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Iconic “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor Mustang Heading to Auction

Iconic “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor Mustang Heading to Auction

Crossing the block at Mecum’s Austin 2014 auction, December 12th and 13th, will be one of the three famed original Eleanor Mustang hero cars from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”. The unlikely star was specially built for the 2000 remake by Hollywood’s Cinema Vehicle Services. Inside, Eleanor resembles your typical top-of-the-line Mustang, with period accurate ’67 dash, gauges, steering wheel, and enhanced of course with the ‘Go-Baby-Go’ shift knob. Underneath the hood the sweet girl packs enough punch to match her high powered looks. The Mustang fits a burly 351-ci Ford Racing crate motor, complete with a Holley 700 four-barrel carb and backing up to a four speed manual gearbox. A positraction rear end and 17-inch Schmidt wheels help put that power to the ground. Although it’s designated as the seventh of 11 Eleanor Mustangs built for filming, this fine exampl ... read more

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Latest High-Tech Cars May Keep Your Hands Off the Wheel

Latest High-Tech Cars May Keep Your Hands Off the Wheel

These days, it seem that you can’t open a newspaper (if anyone still does that), or read the news without hearing about Google’s latest invention. Now the internet giant is venturing into the car business and trying to improve road safety. The new ground breaking technology being: the driverless automobile. A prototype of Google’s new self-driving car—a two-passenger electric vehicle with buttons to turn the car on and off, but without a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal—was unveiled in May. Without a driver at the wheel, the automobile is instead guided by a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) rotating sensor on the vehicle’s roof that scans the car’s surroundings to determine its driving route, as well as to identify such everyday obstacles as pedestrians, bicyclists and other cars. Although they don’t expect any of these automated vehicles on the road until 2030, this will vastly improve the amount of collisions on the road

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Get a Better Grip About Driving on Wet Roads

Get a Better Grip About Driving on Wet Roads

Your eyes can thank the abundant rainfall for all of the lush greenery popping up everywhere this season. And as your personal experience has probably taught you, the wetter roads also make driving potentially hazardous. Russell Shepherd, a mechanical engineer for Michelin North America and self-proclaimed “tire nerd,” had earned his informal title with his 15 years of driving in almost every type of weather conceivable. His most concerning? Driving in the rain. “Most people don’t realize how much wet roads affect their driving,” says Shepherd. “When roads become wet, it takes longer to stop and more time to react, making it more important than normal to pay attention to your car and other drivers.” For the average driver, Shepherd suggests getting to the bottom of things first—starting with the tires. Here are some tips to help: Check the tires regularly for tread wear and pressure. Different seasons and temperatures will affect ... read more

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Holiday Tips for Buying a Car As a Gift

Holiday Tips for Buying a Car As a Gift

A new set of wheels will put a smile on anyone’s face. Here’s some advice for giving a car as a winter holiday present–big bow included. We’ve all seen the commercial: the husband gives his wife a set of keys and walks her out to a snowy driveway where a shiny new car is parked with a big red ribbon tied around it. She smiles at her man, a tear in her eye, gives him a kiss and their black lab wags his tail. This is not just a fantasy: late December is a great time to spoil a loved-one with a new set of wheels, but it’s a big purchase. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a car as a Christmas present. Put some thought into it If you already know what your recipient would like, that makes life easy. If not, think about his or her needs: does a crossover make more sense because it’s a family car? Or maybe your recipient drives a lot and would appreciate a hybrid. Maybe it’s a teenager’s first car and a used vehicle (as opposed to new) is ... read more

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Protect Your Car From Harsh Weather

Protect Your Car From Harsh Weather

It’s a perfect time to start thinking about protecting your vehicle from the harsh weather and conditions ahead. Using a car cover can protect your cars finish from destructive elements like moisture, which can seep into tiny cracks and dings and work against your paint from the inside out. The process of corrosion begins any time your car is subjected to very moist conditions. Eventually, moisture can separate the paint from the metal and cause the metal to oxidize. Come winter, salt from road maintenance crews will accelerate corrosion by slowing down drying times and causing a chemical reaction with the metal body of your car. If you live where there’s a lot of snow, you know what a hassle it is to clear away frost, ice and snow from your car before driving away. Using a car cover when your vehicle is parked outside lets you avoid that time-consuming de-icing routine—not to mention the danger of driving with a frost-covered windshield. If you ... read more

