Do you know your Mustang Facts?

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Do you know your Mustang Facts?

Ford let the Mustang out of the stable in 1964!

Do you know your Mustang Facts? Did you know within the first 18 months of sales, over 1 Million cars were sold! That’s A LOT! On the first day of its release, more than 22,000 Mustangs were sold. In the first year, 418,810 Mustangs were sold, and more than one million were on the road within the Mustang’s first two years — which is still the fastest time for any new nameplate to reach that sales volume. In its early days, the Mustang was sold just as fast as Ford could build them.  fact, the fever for Mustangs was so intense that there’s a legend floating around of one Texas driver who slept in his new Mustang at the dealership overnight while his check cleared just to be sure the car wouldn’t be sold out from underneath him. By 1965, the Mustang was the most popular car in America. By 1966, nearly 2.5 million Mustangs were produced, and the Mustang moved Ford into the biggest selling domestic line in America, ahead of Chevrolet. Original sales forecasts expected the Mustang to sell less than 100,000 units in its first year, a benchmark that the model blew past at only three months old. The Mustang was so popular that even thousands of children wanted to get to drive one: in the Christmas season following the Mustang’s debut, 94,000 pedal powered toy Mustangs were sold. The Mustang remained incredibly popular for decades, with six figure sales from 1964 to 1990.

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The first Mustang, a convertible model with the VIN 5F08F100001, was intended to be used as a model to be sent on a tour of dealerships. But in Newfoundland, the vehicle was accidentally sold to a customer. That customer was an airline pilot who kept it and drove it for about 10,000 miles before trading it back to Ford for an equally auspicious numbered Mustang: Mustang number 1,000,001. Fortunately, Ford was able to preserve the first Mustang after the customer returned it, and the vehicle is on display at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Mustang was almost called a Cougar.

The car that created the pony class was almost named after a cat. Early sketches show the Mustang model named as a Cougar, and there were a number of badges and emblems designed with the name as late as 1963. In fact, the cougar silhouette looks similar to the mustang horse emblem that Mustangs have. Other names that were considered include the Torino, Bronco, Puma, Colt, Thunderbird II, and Panther. But thanks to intense market research, Ford settled on the Mustang, and the rest is history. Of course, Ford later debuted the Mercury Cougar, so the name wasn’t entirely lost — just misplaced for a while. Many say the Mustang name came from the World War II fighter plane with the same name, others maintain that it’s named after the half wild American Mustang horse.

An all American car, the two most popular Mustang colors throughout history have been red and blue.

For more than 50 years, red and blue have been the color preference of Ford Mustang owners. In all time overall color popularity, red comes in first with 21% and blue is a close second at 17%. Silver is not far behind at 14%, and white garners 13% of Mustang colors. Blue was particularly popular when the Mustang was introduced, while white took over in the mid to late 70s. By the 80s and 90s, red was established as a clear winner for Mustang colors. In fact, about one in five of all Mustangs built have been painted a shade of red. Now, black has become the most popular color in late generation mustangs.

 

Ford considered making a station wagon version of the Mustang.

Let’s not forget that the sporty Mustang was marketed not just to young hot rodders, but young adults with families, too. At one point, Ford considered offering a family car that could haul more than groceries with the Mustang Aspen station wagon. In fact, Ford is rumored to have created two Mustang Aspen station wagons in 1966, but if they exist, few if any people have seen them in the light of day. Still, a handful of custom Mustang station model builds exist, and even a yacht builder planned to build a custom sport wagon based on the Ford Shelby GT500.

The most expensive Mustang sold at auction went for more than $1 million. WOW!!!

n iconic vehicle, rare and notable Mustangs often command top bids at public auctions. In May 2013, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $1.3 million. The vehicle is incredibly rare: only one initial test car was built, and this one is it, making it an incredibly rare and sought after Mustang. There is one other Mustang that’s believed to be worth more: a 1968 Shelby EXP 500 Green Hornet with a number of notable experimental upgrades. The last time it was up for auction, it reached a top bid of $1.8 million in a January 2013 auction — but that still wasn’t enough to meet the reserve price. The vehicle remains with its original owner until a suitable offer can be found. Several other Mustangs have reached sales prices between $500,000 and $1 million, making this model incredibly valuable at auction.

