Just a quick note to say thank you for your incredible service.
I’m in the UK and ordered 3 belts
on Monday afternoon (GMT 9th June 2008). The order was processed quickly, I
was kept informed at
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delivered this morning (Wednesday 11th June 2008).
I’m absolutely astounded by how good an experience
it can be buying from you, my local UK dealer wanted a week to get one in
stock and was twice
the price. I will definitely buy from you next time I need and will recommend
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Tree Town Festival's 4th Annual Classic
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Spud City "Rama Lama Auto Rama"
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Gear Grinders Hot Rod Association 12th
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Hot Rod Power Tour
We were lucky that
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RockAuto's hometown. Cars from the 1930's to 2008 filled the lots
at the Alliant
Energy Center. Whenever we said, “I haven’t
seen a … yet”,
a short time later there that car would be. The cars were from
all over the US and Canada and many had been with the tour since
it began in Little Rock, AR. Great weather, car lover camaraderie,
and the melody of powerful motors revving on the Dynomax dynamometer
helped make the Madison show an unforgettable experience.
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
About twenty years
ago I had a 3-speed 340 Plymouth Duster and lost 1st and 3rd
gear. So I drove it into my garage, putting the front wheels
up on ramps and then jacking up the back end and slipped jack
stands in. I pulled the transmission out, replaced a broken shifting
fork, and put it all back together. During the course of the
reinstall of the driveshaft, I had to turn the differential yoke
to get everything to line up. Naturally, to be able to do this
I released the parking brake so that I could turn the yoke. So
far so good, right?
I jacked the back end up to remove the jack
stands. Then I lowered the jack and was 'surprised' to find that
the car obeyed the
laws of gravity and rolled backwards off the front ramps. No
problem right, just back away quickly and all will be well. Nope,
because naturally the pickup truck I was temporarily driving
during the course of this repair was parked in the driveway right
behind my Duster. I came to a sudden stop, unlike the car, which
continued on until making contact with the front bumper of the
pickup truck. My knees were turned sideways in-between both bumpers.
Fortunately, the rear bumper of the Duster had those bumper guards
that extend out a few inches and are topped off with rubber pads.
Those bumper guards also gave just enough bounce for the car
to move forward a few inches, allowing me to fall out of the
way. Needless to say, my knees were extremely sore
for a few weeks.
Some time later, I did measure those bumper
guards that saved
my knees from being crushed, they extended out three inches.
I then measured across my knees, they were four inches. Now
where did that extra inch go?
Rich in Massachusetts
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Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers
and even some four door, rear wheel drive sedans have over 300
hp under the hood. Government regulations loom that will likely
make such new cars impossible in just a few short years. Is it
late 1969? Yes, but it might also describe 2009.
The 307 V8 in the 1973 Camaro packed only
115 hp. Many car nuts wake up every day wishing they could
roll back the clock
and put their lifetime earnings into buying nearly every car
model produced in 1969. A new Camaro convertible cost less
than $3000 back then!
So I am wondering if I should rush out and buy up 2009 cars
with 300 hp. Will a 2015 Camaro have less than 100 hp or Flintstone
style leg holes?
Yes, new 300 hp cars cost around $30000.
The median, US family income in 1969 was $9433 so families
back then could have purchased
three cars and maybe had a little money left over for necessities
like income taxes. Today’s $50000 median income would
not even buy two new 300 hp cars.
Maybe the best advice is to wait a few years
and hope those 2009's become good used car deals. It is a little
risky to wait,
but remember the used car opportunities during that 1980 gas
price bubble when some people rushed to trade in their 1969
Chevelles on new Chevettes. There is also a chance that new
exotic technology will someday make possible 300 hp cars capable
of meeting government regulations. 2009 Camaros might be traded
in on new 300 hp electric Camaros.
I have not forgotten about global warming and the cost of
gas. Cylinder deactivation, 6 speed transmissions, and other
tricks let some new 300 hp cars get relatively good mileage.
Every energy usage choice has trade offs. Are you going to
burn cooking oil in your diesel Mercedes? Every gallon of cooking
oil will cook at least five pounds of french fries. So what
poor slob is going to eat five pounds of french fries for every
20 miles you drive? If every commute to work requires eating
five pounds of fries then we will soon need 300 hp just to
handle passenger weight.
Will gas mileage really matter at all
in 40 years? If gas continues to increase at the current
rate of 50% a year then
in forty years today’s $4 gallon of gas will cost more
than $44 million! A 2009, Pontiac G8 might be able to go 25
miles for $44 million and a 2009 Prius hybrid might be able
to travel 50 miles for $44 million. I am guessing both cars
will not leave the garage very often.
|Rick's 1959 Porsche 356 Convertible
This is my
1959 Porsche 356 Convertible "D".
The "D" stands for Drauz, the coachbuilder that manufactured
this particular car for Porsche. If you know early Porsches,
there are A's, B's and C's. This car is an A with the same body
as the famous Speedster. However, the Speedster is the stripped
down version, lighter weight, faster performance, etc. This car
is called the Convertible and had more finishing touches: taller
windshield, crank side windows and some slightly different trim.
Our car has some non-stock items too: Notice
the factory rollbar. Hard to find. Other additions and
safety upgrades include a 12 volt conversion, disc brakes,
an extra oil cooler, and
radials. It also has Speedster
seats and a wooden and aluminum Nardi steering wheel.
Aluminum Fuchs Alloy wheels, from a slightly later (mid 60's)
911, are the tip of the stealth hot rod that
The original engine was 1600cc and
made about 50hp. This car has a 3.0 liter 911S engine and 5-speed
over 250 hp and weighing in at about 1800 lbs. It is fast
and a ton of fun to drive. Quite a crowd pleaser at the car shows
There is a badge on the rear that a jeweler friend of mine made
which says "3000 Super".
The original badge is "1600 Super", this is my inside
joke to those who know these cars.
Lots of parts from RockAuto on this car.
Rick in Illinois
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