29 July 2007
The beginning of the true American Hot Rod era the icon of the 50's was and still is the cars and trucks built in 1957. Visit any classic car show and you are sure to find one of these classics customized and restored to better than new condition. Ridding in and driving one of these classics is like a dream.
You could buy a 57 Chevrolet in one of three official trim packages available in the day. The standard base trim package was the 150 model. In the next level trim package known as a mid range package with up-graded interior was just a bit nicer and less of the utility grade. The top of the line trim package was the well known Bel-air. There were a few special trim packages produced known as the Delray that came in some of the two door sedans. The short production run limited edition station wagon two door was called the Nomad with Bel-air trim. Collectors desire more so today than back in the 50s because of the fact that is only had two doors instead of four. One other limited model the EL Morocco known as the baby Cadillac was a hand built version that are very rare today.
The popularity of the 57 Chevy's had a lot to do with Chevrolet's new V8 introduced in 1955. It was touted as having 1 horse power per cubic inch for the 283. This gave a big boost to the start of American motorsports history. The Chevy's of the day entering the start of the true muscle car history were always first at the drag strips and number one in circle racing. The small block 283 V8 was and still is today a power package the just could not be beat.
It is kind of funny that Chevrolet was dreaming of some brand new car design for 1957. But what we ended up with was the same thing as the 1955 version but with a few simple changes produced the true classic icon we all know and still love today. The changes were simple with the addition of the famous tailfins and some reshaping of the windshield. The air ducts were also moved to the headlight pods and the look was very distinctive. The look even back in 57 was classic indeed and loved the world over.
The 57 design got the wider front grille and they opted for fourteen inch wheels over the larger fifteen inch wheels to give the new model a wider look and lower stance. The 1957 Bel-air could be purchased with and anodized gold trim for the script and grille which produced a very ritzy look.
27 July 2007
The stock floor mats that came with the vehicle work great…as long as you're okay with rain, mud and other spilled liquids running off the edges and all over the vehicle. Sure, they match your interior but that's about all they do.
Performance-grade floor mats prevent dirt, sand, rocks and other detritus from spreading throughout your car or truck. Also known as auto mats, car floor mats and truck floor mats are computer-designed for a precise, custom-tailored fit that provides maximum coverage and protection without obstructing your floor controls. More importantly, many styles now include tall outer ridges, preserving your upholstery by containing the liquid messes that result from wet weather or spilled beverages.
The best car floor mats, including Ford F-150 floor mats, are uniquely tailored to your make, model and year. They're constructed from heavy-duty rubberized thermo-plastic and other durable materials to protect your floorboards from a wide range of damaging and corrosive elements that would otherwise stain or ruin your interior and resale value.
Floor mats come in a variety of styles and colors, including all-weather floor mats, nylon floor mats and rubber car mats as well as those that feature popular sport franchise and auto logos, allowing you to inject style and personality into your interior. They're available in 1-piece or 2-piece designs to easily accommodate any interior and are a snap to hose off when they become soiled, with some even pre-treated with Scotchgard to further resist dirt and stains. And if you've ever spent the better part of your weekend trying to shampoo a Slurpee or road grease out of your floorboards, the value here is clear.
For the ultimate in protection, pair a set of auto mats with a cargo liner. Just like car floor mats, they provide the same protection against resale-sabotaging dangers for the cargo area of your SUV or wagon. Especially beneficial to those owning pets, cargo liners are similar to all-weather floor mats in that many are constructed with smart grooves and tall side walls that trap mud, moisture and leaky messes. They also provide the added benefit of protecting the floorboards of your cargo area against wear and tear from shifting cargo.
24 July 2007
Off-road accessories such as truck shocks, off road tires and suspension lift kits are what you need to endure the rigors of off-roading. For hardcore off road fanatics, these auto parts are essential in order for your vehicle to take some serious terrain.
Suspension lift kits are not only essential in gearing up your ride but also can be considered as one of the major projects that you can make. Whatever brand of suspension kit you choose, the primary purpose of this off road product includes:
- Improved Ground Clearance. Adding some significant inches to your truck’s height allows you to install larger tires.
- Off Road Performance. The suspension lift kit contributes to the vehicle’s handling and braking.
- Comfort and Safety. Keeps the drivers and passengers isolated from certain road vibrations, bumps and road noise.
