Category: Automotive

Waterless Car Wash

An easy, economical, eco-friendly, and quick way to clean your vehicle between washes is to use a waterless car wash. A waterless car wash uses a pre-prepared lubricating spray that is used to thoroughly saturate each section of your car, which later gets wiped, one section at a time. Then any light dirt or grime can be carefully wiped off, section by section. Ideally, you would use microfiber cloths, which will not hurt the car’s finish. Waterless car washes should really only be used on cars without heavy dirt build-up. Too much dirt, and you risk scratching the car’s finish.

  • Finding the Right Product: You can choose to buy various wash formulas, which you can purchase online or at an auto parts store. There are ready-to-use formulas, or you can purchase a concentrate, which you must dilute before using. Some waterless car washes even include wax to protect the vehicle as you wash it. It takes an average time of 15-20 minutes to wash your medium-sized car using this method. If you are concerned about the chemicals, just be sure to pick a VOC compliant product, which is considered safe. You can find one with the main ingredient being organic and free of petrochemicals.
  • Using the Right Towels: Be sure to choose your towels very carefully. Using a soft towel with a deep nap gives plenty of room for dirt to remain in the towel, instead of being scoured against the paint. Using a thin, flat towel will not provide any spot for the loosened dirt to go, so the dirt will get rubbed against the paint as you wipe. An example of a good towel choice is a microfiber towel that has a minimum weight of 300 GSM (grams per square meter). Most microfiber towels last a long time, and can be washed and re-used 40-50 times, depending on the quality of the towel.

It is important to avoid using the same towel to clean your wheels that you use to clean the surface of your car. The wheels are usually covered in brake dust, so you shouldn’t risk putting that on your car’s paint finish. Buy some different colors of towels, so you can designate a specific color of towel just for detailing the wheels.

  • For Your Tires Too: Interestingly, you can also use the waterless car wash product to shine up your car’s tires as well, making them look like new. You can use it to remove road grime, tar, and even bugs that have been stuck on the tire’s surface for a long time.


Places For Car Bow

  • Top of your vehicle- The top of your car is surely one of the best placement positions for a jumbo bow. If you have a very large car bow, the item will look good when you place it on the top of the car. Car bows that are smaller will not look too good on the top of your car.
  • Glass of the car- If you have purchased a car bow that is medium in size, you can place it on the glass of the car. The design and style of the bow should be like a butterfly stroke. These bows are ideal for you to place on the glass of the car.
  • Bonnet of the car- This is one of the best and most preferred positions for the placement of a car bow. Both big and small bows can conveniently be placed on the bonnet of the car. These bows look good here as they have their long and loose bow tails falling and adorning the look of the car successfully. The front of the car also looks charming when you place the bow on it.
  • Corner or Upper Left Portion Of The Car- If you have small to medium sized bows, you can effectively place them on the corner or the upper left part of the car. This placement position may seem to be a little odd and it is not the first place that you would like to place your bow on. However, if you try out the arrangement, you will see that it surely does justice to small to medium sized bows.
  • Front of the car- If you wish to give your vehicle a royal and distinctive look, you have the option of placing the bow on the front portion of the car. However, you should not keep the bow in this position for a long time as the heat coming out of the grate of the car can spoil the looks of the bow.

Therefore, when you are looking for the best position for your bow, it is important for you to take into account the size and style of the bow. The above five places are ideal for you to place the bow and make the vehicle look enchanting and stunning too!

 


Cars Have Evolved

It’s surprising to think that the first car or automobile designed only had one cylinder. Can you imagine how slow that is compared to the cars we have now? Not to mention how much fuel consumption it might have taken due to the heavy materials.

Most of the cars designed before the WWII era were steam powered and incredibly huge. That was the time when they discovered internal combustion. It’s odd to think that the cars available to us now have the engine neatly packed into a small area of the car.

Although, they improved the earlier cars to be lightweight, they still had a few problems that would not work in the present. The wheels used to be very thin and seemed to struggle under the strain on the car. They were also top heavy so it wouldn’t won’t work well with all weather conditions. This is probably the reason why so many cars had become convertibles or had roofless mechanical systems.

Before the war they also started manufacturing cars with larger engines. This is understandable since tanks had also started becoming the major projects for automobile companies.

Another interesting aspect about the older models is that they didn’t have indicators on the sides of the car. In those days, not many people owned a car so indicating which direction you were going wasn’t a big concern on the roads.

