The Windshield Replacement Survival Guide – Consumer Auto Glass Education

Replacing Your Vehicle’s Windshield? Here is Your Windshield Replacement Survival Guide.

Safety First

A vehicles windshield provides the occupants a barrier from road debris and the outside elements. But most people don’t know a windshield is designed for structural safety in case of an accident, especially a rollover. A windshield is a vehicles third most important safety feature behind the seat belts, and air bags.resource

Windshields are like basketball backboards for air bags. So if you have a damaged windshield your air bag may not function correctly. It actually may inflate out the windshield cavity, rather than towards you. Or it won’t adsorb any pressure because your windshield simply pushes out.

Most consumers are not aware that when technicians replace windshield, there is significant scratching to the “pinchweld” where the glass bonds to the car. These scratches must be prepped using paint and rust prevention steps. They should not simply leave exposed scratches where moisture from the exterior side can cause rust to develop.

Here are some questions you should ask your auto glass company:

  • Is the new glass OEM?
  • Did they remove the brand label on the windshield?
  • Does the new glass have a shade band that matches your old glass?
  • Is the new windshield the same color glass? (glass is actually colored, not clear)
  • Does your windshield have a rain sensor?
  • Is your windshield heated? (companies will install non-heated and charge for heated)
  • Does the windshield have the right bracket for your rear view mirror?
  • Does the new windshield have the same third visor as your old glass? (the painted black design which you can see around the rear view mirror on most cars)
  • Are they using a universal trim molding, or the actual trim molding part for your vehicle?
  • Does the company pay to fix paint scratches, if made by the auto glass technician?

Always inspect a piece of glass for scratches and distortion before it’s installed.

Types of Automotive Glass

A windshield is actually two layers of glass with a laminate material between the layers, what is called “laminated glass”. Laminated glass is extremely hard to puncture or break apart. That’s why a large object like a stunt man, can impact the windshield without breaking through. The strength of laminated glass combined with proper adhesion of the windshield to the body of the car provides massive strength against the roof collapsing in a rollover.

All of the other windows in your vehicle are “tempered glass”, which means they break into tiny fragments to reduce injury to the occupants. (a small fraction of vehicles have laminated side and rear windows also)

Windshield Urethane

Today’s vehicles use urethane as the adhesive to bond the windshield to the vehicle, like a glue. Some urethane after complete hardening which can take 2-4 weeks, can hold 500 pounds per square inch of pressure. That’s one reason why you could never simply push your windshield out. Impossible! Some urethane allows you to drive away within one hour after installing the windshield, hardening just enough to withstand vehicle accidents. When your replacement has been completed, make sure to inspect the inside of your vehicle around the edge of the glass. Make sure no urethane has oozed out into view or onto your vehicles interior. This is more common then people realize and needs to be fixed immediately before the glue hardens!

The urethane is normally heated, then applied to the glass or car body at the raised temperature. Depending on where you live or the application, they can use different kinds of urethane, even a cold temperature apply that is not heated. Temperature has a huge impact on the adhesion qualities of the windshield. I would recommend never getting your windshield replaced in temperatures lower than 55 degrees, or higher than 105 for the best results if possible. This is easy if you have the glass replaced inside of a shop or in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can heat the windshield to over 125 degrees!

Urethane does have an expiration date, so make sure you ask about this before a technician begins replacing your vehicle glass. Using expired urethane means minimal bonding power and the windshield has a chance of coming out during an impact. All urethane is made with an expiration date printed on the tubes, and if they don’t call someone else!

Paint Scratches, Rust, and Proper Windshield Installation

Deep vehicle scratches can turn into major problems later. Moisture will enter through a scratch and attack your vehicles body causing rust later. For people who live by the ocean, this can be disastrous for the structural integrity of your vehicle down the road near the windshield. If you are buying a used vehicle, make sure you check around the edge of the glass and under the trim molding for evidence of rust. Rust will spread under your paint, it is amazingly aggressive.

