AUTO TRIVIA

  • We’re launching a new feature page today … Dilawri’s Auto Trivia
  • Visit often for our automotive & related pearls of wisdom, water cooler trivia & facts to ensure that you’re the hit of the party (well, perhaps just the wisdom & trivia bits)!

 

Dilawri Auto Trivial
Dilawri Auto Trivia

 

 

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  • Before we get into detail about the Bisimoto-tuned Hyundai Tucson in the blog post, who exactly are Bisimoto Engineering … and …
  • … what is SEMA?

 

Bisomoto

 

BISIMOTO ENGINEERING is, according to President, Bisi Ezerioha …

(We are) an engineering agency with a passion for design & developing beautiful creations.

We’ve had the privilege to work with some of the largest names in the business and have established a reputation for always bringing innovation to the table with every project.”

 

SEMA

 

The SEMA SHOW is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world

  • The SEMA Show takes place November 3rd. – November 6th. 2015
  • It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more
  • The 2014 SEMA SHOW drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers
  • The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components
  • In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Please note that the SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public 🙁

 

 

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Stop at nothing to deliver the very best in everything about cars, be it their safety and fuel efficiency or simply how fun they are to drive.”

  • Driven by this vision, Mazda has taken a fresh look at all of the vital elements of a car – from the engine and transmission to the platform – and redesigned them from the ground up
  • Refusing to be content to roll out good enough cars, we have done everything we can to make the best cars in the world through our game-changing innovations
  • The result is SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, a revolution that has taken cars’ performance and fun to the next level
  • SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY has kick-started a revolution, taking cars to the next level by redefining everything, from the engine and transmission to the platform
  • But the story behind this revolution is not just about cutting-edge technology and sophisticated engineering
  • History and heritage also played an important role

INSPIRED BY HIROSHIMA HERITAGE : COURAGE & GRIT

  • Ever since its foundation nearly a century ago, Mazda has kept its home base in Hiroshima, a region that is a source of inspiration to us
  • Hiroshima has thrived as a manufacturing hub in Western Japan, turning out steel and ships, as well as cars
  • After the atomic bombing in the closing days of World War II, Hiroshima rose from the ashes and regained its prosperity
  • Hiroshima’s tradition of manufacturing runs through our veins, and the spirit of courage and grit that has underpinned the successful rebuilding of the region has seeped into our DNA
  • Hiroshima’s heritage has inspired us to pour our souls into creating cars that are fun-to-drive and has empowered us to clear every hurdle and stumbling block we have encountered along the way
  • The case of Mazda’s successful development of the rotary engine is the perfect example
  • Before Mazda made history with its rotary engine cars, commercialization of a rotary engine was regarded as something akin to a pipe dream
  • Without the spirit of courage and grit that we inherited from Hiroshima, the project would have remained just that ― a dream

 

Mazda Skyactiv
Mazda Skyactiv Technology 

 

TAKING A FRESH LOOK AT BASICS

  • Spurred by the need to meet safety and environmental performance standards, automakers around the world have been rushing to put out novel technologies
  • However, Mazda stopped to think twice about this trend …

Can we give more driving pleasure by just cramming fancy new technologies into our cars? Doesn’t basic driving performance matter?” 

  • We decided the way to go is back to the basics
  • We revisited every fundamental component and made sweeping changes by shattering the boundaries of convention
  • The result is the SKYACTIV family of technologies that lifts the cars’ performance to new heights and delivers sheer driving pleasure at the same time

TOTAL CHANGEOVER: NEW ENGINE, NEW TRANSMISSION, NEW BODY

  • Gasoline and diesel engines that deliver a combination of outstanding fuel efficiency and sheer driving pleasure
  • Transmission systems that ensure perfect control of the car while contributing to better fuel efficiency
  • A lightweight but rigid platform that enables cars to better perform their basic functions – accelerate, turn and stop
  • The SKYACTIV family of technologies embodies innovations that we have achieved in an effort to deliver the very best in terms of a cars’ basic functions, with no compromise

 

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OPENING A NEW FRONTIER

  • In the early 1960s, Mazda (which was called Toyo Kogyo at that time) faced a formidable challenge: to become more competitive in terms of both technology and product development so that it could survive and expand globally amid the increasingly competitive automotive market
  • Around that time, the rotary engine, which combines a simple structure, light weight and compact size with quietness and high power, was drawing attention from carmakers around the world as a dream technology

THE ROAD TO COMMERCIALIZATION WOULD BE ROCKY, HOWEVER …

  • Tsuneji Matsuda, who was Mazda’s president at that time, believed that the company needed to develop a unique technology if it was to survive and set the goal of commercializing the rotary engine ahead of other companies
  • There were several types of rotary engine under development around the world, from among which Mazda adopted the Wankel variety …
    • to acquire knowhow, Mazda sent a team of engineers to a West German company called NSU
    • there, the team found that there was a huge technological obstacle to the development in the form of chatter marks
    • the Wankel rotary engine is characterized by the unique triangular shape of its rotor
    • as the rotor turns at high speed, the apex seal, which is attached to each apex of the triangle to ensure air tightness, undergoes friction with the inside surface of the cocoon-shaped rotor housing

 

All About The Flow
All About The Flow

 

  • This process causes abnormal wear on the chrome plating finish within hours, leaving traces called chatter marks which are also known as the Devil’s nail marks
  • Finding a way to avoid such damage was critical to the development of a practical rotary engine
  • To tackle the challenge, Mazda assembled a team of 47 young engineers, who formed a rotary engine research department
  • Kenichi Yamamoto, the head of the department, compared the mission of the engineers, who were venturing into the uncharted territory of rotary engine commercialization, to that of the Shijyu Shichi Shi
  •  The Shijyu Shichi Shi is a legendary band of 47 Samurai Warriors who dedicated their lives, with unparalleled loyalty and perseverance, to the cause of avenging what they saw as the unjust death of their master
  • Yamamoto told the engineers …

From now on, the rotary engine must be on your minds at all times, whether you are sleeping or awake.”

  • In search of a solution, the engineers tried every conceivable thing – including horse and cow bones – as an apex seal material
  • However, they remained unable to resolve the chatter mark problem
  • The impasse fueled skepticism in academic and industrial circles about the chances of Mazda succeeding in developing a practical rotary engine
  • Moreover, within Mazda, the rotary engine project came to be viewed as a waste of money
  • The development team, though consumed by a sense of uncertainty and impatience, persevered in their aspiration toward commercialization of the dream technology

 

Mazda Rotary Engine Cutaway
Mazda Rotary Engine Cutaway

AT LONG LAST …

  • … the team achieved a breakthrough in 1963, when an engineer proposed the idea of changing the apex seal’s frequency characteristics by modifying its shape
  • A cross-hollow seal with a cross-shaped hole near the apex of the seal was developed and tested
  • The test proved successful, with no chatter marks appearing on the inside surface of the engine
  • In the following year, with the support of Nippon Carbon Co., Ltd., Mazda created a new apex seal made from aluminum-carbon composite materials
  • This innovation opened the way for bringing rotary engine-powered cars to the street

 

1967's Mazda Cosmo Sport
1967’s Mazda Cosmo Sport

 

THE COSMO SPORT …

  • … was Mazda’s first rotary engine-powered car
  • Designed right from the start to be driven by a rotary engine, the Cosmo Sport featured an unconventional styling that created a buzz
  • Before the launch of the Cosmo Sport, trial rides were organized at car dealers across Japan to evaluate the new car’s performance, at the suggestion of President Matsuda
  • Matsuda said of this evaluation …

With the cooperation of dealers, we will be able to obtain practical, useful data. 

