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Do People Faint When They See Your Paint?

Do People Faint When They See Your Paint?

Caring for your vehicle’s paint is as important as keeping your skin looking young and moisturized. It is one of the single most important lessons to learn about ownership, regardless of the vehicle’s age. Your car’s paint job takes a beating in all types of weather conditions, and without proper care, bringing it back to life is expensive.

Learning the proper care and maintenance of the exterior finish by knowing the correct products to use and when to use them, will add years of life and luster to your car’s paint.

If you think this can be accomplished in a matter of minutes, think again. Washing then applying a good coat of wax or polish, will take a good part of your day. So plan accordingly. Putting this off, only allows the paint to lose its luster.

Here are some guidelines to live by.

1. Begin the process by giving your car a good washing with the proper tools. Start with a paint-safe microfiber washing mit, a clean 5 gallon bucket and specifically designed cleaning products for automotive finishes. I use “Adam’s Polishes,” but other products on the market are “Meguiar’s” and “Mothers®.” These companies offer products that are non-detergent formulas that won’t remove wax, and they are combined with lubrication to prevent scratching and help maintain the shine. After all, you don’t want people to faint when they see your paint.Adams 3 waxes

2. How often have you observed car owners who frequent car washes only to drive away with the water still dripping off of the car’s finish? A rule of thumb is never skip drying. Drying your car after washing helps to prevent water spotting. Did you know that those ugly mineral deposits that have an outline of a drop of water will etch into the car’s paint?

3. It is recommended that you use a 100% cotton detailing cloth or sheepskin chamois on your car. Other types of fabric could scratch your car’s paint surface. If you are into more high-tech material, then go for those super absorbent, lint free drying towels. I recommend using “Adam’s Polishes Great White Microfiber Drying Towels.”

4. Your paint is still looking dull! If this is the stage your vehicle’s paint is in, then you have one problem with three solutions. When your paint becomes dull, it is due to oxidization. The cure is either giving the paint a good polishing, using a cleaner, or applying rubbing compound. All three are effective depending on the stage your car’s paint is in. Since polishing is non aggressive, it will remove the least amount of paint per application. On the other hand, rubbing compounds remove the most, and cleaners land somewhere in the middle. I would recommend applying a good polish and if this does not do the trick, then move on to a more aggressive approach; a cleaner or rubbing compound. “Adam’s Polishes,” offer a variety of products from detail spray, to easy to use waxes, that will bring your paint from drab to fab.

5. The final step. Giving your car a good waxing is the most important phase in protecting your car’s paint. Waxing is a MUST if you used a polish or cleaner, and if your car lives outside in the elements. Waxing should be done a few times a year to help keep the luster. In between waxing, apply “Quick Detail,” or “Wax as U Dry.” Both are excellent products to keep your car’s paint alive.

Here are a few tips,

· Always wash your car in the cool of the day or in a shaded area.

· Wet your car prior to washing to help remove dirt and other contaminants that can scratch your car if you begin washing with a sponge,

· Work in sections so the car wash soap doesn’t dry before you have time to rinse it off.

· Dry your car as soon as possible and use a water spray wax.

· Be sure to wipe the door jams so that dirt and dust doesn’t have a chance to work its way into the interior.

Automobile TV Commericals of Yester Year.

Do you have passion for Automobiles of yester year? If you like the 1958 Chevrolet, here is a commerical when the 1958 Impala was first introduced to include other vehicles of that year. Did you know that General Motors hooked up with United Motors? They produced parts for GM in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Watch how they manufactured batteries, Delco Remy parts dealers. Do you know what motoramic Chevrolet means? Watch the introduction of the 1955 Chevy Bel Air and much more. Below is the history of United Motors.

 

United Motors Division

Billy Durant incorporated United Motors in 1916 to consolidate his acquisitions of several small automotive component and accessory manufacturing companies: Hyatt Roller Bearing Company(antifriction roller bearings), New Departure Manufacturing Company (ball bearings), Remy Electric Company (electrical starting, lighting, and ignition equipment), Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, known as DELCO (electrical equipment), and the Penman Rim Corporation.

Durant appointed Alfred Sloan, who had been president of Hyatt, as president of United Motors. Sloan subsequentley led the aquisitions of Harrison Radiator and Klaxon Horn, and organized United Motors Service to sell and service the entire line of products nationwide.

United Motors was originally independent of General Motors, selling to all manufacturers until 1918, when the company was acquired by General Motors. United Motors continued to operate essentially as it had before, but was now a division of GM, with all of its production devoted to GM’s brands. Alfred Sloan continued as the division manager, which carried with it a GM vice-president title and a position on the GM board.