It’s easy to find a car now that is light in weight and doesn’t consume too much power or fuel. As we have evolved so has science thus allowing us to find easier ways to live life to the maximum.

Although, not all inventions and models of cars have been smart in terms of economy.

Cars with more cylinders are likely to consumer more fuel. You often see a model with a 2.6 litre V-8 with a turbo engine. This is how much fuel your car consumes once its gone through the ignition and compression cycle of the pistons. It starts again once the gases go through the outlet. It may be uneconomical but it sure is exhilarating to drive a car that has power. However, for economical purposes the hybrid car was created. The forces and movement that power this type of car charge the electrical component in case you run out of gas.


Original E-Type Jaguar

The Lamborghini Miura ushered in the age of the supercar. The McLaren F1 taught us what true speed was. The Bugatti Veyron has taken technology, craftsmanship and performance to stratospheric heights. And, the Tesla Roadster has brought together high-performance and electric power, bringing us one step closer to viable electric cars.

However, there is one car that is well and truly on the top of the list of automotive greats, the Malcolm Sayer designed Jaguar XK-E, also know as the E-Type. The E-Type redefined what beauty is in a car. Upon seeing it, Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made”. That means a lot coming from the man who made the 274 GTB/4 Berlinetta.

Jaguar created two prototype concepts ahead of the E-Type, the E1A in 1957 and the E2A in 1960. The E1A featured a monocoque chassis, fully independent rear suspension and the “XK” engine, a dual-overhead cam inline 6 cylinder around since 1949. The E1A was a factory test mule and was never released to the public. The E2A was made from an aluminum body on a steel chassis and used a 3 liter version of the “XK” engine. This car was finished as a race car, as Jaguar thought the racing circuit would provide a better testing ground. They were right. The orignal E2A was recently sold through Bonham’s Auction House for $4,957,000.

Due to the success of the E2A as a racer and as a testing platform, Jaguar began selling the E-Type in 1961. And, from 1961 to the model’s end in 1974, Jaguar sold 72,515 XK-Es. Over those 14 model years, Jaguar released 3 versions of the E-Type, appropriately named Series I, II and III.

Series I of the XK-E ran from March 1961 to 1968 and used the 3.8 liter straight-6 with SU carburetors engine from the XK150S until October 1964 when the displacement was increased to 4.2 liters. Like the prototype racer, the Series I came equipped with disc brakes all around and a fully independent coil rear suspensions with torsion bar front ends.

My favorite feature of the Series I was the glass-covered headlights that were present on most E-Type variations until 1967. If you want to get detailed, the Series I also featured a smaller opening at the front, signals and taillights located above the bumpers and the exhaust protruding from under the rear license plate.

From 1961 to 1964, the Series Is were equipped with a Moss 4-Speed transmission which was missing the useful syncromeshing for first gear. In 1965, Jaguar adopted a 4-speed gearbox with syncromeshing in all four gears. A year later, to add to the roadster and coupe E-Types offered, Jaguar added a 2+2 coupe version with an optional 3-speed automatic transmission.

In 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was tested to have a top speed of 149 mph and a 7.1 second 0-60 time. All that with 17.7 miles per gallon. Those are serious performance numbers, especially considering the E-Type’s successor, the 1976 XJS, only managed a 0-60 of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 143. 38,419 Series I XK-Es were sold.

In 1969, Jaguar released the XK-E Series II, which only lasted three models years until 1971. Jaguar kept the three model options, the convertible, the coupe and the 2+2. The Series II lost the gorgeous glass covered headlights in favor of open lights, switched to a wrap-around bumper and addressed cooling issues by adding electric fans and enlarging the car’s “mouth”. More comfortable (but uglier) seats were fitted to the interior, and air conditioning and power steering were offered as options for the first time.

Due to what I can only define as idiocy on the part of the U.S., Series II E-Types imported to the States were fitted with twin Zenith-Stromberg carbs and detuned. I’m not sure why, but apparently, the U.S. preferred a slower E-Type. Like I said, idiocy. 18,809 Series II E-Types were sold.

1971 through the XK-Es end in 1974 saw several major changes in Series III. To begin with, the 2-seater coupe was eliminated, leaving just the roadster and the 2+2. Also, Jaguar canned the venerable straight-6 in favor of a new 5.3 liter V-12, which would evolve into the power plant for the XJS. Better brakes and power steering became standard, and the car was fitted with a new front grill, flared wheel arches and V-12 badging. 15,287 Series IIIs were sold. While it is still an astonishingly beautiful car, the Series III E-Type wasn’t nearly as good as the Series I and II, with Series I being the all-out favorite.


