Zubie and Automatic Monitor Your Car

In one of my previous articles, I introduced to you a new product called Blue Driver which can monitor your car’s engine data and notify you of any potential trouble codes. Well, I am here to let you know about two more monitoring devices that can not only advise you of engine trouble codes, but can also help keep you safe, track your vehicle, and detect when your friends and family arrive safely at their destinations.Zubie

Zubie and Automatic are key type devices that are connected to your car. They will deliver safety features, vehicle diagnostics, and driving insights, (how your car is being driven), right to your Smartphone. These devices install quickly and easily.

You no longer need to pay to have critical components of your car’s engine checked out by a mechanic; these devices can now do it for you. Take charge of your repairs by knowing in advance the problems your car is experiencing. They can also assist you in performing the repair by reading the trouble code, detailing the code, and stating the most common fixes for that particular issue. Never take your car in to diagnose that pesky check engine light again, these products do it all.

automatic keyCan’t remember where you parked your car? Access it through Zubie and you’re there. Safety is also a key to your quality of life. Both Zubie and Automatic can help in that department as well. If you are in a crash, these devices can notify 911. Or if your vehicle is being stolen, they monitor movement and will notify you on your phone with an alert. Or maybe your kids decided to take the car without your permission; you will know it the moment the car is being operated.

What about driving habits? They can download a record of fast accelerations, or hard braking. They can notify you when fuel is low in the tank. They can also help you with your taxes by downloading monthly data on your trips, cost and mileage driven.

As you can see, these devices have put you in the driver seat when it comes to potential problems and repairs. For $99.95 per year, driving your car has taken a new road and could help save lives and repair costs. Check out the following websites for more information.

Engine Block Porosity, What Is It?

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Engine Block Porosity, What Is It?

The definition of porosity is: any void or hole found in a casting. These voids can be caused by gases and contaminants present during the casting process and typically occur near the outer parts, or at the top of a casting. Many of your major original equipment manufacturers such as Honda, GM, Chrysler and others, all have had issues with the porosity of some castings.

Typically the voids do not pass all the way through the casting. They can be as large as 3 mm or as small as 0.25 mm. They are most commonly exposed when a surface is machined. What issues can these voids create? They can prevent the gasket from sealing on the machined surface.

These problems can be caught while the vehicle is still under warranty, but sometimes porosity problems occur as the gasket ages and hardens. If there are a large number of voids, fluids can flow through them and eventually seep in between, leading to leaks, but nothing more significant than a few drops on your garage floor.

How to Detect Porosity

Porosity photoSo how does one detect if there’s a leak due to porosity in their engine? There are three methods. First, dyes can be added to the oil. As the oil seeps out in the areas of failure, using a specific type lighting, you will observe the dye. Second, you can pressurize the system with compressed air and look for leaks with a brush and soapy water. Caution: do not over pressurize the system, as it could cause severe gasket failure. Third, using athlete’s foot spray, you can spray an area and examine it for leaks. The powder will puff out in the areas of the leaks.

How Can Porosity Be Fixed?

First, you can apply RTV sealant, or epoxy compound, to the voids and mating area. Excess sealant can clog oil passages in the lifters and variable valve timing components, so be sure to clean the areas on the mating surface completely before installing any new gaskets. This may work for a front cover, but will not work for a complete engine block. Second, you can replace the component. Third, you can use better gaskets. Most gasket manufacturers are aware of porosity problems, since it has been around for years, so you can use better materials to seal a surface.

Cleaning the mating surface with an abrasive disc is recommended, however, grinding away at the mating surface can and will remove metal, causing more leaks and maybe exposing more voids.

Do Aftermarket Parts Have Porosity?

Yes, porosity can be a problem with aftermarket parts, especially if they are made of aluminum. If you ever encounter an aftermarket part that shows signs of porosity, return it.

GM’s LS Engines’ Problems with Porosity

Porosity was a major problem for GM on its LS V8 engines made between 2004-2011 that used aluminum blocks. There were so many failures with this engine that GM issued a TSB, 05-06-01-034. On inspection, the oil leak may appear to be a failed oil pan gasket or leaking rear main seal, but the source of the leak is actually the oil crossover port above the camshaft that is sealed by the rear cover.

GM recommends replacing the rear cover if there are a lot of voids on or near the mating surfaces. If voids are on the block, GM recommends using RTV fill to seal the voids. Use a high quality gasket in these applications. Aftermarket gaskets are available to solve this problem.

