Auto Factoids for the Week of May 17 2015 – Dodge, Buick and Goodyear!

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids)for middle week in May 2015!


May 17,  1868 – Happy Birthday Horace Dodge (Niles, Michigan)

Horace was one of the original Dodge brothers.  He was born into a working family, with Dad owning as machine shop.  In 1903, he and his brother John won a contract to produce transmissions for Oldsmobile and the following took a contract building engine for Henry Ford.  They build their own plant in 1910 and John eventually became a vice president at Ford.  By 1913 they ended their relationship with Ford and began producing their own vehicles – trucks and ambulances mainly for military use and most found service in WWI.



Dodge Half Ton Truck

Dodge Half Ton Truck


May 19, 1903 – Buick Incorporates – Buick is the oldest (longest running) active car manufacturer in North America – well brand name is the oldest, still active.  Buick started out as Auto-VIM and power company in 1899 as an engine manufacturer and produced  two prototype.   In 1903 it was incorporated by David Dunbar Buick and produced their first car in 1904.

First Buick

First Buick


May 22, 1929   – Goodyear Blimp took its maiden flight.   Still provides some of the best auto racing coverage!!!

Goodyear Blimp.

Goodyear Blimp.


May 23, 1875  – Alfred Sloan was born in New Heaven Conn.   He headed up GM as President and guided it through some iconic car designs.

Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred P. Sloan


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Auto Factoids for the Week of 5/10/2015

Here is this weeks AutoFactoids (#AutoFactoids). May 10, 1923 – GM names Alfred P. Sloan as president. They didn’t just pick from the streets. He was actually, a draftsman for a bearing company, Hyatt Roller Bearing.
Auto Factoids 2011-1 Corvette Fuelies RPO 5789E – AACA …

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Stuff Dreams are Made of – Entombed Cadillac collection finally sees light of day

Stuff my dreams are made of.  I often dream of distant relative (one you never knew existed and therefore won’t really miss…but are still grateful for) passing on and leaving me an old barn.  As I walk to my new building I’m wondering how much reclaimed barn wood is bringing on the market and I swing the door open and “WOW” I see:

Chase the link: Entombed Cadillac collection finally sees light of day | Classic and Sports Car


Then I wake up and well….
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Elvis’ rare BMW 507 roadster is a king among barn finds

In the years since it has been neglected but BMW has planned a complete restoration of the car after showing it in as-is condition in their museum in Munich. As the story goes, Elvis had his eyes on a Porsche Spyder but couldn’t get his hands on one
Aston Martin in Barn With Mouse Nest May Fetch $300000

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — An Aston Martin DB5 discovered after three decades in an old garage with a mouse nest in its engine bay is estimated to sell for $300,000. The mice had moved out of the sports saloon before its cylinders were re-lubricated and it …
Aston Martin sets $6m price record

So called ”barn finds” – cars in untouched condition – are highly prized by collectors in a selective market for classic models that puts a premium on originality. With blue bodywork, the DB5 was bought by a bidder in the room against an estimate of

Idris Elba breaks “Flying Mile” speed record from 1927


Okay, at first blush, this seems kind of like a meaningless publicity stunt: TV star and multiple People Magazine “Sexiest Men Alive” honoree Idris Elba hops into a brand-new, immensely powerful super-coupe and obliterates a speed record set when George V was still king and Charles Lindbergh had just landed in Paris.If it seems silly, it’s because this was not in any way a fair fight. Look, Idris Elba is a certified badass, but the 626-hp Bentley Continental GT Speed he was driving benefits from 88 years of automotive evolution that Sir Malcolm Campbell absolutely didn’t have at his disposal back in 1927. That’s a sizable advantage in favor of the British star.Stick with us here, though, because there’s a very cool parallel to all of this, and it’s something that even Bentley didn’t think to highlight.See, if you read Bentley’s press release, it lays out the bare facts: The undeniably attractive Elba, star of Luther and The Wire, sought to break the “Flying Mile” record, a top speed run that takes place on a seven-mile stretch of smooth, firm beach on the shores of Carmathen Bay, Wales, known as Pendine Sands. The defending champion of the Flying Mile was Sir Malcolm Campbell, whose two-way average of 174.8 mph has gone unchallenged since 1927.

