Video Footage of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo supersonic test flight–The Telegraph

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2015 Mustang Reveal

Posted on December 11th, 2013 in Everything Else | No Comments »

by Lloyd Frazier

2015FordMustangIn 1964, Ford inspired a new American class of car coined the pony car, with its release of the all-new Mustang, which wasn’t really all that new under its skin. The first generation Mustang had  Falcon underpinnings, bucket seats, floor shifter, and sporty exterior, and it just so happened to be a pony…er, Mustang. It was intended as competition to the Chevrolet Corvair.  Since then, Mustang has been a huge success for Ford.  GM and Chrysler quickly followed suit with all new  ‘Pony’ cars of their own with models like  Camaro, Cuda, Challenger, Firebird, and others.  The famous Pony Car war ensued.  Every model year seemed to stir one-upsmanship with each of the big three adding more  horsepower, handling, and special performance packages like Shelby, Boss, Z28, and Trans Am.   In 2005, Ford entered the retro trend with a newly designed Mustang that conjured memories of the original. GM and Chrysler wasn’t about to be outdone.  The new generation Camaro with its hint of 1969 on steroids and  Chrysler with a modernized Challenger ala 1970’s.  All have been brilliantly engineered, awe inspiring works of automotive Americana.

Now, Ford has really pulled out all the stops with the newly revealed 2015 Mustang.  It is not all that retro in appearance but unmistakably Mustang!  The solid rear axle has finally been ditched for an IRS setup.  Plus,  something not seen since first being available in the Mustang II, a four-banger.  But, this is not your father’s four-banger.  It is a pumped up, turbo infested work of engineering genius. The new 2.3 liter EcoBoost  four cylinder engine is expected to supply 305 horsies and 300 foot-lbs of torque.

Take a look at the video courtesy of Winding Road:

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Preview

Posted on November 20th, 2013 in Everything Else | No Comments »

by Lloyd Frazier

Chevrolet-Colorado-2015-croppedWe are finally going to have a domestic contender fighting against the Japanese dominance in the mid-size truck arena. Since the 2013 model year, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline are the only mid-size trucks available in the U.S. market. Toyota Tacoma sales numbers pretty much eviscerate the other two.  So by rights, Toyota is currently the reigning champion.  Ford and Chrysler have been missing in action for awhile.  GM’s Chevy Colorado took 2014 off for misbehaving and pretending to be a truck.

Let’s hope GM pulls this off right.  In looking at the front clip of this handsome, new Colorado, one cannot miss the hint of what a modern S10 might  have looked like.  For 2016, they will be offering a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine.  Sadly, we have to wait until next fall to get our hands on one of these new Colorado’s.  Wonder how many folks currently in the market will wait?

For details, read more at AutoBlog.com.

Why a Gas Pump Nozzle Shuts Off

Posted on October 1st, 2013 in Everything Else | No Comments »

Always wanted to know why.

 

Plasti Dip a Faded Chevy S10 Grille

Posted on July 13th, 2013 in Everything Else | No Comments »

By Lloyd Frazier

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It all began when my good buddy Dave over at the Auto Ramblings Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures site shared the discovery of this new product that people were using to spruce up or customize their favorite car or truck.  He said it sounded like something right up my alley since I was into auto detailing.  Plasti Dip is a product that started out as a non-conductive liquid plastic in a can that you dipped the handles of your hand tools in to improve grip and insulate for electrical work.  Now, thanks to dipyourcar.com, and many other sites that have popularized Plasti Dip for use on cars and trucks, I have become hooked to the max!  Plasti Dip is perfect for the do-it-yourselfer.  In the spray can form, it is easy to apply and fool proof when it comes to overspray.  Anything that gets past your masking job is easily peeled off after it dries. There are a myriad of colors and endless possibilities only limited by your imagination.

Plasti Dip perfectly fit what I needed to do for the faded grille on my ‘02 Chevy S10.  I could have replaced it, but that would have been expensive and taken quite some effort just to remove it.  I ended up using just over a can of black Plasti Dip to apply six coats on the grille and it looks better than new.  I will be reporting back in a few months to give a report as to the durability of this amazing product.

I have produced a video of my effort.  I hope that it might help explain some of the steps I took to clean, prep, mask, apply, and finish a typical job of this type.

Enjoy…and thanks for stopping by Auto Ramblings regularly.