Honda had a porosity problem on their V6 1998-2003 engines. This leak occurred in the valley of the engine and can cause leaks at the front, middle or rear of the engine. Honda’s solution is JB Weld. Apply it to the block area of the leak.

So, if you are replacing your head gasket, water pump, or even the intake and oil pan gaskets, check for porosity. It could save you many hours of frustration trying to seal a leak.

Bob Gardner, Historian for Gardner Automobile

Bob Gardner, Historian for Gardner Automobile:

Have you ever wondered how a person becomes a car buff, or even a car magazine editor? How about a historian or maybe a collector? Well, here is a story about a husband and wife who both have a love for, not only preservation, but the circulation of information, for all to enjoy; Bob and Kim Gardner.

Bob and Kim Gardner

Bob and Kim Gardner

I met the Gardner’s through a friend who has a beautiful 1931 Gardner model 158 that was in need of some TLC in order for this gem to once again get its “rubber on the road.” I was blessed to have had the opportunity to be the one who was asked to perform the mechanical repairs to get the car running. During the process, my friend Bernie sent an inquiry to Bob Gardner, since he was the one who took on the task a few years ago to preserve the history and mechanical information for these automobiles.

Bob Gardner was so excited to forward any and all technical data and history about the Gardner to me. He was a wealth of information, along with some guidance. It was then that Bob and I connected and a friendship was born. Bob’s love for these Gardner’s can only be measured by talking, or in my case emailing him, to understand just how much knowledge Bob has about them.

Let me give you a little insight to Bob’s passion and how it all began. Some get the bug at an early age, but Bob waited until he was four. When he was fourteen he found a reference to a Gardner car. He was excited to learn that there was once a car with the same name as his. He could not wait to share it with his dad. Bob was amazed to find out that not only did his father know about the Gardner car, he was also once the proud owner of one. It was at that moment that Bob Gardner knew he had to see one, in hopes of one day owning one. How cool would that be?

Bob's 1928 Gardner

Bob’s 1928 Gardner

Bob owned more than one Ford model A but was always on the lookout for a Gardner. One day in 1982, he traveled to Iola, Wisconsin with three friends to check out a car show. While walking around the show, as they crested the top of a hill, Bob caught a glimpse of a car in the distance and said, “That’s it!” It was the most magnificent car he’d ever seen. One of his friends asked if he meant the Duisenberg? No, it was the one next to it. Bob had no idea what type of car it was, but to him it was a sight to see. They all walked closer to the car. You guessed it. It was a Gardner; a 1928 Cabriolet Gardner, sitting there proud and beautiful for all to see.

One day while surfing the internet, Bob Gardner discovered that someone was blogging that there was almost no information on 1931 Gardner’s. Bob is a history buff and passionate about the American car being such a large part of American history. He felt the need to fill in the gaps. What followed was way beyond anything he could have imagined.

Today, Bob Gardner is the “go to guy” for any Gardner automobile history or restoration data. Collecting everything Gardner he could get his hands on became his number one priority. So much so, in fact, that Bob was locating and buying all the magazines that he could find from the 1920s in hopes of finding articles or ads pertaining to the Gardner.

While at the Hershey car show one year, Bob met George Breckenridge who just so happens to own a 1928 Gardner. It did not take long for the two to spark up a friendship. The following year, Bob Gardner returned to Hershey hoping to surprise George with all of the articles he had collected. But when George arrived, he surprised Bob with 3 large boxes of literature on Gardner’s that he had collected for over forty years. George was so gracious that he offered Bob the opportunity to copy everything that he had. Bob anxiously said yes. Bob wonders today that if it hadn’t been for George Breckenridge, whether he would have continued to gather Gardner history documents?

In 2007 George was ready to sell his 1928 Gardner and wanted to offer it to Bob Gardner first, for the mere sum of his investment. George knew that he needed to find a good home for his Gardner to give her the love she needed. What better person than Bob? The deal was made and Bob finally found the second love of his life, the girl he always wanted, a Gardner Automobile, which he still owns to this day. Bob’s first love of course, his wife Kim.

We really never know what our destiny might be, but in this case, without Bob’s love for history, and the Gardner which bares his last name, this car might be somewhat forgotten. Thanks Bob Gardner, from all of us who could not keep these types of vehicles up and running without you.

Check back for more on Kim Gardner and her involvement with the Gardner Automobile.