If we fail after coming this far, it will be said that the rotary engine is useless. 

That would be regrettable.”

  • As problems reported from dealers were resolved one after another, the engine moved step-by-step closer to commercialization
  • On May 301967, the Cosmo Sport was premiered, marking the debut of the world’s first mass production car powered by a two-rotor rotary engine
  • That was the moment when the Mazda Samurai’s resolution and tenacity as well as their innovative ideas came to fruition

 

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  • 10 minutes, 53 seconds … that’s the length of the incomparable car chase through San Fransisco streets in the classic movie, Bullitt
  • Many consider this the best car chase scene in movie history … and I tend to agree
  • Steve McQueen, in his Ford Mustang GT chases bad guys in their ’68 Dodge Charger all over ‘Frisco for just shy of 11 minutes
  • The film was produced by McQueen’s Solar Productions and was released in October 1968 by Warner Bros.
  • McQueen’s ‘Stang has no hub caps to begin with … only the Charger does yet hubcaps are flying off all over the place …
  • … certainly more than the four ‘caps that started the chase firmly attached to the villains’ Charger!!
  • Bullitt, directed by Peter Yates, won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing  (all hubcap film continuity aside) and was nominated for Best Sound
  • The brilliant folk at BestRide created the below infographic
  • Film continuity has certainly come a long way since!

 

 

Bullitt-Hubcap-Infographic

 

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  • Being that I have just experienced an expensive, inconvenient and maddening car break-in, I wanted to share some wisdom with you all …
  • Practice the below to heighten your chances of combatting auto crime …

 

Car Theft

 

LOCK YOUR CAR

  • seems somewhat obvious but you’d be amazed how forgetful or overly trusting some people are
  • your central remote locking system can be responsible for error …
  • know all the signs from your central remote locking system, eg. flashing lights, folding mirrors, etc.
  • if in doubt … go old skool and test the door handle

CHECK THAT YOU LOCKED YOUR CAR

  • auto crime is on the rise everywhere
  • criminals are becoming more sophisticated with keyless entry system hacks, electronic emission scanners, signal jammers, etc.
  • be aware and always double check

UPGRADE ALARM & DEMOBILIZER SYSTEMS

  • modern car alarm and demobilizer systems are very sophisticated
  • however, if you drive an older vehicle, you should seriously consider an aftermarket alarm and/or demobilizer
  • ask your auto insurance representative what the implications are on saving money on your auto insurance by installing the above system(s)

EXAMINE AFTERMARKET SECURITY DEVICES

  • most thieves are inherently lazy and looking for an easy theft
  • make their task harder and decrease your chances of a break-in by using aftermarket security products
  • examples of such products are …
    • steering wheel lock
    • pedal lock
    • gearstick lock

IMPLEMENT A TRACKING DEVICE

  • if you’re feeling a bit 007 and want to get really serious, install a tracking device
  • this will legitimately increase you chances of a reunion with your beloved wheels … and …
  • lessen your insurance premiums

ENGAGE AUTO LOCKING

  • most cars come equipped with this feature
  • what the feature does is automatically lock all your vehicle doors as you pull away for the first time
  • carjackers are becoming more prevalent so this is a very prudent move

PARK SENSIBLY

  • always take into consideration where you are parking your vehicle
  • try to find the best lit areas
  • attempt to park where there is lots of pedestrian traffic … eg. a busy street or outside a shop
  • avoid parking away from the crowd … there’s safety in numbers!

Thief

PARK IN GEAR WITH THE FRONT WHEELS TURNED TOWARDS THE CURB

  • a thief might sometimes prefer to tow a car to a quiet place before breaking into it
  • make it harder for this to be a thief’s option by turning your front wheels into the curb … and …
  • leaving your car in gear if you drive a manual (standard)

DON’T LEAVE CLUES AS TO HOW LONG YOU WILL BE AWAY FROM YOUR CAR

  • don’t leave anything in your car that gives clues as to when you will be returning
  • groceries, hockey gear, GoodLife Fitness sports bags all tell a tale

REMOVE YOUR VALUABLES

  • don’t ever leave your GPS, iPod or any valuable on display
  • it isn’t any effort at all to hide all valuables from view but the best option is to either …
    • have your valuables with you … or …
    • leave them at home

DON’T CREATE CURIOSITY

  • if a thief sees phone chargers, iPhone cables, USB connectors, etc., there’s an assumption that there are goodies to be had inside your car
  • don’t give a thief an excuse to be curious
  • even if there’s nothing to steal, you’ll be left with a damaged vehicle and a costly repair

BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR ID

  • in a car or otherwise … always protect your personal details
  • identity theft is rife so be sensible and do all you can to protect your valuable identification
  • don’t leave anything with in name, address, etc. in the car

DON’T KEEP YOUR CAR KEYS ON PUBLIC VIEW

  • your car could be security protected like Fort Knox but it’ll be all for nothing if a thief has your keys!
  • always know where your keys are yet …
  • don’t leave your keys on display at home or at work

DON’T TAKE YOUR KEYS TO BED

  • better the thief takes what they want than a desperate thief threatening violence
  • a car can always be replaced … you and your loved ones can’t

THINK ABOUT ETCHING & MARKING

  • it’s not exactly bleeding edge technology but it is very effective
  • again, make it difficult for theses paragons of virtue to make off with your wheels!
  • have your license plate and VIN etched on to all glass
  • the sun roof and lights can also be etched if you so wish

TURN OFF THE ENGINE

  • it’s very tempting to leave your car running as you run in to Shoppers for a bag of milk … don’t!
  • if a thief drives off in your car, with the keys in it whilst running, your insurance company will have a field day and invalidate any claim

HIDE YOUR WHEEL LOCK NUT KEY

  • the most common place that people keep their lock nut key is in the glovebox or with the jack in the trunk
  • consider more clever places to hide the key such as under car mats, under a seat, etc.

AT HOME … PARK IN YOUR GARAGE

  • firstly … should you be lucky enough to have one, this is the primary function of a garage
  • you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s 40 times less likely that you’ll be broken into if your car is parked securely
  • for most people, we are after all, talking about the second largest financial investment your’e ever likely to make

CCTV

  • if you’re like my neighbour across the street, you want to be extra secure
  • the installation of home or office CCTV has now become very inexpensive and remains very effective as a crime deterrent
  • the very least a camera will do is gave the thief think twice about picking on your car and home

 SECURITY LIGHTS

  • in the same vein as the above tip, installing a motion-sensitive security light
  • no thief likes being in the spotlight

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, DRIVE A HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE CAR!

