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I work for a parts store and purchase at least half of my parts from RockAuto.

Bruce in Michigan

 

Carlisle Events
RockAuto is the Official Auto Parts Store of Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events

2011 Schedule of Events:

Spring Carlisle & Auction
April 27-May 1

Carlisle Performance & Style
May 14-15

Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals
May 20-22

Carlisle Ford Nationals
June 3-5

Carlisle GM Nationals
June 24-26

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals
July 8-10

Carlisle Bike Fest
July 22-24

Carlisle Truck Nationals
August 5-7

Corvettes at Carlisle
August 26-28

Fall Carlisle & Auction
Sept. 28-Oct. 2

 

Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here, email us with details.

2nd annual "Cruisin for St Jude"
4/9/2011
Valley Stream, NY
e-mail

Olsen's Events-70's Swap Meet & Greet
4/9/2011
Tampa, FL
e-mail

2nd Annual Aggregates USA Car & Bike Show
4/9/2011
Macon, GA
e-mail

1st Annual Car Show & Chili Cookoff
4/9/2011
Anaheim, CA
e-mail

East Coast Car Association Events
4/10/2011
New York, NY
website

5th Annual Ace Home Center Spring Fling Car Show
4/16/2011
Lusby, MD
website

Bash on the Bayou
4/23/2011
Gonzales, LA
e-mail

7th Annual April SpringFest Car Show & Party
4/23/2011
El Dorado, CA
e-mail

Classic Truckers & Cruisers 4/23/2011
Lavaca, AR
e-mail

Yesterdays 8th Annual Retro Blast
4/23/2011
Bridgeport, TX
e-mail

11th Annual Jeffco Expo
4/23/2011
Port Townsend, WA
website

Show Your Ride
4/23/2011
Charlottesville, VA
e-mail

Fourche River Days Festival Car Show
4/23/2011
Houston, AR
e-mail

FJ Northeasters 4th Annual Northeast Run-Rausch Creek
4/24/2011
Woodbury, CT
website

Wheels on the Drive Car Show
4/28/2011
Winter Garden, FL
e-mail

8th Annual Shakers & Scrapers Car Show
4/30/2011
Corsicana, TX
e-mail

2nd Annual Benefit Car Show
4/30/2011
Waco, TX
website

Cameron Dewberry Festival Classic Car Show
4/30/2011
Cameron, TX
e-mail

First Annual Spanish Fort Spring Showcase
4/30/2011
Spanish Fort, AL
website

San Marcos CFPO Car Show, Swap Meet, & Cook-Off
4/30/2011
San Antonio, TX
e-mail

Facel Vega Car Club
4/30/2011
Colchester, UK
e-mail

MG Car Club Events
4/30/2011
Carluke, UK
website

US Car Old-Und Yountimer Treffen
4/30/2011
Helibronn, Germany
e-mail

The Bombshells 13th Annual Booze Broads Hotrods
4/30/2011
San Jose, CA
e-mail

28th Annual Spring Show-n-Shine Cruise In
4/30/2011
Sequim, WA
website

Norfolk Mafia
4/30/2011
Norwich, Norfolk UK
e-mail

ECRTcc 6th Annual Car Show
4/30/2011
Easton, PA
website

The 6th Annual Central Virginia April Car Show
4/30/2011
Midlothian, VA
e-mail

Hartford Technical High School Lacross Team-First Annual Car Show
4/30/2011
Abingdon, MD
e-mail

Cruise the Ave So They Shall Walk
5/1/2011
Seattle, WA
website

NJ Region AACA Car Show
5/1/2011
West Milford, NJ
e-mail

28th Annual Car Show
5/1/2011
Lehighton, PA
e-mail

Cruise'n Night at the Falcons 2011
5/4/2011
Midland, MI
e-mail

42nd Annual Red Deer Swap Meet
5/6/2011
Olds, AB Canada
e-mail

Bristol Volkfest & Events
5/6/2011
Bristol, Avon UK
e-mail

Hannibal Missouri Loafers Annual Car Show
5/7/2011
Hannibal, MO
e-mail

30th Annual Show & Shine Mustang Show
5/7/2011
Antioch, CA
website

30th Annual Studebaker Drivers Club Michiana Meet
5/7/2011
South Bend, IN
e-mail

Fun in the Park Car Show
5/7/2011
Goldthwaite, TX
website

3rd Annual Auto, Truck & Bike Show
5/7/2011
Savannah, GA
e-mail

2nd Annual Car Show to Benefit "Project Lifesaver"
5/7/2011
Williamsburg, VA
e-mail

