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New Brakes for Restored Fire Truck

Not every restoration is to original specs. Sometimes you want to upgrade various systems/parts in order to improve the performance of a vehicle.

In the video below, a 1941 American LaFrance Fire Truck gets a new brake system. In this case, presented by Jay Leno’s Garage, an innovative induction brake system requires some major re-arrangement of the vehicle’s innards to install this system. These brakes have a lifespan of 4-5 years, versus the much shorter life span of traditional brakes in commercial vehicles like fire engines.

18 Awesome Facts About Tires

Tires may seem like a boring necessity that you need to keep your car, truck, or motorcycle on the road.  If you delve into automotive history, you’ll find some interesting facts about those rubber wheels.

  1. Early cars used “artillery wheels” that had the tire bolted to the wheel. Have fun changing that flat.
  2. For the first 25 years of the car, all tires were white. Zinc oxide was added to the rubber for strength, but had a side effect of making bright white tires.
  3. By the second decade of the 21st Century, researchers were looking for more ways to increase durability. Carbon black, a waste product of the petroleum industry, added longevity to the tire, but changed the color
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Unusual Vehicle Restorations

Restoring a 1969 Camaro SS, or a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO just makes sense. There is a lot of desirability, and the auction market is there. Anyone finishing a restoration can easily turn a profit. However, not all car restorations are about money. Sometimes they are a labor of love, or simply for the historical value. Those restorations are usually among the weirdest. Here’s three of them.

GM FuturlinerGM Futurliner

Yup, future without the “e.” The Futurliners were part of GM’s “Parade of Progress,” a travelling convoy of interesting and exciting technological advances that science would soon bring. According to the Futurliner fan site, the big buses transported dioramas and exhibits, demonstrating “a microwave that fried an egg without burning a … Read the rest

Street Machine Nationals 2014

The 2014 Car Craft Magazine Street Machine Nationals were held in Du Quoin, IL on June 27th-29th.  The annual event brings together car fans, vendors, and event sponsors. Car owners show off their street machines, hot rods, and street trucks and compete for various honors and awards.

In addition to Judges Awards for “Radical Rod,” “Insane Interior,” “Perfect Paint,” and “Flat Out Cool,” cars compete in races and events like the annual BurnOut Contest.  They also crown a Miss Street Machine Nationals every year. This year’s title went to Ashlyre Page of Knoxville, TN.

If you missed the event, here’s a few videos to help you feel like you were there.

Street Machine Highlights:

Flip Over Truck:

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Pismo Beach Car Show Recap

Halfway between LA and San Francisco, sits the tiny town of Pismo Beach. June 20th through the 22nd, the town of 8,000 people was invaded by roughly 175,000 car nuts. The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show kicked off its 29th year by reminding everyone why it’s the premier car show in California.

pismo beach car showThursday night, before the show officially started, organizers held a gala night kickoff event. Food and drinks from local restaurants provided a great atmosphere for the fund raising event. Proceeds from ticket sales went to The Folds of Honor Foundation, helping military families of fallen troops. Proceeds and donations also went to the local veteran’s hospital, The Pismo Beach K9 Unit, the Make-A-Wish … Read the rest

Watch the Fastest Police Car in the World

Police in Dubai have a new showpiece in their impressive fleet of fast squad cars: A Bugatti Veyron that cost a cool $1.6 million and takes only 2.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Its top speed is 267 mph. It joins other top cars in the “super fleet” that includes Mercedes, Aston Martin, McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini models. The entire fleet is estimated to be worth $6.5 million.

These police vehicles aren’t used to patrol or apprehend criminals. They are used for PR, as a way to connect with the people of Dubai and foreign tourists as well as to garner social media attention.  The cars appear at malls, tourist attractions and special events.

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All About NASCAR Tires

Tire technology has rapidly evolved over the last few decades, and this is especially true in racing. NASCAR tires have changed every bit as much over the years as the Sprint Cup cars. Today, they remain one of the critical pieces that will determine victory or defeat.

NASCAR tiresSince 1997, Goodyear has been the sole provider of tires for all NASCAR race series. The Goodyear Race Eagle is the tire getting the job done, familiar to race fans due to the distinctive thick yellow lettering. Goodyear tests the tires extensively to make sure they can survive 200 miles per hour, for several dozen laps. Running that kind of speed means 3,000 tire revolutions per minute, which can build up a ton … Read the rest

National Tire Safety Week

This week, June 2nd – 8th, is National Tire Safety Week.  Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages motorists to check their tires and educate themselves about tire safety.

The importance of being “TireWise” is more critical than you might think. Over 10,000 tire-related crashes occur in the US every year and nearly 200 people die as a result.  Aside from the “life and death” stakes, Americans add almost 3 billion (yes, billion) miles to their tires each year and proper maintenance can extend the life of tires by 4,700 miles.

NHTSA recommends car owners follow the following steps:

  • buy the proper tires for your vehicle
  • check tire pressure and wear regularly, performing maintenance as needed
  • replace
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