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– The Mustang I Prototype was debuted on October. 7,1962 at the Watkins Glen racetrack in New York
– Ford introduced the Mustang II prototype at Watkins glen on the weekend of October. 6,1963
– The Mustang was premiered on April. 17, 1964 at New York’s World Fair
– 22,000 Mustangs were sold within the first day of its release.
– Within 2 years, over one million Mustangs were sold
– The first Mustang off the assembly line was sold (by mistake) to an airplane pilot.
– By December. 31, 1964, Ford had sold 263,434 cars.
– When the one year anniversary of the Mustang rolled around, Ford had already sold 418,810 Mustangs.
– Independant Rear Suspension was actually considered for performance versions of the Mustang way back in the 60s.
– There was no 2002 edition of the Mustang Cobra.
– The 1964.5 Mustangs were not really 1964.5 models. They were considered to actually be EARLY 1965’s. So, the first digit of the VIN number (last digit of the model year) was 5, not 4.
– The first Mustang’s VIN Number was 5F08F100001.
– The Fastback Mustang debuted on October. 1, 1964.
– Phil Clark is the original designer of the galloping horse logo.
– John Najjar, the original designer of the Mustang I Prototype (drawings) supposedly named his design after the P-51 Mustang airplane, but Lee Iacocca has stated a few times that it was directly named after the horse itself, not the airplane.
– Mustang production began on March. 9, 1964.
– The one-millionth Mustang was produced on February. 23, 1966.
– The popular movie (among Mustang enthusiasts), ‘Bullitt’, premiered on October. 17, 1968.
– Apparently, Lee Iacocca wanted the switch-over to the Mustang II to occur in 1968, but Ford’s President Bunkie Knudsen preferred the larger Mustangs. When Bunkie Knudsen left in `69, Lee Iacocca got to work on the Mustang II.
– Even though most people say that the first Mustang to roll off the assembly line was a White Convertible, Lee Iacocca says that the first Mustang was a hardtop.
– The 1974 Mustang II sold 3 times the amount of Mustangs that were sold in 1973.
– The first 1993 Mustang Cobra was built on December. 17, 1992.
– In the late 80s, Ford was considering moving the Mustang over to front-wheel drive. Thankfully, the loyal Mustang fans kept Ford from doing so. The Probe was the replacement that Ford produced.

-The 1994 Ford Mustang, which introduced the 4th generation Mustangs, was dramatically restyled to awaken its pony car heritage. The hatchback variant was dropped, leaving only a two door coupe and convertible. The SVT Cobra was carried over from the previous year and launched with a 240 horsepower 5.0 liter V8.

-1995 was the final model year for the 5.0 liter V8, which began life as the 260cid and later 289 cid engine. The second bare bones SVT Cobra R was introduced with a 300 horsepower 5.8 liter V8 and five speed manual transmission.

-In 1996, for the first time the Mustang GTs and SVT Mustang Cobras were equipped with 4.6 liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V8, producing 305 horsepower in the Cobra.

-Ford’s Passive Anti Theft System became standard on all models in 1997.

-In 1998 the output of Mustang GT’s 4.6 liter V8 was increased to 225 horsepower.

-A redesigned Mustang debuted in 1999. It sported sharper lines, pronounced wheel arches plus new hood, grille, fascias and lamps. The SVT Mustang Cobra became the first Mustang with independent rear suspension. The 4.6 liter DOHC V8 produced 320 horsepower.

-In 2000 the third Mustang SVT Cobra R was introduced in a 300 unit run. It came with a 386 horsepower 5.4 liter DOHC V8 mated to the Mustang’s first ever six-speed transmission.

-Inspired by the 1968 movie, the first Mustang Bullitt GT model was offered in 2000 and 2001. It featured unique side scoops, 17-inch “Bullitt”-styled wheels and lowered and specially-tuned suspension.

