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Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: John Welch

Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface test 1-1

Three hours after the conclusion of the NASCAR race last July, Daytona International Speedway went under the knife. The asphalt was cracking, the water drainage insufficient, so The Frances set about repaving and modernizing the track during its elongated off-season. According to veteran of everything on wheels Hurley Haywood, they dun good. Real good.

Having scaled back their operations in the last few months, Brumos Porsche is returning to the GT ranks this year with a familiar red white and blue Porsche GT3. Having lent their typical Daytona Prototype drivers to the ActionExpress team, Brumos leader Hurley Haywood is coming out of retirement to pilot the new Brumos GT3 with Andrew Davis. On the 17th the pair opened up their gleaming Porsche on the high banks of Daytona, along with the Chevrolet/Coyote DP of Spirit of Daytona racing. Hurley is pleased, and the rest of the Grand-Am field is now anxiously awaiting their respective turns on the famed 3.57 mile course.

The AutoShopper Rustang Pt.2: Getting Ready For Five Speeds Of Fury

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:39PM | By: John Welch

The Borg Warner 5 Speed  test 2

The AutoShopper Rustang has seen its fair share of modifications in its illustrious life. None of them could be considered complete, especially not the drivetrain. Currently housing 2.73 gears, the pumpkin needs to have it's guts replaced. The bushings hiding inside of the suspension pieces are as brittle as a sun baked Chrysler dash board. They need to go. The tires are dry rotted and flat spotted. The rims are nicked. The top, surprisingly, is perfect. The motor is in, it may see some changes over the coming months but it is in the car. The transmission, though working just fine, is an automatic. The gawd awful slushbox has to go before any other work is completed.

Thankfully, Fox Body Mustangs are about as complicated as the most complicated set of Duplos. Building up the nuts to dissect the ailing Rustang right there in Steve's driveway only required a small amount of alcohol. That was four years ago. Now we are presented with a slightly used (less then 20,000 miles,) Borg Warner T-5, and it seems like it really wants to become a part of the Rustang. It calls to us from the kitchen floor, in a soft, ghostly voice . .. "heel, toe . . . heeel, tooo000oooe . .. "

We ran into a few snags in our attempts to pull the automatic. Those issues and their fixes are clearly explained, inside the post . . .

The AutoShopper Rustang: Our First Whack At A True CarBlog Money Pit

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 12:43PM | By: John Welch

As you can see, this is a Mustang Friendly household . . . test 2

Ahhh yes, the glory of a project car. Something about resurrecting a forgotten Street Fighter from the ashes of neglect makes my blood boil. And boy, this car appears to have been neglected. First, let's review the hunk of crap we affectionately refer to as "The Rustang."

What we have here is a 1988 Mustang LX Convertible, originally equipped with a Ford 5.0 liter V8, making a stout (for 1988) 225 bhp and 300 lb.Ft. of torque. The Rustang came with a white vinyl interior and C-4 automatic transmission. The car was driven for eleven years without a proper tune up. When we tore down the engine, we found the original spark plugs. They were pristine. Inside the block, the cylinder walls were free of scoring, and were still shiny. Though never getting a tune up, the car had its Castrol oil changed religiously, and it shows.

In the fall of 1999 the original owner of the Rustang was caught in a pile up, resulting in enough front end damage to have the car totaled. Steve Speizer, the owner's son, would have none of it. He acquired the stricken Rustang, and went about replacing every part from the bumper cover to the firewall. The first day Steve owned it, the Rustang received a new k-member, new steering pump, new steering rack, new front bushings, a new (ahem, refurbished) crossmember, a salvaged radiator, all new hoses, and a new distributor complete with new plug wires and plugs. Every piece of front end sheetmetal was replaced the next day, after a morning of junk yard tomfoolery. Basically, we pulled the necessary parts and then spent two hours yanking the badges off of burned out VWs and Bimmers.

GM Offers Buyout To Skilled Trade Workers

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:06PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM Offers Buyout To Skilled Trade Workers test 1-1

The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and General Motors officials announced on December 13th  that the company will be offering a onetime $60,000 payment to entice skilled trade workers into retirement, or to encourage workers to leave the company. The offer is being made to workers presently employed at one of the 13 plants where GM plans to trim its workforce.

The buyout will be on the table until it expires on March 1st, 2011. This announcement comes just days after GM CEO Dan Akerson made it clear that he wants to boost certain key executive salaries to keep them from taking better paying positions with competitors.


