Looking for hard-to find brake cylinder seals for your ’58 Studebaker? This Cuban entrepreneur is making them out of that old solid tire in the foreground. All that old Detroit iron on the streets of Havana has to keep rolling; I mean stopping somehow, given the embargo. I guess the Chinese haven’t tooled up for ancient American cars, because I find this picture hard to fully comprehend. It reminds me of going to a living history museum where park employees re-enact blacksmithing and the like. But then Cuba is essentially a living history museum, for now at least.
– February 23, 2011