-In 2002 production ended for two of Mustang’s closest competitors: Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.

-The Mach 1 returned in 2003 with a 305 horsepower V8 under a signature ram air “Shaker” hood scoop. The newly redesigned SVT Cobra produced 390 supercharged horsepower.

-In 2004 Ford produced its 300 millionth car, a Mustang GT convertible 40th anniversary edition. The 2004 models were the last cars built at Ford’s fabled Dearborn Assembly Plant which had been building Mustangs since the car’s introduction in 1964.

-In 2005 production of the all new Mustang moved to the Flat Rock, Michigan Plant. The Mustang’s V6 engine was increased to 4.0 liters and the V8 increased to 300 horsepower.

-The V6 “Pony Package” debuted in 2006. GT models got 18″ wheels, and owners could configure instrument panel lighting in 125 different colors, using Ford’s MyColor instrument panel.

-In 2007 Ford introduced a special “Warriors in Pink” Mustang, designed to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer research. The vehicle lineup also included the Mustang Shelby GT and the Shelby GT500KR. The second limited-edition Mustang Bullitt was introduced in November.

-The 9 millionth Mustang, a GT convertible, was built in 2008 and sold to an Iowa farmer.

-The 2009 Ford Mustang featured a glass roof option and special 45th anniversary badging.

-The 2010 Mustang was introduced in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It cleverly combines modern technology with Mustang heritage and a V8 with even more horsepower and even throatier signature Mustang exhaust sound. It will be available at Ford dealerships later this spring.

Ford Sells Mustang Number One!

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Paint Chip on your Car? DIY Repair Guide

Paint Chip on your Car? DIY Repair Guide

Paint Chip Repairs on your car are easier than you think. Use this guide and do it yourself (DIY).

You have paint chip on your car ? It never fails, even moments after you drive away from the auto detailer with a perfect pritine car. A Rock or some kind of Road debris will hit your car before you know it. Why spend money having it repaired when you can easily do it yourself?

I don’t recommend you trying to attempt a major body work job but the small ones you can do easily and have a professional looking job. Just follow these steps below.

 

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First you want to check your car for the paint code so you can purchase paint to match your car perfectly. The Car Paint Code can be found in a variety of places, including the doorjamb, firewall, underside of the hood or trunk.

  1. Begin by removing any wax from the damaged area and thoroughly clean it using prep solvent with a lint-free cloth. Dishwashing liquid will also work. Make sure your workspace is well ventilated, especially if the repair is large enough to require aerosol spray.
  2. Fill any small dents (with common fillers or bondo for small fills). Sand the area smooth using 320-grit sandpaper; working up to 600-grit or higher. Follow with a primer coat and sand that using the same steps.
  3. If you are only repairing small rock chips and scratches these can be fixed using a paint pen or brush. Make sure that the area you are repairing is narrower than the width of the pen or brush so the paint blends properly.
  4. Use the flat side of the paint pen or wide side of the brush: the pointy tip of the pen will not cover enough area to make the repair invisible. Apply the paint in a single slow stroke to evenly cover the area.
  5. The current industry standard for paint requires a base coat and clear coat. Some older cars require single stage paint to match the factory color. Make sure that each layer dries completely before the next. While this may take about 10 minutes for a small repair in dry climate, a larger repair in a humid area can take significantly longer.
  6. If the area is large enough to require aerosol, mask off surrounding panels using masking film or masking tape plus plastic. Have a couple of practice cards on hand so you can practice your spraying technique before beginning the actual repair.
  7. Spray back and forth in a sweeping motion: the goal is to produce a finish thick enough to be smooth but not drip and an even thickness all the way across. For beginners, the easiest method is to overspray slightly onto the masked area. A more experienced painter can spray to the edge, leaving a blending area between the factory paint and the repair.
  8. All automotive paint requires time to cure. Do not wash the car for at least a week after completing the repair and don’t wax it for a month.

