This blog is designed for the do-it-yourselfer's out there. I will share my many years of knowledge to provide you with important repair info and tips. By following this blog you will learn to fix your car, truck, suv or motorcycle. You will also find news, websites, and cool places to visit related to the automotive and motorcycle industry. Thank you for visiting and enjoy reading along.
Five. That’s how
many torch tips I have purchased this year alone. If you are like me, you
probably use your propane torch extensively in your shop or garage. From
brazing and soldering of pipe fittings, to heating up bolts, breaking through
rust and just all around hard use, our torches go through a lot. They get
banged around, they fall off work benches and they tip over constantly. Sure,
you can try those little stubby cans, but they are really hard to hold and use
effectively. They were a great idea, just designed by someone who doesn’t work
in a shop setting.
There has to be a
better way to keep your torch upright and keep it from falling over every time
you set it down right? There is and I just bought it! It’s called The Torch
Tamer and it is an ingenious device that holds your propane torch for you while
you are not using it. If you are in the middle of heating up a bolt and need to
get the wrench on it quickly, now you have a place to set your torch without
worrying about it falling over and burning your leg (yes, I have done that many
times!). Maybe you are soldering a pipe fitting and your cell phone rings. Safely
place your torch in The Torch Tamer and now you can answer your phone without
worrying about a hot, or even a live, torch creating an unsafe environment in
your work space. With The Torch Tamer, you never have to lay your torch on its
Maybe I sound
like an advertisement for The Torch Tamer and, if so, I don’t mind. I really
like this product and if it save me from having to spend $25 on a new torch tip
every 2 months, I will tell everyone I know about it. I bought mine from their
link on Amazon and paid less than 8 bucks for it. When you compare that to the
cost of a new tip, a burned leg, or worse, a fire, it’s a big savings.
You can even use
The Torch Tamer as a torch holder. Just place your torch in the stand and aim
it where you need it. Now, you have two hands for tools, solder or anything
else you need to do while The Torch Tamer safely holds your torch keeping it
from tipping over.
Whether you do a
lot of soldering and use your torch regularly, or you just use it once in a
while and need a safe place to store it while not in use, The Torch Tamer is
perfect for you. Buy one today, you’ll be glad you did!
Does everyone know
what silly string is? What about tree sap, bird dropping and acid rain? These
re all things that are cars, trucks and SUV’s face every single day. Well,
maybe yours doesn’t have to face the silly string every day, but I am sure it
has some other potential hazard to deal with on a routine basis. The reason I
am asking you all of this is not because I have dreams and aspirations of
becoming a teacher one day and I wanted to throw a pop quiz at you; far from
it. I am asking my readers if they know what is attacking their car’s paint
every day while it is parked outside in the elements.
There are many
potential environmental dangers to your car’s paint that are working their way
through the wax and the top coat right now as you read this. Don’t stop reading
though, the information that follow is of great importance to you and you just
might learn something about how to protect your car’s paint.
First of all, anything,
and I do mean anything, that adheres itself to your car’s paint will begin
destroying the top coat and, sooner than later, eat away at your paint and your
car’s body. What can you do to protect it? Aside from routine washes, hand
waxing your car with expensive carnauba wax, keeping it parked in a sealed,
climate controlled garage and using a very large umbrella over it while driving
it in the rain (don’t laugh, this will become big in Japan very soon!) there
isn’t much you can do to protect your car from the elements.
There is one
other thing that you can do and it works very well to protect your automotive investment;
you could purchase a car cover and keep your car well protected when it is
parked inside or out. There are many companies selling car covers that are
designed to protect your car from whatever want to feed on it protective surface,
but there is only one online resource that helps you wade through the 1,000’s
of companies to find the one that suits your needs and the needs of your car.
It’s called CarCoverGuide.com
and they are one of the best online resources for researching car covers and finding
the best places online to buy them. From universal car covers, to a custom fit
model that will cover and protect your car for many years to come,
CarCoverGuide.com has the information you need, when you need it.
Your car is being
attacked by the elements every day, do something to protect it. Visit CarCoverGuide.com
and learn more about how to protect your automotive investment and how to find
the perfect car cover for your car today. After the last silly string incident
from the neighbor’s kids, I am buying a car cover for mine now and I found it
on CarCoverGuide.com with a link that is going to save me money!
Show of hands
guys (and girls), who’s building a street rod this winter? Congrats and good
luck to everyone who is and keep reading as I have some important news that you
don’t want to miss. Now, if I could just get this webcam thing to work, you
would see that my hand is also raised as I am building a 32 Track T for an
Autism Awareness event coming up late next year. It will be my first build in a
while after taking many years off from the Hot Rod scene and focusing mainly on
vintage motorcycles and race bikes.
