eBay Now Has “My Vehicles”

Ebay just recently came out with a new feature that is still quite beta, but looks pretty good. It is called “My Vehicles”, and I feel like it is a big step in the right direction.  It allows users to save specific vehicles to their user name, which is great for people like myself that search for parts for the same car every time.

Since it is a beta version, eBay is trying to get users to test it out for them.  If you fill out a survey, you are entered into a contest where you have a chance to win a free trip to the SEMA show, and then dropped off in the “my vehicles” area.  Good stuff!  You can enter the contest a bunch of times, which of course I did because I like free stuff as much as anybody.  Here is the link to get you there.

http://vote.ebaymotors.com/

If you are feeling super lazy or if you are way too cool to enter a contest, you can go straight to the “my vehicles” area by clicking the next link below. 😉

http://garage.motors.ebay.com/myvehicles

Check it out and let me know what you think.

I personally think it would be pretty rad if a user could save a picture of their own car up there, and maybe have saved searches as well.  I’m sure cooler stuff is on the way. 1 step at a time!

Clean wiring makes a happy car.

 

Absolutely Awesome Wiring.

Recently I went to a fantastic car show and spotted a VW Beetle with an absolutely beautiful wiring harness.  I know, I know.  It sounds completely crazy to call a wiring harness beautiful, but it was!  It was the kind of wiring job that makes everybody else in the world look like hacks.  Wiring a car like this takes a crazy amount of planning. It isn’t as easy as splicing a few wires to the fuse box to hook up your mad phat beats.   Something of this caliber is done with serious skills.  Much like TIG welding, what you see here is automotive art.  Sit back and take it all in.

Got an Awesome Wiring Picture or Story?  Post it up!

We’re All In The Same Club!

At The 1AAuto Car Show!

Ok ladies and gents, this topic has been on my mind for a while now and today I’m going to let it out as eloquently as possible.  The bottom line is:  There is some kind of unnecessary harsh feelings between the older generations and the younger generations in the automotive world.  It doesn’t seem to be one sided, and I’m beginning to think that it is the fear of the unknown.  Why should a young guy like a 1954 Chevy? and What is so great about being hella-flush? The answers aren’t important, but how you go about learning them is.

Appreciation

First and foremost, I believe that a car enthusiast should be a car enthusiast.  If it has wheels and an engine, a true car enthusiast should be able to appreciate it on some level.  When a person has poured their heart and soul into their car, a true enthusiast should be able to look at it and say “wow, I may not personally like the x, y, and z, but I can most definitely appreciate the amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into this car”.  Unfortunately that is not reality.  More often than I want to admit, people consider certain cars to be “junk” purely based on the year or the make of the vehicle.   This is the root of the problem in my opinion.

Foreign vs. American Cars

People often base their approval of a vehicle solely on whether it is American or Foreign.  In 2010, American car companies assemble their cars from parts made all over the world, and foreign car makers do the same thing.  Some “foreign” cars are built in America and some “American” cars are built in foreign countries.  In fact, Honda just announced that they built more cars in America last quarter (April-June 2010) than it did in Japan!  The obvious question then arises: If an American car is built in Japan, does that make it an American car or foreign?  Is it right to like the car more or less based on the location where was assembled?  Basing your automotive choices on a vehicle’s features, looks, and options seems far more logical to me.  Am I wrong?  Just imagine for a moment that you are a proud owner of the new Ford Fiesta, and a guy that drives a big-rig truck pulls up next to you and starts informing you of how worthless your Fiesta is because it can’t even haul a 50 foot trailer full of goods.  That would be ridiculous right?  Just because the Fiesta doesn’t haul a trailer full of goods doesn’t mean it is an inferior car, it just means that it does not fit that truck driver’s needs.   Each driver has different needs and each vehicle has a different purpose.  In my mind, you don’t have to like all cars that exist, but you shouldn’t go out of your way to hate a car because it doesn’t suit your specific needs.  This brings me to my next point ….

Car Shows & Cruise Nights

Who is welcome at these events?  Are they intended for “classic cars”?  What is a classic anyway?   The Classic Car Club of America defines a classic car as a vehicle that is 20 to 45 years old. Over 45 years old falls into the Antique category. Ok cool, so I’ll bring a stock 1987 VW Rabbit and my friend will arrive in a 1989 Mitsubishi pickup.  No? They aren’t classic’s? Why not? This is a common issue in the small town automotive world.  How about “newer” cars?  Should a new Ford GT be allowed at a car show or cruise night?  I think so. It’s appreciated by fellow enthusiasts, just like a VW R32, or a 2010 Camaro.  Just because a car isn’t of your particular interest doesn’t mean that it should not be welcomed at a car show / cruise night.  People like different cars for different reasons, and you don’t have to like every car you see.  Just walk by it, it’s that easy!  Do you get offended when a different model car parks next to you at a mall?  Why would an automotive event be any different?  As long as the owner of the vehicle is respectful to you and your car, all should be well in my mind.

Young vs. ……well….”Old..errr”

People drive what they can afford.  If I had unlimited funds, I would have way cooler cars, and I would suspect that you would too if you have made it this far down the page.  A struggling college kid just isn’t able to drop the $10K+ on the muscle car of their dreams, so they drive what they can afford.  Typically that is a newer car that needs some work, but it’s also something that they can drive daily as they learn to spin wrenches.  It doesn’t mean that they don’t dream of big blocks, flat head V8’s, and tunnel rams all night though.  On the other hand, they may have never had the opportunity to pedal a big V8 to regain traction, cruise with a silky smooth straight 6, or hear the amazing popcorn sound from a high compression small block running on race gas.  It isn’t “the norm”, so how can they be faulted for it?