If the rust spreads to the “pinch weld” which is where the urethane is placed, the urethane will not bond and a windshield will leak or can even be pushed out. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage from water leaks or can even can cause death in an accident! If the rust moves into this area the technician must remove it before applying the urethane, or the vehicle must be sent to a body shop for repair.

Make sure the technician takes steps to prep and repair scratches to the pichweld. There is primer paints, metal rust prep chemicals, and other ways to cover scratches to reduce the appearance or spread of rust. The most important areas are where water will contact your vehicles body, especially under the exterior trim molding. That trim is not water sealed between the body and glass. The water seal comes from the urethane bead.

It is very important that you watch the installation of your vehicle glass if possible, DO NOT just walk away. If a professional technician can not perform the job while you watch, they shouldn’t be working on your vehicle and call someone else. A technician can cause significant paint scratching to your exterior paint job with improper techniques. Some even use nail polish or paint to hide the damage. Some even rub dirt into the scratch to make it look old! Ensure that the technician is using vehicle protective equipment like seat covers, floor mats, tape on the car body where it’s close to the glass, and a protective mat over your hood.

Make sure the technician removes body parts like windshield wiper arms and the cowling (located beneath the wipers) are removed, if the glass edge is covered by these parts. Most technicians will simply shoot a ton of urethane under the cowling area and “stuff” the glass, sliding it into the glue and under the cowling. This is extremely unsafe! A technician doesn’t even know if the urethane has created a proper seal, or if it is bonded safely. A proper windshield installation requires that the glass be place straight down onto the urethane bead. Also this ensures the urethane is not shot all over parts beneath the cowling like wiper assemblies and wiring.

OEM Windshields and OEM Equivalents

OEM means, original equipment manufacturer. So if your vehicle is a Honda Civic, OEM glass would be purchased from a Honda Vehicle Dealer. Auto glass installers can simply order OEM glass from the dealer. Make sure the glass has the OEM label. The windshield label which is about a square inch in size, normally is located in the lower corners of the glass. Sometimes OEM glass says the actual glass manufacturer rather than the Car Dealer name. Call your local dealer on what to look for.

A lot of auto glass companies will tell you they are installing the “OEM Equivalent” part. Because consumers don’t know what to look for, most times a glass with no label or an aftermarket part is used. Do not buy a glass when the label has been etched or removed. No one knows where it came from! Always check the label.

The only scenario in which you may find an equivalent glass, is purchasing a windshield produced by the same manufacturer which produced the OEM glass. It may even be from the same production line and mold from the OEM manufacturing!

Aftermarket Automotive Windshield Replacement

Do not be fooled into thinking an aftermarket windshield is the same as an OEM glass. Aftermarket windshields are made using reverse engineering instead of the original OEM mold and production line.

Aftermarket glass tends to have more visible light distortion when viewing the glass at an angle, and the dimensions are not exactly the same as an OEM. All glass that is bent has some level distortion yes, but it is considerably worse with aftermarket manufacturing. You may even see distortion when looking straight through aftermarket glass.

Aftermarket glass is transported through different processes than OEM glass from a dealer. A lot of OEM glass is transported covered by plastic wrapping and using strict shipping techniques, and the windshield’s edges are protected by foam wrapping. But Aftermarket glass is transported by much different practices. Most auto glass companies use no protection covering all surfaces of the glass for transport. And sometimes pieces of glass have been taken to customers locations and returned to the distributor or shop. So aftermarket glass has been handled many times!

Now I’m not saying aftermarket glass is unsafe or unfit to use at all. I’m simply stating the facts about the truth, for your education and insight. I feel you should be educated about this part of your vehicle which essentially protects your family on a regular basis.

Rain Sensors and Other Accessory Plugs Such as Heated Glass

If your vehicle has a rain sensor it should be located near the rear view mirror. A lot of times it looks like a circle, square or triangle. This option allows the windshield wipers to speed up or slow down depending on the amount of rain automatically. Make sure you get the same designed glass. If the rain sensor involves a gel patch, make sure the technician does not leave lots of air bubbles when installing it. Those air bubbles can cause the sensor to malfunction.