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Two-Wheeled Tragedies are Preventable

Bike share the roadTwo-Wheeled Tragedies are Preventable

The weather in our region has been unseasonably comfortable in these winter months. Although many of us love the warmer days of winter, for our drought the feelings are not exactly positive. In these winter days with the temperatures above normal, more people are out there on the roadways bicycling for exercise, for recreation, to run errands, to commute to work or to just plain conserve energy.

The U. S. Census Bureau showed that from 2000-2012 the number of Americans traveling to work by bicycle increased from 488,000 to approximately 786,000. Riding a bicycle is not just for kids anymore. Riding your bike offers health, financial and environmental benefits.

Unfortunately, cyclists and drivers make many mistakes that cause crashes. When a crash happens involving a motorist and cyclist, who is more likely to be injured or killed?

Let’s look at statistics: in 2012, bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities and 2 percent of all crash related injuries. The U. S. Census Bureau states that these types of crashes occur between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, with 48% in rural areas, and 69% in urban environments. Nine out of ten of those killed are male riders. Here is a sobering number: one in four bicyclists (24%) that died in these crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, which is the illegal alcohol level in all states.

A total of 677 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 9% of those fatalities, and males accounted for 69% of the fatalities among pedalcyclists age 14 and younger.
All crashes and deaths involving vehicular traffic sharing the road with bicyclists can be prevented by simply following the rules of the road.

• In Nevada motorists must maintain a 3 foot distance from a bicyclist on the roadway.
• Avoid drinking and driving or riding. It is against the law for bicyclists in many states.

Safety on our roadways is everyone’s responsibility, so please know the laws and share the road safely. It could be a matter of life and death.bike safety

 

Every Boy’s Dream; A Classic Restoration

Tom's 56 chevyEvery boy’s dream is to one day own the coolest car among all his friends showing it off proudly as he cruises the boulevard in hopes of finding that one special girl to ride next to him. The second coolest thing is to have performed all the repairs yourself. Tom Drake found himself doing just that, not in hopes of finding the girl, but learning how to work on cars for restoration and then resell them to the highest bidder.

In 1967, when Tom was 17, he first laid eyes on a 1951 Pontiac, only because he was in dire need of transportation. This Pontiac was unrestored, all original, and the perfect car for Tom’s needs. After Tom entered High School his love for cars grew, so he enrolled in the school’s auto shop class and there he really started to become consumed with the love of fixing and restoring cars. During his years between High School and Junior College, Tom owned some pretty impressive classics by today’s standards. He had a 1951 Woody, (look out Beach Boys), a 1956 Chevy two door, (who doesn’t love a 55, 56 or 57 Chevy these days?), and a 1959 Chevy. Tom would spend hours tinkering with these cars, get them in great operating condition, and then offer them for sale, making a small profit for all his efforts.

The last vehicle Tom would own before being drafted and heading off to Vietnam in 1968, was a 1965 Ford Mustang. The Vietnam War was not one which those who proudly fought for this Country would come back in the same frame of mind. Tom Drake was one of the fortunate ones who managed to survive and return to the States, serving out the rest of his duty until he left the Service in 1979. During that time in the Service, Tom developed a love for motorcycles. He began purchasing bikes, restoring them, and then selling them at a profit. Even though this passion only lasted a few years, he did manage to even build a chopper to add to his list of accomplishments.

In 1983 Tom purchased a 1964 or 65 T-Bird, but it was only in his garage a short time after he fell in love with a 1954 Willy’s Aeroace. Again, not keeping it for long, he sold the Willy’s to the first eager buyer.
Tom did manage to marry the love of his life, Sherry Jacknowitz, who was a very close friend of mine in High School in Petaluma, California. They have been married since 1984 and together they make a great team. Sherry often helps Tom work on his “projects,” as Sherry calls them, when he is in need of a third hand or for someone to help lift or hold something in place. Sherry doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, but she knows that Tom prefers to work alone in his own little world of restorations.photo2

Tom does encourage Sherry to learn how to do preventative maintenance on her own vehicle, which is a must for all women or young girls who need to take charge of their vehicles repairs.