 

The Automotive Touchup website includes a library of how-to videos and advice on how to locate the factory paint codes. A full array of touch-up paint and touch-up kits are available on eBay.

 

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Where Did the Term “Dashboard” Come From? – Car Facts

Where Did the Term “Dashboard” Come From?

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We all use the terms “Dashboard” and “instrument panel” interchangeably without given it much thought. Where did the 2 word come from? However, their origins are quite interesting and definitely something every auto trimmer should know.

The word “dashboard” was originally used to describe the wooden board carriage makers attached to the front of carriages to prevent mud and rocks from being splashed (or “dashed”) onto drivers and their passengers by the horses that pulled them about. In essence, dashboards served as mud flaps for horses’ hooves.

While the term “dashboard” didn’t work its way into popular English until the 1800’s, the concept of a “dashboard” existed long before then. In fact, Mesopotamian chariots dating as far back as 3,000 BC employed similar guards against mud and rocks.

 

It wasn’t until the early 1900’s – when carriages became dependent on motors instead of horses – that “dashboards” were repurposed to house vehicle instruments, like speedometers and gas gauges.

Shortly after, the word “carriage” was shortened to “car”; the term “instrument panel” replaced “dashboard”; and windshields were developed to guard drivers and passengers from light debris.

Still, the term “dashboard” never quite disappeared.

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Tips on Buying New and Used Tires

A few Tips to know when you are Buying New and Used Tires

4 Essentials To Know When Buying New/Used Tires

Tires

 

When it’s time to buy new/used tires, you might put it off because of all of the choices you need to make. Instead, go into the tire shop prepared with a bit of knowledge about your vehicle. You may not want the same tires for several reasons — including how they ride, the kind of tire isn’t right for the type of driving you do, they’re the wrong size and more.

Check the Tire Size

You can’t always rely on the size of the tires that are currently on the vehicle — unless it was bought new from the dealership. If this is the case, then you can get the size right off the tire. However, if the vehicle was purchased used, even from a dealership, it could have a different size tire than what came with the vehicle. Often, people put larger or smaller tires on the vehicle for various reasons.

Always check the owner’s manual for the tire size. Compare the size listed in the owner’s manual with the tire size. If you like the tire size you could keep that size. However, keep in mind that the bigger the tire, the more expensive it is. Plus, in some cases, a bigger tire doesn’t ride as nice as the tire that was originally on the vehicle.

You could also find the proper tire size on the vehicle’s information placard. Call the tire shop ahead of time to make sure it has the tire size in the brand you want in stock. If not, many shops will order the tires for you, though they may require payment upfront.

Tire Codes

The size on the tire will look similar to this: P215/65/R 15 95H M+S. The first letter in the sequence indicates that the tire is for a passenger car if it’s a “P.” You might see “LT” on light trucks. The next three-digit number is how wide the tire is from one sidewall edge to the other. This is measured in milliliters.

The next two-digit number — 65 in this example — is the ratio of the tire’s height to its width. The bigger the number the more sidewall the tire has. The next part of the sizing notation is a letter. Most tires have “R,” which means the tire is a radial tire. You might find a “B,” which means the tire is a bias tire; and these are commonly found on older vehicles and light trailers.

The next number, a 15 in this example, is the rim size — the diameter of the rim. Some tire size notations may also feature an optional number. This two- or three-digit number notes the load index and is not required by law to be on the tire. This shows how much each tire can carry. Always install tires with a load index at least as high as the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The next letter is the speed rating. In this example, it is an “H,” which means that the tires are rated to go as fast as 130 miles per hour for an extended time. You have no reason to upgrade to a tire with a higher speed rating unless you are driving the vehicle on a track or you’re shipping the vehicle to an area that doesn’t believe in speed limits.

The last set of letters designate the type of tire. “M+S” stands for mud and snow. Common notations also include “AS” for all season and “AT” for all terrain.

Tire Break-In

Regardless of which tire you choose, it will have a release agent on it; and this makes the tire slippery. It won’t grip as nicely as it should until the residue wears off. When buying tires, be careful, especially when braking and cornering in wet conditions. Break-in time on most tires is about 500 miles.

