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Rolling Coal: Everything Else About It Is Pretty Good

Slate: "Prius Repellent is a perfect introduction to one of the Obama era’s great conservative subcultures: the men and women who “roll coal.” For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver “trick the engine” into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement—a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid “rice burners,” and a stellar source of truck memes." [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 6, 2014 - 131 comments

Wheels of steel, rolling on wood: pole roads from the history of logging

If you're looking around historic logging regions, you might come across trucks, trains or even just axles with strange, wide steel wheels. They weren't intended to run on very large tires, but pole roads for logging. Here are some trains designed for such log roads, and here's a history of logging trucks that includes three types of wooden roads used to improve logging access. Here's a short clip of a logging train running on an elevated log track, and if you're thinking about building your own log road, The Timberman provides a lot of details and some schematics (Google books), straight out of 1918.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 22, 2014 - 7 comments

The Unimog

"With the exception of a tank, this is the most capable production vehicle on the planet." [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 18, 2013 - 42 comments

Moving a very large magnet to measure very small particles.

By making a very precise measurement of the muon g-2 value and comparing the results to its predicted value, researchers at Fermilab hope to uncover evidence of new, undiscovered particles and forces. This continues work done at Brookhaven National Laboratory a decade ago. To do so, Fermilab needs their 50-ft ring magnet and its fragile, precisely assembled superconducting coils. After six months of planning, the magnet was slowly hauled on an eight-axle trailer through the streets of Long Island, loaded onto a barge, and tugged down the Atlantic coast and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will go up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi and then through Illinois waterways before it's trucked again through suburban Chicago. Fermilab has a photo and video gallery and is posting updates. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Jul 12, 2013 - 24 comments

Invisible People

He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls. Girls who'd run away. Girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl. One night on I-95, she hitched a ride from a stranger and endured the most terrifying moments of her life. Now, years later, she returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to that terror—and the girls who lost their lives to it - The Truck Stop Killer
posted by Artw on Oct 28, 2012 - 23 comments

Truck crash landing

Recommended procedures in the event of being propelled through the windshield of your truck, exhibit A. Youtube.
posted by Anything on Sep 27, 2012 - 53 comments

Drafting Like A Boss

How to do 55 mph on a bicycle
posted by klausman on May 2, 2012 - 80 comments

Wait, I don't think this is the right bridge.

Last Friday morning, two men managed to crash their pickup truck by attempting to drive 60 mph down the Sixth Street Railroad Bridge in Augusta, Georgia. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident, but the fact that the railroad track in question is an active street-running line may have also played a part. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on Jan 24, 2012 - 44 comments

Strong Like Bear

The Truck They Couldn't Drown Watch agog as this Rasputin of Russian trucks conspicuously fails to give up the ghost crossing a Siberian river.
posted by ironjelly on Jan 21, 2012 - 67 comments

Movable Type is kerning to a town near you!

These days, the term Movable Type is more likely to make people think of a blogging platform than anything involving paper, but it used to refer to the letters, words, and graphics typically cast in an alloy of lead, tin and antimony or carved from wood, that could be rearranged by a letterpress printer for each individual job. In an environment where toner serves most of our current printing needs, the endangered art of letterpress printing now has a roving champion. Her name is Kyle Durrie, and she is the proprietor of Power and Light Press in Portland, Oregon. Back in March she bought herself a 1982 Chevy step van, gutted it, and then installed a work area and a couple of printing presses in the back. She stocked it with a variety of type and ornaments and she is now driving it all over the U.S. teaching folks about the joys of printing with pressure. Maybe if you ask nicely, she'll stop by your neighborhood and show you how to print, just like Bi Sheng first did over a thousand years ago.
posted by Toekneesan on Jul 26, 2011 - 12 comments

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

After nixing the idea a year ago, Chevy is again toying with the idea of bringing back the El Camino in 2015. The car will be modeled after the Holden Ute, a popular vehicle in Australia.
posted by reenum on Dec 17, 2010 - 68 comments

Sen. Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash.

Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash near Dillingham Alaska. [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush on Aug 10, 2010 - 124 comments

William Friedkin's "Sorcerer"

How does a director follow up the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time*? (*adjusted for inflation) He remakes a French classic - taking an international cast to a Caribbean nation ruled by a military dictatorship, where hurricanes, irascibility, other difficulties take him far over a budget already large enough to be shared by two studios. The result is his personal favorite among his films. But deceptive marketing and cute robots contribute to its making back less than half of its costs. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 7, 2009 - 65 comments

Rig of Fuel

Walk the Line as it should've been. SLYT
posted by item on Aug 10, 2009 - 86 comments

New application of tilt shift stop motion photography

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! TILT SHIFT MONSTERTRUCKS! TRUUUUUUUCKOOOOSAAAAAUUURUUUUSSSS!!! BEEEE THEEEEEERE! [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jan 3, 2009 - 32 comments

American da Vinci

Viktor Schreckengost who died last year at the grand age of 101, was regarded by some as the father of industrial design. Every adult in America has ridden in, ridden on, drunk out of, stored their things in, eaten off of, been costumed in, etc… and there is no going past his gorgeous pedal cars. Some of his work can also be seen online at The Cleveland Museum of Art.
posted by tellurian on Apr 28, 2008 - 9 comments

"an expression of truckliness"

Senate lawmakers in Florida move to ban fake testicles on vehicles. NSFW(?)
posted by mrducts on Apr 24, 2008 - 88 comments

Don't lose your load, Good Buddy

Truck Spills.com (some photos NSFWish) - a collection of, you guessed it, pictures (most with backstory) of lost loads of freight. Picture set links open in new window.
posted by Burhanistan on Mar 28, 2008 - 29 comments

O-oh, Ice Cream Man!