Calvary Baptist Church Car, Bike & Truck Show
5/7/2011
Stauton, VA
e-mail

Nashville Peach Bloosom Festival & Car Show
5/7/2011
Nashville, AR
e-mail

Wheeling at the Highlands
5/7/2011
Bel Air, MD
e-mail

Rollin Relics Car & Motorcycle Show
5/7/2011
Porterville, CA
e-mail

Matthew Miller All Corvette Show
5/7/2011
Winchester, VA
website

Hillside Ministries-Food Bank Show
5/7/2011
Copperas Cove, TX
e-mail

Kielder Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show
5/8/2011
Hexham, UK
website

Liberty Classic Car Club Cruise Night
5/10/2011
Bayonne,NJ
e-mail

Erie Car Club-2011 Events
5/11/2011
Erie, IL
website

BCHD 4th Annual Classic Car Show
5/11/2011
Warsaw, MO
e-mail

Mayfest Car & Truck Show
5/13/2011
Guin, AL
e-mail

5th Annual Car Show
5/14/2011
Fayetteville, AR
e-mail

Cruisin' Under the Stars Car Show
5/14/2011
Avondale,AZ
e-mail

2nd Annual Angels on Wheels Car Show
5/14/2011
Ephrata, PA
e-mail

Inaugural LCHS Classic Car Show
5/14/2011
Wilkes-Barre, PA
e-mail

2011 Adairville Car & Tractor Show
5/14/2011
Adairville, KY
e-mail

Cruising for a Cure Car Show
5/14/2011
Pennsburg, PA
e-mail

Triple C Car Show
5/14/2011
Hewitt, TX
website

Celebration City Region Annual Car Show
5/14/2011
Shelbyville, TN
e-mail

3rd Annual Chocolate Fest Car & Tractor Show
5/14/2011
Hortonville, WI
website

MacDonald's Cruise In
5/14/2011
West Portsmouth, OH
e-mail

First Capital Chapter AACA Antique Auto Show
5/14/2011
New Bern, NC
e-mail

Timeless Cruizers 11th Annual Show
5/14/2011
Mebane, NC
e-mail

Upper Saddle River 2011 Antique Car Show & Flea Market
5/14/2011
Dumont, NJ
e-mail

Saline Summer Auto Show-3rd Annual
5/14/2011
Bryant, AR
e-mail

Crossville Cruz-N
5/15/2011
Crossville, TN
website

Street Freaks Car Club-Annual Show
5/15/2011
Saginaw, MI
e-mail

Grazin with the Goats 14th Annual Open Car Show
5/15/2011
La Porte, TX
e-mail

Cozzi Corner Tuesday Cruise Nights
5/15/2011
Downers Grove, IL
e-mail

Austin Police Retired Officers Association Car Show
5/15/2011
Pflugerville, TX
e-mail

2nd Annual Relay for Life Benefit Show
5/15/2011
Bradley, IL
e-mail

Broadneck Car Show
5/16/2011
Annapolis, MD
e-mail

12th Annual Spring Zing
5/19/2011
Brunswick, OH
e-mail

39th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Rod Run
5/20/2011
Chesapeake, VA
e-mail

2011 Bug Blitz Bus Blast Riverstock
5/20/2011
Kansas City, MO
e-mail

Central New York PT Cruisers Owners Club-2011 Chrysler Spring Cruise
5/20/2011
Syracuse, NY
website

Ultimate Motor Head Show
5/20/2011
Catawissa, PA
e-mail

Opel Nationals Meet & Carlisle Import/Kit Car Show
5/20/2011
Camp Hill, PA
website

Cruise For a Knight
5/21/2011
York, PA
e-mail

Boonslick People First Sister Supportive Living
5/21/2011
Boonville, MO
e-mail

Steve Mullins Benefit Car & Bike Show
5/21/2011
Independence, MO
e-mail

Hill County Street Rods Show N Go
5/21/2011
Austin, TX
e-mail

4th Annual Franklin County Boy's & Girl's Club Car & Truck Show
5/21/2011
Franklinton, NC
e-mail

McDowell Mission Ministries 3rd Annual Car Show
5/21/2011
Marion, NC
website

Piggott Heritage Park Car Show
5/21/2011
Piggott, AR
e-mail

Groesbeck Lions Club Car Show
5/21/2011
Mexia, TX
e-mail

Cruise in at the Convo
5/21/2011
Athens, OH
e-mail

Blount County Open Car & Truck Show
5/21/2011
Vonore, TN
e-mail

Charity Car Shown-All Makes Models
5/21/2011
Graham, NC
e-mail

KlasAct Corvette All Spring All Vehicle Car Show
5/21/2011
Florissant, MO
website

