The newest donation to the OHTM needs a little more than a polish. This typically Maine 1929 Ford Model "A" saw rig came fresh out of the weeds. After checking its vitals and essentials, we gave it a spin. As expected, it fired up and ran fine.
All is not "Spit and polish" at OHTM's Thursday night Volunteer Workshop at times. We do have fun pulling rust out of weeds and trying to perform mechanical magic. Such was the case with this 1929 Ford Model "A" (typically Maine) homemade saw rig. We picked it up at ten in the morning, and listened to it run by eight at night. The old iron will not die if you find a piece drained of water and gas. Massage it a little and check the vitals. Give it a spin and a little hope. What to do with it now? Why have fun listening to it run, of course!
Thank you Jim Donnelly of Hemmings Classic Car for the fantastic feature on OHTM's Ground Vehicle Conservator Warren Kincaid in the December 2014 issue which is now on news stands. We're pretty fortunate to have Warren on our team overseeing our world-class ground vehicle collection. Warren is not only a great mechanic, he's a great teacher, historian and writer who always loves to talk shop with museum visitors. Be sure to stop by the Ground Vehicle Restoration Workshop next time you visit the Museum!
We can hardly believe that the holidays are just around the corner! Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Museum for one of our very favorite annual events. Our Holidays at the Museum event on Sunday, December 7 is free to all and attracted more than 500 visitors in 2013.
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"I still feel a shudder in my spine every time I see a picture of a Vincent Black Shadow."
— Hunter S. Thompson, "Song of the Sausage Creature"
We promised a sneak peek at the stunning 1955 Vincent Black Shadow that was delivered on Thursday (under its own power, of course!) and will be on display in "Faster: The Quest for Speed" this winter. It's housed currently in our Ground Vehicle Restoration Workshop so visitors can have a look at it before it heads onto the museum floor for exhibition. Here's a quick shot taken in our workshop today, you can rest assured that plenty more photos of this gorgeous machine will be forthcoming! Many thanks to Gideon Bok for loaning us this piece of motorcycle history.