Sometimes, the ice cream man sounds menacing. Sometimes, the ice cream man is more psychedelic than any ice cream man has a right to be.[MP3] Sometimes, he's a public menace who must be stopped. Some people really want to understand the ice cream man.[PDF] And some love the ice cream man just the way he is.
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Mar 24, 2008 - 32 comments

Building a house truck takes alot of wood.

My 1952 Federal truck was originally a short frame water tank truck, I needed to lengthen the frame to accommodate the design of the house.
posted by bigmusic on Aug 28, 2007 - 36 comments

The High Plains Heavy Metal Iron Master

I'M THE HIGH PLAINS HEAVY METAL IRON MASTER, BOY!
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 27, 2007 - 15 comments

Dekotora photo galleries

Dekotora photo galleries. They're big. They're bad. They're dekotora ("decoration trucks"). [via Bifurcated Rivets]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Nov 20, 2006 - 13 comments

The Quickup Camper

Easy to drive, and not bad looking. It's the quickup camper.
posted by leapingsheep on Sep 22, 2006 - 26 comments

Obi-Wan Can Drive My Car

Star Wars cars: Obi-Wan's Honda, Luke's X-Wing Truck, and the TIE Cycle.
posted by fandango_matt on Jun 1, 2006 - 16 comments

True travel photography

Cameratruck. What do you get when you cross a pinhole camera with a truck? You get the world's largest mobile camera, and perhaps the only camera that is its own darkroom (at least on wheels!). The cameratruck is currently travelling Spain in a trip that will culminate in an exhibit at PHotoEspaña.
posted by Robot Johnny on Apr 24, 2006 - 15 comments

Truck biodiversity

Dromedaries, centipedes, B-trains, Road Trains, and more. Where the continental U. S. has nurtured the "18-wheeler" as an iconic form, commercial trucks in other countries (or within certain states) have flourished in a wide variety of forms, adapting to regional industry, terrain, population, and laws. A 7-axle cement mixer in Nevada. Twin-steer short trucks in Europe. 42-wheelers in Michigan. More at Hank's Truck Pictures (GIS lists about 144,000 of them).
posted by kurumi on Apr 9, 2006 - 15 comments

Making your case

What separates GM from Honda? The development process. An interesting read about Honda's lean and mean development process, as compared to the bureaucratic nightmare that exists at General Motors. A fascinating read and good insight into one of the many reasons why the domestic automakers are getting spanked these days.
posted by tgrundke on Apr 5, 2006 - 43 comments

cars and trucks incompatible. also, airplane crash tests, whee!

"We tacitly agree to accept a certain level of carnage in order to use the highways in ways we value." [pdf, 750kB] Three particle physicists analyze data from crash tests and crash statistics, and show that pickup trucks pose a much greater risk to other drivers than any other type of vehicle, even SUVs. [pdf, 880kB] Also, I found some totally rad videos of airplane crash tests from nasa. Sweet!!
posted by sergeant sandwich on Jan 19, 2006 - 23 comments

AAAAAAAAAAGH

Qigong is the ancient Chinese art of movement and breathing to increase energy, one of its grandmasters being Tu Jin-Sheng of the 99 Qigong. Qigong can be used to relieve stress and maintain good health. Or, if you're like Jin-Sheng, you can use it to tie a truck to your penis and pull it across a parking lot.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 30, 2005 - 16 comments

If a job's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.

For Sale: Wothahellizat? It's definitely not built for speed, but this weird off-road truck is truly a labor of love.
posted by naomi on Apr 15, 2005 - 21 comments

The Only Expedition Class, AWD

4Sale. 2002 Recreation Vehicle. 40,000 miles. $400,000.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 7, 2004 - 29 comments

The Virtual Truck Route

"The Virtual Truck Route offers many stops along the way. This site has been developed as a tribute to the drivers of the big rigs, to the artists of truck drivin' music, to the DJ's of the truck drivin' radio networks, and to those who love them. Happy motoring!"
posted by soundofsuburbia on Oct 3, 2003 - 4 comments

IraqiFreedomSUV

This truck left me speechless.
posted by srboisvert on Jul 20, 2003 - 108 comments

Hmmm...I wish I had some sort of funky, unique accessory for my new car. Y'know, something different....Wait, I've got it! AUTOMOTIVE TESTICLES! (Via FilePile.)
posted by jpoulos on Jun 4, 2001 - 10 comments

Own a piece of History!

Own a piece of History! At least it is for a good cause. Though, I don't know who would want to buy it. I am sure there are a few people out there who will.
posted by da5id on Dec 7, 2000 - 4 comments

You know that ad where a guy offers to pull a semi with his Chevy Tracker?

You know that ad where a guy offers to pull a semi with his Chevy Tracker? Well, these guys showed up Chevy by pulling a truck with their...uh...winkies. [Via fark]
posted by plinth on Oct 23, 2000 - 9 comments

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