  • many cars are stolen to order … a thieving shopping list of sorts
  • simply drive a car that is as desirable as flatulence in a spacesuit … like this one …

 

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Walt’s 2004 (Horrendous) Pontiac Aztek

 

 

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  • Almost all cars use four-stroke gasoline engines
  • One of the strokes is the compression stroke … where the engine compresses a cylinder-full of air and gas into a much smaller volume … before igniting it with a spark plug
  • The amount of compression is called the compression ratio of the engine
  • The compression ratio of your engine determines the octane rating of the gas you must use in your car
  • A typical engine might, for instance, have a compression ratio of 8-to-1
  • One way to increase the horsepower of an engine of a given displacement is to increase its compression ratio
  • Logically then, a high-performance engine has a higher compression ratio and requires higher-octane fuel
  • The advantage of a high compression ratio is that it gives your engine a higher horsepower rating … making the engine high performance
  • The disadvantage is that the gasoline for your engine costs more

 

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87 … 89 … 91 …

 

OCTANE

  • When you take crude oil and crack it in a refinery, you end up with hydrocarbon chains of different lengths
  • These different chain lengths can then be separated from each other and blended to form different fuels
  • As an example, methane, propane and butane are all hydrocarbons …
    • Methane has just a single carbon atom
    • Propane has three carbon atoms chained together
    • Butane has four carbon atoms chained together
    • Pentane has five
    • Hexane has six
    • Heptane has seven …  and … 
    • OCTANE has eight carbons chained together
  • The octane rating of gasoline dictates how much the fuel can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites
  • If gas is ignited by compression (detonation) instead of the spark from the spark plug … it causes knocking in the engine
  • Knocking can damage an engine and to be avoided if at all possible
  • What’s actually happening is that the pistons are rattling around inside the cylinders
  • The most serious harm of detonation is the rupture of the combustion chamber … when in a worst case scenario a hole is punched through the piston or cylinder head
  • Other factors that cause knocking are …
    • engine deposit build-up,
    • extremely hot weather
    • changes in altitude 
    • hard-driving conditions
    • towing a heavy load
  • These conditions may result in light knocking which may not even be detected and many modern vehicles are now equipped with a device that detects and eliminates it
  • Premium gas can withstand knocking slightly more than regular unleaded gas
  • However, since most modern engines have improved designs and are equipped with automatic knocking sensors that detects and eliminate knocking
  • The engines can run almost just as efficiently on regular gas

Petrol Pump

  • The 87, 89, and 91 respectively, represent the octane rating of the gasoline
  • Any fuel rated above 90 is usually referred to as premium gas
  • On the other hand, if the octane rating is below 90, then it would be considered a regular unleaded gas
  • REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE (RUG)
    • is the most common type of gasoline used for most vehicles the world over
    • is a byproduct of crude oil
    • is highly flammable
    • has no lead compounds …
      • making it more green … and …
      • less of a health hazard
  • PREMIUM GASOLINE 
    • is also produced made from crude oil 
    • is also highly flammable
    • is also sometimes referred  as high octane gas due to its higher octane ratings
    • produces even less pollution than RUG, keeping the engine clean by means of its detergent additives

 

 

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  • In keeping with the theme of our last post, let’s (those of us old enough to remember) spare a memory for actor James Best who played the legendary … Roscoe P. Coltrane
  • Rosco Purvis Coltrane is the bumbling, loveable and corrupt sheriff in the American TV series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985)
  • Best recently passed away on April 15th. this year, aged 88
  • Best’s mother was the sister of Ike Everly, the father of the Everly Brothers

 

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I’m In Hot Pursuit Of Them Duke Boys … “Gkhuh-gkhuh-gkhuh”!

 

  • Unbeknownst to most, Best had a very rich entertainment career …
    • writing hundreds of songs
    • writing, directing, and starring in numerous stage plays
    • running an acting class whose students included Farrah Fawcett, Burt Reynolds, and Quentin Tarantino!

 

 

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  • Much like jumping your car battery, being able to changing a tire is an essential bit of knowledge and isn’t a complicated process
  • Please read on to become a pro …
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I.   MAKE SURE THAT ARE WORKING ON A FLAT & STABLE SURFACE … IN A SAFE PLACE

  • Be parked as far away as you can from traffic
  • Turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights)
  • You will require a level and solid surface that will not permit the car to roll
  • Avoid any soft ground and, of course, any inclines

II.  PLACE THE VEHICLE INTO PARK (P)

  • If you have a standard/manual transmission, put your vehicle into first gear or in reverse
  • It’s always a good extra precaution to position a heavy object like a rock, spare wheel, etc. in front of both the front and back tires

III.  LOCATE AN REMOVE YOUR CAR JACK & SPARE TIRE

  • Position the jack under the car’s frame near the tire that you are going to change
  • It is very important that the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame
  • Many modern vehicles now have moulded plastic adorning their sides … if you don’t place the jack correctly, the plastic will damage and crack upon lifting
  • Needless to say, should you be unsure about the right place to align the jack … read your owner’s manual
  • On most newer cars, there are small marks or notches either just behind the front wheel wells or in front of the rear wheel wells … where the jack is intended to be positioned
  • For most older cars and trucks, place the jack onto one of the beams of the frame … just behind the front tire or in front of the rear tire
  • ALWAYS ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A JACK, A WRENCH & A SPARE TIRE IN YOUR VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES

IV.   RAISE THE JACK UNTIL IT IS SUPPORTING THE CAR … BUT NOT ACTUALLY LIFTING THE CAR

  • The jack needs to be firmly in place against the underside of the vehicle
  • Now, check to ensure that the jack is perpendicular to the ground
  • Remove the hub cap if necessary, then loosen the lug nuts on the wheel by turning counterclockwise
  • Do not take the nuts all the way off… simply loosen them to break the resistance
  • By keeping your vehicle’s wheel on the ground as you loosen the lug nuts … you’re making sure that you’re actually turning the nuts and not the wheel
  • Your vehicle will have come equipped with a wrench that may have different sizes of openings on different ends
  • A correctly-sized wrench will slip easily over the nut, but will not rattle or move about
  • It’s not unusual to have to use quite a lot of force to loosen your lug nuts free
  • You may even have to use your body weight or have to step on the wrench with your full body weight … always remember that you’re to be turning counterclockwise
  • If you have one, a cross wrench will offer much more torque than a standard single-handled wrench … making it an easier job for you

V.    LIFT THE TIRE OFF THE GROUND BY EITHER PUMPING OR CRANKING THE JACK

  • You need to lift the car high enough to be able to remove the flat tire and replace it with your spare
  • As the vehicle lifts, make sure that the car is stable
  • If you notice any instability at all … lower the jack immediately and address and fix the problem before fully lifting the car
  • If you notice that the jack is lifting at an angle or leaning in any way … lower and reposition it so that it can lift straight up vertically

VI.    REMOVE THE LUG NUTS

  • Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until they are all loose
  • Next, remove all of the nuts completely