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Choosing the Right Auto Shop For You

Choosing the Right Auto Shop For You

An auto repair shop is designed to offer solutions for vehicles that require maintenance and repair. However, the question is how to select the right auto repair shop for you and your vehicle? Auto repair shops, also known as auto repair garages, can range in size and service. Some are operated by sole proprietors with a few essential tools. Other garages hire large teams of experienced technicians with the latest tools and equipment to repair all levels of technical issues. Still, others may offer specialized services that promise to restore your vehicle to factory specifications. With such a wide variety of auto repair shops serving your area, it may be difficult to choose the best one to repair your vehicle. That is why we offer these helpful tips to follow when choosing an auto repair shop. Tip #1, Ask The Right Questions: When visiting an auto repair shop, it is essential to ask questions that are specific to your vehicle. To make certain you don’t fo ... read more

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New Toy For Kids That Teaches Car Repair

New Toy For Kids That Teaches Car Repair

Kids these days are hard to shop for. You want to give them something they will use but also something that they can learn from. Lucky for you and them there is a new toy out there meant to get them eager to learn to earn a spot alongside dad in the garage! Hammacher Schlemmer specializes in unique and unusual toys. Their latest endeavor is The Car Lover’s Engine Repair Set. It is modeled after the front half of a car and allows for your aspiring mechanics to change the oil and tinker with the engine. The toy comes with removable components such as wing nuts, spark plugs, and removable cowling. Once a repair job is complete, kids can even get behind the wheel to turn the ignition key and hear how the engine sounds when it starts. The car has a working horn and headlights, and the set comes with a screwdriver, wrench, and other tools sized to fi ... read more

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How long can I drive with a windshield crack?

How long can I drive with a windshield crack? The best choice is to fix it right away. Even a small rock chip in your auto glass can start to grow as you keep on driving. Worse, if debris, heavy rain or anything else hits a crack in your windshield, it could break wide open. This is a very scary situation for any driver. Consider the following: How severe is the crack in your windshield? A minor chip is not a major risk. You could probably drive for hundreds of miles with no problems. However, a large crack like a spider web must be fixed right away. Where is the crack in your windshield? If the crack obstructs the view from the driver’s seat, you should not drive until it is fixed. Mobile windshield crack repair professionals exist specifically for this reason. Just call them up to get your windshield as good as new within a few hours! What about the cost of windshield crack repair? This is why a lot of drivers will ignore cracks at first. Howe ... read more

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Does My Car Battery need Maintenance?

Does My Car Battery need Maintenance?

We’re all aware that just simply running your vehicle on a daily basis keeps your battery fully charged, and ready to go. Most batteries don’t need much maintenance as long as the battery is working properly. They now offer maintenance free batteries that come with a sealed top. Because of this top it is now impossible to check the water level inside the battery and if you try to remove the top you can damage your battery. Batteries with caps are considered maintenance-accessible, and can have the water level modified if needed. If you have a maintenance-accessible battery be sure to use only clean distilled water. Never add ordinary tap water since this contains salts and minerals and can contaminate your battery. Never add acid to a battery for this can be extremely dangerous and damage the batteries. Your battery posts should be checked regularly and should be cleaned if corrosion occurs. Check for frayed wires so you can replace the ... read more

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6 Car Care Tips

6 Car Care Tips

We all know someone with an old, high-mileage vehicle that just keeps on running year after year—that crazy uncle in the high mileage ride that keeps going strong. What is his secret? The secret is that there is no real secret to getting a vehicle to last a long time. The difference is maintenance. Here are six car care tips that will help extend the life of your car. Keep an eye on your oil. Be sure to have the oil changed on a regular basis. No step will help your engine last longer than regular oil and filter changes. Conversely, nothing will destroy your engine faster than neglect in this area. Once a year remember to have your cooling system flushed and changed. It will help keep your cooling system in shape. Transmission and other oils may not need as much attention however it is important to follow the service intervals for these liquids. Keep it clean. This seems pretty obvious but most anything the car ran over can get ... read more

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