He used this!!!

He used this!!!

So I’ve got to think that the only reasons this record still existed is that no one bothered to drive there since 1927.  Seriously!!!  You can read more by chasing the link below…I’ve got to run, I’m going to break the speed record for a one way trip to the end of my driveway.  Don’t worry, I’ll send Road and Track some PR shots and a pic of my C6 sitting at the end of my driveway!!

Source: Idris Elba breaks “Flying Mile” speed record from 1927


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Bentley sets new ‘Flying Mile’ speed record with actor Idris Elba

The ‘Flying Mile’ is a historical high-water mark, a thing of legend. In 1927, Sir Malcolm Campbell drove a modified Bentley—the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird—to a U.K. land speed record of 174.8 mph. That’s faster than most of today’s sports cars, just

Thanks to My World Wide Readers

It is time I gave a shout out to some of my readers from outside the U.S. borders.

I appreciate the your view and don’t be hesitate to drop me a note.  Love to find out what’s going on in your car culture.

So a huge thanks to readers in these countries: ( no particular order)

Australia – Thanks Mates
United Kingdom – Thanks and congrats on the birth of Princess Charlotte!!!
Canada  – Thank you/Merci
Germany – Danke
Mexico- Gracias
Brazil – Gracias
France – Merci
Italy – Grazie – Will be see you all in a few months
Uzbekistan – Teşekkür Ederim
Sweden – Tack
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Findland – Kiitos
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Argentina – Gracias

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Auto Factoids for the week of May 3rd 2015 – Willys, Packard and Le Mans

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for the first full week in May 2015.


Dateline May 3rd, 1948 – Willys Jeepster Phaeton debuts.

The production was only a 3 year run with a total units produced was  19,132.  The engines ranged from a  134.1 cu in (2.2 L) I4 and two I6, a 148.5 cu in (2.4 L) I6 and 161 cu in (2.6 L) I6.

1948 Jeepster Phatheon

1948 Jeepster Phatheon


Same day one year later (May 3rd, 1949 )  – Packard has its 50th Anniversary and to commemorate it they offered up 2,000 Gold Packard’s from Utica Proving Grounds. Yes that did happen.  They were painted in a special paint code of Gold.  Each were powered with 327 c.i.d., 150 hp engine.  Only 600 were convertibles.

This isn't, of course Gold, but only 600 Gold Convertibles were made.

This isn’t, of course, Gold, but only 600 Gold Convertibles were made with that special paint code.


Packard's Utica Proving Grounds.

Packard’s Utica Proving Grounds.


 May 4th 1923 – The first Le Mans 24 Hour race was held just outside Le Mans, France.  Initial the race was limited to ‘production’ cars  and  two drivers, now they require 3 drivers per car and the of course these cars aren’t in your dealers show rooms.  The race was won by one of the French teams  – André Lagache and Léonard driving a Chenard et Walcker  with  3.0L I4 engine.

This is an awesome looking car!!!

This is an awesome looking car!!!


May 6th and 7th, 1928– Chrysler debuts the De Soto for the 1929 model year and completes the purchase of Dodge, in part for its dealerships to sell the new De Soto.  In the course of the marque’s run (1929-1961) it set several sales records for Chrysler and the auto industry.  It’s first year (1929) saw 81,065 unit sold and it held the record unit 1960 when Ford beat it with the Falcon.

1928 Chrysler De Soto

1928-29 Chrysler De Soto

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Auto Factoids for Week of April 26, 2015 – Lamborghini and Willys #AutoFactoids
Auto Factoids for Week of April 26, 2015 – Lamborghini and …

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for the last week of April 2015! Light week for Auto Factoids unless you are Lamborghini or Ford fan. Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916 in Renazzo di Cento, Italy.




