My father was an Engineer during the war. He specialized in 4 things.

Mechanical

Robotics

Fluidics

Hydraulics

Automation and later

New Product design

 

During W.W.2

He created a crank pump for all kinds of liquids, including gas for planes, so they could be fueled directly from the drum; faster than a regular "up and down pump."

pump As the story goes, the ones they made for the Germans Jammed on ocasion and and ones the "Underground" got, where flawless. My Grandfather, also Leslie Bubik, was playing a dangerous game. I have lots of stories which I am compiling into a book.

My father has created some pretty amazing things.

and together we created truly magnificent things as well.

But we had a very big problem. We could not work together.

We were a great team, when we could work together because I dreamed it up, he designed it, we prototyped it, and then it went into production after it was marketed. We listened to our suppliers, distributors and customers; improving it.

 

It didn't matter much what it was and we did it all without using CAD.

 

These are the things my dad did himself.

Impellers for the Harrier Jet, so that you can fire bullets into the turbine and it will not effect the engines performance

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Vertical take off aircraft, designed the propellers so it took take off like a helecoper then fly like a plane.

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Changed the way a support line works in any military operation

with the hook lift truck, which we created together. We originally Licensed a variation of it from a French company to make improvements on theirs and this is what we came up with. But no one wanted it in Canada, so we sold the patents and not even realizing it, changed the way goods are transported throughout Europe and also changed the way, the military moves its' support lines forward.

 

I quit doing work for them and my father, after they sold it, because I wanted one for myself. I wanted to develop mobile offices and specialty containers but the company didn't think it would go anywhere. No body is perfect!

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Now electrical generating plants an be picked up with ease and delivered anywhere. I spoke to a solider who told me that this type of vehicle is great because it is only a target 1/2 the time. He said that when then truck is transporting something it is a target, but when it is going back to pick up another container, it is not, so the trucks last much longer in battle. Cool eh???

 

Here are some other cool variations I have seen, but you know, in almost 40 years, I have only seen one improvement to the original hook, and since then I have come up with another 40 and when I try to contact companies here in Europe to see if we can do something together, no one ever calls back. Hmm

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Here is a cool looking one (below)

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My father was involved designed things for the U.S. military, like the steering of the cruse missile, so that it can hug the terrain and accurately fly under the enemies radar.

My father understood the stresses put on various metals. He designed the steering of many other things that fly and go along the ground. Like this interesting thing (below)

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He went on to design the best Tire changer in the world

Garages still use the original, model which is over 40 years old.

Vulcan sold it to FMC at the time for a lot and then they sold it to someone else for a lot more. Amazing isn't it.

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Later my dad went to work for Vulcan

He specialized in created re treading tire machines and rubber ovens to cure the tires

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later he started dabbling in a tow mechanism that would fit on the back of a pickup truck

 

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My father also designed many car lifts

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and jacks. One in particular got very famous in the racing circuit because it was the only hydraulic jack that could lift a car in 1 second. It was called the jiffy jack and the Germans even admired it in an article as one of the 4 best designs in the world. Cool eh?

jiffy

 

After going into into the tow truck business we created the worlds first tow truck that could take car out of a parked place. This joint venture with my dad and I put Vulcan on the map. I regret having come up with this idea. The police forces around the world particularly liked this one

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It was very versatile. In the end they were selling all over the world, even Japan

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It was the only one that could tow a motor cycle

motorcycle-towtruck

with the special wheel dolly by father designed, cars that were completely damaged could still be towed.

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then those tow truck got bigger and bigger

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Later there was a military version created but by this time there where too many people working on this project and vulcan screwed it up but that is just my opinion.

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Here you could see it in action. We had to also create a Military wheel dolly to carry damaged vehicles. We have all the original drawings and patents. I have seen many companies claim that they figured it all out. But it was not them. It was us and we can prove it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember when I was a kid and my dad took me on the set of Gun Smoke. A western TV show   (shot in Canada)  What would an engineer be doing there, I here you cry? 

He designed all the movable sets.  You see all those building were not real, just some of them.  The rest were just fronts, moved around in different sequences to give the illusion of different towns.  I met some of the actors.  I remember Loren Green.   But it was sure fun to see it all in real life.  I was around 5  or 6 years old at the time.

My father designed whole assembly lines as Automation was one of his professions Laminate  machines and robots. He was doing robotics when other were just dreaming of them.