Car Restoration

Obviously you need to listen to their concerns about the car and give them what they want. I know that this can be very hard to do, but it is the job of any shop to make the customer happy. There are a lot of way to do that but the best way is to listen to them.

The people that restore these cars expect perfection, and they are spending a lot of money to get it. An average custom car or restoration can easily exceed $70,000 and usually does. That is a boat load of money.

Now for that meat and potatoes of this article. If you’re a customer looking for a high quality shop first you should look at what past customers are saying about that shop. You need to use discretion here because some customers are just vindictive and have nothing good to say.

So you should weigh the good against the bad. Most shops that practice high quality restoration work don’t have a lot of customers that are saying bad things about them. But we are still human beings and accidents will happen, but no shop should charge you for an accident.

A shop owner who takes pride in his shop and keeps it clean and nice looking probably does high quality work, but make sure that you talk to the owner and see what vibe you get form him. Owners are business men who just happen to love cars, and you should get that feeling.

You want them to be concerned about their business and love the cars at the same time. If the owner is concerned about his business he will make sure that the shop always does the highest quality work that it possibly can.

Take a look at the people who work for the shop. If you are constantly hearing them bitch about the cars and the people that own them you should not have that shop work on your car because these are the same people that will be building your car.

You are trusting your classic car to these people and if they don’t like working on it they won’t do good work. You should always get references from people who have had work done by that shop in the past. It might be just a bad day that they are having.

Keep in mind that some employees just like to bitch, and they do such good work the owner doesn’t thinks that the shop can afford to get rid of them. It’s not rocket science you just need to pay attention to whats going on around the shop.

If you do these things you should be able to find a great shop to restore your classic car or build you a hot rod. In the end it all comes down to how you research the shop before you leave your car to them. Enjoy you classic car, and have fun building it.


Rubber License Plate Holder

Size

Most bracket-mounted bumper guards are somewhat wider and taller than a standard license frame. The depth or thickness of a plate holder made to protect bumpers, on the other hand, is quite a bit more. Some frames have depths as much as two inches or more of thick rubber material that compresses on impact and then returns to its original shape.

Material

You want a rubber license plate holder to be able to absorb shock and then return to its original shape to protect against the next trauma. Ideally you want the material to be strong, but also flexible, even in freezing winter weather.

You want a bumper guard to be made from material that is not only shock-absorbing, but also weatherproof and able to withstand rain, snow, or any other weather that is thrown at it.

Metal license plate brackets are notorious for losing their luster, bending, and corroding away. A rubber license plate holder will replace your frame, and if made from the right materials will never rust or bend out of shape.

Most rubber holders are made from foam rubber and may experience sun damage. Ultraviolet light from the sign is not friend of foam rubber or plastic. Make sure any holder you buy can withstand the unrelenting sun day after day and year after year without compromising its capability.

Hardware

Every vehicle is different. Most come with at least some mounting hardware, but some do expect you to use existing license plate mounting screws. The problem is that plate holder bumper guards are thick and the existing screws may not be long enough.

Also, keep in mind that most manufacturers are expecting you to attach their bumper guard with four screws. Although most license plates and brackets can accommodate four screws, the way they are attached may only use the top two. If your license plate and bracket are only attached with the top two screws, you will need to adjust the attachment so that the bumper guard can use all four screw attachments.

Top Protection

Often when a taller car backs into your car, they will ride over your license plate bracket and bumper causing possibly significant scratches and other damage. Some models of rubber license plate holders have a protective rubber extension above the holder that can help prevent at least some of that damage.

Screw Protection

Even when someone else backs into you, you are at risk of liability. In the absence of video or photographic evidence, an unscrupulous motorist could blame damage to their car on you. The most common damage is when they impact your car in the front license plate area and the bracket and screws causes scratching, dents, or even holes in their rear bumper.

To protect against this, most rubber bumper guards have screw protection that is an extra layer of protective material around the screw area to keep the screws from impacting and damaging other vehicle bumpers.


Fender Flares

Benefits

You can get a lot of benefits from using this part for your vehicle. The primary purpose of it is to prevent the rotating tires to throw particles such as mud, rocks, sand, liquids, and other road substances into the air. For aesthetic purpose, you can customize the look of your vehicle with this part. You can install it in your stock truck to add style.