Auto Factoids for Week of April 26, 2015 – Lamborghini and Willys

Here are your Auto Factoids  (#AutoFactoids) for the last week of April 2015!

Light week for Auto Factoids unless you are Lamborghini or Ford fan.

Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28,  1916 in Renazzo di Cento, Italy.

From humble beginnings

From humble beginnings


the Legacy

The legacy continues


April 29, 1953 – Willys is purchased by Kaiser-Frasier

Willy (Willys-Overland) was purchased by Kaiser and the name was changed to Willys Motor Company and moved the plant from Michigan to Ohio.  That same year Willys established an assembly plant in Brazil and imported the cars back to the U.S.  When the U.S. curtailed the import of assembled cars, Willys shipped all the tooling for the Aero to Brazil and produce and sold the cars there and they were built from 1960 to 1962.  After a redesign in 1963 Ford bought the Willys factory and produced the Aero until the early 1970’s.

1955 Willys Aero

1955 Willys Aero

1971 Aero (Ford made)

1971 Aero (Ford made)


April 29, 1959 – Ford Motor Company produces it 50 millionth car!!!

That car was a 1959 Ford Galaxie that came out of the Dearborn factory.  It was a white 4 door sedan with the 292, engine.  It was actually a Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie and the first time Galaxie was used on a Ford car.  Fast forward – but not too far – and the Fairlanes, Fairlanes 500, and the Galaxies were to become monster muscle machines in the mid to late 60’s!!!

Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie - 50 Millionth Ford

Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie – 50 Millionth Ford

The 50 millionth looks a like the 1959 Mercury Montclair

The 50 millionth looks a lot like the 1959 Mercury Montclair


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Remanufactured, NOS, OEM, Rebuilt and Used Auto Parts

When you are restoring a car you have a lot of choice to make.  Keep the original paint or engine? Drop it a couple of inches? Upgrade the suspension?   Of course there’s the brain racking choice of the what time of necessary parts shop for as well.  Do we go with NOS?  How about OEM, used or remanufactured parts or rebuilt?   These last two question important, however you are going to need to know what the differences are between them.

NOS is New Old Stock and not normally pronounced as a word, just initials  N.O.S.  These initials normally refer to parts that were made by the car’s manufacturer (like GM, Ford, Chrysler) and are stocked at dealerships or auto parts stores while the cars are ‘current’ in marketplace.  Finding NOS parts for you 1930’s Studebaker is a huge deal, provided the parts lasted sitting in the box for 30 plus years.  Automobilia collectors get down right giddy if they find a spark plug for a Model T in the original box – so there’s that aspect.   But many car collectors will look for these parts when on a car when buying and selling.  So NOS is not always going to get the job done if you want a great running classic car and you can almost bet that some are budget busters!

Ford NOS Spark Plugs

Ford NOS Spark Plugs

NOS Thunderbird Windshield wiper motor

NOS Thunderbird Windshield wiper motor

That’s why, in part, all the other classification of parts now exist.

Let’s look at the  remanufactured classification of parts.  The idea is that the parts are as close to new as possible. Any of the parts that might wear have been replaced (normally as standard procedure) and the core material is thoroughly gone over to see if it measures up to original equipment specifications and therefore perform as you would expect original equipment to perform.  The replaced components of the part (seals, springs, gaskets, etc.) should be made in the same process as the original parts were produced and those too should be test against original specs.  This goes for something as small as a distributor caps to a complete short or long block engines.  You’ll  find prices will often cost less than NOS parts and will carry a warranty, which most of other categories do not.