 

German, French and American innovations too.  Including the perfection of the  Kit Kat bar.

All kinds of Automated Processes  like the Kit Kat Bar when Rountree approached my dad because they were having problems with a lot of waste in their main plant.  I remember when I was a kid, my dad used to bring boxes of broken Kit Kat bars from the "line."  I had so many friends then....yes because of the almost unlimited supply of Kit Kat bars.  I don't remember how long it too.  It wasn't very long.  But my dad fixed the problem and soon he brought home no Kit Kat bars.

 

Deck cranes for the U.S. Navy.  What is the most Amazing thing to me is the U.S. Navy could afford anybody. The best in the world.   They hired my dad to do a few things.

Underwater submarine rescue equipment  and

My father is 92 now but now we are working on a new kind of a roof turbine, that does not stick out like a sore thumb.

 

 

 

deck cranes for  ships and Helicopter landing pads in ships that did not have them in their original designs.  My dad added them later.  (well he didn't - he just designed them)

I remember when I was in a kid, that I was in a plant in the states  that had just finished one and it was being picked up by one very big military helicopter, then it was air lifted to  one of the ships for installation. 

COOL!!!!

The ultra-lite aircraft  company were having programs steering  their planes my  dad figured it out.

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All terrain vehicles for a company who got a U.S. military contract and could not figure out  the steering  of these newly designed vehicles.  They called my dad in to figure it out.

 

Still working on the list.

World first copy milling head/pre computer. Only now they have the same thing a computer does now'

I saw it and it works the same way as my dads copier worked.

 

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Leslie Bubik Sr.  My Dad has some 38 patents to his name.  Most of the things that Vulcan equipment is or was manufacturing were invented by my dad.  All except for one thing. The only tow truck that could take a car out of a parked place. I thought if a trailer follows a car with great ease, then this boom thing I came up with may be able, to remove a car from a parked spot.       Many of his designs have changed the world from a little to a lot.  I have only a few patents and came up with the original concept for the "Vulcan Wheel lift."  When I was 15, my dad came to me and said that if I can figure out a way to tow cars in an easier manner than was presently being done, that I would get the bicycle and stereo  of my choice.

       Within 20 minutes I came up with this except my conceptual design (I was too young to be an engineer) was the back boom was make entirely of metal.  My dad made the design much better by putting straps on it.  

I designed this mechanism above when  I was 15 Not bad for a kid, eh??? My company my dad was working for made Millions The Company? Vulcan Equipment       I remember that Vulcan Equipment, that that time on 95 Research Rd., and had a prototype within 6 months and had sold a whole whack of them to the Police. I am very sorry to admit to the fact that you can thank me for designing the first town truck, that could tow a car out of a parked place. 

 

 

Later models were made with fancier colors and other newly improved features.   My dad came up with many innovative variations to what this thing could lift.

 

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I believe it is the only tow tuck in the world can could tow motorcycles very easily.

 Many pictures are available on these variations.

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The came the really big stuff which the Canadian Military

(I didn't know we had one)  wanted these tow truck for the field

 

What about all the things I do not have pictures of

Crane trolley, Forging manipulator, ore feeding conveyer, copy milling machine,  suction oil drilling platforms, production line of laminates for plastic company, for plywood company, machine to make books, for Schick razors he made a machine that would pack 10 razors to every package, press rollers and uni rollers, grinding wheel press, flying sheer, steering for those military vehicles the navy seals use, steering for all types of specialty aircraft for the U.S. Military,  all types of hydraulic cylinders and switches, production press, deck cranes for the U.S. NAVY, Mobile cranes, Air control valves, Special rubber piston seals, assorted furniture and lamps, tire re-treading machines, panel saw, electro hydraulic devices, wheel dollies to carry heavy parts from one end of a factory to another and you should push it with one finger (amazing), wood planer, Subway tunnel washing machine horse race starting gate which all open at exactly the same time.  He has some 38 patents to his name.

I only have 2

 

I could make a separate web site just on my dads stuff and it would take me  5 years to compile it.    He eventually figured out  how to tow two cars at the same time.

 

 Here is my dad below

we created two things together that changed the world.

But if we could have worked together we could have owned the world!

Get your mind out to the gutter.  This is a concrete vibrator used to take the care out of concrete as it is being poured, and allowing it to settle properly in it's mould.