Tire Age

Oxygen breaks down rubber, so the age of the tires is very important. In most cases, when purchasing new tires, this isn’t a concern. However, when purchasing used tires or if your vehicle’s tires don’t wear fast because you don’t drive frequently, the age of the tire is a concern. Look for a series of 10 to 12 numbers close to the rim. Pay attention to the last four digits, which show the week and year the tire was manufactured.

For example, if the last four digits are 5014, the tire was manufactured in the 50th week of 2014. It is recommended to change tires that are 10 years old or older, even if they look brand new.

The Bottom Line

When purchasing new tires, know the size you need, the type you need for the terrain and weather you drive in or on, and the speed rating — if you plan on taking your vehicle on the Autobahn if you visit Germany or plan on living there, for example. When buying used tires, be sure to check the age of the tires before accepting them.

 

 

Author Bio:

Natalie Saldana is A-Abana Auto Insurance’s Vice President of Sales. Her and her team’s primary duty is to make sure that every driver behind the wheel is covered and safe. A key factor of staying safe on the road is making sure your tires are in great shape!

 

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Sweet Photos of Old Jeeps

Sweet Photos of Old Jeeps

Nothing More, Nothing Less

Old Jeeps are cool, and they look even cooler in this collection of stunning photos.

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Sweet Photos of Old Jeeps

Sweet Photos of Old Jeeps

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Best and Worst Cars of 2015- Car Facts

Best and Worst Cars of 2015

Are you interested in knowing? What was the Best and Worse Cars of 2015. This may help you decided what your next car will be.

 

Best Cars

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagon Golf

The new 1.8-liter turbo engine delivers effortless power and 28 mpg. Despite its compact size, the Golf provides the ride, handling, and quietness of a more expensive car. Topping the well-trimmed interior is an intuitive infotainment system. The North American Car of the Year jury—of which Consumer Reports is a member—named the Golf its 2015 winner.

 

Ford F150

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The F-150 shed 700 pounds of body weight by using aluminum instead of steel, and the stunning new 2.7-liter, V6 turbo engine yields 17 mpg overall while still delivering 325 hp and 375 pound-feet of torque. This is an encouraging sign of where trucks can go.

 

Mercedes Benz C- Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The Mercedes’ opulent interior styling and rich materials deliver a more luxurious feel than the BMW. Yet the C300 is just as engaging to drive as its Bavarian rival, with a gratifying balance of cushy ride and agile handling.

Porche Macan

Porsche Macan

The Macan feels like a taller, broader Porsche 911; it has all of the practicality of a compact SUV but retains that sports-car performance. With acceleration, handling, and braking that puts most sports sedans to shame, the Macan is easily the most thrilling SUV we’ve tested—while still delivering a measure of utility, civility, and luxury. Pricing starts at $50,000, but typically equipped, a Macan lands in the mid-$60,000s.

 Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy

 

Most family sedans are bland pieces of machinery. But the Legacy injects some personality into a great all-around sedan, with roominess, functionality, and a reasonable price. It effectively blends a comfortable ride, responsive handling, all-wheel drive, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, intuitive controls, and commendable fuel economy.

Kia Sorento

 KIA SORENTO

This “tweener”—it bridges small crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and midsized ones such as the Toyota Highlander—has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, an excellent infotainment system, and solid handling. Straddling segments that way allows the Sorento to blend city-friendly size with family-friendly accommodations, storage, and functionality—while still having room for seven. You can stop thinking of Kia as a “budget” brand.

 Subaru Outback

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 This high-riding wagon version of the Legacy is our choice for a capable, winter-ready vehicle that can carry the kids and all of their gear. Its extra ground clearance helps when the snowplow misses its mark.

Worst Cars of 2015

 

 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200S

The previous edition was at the bottom of our midsized-sedan ranking. And now the redesigned version finished dead last in the category. For all of the effort Chrysler put into this car, the 200 suffers from a raspy four-cylinder engine, unrefined transmission, klutzy handling, and a cramped rear seat that only a submariner could appreciate. There are many better choices.