Permatex Fuel Tank Repair Epoxy Stick

PermatexNew Permatex Fuel Tank Repair Epoxy Stick Designed For Quick And Easy Fuel Tank Repairs

Permatex, a leader in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, offers its new Permatex Fuel Tank Repair Epoxy Stick for a quick and easy fix on both metal gas tanks and containers. This industrial strength epoxy is resistant to most solvents and features a unique, ethanol resistant formula. It is ideally suited for filling holes and damaged seams, says the company.
Permatex Fuel Tank Repair Epoxy Stick comes as a two-part putty in a convenient stick form, which makes it very easy to measure and mix the proper amount of epoxy. The putty formulation also makes it easier to apply to the damaged area. The finished repair sets in just one hour and can be drilled, sanded, threaded or filed after five hours. When fully cured, Permatex Fuel Tank Repair Epoxy is able to withstand moderate temperatures and does not shrink after application.
Permatex also offers epoxy sticks designed for use in steel, plastic, hi-temp and water applications.

Post Your Car Event Today

Do you have a car show or car event that you would like posted for all to see? Then I have just the website for you. Here is a site that will allow you to post any and all upcoming car events. People can search by State, event title or by date to find it.IMG_1480[1]

By posting your events, you could attract more visitors or participants who may have never known about you show and shine or even a swap meet. Car owners are not the only ones who enjoy feasting their eyes on those beauties. So go to and post your event today. It is completely free. is a one stop shop for your car show event and information resource. You can find the lastest news from many of your favorite Auto magazines, a virtual car show or even blogs and charities. So tell your friends to post today.

The Ford Model A Changed America

(* a great article from Model T Roadsters)

Henry Ford was always convinced that people should satisfy themselves with nothing more than a good, simple and economical car and so The Model A Changed America. At the price of great efforts, his inner circle finally succeed in eroding his stubbornness and, in May 1927, after having produced more than 15,000,000 Model Ts since 1908, Ford closes his plants for many months in order to retool his assembly lines for the production of his next legend: the Model A. The latter will ultimately be produced in 5,000,000 copies between 1928 and 1931.

This new miracle is equally attributable to Henry and his son Edsel. Henry will dedicate himself to the mechanical aspects and Edsel will bring a whole new look to the «people’s car». Whereas the Model T was nicknamed “Tin Lizzie”, the Model A will be known as the «Baby Lincoln».

No new automobile has ever been so expected in History. The competition sharply felt the hurt of this waiting period (as much as tens of thousands of Ford employees which were temporarily laid off) since many were putting off their purchase of a new car in order to see what Henry was going to pull out of his hat this time.1903 model A

When the New Ford is unveiled in December of 1927, riots occur in a few cities. 25,000,000 Americans (more than one out of every five men, woman and child in the U.S.A.) literally assault Ford showrooms in the space of only one week! A fresh jaunty look, sparkling performances, easy drivability and a low price all contribute to half a million sales on the spot! Ford easily retakes first place in sales, but will lose it in 1931 at the hand of Chevrolet.

Compared to the Model T, technical improvements are numerous although certain anachronisms persist. For example, the Conestoga-wagon transverse semi-elliptical suspension is kept.

On the other hand, a water pump, an oil pump and hydraulic shock absorbers are added. The 2-speed planetary transmission is replaced by a modern 3-speed gear box. But since it is not synchronized, the driver must now master the double-clutching technique.

The engine is a 4 cylinder affair of 200.5 cubic inch, producing 40 horsepower. A comfortable cruising speed is 40-45 miles an hour and a top speed of 65 miles an hour can be reached. Compression ratio has been expressly kept low (4:22 / 1). Of course, this low ratio lowers horsepower output and speed but, on the other hand, allows the use of lower grade fuels even if de-carbonization of cylinder heads isn’t performed regularly.A-on-production-line

Longevity, dependability and simplicity were more important to Ford than performances. Wheelbase is 103.5 inches. Track is 56 inches. Weight varies from 2,050 to 2,386 pounds depending on the model.

In 1930, the appearance of the Model A is refreshed. The grill is higher as well as the hood line. The front fender curve is more graceful. Wheel diameter is reduced from 21 inches to 19 inches.

At the end of WWII, the Model A will become the unchallenged queen of the vintage car scene. This brief moment in automobile history (1928-1931) will generate the largest gathering of enthusiasm around a single model that no other has ever equaled since. Two gigantic Clubs and an entire spare part industry see the light of day. The abundance and ease with which technical information and new or refurbished parts can be found have made the Model A the easiest vintage car to buy, understand and maintain. One could even be able to assemble a completely new Model A from all the new parts that can be found on the market today! However, assembling the 6,800 distinct items to do so could well run over $50,000.

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