- Maintain correct vehicle ride height.
- Support vehicle weight.
- Maintain correct vehicle ride height.
Truck shocks are another auto parts that will help you improve your truck’s off-road ability and performance. This innovative accessory will control the spring motions on your vehicle, thus maintaining your truck or SUV under control in grueling situations. This device also acts as a shock absorber that enhances driving comfort and vehicle control.
In choosing the right shocks for your ride, you need to consider some application conditions. Such applications include maximum propelling force applied to the load, load acceleration, the time limitations imposed in the equipment and extreme temperatures. Under the time limitations, you also have to include minimum and maximum cycle times.
Lastly, off road tires such as mud tires are very important to have a good contact in the ground. This kind of tires features massive lugs with deep voids and chunky tread pattern for unmatched performance and maximum traction in extreme off road conditions such as deep mud, rough trails and jagged rocks. From street oriented offroad tires to super aggressive tires, there are various kinds of off-road tires available on the market today.
When choosing the right of road tires for your vehicle, here are some important factors that you need to consider:
- Size of tire
- Loads carried
- Type and condition of loading as well as dumping area
- Maximum number of cycles per work shift
- Tire wear and replacement reasons
- Haul road surface, profile and condition
- Tire behavior in traction
- Work Shift length
Other off road auto products that are also essential includes front and rear bumpers, skid plates and fender flares. These accessories will protect your vehicle from getting serious damage while hitting the trails. Also, getting a winch is a good idea when you are caught in a tight spot.
22 July 2007
Different types of all terrain vehicles include:
- The utility quad – If you envision your time on an ATV as hours spent working instead of playing, the utility quad is likely the all terrain vehicle for you. As the name suggests, the utility quad is used for utility purposes – namely, for getting work done in a swift manner. Utility quads are often used to tow trailers or carry farm gear. You may find them around farms, and they are often called upon to help farmers with various chores. Utility quads feature a low first gear and tires that can easily handle a variety of different terrain conditions. These heavy vehicles often have racks built in to ensure optimum carrying capacity.
- The sports quad – This is the all terrain vehicle for the ATV enthusiast. Lighter than the utility quad and easier to maneuver, the sports quad is often used for racing. It is a favorite vehicle of weekend enthusiasts who like to ride different terrain conditions. The vehicles are quick and responsive, giving the driver great ability to control the machine. Of course, the higher your experience level, the bigger the machine you will want to purchase. There are a wide variety of sports quads out on the market today.
- Automatic or gear shift options – You will have this option no matter which type of ATV you select. To decide which one is right for you, consider how practical you are. If you are going to use the all terrain vehicle for work purposes, it just makes sense to forego the trouble of the gear shifts. However, if you want to enjoy the responsiveness of the vehicle and you are choosing to purchase one for sporting purposes, the gear shift option may be for you.
- Four wheel drive option – Florida drivers really do not often need this option, but anyone who is going to encounter snow and ice will be glad they have it. In fact, even drivers who do not encounter icy conditions often opt for the four wheel drive option, as it can make the driving experience feel more secure.
- Engine size – Unless you are opting for the sports quad, engine size probably is not that important to you. If there are many hills in your intended riding area, you may want to opt for a larger engine. Also, consider the tires on your vehicle. Interco Super Swamper tires are a wonderful choice.
19 July 2007
It is indeed a matter of pride for any individual to own a Porsche. It speaks highly of your standard of living and helps you walk tall in the society, the moment you step out of your Porsche. It is equally important to equip it with authentic Porsche parts. A lot of care goes into the designing of Porsche engine including its intake, body, exhaust, suspension and other parts.
Each Porsche part undergoes careful testing for better capacity and performance. Moreover, every part comes along with sub-accessories that lend beauty to the car and make it reliable and safe for driving. Extreme care with an eye for detail even goes into the manufacturing of sub-accessories of the Porsche. In recent times, you may obtain authentic parts for your Porsche depending upon your needs and specifications.You may look forward to having wheels and wheel rims for your car of a variety of types and styles. The specifications of wheels vary according to the Porsche model you own. They are classified into 911, Cayenne, Boxster and Cayman. Furthermore, exhaust tubes of Porsche are available in a number of styles and capacities concerning the model type. They include the Gibson exhaust, Borla exhaust and turbo exhaust.