I have noticed
that there aren’t a lot of differences in the cars and the techniques, it’s the
parts sourcing that has changed. It’s actually much easier now that everything
can be ordered online and shipped right to my door. Gone are the days of the
local speed shops and, although they were fun places to visit, they didn’t
usually carry a wide supply on hand. What I did find was an online retailer has
that more than enough parts in stock and they will treat you like you were
actually in their showroom. It’s called Johnny Law Motors and they are the
number one provider of quality Hot Rod, Street Rod and vintage car parts in the
Headquartered in Portland,
Oregon and serving the global hot rodding community, Johnny Law Motors offers
the largest online selection of auto parts and auto accessories. Their
ridiculously low prices make almost any street rod project affordable and they
even offer FREE hot rod car club group rewards, daily deals over 50% off and
FREE shipping! That’s a deal that’s hard to beat!
With over 100,000
parts in stock for cars spanning from Model A's to today’s Volkswagen’s, Johnny
Law Motors has something for everyone. Whether you are a Hot Rodder, Street
Rodder, Vintage or Classic Guy, you will find something for your next project
on their easy-to-use website. Johnny Law Motors even carries parts and
accessories for you truck and muscle car guys and girls. From classic and
vintage-era parts to some of today’s most sophisticated electronic ignitions
for you street car, you will always get the best price and the best service
with Johnny Law Motors.
You can visit
them online at http://www.johnnylawmotors.com/
or visit them in their well-stocked showroom in Portland; either way, you will
always get the best parts and the best prices at Johnny Law Motors. Visit them
today and see what they have in store for you!
If you are in the
Toronto area and you are looking for your next car, I am going to let you in on
a little secret that a good friend of mine told me. He was in the market for a
new BMW but he had been searching and searching locally for a good deal. Anyone
who knows BMW’s, knows that they are one of the best vehicles on the road and
you would also know that new ones can be expensive and, because of the high demand,
there aren’t very many deals to be had. What does all of this have to do with
the secret I was going to let you in on? Well, after weeks of searching for a
deal on a new one, he was relegated to looking for a used one that was almost
new, but had that used car sticker price.
This is what led
him to look closer to the Toronto area and a dealership call Luxury Auto Sales.
They have the best prices and the best cars out of any other dealership around.
These guys are THE PLACE to buy your used BMW in the Greater Toronto area, or
anywhere else for that matter! They have the best selection and Luxury Auto
Sales has set the standard for quality used BMW’s in Toronto.
I checked out
their website online and it has more used BMW’s than you could imagine; most of
them very low miles and all of them in excellent shape. I think a used car
should look like a used car, especially when you factor in the savings or
buying brand new, but Luxury Auto Sales thinks a used car should look and feel
brand new so they go through every car they sell to ensure it is in perfect
condition from top to bottom. If you are looking for a used BMW in Toronto, why
would you shop anywhere else?
Luxury Auto Sales
serves the Vaughan, Toronto, Brampton, North York and Mississauga areas and
carry a full line of used cars from BMW, Audi and Mercedes as well as many
others. If it‘s a high end sports sedan, chances are, you’ll find it at Luxury Auto
Sales and you’ll get a good deal on it. Visit them online, or stop in at their
showroom in Woodbridge, whichever you choose, you will always find a good deal
on a used BMW at Luxury Auto Sales.
I don’t know
about the rest of you, but one of my hobbies when I was younger was spending
hours on the weekends searching for that one special project car that I could
take home and make new again. I had visions of finding an elusive model just
waiting to be turned back into that street machine that it once was.
Many years, and
many cars, later, I don’t think there are any more of those special cars out
there for us. The scrapyards have all been picked over and all that’s left is
parts for today’s cars and trucks with the random rusted out Chevelle here and
there. Today, my hobby has gone from searching the scrapyards for a diamond in
the rough, to searching the repo lots for a car that is flip-worthy and can
make me some extra money. I have even found a couple that I would sell my own
car to have!
The repo lots
offer us the ability to find a car that we might not normally be able to afford
at a much lower price. Remember, repo lots sell the cars for what is owed on
them, not for what they are worth; this means great cars and big savings for
you and me.
defaults on their car loan, the bank or credit union will repossess that car,
truck or SUV and sell it for what is still owed on it. This means that you can
find incredible deals on cars all over the country. How do you know where to
look for these cars? That’s the easy part! Not many repo lots advertise their
products or selection and searching online can be quite time consuming. What do
you do? You go on over to repofinder.com and let them do the searching for you!
a free nationwide resource for buyers looking to purchase repossessed cars,
trucks, motorcycles and from local credit unions and banks. Whether you live in
Anchorage or Tallahassee, you are sure to find a repo lot near you on
repofinder.com, you will never pay retail for a used car ever again! They will
help you find the car you are looking for in any part of the country quickly
and easily. Whether you are looking for your kid’s first car, a used car for
yourself or one to flip and make a little extra profit, repofinder.com is your
trusted online repo lot resource.
website today, and start searching for your next car tomorrow! Remember it’s
repofinder.com and they are standing by to serve your needs and help you find
the car of your dreams that fits your budget.
