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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Read the History below on the facts. Tell us what your thoughts are.

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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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The Christmas Parade 2015

The Christmas Parade 2015

We will start with the making of the project. Putting the tires together.

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Now Time to Start Decorating

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Now the Big part was getting this bad boy to town! My nerves were shot the whole time! But it made it in one piece. Yayyy

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And now for the Big Finale!

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Driving Between the Lines – Car Facts

Driving Between the Lines

Can you believe that removing the white lines down the middle of the road actually reduces speed? Seems Crazy but its a finding fact. I think we would have a crazy mess of wrecks. Just my opinion.

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The findings behind it:

It seems hard to understand but new research seems to show that removing the white lines down the middle of the road actually reduces speeding.

These findings have come out of government work to reassess road markings and street furniture generally because, they believe, drivers are being confused by the plethora of signage out there.

Transport for London – for it is they who are doing this work – believe that by removing central white lines that separate two lanes of opposing traffic will result in a significant decrease in the speed of vehicles. They are suggesting that rubbing out lines will ‘introduce an element of uncertainty into the minds of motorists’, thus causing us to slow down. It’s like some sort of reverse Pavlovian exercise.
They’ve tried it on three roads in London. At all three test sites it was shown that traffic slowed down. The biggest decrease on the Seven sisters Road was by just over four miles per hour.
Their psychology appears to suggest that we motorists think that white lines, hatching and the like, provide some sort of magical barrier over which cars on the other side cannot cross. They take no account of the fact that most drivers don’t trust any other drivers on the road to do anything right and are, therefore, alert to dangers, but there you are. Such is their opinion of the great unwashed public.

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