 

 

He was one of the first to use robots. which he also designed,  to move heavy laminates from one part of an automated assembly line which he also designed.

 

But we are basically only limited by the laws of physics, so if you need something designed and it does not matter what it is, I can assure you of that, (anything mechanical or electro-mechanical)       I have a new design for a new revolutionary tow truck but I think I will just keep it to myself this time.     My father who is now 82, has close to 50 years engineering experience and has been recognized by Design Canada for many of his achievements.    Even the Americans Hired him to design deck cranes  for the U.S.. Navy Helicopter landing pads of the U.S. Navy I am amazed because it is my dad but what amazes me even more, is the fact that the u.s. already has about a million really good engineers and the u.s. air force and Navy choose my dad.  WOW!!!  COOL!!!!   Parts for a new revolutionary Airplane that is both Helicopter and Plane Now the U.S. Military is considering for fast troop and equipment deployment It hovers like a helicopter  and flies like an airplane, as soon as they figure out how to fly it. My dad designed the  impellers behind the propellers.    

       

Here the "jiffy Jack" would lift a car off the ground in about 1 or 2 seconds.  Later used by the Racing industry to lift race cars

A hydraulic jack to lift cars from one side or end

It is called the P-4

 

A razor blade packing machine for Schick

I saw it work when I was a kid. it put ten razors into each box in about a second with no errors

One of my dads specialties was automation

 

One year, when I was a kid, in a German Magazine (below) admiring the best designs, in the world.  Of the 4, 2 were ours. COOL Eh?  The Jiffy Jack  was  popular in the racing  circuit for a while because it could lift and drop a car in about a second. And the Cradle snatcher as it would be known would be the best selling tow truck in the world for many many years. Well until the patents expired and every one started copying.

 

 

Mining Equipment for the French

             Horse Racing Gates for the Canadians The only series of gates that all oven at precisely the same time. They came to my dad to figure this one out. Not bad eh???   I see those gates everywhere now.  Even in Europe.  Their distinctive green and white colours.  He also designed  them to make them more portable.

 

       

Assorted Hoists and Tow trucks (big and small)  for Vulcan Equipment CANADA including the big monster above.   Most of the things  Vulcan equipment had produced in the past Automotive related, he designed.

By that time he had a large R and D department and one of his drafts men was Japanese  named Ken Murimatsu.  I wonder what ever happened to him. I helped his and his wife build a Japanese restaurant. Because his wife wanted to go into the business. Because I have a diploma from Ryerson University in Hospitality interior design, I helped them design and build it.  I also have a  Piece of paper in Hotel and Restaurant Management as well as in Resort  and Hospitality Management, just in case you are interested to know.  I was one of those kids who could make his  mind up what he wanted to do.  I guess I can always get a job in a hotel.

 

 Mike Bogdan of Hungary and  others who helped my dad in the new product development area of Vulcan equipment. By that time I was no longer there and soon my dad retired too.

 

 

He has single handily designed machines that must be collectively produced trillions in revenue for all these companies over the years  and I guess if you were to take all of them and add their revenues, jobs they created  all over the world combined,   I don't know what comes after trillions  but whatever that number is, I have no doubt it is up there somewhere.  Have you seen these around?

 Concrete Vibrators, Crust manipulators.  A machine that did the work of  10  men using jackhammers.  I will find a picture of this one too.

   

I bet you have seen these around in Automotive garages

Sold to FMC for just over a million and a half it had paid for itself over and over again. Have you seen one of these in your local automotive garage?  

Most garage owners even after 30 years still think it is the best one on the market.  Now that is impressive. 

The only reason they are replacing them is because of the new larger wheel sizes the 19" and more require the different type of machine.           

Vulcan was the leading company in Tire Retreating equipment.  This is true Recycling of tires

 

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My dad helped  design the military tow truck, by this time there were 200 engineers and no one kew what was going on.  Look at this thing below. It looks like it was designed by  5 year old.  They also put a crane on it to make it more versatile.  It is too bad we didn't know about pal finger in Austria  

Military hook lift.  One truck and 15 containers, tool shops to move around for mobile hospitals  and  more

 

 

Almost anything can be lifted and transported.  we did not design the containers. those where done by other companies

 

 

How  did I come up with the idea?  Simple really  when you hand you coat over your  shoulder, you usually do with with a finger or too and drape it over your shoulder and you  put it up onto your shoulder.  That is how the idea became a truck  Cool eh??? I love engineering stuff.