VII.    REMOVE THE TIRE

  • It’s always a good idea to place the flat tire under the vehicle so in the rare instance of a jack failure, so that the vehicle will fall on the old wheel … hopefully preventing any injuries
  • If the jack is placed on a flat, solid base, as we have outlined, you shouldn’t experience any issues
  • Sometimes, a tire might be stuck due to an accumulation of rust
  • This is easily remedied by using a rubber mallet rubber mallet to loosen the tire or by using the spare tire itself to hit against the outside half of the tire to be removed

VIII.    POSITION THE SPARE TIRE ON THE WHEEL HUB

  • Be careful to align the holes on the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts … then apply the lug nuts

IX.    TIGHTEN ALL OF THE LUG NUTS BY HAND … THEN BY WRENCH

  • The lug nuts should turn easily at first and then you will meet with resistance as you continue to turn them
  • Now, use your wrench to tighten the nuts as much as possible using the below star pattern
4, 5,6 & 8 Lug Nut Removal Sequences
4, 5,6 & 8 Wheel Lug Nut Removal Sequences
  • To ensure that the tire is balanced, don’t completely tighten the nuts individually
  • Instead, adopt a star pattern … tightening one nut across from another, giving each nut a full turn until they are equally as tight as each other
  • Tighten the lug nuts again once the car is fully lowered where there is no risk of it falling

X.    LOWER THE CAR TO THE GROUND & REMOVE THE JACK

  • Finish tightening the nuts (and replace the hubcap if necessary)
  • Take your flat to a qualified mechanic where most punctures are repairable
  • If the tire is not repairable, the mechanic can properly dispose of the tire and provide you with a replacement

 

 

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  • Little know fact …. a coffee filter does a marvellous job of cleaning your car’s interior!
  • Just dab the coffee filter with a little bit of olive oil and off you go
  • If you’re not keen on the olive oil idea, you can use other cleaning solutions instead
  • Dryer sheets have been recommended by many but I advise against it because dryer sheets can contain numerous unfavourable chemicals

 

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The Best Part Of Waking Up ….

 

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AN INDIAN KING’S ROLLS ROYCE STORY

  • I happened upon a story the other day that I’d like to share with you all …
  • This is a little story about a chap called Jai Singh, who just happened to be the Maharaja of Alwar in Rajasthan
  • The Maharaja was apparently walking around London in the 1920s, when he came upon a Rolls Royce dealership
  • The salesman promptly, very rudely and discriminatingly ushered the Maharaja out of the showroom, assuming he was a regular, poor Indian citizen
  • It would be easy to think that this incident was done and dusted … but this wasn’t the case at all
  • Upon returning to his hotel, the Maharaja instructed his staff to contact the dealership and let them know that the Maharaja of Alwar wished to purchase several Rolls Royces
  • Needless to say, the Maharaja and his entourage were met with Red Carpet treatment
  • The Maharaja paid for Rollers, in cash, including shipping costs to India
  • Upon the cars’ arrival in India, the Maharaja ordered that they all be designated to transport and collect garbage around the city

 

Rolls Royce Rubbish Recovery, Removal and Redistribution
Rolls Royce Rubbish Recovery, Removal & Redistribution

 

  • This news spread very quickly, ultimately creating a PR nightmare for Rolls Royce, whose clientele were mortified that their status-symbol, luxury cars were now only good for collecting and transporting garbage
  • Rolls Royce recognized their huge mistake of not acknowledging the Maharaja’s dreadful treatment at the hands of an awful salesman
  • The Maharaja was offered, and gracefully accepted, 6 complimentary Rolls Royces as an official gesture of apology
  • To reciprocate, the Maharaja withdrew the original Rolls Royces from garbage duty
  • … and they all lived happily ever after!

 

 

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Dead Battery? … Here’s Dilawri’s Definitive 10 Step Guide How To ‘Boost’ /  ‘Jump Start’ Your Car!

  • It’s a situation that most motorists experience every once in a while … the dreaded dead battery, rendering you stranded and frustrated amongst other emotions
  • We all know that dreaded can fast become hateful, if we contend with a dead battery during the height of Winter
  • It’s not a complicated process at all to get you back on the road
  • Read on to become an expert …
The Definitive Dead Battery Guide
Dilawri’s Definitive 10 Step Dead Car Battery Guide

I.    FIRSTLY, LET’S ENSURE THAT IT ACTUALLY IS THE BATTERY THAT’S CAUSING THE PROBLEM

  • start by checking the headlights …
    • are the lights bright or dim?
    • if they’re bright … you’re not dealing with a dead battery
    • if they’re dim … it’s more than likely that you’ve a dead battery
  • place your key in the ignition … does your dashboard light up as normal? …
    • test your stereo, touchscreen, GPS, etc.
    • even with a very low battery, you usually see some dashboard lights
    • should you not be able to see any lighting or functionality, you may well have an issue with the ignition switch
  • try starting the car …
    • how does it turn over?  … slowly or does it turn quickly?
    •  if it cranks quickly … you don’t have a dead battery
    • not surprisingly, if it cranks slowly … or even not at all, you’re almost certainly looking at a dead battery.

II.    NOW WE’VE ESTABLISHED THAT WE HAVE A DEAD BATTERY … LET’S NOW LOCATE OUR BATTERY … AND THAT OF THE CAR PROVIDING OUR BOOST

  • open the hoods of both cars … yours, and the kind person’s car who is helping you … and locate the respective batteries
    • most often, the battery is located near the front of the car, either left or right aligned
    • rarely, however, the battery can be situated near the firewall between passengers and engine … or even, in very rare cases, in the trunk
    • identify the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals
    • the positive terminal will be marked with a plus sign (+)  … usually attach the red cable to this terminal
    • the negative terminal will be marked with a minus sign (-)  … usually attach the black cable to this terminal
  • be sure to remove any Positive (+) Red Post Protective Covers if applicable and necessary

III.    PARK BOTH CARS NEXT TO EACH OTHER

  • park the working car next yours with the dead battery …
    • park the car so that the distance between the cars’ batteries is small and sensibly aligned
    • now, turn off the engine, stereo, touchscreen, GPS, lights, A/C, fans and all other electrical components of the car assisting you
    • also ensure that all of these things are now turned off in the your ‘dead battery’ car as well
    • do not, under any circumstances, have the cars touch each other!
 IV.    SAFETY FIRST
  • it’s always a very good idea to inspect the two batteries for any leaks, cracks or other damage prior to administering the boost
  • should you come across any of these things … then do not jump start the car!
  • instead, call a professional tow truck instead or … replace the battery
  • on some occasions, you may have to clean both the cables and terminals of the dead battery
  • use a wire brush to remove all dirt and corrosion
  • you’ll now be ready to reconnect the cables to the battery terminals and boost your car