In addition, taillights of Porsche are usually LED-beam taillights of high capacity having colors such as dark or light smoke and clear or tinted. Porsche parts are the perfect upgrades for your car. As you drive proudly on the streets, they make a fashion statement. For taking the Porsche's comfort and adaptability to a much satisfactory level, the manufacturer of this car introduce spacers, fuel injectors and air filters in it.Intake filters that are common in use are of V6 class. Two most vital essentials of any car are the acceleration and balance. They both highly depend on car brakes. Porsche makers lend special care to this aspect. Brakes even change according to the model and comprise disc brakes, ceramic rear brakes as well as front-touch sensors. Thus, to drive your Porsche car smoothly and low maintenance, always insist on authentic Porsche parts.
17 July 2007
The easiest vehicle transmission diagnostic check that a vehicle owner can do himself or herself right at home or anywhere else for that matter is the visual check for leaks. You should always look at your garage floor beneath the vehicle or even the parking slot surface beneath it and be on the lookout for any fluid leaks. If you find any, it could mean that your vehicle is leaking automotive transmission fluid. It means you should bring the vehicle to your Tampa auto service shop for a professional check up.
Aside from doing the visual check for leaks, you should also check the condition of your vehicle’s transmission fluid. The vehicle’s own dipstick is used for this. It should first be cleaned with cloth before being dipped into the transmission fluid. The fluid should then be allowed to drip onto a sheet of clean white paper. You should find the transmission fluid to be a clear red. If the fluid is dark and contains black flakes or metal filings, or if you notice a burnt smell, immediately bring your vehicle to your Tampa auto service shop.
Remember that automatic and manual transmissions have their respective automotive transmission fluids that should not be interchanged. When having your vehicle’s automotive transmission fluid changed, make sure that the proper transmission fluid is used by your Tampa auto service shop.
The vehicle owner should also observe how the vehicle performs while it is being driven on the road, assuming that proper driving procedures are being followed. There should be no delay when shifting from “park” to “drive,” “drive” to “neutral” and to “reverse.” The transmission gears should engage smoothly with no shudders, jerks or noises. If any of these symptoms are present, the vehicle transmission system may already be worn. Report any untoward signs to your Tampa auto service shop, along with your vehicle.
Part of good automotive transmission maintenance is the avoidance of overheating. Heavy traffic which forces stop and go driving for long periods in hot weather can cause overheating. So does driving the vehicle with heavy loads in high temperatures. With overheating, the transmission fluid can burn, creating oxidation which then leaves deposits that may eventually clog up the vehicle’s transmission system. Overheating also warps the metal parts and hardens the rubber gaskets and seals of the transmission system. This could lead to leakage of transmission fluid. You should, therefore, be very careful to guard against overheating in Tampa.
When repair becomes inevitable for your automotive transmission system, make sure to bring it to an auto service shop specializing in automotive transmission repair to ensure that all the proper procedures are done that will not cause problems in the future.
Follow the experts’ advice on automotive transmission maintenance and repair as well as on eventual car repair and you will achieve cost effectiveness in your vehicular care in Tampa while avoiding the towing services of tow trucks.
15 July 2007
Soon after acquiring a car of their choice the car lovers look for its accessories. Body kits are one of the most sought after accessory. They are so much in demand that a sizable body kits manufacturing industry has come up. One may ask why this rush for body kits. The reason is simple, all Land Cruisers will look more or less the same with minor differences here and there but the owners can give it a distinct look by installing the latest Land Cruiser body kits and personalize their SUV. The body kits are available in a number of styles and designs. Choosing body kits from such a wide range of choice may be confusing and time consuming. A better option therefore would be to select them online where you will get all the information you need for their selection.
Land Cruiser will impress you by its on-road and off-road capability and its durability whereas the Land Cruiser body kits will personalize it for you and proclaim your presence. You can see the latest Land Cruiser body kits at www.ilovebodykits.com.
13 July 2007
Foremost on the list is learning what is written in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The vehicle owner should know the contents of this document from cover to cover. Of course, it does not have to be memorized. It should, however, be kept in a safe place that is easily accessible. This is important because the owner’s manual contains all of the necessary automotive maintenance procedures for the vehicle based on its manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as the schedule of frequency for such procedures. This has to be complied with to the letter.
