Let’s see those Rigs

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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Rod_outbak » 15 Feb 2019, 6:21 am

Forgot to add: LaSalle were a car company set up by GM to produce a slightly cheaper, more sporty alternative to the Cadillac.
Most of the car was built by Cadillac.

Conflicting info on what period your Rocket man is from; some suggest 1927, wheras other info suggests very early 1930's.
Also, not certain the 'Rocket Man' was fitted to very LaSalle; it might have been used to designate the models with the larger V8 motor, or possibly export models (or simply an accessory if you chose it??).
Latest I can see that Rocket man was used, is about 1933.

One of the sites said this about the ornament:
"Addendum: It is a rather indistinct makers mark on base, looks to read "R R LAWENSON", a google search reveals no information about this company."

Found this gent selling same in Australia: https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/ ... 30b4ce78e6
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Die Judicii » 15 Feb 2019, 11:21 am

WOW, thanks Rod, you got it right.

I am what we (family) say,,,,,, a "YFI",,,,,,,, (You F******g Idiot)

I never thought to try Dr Google.
I took it to many swap meets, and no-one got it right.

One bloke in particular had a book about 1 1/2" thick specifically on hood ornaments, but it wasn't listed in that either.
As an aside, the book had a complete chapter that dealt solely with hood ornaments made by the Gestapo,, that was mind boggling.
There were at least 80 or 90 different ones I think. With high quality photos of most.
Maybe if they hadn't spent so much time and money making them,,,,,, they might have won the war.

Back to Rocket Man,,,,,,,,,,,, he isn't short enough to be Korean. :lol:

I actually had this fellah mounted on the bonnet of the 1st S Series valiant I ever owned, back during the 1970s.

I've only seen 2 others.
One was in a glass case in a car museum in WA, with no info supplied, and the other one was listed on Ebay, but by memory didn't sell.
I don't recall any actual info being with it other than "Rocket Man Hood Ornament".

The one you posted the link to that was sold, of course had no $ figure attached. Not that I'm gonna sell mine, but I am curios.

Thanks for your time and effort researching, much appreciated. :thumbsup: :drinks: :friends:
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by brinny » 12 Apr 2019, 10:46 am

Gaznazdiak wrote:That is one BALL TEARER of a tractor Rod. The new engine was so big they had to put the radiator and oil coolers on the roof of the cab.

70t is pretty decent weight for a plow too


Man that is some setup of a dozer....here is a pic of one of my D9Rs going up in smoke on the job one day.....

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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Kel » 16 Apr 2019, 11:47 am

Had to harvest some fire wood today and grabbed a pic of my truck in the process.

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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by TassieTiger » 16 Apr 2019, 1:55 pm

What’s with all the antennas lol...?
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Kel » 16 Apr 2019, 2:48 pm

HF, UHF & cell
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Gamerancher » 17 Apr 2019, 7:47 am

Sorry, but that is a UTE. :sarcasm:
The aerials are for the remote.
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Kel » 17 Apr 2019, 2:03 pm

Gamerancher wrote:Sorry, but that is a UTE. :sarcasm:
The aerials are for the remote.


No need to apologise, you can call my truck a ute or SUV whatever else makes you happy. But since its my truck it gets called a truck (a habit I picked up from living in Texas for a few years ... people would look at you weird if you tried to call your truck a ute) :)
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by mickb » 17 Apr 2019, 2:39 pm

Well coming in last in the size stakes, stock suzuki jimny :D. Doing my reputation some damage here as a new member..
But they go okay. I dont go anywhere too crazy and it carries a weeks worth of what I need.
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Oldbloke » 17 Apr 2019, 6:53 pm

Those little Suzies are great. Wanted one many years ago. Got a Triton now.
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by bigpete » 19 Apr 2019, 6:11 am

They are the spawn of the devil oldbloke.
You try sitting in one for 8-10 hours a day,5 days a week herbicide spraying when you're 6'1".....you'll learn to hate the poxy pieces of s**t....
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Stix » 19 Apr 2019, 10:07 am

lol...
5 minutes in one of those short wheel base bone shattering spine compression machines going across a paddock was enough to not want to get in one again...came out looking like a grass hopper with knees bent up around ears...
8 hours a day...fmd... :crazy:

How long you in traction for once you got out...
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by bigpete » 19 Apr 2019, 1:37 pm

We'll,let's just say,my backs f***ed for life..
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by mickb » 26 Apr 2019, 10:24 pm

bigpete wrote:They are the spawn of the devil oldbloke.
You try sitting in one for 8-10 hours a day,5 days a week herbicide spraying when you're 6'1".....you'll learn to hate the poxy pieces of s**t....


Im 6'3" but I don't do those sort of hours in a paddock :D
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Chappo » 28 Apr 2019, 8:57 am

Gee I hate to show up late and trump everyone here but I guess I’m just lucky enough to own the best Ute Australia has seen :lol: :lol:
I know I know, youre all jealous ;)
When you pick your tongue off the floor you can tell me what you think of my “truck”
It’s a 1950 Commer Superpoise. It was a bit of a barn find with 35,000 original miles on it.
I’m taking the old girl out for a Sunday cruise today 8-)
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Bent Arrow » 29 Apr 2019, 11:17 pm

Now that's a cool looking ute!
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Re: Let’s see those Rigs

Post by Ziad » 30 Apr 2019, 9:00 am

Agreed, very nice looking
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