And now I do cheap engineering, just for myself.

Tire Inspection equipment

 

 

 

 

My father and his team in New product development made Vulcan a very rich  company.

After my dad retired and the owner eventually died and then  the Alm sons took is over and really screwed up that company.

I have many fond memories of hanging out there including a few summer jobs driving a fork lift and loading the trucks which never seemed to end.  They were waiting in lines to take the products away.

   I remember one year when Design CANADA put out there stuff about the 4 best designs in CANADA and three of them were my dads I also remember an article about the 4 best designs in the world the three of them where my dads the 4th was that high speed train in Japan.

 

  My  dad was pretty busy

woodworking equipment which won design Canada Awards

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Here are a few other things

I designed and built without

my fathers assistance

I have 2 patents and as far as I am concerned, I have two too many.

Do you know how long it takes to get a u.s. Patent?  1 Year.  In Canada  12 years!!  12 Years!!!  What the heck!

 

I designed the handy-hoist is 20 minutes, It took 3 years t get a patent and 4 guys from the government to screw up a deal. Here a petite women illustrates how easy it is  to lift a bike onto the top of a car with great ease.

 

 

 

50 years ahead of it's time.  Canadian Tire Ordered 19,000 units and in the middle of the deal told us to provide them with a colours box.  Just before the signing of the deal, my mother got sick and I had to walk away  from the deal.

 

The Handy-Hoist bike and Tandem Lifting Assistant

 

               

Has a U.S. and Canadian Patent

This one above was a the tandem lifter.  One one was made to see if a short Chinese person could lift it up onto a mini van

It worked. 

 

Now the U.S. Military has copied  the HANDY HOIST to put missiles onto the top of Hummers (not above)

I CAN DESIGNED AND BUILD JUST ABOUT ANYTHING

And if I can't I will find someone who will

 

I think next to My HANDY-HOIST, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS i EVER DESIGNED.

LIFT AND GO.  VULCAN SOLD THIS  FOR TWO MILLION BUT   IF THEY WAITED JUST 4 YEARS THEY COULD HAVE SOLD IT FOR 20.  But let's not forget the Alm kids were running the show now, they had no idea what they were doing. I wanted to buy one for myself but  they didn't want to give me one, since the different variations and the military version shown below, I have figured out a few things, I just need a company who  wants to pay me  a few hundred thousand for the idea and I want to be involved worth the fabrication of it.  After my dad left Vulcan.  It only took two more years to the Alms kids is to screw it up more.  They didn't even pay my dad his severance pay when they somehow escaped Canada and fled to the states leaving many companies holding the bag who depended on Vulcan for their survival.    When I found out about my dads severance this I went after Vulcan, myself, and eventually they paid my dad and I got my 10% of it. If it wasn't for my dad and me there would not have been such a big Vulcan.  It is a shame really.  I really wanted my own lift and go.

 

Military hook lift.  One truck and 15 containers, tool shops to move around for mobile hospitals  and  more

 

 

The military version is even more cool because where it used to take several trucks to carry around tall the stuff they need.  Now all they new are a dew trucks and  they move their buildings around instead  cool eh???

"MY DAD AND i SHOULD HAVE WON SOME KIND  OF AN AWARD FOR THIS PRODUCT BUT NEVER DID.  DO THEY HAVE AWARD IN ENGINEERING LIKE THEY DO FOR MOVIES?  IF NOT. THEY SHOULD!"

I have several improvements to the designs  but I have never seen them improved much in the last 30 years.  They basically look the same which tell you what a good design it was.  But there is always room for  improvement and I am not looking for a company who makes them to hire me on as a sales guy for them.  The hook and go, as I like to cal lit  are the best thing I ever created  and the sky is the limit  with what you can do with these things.  The one thing  the disturbs me that  when I wanted to buy one, Vulcan didn't want to give me a break in the price.  When I create a series of new ones I want one for myself free, including the truck. My dad has offered to help me if I land a contract with one of you guys.

 

 

Almost anything can be lifted and transported.  we did not design the containers. those where done by other companies

 

It was originally designed to left cars  but I told my dad it could lift a shop like for a  trades person who can leave all his tools at one pace while he moves his office to another.  This concept took off.  But my this time it was already owned by another company.