Some vehicles like a Land Rover, have plugs located under the interior a-pillar trim. On some convertibles like a newer Ford Thunderbird, a large portion of the interior may need to be diss-assembled to remove the interior a-pillar trim. On the Honda Ridgeline, the heater plug is located behind the glove box. Some new vehicles also have Lane Departure sensors located near the rear view mirror.

You can always find out what you need by calling your local dealer and giving them your VIN Identification number from your vehicle. If your car is important to you and you want to maintain the investment, always call your local dealer and ask for advice about your specific vehicle.

Windshield Shade Bands and Windshield Color

All auto glass has a shaded color. No windshields are completely clear. Typical shading colors are blue, green, bronze, and grey. Be sure sure to get the same color. You will see that all pieces of glass in your vehicle are the same color, excluding privacy glass and tinting.

A windshield may have a shade band across the top near the roof of the vehicle. This area is preferential. You should decide if you like it or not. It does tend to hide the edge of the interiors headliner when looking at the vehicle from the exterior. Shade bands do come in different colors but not all windshields

Most windshields can be ordered without a shade band at all. But you may find the part is actually more expensive because less people order it. Having a shade band does provide some shading in between your sun visors but it does little to drastically shade the sun. Take note the shade band will be darker at night.

Exterior Trim and Moldings

Your vehicle may have exterior trim or moldings cover the edge of the glass and/or covering the edge the car body. If the trim molding is just rubber, make sure you know what the technician is using to replace it. Some companies are now requiring that technicians use only a universal type aftermarket molding, rather than one that is specifically designed for your car. There should also be an OEM molding part available which is exactly the same as your original molding. Do note that cost for OEM is always more.

You may see plastic and/or metal trim moldings covering the edge of your windshield on the exterior. Normally these have some type of plastic or metal clips that attach them to the glass or vehicles body. Make sure the company replaces any broken clips or parts from removal of these parts. If your vehicle is older than 3 years, these parts become very brittle and damage easy. You may be warned about parts that always break, in which the company may request you also purchase that part ahead of time. You may find a lot of companies simply glue those parts back into place, rather than replacing the broken parts.

Vehicle Windshield Logo and VIN Window

On vehicles like a Ford Mustang and Ford F150, you may have a logo in the third visor above the rear view mirror. These windshields can be ordered with out the logo and are cheaper that way. Make sure you ask about your options.

Most windshields have a small narrow window for viewing of the VIN identification number near the lower drivers side portion of the glass. Make sure this window is in the right location on the glass. When the job is completed, make sure that glue has not covered the VIN, the VIN number plate has not been cut off, or that it has not been badly damaged. Police or the DMV will give you a hard time if the number is not legible or is completely missing from that location.

My name is Tim Doyle and I own Auto Glass by O’Doyle, a windshield repair and auto glass replacement company. I have expert automotive experience from working in the auto glass industry for the world’s largest auto glass company and the nations largest auto glass franchise.

A lot of my experience also comes from working in the auto racing industry for over 14 years. I also drive and co-drive for a professional off-road racing team. Visit our website where I provide tips about auto glass questions about any topic related to glass installations, how-to, windshields, door glass, rear glass, rain sensors, rear view mirrors, domestic auto glass, foreign auto glass, door panels, cowls, side mirrors, and more.

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Partner with nissan for all your fleet needs

Partner with nissan for all your fleet needsWhether your business is big or small, new or established, people or product driven and whether you’re thinking of long term goals or short term solutions, Nissan will be able to provide you with a fleet proposal that will both fit your budget and requirements.

Over the last few decades Nissan has established itself as a leader in the fleet services industry, not just in South Africa, but across various continents. What has contributed to its successes? Is it Nissan’s proud heritage, its wealth of industry experience, its reputation for service excellence or its vast line-up of reputable vehicles? Ask the experts and they would likely agree that it’s a combination of all of the above and more. In recent years Nissan has also proven itself as a brand at the forefront of innovation, developing eco-friendly and fuel-saving vehicle solutions.