V.    GET YOUR JUMPER/BOOSTER CABLES READY 

  • untangle the messy state that most of us keep our jumper/booster cables in
  • unwind the cables so that they’re separate, untangled and … not touching (more on how important this is below …)
  • just like your battery, jumper/booster cables will almost always consist of red and black cables complete with heavy duty clamps to attach to the battery terminals
  • it is imperative that the red and black ends of your jumper cables never touch each other once they are connected to the batteries!
  • should the two clamps touch, can result in serious arcing and/or damage to one or both cars
VI.    CONNECT THE JUMPER/BOOSTER CABLES IN THIS SEQUENCE
  • connect one RED CLAMP … to the Positive (+) Terminal of the Dead Battery
  • connect the other RED CLAMP … to the Positive (+) Terminal of the Good Battery
  • connect one BLACK CLAMP … to the Negative (-) Terminal of the Good Battery
  • connect the other BLACK CLAMP … to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car …
    • most preferably the bolt where the thick negative cable from the battery connects to the chassis
    • if this doesn’t work for you … look for shiny metal (that isn’t painted or oily) that is attached to the engine like a nut, bolt or other protruding shiny metal
    • don’t worry if you see a little spark when you make a connection with a good ground
  • ensure that no cables are dangling in and around the engine compartment, where they could be exposed to any moving parts
VII.    START THE ENGINE OF THE WORKING CAR
  • it’s important to let the healthy car idle for a few minutes
  • don’t not race the engine, but do, however, rev the engine for about 60 seconds above regular idling
  • the revving is important to charge your car’s dead battery
  • the starter in your car with the dead battery will draw most of the required current (well in excess of 100 amps) from the battery of the healthy car and not … through the cables
  • Be warned … most common retail jumper/booster cables are not built to pass the required current … you get what you pay for!
  • Charging the dead battery is a must. If 30 seconds doesn’t do it, try charging for the full 60 seconds by keeping the engine at a high idle.
  • a good and clean connection between the battery cables and the battery terminals is paramount
VIII.    NOW, TRY TO START YOUR VEHICLE
  • your car should now start easily
  • should your car not start …
    • turn off the ignition
    • temporarily disconnect the last connection (the BLACK CLAMP … on a piece of grounded metal on the dead car)
    • try wiggling and moving each of the remaining three clamps to help provide a good electrical connection
    • restart the working and healthy car once more
    • allow a further 5 minutes for charging before attempting to start your disabled vehicle.
  • if this procedure does not work for you after a few attempts, a tow and/or battery replacement will be necessary
IX.    NOW THE CAR IS RUNNING, REMOVE THE JUMPER/BOOSTER CABLES
  • once your car starts, remove the jumper/booster cables
  • perform the cable removal in the reverse of the order in which they were attached … and …. again and very importantly …
  • REMEMBER …
    • don’t let any of the cables or clamps touch each other 
    • ensure that no cables are dangling in and around the engine compartment, where they could be exposed to any moving parts
  • disconnect the  BLACK CLAMP … from the piece of grounded metal on the dead car …
  • disconnect the BLACK CLAMP … from the Negative (-) Terminal of the Good Battery
  • disconnect the RED CLAMP … from the Positive (+) Terminal of the Good Battery
  • disconnect the RED CLAMP … from the Positive (+) Terminal of the Dead Battery
  • be sure to replace any Positive (+) Red Post Protective Covers if applicable and necessary (you will have had to remove or open these in Step II. above) 
  • these terminal covers help prevent the battery from an accidental short circuit
X.    KEEP YOUR NEWLY-CHARGED CAR RUNNING
  • run your car above idle for about 5 minutes (slightly pushing your foot on the gas) … and …
  • then on or above idle for about 20 minutes before turning it off
  • your car battery should now have enough charge to start the car again
  • if this is not the case, I’m afraid that you more than likely have a problem with your alternator … or have a dead battery

BEING ABLE TO JUMP / BOOST A CAR IS AN ESSENTIAL SKILL AND WE ALL NOW KNOW THAT IT ISN’T A DIFFICULT SKILL TO MASTER

ALWAYS ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE  A GOOD PAIR OF JUMPER/BOOSTER CABLES IN YOUR ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT AT ALL TIMES

IT’S A FAIR BET THAT YOU’LL NEED THEM AND ALSO BE IN A POSITION TO ASSIST SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP

 

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  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WAX & POLISH?
  • MANY ASK … YET FEW KNOW!

Polish

CAR POLISH

  • Car polish generally removes grease, dirt, scrapes, and scratches that cannot be removed by washing
  • Car polish is a product that uses abrasion to remove the finest of layers of the paintwork’s top coat
  • Polish contains solvents that will remove impurities to allow the paint to shine through
  • Car polish is used before you apply the wax coat
  • This measure flattens out the paint’s surface and ensures an equal reflection of  light, thus a highly polished look
  • Needless to say, polishes are available in varying degrees of abrasiveness
  • A good polish will consist of what is referred to as diminishing abrasives
  • These abrasives break down into yet even smaller particles as they are applied to the vehicle’s paint
  • As the polish is applied, it becomes finer and finer
  • Polish is available in cream, spray and liquid form
  • Polishes are different from waxes as the polish will remove dirt but will not provide any protection

Turtle Wax

CAR WAX

  • In nature, wax takes on many forms, such as vegetable waxes like carnauba to animal waxes such as bees wax
  • In the automotive industry, the most popular is carnauba wax
  • Because this wax is …
    • virtually insoluble in water … it won’t immediately disappear after each wash or rain shower
  • As this wax has a melting point of 82-86 °C
    • it will withstand high Summer temperatures … without melting
  • Carnauba wax is generally difficult to find in its natural format
  • As it isn’t very abundant, it is often combined with other waxes, solvents, colorants and silicone fluids … to very good effect
  • The end product of this combination produces a softer and easier-to-apply liquid that renders a nicely glossy and durable finish
  • Carnauba, though, never constitutes the entire ingredients of car wax
  • In simple terms … wax essentially smooths out the surface of your paintwork by filling in many of the paint’s imperfections

 

Little Ralph Knows

 

 

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  • FYI, PPG Industries are the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings
  • Additionally,  release their Automotive Color Popularity Data on an annual basis
  • Here’s a tidy summary of their last findings …
    • manufacturers offer various effects across whites, blacks and grays
    • golds, beiges, yellows, oranges and browns grew in popularity
    • consumers will have access to high-depth colors for 2015 models
    • PPG introduced 63 new colors for 2017-2018 models
    • GLOBALLY
      • 1st.       White (up 3% from 2014 to 28%)
      • 2nd.     Black (18%)
      • 3rd.      Silver and Gray (13% each)
  • Says Jane E. Harrington, PPG Manager, Colour Styling, automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Coatings …

Car manufacturers across the world are continually seeking new ways to create a unique appearance for models and vehicle brands. 

As color selection takes place two or three years in advance of a model year, it is important for auto makers to combine colour popularity with global consumer trends. 

Today, automotive manufacturers can choose from a broad array of colors as well as a wide assortment of variations of conservative hues such as white, silver, black and gray, and 

distinct effects such as micas, glass flakes, fine bright aluminum and hue-shifting pigments.”