3rd Annual North Union Band Booster Car Show
5/21/2011
Marysville, OH
e-mail

Crawdad Days Car Show
5/21/2011
Harrison, AR
e-mail

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum-Antique & Classic Car Show
5/21/2011
Norwalk, CT
website

Rolling Rods Classic Car Club Events
5/21/2011
Glasgow, KY
e-mail

Sentimental Cruisers Car Club-5th Annual Car & Truck Show Benefit
5/21/2011
Forked River, NJ
e-mail

Auto-Fest 2K11
5/21/2011
Dundalk, MD
website

Tiger 100 Bike Rally & Car Show
5/21/2011
Broken Arrow, OK
e-mail



Monroe OESpectrum Shocks & Struts Now Available at RockAuto

Monroe OESpectrum Shocks & Struts

Is it time to replace the struts on your 2000 Volkswagen Jetta? Maybe you need new struts on your 2003 Jaguar X-Type or shocks for your 2007 Nissan Versa? If you are planning a shock or strut replacement you’re in luck. RockAuto is now carrying Monroe OESpectrum struts.

The Monroe OESpectrum struts are engineered specifically for foreign nameplate vehicles and feature the latest global original equipment valving technologies:

  • Twin Technology - Impact Control Valve (ICV), which delivers exceptional control under virtually all driving conditions, and a patented Low Speed Tunability (LST) piston design that isolates impact-related noise, vibration and harshness.
  • All Weather Fluid - Contains special modifiers to reduce friction and ensure smooth rod reaction.
  • Rod Displaced Valving - Tuned specifically for each application, this valving automatically adjusts to road extremes to provide consistency and ride comfort.
  • Fluon Banded Piston - The fluon band provides consistent sealing between the piston and pressure tube which delivers better control and increased durability.
  • Hardened & Chromed Plated Piston Rod - Long service life.
  • Nitrogen Gas Charged - For improved ride and handling, helps maintain tire to road contact by reducing aeration.
  • Unique Rod Guide & Single Lip Seal - Bronze reinforced rod guide bearing and special seal provides longer service life and consistent performance.

Don’t delay in ordering. On top of RockAuto’s already low prices there is currently a “Buy 3, Get the 4th FREE!” rebate.

 

 

Let RockAuto Help

Car Show 

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event? If so, RockAuto would like to talk to you about helping with your show! From goody bag stuffers to gift certificates...we can help. We can even publicize your event in our newsletter. Please contact the RockAuto Marketing Department with information about your show.

 

 

Forum of the Month

The Forward Look Network 

The Forward Look Network is a worldwide family of over 4,500 owners & fans of Chrysler Corporation’s 1955-1961 vehicles. These vehicles embodied The Forward Look of Motion, Chrysler’s corporate motto of the era. The trend-setting designs created by renowned automotive stylist Virgil Exner rocked the stodgy automotive world of the early 1950’s, sending Ford and GM into a frenzy to try and catch up. Engineering innovations such as torsion bar suspensions, the Hemi, Poly, and Wedge engines, pushbutton transmissions, and unibody construction rocketed the Forward Look vehicles years ahead of the competition. The original muscle car, the Chrysler 300, led Chrysler Corp’s lineup of performance cars – including the Plymouth Fury, Dodge D500, and DeSoto Adventurer – into the winner’s circle.

Our “no fees, no officers, no headaches” club features an email list, web forums, and worldwide regional groups, along with an archive of over 700,000 pages of relevant information. If you are interested in these cars as well, we would love to meet you!

 

If you are the administrator or member of a forum and you would like to see your website featured in an upcoming newsletter and receive a discount code to share with your members, contact cynthia@rockauto.com.

 

 

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

Just a few years back, my wife and I were planning to drive to Florida from northern Ohio for a much needed vacation. The night before we were to leave, I thought I would check out our 2003 Nissan Altima before making the 18 hour trip. I pulled the car into the garage and set the parking brake. I then changed the oil, rotated the tires, and replaced the front brake pads. I tried to perform all three tasks simultaneously to decrease my time spent in the cold. I had everything done when I was called into the house for dinner. I came back out to the garage to admire my completed task and decided to start the car and check the oil one more time. I started it up and then shut it down and checked the oil. It was good. I got back into the car to pull it out of the garage. I pressed the brake to release the gearshift, released the parking brake and as soon I had hit reverse the car took off through the garage door which was still going up.