Whether planning to establish a brand new fleet or maintaining an existing one for your business, Nissan could offer sound advice and turnkey solutions. A fleet specialist will be able to present you with a full fleet proposal tailor-made to your needs and complete with a comprehensive cost analysis. As buying a fleet means buying in bulk, you’ll also qualify for discounted deals, guaranteed to benefit your budget.

Your fleet should be an asset to your business, which is why it’s important to choose the correct models to get the job done. Nissan SA boasts a comprehensive range of light commercial and passenger vehicles, all backed by the brand’s legendary reliability promise and nationwide dealership support.

• If your business requires dependable workhorses, Nissan provides a choice between the class-leading Nissan NP200, the affordable Nissan NP300, the powerful Navara and the tough-as-nails Patrol Pickup to take on any challenge.

• If it requires passenger commuters, Nissan offers a dependable range of hatches, sedans and crossovers including the compact Micra, spacious Tiida, practical Livina and the all-rounder Qashqai.

• For larger loads and occupant space Nissan also offers top commercial options including its Primastar, Interstar Van, Interstar Taxi and Cabstar ranges.

Irrespective of your choice, you’re guaranteed to get value for your money.

A vast variety of industries require fleet vehicles while in many cases it forms the backbone of their businesses. Government agencies, sales services, transport businesses, rental companies, the hospitality industry and many more require affordable and reliable fleet vehicles to both move people and products. Though their requirements may differ, they all have one common goal and that is to ensure seamless functioning within their field of expertise. And the backing of a top quality fleet can ensure just that.

Hints on how to pass driving tests

Hints on how to pass driving testsThe driving test can be an exhilarating and intimidating experience for youngsters. Novice drivers go through a tough examination. Drivers with minimal experience are pushed into the road and are expected to carry out the instructions given by the examiner. Be mindful of what you do behind the wheel as every mistake you make is deducted to your overall points. Comprehending the rudiments of driving and getting adequate preparation for several challenges that you may encounter during the actual test can help you pass the driving test.

Make Sensible Inquiries Before Undertaking The Test

Before you begin with the test, the tester will explain in simple terms the nature of the examination. Pay attention to the instructions and make sure that you understand the rules of the test. Remember that the examiner will not be allowed to answer your queries as you start taking the test since it can have an impact to your overall performance during the road test. Besides, raising too many questions during the examination only implies that you are not equipped with the basic knowledge of driving.

Demonstrate Your Actions Decisively

You might have executed all the required steps during the test, but the examiner will grade you based on what he perceives. For instance, when you are about to perform a reverse parking job, you must look at the side mirrors first before doing the task. Although you can execute this by simply gazing at the side mirrors, but turning your head a little will make the action more perceptible to the eyes of the examiner. Performing such actions can give your examiner an impression that you are a careful driver who conforms to safety procedures.

Be Rational

All the instructions of your examiner must stick to the basic traffic rules. He will never ask you to do unsafe maneuvers that are against the law or can jeopardize your safety. If the examiner does not give you any driving instructions, merely follow the road signs and markings around you. If the requests of your examiner appear to be unfeasible and impractical, give it a second thought.

Request For Feedback

After the road test, your assessor will accompany you to the testing center, where he will talk about your performance and results of your tests. In case you failed to get a passing grade on the test, ask your examiner about the blunders you have committed during the test and solicit advice on how to correct it. Your examiner’s tips can help you dodge the same errors the moment you take a driver’s test again.

The hyundai veloster, what a car!

The hyundai veloster, what a car!Every now and again a car is launched that makes you do a double take. The Hyundai Veloster Sports Car definitely falls into this awe-inspiring category. Look closely… from the one side it’s styled as a coupe, from the other as a sporty 2-door hatch. Though this might sound odd, Hyundai more than makes this daringly different design combo work. In fact, one wonders why no other automaker has thought of this before.