Hyundai Has A Great November, Audi Celebrates The Entire Year

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:57AM | By: John Welch

Hyundai Has A Great November, Audi Celebrates The Entire Year test 1-1

. . . The financial reports keep flowing in. In a time when companies aren't hiring, money isn't being passed around, the rich are getting richer while the poor are becoming more poor (sic), how in the hell have we managed to buy 93,507 freaking Audis this year? Eclipsing the old Audi of North America sales record of 93,506, 2010 has been an excellent year for the brand from Ingolstadt. Seriously, Audis are not cheap; how did America manage to purchase so many of them in this, the year of corporate excuse making? Please, upper-crust America, try not to tell me that you can't afford to rehire laid-off workers from your iPhone at the em-effing Audi dealership. I might not have your booze-soaked University of Phoenix business degree, but I'm not stupid. There isn't anything wrong with your two-year-old A6, it isn't our fault you were too ignorant to get the S6 when you had the chance.

A more sensible collection of Americans (the lucky few who got to keep their jobs, albeit with a significant cut in salary and benefits) have made November the best month ever for Hyundai's North American arm. 40,723 transactions, up 45% over Nov. 2009, show that the Koreans are major players in the US market. They should not be taken lightly. With the introduction of the new Elantra and Equus, Hyundai will probably stay strong through the historically weak months of December and January. Who knows, maybe if I were to see more executives driving the Equus I might shelve my daily penchant to drag one of these greedy Birkenstock wearing thieves out of their car and forcefully point their beady eyes at the turn arrow they are ignoring in favor of their phone. You might not have to be anywhere on time, Pig Dog, but I'm late for work. The AutoShopper is way more important than your mobile phone-based bank robbery . . . maybe I should just find a new route in the morning . . .

Automaker's Reputation on Google is Now Made Public

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:56PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Automaker's Reputation on Google is Now Made Public test 1-1

Google’s policies and procedures have a significant impact on commerce-related advertising, so the recent changes pertaining to the way Google lists automotive dealers online is causing auto retailers to adjust their online marketing strategies in order to effectively keep up with competitors. With regard to automotive listings, Google previously inserted a few random reviews from other websites, such as “DealerRater.com,” next to a local automotive dealer listing. 

Now Google reveals to surfers who are searching online for dealerships, the actual number of reviews that a dealership has received, then goes as far as to post the average customer ratings taken from all reviews, right next to the dealership listing. All potential customers can now evaluate previous consumers' experiences before ever visiting the dealership. 

The ratings that now appear next to each dealer’s listing on Google are exhibited as a 1 to 5 star rating.

GM Asks For Increased Salaries For Executives

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM Asks For Increased Salaries For Executives test 1-1

Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, is asking for a bit of leeway regarding restrictions that the government has imposed on the company's executive pay scale. According to Akerson, “We have to be competitive and retain talent. We’re starting to lose them now” Akerson stated that some executives have already accepted other more lucrative employment offers.  When GM accepted government funds, the company automatically relinquished control over many of its corporate decisions, including salary rates.

Ford's German Offices Raided As a Result Of Bribe Allegations

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:10AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford's German Offices Raided As a Result Of Bribe Allegations test 1-1

“We have a warrant to search the premises.” That is a statement no one wants to ever hear. On Monday, that phrase was uttered at the offices of the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany. Police carried out a raid ordered by the Cologne prosecutor, Christina Pohlen. This latest action stems from an investigation launched in September concerning an alleged bribery scheme that is purported to involve several Ford staff members and suppliers.

Ferrari Expands Its Empire With Pit Stop

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Expands Its Empire With Pit Stop test 1-1

Ferrari is like the new Disney. Pretty soon there will be a Ferrari store in every suburban shopping mall in your state. Until then, you'll have to settle for the new Ferrari Pit Stop, based in Nola, Italy. Officially, Ferrari calls this "a new concept embracing the challenges and triumphs of over 60 years, inflaming the passion and the legend of Ferrari, representing a point of reference for the fans." Without all that marketing talk, though, it's basically just a store. A really big store.

BMW 1Series M Coupe Will Be Launched In North America, Expect Limited Supply

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 1:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

 BMW 1Series M Coupe Will Be Launched In North America, Expect Limited Supply  test 1-1

Just when you thought BMW couldn’t get any more performance out of its automobiles, brace yourself for the new BMW 1M Coupe. It’s the most powerful and intense 1-series BMW yet, and it’s not going to be around for long. After its debut at next year's Detroit Auto Show, BMW is going to make a limited supply of the M coupe available in North America. After that, this BMW will join the ranks of the exclusive BMW cars that have become a collector’s dream.

Analysts Predict High Automotive Sales In November

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Ford Explorer test 2

It looks as though November may bring great news for the automotive industry, as well as the economy, as auto sales seem to be shaping up for a strong monthly sales report.

With recent months increased demand for trucks and SUVs, U.S. light vehicle sales are projected to rise to a level that may equal the fastest pace in 2010.  This week, automakers will release November sales numbers, which analysts are estimating to reach an adjusted annual rate equal of 12.2 million units, according to a recent Bloomberg News report. That figure is a close second to October’s gross adjusted annual rate of 12.3 million units.