I had failed to pump the brakes before putting the car in gear and there was not enough pressure built back up in the brake system to hold the car back. Needless to say I had to make a quick run to the lumber yard to buy a new garage door to replace the one I had just put up two months earlier and was now bent into a U-shape. I also had to put it up the same night to make sure no one got into the garage while I was gone. The worst part was I had to call my brother over to give me a hand with the garage door and I had to explain the whole thing to him. He got a good laugh at my expense. We did get to leave the next morning with a few scratches on the car and a huge dent in my ego.

Jeremy in Ohio

 

Tell us about your most infamous auto repair blunder or unconventional fix. Use your woe to help others avoid similar mistakes or share off-the-wall solutions that worked (at least for awhile!). Please email your story to flamur@rockauto.com. Include your mailing address and shirt size (large or extra large) and we will mail you a RockAuto "Do it yourself?" t-shirt if we publish your story (see the t-shirts under Extras in the catalog). The story will be credited using only your first name and your vague geographic location (state, province, country, continent, etc.) so you can remain semi-anonymous!

 

 

Automotive Trivia

Automotive Trivia

What was the original meaning of the Audi logo, four interlocking rings?

Current Audi Logo

A. The rings symbolized the merger of four German motor vehicle brands (Audi, DKW, Horch, Wanderer) to form car manufacturer, Auto Union, in the early 1930s.
B. The interlocking rings were the idea of Audi board member, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, in 1912. They represent "design, function, durability, and efficiency".
C. Until 1931 the rings were slightly ovoid and represented chain, the primary product of Audi (originally Audi Kette AG) until the advent of the automobile.

Answer below

 

 

Refrigerant Changes Lead to Higher AC Repair Costs

RockAuto

Owners of 1994 and newer cars, this is the time to fix your air conditioner. Not just because warm summer days are coming (hurray!) and RockAuto has AC compressors, condensers, evaporators, and other AC parts that we are eager to sell. Fix your AC because you will soon officially be joining the owners of 1993 and older cars in having environmentally unfriendly and expensive refrigerant under your hoods.

In 1994, R-12 (branded as Freon) refrigerant was replaced with R-134a in new vehicle AC systems. R-12 had contributed to holes in the earth’s ozone layer. Production of new R-12 was banned in the United States and most other countries. The price of recycled R-12 skyrocketed. R-12 smuggling became as lucrative as drug smuggling. The last time I had an AC system charged, the R-12 cost $60 a pound.

Now R-134a is on the chopping block because it has a “global warming potential” (GWP) of 1400. Carbon dioxide is the baseline with a GWP of 1. This means R-134a is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming 1400 times as much as an equal amount of CO2.

Regulations now specify that refrigerants have a GWP of less than 150. New vehicles in Europe are required to have low GWP refrigerant starting this year. In the US, low GWP refrigerant will be phased in from 2013 to 2016 depending on the vehicle manufacturer.

The preferred new refrigerant is something called R-1234yf. It has a GWP of only 4. It requires special lubricating oils and handling equipment. It is also slightly flammable. AC fittings will be changed to help prevent the mixing of R-1234yf with R-134a.

This time around the production of the old refrigerant, R-134a, will not be banned. But R-134a will be federally taxed so its price is forced up from about $10 a pound to about $40 a pound, the expected price of R-1234yf. The tax is intended to further discourage people from attempting to use R-134a in one of the upcoming new cars designed to use R-1234yf.

This means refrigerant for the typical two pound R-134a AC charge will cost $80 instead of $20. That lost $60 might buy an AC O-ring set, an AC receiver drier or help pay for labor or other needed air conditioning parts. If your AC system needs work or frequent recharging, you will likely save some money by fixing it sooner rather than later.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Stan's 1978 Ford Thunderbird
Stan's 1978 Ford Thunderbird

This is my 1978 Ford Thunderbird. I am the original owner of this vehicle and put the 166,486 miles on it. It has a storied life going to college with my son and countless interstate trips to many places in the US. It has only put me afoot two times in the 33 years I have owned the car. Once when the kids filled the gas tank with dirt and the other time when the timing gear failed. It is used now for show and fun runs with the local Thunderbird club.

Over the last eight years, the car has won several first place trophies in its class at juried car shows. It is in original condition and I have used RockAuto for many hard to find parts such as the valves for the vacuum system and the EGR system.

Sincerely,
Stan in Texas

 

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Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

What was the original meaning of the Audi logo, four interlocking rings? 

Answer A. The rings symbolized the merger of four German motor vehicle brands (Audi, DKW, Horch, Wanderer) to form car manufacturer, Auto Union, in the early 1930s.

Auto Union Logo   Old Audi Logo

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