  • HERE’S HOW GLOBAL TRENDING LOOKS …

I. REGIONAL NORTH AMERICAN DATA

  • white (23%)
  • black (18%)
  • gray (16%)
  • silver (15%)
  • other (28%)

II. REGIONAL SOUTH AMERICAN DATA

  • silver and white (32% each)
  • black (13%)
  • gray (11%)
  • red (8%)
  • blue (2%)
  • other (2%)

III. REGIONAL EUROPEAN DATA

  • white (25%)
  • black (15%)
  • gray (14%)
  • natural shades … golds, beiges, yellows, oranges and browns (12%)
  • other (34%)

IV. ASIA PACIFIC DATA

  • white (31%)
  • black (20%)
  • silver (12%)
  • other (37%)

V. NORTH AMERICAN VEHICLE TYPES

  • 10% of automobiles opted for coatings in natural hues like golds, beiges, yellows, oranges and browns
  • browns, in particular, are growing in popularity in midsize and (SUV) models
  • as expected, sports models continue to be the most likely to feature red, blue or green shades
  • all three of these colours overtook gray and silver as more popular colors for sports models
  • luxury vehicles24% of which were white according to this study, are most likely to feature effect finishes such as metallic or pearl tri-coat

 

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Auto Color Trends Summary Infographic

 

 

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  • It’s not all about The Google (as my Mum calls it) you know!?
  • Google don’t have the monopoly on Driverless Cars … it seems they were gazumped 44 years ago in 1971!
  • New historic footage suggests that a driverless car was being developed at the Road Research Laboratory in Wokingham, U.K.
  • British Movietone, in collaboration with Associated Press, have made public a million minutes of historic footage on two dedicated YouTube channels entitled the AP Archive
  • Operating as an on-demand visual encyclopedia, the video service offer offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history
  • Choose from over 550,000 individual stories to view and learn about
  • The video narrator says …

… computerized electronic impulses relayed to the car through a special receiving unit fixed to the front.

Signals picked up from the inlaid track are interpreted by the unit to change the car’s course or its speed.”

  • Additionally, the narrator likens the car technology to that of as used in aeroplane autopilot system
  • Further, the video relays that scientists believed everyone will be cruising around in a self-driving car by the year 2000
  • The narrator also says …

It may seem like a pipe dream at the moment, but researchers say that robot cars will be in everyday use within 30 years.”

Watch Victoriously!
Watch … Victoriously!

 

  • Watch the 1971 Diverless Car video by clicking here or on the Dialwri-TV above …

 

 

 

 

  • OEM means ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer  is a term used when one company makes a part, or subsystem, that is used in another company’s end product
  • It can refer to a part or subsystems maker, an end product producer, or an automotive part that is manufactured by the same company that produced the original part used in assembly
  • Generally, an OEM is the company that makes a part that is marketed by another company typically as a component of the second company’s product
  • As an example, if ACME manufacture the anvils for Wile E. Coyote Enterprises, ACME is the OEM

ACME Anvil

IN AUTOMOTIVE TERMS

  • When referring to automotive parts, OEM designates a replacement part made by the manufacturer of the original part
  • The term aftermarket is often used for non-OEM spare parts
  • Should a part claim that it meets OEM standards, this part is not OEM, rater a claim that the part has been manufactured to the same specifications as the OEM parts … specifications largely unknown and unpublished
  • When you take your car to a dealership’s service department for repairs, you know you’re getting Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts
  • Conversely, if you take your car to an independent shop, you’ll most likely receive aftermarket car parts
  • This information begs several questions such as …
    • Is there anything wrong with this? 
    • Does a less expensive part mean that’s it of poor quality … and …
    • In what instances should you insist upon OEM parts?

Pros and Cons

  • This list of Pros and Cons should help matters …
  • AFTERMARKET PARTS – PROS

     

  • LESS EXPENSIVE
    • aftermarket parts are usually less expensive than OEM parts
    • your savings will differ by brand and part
    • be wary of pricing that is too-good-to-be-true
  • QUALITY CAN MEET OR EVEN SURPASS OEM
    • it is quite possible that you end up with a part better than the original
    • some aftermarket manufacturers reverse engineer, retool and make the part better than the original
  • CHOICE
    • take advantage of the wide selection of options available to you
    • there are literally  hundreds of companies that make aftermarket parts, with some the most lucrative doing business on eBay, AliBaba, and other online dealers, sites and wholesalers
    • it stands to reason that more variety renders a wider range of prices
  • AVAILABILITY
    • sometimes you just need a part … NOW!
    • you can literally walk in to any number of stores or locations to find that part for your vehicle
  • AFTERMARKET PARTS – CONS

     

  • VARYING QUALITY
    • “you get what you pay for” certainly plays a role here
    • many aftermarket parts are inferior because they opt to use cheaper materials to be able to sell at a lower price
  • ALMOST TOO MUCH CHOICE
    • it’s very easy to become over-faced if you’re not really familiar with the part you seek
    • ignorance can often mean buying an inferior or poor quality part
  • BE AWARE OF WARRANTIES
    •  in keeping with lower costs, most aftermarket parts have no, or a shorter, warranty than those of OEM parts
  • OEM – PROS

  • EASIER TO CHOOSE
    • ask & you shall receive … the right part!
    • eliminate the worry of an inferior or wrong part
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE
    • your new OEM part should work exactly the same as the one you are replacing, and be of the same or better quality
    • the part you buy is the part you need
  • A WARRANTY
    • most all auto manufacturer back up their OEM parts with a warranty, most often, a one-year warranty
    • additionally, should you have your part(s) installed by the dealer, you’ll have them stand by their labour too
  • OEM – CONS

  • MORE COSTLY
    • OEM parts will generally cost more than any aftermarket equivalent due to the quality of manufacturing and materials
  • USUALLY NEED TO BE PURCHASED AT THE DEALERSHIP
    • despite there being many other means of buying OEM parts, most customers still rely upon their trusted and friendly dealer
  • Quality may not be superior:
    • in the very rare instance, an aftermarket part i be of better quality than of the OEM version
  • WHEN SHOULD YOU INSIST UPON OEM PARTS? 
    • should you have any collision repairs, ensure that you are getting OEM parts because …
      • the body panels must fit exactly … and …
      • the panels must have the requisite crumple zones for crash safety
  • SUMMARY
    • you know what to expect and what you are getting with OEM parts, whereas …
    • … all aftermarket parts are not created equal
    • should you be a car pro, buff, or enthusiast, you’ll probably be familiar with some aftermarket brands you trust
    • if you’re like the vast majority of vehicle owners, visit your friendly dealer hewer you can be assured of the right part … and peace of mind

 

 

 

 

The new world of Electric vehicles can be a very confusing landscape … 

… after reading this post though … you’ll be an expert!

Electric Car

THE MOST COMMON TERMS

EV – Electric Vehicle

  • a simple description … yet very generic

BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle

  • includes the word ‘battery’ … not the best acronym in the world seeing as most every EV is powered by a rechargeable battery!

