There is What You Want to Do and Then There is What You Have to Do

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

This is the article that I wanted to write, but now I can’t write. MOMENTUM To me as an engineer, momentum is a function of mass and velocity. As you increase mass and start it moving, you get velocity and thus are building momentum. Momentum can build rapidly, such as a bullet fired by a … Read more

ORIGINAL, RESTORED, MODIFIED OR RESTOMOD – LET’S SORT IT OUT

The hobby of cars (referring to old, classic cars) is full of labels, most of which do not have a rigorous definition. I previously discussed different understandings of the term “classic,” which involves the meaning being based on the experience and point of view of the beholder. Earlier definitions get modified to suit the experience … Read more

Christmas Redux

Another Christmas has passed, and another tumultuous year is closing. My very concerned neighbors must have thought that since I now live alone I might be starving to death, so they furnished me with more goodies and delicious food than I eat in a month. I have such thoughtful neighbors! I am past the point … Read more

The Path Forward

1962 Pontiac Catalina Poncho

Many of my readers know me personally and know about the recent dramatic changes in my life. For those readers I have not yet met, let me fill you in. On March 8, my 92-year-old wife of 59 years succumbed to insurmountable medical problems. One hundred days before my wife’s passing, my son died of … Read more

Doing Too Much With Too Little

THE AGE I LIVED IN Sometime after the Paleozoic era, I used to design medical instruments. Most of the instruments were one-off special purpose designs to support aerospace medicine research. Would you believe one of the designs were brainwave amplifiers to record implanted monkey brains while undergoing zero G stress in the “Vomit Comet” airplane? … Read more

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Automotive Enthusiast's Guide to Under the Hood

With all apologies to Clint Eastwood, I thought it might be nice to start off the new year by considering how the automotive enthusiast admires not only the appearance of the engine that powers the cars that we drive daily but also the cars that we restore. To the average car buyer, the car has … Read more