Or, the Easter Forest Park car show revisited. I said I wouldn't post too many photos of other people's cars here, but this one is worth making an exception for. If you're into cars it's hard to imagine not being able to appreciate this one.
Early in the morning, the ultra-rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine arrived. I believe it is one of just 7 or 8 existing, and I think one of only two that is kept in running condition. This one I think is owned by the St. Louis Museum of Transportation, and restored by one of the guys there. Here is a great webpage if you'd like to learn more about the Chrysler Turbine:
This is one awesome car to hear the turbine engine run. It sounds like a quiet jet engine, or more specifically like a vacuum cleaner!
(photo 10) The hood and rear body section are installed.
(photo 11) The engine was cranked, it started on the second try, and the car was driven off to loud applause from a crowd of several hundred. (there were bleachers and more people behind and all around me.)
My project took years, but this 1926 T-Model was assembled in less than 15 minutes!
But since it is the 'project journal' section, I can't resist showing and telling about this Ford Model T I saw.
I just spent 4 years working on my Cutlass, off and on and inbetween other projects. I should have looked to the Greater St. Louis Model T Ford Club for inspiration. Six of their guys know how to do it. They assembled a car from the frame up--in just 15 minutes!
(photo 1) They started with this bare frame, and parts arranged on the ground nearby.
(photo 2) The large horizontal bar allowed 3 men to lift the engine and transmission, 2 men on the bar, and one man in the front, lifting with the engine's hand crank.
(photo 3) After the engine was set into place, the frame was lifted onto two jackstands centered under each rail, as the engine was bolted into place.