The Hyundai Veloster was first introduced to the world as a concept vehicle at the 2007 Seoul Auto Show and as a final production version at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Though it’s not yet available in South Africa, the trendy compact is rumoured to be heading to our shores in the not-so-distant future. With the launch of the Veloster sports car, Hyundai hoped to fill the gap left by the Tiburon that went out of production a few years ago and judging from the public’s overwhelming reaction, it’s proving to be even more popular.

According to Hyundai, the Veloster was ‘engineered for whatever’, a description that’s perfectly suited to its young and trendy target market. Its unusual asymmetrical 1+2 door concept provides a flawless blend of practicality and individuality. Sure it’s not for all, but for many it’s a strong personal statement that just makes sense. It’s a crossover in every sense of the word, bringing together the best you can get from a hatch and a coupe.

Designers made the impossible not only possible with its unique door configuration, but perfected on it too. The Veloster’s aerodynamic design is evident in every detail. From the front you’re met with a robust bumper which sports low set integrated fog lamps, a distinctive hexagonal-shaped radiator grille and sleekly profiled sporty air vents on the bonnet. The interior is as dynamic with its sports leather steering wheel and leather gearshift knob, as well as its motorbike-twin-tailpipe inspired instrument cluster and centre fascia.

Under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster hides a lightweight but rigid 1.6L GDI engine that produces power on demand, responsive handling and a quiet drive. It also offers a choice between a 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch transmission. Other intelligent features that will make your drive in a Veloster even safer include Electric Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Brake Assist, Traction Control and a rear parking assist system. Plus, its in-car multimedia entertainment system, featuring a 7″ LCD touch screen, lets you plug in pretty much any device and allows you to control it from the steering wheel.

When, where and how can you get your hands on a new Hyundai Veloster? We’re hoping soon, at your nearest dealership. Watch the press!

The true american classic – The fairlane

The true american classic - the fairlaneMuscle cars are a true American classic. They have an undeniable appeal that goes beyond whatever trends there might be when it comes to vehicle design. These cars are as wicked as they look and are fully capable of racing through open roads at speeds like no other. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the 1964 Ford Fairlane and the changes it went through since its initial release.

The Fairlane underwent a makeover in 1964 and had its tail fins removed. The interiors were given full carpeting; turn signals were synced with the steering wheel so that it automatically turned itself off after you made the turn. But of course, a makeover isn’t just a matter of making the exteriors look sleek. Other improvements were done in order to make the vehicle ready for the road. The suspension was upgraded in order to provide better ride-quality. However, all of that became minor details when the Thunderbolt entered the picture. It became one of the fastest ever manufactured by a car company.

Ford had this brilliant idea of installing a heavily modified 427 cubic inch engine that had two four-barrel carburetors, which were then mounted onto a high-riser manifold into the lightweight 1964 Ford Fairlane. Just when you thought things couldn’t get better than that, Ford decided to push forward with even more modifications to the Fairlane. Think fiberglass hoods, fenders and front bumpers amongst others that only served to make the vehicle reach a level of coolness that made it a real stand out.

But how well did it perform? After all, muscle cars aren’t all about image. It’s got to be a truly hard-core drive as well. Fortunately, the Fairlane didn’t disappoint. In fact, Gas Ronda was able to dominate the competition during the NHRA’s 1964 World Championship by riding his Thunderbolt and completing the quarter mine in a record time of 11.6 seconds at 124 miles per hour.

The 1964 Ford Fairlane faded from view and being on Ford’s performance spotlight just as the Mustang took over. It did not completely fade into the background, however, as it did experience a revival in 1996 and 67. Today, it is one of the most popular muscle cars amongst enthusiasts.

Toyota avanza versus honda brio sedan

Toyota avanza versus honda brio sedanThere are two cars whose launches are awaited the most in the upcoming year 2013. They are the Toyota Avanza and the Honda Brio Sedan. Both of them are not exactly of the same car category but will be priced at similar rates.