The older generations are typically a bit more established in life, with a little more money, experience, and time to work with.  Thus, they are finally able to have the dream cars of their youth.  Maybe that dream car is a brand new Corvette, or maybe it’s a late 1940’s lead sled. Either way they often go back to the epitome of “cool” when they were younger and follow it all the way to the driver’s seat.  Should the younger generations dislike them for having more expensive cars? Of course not!  That is just as crazy as disliking the younger generations for not having expensive cars.

We’re all in the same club!

What’s cool to today’s youth and cool to older generations may or may not be the same, but in my opinion, appreciation for cars is universal in all car enthusiasts.  If somebody has put their heart and soul into a car, and wants share it with the world, embrace it!  Introduce yourself and talk to the owners of vehicles outside your “norm”.  There are so many amazing features of old cars that can bring smiles to younger generations, and vice versa.  Whether young or old, you don’t have to like every car that you see, but as an enthusiast you should embrace the other enthusiasts around you. After all, they are part of the automotive world just like you are.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on all of this in the comment box below. I would love to read them!

NOTE: All of the above is the opinion of Jeremy Nutt.

Craziest Thing That Has Ruined Your Tire.

Stick Spearing a Tire

Over the weekend I saw a real jerk-of-a-stick spear through a nice tire. I then said to myself, I bet this is not that uncommon. Show me your destroyed tires caused by unlikely situations!  Show me your abused, beaten, and neglected tires!  Bring me the worst of the worst, and the best of the best!  If you post up a link that fits the bill, I’ll get it up here for the world to see!

Bonus Flat Tire Info:  It is widely accepted that one of the most common cause of flat tires, is under-inflated tires.  Seems dumb right?“Ok, so my tire was flat and caused my tire to be flat? What? Am I being punk’d?”….Well, yes.  People never check their tire pressures (or oil, antifreeze, brakes, etc, etc, don’t get me started!).  Over time, the wheels corrode, valve stems deteriorate, temperatures change, and planets align causing tires to lose a teeeeeny tiny little bit of air pressure every once in a great while.  Time passes and pretty soon, you are getting awful gas mileage and wearing out the sidewalls of your tires because they are not meant to be driven on.  Duh.  the sidewalls then blow out in grand fashion, leaving you surprised on the side of the road. “What?! I can’t believe this happened!?!? I remember checking the pressure in 1994, and it was perfect!!!? What happened??”

My Favorite Twin Turbo 4.6L Mustang

Over the years there have been around a million cars on my “must have” list.  However, Mustangs have never made the cut…..until I saw this one.  You see, I drive to work the same way each day through a couple of small towns, and about 50% of the time, I would see this car sitting in a yard, body shop, parking lot, or driving past me.  It has been a highlight of my commute for a few years now, and I have seen it slowly but surely become more and more beautiful with each passing weekend.  The paint is about a hot as it gets, the wheels and suspension give it a perfect stance, and the engine is quite a sight.  It’s a 600+ horsepower twin turbo built 4.6L, so it’s good for smoke shows, burnouts, donuts, and more smoke shows.  It looks dangerous when sitting still, and furious when in motion.  Let’s sit back and appreciate for a few. Shall we?

Worst Automotive Photography Ever.

I am the absolute worst photographer that you have ever witnessed, even when I’m trying really hard.  My problem is that I don’t have any idea why I am so terrible.  Even if I had the best camera in the entire universe, my pictures would still be awful.  I just don’t know how to capture the moment like Volkswagen owners do.  They can make a beat up stock GTI look like it is dripping in 40 layers of fresh clear coat with a beautifully streetlight lit background.  Me? Well, my best pictures appear to be taken under water.  Blubb Gurgle Blubbb Blub…

I’m pretty sure that I just don’t understand light.  Light does crazy things, especially when I am holding a camera.  As soon as my hand touches the camera, the failure begins.  I can have the camera towards the sun, away from the sun, flash on, or flash off…….none of it matters.

For those of you that know what you’re doing, can you give me some quick pointers so that I can provide better blog pictures? I’m tired of blur.

How To Be Awesome: Bacon Motorsport Rally Team

People from Massachusetts are known for many things.  Our spoken alphabet does not contain the letter “R”, we drink coffee during all hours of the day & night, and more than anything, we are passionate about our home teams.

Bacon Motorsport is one of the home teams that the car enthusiasts around here are truly passionate about.  Why the name “Bacon”? you ask.  Well, because that’s Bill Bacon’s last name of course!  Now, truth be told, I have never met Bill in person.  However, it seems as though everybody that I know is within 1 degree of separation of him.  It’s truly amazing.  I hang out with my friends – Bacon.  I pick up a Craigslist transmission – More Bacon.  I hop on Facebook to over-share my world – You guessed it, bigtime Bacon.  Gearheads are talking, Bacon Motorsport is the word, and the automotive world is intently listening.

The Bacon Motorsport team competes in the Rally America Championship Series (Click that link and look at the current standings on the top left. Notice who #2 is).  When I say “competes”, I mean it.  The team has consistently placed in the top 3 throughout the 2010 racing season (….ok, fine, except once!).   You may have even seen their team mentioned in USA Today a few days ago when they jumped ahead of the some of the more heavily funded competitors.  That has got to feel good. Naturally, I was hoping to have the Bacon Motorsport Team at our 1A Auto Car Show on July 31st, but they will be competing in the Rally X-Games.  Bummer for us, but DAAANG that is Awesome for them!  I wish them nothing but continued success, because they deserve it, and we will be sure to keep tabs on them throughout the X-Games.

If Bacon Motorsport reads this > Good Luck!  There are way more fans than you even realize rooting for you!

Now watch Bill in the Bacon Motorsport EVO tear up the track.