Chrysler's Turbine Car

The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation

Author: Steve Lehto,Jay Leno

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569767719

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 8704

Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

Automobile Heritage and Tourism

Author: Michael V. Conlin,Lee Jolliffe

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315436205

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 266

View: 2694

Automobile heritage encompasses a complex range of artefacts and activities. Beyond just historic vehicles which are the primary artefacts of this niche, it also includes communities of collectors and enthusiasts, private owners and public institutions, as well as historic motoring environments, literally thousands of museums, exhibitions and car shows throughout the world, and a range of paraphernalia that includes both original and replicated promotional materials, equipment and parts, and guide books. Although automobile heritage has been the subject of some limited research, Automobile Heritage and Tourism is unique in examining its scope and role within tourism. The book looks at a vast array of topics, from the experience of using and collecting old cars, related destination development, automobile heritage and museums, to events such as vintage automobile racing, promotion and social change. It thereby provides a thorough review of the impacts of automobile heritage on tourism. A number of theories provide a framework and are analysed throughout, including those related to the collection, display, exhibition and use of historic automobiles. The title takes a global and interdisciplinary view of the subject with international contributions from both established and emerging scholars in the field. This book adds to the industrial heritage tourism literature and will appeal to a diverse audience, in particular those in the fields of cultural heritage and industrial heritage tourism, but also practitioners involved with the planning, restoration, exhibition and management of automobile heritage attractions and events.

Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow

Author: Steve Lehto,Jay Leno

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613749562

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 2450

In the wake of World War II, the U.S. automobile industry was fully unprepared to meet the growing demands of the public, for whom they had not made any cars for years. In stepped Preston Tucker, a salesman extraordinaire who announced the building of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car, which would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match, captured the interest of the public, and automakers in Detroit took notice. Here, author Steve Lehto tackles Tucker's amazing story, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the question automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: exactly how and why the production of such an innovative car was killed.

Preston Tucker & Others

Tales of Brilliant Automotive Innovations

Author: Arvid Linde

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845840178

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 3610

An automotive book like no other you've ever read! Guaranteed to surprise, intrigue, entertain and inform whether the reader is an automotive expert or a complete novice; altogether a memorable, eye-opening journey through our automotive heritage. Preston Tucker & Others celebrates those pioneering individuals with a radical, non-conformist approach to car design, from Preston Tucker and his Torpedo to Guy Negre and his zero-emission dream. Lavishly illustrated and intensively researched, this is also the story of the milestone inventions that have shaped today's cars and automotive landscape.

The Great American Jet Pack

The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device

Author: Steve Lehto

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613744331

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 7762

Inventors once promised us we'd all be flying with jet packs now, enabling us to zoom around effortlessly in the sky and getting us to work without traffic jams and trains. What happened to the jet pack? In The Great American Jet Pack, Steve Lehto gives us the definitive history of this and related devices, explaining how the technology arose, how it works, and why we don't have them in our garages today. These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered man's desire to simply step outside and take flight. No r.

Drawn to Injustice

The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters

Author: Timothy Masters,Steve Lehto

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101585129

Category: True Crime

Page: 448

View: 7461

Timothy Masters was a lonely, troubled teenager with a penchant for gory artwork when he first saw Peggy Lee Hettrick… …her dead, mutilated body nearly frozen in the early morning of Fort Collins, Colorado. Not believing it could really be a dead body, thinking he was the victim of yet another prank by his abusive classmates, the fifteen-year-old didn’t go to the police—but they came to him. So began a decade-long investigation led by a relentless detective who was sure that Masters was the killer, even without a shred of physical evidence. Against all reason, a conspiracy of silence and circumstantial evidence eventually put Masters behind bars. Only the determination of a lone investigator who believed the young man was innocent would reveal the shocking truth, and free Masters after ten years in prison. This is the compelling true story of one life ended in blood and murder, one life ruined by coincidence and prejudice, and justice long denied but finally found.

History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed

James Dean's Killer Porsche, NASCAR's Fastest Monkey, Bonnie and Clyde's Getaway Car, and More

Author: Matt Stone,Preston Lerner

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760342601

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 5621

"The automotive world is filled with crazy stories, mysteries, myths, rumors, and legends. This book compiles them all, from subjects such as racing, manufacturing, crime, pop culture, and mechanical, explains their origins and where the truth lies"--

American Murder Houses

A Coast-to-Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of Homicide

Author: Steve Lehto

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101593016

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 8699

There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred. Years may pass—even centuries—but the mark of death remains. They are known as Murder Houses. From a colonial manse in New England to a small-town home in Iowa to a Beverly Hills mansion, these residences have taken on a life of their own, gaining everything from local lore and gossip to national—and even global—infamy. Writer Steve Lehto recounts the stories behind the houses where Lizzie Borden supposedly gave her stepmother “forty whacks,” where the real Amityville Horror was first unleashed by gunfire, and where the demented acts of the Manson Family horrified a nation—as well some lesser-known sites of murder that were no less ghastly. Exploring the past and present of more than twenty-five renowned homicide scenes, American Murder Houses is a tour through the real estate of some of the most grisly and fascinating crimes in American history. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Restorer's Reference BMW 2002 1968-1976

Author: James Taylor

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 1610598032

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 505

DIVThe BMW ’02 series of cars, which includes the 1602, 1802, and 2002, was one of the most successful series ever produced by the Bavarian automaker, with more than 800,000 examples built. A surprising number of these are still on the road, as the little Bimmer has proven itself a reliable as well as stylish performer. The Restorer’s Reference BMW 2002 1968–1976 provides restorers, collectors, and enthusiasts all the key information necessary to correctly refurbish these classic German coupes. As the value of these cars continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to ensure accuracy in restoration and preservation. From exterior colors to the myriad small details of the engine and interior, The Restorer's Reference BMW 2002 1968–1976 covers all of the details that add up to a correct, original car./div

Ford Total Performance

Ford's Legendary High-Performance Street and Race Cars

Author: Martyn L. Schorr

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760348588

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 9593

Featuring unpublished period photographs, plus artwork from Ford designers, Ford Total Performance covers all of Ford's classic race and street cars, including Cobras and Shelby Mustangs, from 1961 to 1971.