The Toyota Avanza is being planned for the newly created MPV market in India. Started by Maruti Ertiga, this segment has a lot of potential given the price range and the seating capacity that it represents.

The Honda Brio Sedan on the other hand, is being targeted for the sedan class or the premium hatchback market. Though both the cars lie in different segments, due to similarity of their prices, many will compare the two cars in order to decide which one would suit one’s lifestyle needs the most.

Features Of Toyota Avanza

This car is technically an MUV whose full form is multi utility vehicle. It is also called a minivan or a people carrier. The car will be taller than a sedan or a hatchback. The interior room will also be more than a sedan car. It is rumored that the MUV or MPV will have a 1495 cc petrol engine and will be equipped with the VVT-I technology. It will flaunt a 5 speed manual transmission mode. As it will be priced around six to seven lacs, it will give a steep competition to cars like the Mahindra Xylo, the Chevrolet Tavera and the Maruti Ertiga.

Features Of Honda Brio Sedan

Those who would be buying a sedan car for the first time can look at the Honda Brio Sedan. This sedan car will be targeted at the premium hatchback segment. It will be positioned below the Honda City and above the Brio regular models. There will be more space and a premium look and feel. Honda has always been high on performance, power and low on fuel efficiency. Come 2013 it will have Brio diesel as option for its Indian customers so that the differential of petrol and diesel prices can be captured. It will compete with the likes of Toyota Etios, the Maruti Swift DZire and others.

How The Two Cars Will Be Compared

While the Toyota Avanza and the Honda Brio Sedan belong to different categories, price wise they will offer similar options to customers. If one has a large family, then it would make sense to opt for the MPV while the Honda car will definitely allow one to enjoy a premium hatchback or have an affordable sedan experience.

Affordable car price by international brands in India

Affordable car price by international brands in IndiaMost of us would probably check out car price at various competitive dealerships while deciding to purchase new cars. With increased difference in the prices of cars, we need to be aware of the price negotiations to determine the fair price. This involves a lot of decision making while buying or owning a new car.

You need to know the dealer’s invoice and also check for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). As the difference between them varies between 8 to 15 percent, the exact car price would come close to the quotation by dealer invoice. However, you need to verify that you don’t pay for additional charges like document handling, dealer markup, credit life insurance etc.

In addition, foreign brands are relatively pricing their cars less so that they are affordable to everyone and can thus position themselves in the every sector of Automobile Industry. One of them is Ford Figo.

Ford Figo is an affordable hatchback car from Ford India. It was engineered and designed to compete the small car segments in India which shares almost 70% in the new vehicle market. It is available in petrol and diesel version with a competitive price tag starting from Rs 3. 5 Lakhs. This compact car was priced relatively low to survive the competition of existing major players.

The technical specifications of petrol engine is 1196cc, 71 PS @6250rpm, 102 Nm Max Torque and 16V DOHC whereas for diesel, the specification include 1399cc, 69PS@ 4000rpm, 190Nm Torque and 8v SOHC. Other specifications for both variants include 5 speed manual transmission and Hydraulic power steering. They come in 4 variants each: Lxi, Exi, Zxi and Titanium.

The company priced the variants taking Hyundai i10 as base. The petrol variants are priced at Rs 3. 5 to Rs 3. 6 Lakhs whereas diesel variants are exceptionally priced in the range of Rs 4. 5 to Rs 5. 45 lakhs. This was an aggressive pricing by the company at the time when other car manufacturers were relatively pricing high for their new cars.

Apart from its strong price positioning, Ford Figo is also supported by many dealership network with almost 167 outlets in 97 cities.

Other international brand that was introduced in India was Volkswagen Polo. This car was introduced for the next generation that desires advanced technology, style, comfort and power. It boasts about striking design, powerful engine and uncompromised quality in its manufacturing. It had both versions of petrol and diesel engine with an attractive price tag.