The vehicle owner is the best person to do certain automotive diagnostic procedures because he or she knows how the vehicle performs in normal circumstances. He or she will therefore be the first to notice even the slightest change in the vehicle’s behaviour, including handling, acceleration, deceleration, steering and braking.
The vehicle owner should take gauge readings daily in order to track changes in fluid levels and gas mileage. He or she can then spot abnormal spikes in usage or depletion. Regular inspection of the vehicle’s tires, hoses and belts should be done to monitor wear and tear and damage.
Any strange noise, weird odor, leaks or vibration of the vehicle should be seen as signals of trouble. In fact, certain signs mean there is an emergency that should immediately be attended to. Smoke is one of these signs. Upon seeing smoke from the vehicle, it should promptly be pulled over and it should not be restarted before it is seen to by an auto service mechanic.
All of the vehicle owner’s findings should be documented in a logbook every day. This will ensure that nothing is forgotten and everything is reported accurately. The logbook should be submitted to the auto service mechanic periodically. If there are signs of an emergency, the logbook should also be submitted immediately. It will be used as an important reference as the auto service mechanic makes a diagnosis.
Ask for an official written copy of the mechanic’s diagnosis and repair recommendations from the auto service shop. Also ask the auto service shop to provide an official written quotation with details of the services to be done, parts that need replacement and the time schedule for the job.
A vehicle owner who faithfully complies with all the recommended automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and schedules based on the manufacturer’s instructions will surely be rewarded with much less need for car repair. This means less frequent auto AC repair, brakes repair, transmission repair and engine repair from the auto service shop, resulting in overall cost cutting and savings.
11 July 2007
You are in search of buy a used car then you must visit the different car dealer because many people who want to sell their used car come to the best used car and sell their car to the dealer. It is sure that if you visit the different car dealer then you find a best car for you at very reasonable price. Sometimes we missed rarest chance for buying a used car for us and after that we find it on online sources. In the online process you can look for all the aspects before purchase like research & review reports of various available car models lowest price deals from sites which provide price comparisons. Always check the Sellers &/or Buyer's background information from various online reports and agencies hence finally Common Sense & Good Judgment, that is all you need.
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For getting best new cars or used for you, it is first to select a car model which is most suitable for you and then concentrate on the budget to buy used smart car. Do some research and find out what make and model of vehicle suits your needs. If you have cash in hand when you are shopping for a used smart car the key is that you should know that you have the purchasing power that you need, you can shop with confidence and can surely save your money while buying a used car online. In spite of moving here and there visiting the user car dealer and find out owner of the car it is better to move in the big matrix of www.autodriver.com
09 July 2007
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07 July 2007
The Impreza started life in the unlikely world of rally racing. Quite popular in Europe, rally racing is kind of an off-road/street race for heavily modified sedan and hatchback style vehicles. These cars are some of the best handling and most versatile of all race cars. They can carve a corner like dad carves a holiday turkey and catch the kind of air Evil Knievel would envy. Rally drivers are also hailed as the best drivers in motorsport.
The race-bred version of the Subaru Impreza is the WRX STI. The STI stands for Subaru Tecnica International which is Subaru’s in-house racing program. They put a lot of time and money into the program to become the winningest constructor in the professional series. Subaru decided to put this same race-winning engineering into the WRX STI.
Besides the all-wheel drive and radical suspension mentioned earlier, the WRX boasts a turbocharged 4-banger powerplant. Don’t get fooled by the absence of the other 4-cylinders—this baby cranks out nearly 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque, without any turbo lag. The Subaru WRX really is one of the fastest sleds on the hill.
The only drawback to the WRX—that’s actually a plus—is the looks. This thing is ugly—real ugly. Those egg-heads at Subaru sure know how to make a fast, tight-handling ride, but they don’t know a thing about aesthetics. This is good though. When you obliterate Joe Hotrod’s ’66 Nova in your Japanese econo-box, that unsightly Subaru sheet metal will be the last thing on your mind. The WRX is simply the perfect street package; sleeper looks and hell-fire under the hood.