 

Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Shoppers covet this eccentric English SUV brand for vanity reasons. Though the Disco belongs to a family that includes the stately Range Rover, its engine seems flat-footed and the transmission often feels in the wrong gear. Handling is lumbering, and the wheels ride as though made of concrete. The infotainment system seems dated.

Lexus NX 200t/300h

 Lexus NX 200t/300h

The Lexus brand promises luxury trappings, a supple ride, and a soothing cabin. But the NX’s proletarian Toyota RAV4underpinnings show through—with a firm, jostling ride. Its handling is no match for its German rivals. Some interior bits feel cheap, and the infotainment system’s touchpad is challenging to manipulate while driving. Lexus can do better.

Kia Sedona

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Kia makes a super SUV but a me- diocre minivan. The Sedona has the vibe of a posh lounge, but the luxury lifestyle vanishes as soon as you pull away from the curb. The stiff, pounding ride is accompanied by a raucous chorus of squeaks and rattles. The response to steering inputs is vague, even by minivan standards, and the fixed second-row seats limit cabin flexibility.

Source:http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/08/best-and-worst-cars-of-2015/index.htm

Editor’s Note:

This article also appeared in the October 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

 

The Future of the Custom Car Design Is Not Yet Written- Fun Facts

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The Future of the Custom Car Design Is Not Yet Written

 

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If there was just one thing I could communicate to anyone interested in hot rodding and custom car design, it’s this: there are absolutely no rules when it comes to letting your imagination soar.

There’s no government inspector who’s going to show up at your door and rap you across the knuckles if you don’t respect some assumed industry standard for your next design. The only thing guiding your hand on the sketch pad is your own sense of what works, and what doesn’t, when expressed in sheet metal.

 

 

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Even the most creative people aren’t necessarily born knowing how to put together a killer hot rod. Understanding when you can push the limits or when you should pull back is very personal to each individual designer. It’s a skill that develops over time through experimentation, exploring new horizons, and learning from our failures.

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The proof is all around us. For every subtle European custom, there’s an outrageous one-off design like George Barris’s Batmobile. Great design has room for both incremental and innovative paths.

Try New Things and New Tools

Innovation can be a powerful disruptive force in the world of hot rodding. This applies to the design, as well as the tools used to make them a reality. There was once a time in hot rodding when labor was cheap and technology was expensive. Today, it’s the opposite: access to high tech fabrication and design equipment is at an all-time high, for very little money, while the time of skilled customizers is at a premium.

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It’s crucial to realize that technology is not an end in itself. Rather, shops should be embracing technology as a tool to reach a goal. By balancing in-house expertise with emerging tools and design aids, it’s possible to create an intellectual advantage over the competition—and really make your work stand apart from the pack.

The Foose Hemisfear, shown in the pictures in this post, is a perfect example. Although the car was based on a concept and model I created using traditional tools of the trade as a Senior at the Art Center, when it came time to build it 17 years later the design was done entirely on a computer. While I don’t work directly in a CAD environment, I illustrated every part and produced scale drawings that were then transferred to a software platform. In some cases, I also worked directly with CAD designers. Once that work had been completed, the chassis and suspension components were fabricated using CNC machines, and then the body’s full carbon fiber structure was produced using CNC cut molds.

It’s the only way we could have built Hemisfear in such a detailed manner in the time allotted. Once the first prototype had been built, we had everything on the hard drive that we needed to build the next five examples. This scalable solution allowed us to also digitally test suspension movement, door openings, aero concerns, and accessibility, all before fabricating a single part.

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Design is subjective. It’s not always easy to measure success, or predict failure. We grow the most when we push our limits, and create something that moves the entire hot rodding industry forward—even if just a fraction of an inch. Those inches add up to feet, then miles, and before you know it, your imagination puts you on a path you couldn’t possibly have seen from where you started.