It is available in 3 engine types that include 1. 2L and 1. 6L petrol engine and 1. 2 l diesel engine. 1. 2 l petrol engine delivered power of 75 PS @5400rpm with maximum torque of 110Nm @ 3750m. the 1. 6L petrol variant produces torque of 153Nm @ 3750rpm and power of 105PS @ 5250rpm.

The advanced version of 1. 2L diesel engine produces power of 75 PS @4200rpm and maximum torque of 180Nm@ 2000RPM.

The various variants of Volkswagen Polo is priced between Rs 4, 42, 000 and Rs 6, 82, 500. This grabbed attention among various car enthusiasts to buy the car priced relatively low in spite of its exceptional design and advanced features.

Nonetheless, you need to take time in the research on new car prices, MSRP, fluctuating car prices among many dealers to know the exact value.

Converting your classic mustang to disc brakes

Converting your classic mustang to disc brakesAs much as we all love our classic Mustangs I have to admit that I’ve become spoiled by modern power disc brakes. The old manual drum brakes of 40 years ago just don’t seem to cut it anymore. So, what choices do you have. There are certainly plenty of choices out there, everything from the big brake kits with huge rotors and multiple piston calipers to very straight forward “I just want my car to stop really well” brake conversions. But be sure of one thing! Not all kits are created equal!

Here are four hard and fast rules that you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for a brake conversion:

1. If you have to change your spindles, look elsewhere.

2. If you have to change your tie rod ends, keep looking.

3. If you have to change or modify your brake pedal, that’s not the right kit for you.

4. Can you buy replacement wear parts from local sources? If not you should move on.

There are kits out there that are made to fit your car, if you are doing any of the above you are adapting a generic kit to your car.

You can tell a well designed kit by how it installs. I good kit will bolt right on to your current spindles without replacing or modifying them. Using all new bearings and seals installations like this are a snap. The master booster combination is key! Why would you want to go through the expense and frustration of modifying your brake pedal? Quality kits are available for use with manual or automatic transmission cars. Those kits bolt directly on to your firewall and your brake pedal.

Cross drilled and slotted rotors, the truth is I have them on my car. Do I really need them? Nope. I just think they look cool. I don’t do any high performance driving and I’m pretty good about not riding my brake pedal. So, if you’re not over heating your brakes they really may not be needed. But, like me you may just like the way the look. In that case what the heck. In most cases the same goes for multiple piston calipers. If think about it how many modern cars have multiple piston calipers? A very small percentage. Admittedly on my 98 Mustang I do have the Cobra multiple piston calipers, again mostly for looks but on my 66 I opted for the single piston “I just want to stop really well” version.

Next I guess we should talk about powder coating the calipers. For me this is much less optional. I want my calipers to look good and be protected. I’ve tried painting them but I really haven’t had much luck at that. After a short time they are chipped up, paint peeling, etc.. I don’t want to take the time to do that job over and over again. Now that powder coating is available for most calipers and it is relatively inexpensive it is a good choice for me personally.

Why custom car covers are a worthy investment

Why custom car covers are a worthy investmentWhy is it that everyone rants and raves about custom car covers? What is it about them that makes them so special?Is it worth investing in one?

These are very likely the questions that are going through your mind when you embark along the task of buying a cover for your car. So, what is the answer?

First let me explain to you what the other choices are, and then why custom are better. You can either get universal, semi custom or custom covers. Universal will fit any car, big or small. Semi-custom are made for a selection of vehicles that are of similar shape and size. Custom, is made for you and your car.

Universal covers are the cheapest of the range. However they cannot provide the same type of protection as the others as the cover wasn’t made with you car in mind. That is to say, the cover can sometimes be too big, or slightly to small, so that not all of the car is covered, and bits maybe peaking out.

Semi-custom provide better protection as naturally, it has a better fit. Nonetheless, there will often still be a little room inside the covers, and this leaves an opening for things like dust etc to creep in, cover not withstanding.

