Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New car or used

Before all motorists once in your life gets poll to choose a car, especially if the amount of the proposed purchase is very limited. The proposal today is very large and diverse, which greatly complicates the process of making a final decision. In recent years, noted that the main criterion for young people is the appearance of the car, its power and class. Simply put, the degree of prestige. Of course much cooler ride girlfriend in sports, even if right-hand drive Japanese car with an aggressive design than, for example, the Audi 80, Volkswagen Passat B3 or the beginning or mid-90's, standing at about the same price category. Hardly anyone thinks that the difference in the cost of spare parts is just huge and sometimes exceeds the cost of the car. Many settled on a loan to purchase more expensive, but the new car, believing that it will break down less, and therefore costs and require disproportionately low. But is it really? My friend, for example bought a new, very inexpensive, but in moderation comfortable Fiat Albea credit. All of it in the car like it, but here it's time to routine maintenance, which, inter alia, a part of any loan agreement for the purchase of the vehicle. For replacement only filters and spark he had paid eight thousand rubles. Because from an authorized dealer, and elsewhere can not be serviced, you lose the guarantee (and under the hood at all seals - will not be fooled), that is a violation of the loan agreement, for which the bank would require a complete early repayment, and, ultimately, through the court will select a car, for which so much blood has already been paid, but still have him stay. Looking chassis, counted seven thousand for the lever, which on other used cars is seven times smaller. Another friend at the same time stopped in a normal service on the Volkswagen Passat B3, in less than fifteen hundred changed almost all the fluid and filters, all three completely went through the rear brakes and left satisfied. It is worth considering, especially now that due to the crisis. But, after all, the new car has undeniable advantages: it is yours alone, and, anyway, the service you will go less often, though, and pay more, so that if the peace of mind for you is more expensive to choose a new car. And if the first place is the comfort and savings, then it is better to count, looking at the cost of servicing vending iron horse.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The rules of painting the car with his hands

Toyota-car in need of care and comfort care, attention and love of the automobile owner. And, of course, this also applies to the appearance of the car, and immediately his painting. And who, as a pet owner does not make it better? Of course, the professionals by professionals, but their own manual labor has always been a special account in the price. Of course, having decided to paint at home, you need to follow certain rules and technological aspects, so as not to turn your favorite beauty Toyota into a monster. In the first place, just before the painting, you need to completely clean up the beautiful and once again think well - whether painting is necessary, or you can leave everything as is. Of course, the need to wash your own hands, and at the same time, check out the bottom, pillars and other details on the actual importance of the repair. And if, still need repair any details, the painting should be postponed. The next stage - to paint is to prepare the body. With the help of pliers, screwdrivers and other tools necessary to remove all the body parts (seals, locks, etc.) that are not subject to paint. Further, after this painstaking studies the turn of cleansing the body from corrosion. If you notice holes from rust is necessary to use welding. The next stage - a primer. That is, anti-corrosion coating of a car, which is divided into three phases. The initial phase - phosphate metal (creating a special protective film). The second stage - with the help of a primer to equalize the smoothed virtually invisible defects and the surface is prepared specifically for varnishing. The third and last stage - creates a finished appearance of the coating. And only after that can be applied to the surface of the enamel. Hence it comes out and the fourth step - the application of enamels. Here we should take into account different types of paints: - Single Layer - Dual Layer - giving the surface of mother of pearl and metallic effect that is very profitable and expensive it will look at the modern and stylish car Toyota. In order to paint the car "at home" is better to use acrylic paint because it does not require high temperatures and long periods of time during drying. And it's really important, because for a really high-quality paint must be applied three coats of paint that need to dry for a relatively short period of time fifth stage, the last - finishing. When the surface is completely dry - needed polishing. After the polishing surface is applied acrylic lacquer, and then be dried. Based on these, in principle, not complicated, but actually quite laborious and require large amounts of time steps, you can upgrade your Toyota and if successful, result in a long time to be proud of its successful outcome of its activities, as manual work, as mentioned, always especially appreciated. And not every car owner is capable of such a feat!

Friday, May 31, 2013

TireKicker Time Machine 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

(UPDATE:  Sharp-eyed TireKicker reader Paul Duca spotted the clues that this is in fact a newer Caprice. Weve been able to narrow it down to 1982, 83, 84 or 85. Hit the comments section if you can help us pinpoint it to a single year. Well change the headline and tags once weve got the right vintage)

It wasnt that long ago that you couldnt drive a city block without seeing three of these.

Oh, was that long ago. 32 model years since this 78 Chevrolet Caprice Classic rolled off the showroom floor...20 model years since its clean, classic lines were replaced by the dumpy upside-down bathtub models that themselves are becoming (mercifully) scarce.


Hard to believe it now, but this was the downsized full-size Chevrolet...and GM was thought to be taking a big risk when it introduced this body style in the fall of 1976 as a 77 model. 637 pounds lighter than the previous generation, 10 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower.

What nobody realized until they saw the new one was just how badly the Caprice needed a diet. The big Chevy had been packing on the pounds since 1971 (kinda like Elvis at the time).