PEV – Plug-In Electric Vehicle

  • substitutes plug-in for battery … a dead giveaway that we are now dealing with the need for electricity by means of some kind of power socket or charging station
  • PEV and BEV are essentially then,  one and the same
  • there are effectively 3 Charging Levels …
    • LEVEL 1
      • Most plug-in electric vehicles can be recharged overnight from a regular three-prong household wall socket (110/120 volts)
    • Level 2 
      • charge using a 220/240V outlet
      • this is the type found at most charging stations and easily installed in most homes for a few hundred dollars
      • many models can fully charge in approximately 3-5 hours with a 240V outlet
      • all plug-in vehicles sold in North America are expected to have both Level 1 and Level 2 recharging capability using a J1772 connector
    • Level 3
      • often referred to as fast chargers (typically 480 V) have been developed to enable quick charging (80%) in as little as a half-hour
      • they for sale by some electric vehicle manufacturers and third parties
      • these fast chargers are still rare but are generally available in urban centres in Canada, the United States and many other countries

HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle 

  • represents the vast majority of the cars currently available
  • these vehicles are generically labelled Hybrids
  • a combination of gasoline and electric power trains propel the vehicle
  • these vehicles do not require charging
  • instead, the charge for the electric motor is derived from regenerative braking technology

PHEV – Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

  • as per the above HEV, the PHEV uses both a gasoline and electric motor
  • the gasoline engine serves as a generator, spinning one of the two electric motors in reverse to recharge the depleted batteries after about 65 kms
  • the PHEV has the advantage over the HEV in that you won’t ever get stranded half an hour from home

ELECTRIC VEHICLE ACRONYMS

  • AC = Air Conditioning
  • AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat
  • AC = Alternating Current
  • BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle
  • BLDC = Brushless DC (motor)
  • CARB = California Air Research Board
  • DC = Direct Current
  • DoD = Depth of Discharge
  • EV = Electric Vehicle
  • FCEV = Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
  • HEV = Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • ICE = Internal Combustion Engine
  • IGBT = Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor
  • LDV = Light Duty Vehicle
  • LiON = Lithium Ion
  • NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
  • NiCd = Nickel Cadmium
  • NiMH = Nickel Metal Hydride
  • NiZn = Nickel Zinc
  • OCV = Open Circuit Voltage
  • PbA = Lead Acid
  • PEV = Plug-In Electric Vehicle
  • PHEV = Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • Pm = Permanent Magnet
  • PWM = Pulse Width Modulated
  • PV = Photovoltaic
  • Regen = Regenerative
  • SCR = Silicon-Controlled Rectifier
  • SLA = Sealed Lead Acid
  • SLI = Starting, Lighting, Ignition
  • SVR = Sealed Valve Regulated
  • ULEV = Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
  • Voc = Voltage Open Circuit
  • VRLA = Valve Regulated Lead Acid
  • Wh = Watt Hour
  • ZEV = Zero Emmission Vehicle
  • At Dilawri, we know Green, Clean & Electric …
  • Book a test drive at one of our four conveniently located dealerships and discover …
    • the KIA Soul EV
    • the KIA Optima Hybrid
    • the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

 

 

  • We live in an age where …
    • immediacy has become expectancy
    • most individuals exude the attention span of a distracted goldfish
    • convenience is the norm … and …
    • seamless speed of access has become a bare minimum

 

Now, Free & Easy Please!
Right Now, Free & Easy Please!

 

  • 4G LTE (Fourth Generation / Long Term Evolution) is the next stage in mobile network development and provides users with much faster data speeds than 3G
  • In essence, the 4G LTE connection provides a bigger pipe, allowing large amounts of data to flow more quickly into your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc …
  • Your vehicle becomes, what is effectively, a truly Mobile Hotspot
  • Passengers can connect as many as seven devices to the car, making it faster and easier to surf the web, stream live video
  • A stronger data connection opens up all kinds of new possibilities for enhanced digital services
  • This all comes at a cost, however … there’s no free lunch … you know that!?!
  • You’re looking at …
    • One Day – $5 a day for 250MB.
    • A 12 month, 10GB bucket of services –  $150 for subscribers or $200 for non-subscribers
    • Existing cell provider customers can add their vehicles to their Mobile Share plan for $10 a month
  • As you’d expect, as more automakers roll out this new cabin infotainment conduit technology (I just made that up), pricing, choices, options and performance will all improve

 

 

DO YOU REMEMBER THE PINK PANTHER?

Pink Panther

 

  • The show featured the wonderfully unique Panthermobile as designed by Jay Ohrberg

 

Panthermobile
Panthermobile

 

  • The very gifted Ohrberg is responsible for decades of TV and Movie cars, such as …
    • Knight Rider‘s K.I.T.T
    • Back To The Future’s Delorean
    • Dukes of Hazzard‘s General Lee
    • Starsky & Hutch‘s Ford Gran Torino (Starsky’s pride & joy)
    • Batman‘s Batmobile (both 1966 & 1989 versions)
    • The Flintstones Fred’s car
    • Green Hornet‘s Black Beauty
    • The A-Team‘s Van
  • The Panthermobile was sold by its creator at auction in 2007, selling for $143,500 … it was re-acuctioned in 2011
  • Auctioneer, Robson Kay in Manchester mentioned that the car is not currently running and is in need of some loving restoration

 

 

NUMBERS & THE ODD LETTER … WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

 

Car Tire

 

  • The numbers that adorn your vehicle’s tires actually do mean something
  • Specifically, they refer to the tire’s width, aspect ratio, and wheel diameter
  • Eg. 185/75R14 means the tire is 185mm wide and that it has an aspect ratio of 75% (that is, the width divided by the height)  … all fitting on a 14″ rim
  • The R means radial tire… which they all seem to be nowadays
  • Speed ratings are usually inserted before the R … the most common of which are …
    • HR (good for 130mph … 209kmh)
    • VR (149 mph … 240kmh), and …
    • ZR (more than 149 mph … 240kmh+)

 

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Holy Hobby Expenditure, Batman!

BAM!

  • The original Batmobile was auctioned in 2013 for $4.62 million, including commission, at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • The Batmobile is the automobile of DC Comics superhero Batman
  • Kept in the Batcave, which it accesses through a hidden entrance, the Batmobile is a gadget-laden vehicle used by Batman in his crime-fighting activities
  • The actual vehicle was built by George Barris         POW!
  • He transformed a concept 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car he bought for $1 into one of the most recognizable vehicles in entertainment history
  • The 19-foot-long car was used on the Batman TV show between 1966 and 1968
  • The Batmobile had remained in Barris’ personal collection until the auction

KA-POW!

  • As reported by The Hollywood Reporter the new own is a one Rick Champagne, the owner of a Tempe-located logistics company
  • The mobile comes equipped with a Batphone, Bat smoke and is capable of a 180-degree bat-turn thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes, among other features, according to a release on the Barrett-Jackson website
The Iconic Batmobile
The Iconic Batmobile
  • Check out our  Pinterest_Favicon-300x300   page for more photo goodies!

 

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  • Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power, specifically, the rate at which work is achieved
  • It’s a bona fide myth that a horse possesses one horsepower
  • One technical assessment of horsepower is based upon converting one horsepower into 746 watts or 33,000 lbft of torque per minute
  • Ironically, based upon the above criteria, a horse really only produces 0.7 horsepower!
Work It!
Work It!
  • There are several varied standards and kinds of horsepower
  • The term itself was popularized in the late 18th. century by James Watt, a Scottish engineer who compared the power output of horses as compared to steam engines
  • The term was later broadened to include the output of other engine types such as piston, turbine & electric
  • To complicate matters, the definition of the power unit varies between countries & geographical regions

 

Widely Used Definitions Of Horsepower
Widely Used Definitions Of Horsepower (courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

 

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  • A quite superb study by iSeeCars.com  iSeeCars renders some very interesting data about gender, car type and colour

Says Phong Ly co-founder and CEO of iSeeCars

It’s one thing to say you like a car colour, and another to actually move forward in the used car shopping process to contact the seller about that colour car. iSeeCars conducted a study of 30 million used cars listed on iSeeCars.com over the past 12 months and of hundreds of thousands of consumers who had inquired about a car on iSeeCars.com.”