Well my friend
down in Kentucky finally broke down and did it; he bought a brand new, 0 mile
Ducati 1199 Panigale. My dream bike is now in the capable hands of someone who
has been riding almost as long as I have. I shouldn’t feel so bad; I love my Buell
and it has served me well. Although, a brand new Ducati might be nice sitting
alongside it in the garage next year. Living here in Michigan, we don’t see as
many Ducati’s on the road as I would like, but at least I know that when I head
down to Kentucky and see my friend, I will be able to take his out and really
see what it can do on some nice, twisty roads.
As if buying a new
Ducati isn’t an incredible experience in its own right, the place he bought it
sounds like it is more than worth a trip south for a while. He already has more carbon fiber on it than I knew existed and he bought his new
Ducati accessories at Kentucky’s premier motorcycle shop, Commonwealth Motorcycles, and
they were one of the friendliest, most knowledgeable retailers he has ever been
to! Located in Louisville, Commonwealth Motorcycles provides world class sales
and service for Ducati, KTM, Triumph, MV Agusta and Suzuki motorcycles.
The staff at
Commonwealth is made up of riders who actually care about the customers’ needs
and work hard to ensure that each customer leaves 100% satisfied. Whether you
are buying Ducati or MV Agusta parts and accessories or just
a KTM t-shirt, Commonwealth Motorcycles treats you like family.
state-of-the-art 19,000 sq. ft. facility includes a dyno room, machine shop,
two stories of showroom space, a climate controlled warehouse for bike storage,
a head porting room, large storage rooms for inventory and a dedicated workshop
with 8 lifts. The professional technicians at Commonwealth Motorcycles is ready
for whatever challenge you have for them and theywill get you, and your bike, back on the road
in no time.
If you are looking
for a new or used motorcycle anywhere in Louisville, Kentucky or the
surrounding areas, check out Commonwealth Motorcycles and see what they have in
store for you. They are more than capable of serving all of your motorcycle
needs. Stop in and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Also, check out
their informative and entertaining Ducati Motorcycle Blog for the latest info
on Ducati products and accessories.
In wrapping up
our week-long look at car dealerships that offer quality used cars and trucks
at affordable prices, I am going to focus on one dealership that really stands
out from the rest. They are Roadrunner Auto Sales out of Canoga Park,
California and they are the San Fernando Valley’s best kept secret when it
comes to scoring a great deal on financing.
Roadrunner AutoSales works with over 20 different lenders to get you the financing you need on
the car you want. They make it easy to finance your next car and they can get
you affordable payments with the lowest down payment possible! How’s that for
Sales has hundreds of cars, trucks and SUV’s in stock, all at unbeatable
prices. They even throw in a 1 year warranty on every car they sell regardless
of year, make or model. As a Carfax Advantage Dealer, you can count on Roadrunner
Auto Sales to offer only the highest quality used cars and trucks available.
Sales has been proudly serving the San Fernando Valley area since they opened
and have given excellent service ever since. They have worked hard to build a
loyal customer base over the years including many local families whose parents
and grand parents have bought their new cars there. You don't get a reputation like
that by accident, it takes hard work and a knowledgeable staff that cares about
the customer’s needs.
When you shop at Roadrunner
Auto Sales, you know you are going to get a safe and reliable car that you can
count on. Whether you purchase a car, truck or SUV, you know that you will
receive high-end service and the best deal possible. Their specialty is getting
people financed quickly and back on the road in their new car.
As always, you
can find Roadrunner Auto Sales on Facebook and Twitter as well as many other popular
social media sites. You can also check out their website for weekly specials
and to see what they have in inventory. Even if you aren’t in the market for a
used car, truck or SUV, you can still visit their website and see what they
have to offer; you won’t be disappointed.
Are you looking
for a new car? Are you looking for a good car? Scratch that, a great car. One
that you can be proud of and not worry about leaving you stranded in the middle
of the night. And finally, do you live in the Van Nuys, California area? If you
answered yes to the above questions, you need to get a hold of the helpful
people at LA Auto Connection and have them do what they do best.