Another classification that is often confused with remanufactured is ‘rebuilt’ parts.   Rebuilding parts includes thorough cleaning and inspection.  Parts that are worn (and not capable of meeting manufacturers’ acceptable wear limits) or broken are replaced.  Anything serviceable is retained.   This leads to a combination of used components (from a core unit), new components (gaskets, washer, etc.) and original.  Quality is an issue and will vary between different rebuilders and sometimes  even from the same rebuilder.  Rebuilt part do come with a “limited” warranty.  Just in case “core unit” isn’t a  familiar phrase, it is basically your old part handed in for a rebuilt part.  Often the cost of the rebuilt part has a ‘core’ charge attached.  For example, when purchasing a rebuilt alternator, the price of $150.00 includes a $25.00 core charge, meaning if you turn in your malfunctioning part the part cost $125.00.  In turn the company uses your core for rebuilding or salvaging parts for another rebuild.

Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM classification of parts can be confusing as well.   OEM’s were companies that produced parts for the auto manufactures.  For example GM didn’t produce its own batteries, they looked to Delco or some other expert to produce these parts.  You may still be able to buy a battery from Delco, however it may be cosmetically different (which sets it apart from NOS parts.).   In some cases the manufacturers will license a company to produce parts to their specification.

Used parts is the last classification we going to discuss.   Just as you might expect, these are parts most often obtained at a salvage yard.  There the parts may or may not have been tested and there is no quality control.  As you  may have guessed, used parts of often less expensive than the other classifications, but they are not covered by any particular warranty.

Salvage yard part - untested and as is.

Salvage yard parts – untested and as is.

Determining which classification of parts to select from depend on several factors.  What is the end goal for the car?  Concourse restoration, race and show, racing only, just a good-looking classic or muscle car to woo the neighbors and cruse the streets.  What is the budget?  The average guy has average skills, average tools and an average guy’s budget constraints (family, bills, etc.) this may determine the level of restoration you can afford.  Is the need part available? It is great to start out with the goal of restoring to 100% original but if the NOS parts are not available, then what?

In my last restoration (1970 Mustang) I used all manner of parts.  NOS parts from online, used brackets for the A/C compressor (from a Mercury), OEM parts from overseas and rebuilt 4 speed trans from a wrecked Shelby Mustang and a new intake and carb.  This car turned out great and it was raced and woo’ed over and even brought home a couple of car show trophies.

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Younger model: Manchester apprenticeship scheme jump starts classic car …

On top of the classic car restoration industry only employing 22,000 skilled workers, 43% of them are 45-years-old or more. This means a significant proportion of the workforce will be retiring or coming up to retirement in the next 20 years. Not only
Auto parts: Rebuilt, remanufactured or reused?

These same rules apply to other remanufactured auto parts, whatever they may be. You will find that remanufactured auto parts usually carry a longer and stronger warranty, covering parts and labor for longer periods of time, compared to rebuild parts.

Auto Factoids for the Week of 4/19/15

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for last full week of April 2015.

April 22, 1954 – Nash and Hudson merge to from AMC

When does this:


Nash Rambler


'53 Hudson Hornet

’53 Hudson Hornet




Well that’s the equation formed when Nash merged with Hudson and produced AMC.   AMC (American Motor Corp) produced some of the most memorable cars of the ’60’s-’70’s.  Although they often used components from other makers, they did have some unique sheet metal.

Gremlin X

Gremlin X

1975 Pacer

1975 Pacer

April 23, 1987  – Chrysler buys Lamborghini.

Lamborghini was founded in 1963 and sold in 1974.  It changed hands in 1980, 1984, 1987, 1994 and 1998 and now sits under Volkswagen Group ownership and managed by their Audi division.

Interesting how once buying Italian car companies, Chrysler is now owned by one!!!  I guess you need to be careful who you buy, some day they might help you out by returning the favor!!!  Chrysler is now owned by Fiat and Lamborghini is now owned by the Volkswagen Group via Audi.

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April 25, 1970 – Mazda began importing cars to the U.S. for the first time.

1970 Cosmo

1970 Cosmo

They’ve come a long ways in the eyes of the American buyer.  Not sure if it was the “zoom..zoom” commercials or the cute little “girls” car Miata or dominating a lot of local SCCA racing meets – drat!!!

