Worlds first tow truck
Which can tow two cards at the same time. We are going back a few years. More than 20
This scissor lift was very poular because it was small and inexpensive device
And my dad designed it with this in mind
Helecopter landing Pads for the u.s. Navy
I do not have actual pictures but perhaps my dad has somewhere, I will ask him. The thing is that the U.S. NAVY can hire anyone in the world but the3y kept coming back to my dad because he fixed all kinds of things for them.
This originally was a Vulcan Tire changer
And later it was sold to FMC for a tidy sum, then it was sold to a Company called COATS . My dad designed this a very long time ago but I have seem one of these in almost every automotive garage is Canada and still see them being used in Europe.
FOR NASA??? I hear you cry? Yes !!!!!
NASA has the smartest engineers in the world and when they call your dad to fix something they screwed up is an even better compliment. There were lots of problrmd with this but my dad was able to fix them. Now that is cool!
General Motrs came to my dad to ask him to figure out a way to
create lifters for the cars so the plastic bumpers would not get damaged. My dad came up with a series of these cool lifts.
Tire retreding machines
It is amazing the cool things my dad designed, In fact.....we were lucky in a way because I would come up with an idea (not this one) and my dad woud design it and it may go somewhere like the CRADLE SNATCHER AND THE HOOKLIFT.
hORSE RACING GATES????
it amazes me that all the engineers could not figure out how to make all the gates open at the same time, for a horse race. This is big business but no one could do it and they came to my dad. Again he figured it out and it was produced by another company. Then they came back to my dad again when they couldn't figure out how to gate the gate off the track before the horses when around the track once. He fixed that too. Any time you see the green and white racing gate, know that it was my dad who designed them
Multi-honing and tools for a machine which has many tasks
This is a device which fits into a machine which fabricates parts and one machine can fabricate many different parts. I only saw the machine but I know that the owner was very happy with the product
The first of its kind in the world. It was part of a material handling system which my father also designed. The fully automated lamination system for a wood working company.
This is the CRADLE SNATCHER in action
This was cool and my dad almost copied my exact drawing on this one but he made better improvements on it. I was 16 years old when I came up with this. I was no engineer nor did I ever become one. I could not work with my dad, so I only have two products I was able to work with him on. The other was the hook lift
My Father also designed new Hydraulic cylinders
I remember, when I was a kid, when he showed me how the rubber insert worked. Let me tell you. There is nothing more boring when an engineer tells you something exciting about a rubber pad and how it behaves under pressure. The cool thin is that the government of Canada wanted to commission my dad to write a book for them on the stress of materials. I don't know if he ever did but I know he knows his metallurgy.
the CRADLE SNATCHER
Showing a van being lifted. When I came up with the idea. I told my dad the hoist should lift by the tires of the vehicle to reduce the stress of the rear chocks of the tow truck.
My dad drew drawing of the possibilities of the HOOK LIFT
There were many things the hook lift could have carried. I wanted to buy my own and set up a division at the back of the factory where I could develop a mobile office and other things but the next thing I knew, they sold it to a French company because Vulcan couldn't sell them.
My dad also figured out, with his engineering team
how to lift bigger things. We were the always the first in anything we created, but only when my dad and I could work together which was almost never.
THE JIFFY JACK
Designed almost 35 years ago, the Jiffy Jack is the fastest car lifter in the world. The test model lifted a car in 1 second. A variation of it is being used in the racing industry even today
THE WHEEL DOLLY
WOW I still remember most of the names of the products. My dad figured this out too. What do you do if both ends of the car, you are towing, is damaged? A wheel dolly. My question is : How did they tow cars before we came along?
Pathex copy milling machine - before computers
This thing was cool. I saw it work when I was around 5 or 6 years old. In their demo, they took a plastic teddy bear, and the milling side copied it exactly into a solid pc. of steel.
Still in Hungary my grand father has a large factory
As he was in the manufacturing of hardware (door locks, screws, bolts, washers etc. and they qlwo made machines for sale. During Nacy occupation they make machine which were supposed to help them but they made sure thinhs jammed abd caused problems. A very dangerous game in those days. Vecause my fathers family has lots of land, my father took apart the planes that crashed on their [properties and took apart the bombs and gave the bullets, guns and explosives to the underground. But it came with a hitch. Because my dad had the HOTS for a Jewish Woman, who later became my mother, my grand father helped my mothers family and many others escape from the Germans . He would only give armaments to the underground, if the underground got them out of the country. One of my uncles was a mine guide and took 56 families over the boarder before he had to quit. And do you know why???? Because I didn't know where the mines were. He told me once that of they didn't step on a mine, that was good, but if they stepped on one, it was even better. I have started to write a book about the things they did to survive, what it was like under German occupation and then to loose everything once to the German and then to have it all taken away by the Russians. When my GrandFather and his family were caught harboring Jews, Many were shot and other went, you know where!!! It is amazing how my dad and my grand father survived. When my Grand father came to Canada, I heard he was a broken man, ad with $5.00 in his pocket he build a small empire. he was very rich when he died.
Movable house and store fronts in Northern Canada
I remember when I was a kid looking at these towns on TV where the actors would go. They were actually the same town just rearranged. The store fronts and houses where actually movable and My dad designed it that you could move most of them with a type of forklift. Some of the bigger ones could be driven into place. Itg saved the movie industry lot of money from having to build new sets all the time. This must have been over 50 years ago.
He did not design the whole thing, just the impellers for the turbine so you can fire bullets into the think and it would still fly. Cool EH?
tHIS WAS A GREAT TOOL TO MAKE SURE THE body of the tire conformed to the whole Vulcanizing process. After the tire passed the test, the new tread was applied and then whole tire went into a kind of oven to melt the tread onto the tires. I was told that Vulcan had the best system for this.
I remember I went to visit my dad when Vulcan got too big
That is when Alm, the owner of Vulcan EQUIPMENT T died and the sons took over. I told my dad to retire because those kids would screw up the company within 8 years. It onlu took them 5. By this time there were so many engineers there, the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. they tried desperately to get the Government contract for the Canadian army for their tow trucks. They finally did not it cost them the company and the Alms fled to the states to their sister company, never paying my dads severance pay, until I threatened to take them to court. The Vulcan tow trucks are still being made but without my dad, they don't look as good as they once did.
INSIDE TIRE INPECTOR
I only say these getting built and I wasn't very interested in it but they also has a tire lifter because some of these tires weighed a lot.
this was a stiching machone
Which prepared the base of the tire to be glued and melted for the tread to be applied. My dads know the tech stuff. I will add it later
My dad won lots of Design Canada Awards
I remember whern my dad was designing this one and all the wood working machines for Poitras and sons in Quebec in Canada
THIS MACHINE MAS=DE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PARTS
I remember lots of machines my dad designed like the razor blade packer for Shick, and a corn broom maker that makes most of the brooms in the world. When you look at those brooks you can see that they have been stitched together with wire or with a really strong fiber. All of those brooms were made bu a machine like this.
The HORSE RACING GATE WITH HORSES IN IT AT THE SPLIT SECOND WHEN ALL THE DOORS OPEN AT THE SAME TIME