But of course, you’re a street tuner, and that means you just can’t leave stuff alone. If you were the kind of kid that hot-rodded your mom’s hair dryer or fabbed-up a wing for dad’s riding mower the WRX STI is for you. Since the car is so popular, there’s a healthy aftermarket industry supporting these Subaru racers—as if they’re not fast enough.
Since the WRX is already wildly potent, souping it up is pretty basic. The traditional chip, intake and exhaust trifecta is the quick and easy way to parlay extra performance. Anything beyond these mods and you’re treading on track-only territory. For street reliability and drivability, it’s best to stick with the basics. K&N, Borla and Unichip all make killer gear for the WRX and each boasts a long, storied reputation in the industry.
So whether you leave it alone or hop it up like a jack-rabbit on steroids, the Subaru WRX STI is one bad ride. With an unassuming look and a belly full of turbocharged horsepower, the WRX is the definition of the modern, soon to be classic, street rod.
04 July 2007
C5 Corvette Parts
The Corvette C5 generation of models was made between the years 1997 to 2004. They were basically made to root out the squeaky and rattling C4. It is, nevertheless, with C5 that sports cars began to run fast and smooth in their truest essence.
While selecting the C5 Corvette parts, it is considered preferable to know of the basic features of the model, in order to choose the finest one. The Corvette C5 is essentially a blend of speed and structural rigidity. Considering this, one may choose from a variety of parts available ranging from Logo Billet Chrome badges and Car covers to exhaust plates and taillight covers. Just ensure that these parts fit well into your design.
C6 Corvette Parts
The Corvette models which commenced production from 2004 and concluded in 2010 are typically called the C6 generation. They come with a shorter & narrower size, a majestic bodywork, a large passenger compartment, exposed headlamps and a much larger engine! When searching for C6 Corvette Accessories, one must try its taillight bezels, license plate frames, exhaust plate billets and supercharged chromes. The C6 generation surely serves as an improvement over its predecessor.
Both Corvette generations have spiced up the automobile sector, especially the Corvette accessories and parts having gained widespread attention. One must choose the best parts to adorn their vehicle and to help it last longer. If there is anything as effective or as efficient as a Chevrolet Corvette- it is nothing but the car itself!
02 July 2007
Volvo Cars and Ford recently announced that they will be working together in expanding their presence at the aforementioned country. It has been reported that Ford will be focusing on the mid-size segment of the Indian auto market while Volvo will compete in the upscale segments. It was initially reported that Volvo will be offering the XC90 and the S80 as well as providing aftermarket service and repair by providing reliable XC90 and Volvo S80 parts in their entry to the Indian auto market.
Recently, the Swedish car company known for manufacturing safe cars announced that they are finalizing their lineup for the next few years. “The logical thing would be to bring in another sedan. We haven’t decided on the model yet, but it could be S40 or S60,” says Paul de Voijs, the managing director of Volvo Cars India. “We are also considering bringing in hatchbacks - C30 and C70. Our new SUV, due in 2009, could be also brought-in here,” he added further.
Volvo Cars India is currently operating in the country as a division of Ford India. While that may be the case, de Voijs said that the pricing, marketing, network selection and product introduction will be handled by Volvo Cars alone. “We will take Ford’s support in back-office operations like HR (human resources), homologation, IT, logistics, and accounting, but Volvo Cars would remain responsible for products, pricing, and marketing,” said de Voijs.
Volvo pointed out that they are not planning to assemble Volvo vehicle in India. Instead, they will be importing the vehicles that they will market in the country as CBUs or completely built units. This step is unlike the plan announced by Nissan where the Japanese car manufacturer announced that they are planning to make India a production hub for auto parts.
In China though, Volvo put up an assembly facility where they produce Volvo vehicles they market in China. Last year, Volvo reported that they have sold 8,000 units in the country. The same volume of vehicles is what Volvo expects to sell in India.
The three engine choices for the S80 and the XC90 are currently being tested whether they meet the safety and emission standards set by the Indian government. This homologation process is expected to be completed by August this year. Upon completion of the said process, Volvo will announce when they would launch the XC90 and the S80.
When all the preliminary processes leading to the launching of the XC90 and the S80 are completed, both the luxury car and the midsize luxury crossover SUV will hit showrooms on three select cities in India. These cities are Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. “It is our deliberate strategy not to start with 12 cities at the same time. Moreover, these three cities represent more than half the country’s potential,” said de Voijs.