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1975 AMC Gremlin “Tested” on Ignition (W/Video)

On this week’s episode of Ignition, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of an iconic piece of American automotive history, the AMC Gremlin. Despite its peculiar design and strange proportions, owners of the Gremlin seemed to really love this car, and


Auto Factoids for Week of April 12, 2015

Just got this out for the week!!   Here is your Auto Factoids (#autofactoids) for April 12, 2015.

April 13 1965  Pontiac 10-millionth

The car was a 1965 Catalina.

1965 4 door Catalina the 10th Millionth Pontiac

1965 4 door Catalina the 10th Millionth Pontiac


April 13 1904  Caddy assembly plant burned to the ground.  More info on this site:


April 14, 1927  First Volvo is produced

1927 Volvo "Jakob"

1927 Volvo “Jakob”

It had wooden (ash and copper beech) underpinnings, sheet steel panels, leather upholstery, live axles and long leaf springs – loosely based on an American design.  It had a 4 cylinder engine that produced 28 hp.


April 16, 1908  Oakland motors sells its first car.

I believe they actually began producing cars in 1907.

I believe they actually began producing cars in 1907.


April 17, 1964 Ford Mustang debuts

1964 2+2 Mustang

1964 2+2 – My favorite of the under 1968 Mustangs.



4/17/1969 Ford began selling the Maverick.  <cricket……>  Come was a good car and getting more and more collectible!!!


1964  Maverick

1964 Maverick – Proper mods and you’ll have a monster street car!!


April 18, 1955  Lincoln becomes a separate division of Ford.   Lincoln started out as a separate brand in 1917 with its plant at 6200 West Warren Avenue in Detroit, Michigan and was name after Abe Lincoln. They began business by producing Liberty aircraft engine with pistons purchased from Ford for WWI.  After the war the re-fitted the plant and produced luxury  Ford bought the company in 1922.
April 18, 1964  Sunbeam Tiger Debuts


Shelby Cobra was the inspiration for the Tiger.

Shelby Cobra was the inspiration for the Tiger.



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Auto Factoids for the Week of April 5, 2015 – Lotus and Tires

It’s a light week for the automotive history. April 5, 1923 Firestone introduces balloon tires. Everything we’ve accomplished with our rides has greatly depend and relied on Mr. Firestone’s improvement. It was a combination of …
Auto Factoids for the Week of 3/29/2015

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) to finish out March and kick off April 2015. March 29, 1980 – Audi introduced their all wheel drive 1980. Chrysler 413

The Chrysler 413 is an interesting engine because it lived a long life in multiple roles and a very wide range of equipment. Hot rodders like to think about the hot rodded Max Wedge 413 (that gave way to the Max Wedge 426) and luxury car people like to think of the powerful and smooth Imperials and other cars that were shoved along by it, and finally truck guys will tell you that the 413 was a stalwart gas power plant offered in big trucks until 1979. That is a heck of a run for a mill that showed up on the scene in 1959 and was used in cars until 1965.

The videos below aren’t about floating Imperials or sneaky big Polaras. Nope, the videos below celebrate the most BangShifty application of the engine in the form of the 420hp Max Wedge 413 as offered in a small number of Plymouth and Dodge models in 1962. Combating the Pontiacs and Chevrolets, the “Super Stock Dodges” were quickly recognized in songs and popular culture. The Beach Boys talked about the cars in their song “Shut Down” while Jan and Dean were singing about the “Little Old Lady From Pasadena” who happened to also be driving a Max Wedge powered Chrysler. Rated at 420hp at 5,000 RPM this engine was a harbinger of things to come from Chrysler who really took the gloves off the next year when they expanded the engine to 426ci and later when the Hemi was introduced.

via Chrysler 413.


Watch the guy shift the car!!



 Yeah..that’s right…using the automatic push buttons.


Chase the BangShift link above to see the other video and the rest of the article.


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