » 12/04/13 4:51pm 12/04/13 4:51pm

The Arsenal of Democracy (or Remember when Detroit bailed out the…

I had been looking for this set of books for a while, found it earlier this year. As a millwright who went through the apprenticeship at Chrysler, as a driver/mechanic for General Dynamics(formerly Chrysler Defense) that gets to take an Abrams around the test track every now and then, as a fabricator who builds… » 8/05/13 8:44am 8/05/13 8:44am

Flying Jeeps! What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

While reading the story of the man responsible for the Blower Bentley, I stumbled across a passage recounting the use of one of the surviving cars for towing test-bed "flying Jeeps" aloft during World War II. Flying Jeeps? » 7/17/10 3:00pm 7/17/10 3:00pm

No Snow Tires Needed: NSU Kettenkrad Down On The Copenhagen Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. What's the perfect "motorcycle" for cold Danish winters? » 1/17/10 4:00pm 1/17/10 4:00pm

You Like Complicated Drivetrains? Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster!

Putting engines in the wings of a great big bomber- who needs all that extra air resistance? Instead, put a couple of Allison V12s inside the fuselage, then have them drive contra-rotating propellers! » 8/16/09 11:00am 8/16/09 11:00am

Ass-Kickin' Engine Of The Day: Chrysler A57 Multi-Bank

Is there any piston engine that could possibly inspire as much awe as the ICBM-haulin' GMC Twin Six? What if we said we'd found a 5-bank, 30-cylinder Chrysler for you? Yes, five banks! » 2/21/09 2:00pm 2/21/09 2:00pm

Wooden Tires Bring New Meaning To Term "Burnout"

Rations. Practically a dirty word in times of plenty, but when the U.S. of A. was gripped in a battle against the Axis powers, it was your patriotic duty to do without, or to innovate. Donald Gilmore, CEO of Upjohn Pharma, decided to do the latter. Facing the inconvenience of rubber rations for his 1940 Cadillac,… » 6/13/08 12:00pm 6/13/08 12:00pm

PCH, 500 Bucks Worth Of Rust Edition: Skoda Felicia or Burma Jeep?

We were shocked, shocked to learn that the Peugeot 404 Baja racer annihilated the Oval Window Baja Bug in last Friday's Choose Your Eternity poll. It's a new week, however, and we've got new challenges ahead. Let's head on up to Seattle, where the constant rain creates sort of a year-round meat-market singles bar for… » 6/09/08 5:20pm 6/09/08 5:20pm

1943 International Harvester Truck

It's not only Truck Monday, it's Memorial Day! We haven't seen a street-parked vintage military vehicle since the Unimog of last fall, and we're due for another war wagon! I spotted this '43 IHC on the same block as the minister's '77 Camaro, and it was apparently surrounded by Soviet troops. Nothing I see on the… » 5/26/08 9:00am 5/26/08 9:00am

Fighting Fascism With a Sheet-Metal Block: Crosley COBRA

What has 44 cubic inches, weighs just 133 pounds (including all accessories and flywheel), a block made of copper-brazed sheet steel, and joined with the Willys Go Devil to help plant a big steel-toed boot in the asses of Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo? The Crosley COBRA! Yes, UDMan, your suggestion has been heeded (in… » 4/21/08 3:00pm 4/21/08 3:00pm

Welcome To Alameda: 63-Year-Old Jeep Used As Grocery Getter

Some of the Down On The Street cars never move (the '82 280ZX is a good example), while others are photographed during a brief moment caught outside of the garage (such as was the case with the 1939 Chevrolet). But most of them drive regularly, and what better way to prove my point than this blurry cellphone-camera… » 4/18/08 10:30am 4/18/08 10:30am

1942 Pontiac Torpedo

There must be a long and complicated story behind this car, which I've seen around town for many years, but all I know for sure is that its owner once owned a 40s-memorabilia shop downtown and still drives the car regularly. You don't see many 1942 model American cars, since those pre-Starion Mitsubishis and their… » 2/26/08 9:15am 2/26/08 9:15am