Last week when I was writing up the question of the high beam floor switches, it occurred to me that there was another hi-beam innovation that seems to have gone away in modern times. I once got a pretty good deal on a car out of the Auto Trader, a 1970 Lincoln Continental, [...]
There used to be this old joke I liked, you ask someone “Did you hear that the state is changing the law and making car companies move the dimmer switch from a column lever back to being a floor switch?” Invariably, your mark will say no, and then: “Yeah, because too many Aggies [...]
A large-ish rope drive wheel being turned on a pit lathe.
Following on to the last post about the giant frikkin’ gears that the Mesta Machine Co. used to make, this time we’ll take a quick look at their rope drives and flywheels which are also predictably huge.
As it states above, rope drives are used where quiet and smooth transmission of power is required and belts are either not strong enough or too cumbersome. A good example is the drive mechanisms used by most elevators used in buildings. Could you imagine riding a chain-driven elevator up to the 50th floor of a building? I can, unfortunately, and it makes me want to go outside and sit on the nice, safe gravel of my front yard.
Continue reading Mesta Memories #23: Rope Drives and Flywheels
I will readily admit that there are some weeks when I have come across some sort of remembered technology item that I thi9nk would be great for this little feature–and then there are weeks like this one, in which I have vapor lock of the brain and a hard time thinking of much of [...]
A co-worker of mine, admittedly a bit of a quirky fellow, just in general, mentioned the other day that he is in the market for a good pocket watch. I am not sure if he plans on using said pocket watch at work every day, or just trying to fancy himself up for [...]
The demise of the Polaroid Instant Camera and the stopping of manufacture of film for said cameras and the efforts of such wondrous innovators as The Impossible Project have all been well documented here. Recently, however, I have become aware of the existence of other instant cameras made by other companies, in other [...]
I remember seeing several years ago ads for a Heads Up Display being offered as an option on new Cadillac models, hooked up to an infrared camera that would allow the driver to see objects at a greater distance at night. The heads up display was also supposed to revolutionize the driving experience, [...]
One of the things that always stand out to me when I’m looking at pictures of old factories and machinery, is the enormous gears that are used almost everywhere. The herringbone-toothed gear shown above is a great example.
The Mesta Machine Company made a great variety of large gear drives for heavy industry and power production. The following pictures show some of the monstrous gears that Mesta made on a regular basis.
Continue reading Mesta memories #22: Gear Drives
Hercule Poirot solved a murder aboard the Orient Express. James Bond fought a rival spy aboard it. Ray Bradbury featured it in a short story. It defined luxury in an era of rail travel, and was the must-ride train for Europe’s wealthy. The Orient Express, first run in 1883, would eventually connect Paris to Constantinople.
Continue reading Intrigue On The Orient Express
In numerous movies, one of the ways to show that a character has a ridiculous ego is to have him walk into a room with a giant portrait of himself on the wall, often doing something mildly absurd. This always seems all the more out of place because nobody gets such things done [...]