Another benefit is it becomes an extension of your vehicle especially when you plan to put on bigger tires. It is fitted directly over the wheel well and contoured to match the same body lines of the vehicle. It is also used to hide rust or body damage around the wheel well. These are typically made to be rigid and paired up with flexible mud flaps.

Styles

Fender flares are legally required if you’re planning to put on larger tires. You need to determine what set of fender flares you want or need. Finding the style that fits with your vehicle will depend on your preference and your personality. There are different brands that offer this automotive part in various color, shapes and sizes, but it can be categorized into one of 4 styles:

  • OE Style. This style will give an added style on the basic stock look on your vehicle. This is also preferred by those who just want to hide a small amount of body rust or damage in their vehicle. Take note that some OE style fender flares does not use the same factory holes and may require drilling.
  • Street Style. Street Flares provides protection around the wheel well and fenders, plus an added style and low-profile appearance on the vehicle. It has a smaller profile compared to OE style. You can usually see this on showroom style trucks.
  • Pocket / Bolt Style. The Pocket / Bolt Style provide protection while giving an extremely rugged and tough look on your ride. It’s a no-drill installation, unlike the OE style that requires drilling. It is created with a bolt set in each number of pockets which gives bolt-on appearance.
  • Extended Style. If you want your vehicle to look tougher but needs a serious extension, then you have to put on the extended style fenders. These are usually seen on heavy duty-looking vehicles but not as aggressive as the looks you can get from the bolted style.


Automotive Paint Protection Film

It is recommended by manufacturers to entrust the application of the product to certified Vinyl Wrap and Clear Bra professional shops as the installation requires unique skills and techniques to get it to look right and last the life of the film. Many Window Tinting and detail shops also perform the installation.

The primary purpose of Clear Bra is to prevent scuffs, rock chips and other types of vandalism which cause damage to a vehicle’s paint and body. It is commonly applied on the front facing portions of cars, trucks, and SUVs. It may also be used on the full body of a vehicle to provide maximum protection for the vehicle’s factory paint.

Originally developed for use in military applications, it is now commercially available for public use. The automotive industry took note of the benefits offered by the paint protection film and began applying it to race cars to protect the expensive carbon fiber and fiberglass bodies. Originally the film was thicker and tough to install because the thick film was designed to protect helicopter blades from sand erosion.

The film available on the market today is specifically designed to be flexible and conformable to a vehicle’s body. There are many options available in the market with specific types manufactured primarily with the technical capability to offer top level protection and even self-healing capabilities.

Why use Paint Protection Film?

Scratches on brand new or well-maintained vehicles not only destroy the look of your car, truck or SUV, they reduce the resale value. To prevent a car from suffering at the hands of vandalism or road debris, paint protection film is the perfect solution.

Clear Bra has the strength to withstand the hazards on the road such as debris, rocks, sand and cement. It will shield the areas on the vehicle where it is installed and keep the body looking like it did the day you applied the film. Many of the premium films have self-healing properties so the film will heal itself when damaged by scratches and cracks. Another great application is to protect your vehicle from children playing near the car and scratching the paint surface with their toys.

Which Paint Protection Film Brands are the most trusted?

The most reliable brands of paint protection film on the market today are the original Clear Bra, 3M, Suntek, and Xpel. Xpel and 3M are the preferred films used in our shop due to their self-healing properties and industry leading warranties. In addition to full rolls of film, many of these manufacturers offer the DIY enthusiast pre-cut kits that are unique to a vehicle’s make, model and year.

Today there is no shortage of cheaply made films imported from places like China and India and sold on sites like eBay and Amazon. Always be wary of any material that does not come from a reputable manufacturer. Cheap paint protection film will not protect your vehicle, and often the cheap adhesives used in this type of material will damage your factory paint when you attempt to remove it.

How is It Applied?

There are many types of installation for paint protection film. Most installers do not have plotters. Therefore they have no choice but to apply the fill directly from the roll and cut the material to length on your vehicle. Reputable installation shops that have invested in plotters use specially designed software to create a pattern for the shape of the panel on which the film is to be installed and have it plotted or cut with precision. A plotter can also be used to modify the cut pattern to fit custom patterns such as aftermarket body kits and bumpers.