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The Car Radio – Fun Facts

The Car Radio- Fun Facts

Can you believe when the first car radio was introduced, some states wanted to ban it arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents. I can believe it and now we have phones causing them.

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The History behind it:

 

In 1930, laws were proposed in Massachusetts and St. Louis to ban radios while driving. According to automotive historian Michael Lamm, “Opponents of car radios argued that they distracted drivers and caused accidents, that tuning them took a driver’s attention away from the road, and that music could lull a driver to sleep.”

Even the Auto Club of New York agreed. In their 1934 poll, 56 percent deemed the car radio a “dangerous distraction.” Arguing the other side was the Radio Manufacturers Association, who pointed out that car radios could be used to warn drivers of inclement weather and bad road conditions, as well as keeping them awake when they got drowsy.

 

The designer stereos available in today’s cars—be they luxury sedans or cheap sporty coupes—have 80 years of development behind them. Here’s a look at the landmark advancements in car radios that evolved into today’s iPod hookups and satellite radio.

1930: First Commercial In-Car Radio

The Galvin brothers’ expensive $130 unit (a Model A Deluxe coupe cost $540) was the first commercially successful car radio, and the first product to wear the Motorola name.

1952: First Radio With FM
AM was the undisputed king of the airwaves in 1952, but that didn’t stop Blaupunkt from introducing the first in-car FM radio.

1953: Becker Mexico Introduced

Becker’s iconic Mexico radio launched this year, arguably the first premium in-car radio. It had AM/FM and the first fully automatic station-search button.

1955: First “Music On Demand”

Starting in 1955, Chrysler offered a small turntable in its high-end cars, playing proprietary seven-inch records with about 45 minutes of music. It was a bust.

1963: First All-Transistor Radio

A number of manufacturers introduced transistors to their aftermarket car radios in the early 1960s, but Becker’s Monte Carlo was the first to be fully “solid state”—no vacuum tubes.

1965: First Eight-Track Tape Player

Predecessor to the cassette, the eight-track was a loser from the start and was dead by the early ’80s. Ford and Motorola jointly introduced in-car eight-track players this year.

1969: First Stereo

Becker’s Europa was the first in-car stereo setup, with the tuner amplifying two channels instead of one.

1970–1977: Cassette-Tape Players

The rollout of cassettes allowed for one of mankind’s greatest achievements: the mix tape. This development also heralded the creation of branded aftermarket cassette-tape players from Alpine and Pioneer, among others.

1982: Bose Becomes First Premium Stereo System

Bose and GM’s Delco teamed up to offer the first “designer” stereo system. Bose sank money into car-specific development; rather than just producing an expensive head unit, it was marketing the entire system to Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac shoppers.

1985: First Factory-Installed In-Dash CD Player

While Sony had introduced an in-dash player the previous year, Becker’s Mexico Compact Disc was the first to be factory installed (in Benzes, of course).

History of Car Radio’s

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How A Turbocharger Works- Car Facts

Ever Wonder How a Turbo Charger Works

I’m sure you probably have a general idea of how the turbocharger works, but what is it that really makes all that boost propelling your engine to new heights? It’s kinda interesting where the power actually evolves.

A turbocharger is made up of two main sections the turbine and the compressor. The Turbine consists of the turbine wheel and the turbine housing. Its the turbines job to guide the exhaust gas into the turbine wheel. The energy that comes from the exhaust gas turns the turbine wheel, then the gas exits the turbine housing through the exhaust outlet area.

The compressor also consists of two parts a Compressor wheel and the compressor housing. The compressor’s mode of action is opposite that of the turbine. The compressor wheel is attached to the turbine by a forged steel shaft, and as the turbine turns the compressor wheel, the high-velocity spinning draws in air and compresses it. The compressor housing then converts the high-velocity, low-pressure air stream into a high-pressure, low-velocity air stream through a process called diffusion. The compressed air is pushed into the engine, allowing the engine to burn more fuel to produce more power.

 

This video will give you all the details with the visuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWKNuTppmU

 

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