Last Call: Home for the Holidays Edition

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The Holiday House Travel Trailer was the brainchild of David Holmes, the then president of the Harry and David mail-order foods company. His idea was to use his off-season labor to create something special in the travel trailer market. Debuting in 1959, the Holiday House featured flashy styling and was available in 17-foot, 19-foot, and 24-foot models. Unfortunately, they were not just different looking from the traditional tailer designs of the day, they were also a good bit more expensive, limiting sales to only four model years.
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  1. 1slowvw Avatar
    1slowvw

    Anybody here a Chevy Transmission expert? The facts on this seem all wrong to me. Consider it my piece of trivia for the evening. I found it while searching for a manual trans to go behind an LS….possibly an LS with a snail hanging off it.
    The posting claims it’s a NV4500 but I don’t really think that is correct.
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details.html?requestSource=b&adId=1187386373

    1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar
      BigRedCaveTroll

      Looks like an NP542. Definitely not an NV4500 though. What are you planning on putting that combination in?

      1. 1slowvw Avatar
        1slowvw

        Likely an s10 unless I can find something else light and cheap to put it in.

      1. 1slowvw Avatar
        1slowvw

        Looks like the one… I think I’m going to pass on this one and keep looking for a deal on an nv4500.

  2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    To really fill out this fifties look it needs Lucille Ball towing this trailer with this.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      Jet styling is ripe for a retro comeback. MB/Maybach went a bit that way, now I’m waiting for a minivan with fins.

    2. Krautwursten Avatar
      Krautwursten

      Coincidentally the Holiday House Travel Trailer received a fitting facelift in 1960.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        Oh cool. Did Bond get to bang someone in it? It would have to be Connery’s Bond of course to fit the look.

        1. Alff Avatar
          Alff

          He did … on the moon.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    Last Call: After Hours (a.k.a. Two Wheel Tuesday, on Wednesday, etc.)
    Skully devolves into Vaporware! Skully was a startup that wanted to make Top Gun fighter jet motorcycle helmets that would make your Go-Pro look like a moped on square wheels. (Augmented reality! Loke PokemonGo!) Skully’s world headquarters are on my commute home, and I’ve had edifying conversations with their engineers at the local pub. Solid guys. Evidently, though, the higher-ups got caught up in startup fever and blew the seed money on hookers and blow. Goodbye, Skully!
    http://sfist.com/2016/08/10/founders_used_sham_helmet_startup_a.php
    http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/blog/techflash/2016/08/smart-helmet-maker-skully-confirms-bankruptcy.html
    https://www.skully.com/
    In other Tuesady-on-Wednesday news… I finally tracked down a strange motorcycle I crossed paths with two weeks ago. I encountered this thing on a trip to the airport, south of town, and the rider seemed a bit inebriated. HoneyBunny was riding shotgun and told me the stickers said “Time is a flat… something”, which I concluded as “flat-track” because of its rakish stance and thumper presence. But what kind of flat tracker has a belt drive?
    I found the bike on my way to the pub tonight, two blocks from Skully World Headquarters and satisfied some curiosity, though questions remain. It’s a Suzuki Savage drivetrain, and probably the tank and forks? But the frame seems too high in the seat to be a Savage frame; they were cruisers with a famously low seat height. (Stickers read “Time is a flat circle”, BTW.)

    1. Norman Whais Avatar
      Norman Whais

      That seems to be a converted Suzuki LS 650 Savage, courtesy of Ryca:
      http://www.rycamotors.com/RYCA-cs1-cafe-racer-kit.html
      Although one wouldn’t now just from the looks – the stance is like totally different.

      1. Alff Avatar
        Alff

        Good call. My neighbor built one from the RYCA kit. Looks much the same.

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