A popular installation technique for the DIY customer is a pre-cut kit. A pre-cut kit can be ordered by your vehicle make, model, and year and comes ready to install out of the box. The downside of a pre-cut kit is if you damage one of the sections of material during installation, you’ll have to purchase an entirely new kit. Pre-Cut Kits are also not available for any custom parts you have on your vehicle such as an aftermarket bumper, body kit, or spoiler.

When you are looking for a Clear Bra installer, it is imperative to select a reputable shop with good reviews. The installation requires cutting near your car, truck or SUV’s paint with razor blades. An impatient or unskilled installer can quickly cause substantial and irreversible damage to your expensive vehicle.

Where can the Film be Applied?

Paint protection film is manufactured to appear practically invisible to the naked eye to maintain the appearance of your vehicle. It can be applied to any area of the car however it is mostly recommended for portions of the car that are susceptible to damage. The most common areas are the side mirrors, front bumper, and hood of your vehicle. Another area that Clear Bra can be used is door edges as they are prone to wear and tear from the constant opening and closing. Protecting door edges offers an excellent shield against chipping and scrapes which often happen in parking lots.

It may also be applied to door handle cups because they get damaged from constant use. The scratches and scrapes can are prevented through the application of an invisible film of Clear Bra on the door handle cups.


Good Tyre Habits

A very good driving habit is to ensure that your vehicle remains roadworthy and that your tyres are in good condition. If you are putting two new tyres on, it’s best to put them on the rear so that you drive to the condition of your tyres. It comes down to research and knowing what you need. Selecting the right tyres for your car and budget is something that can be daunting. There are quite a variety of tyres to choose from.

Toyo Tyres are a popular choice as they cater for almost every need. The passenger car range combines a balance of comfort, safety, environmental performance and mileage. The Toyo 350 is developed for small to medium cars and fits any size you want. It offers a safe economy with newer clean-cut tread appearance. The Toyo 350 has lower noise and a lower rolling resistance than its predecessor. These are ideal if you are looking for top quality tyres for everyday driving, racing or off-roading.

The Toyo 350 is the successor to the Toyo 330. There are a variety of tyres that cater for different needs. Some tyres are suitable for high performance vehicles such as sports cars or for cars that are used for every day travelling from work to home. Toyo Tyres are available in different sizes and buying tyres in pairs can save you a lot of time and money. These tyres range from Toyo 350, H07, H08, Toyo Proxes C1S, R188, T1 Sport, TPT and TSS. All these tyres can be chosen with either a mag wheel or a normal rim to fit your car. Being specific and knowing what you want will make the decision making process much easier.

Choosing the right tyres is important and will depend on your driving habits. Fitting mag wheels with tyres can make your car look attractive which can get you a lot of attention. If you travel much, then it is best to choose a tyre that is made for long distance travelling and that is more reliable. Having the correct tyres fitted on your car will lower the risk of endangering the lives of you and your family.


Subaru Performance

Collision Warning

The Subaru EyeSight® is a highlight of models, such as the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback. This feature goes a long way in preventing crashes and includes a set of features, such as pre-collision warning, braking, and throttle control. Then, there are other technologies to make driving safer, such as warning for lane switching and cruise control that is adaptive. This last feature assists in maintaining a stable speed and ensures that when you are in a long line of cars, you do not accidentally crash into the vehicle ahead. Pre-collision braking is a system that offers an alert in the event of an unusual occurrence on the road, thus minimizing or preventing crash damage.

Smooth Journey

Subaru performance, therefore, is not just about speed or comfort, but it includes advanced safety mechanisms to give you a good time while on the road and ensure an effortless drive.

Comfortable journey in a car includes smooth motion. Most cars can do that on a plain, well-maintained road, but what about the narrow lanes and backwoods roads, that take you down the scenic route but often pose a great challenge for drivers, owing to the bumps and rough spots? The answer lies in the four-wheel suspension in models that feature four-, five-, and six-speed transmission engines. The suspension also includes rear double wishbone, which easily clears rough spots on the road, without jerks. If a smooth journey is your goal, then Subaru high-performance cars with this type of suspension will help you achieve your goals.

Navigation and Communication

Comfort also means communication technologies to help you get to your destination faster and with minimum trouble. No more getting lost in unfamiliar areas. The GPS Navigation includes voice and touch screen, and helps people find the destination on the map in a few seconds. You can also set the destination and be guided to it. Some advanced systems also offer traffic-related information, something that will make your journey smoother and help you plan your route.