  • The study yields that …
    • men have a stronger preference for red cars than women by 12.3% … for orange cars by 11.8%  … and for black cars by 9.6%
    • women have a stronger preference for silver cars than men by 9.2% … brown cars by 9.1% … and gold cars by 7.3%
  • Amongst men, the top colour choices are red and black
  • Black cars ($21,719), white cars ($20,026) and brown cars ($20,019) had the highest average used car prices among colours listed in the results of this study
  • Green cars ($13,194), beige cars ($14,472), and gold cars ($14,953) had the lowest average used car listing prices.
  • The average price of the cars for the colours women preferred is about 8% less than those favored by men

Ly further adds that …

These study results could suggest that women are more practical in their choices. For the most part, they may just want to buy a reasonably priced car that safely drives them around. On the other hand, for men, perhaps they may be a bit more idealistic about cars, preferring something that has speed and is fun to drive.”

 

How Nice, Unobtrusive & Subtle!?
How Nice, Unobtrusive & Subtle!?

 

  • Surprisingly, blue is slightly more preferred by women than men.  Coincidentally the minivan is the most popular car type in blue
  • The women-favored colour cars also tend to stay on the market a bit longer. This may be because some of the colours like gold/beige/brown/yellow are less common
  • Rounding off the list, men have a stronger preference for white cars (vs. women) by 7%, a stronger preference for green cars by 6.8% and a stronger preference for grey cars by 3%
  • Women have a stronger preference for beige cars (vs. men) by 4.7%, a stronger preference for blue cars by 3.6% and a stronger preference for yellow cars by 3.2%

 

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  • On January 1, 1904, government reports indicate that there were 182 vehicles licensed in the province of Ontario
  • Presently, there are 11.4 million vehicles registered in Ontario, as reported by Stats Canada (29th. June 2015)
  • There are now 32.5 million cars registered Canada-wide with Canada’s population pushing 36 million
  • Simple maths dictates that there are 0.9 cars per capita in Canada!

 

Ottawa's Queensway
Ottawa’s Queensway

 

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  • There are few inventions have had greater impact on our world as the automobile
  • The first Canadian automobile was built in 1867 by one Henry Seth Taylor who born in Stanstead, Quebec in 1833

 

1867 Steam Buggy
1867 Steam Buggy

 

  • This vehicle, actually a Steam Buggy, was originally considered a novelty much like all the single-cylinder automobiles imported from the U.S.
  • Taylor unveiled his invention at the Stanstead Fair in 1867
  • Now, the first vehicle ever driven in Canada, however, is thought to be a steam-powered vehicle imported from Philadelphia in 1866
  • Georges-Antoine Belcourt, a Canadian Jesuit missionary and priest, claims this accolade
  • Canada Post issued a 43 cent stamp in 1993, commemorating Taylor’s Steam Buggy

 

The Steam Buggy 43 Cent Stamp From 1993
The Steam Buggy 43 Cent Stamp From 1993

 

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8,030 kms of Beauty

 

  • Officially opened in 1962, the Trans-Canada Highway spans 8,030 km (4,990 miles)
  • Canadians can effectively drive directly from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C. … all without having to venture across the border
  • The Trans-Canada Highway stretches through all ten Canadian provinces … from Canada’s Atlantic coast to its Pacific coast
  • Along with the Trans-Siberian Highway and Australia’s Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway is one of the world’s longest
  • The highway opened officially in 1962 and was completed in 1971
  • Approved by means of the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1949, construction began in 1950
  • The highway is a joint federal-provincial system and venture

 

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  • Bell Canada invested in its first motorized vehicle on April 11th. 1909
  • The vehicle concerned was a Tudhope as built and assembled in Orillia, Ontario
  • This first of the fleet Tudhope itself cost a staggering $780!
  • Incidentally, the car’s engine blew up on the trip home from its initial purchase
  • The ill-fated trip was only made possible after the Tudhope foreman taught the Bell employee how to drive the car
  • The Bell fleet grew very quickly whereby Bell’s entire fleet was motorized by 1926 and comprised of 429 vehicles

 

A Classic Tudhope
A Classic Tudhope

 

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  • Hyundai Auto Canada was established in 1983
  • One year later, Hyundai’s very inexpensive Pony four-door hatchback entered the marketplace wooing the frugal Canadian car buyer
  • The Pony fast-became Canada’s best-selling car of 1984
  • Hyundai entered the U.S. marketplace three years after it’s Canadian launch, introducing the Excel in 1986
  • It’s been quite a ride these last 31 years!
1984's Hyundai Pony
1984’s Hyundai Pony

 

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  • It’s estimated the average driver spends about 16 minutes idling daily
  • This inactivity can manifest itself in $116 of savings a year for a 4-cylinder engine
  • You can conceivably spend up to 25% of your time behind the wheel idling!
  • Depending upon what you drive, each and very 10 minutes of idling could be costing you between 1/10 and 4/10s of a liter of fuel
  • Amending our idling habits not only saves us all money  but it also considerably reduces greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) and a litany of health-harming pollution
  • If Canadian motorists reduced their idling by a mere 3 minutes (19%) a day, it would be the equivalent of taking 320,000 vehicles off the road for a whole year!
Keep Your Idling To A Minimum ... Please
Keep Your Idling To A Minimum … Please

Perhaps ask yourself if you really need to be idling when …

  • dropping off or picking up the kids?
  • at the drive-thru?
  • queuing at the gas station or car wash?
  • running an errand?
  • warming up the car in cold weather?
  • cooling the car in hot weather?
  • stopped at a railway crossing?
  • stopped in a construction zone?
  • stopped at a red light?
  • checking for texts, emails, etc. whilst parked anywhere

Facts

  • any idling over 10 seconds uses more fuel than shutting off and restarting your vehicle
  • the cash that you save by not idling more than surpasses any costs relating to your vehicle’s wear-and-tear

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  • This Imperial Oil station was located at the corner of Cambie and Smythe in Vancouver
  • This station offered Canadians their very first opportunity to use a gas pump as opposed to having to fuel up by filling up buckets from a large wooden barrel repository
  • The first pump itself was constructed of a 59 litre kitchen hot water tank complete with an attached rubber garden hose!

 

Canada's First Gas Station
Canada’s First Gas Station

 

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  • Between 1911-13, cars were available for order from the Eaton’s Catalogue!

 

Eaton's Catalogue 1913
Eaton’s Catalogue 1913

 

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  • Canada is currently the world’s tenth largest auto producer, producing 2.4 million cars last year in 2014

 

Number 10 & Climbing
Number 10 & Climbing