The new Caprice rapidly became its own benchmark.


Even in the desert Southwest, where these were a best-seller and where cars dont rust away, these arent everyday sights anymore in any condition, which makes finding an intact, clean original all the more wonderful.

The NADA guides suggest $800-$2,000 would be enough to take one in this condition home, if you could find one and an owner who wanted to part with it. The best one on earth might set you back $2,500.


Back in the 90s, the buzz was that these were being bought up used and shipped by the boatload over to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where they hated the new 90s Caprice styling even more than we did, liked the looks of this one, knew it was virtually bulletproof (in terms of reliability..."bulletproof" tends to be taken more literally in certain parts of the world) and that its air conditioning system could allow the Caprice Classic to double as a meat locker.

If true (and there do seem to be a lot of ads for them from Kuwait online), lets hope they didnt take too many and that there are plenty still here in the USA...hiding in retirement community garages...their 55-year old buyers now 87 and ready to hang up the keys after finding the Caprice a good home.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Towbar for Mitsubishi Outlander why do you need and where to get

Presently hitch on the car ceased to be a lot grim truckers to "Moskvich", twice a year, clinging to his jalopy truck with Chopper - planting potatoes in May and in September to clean. Now hitch is not a symbol of the villa zamorochennosti! Promotion to the masses by the authorities of the concept of active rest is bearing fruit, and winter recreation in the fields on a snowmobile, in summer on the water on a water bike and just trailering with the trailer became commonplace. And man, buy - did snowmobile encounters a problem - how to deliver the machine in the field? Under its own power for a long time out, until the spring can not catch. Attach to a car with a truck towing a snowmobile without fail, you can not try. And so, going for segohodom or water motorcycle first take care of the towbar! Turnbuckles somehow classified as a sellers kit, along with kenguryatnik. However, the hitch - first strength member, and the attitude to it as a decorative trinket inappropriate. There is a sense proiskat Internet company, specializes in tow, on their sale and installation. For example: tow bars Mitsubishi Outlander They sell, and consult, and install ... all in one place! However, the hitch can be installed yourself. Mounted hitch on the staff openings provided by the manufacturer, connector electrical trailer to the vehicle mounted with the staffing at the plant. If the seller starts to explain that, they say, "this is a great hitch, but that does not fit - business - then drill a hole" - run out! These people are obviously trying to fool your head - there is no certified and approved by the factory - manufacturer of towbars, that "some are not suitable." Hitch mount on the hardware needed to charge the seller gives you complete with towbar and stretching it must be in accordance with the recommendations in instruktsii.I recently. When planning the purchase and installation of the tow, consider first that you'll hook him! After hitch, as any force element has a maximum load on the ball and passport Towing hitch and if your Mitsubishi is designed for 750 kg Mass of the trailer, then try to move a couple of pallets of brick at a time is clearly not worth it!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Painting car interior with their own hands

Well, gentlemen drivers, sorry denezhek a professional painting? Or, maybe not sorry, but just not pay? Well, let's try to cope with this case for its delicate little hands. Any car cover over time cease to hold direct functions. Consequently, we must roll up their sleeves and take up painting. The point is not easy, but it is quite possible to manage if the desire to acquire and patience. The procedure itself is painted - it is, of course, Pleven, and the rest of the time spent on it in order to fully prepare your vehicle for this procedure. Let's begin: 1. Disassemble the car apart (disassemble the body and make sure to remove fine or rubber items). 2. Wash and dry your vehicle (or what's left of it) by an industrial dryer. 3. Carefully and meticulously remove all the places where they found pockets of corrosion, and also become unusable small parts (draim until a clear and brilliant iron). 4. Remove the vehicle's old coating by chemical or mechanical method. Now, gently and carefully degrease the entire surface. There should be absolutely no lint or other debris from the fabric. Sit down and perekurivaem - half the work we did! Now proceed to the painting itself: First, begin to spray the Developing layer, which consists of automotive paint and "Sadolin". This layer allows you to see and treat any defects that appear after the fillers. Paint the vehicle in such a scheme: a) paint box car b) proceed to correct and window openings in) go to the main surface of our cars. The paint must be applied from the top down and, necessarily, soft horizontal movements. Necessary to put about three layers of automotive paint. With the main painting we finished, now need to think about how dry the car. In any case, do not expose it in the sun! The vehicle should be dried in the garage for about two or three days. But in this case your work will not end! Now go to the nearest market and buy the paint to be used for staining of the instrument panel, door handles, center console, etc etc. Of course, you can go to a specialty store and pick doroguschy paint, such as «Folia Tec», but let's do without it. We are quite satisfied with market-based options. In addition to paint, we'll need about three cans of plasticizer and lacquer. First apply to all elements of two or three layers of plasticizer. Now let it dry well. After this, gently apply one coat of paint, and after about fifteen minutes - the second layer. After the paint dries well - starting to apply paint. In those places where your hands often touch the car, try to apply a thicker layer of lacquer.