Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How to Broadcasting

I call this Lego-chanic work.

Howcast.com is pretty much what it states-a video uploading site that explains everything thing from How to Diagnose Problems in your vehicle, to how to purchase the right vehicle. It's a great site to not only help your customers, but to also can help refresh your auto shop's systematic ways of checking and problem solving vehicles.

Check out this video cast here:http://www.howcast.com/videos/10736-How-to-Diagnose-Problems-with-Your-Car#

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tattoo Tuesday

How much more of an automobile can you get? I know...... all he needs is four wheels and a gear. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Upload Mondays: Automotive Art-Beautiful Photos


As a graduate with a fine arts degree, the automotive world so far (for me) has been very separated from any art world that I am familiar with. Sure, cars are beautiful, and sports cars/vintage mobiles/bikes/racing all have creative ways of kicking ass, but thinking about cars and painting, or trucks and installation? Never. However, this photographer's photos make the car look beautiful. Rather, the moment-car and landscape, vehicle's interior and exterior are absolutely stunning. Amazing complete photographs-not just a great ride. Check her portfolio out!! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Most Expensive & The Cheapest States for Car Repairs

(extracted from article: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/most-expensive-cheapest-states-car-repairs-6C10287974 by Paul A. Elsenstein)

Fun facts for the Automotive Repair Businesses and information for your customers-the most expensive states and the cheapest states for taking your vehicle to the mechanic.

In 2011, studies show that automotive repair costs rose by 10% from the previous year, with a huge variation in averages across the country.

Take a look at where your state lies- (mine is Ohio, thankfully, getting my car fixed is quite cheap compared to the rest of the nation)-on this list. I find it interesting, the states with the lowest average repair cost are Iowa, South Dakota, Delaware, and West Virginia. The highest, some surprising and some not-so surprising,  are New Jersey, California, D.C. and North Carolina.

According to this article, the "local mechanic's" pay varies greatly with each state. Colorado has the highest paid mechanics, and Vermont pays their auto repair technicians the least amount of money.

Why the change in repair costs? The answer depends on several factors that vary from state to state. Vehicles are subject to natural disasters, different types of roads, varied average distance commuters drive, climate, average vehicle cost within state households, etc. Depending on the type of repair, the types of vehicles coming into the auto shops, and the weather most are facing, prices will fluctuate.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I Love Scott

Ahhh Scott. If this was me I would have many name tags from my many places of employment, mostly waitressing, but sure is useful for the once a mechanic, always a mechanic kind of person.

Photograph byhttp://www.anthonygeorgis.com/levis/

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday's Site Upload: Hooniverse


Hooniverse devotes its web space to all things with wheels and an engine, including forums, projects, merch, car uploading sites, blog posts, road test reviews, and auto industry news. Forums discuss topics such as cars available for sale, car updates and modifications, how-to help for the DIY mechanic, and simple voices from automechanics and like-minded enthusiasts. I immediately fell in love with this post: why don't they make these kind of cars anymore?? I'd take one any day!!

"When you think 1963 International Harvester Travelall, you usually think rusted, clapped-out raccoon sex dungeon on the back 40 of some farm in Iowa. Today’s example is no such hulk. This one’s been completely gone through and received a collection of new parts including paint, tires, a carb rebuild, battery and other details. There are basket cases, there are cars with what seems like a bunch stuff added, and there are cars cleaned up correctly. This one’s the latter.

With a 266ci V8 and 4 speed manual, it won’t win any races, but it will tow a small boat or sports car of similar vintage. It’s only two wheel drive, but let’s be honest: you’re not going to do any serious offroading or snow duty in a classic like this. Besides, the tires are 33″ BFG All-Terrains that offer enough clearance and traction should things get interesting. If you really wanted to, you could convert it to 4wd for less money and effort than it would take to bring a typical 4wd example up to this condition."

Check out more amazing vehicles and voices from the mechanics at hooniverse.com!!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Love the clean edges on this tattoo! Beautiful oldies with a crazy engine, hope that's his car!

Can you please take me to wherever this picture was taken, on this fabulous Tuesday?
With that car?
Follow #AsphaltHeritage Club on Tumblr and see many more beautiful scenic getaway rides

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mondays are Painful, Watch a Video

I have a few friends that go by simple Youtube videos to work on their cars or to vamp up their motorcycles, and they often find it super helpful especially when dealing with custom work. There are many Automotive Repair Video Blogs around, such as Robinson's Auto Repair, to help those who have DIY home projects or for those faced with an ugly, unusual situation. Also interesting to see how others fix similar problems. My friend built a simple 1980 Yamaha 450 cc into a low rider simply by following Youtube! Thought it was incredible. Having medal welding supplies was a plus for him as well, but probably couldn't have done it without handy helpful videos.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tattoo Tuesday

Looking for tattooed mechanics! Got an interesting design? Email lmartin@shopsaverexpress.com and we'll post it!