Connection is an auto dealership that is changing the way people buy cars,
trucks and SUV's. Using your credit file and budget, LA Auto Connection will
help you find a great deal on your next car. Gone are the days of driving all
over town to multiple dealers trying to haggle for the lowest price or get the
next great bargain of the day only to find out you just missed out. No more
annoying salesman calling you later that day or even for the rest of the week
bothering you to buy, buy, buy. LA Auto Connection works for you. They have a large
array of used cars on the ground and ready for you to take one home. This
sizable line-up enables LA Auto Connection to offer their customers the best
price possible, guaranteed. What does this mean to you? It means less hassle
and more savings. Prices that are near wholesale, not retail.
Connection services the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. When you work with LA
Auto Connection you work with a knowledgeable staff that is able to offer you
every make and model and can even get you a "no money down" deal. LA
Auto Connection will give you personalized service and also caters to the
Spanish community. They’ll even get you affordable monthly payments that you
With hundreds of
cars to choose from and financing for everyone, why would you shop for your
next car anywhere else? Trust LA Auto Connection to have the car you need at a
price you can afford.
When you visit
their website you will find that it is easy-to-use and offers an extensive collection
of quality used cars, with most of them being clean 2010-2013 models. Head on
over to LA Auto Connection and get started on buying or leasing your next car.
Their friendly staff can answer any questions you might have and get you on the
As you all know,
I am still looking for a new car to replace our sedan and I just haven’t been
able to find anything I like yet. I want a 2-door, the wife wants a 4-door and
she definitely doesn’t want to compromise. As always when I’m looking for
something particular, I grab my laptop and a cup of coffee and head out to the
shop and start searching.
I didn’t have to
search very long until I stumbled on a place that had quite a few cars that I
was interested in and the prices were incredible. What are the chances of that
ever happening? I’m talking about Alpha Armeno and they are a dealership down
in Winnetka, California. I know, that’s quite a haul for me to be looking at
cars so far west, but, in my opinion, it doesn’t really matter where the car is
located, if it’s a good car for a fair price, I don’t mind traveling for a
couple of days to get it. And besides, most dealers now are nationwide and can
ship a car quickly and safely right to my door.
With many years
in the business, Alpha Armeno sells high quality used cars, all with a
multi-point inspection and backed by an industry-leading warranty and the
dedication of a dealership that truly cares about its customers. These guys
have a lot of used cars on the ground just waiting for someone to come in and
pick one up today. Alpha Armeno is one of those rare dealerships that actually
puts the customer first and works with you before, during and after the sale.
Their sales and service departments are the highest rated in the industry for
customer care and they have built a solid reputation for themselves over the
Being a BuyHere Pay Here dealership, Alpha Armeno can finance anyone even if you have bad
credit or no credit at all. Alpha Armeno serves the entire Los Angeles and
surrounding areas and even works with out of state buyers. If you are in the
market for a used car, Alpha Armeno is the place to go; they have many used
cars starting at only $1995! Alpha Armeno will finance you 100% guaranteed!
You will find Alpha
Armeno in many of the popular social networking sites including Facebook and
Twitter or you can just visit their website today and see what they have to
To start, let me say that I have never been locked out of my car. Well, maybe that one time that I had to break in through the sunroof and that made the car leak every time we got a good rain or went through the car wash. But besides that time, that’s it until just yesterday. For some reason or another, I locked the car with the key fob as I was getting out, turned around to grab my phone and dropped the keys on the floor as I closed the door.
I knew right away what I had done and started thinking of alternative ways in. I could break a window and report it to the insurance company. Maybe I could hitch a ride home and back with my spare key. That’s a good idea but it would take too long as I was about ten hours away from home.
No, the only alternative was to Google automotive locksmiths and see what came up. I usually like to take a look at the available options, but since I was in a hurry, I chose the first one that came up. Not knowing the area, it was the logical choice to make and I am glad I chose them. The company was called Chandler Locksmith Pros and since I was in Chandler, Arizona, they are who I called.
I don’t think I waited more than 20 minutes before help arrived. The locksmith was very professional and had me back on my way in no time. I’m not used to service like that any more so when I see it, I tend to take note.
When I returned home, I checked out their website and learned that they provide a wide array of automotive lockout services including automotive locksmith services, lockouts and car key replacements as well as commercial and residential locksmith services. Chandler Locksmith Pros is Chandler’s most sought after automotive locksmith service and have built a reputation in the industry for being customer oriented and result driven.
They offer the fastest 24/7 mobile service around and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their work. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter or any of your favorite social media channels or just visit them at their website and see what they have to offer you. Save their information in your phone so when you need them, you are prepared.
Chandler Locksmith Pros is the company you need when you are locked out of your car or home, have a broken key or just need a replacement lock assembly installed. These guys know what they are doing and they will get you back on the road fast.