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#223813 - 05/25/12 02:36 PM Mechanix Illustrated $500 Sports Car
itstarted Offline
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This was part of the dream that we lived as poor teenagers in the 1950's.
It was a time when the media could spur a young person's imagination, in a time when we knew we could do and be anything we wanted... even President of the US.

Hemmings - The MI DIY $500 sportscar

Website - MI Sportster lovers

1951

1956


...And note what the "phone of tomorrow" was going to look like. (circa 1956)


Edited by itstarted (05/25/12 03:16 PM)

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#223817 - 05/25/12 03:26 PM Re: Mechanix Illustrated $500 Sports Car [Re: itstarted]
itstarted Offline
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If history and mechanics stirs your interest, here's another website that brings back memories...
Modern Mechanics

and... about "imagination"... This is the kind of excitement that we were exposed to as young persons... Definitely "Tom Swift". frown Sad to me that kids today don't have enough time to dream about this stuff.

Hospital Airship (circa 1930)
and
IBM Modem data transmission 50 years ago.

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#223838 - 05/25/12 04:42 PM Re: Mechanix Illustrated $500 Sports Car [Re: itstarted]
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I would love to see this sort of DIY stuff brought back to the fore in adapting existing cars to diesel-electric...right after I finish building MINE, that is!

I don't want there to be a run on turbo-diesel three cylinder engines till I get one!
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#223843 - 05/25/12 05:06 PM Re: Mechanix Illustrated $500 Sports Car [Re: itstarted]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline

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They weren't too far off with their idea of today's phone!
I have SKYPE on my HTC EVO4 (Sprint) and it has become the supermarket lifeline when Karen sends me out to pick up something that we're out of or that she might have forgotten, which is usually something that there is sixty different kinds of.

So I SKYPE her from the supermarket and let her look on the shelf till she finds the EXACT brand and size jar or can of whatever it is that she wanted.

With that HTC smartphone with Skype installed we are one step away from Dick Tracy's "2-Way Wrist TV", it's just a question of size now.
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#224500 - 06/02/12 01:29 AM Re: Mechanix Illustrated $500 Sports Car [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Tom McCahill reviews of 1956 new cars.

Link

Couldn't wait for the next months magazine to arrive. MI had a big effect on my interest in cars and mechanics.
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