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Cummings Diesels

Nov
30

Cummings DieselsBack in the 1980s, Chrysler was the only one of the big three American automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup. In 1978, General Motors offered a 350 Diesel in their Oldsmobile model line. It was an existing V8 gasoline-powered design that they retooled for diesel use. Ford followed in the early eighties with a 6.9L V-8 diesel that they bought from International Harvester. Both of these engines were normally-aspirated (i.e. no turbochargers) and offered power similar to the gasoline powered versions.

The Dymaxions

Nov
30

The DymaxionsThe legendary father of the Geodesic dome house, Buckminster Fuller, made automobiles too.  If you don’t know about “Bucky” he was a real maverick. Billing himself as “a gentle revolutionist, a loveable genius, an anti-academician, doctor of science-arts- design,” among many other roles, “Bucky” changed the way the world viewed consumer products.  He used the word Dymaxion to describe many of his futuristic creations.  Bucky had designs for Dymaxion houses, Dymaxion appliances, entire Dymaxion communities and Dymaxion cars.  His line of Dymaxion automobiles were revolutionary and were designed to be the most fuel-efficient and practical cars on the road.  

Leasing vs. Buying

Nov
30

Leasing vs. BuyingNew cars are expensive and that translates to large monthly payments.  No wonder that the lower payments you get when you lease a car has made leasing so popular.  Rather than just looking at the monthly payment, though, the question really is: which financial approach best meets your needs? Let’s take a look at the leasing vs buying option closer:

High Performance Car Speakers

Nov
30

High Performance Car SpeakersIf you want good sounding audio in your car, then you are going to need a good set of audio speakers. The problem is, though, what constitutes a good set of speakers? In this article we will review the ins and outs of perhaps the most important part of the automotive audio experience.

First, a Little about “Sound”

As you may know, sound is a “wave of pressure” that moves through the air. Air molecules are the physical mechanism by which the wave moves. When such pressure waves reach your eardrums and cause them to vibrate, the brain interprets this as sound.

How Long Should Your Car Battery Last?

Nov
30

Ames Ford - is your Battery FailingWhen car batteries are new, they don’t complain much and just do their job. But when they get old, they can crank a vehicle’s engine too slow to start a car. And, just about every driver has a horror story about this being discovered late at night and/or long ways from home. A natural question is: “When should my car’s battery be replaced so it doesn’t let me down?” A rough rule of thumb according to amesford.com is that a car battery lasts about four, maybe five,

Five FCA US LLC Vehicles Named ‘most Loved Vehicles in America’ by Strategic Vision

Nov
25

2015 Dodge Charger Front Angle“FCA continues to establish a strong foundation of vehicle finish, pride and excitement among owners of FIAT, Jeep and Dodge,” said Christopher Chaney, Senior Vice President – Strategic Vision. “All of this, combined with increasing trust from the overall ownership experience, is causing buyers to absolutely love the choice they made, and love always leads to loyalty.”

Ford Performance Announces IMSA Driver Lineup for 2016

Nov
24

Ford Performance Announces IMSA Driver Lineup for 2016Ford Chip Ganassi Racing officially announced today the four drivers who will compete in the all-new Ford GT for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Drivers Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Dirk Müller and Joey Hand have been selected for full-time rides in the two Ford GTs that will compete in the full IMSA WeatherTech schedule next year.

Hand and Müller will co-drive the No. 66 Ford GT, while Briscoe and Westbrook take the reins of the No. 67 Ford GT. Fans of Ford lore and sports car racing will immediately take note of the historic significance of the car numbers – the original predecessor of the Ford GT, the Ford GT-40, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. Ford marks the 50th anniversary of that first significant win with the return of the Ford GT to Le Mans in 2016.

Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang Named to the Car and Driver 2016 10Best List

Nov
20

Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang Named to the Car and Driver 2016 10Best ListCar and Driver magazine has named the Shelby® GT350 and GT350R Mustang to its 2016 10Best list, which recognizes the best new cars available in the United States for under $80,000. This marks the 10th time a version of Ford’s pony car has been named to the prestigious list.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Named 2016 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year

Nov
17

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Named 2016 Road & Track Performance Car of the YearThe Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang has been named 2016 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year by a runaway vote – beating out seven of the world’s best new sports cars in a competition that evaluated the vehicles on both road and track.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible 1 of 5 Hemi 4-Speed Convertibles Produced

Nov
16

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible Front AngleLike many notable extreme-demand vehicles, Hemi-powered Chrysler E-body convertibles were produced during a small window of time, 1970-71, and even then in very limited quantities. Today, a variety of factors have pushed these cars into the multimillion-dollar range. A car like this 1970 Lemon Twist Hemi Cuda has the right stuff. Take mileage as a starting point; the odometer reveals fewer than 27,500 miles on this spectacular car. Extra-cost options such as the Shaker Hood, High Impact FY1 paint, and Super Track Pak also matter. Plus, the fact that this factory 4-speed car retains its matching-numbers 426 Hemi engine and mostly original sheet metal plays a big role in value as well. Couple that with very low original production figures for all Hemi Cuda convertibles, and the evidence proves the case.