After settling in with a new wife and starting a life together, it took Tom a little while to jump back in to restorations. In 1990 he purchased a 1953 Ford and a partially restored 1965 Ranchero. By now Tom was also into building homes for his family to own and occupy, only to sell and start again. This became a full time job for Tom building and selling homes and each home was more beautiful than the last. Since Tom’s love for restoration of automobiles was more than a side hobby, a shop for all his projects was a necessity so that was added to the build. Every mechanic needs his or her own shop.

In the year 2000, Tom had the urge for a 1970 Mustang; working his talent and turning it into a beauty. Then once again, Tom’s passion for restoring motorcycles resurfaced and he spent the next 10 years bringing some of these beauties back to life, but also enjoying them on trips to places like the Sturgis motorcycle rally. This gave Tom and Sherry time to enjoy the sights and each other.

Tom at present has 7 autos, 2 motorcycles and 3 trailers. Two of the seven vehicles are still being worked on. When asked why he loves to spend so much time working on these babies, Tom answered, “I like to see the old cars back on the road again. I don’t keep them long, I just get them up and running so that I can sell them to others who have always wanted one. I used the profit to help move on to the next project.” Tom prides himself on mastering just about every detail and repair that goes into restoring a classic, from paint, to upholstery, and fabrication. He loves the challenge and is not afraid to ask for help from other backyard mechanics or professionals in the trade.

So, if you feel the need to dive in and give restorations a try, go for it, because the only one that can stop you is you yourself. After all Every Boy’s Dream is A classic restoration.

SaferRide Mobile App To Help Keep You Safe

safer Ride photo phone“SaferRider” Mobile App Help Driver’s Make It Home Safely.

The data is out on the number of deaths due to DUI crashes involving a drunk driver in 2013. A total of 10,076 deaths were reported, which is a decline of 2.5 percent from the previous year. This equals out to one person every 52 minutes.  In 2013, December was the lowest month for deaths, totaling 733. If these statistics don’t sober you up, what will?

I am a firm believer that party goers do not set out to harm others as they plan the night on the town, but once alcohol enters your blood stream, all sense of responsibility goes down the drain. We all must “think before you drink.”

Secretary Anthony Foxx of the National Traffic Highway Safety Association had this to say, “We will continue to be relentless in our effort to curb drunk driving because each life is precious. Too many lives are still being cut far too short because of drunk driving. We can stop these tragedies by making the decision not to allow ourselves, or our loved ones, to get behind the wheel after drinking.”

Fortunately there is now a tool that can help you make it safely home.

The National Traffic Highway Safety Association (NTHSA) has developed an App called SaferRide for Android and Apple devices, which is available on Android devices on Google Play and the Apple devices in the iTunes Store, respectively.

So how does the SaferRide App work? First of all, if you are too drunk to drive, that is not the time for complicated apps. SaferRide is the simplest possible way to get home safe and only has three self-explanatory buttons on the Home screen.

  • Choose from a list of available taxi services in your area, and with the tap of a button,call them.
  • Call a pre-programmed contact.
  • If you just need to know where you are, you can bring up a map of your current location.

“We’re making progress in the fight against drunk driving by working with law enforcement and our safety partners, and by arming people with useful tools, such as our new SaferRide app,” said Deputy Administrator Friedman. “This holiday season, don’t make the selfish and deadly choice to drink and drive.”

There is a campaign underway from December 2014 through January 2015 among 10,000 participating Law Enforcement Agencies across the country which will be out in force to protect the public by getting drunk drivers off the roads. This is sponsored by an 8 million dollar U.S. DOT campaign, “NTHSA drive sober, or get pulled over.”

It is against the law in all 50 states to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 % or higher. All states also prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from drinking and driving with any BAC in their system. In Nevada, statistics show that every 4 out of 10 drivers are driving drunk. Although our numbers are down to 77 deaths due to DUI crashes in 2014, this number is still way too high. Driving is a privilege not a right. Save a life, Think Before You Drink. Download the App today and be prepared for your next party.

Reference: NHTSA

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8 

Teresa’s Garage Getting Started; With the Basics

Teresa's GarageHere is a video Produced by Teresa’s Garage to help educate Women on basic things they should know about their cars. Why wait until something breaks or causes you to to become stuck on the side of the road. Learn the “How To’s” in this video which was produced before Computers and before Youtube.

Teresa from Teresa’s Garage teaches seminars based on this video for Women or frankly anyone who is interested in learning more about their automobile.  Teresa’s Garage hosts a numerous seminars on topics from the Basic’s to how to give your vehicle a tune-up and change your engines oil. Learning the simple basics can really help save dollars in the long run. You do not need to be a mechanic to perform these steps.  Who knows, you just might learn something.