On the other hand, a custom cover will fit the car 100%, and will be a snug, cosy fit, thereby providing you with the ultimate protection possible. There is no chance of any dust, rain, or other unwanted things, from reaching your car, and spoiling it. If you order a custom, you will get a cover that has taken into account your mirrors, aerial etc. and made pockets for them. You will also be more shielded, and cushioned from knocks and scratches, and the material is not baggy.

You will be able to select the material, as well as the colour. Very often, you will even be given the choice to personalise the cover by putting a logo of your choice on the front. This gives your car a more upper classy, snazzy look, even whilst being protected from nature’s harsh elements.

A custom cover will also prevent snooping individuals from checking out and breaking into your car at night. There is no room for them to take a ‘quick peek’, and therefore they can’t know if it’s worth the risk, and will leave your car. Whereas a universal, and semi-custom cover, there could still check out if they wanted to. So having a custom is safety feature too!

Then of course, as with everything that is tailor-made, the quality is better. Since they are making it with a specific customer in mind, it is not just off the machine. More care and attention is given whilst making it, making it of superior quality.

Although it may seem more expensive at the outlet, over time you will find you have saved yourself the money of replacements, extra cleaning etc. It is certainly a worthwhile investment.

Mickey Thompson’s slingshot dragster

Mickey Thompson's slingshot dragsterThis rail could not appear like abundant by today’s Hot Rodding standards however back in 1954 Mickey revolutionized drag racing forever by build the primary dragster! Mickey Thompson’s interest in drag racing (and racing generally) 1st began when he attended the first legal drag races in 1950 when Mickey saw his initial pass he was hooked! He began to work on his own cars and notice ways in which to get more power out of motors, at the time he didn’t have abundant money therefore this galvanized Mickey to try to to everything himself! He would weld his own cylinder heads inside the combustion chamber to extend compression and even grind his own camshafts! He would use these skills during the early 50?s to make his cars faster.

However by 1954 a growing problem in drag racing was the need for traction. Hot rodders where getting more Horsepower and Torque out of engines but there cars lacked traction to place this power to the bottom. Mickey being the nice thinker and innovator he was would spend his numberless sleepless nights (He apparently didn’t sleep much and worked a graveyard shift for the LA Times) coming up with ways that to get additional traction and during the day he would tinker in his garage building a hot rod soon to be known as the slingshot dragster.

Mickey had to say this concerning his thinking “Throughout my usual wakeful nights I used to ponder this and what might be done regarding it. Gradually the thought took form. The massive obstacle was keeping the motive force between the engine and also the rear axle. This needed a drive shaft of a certain length, which pushed the engine forward by that amount. Now if you would place the driving force behind the rear axle you could couple the engine-transmission assembly on to it and you would very have the main weight of the vehicle targeted on the driving wheels.”

What Mickey did was move the driving force behind the rear axle and extended the wheel base therefore the burden would transfer higher to the rear wheels. Mickeys next problem was attempting to get additional rubber on the bottom for more traction. He realized that current tires weren’t big enough to grip that much power. So he went to the A1 Tire Company and convinced them into make a newer wider tires aka the first drag slicks (Mickey invented the primary drag slicks too)!

Because the slingshot was nearing completion Mickey says the naming went like this “As it gradually took form, the results of of these ideas created me the butt of jokes Southern California. However funny issue was that it ran and one day a Santa Anna hot rodder Leroy Neumeyer said to me, “You understand what that beast strikes a chord in my memory of, Mick? A slingshot. You apprehend, the way the driver sits back there sort of a rock during a slingshot.” That was the name that stuck and therefore the configuration proved to be therefore successful, therefore unbeatable, that within a few years it became the quality of the sport.”

His new innovative design proved successful and shortly Mickey rebuilt his slingshot and another drag racer named Calvin Rice had the first slingshot drag race at the inaugural 1954 NHRA Nationals which proved to the world what slingshots could do and forever changed the face of drag racing.