Joe's Toys

(Planes, Trains and Automobiles... Motorcycles too.)


1968 Honda 305 Superhawk

This was my first vehicle. When I was 15 I purchased it for $1 from a friend that wanted to get rid of it. It had been chopped and hacked and neglected. The motor was seized and the whole bike was in poor shape. I stripped it down to just a frame and engine and repainted it and tuned it up. I also added the chrome sissy bar. The bike ran and looked nice when I was done. Unfortunatley, I did not get to ride it since I sold it before I got my drivers licence.


1927 Bugatti Type 27B (replica)

My dad and I built this car when I was in high school. We went in as partners on the car. The basis was a 1964 VW bug that we purchased for $100. The engine threw a rod on the way home and we had to tow it home. The blown enging turned out to be a blessing in disguise since we put a 1500cc bus engine in to replace the 1300cc stocker. This was the biggest 6 volt engine Volkswagon made. The 1964 chassis turned out to be a good thing too since it was the last year for the kingpin style front end. This looked much better exposed than the later ball joint type front end.

The modifications included triming floor pan so it was tapered toward the front then bolting on angle iron to attach the new fiberglass body. The driver and passenger actually sat behind where the original rear seat was on the bug. The foot controls ans shifter all had to be relocated to the rear. This required fabricating some custom brackets. The fuel tank was repositioned so it ran from to back instead of side to side.


1974 Toyota Corolla

This was my first regular car. I bought it to commute to my summer job between junior and senior years in college. I bought the Toyota because of the solid little Hemi engine. The body was quite rough when I got it so I stripped it down and had it painted at Earl Schieb for $39.95. The job came out quite well. The trick was to do all the prep work and masking yourself. They do a good job spraying since that is what they do all day.

I could not leave well enough alone and I started making small modifications to the car. I got a tachometer from a Toyota Celica in a junk yard and installed it in the dash. To do this I had to cut the existing instrument cluster in 1/2 and mount the other gages in a home made floor console. I got a 5-speed transmission out of another car and replaced the 4-speed. I pulled the cylinder head and had the combustion chamber milled to up the compression from 8:1 to 9:1. I installed a set of headers, then had a 2" diameter exhaust made. I also installed a sound system, mostly to make up for the 2" exhaust. This car was a strong runner and I drove it for about 2 years and 20 thoushand miles.


Grand Dad's 1976 Rohr Turboliner

My grandfather (Joseph M. Dille) was a "real" engineer. That is he drove trains. In the late 70's and early 80's he was the senior engineer on the division and had the premier assignments. One of his favorite rides was being the first person in the US to test drive the new Rohr Turboliner. This was a very fast luxury train. My grandfather loved things that go fast. Here is the control panel.

The train consisted of 5 cars, two power cars (engines) with gas turbine engines, two coach cars and dining car. It was also able to use third rail power for use in tunnels like Grand Central Station. Here are some of the basics.