The Man Who Saved the V-8

The Untold Stories of Some of the Most Important Product Decisions in the History of Ford Motor Company

Author: Chase Morsey, Jr.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492357339

Category: Transportation

Page: 142

View: 5202

When Chase Morsey Jr. joins Ford Motor Co. in 1948, he has no idea the part he'll play in automotive history. Morsey's arrival comes as Henry Ford II and other titans in the industry are about to kill the vaunted V-8 engine. He sees it as his sole mission to talk them out of it. In The Man Who Saved the V-8, he shares the never-before-told story of how his crusade saved the engine that would go on to power iconic cars like the Ford Thunderbird and Mustang. "To this day, I have no idea how a young, newly hired manager like myself...had the nerve to challenge the most powerful men inside Ford Motor Company and tell them they were wrong," Morsey says. "But that is exactly what I did." The twenty-nine-year-old executive embarks on massive market research. He works with manufacturing experts to find ways to produce the V-8 engine more efficiently. After finding success, he goes on to continue playing a central role in some of the most pivotal decisions that would ensure Ford remains one of the powerhouses in the automotive industry. The Man Who Saved the V-8 tells the story of his successes and lessons learned.

GM's Motorama

The Glamorous Show Cars of a Cultural Phenomenon

Author: David W. Temple

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760328269

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 7961

The story of the eight GM Motoramas staged between 1949 and 1961, featuring the cars introduced at these extravaganzas--including the Corvette prototype.

Michigan's Columbus

The Life of Douglass Houghton

Author: Steve Lehto

Publisher: Momentum Books Llc

ISBN: 9781879094857

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 166

View: 2857

Chronicles the geologist's life, which includes his childhood, successful expeditions in the Upper Peninsula for natural resources, stints as mayor and professor, and death during a snow storm.

Car Hacks and Mods For Dummies

Author: David Vespremi

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111808540X

Category: Transportation

Page: 384

View: 1577

So you want to turn your Yugo into a Viper? Sorry--you need a certified magician. But if you want to turn your sedate sedan into a mean machine or your used car lot deal into a powerful, purring set of wheels, you’ve come to the right place. Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies will get you turbo-charged up about modifying your car and guide you smoothly through: Choosing a car to mod Considering warranties, legal, and safety issues Hacking the ECU (Engine Control Unit) to adjust performance-enhancing factors like fuel injection, firing the spark plugs, controlling the cooling fan, and more Replacing your ECU with a plug and play system such as the APEXi Power FC or the AEM EMS system Putting on the brakes (the faster you go, the faster you’ll need to stop) Setting up your car for better handling and cornering Written by David Vespremi, automotive expert, frequent guest on national car-related TV shows, track driving instructor and self-proclaimed modder, Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies gets you into the ECU and under the hood and gives you the keys to: Choosing new wheels, including everything from the basics to dubs and spinners Putting your car on a diet, because lighter means faster Basic power bolt-ons and more expensive power adders Installing roll bars and cages to enhance safety Adding aero add-ons, including front “chin” spoilers, real spoilers, side skirts, and canards Detailing, down to the best cleaners and waxes and cleaning under the hood Using OBD (on-board diagnostics) for troubleshooting Getting advice from general Internet sites and specific message boards and forums for your car’s make or model, whether it’s a Chevy pick-up or an Alfa Romeo roadster Whether you want to compete at drag strips or on road courses or simply accelerate faster on an interstate ramp, if you want to improve your car’s performance, Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies is just the boost you need.

Ed Roth's Mysterion

The Genesis, Demise and Recreation of an Iconic Custom Car

Author: Jeffrey A. Jones

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786499680

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 9947

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (1932-2001) was a phenomenon. His body of work is still discussed in hot rodding, fine arts and pop culture circles and his cult following remains as devoted as it was during his career. His 1963 Mysterion show car--featuring two big-block Ford V8s--was his masterpiece and the story of its rise and brief existence is legendary. Though it was immortalized as a popular plastic model kit and is featured on several websites, little is known about Roth's magnum opus. There are a number of fanciful stories of its demise--mostly fiction. Combining history and shop class, this book provides a full investigation of Mysterion--both the legend and the machine itself. Drawing on interviews, magazine articles, photos, models and other (sometimes obscure) sources, the author pieces together the true story of the car, while documenting his own faithful bolt-by-bolt recreation of Mysterion.

The Cobra in the Barn

Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

Author: Tom Cotter

Publisher: MotorBooks International

ISBN: 9780760336618

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 6429

Here are the true stories of people who found their dream cars in the most unlikely places.

Ford Model T

The Car That Put the World on Wheels

Author: Lindsay Brooke

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760327289

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 7571

100 years after the introduction of the Model T, this illustrated history tells the full story of the car that launched the American auto industry.

Michigan History

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Michigan

Page: N.A

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Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Author: Bob Lutz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101516027

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 2641

A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace. From the Hardcover edition.

Engines of Change

A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Author: Paul Ingrassia

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145164065X

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

View: 1341

A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience— from the Model T to the Prius. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, America’s history is a vehicular history—an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paul Ingrassia. Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamara’s unlikely role in Lee Iacocca’s Mustang, John Z. DeLorean’s Pontiac GTO , Henry Ford’s Model T, as well as Honda’s Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others. Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the car’s unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. Narrative history of the highest caliber, Engines of Change is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.