How  did I come up with the idea?  Simple really  when you hang you coat over your  shoulder, you usually do with with a finger or too and drape it over your shoulder and you  pull it up onto your shoulder.  That is how the idea became a truck  Cool eh??? I love engineering stuff.  Now you can see these being produced under different names.  Multi-lift, (made in Sweden I think)  (good name) Swamp Loader (also good)  lift more than just cars and containers.  And the design haven't changed much in the last 30 years.  But I have many improvements  and Ideas  which I would like to share with the right company.  All the Patents are under my fathers name Leslie Bubik  and it is easy enough to check.  My father has 38 patents to his name and I have two and as far as I am concerned, I have two too many.  Ampliroll, a French company may have been the first ones to buy it.  It was 35 yeas ago and I was not involved with the sale of products.  But I am sure someone knows something.

FMC bought my fathers tire changer and garages and still using them today.  Now that is cool too!  I also remember Coats  buying it.  Perhaps coats bought it from FMC  who knows.

If you do not get your  product and sell your idea and make your money within 7 years when you patent something. ( 7 years goes by very quickly when you are creating machines) then everyone can copy you and compete against you.  You are not really protected unless you have the means to pay a whole battery of lawyers to keep your product safe.

 

My father and his team in New product development made Vulcan a very rich  company.

After my dad retired and the owner eventually died and then  the Alms sons took is over and really screwed up that company.

I have many fond memories of hanging out there including a few summer jobs driving a fork lift and loading the trucks which never seemed to end.  They were waiting in lines to take the products away.

   I remember one year when Design CANADA put out there stuff about the 4 best designs in CANADA and three of them were my dads I also remember an article about the 4 best designs in the world the One was mime, one was my dads. the 3rd was a portable 12v compressor the 4th was that high speed train in Japan.  Cool eh?

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I designed the handy-hoist is 20 minutes, It took 3 years t get a patent and 4 guys from the government to screw up a deal. Here a petite women illustrates how easy it is  to lift a bike onto the top of a car with great ease.

Handy-Hoist also lifts by the tires  hahaheheeh

 

Since I designed this thing, I have figured out how to lift ladders , kayaks , lumber and al kind of other things.  The American army copied my Patent, "thanks Guys." and they use a variation of my design to lift missals onto hummers.  I am looking for an investor ore a company who will take me on to create a line of lifters but  so far, ...nothing. I just don't get it.

 

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Don't laugh too hard

50 years ahead of it's time.  Canadian Tire Ordered 19,000 units and in the middle of the deal told us to provide them with a colours box.  Just before the signing of the deal, my mother got sick and I had to walk away  from the deal. And my business partner pulled  all the units of all the shelves of all the stored we had them in including Mazda who wanted  to give the Handy-Host bike lifting assistant which it was called by then.  I think  it was when Canadian tire  came to use again and asked us to set up a shop to install these things for people for a small fee  because they didn't have faith that people could install  the Handy-Hoist properly themselves.  From what I can see with Les the Handyman 15 years since then, Canadian Tire was right.  My business partner still has all the dies and forms and the machine to stamp out the parts should something happen and someone wants to manufacture them again.

 

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What DID I DO TWO YEARS AGO?

This is a self powering solar trailer Specifically designed to provide additional power for an electric Tricycle  which I did not design but modified. (I added another solar panel to the top)

This is what it looks like.  it goes 20 km/hr. for 60km.  Though it will not break any speed records, it is the first "off grid" designed system which actually works.  I use this prototype to buy groceries and run errands.  I use it when I am not in a hurry.  I save on parking and fuel and even time because i don't have to look for parking.  It produces  no carbon or any pollutants.  It is completely GREEN.

And it is always charging.  This is the best thing.

 

 

The trailer  can be detached and re-attached  to something else like a regular bicycle to he used as a power source  for a camp site or to power a laptop and a cell phone.  

The trailer hitch is lockable but now I am working on a lighter solution.

I believe such a vehicle could be used in small towns for the post man, a visiting nurse, older people just to get around. Tourist organizations to make groups more mobile.  I can figure out  how to  even carry  camping gear to take a small trip out of the city and even to pull children on their bicycles when they get tired.

Today I am doing smaller projects

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