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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
July 2019 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

It's July so Happy 4th! I plan to attend the big show in Winston-Salem like I do every 4th. During July it seems like half the country is on some kind of vacation so get in one of your favorite vehicles and go somewhere and have fun. Going to a car show a distance from home is always interesting as you will see stuff you don't see in this area.

At the last council meeting we decided to send a letter to the Virginia governor about the situation in Warren County (see hobbyist news below). I mailed the request for an Attorney General's opinion to the Governor on May 6th and I have not heard anything from the governor's office. After about 6 weeks of no response I sent an email form through the Governor's website with the body of the letter copied into the text box. I will let you know when I hear something - if not I will continue to try and contact the Governor's office.

I've noticed that our elected representatives who are supposed to represent us sometimes ignore letters and emails so they don't have to respond. Sure letters can get lost in the mail and sometimes an email doesn't go through but we elected these officials to represent us and we should get a response to any communication with them. They shouldn't try to "duck" a response to a constituent.

I'm still working on a 25th anniversary "event" for council members. Next year, 2020, will be the council's 25th year in operation. If you have a suggestion please email me. So far I have had one suggestion.

I have photos of the Richmond AACA show along with other events online in the photos section. I was blown away by their 50th anniversary show - I took nearly 400 photos and there were almost that many vehicles at the event. Congrats to the club.

~ Fred

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 26th at 6:30 PM at a location to be announced in the August newsletter.

July 1957 Esquire calendar

Car Hobbyist News

For the last couple of months I’ve been talking about the antique registration tickets issued by Warren County. People actually got tickets for having passengers and personal possessions in antique vehicles. These things are not against the law and when the process was continued into Circuit Court (a court where records are kept) the charges were dismissed. I sent a letter to Governor Northam on May 6th asking for an Attorney General’s opinion as the council delegates decided at the April meeting. After 6 weeks there was no response so I went to the Governor’s website and sent an email form stating we were still waiting for a response and then copied the body of the original letter into the text box of the form. I have not gotten a response. I will continue to try and get a response for the Governor.

As I reported in the last hobbyist news the EPA was working on a plan to allow year round sales of E15 gasoline. President Trump wanted this to help farmers affected by a tariff. The EPA has succeeded in getting this done before the deadline of June 1st. Here is the announcement by the EPA at the end of May:

"WASHINGTON (May 31, 2019) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final action that would remove the key regulatory barrier to using gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol (E15) during the summer driving season and reform the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program to increase transparency and deter price manipulation. Taken together, these steps follow through on the Trump Administration’s commitment to responsible environmental protection that promotes energy independence, regulatory reform, and increasing the use of biofuels to give consumers more choices, while supporting American farmers.

“Following President Trump’s directive, today’s action expands the market for biofuels and improves the RFS program by increasing transparency and reducing price manipulation,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “As President Trump promised, EPA is approving the year-round sale of E15 in time for summer driving season, giving drivers more choices at the pump.”

With today’s action, EPA is finalizing regulatory changes to apply the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that currently applies to E10 during the summer months so that it applies to E15 as well. This removes a significant barrier to wider sales of E15 in the summer months, thus expanding the market for ethanol in transportation fuel.

EPA is also finalizing regulatory changes to reform certain elements of the RIN compliance system of the RFS program to increase transparency and deter price manipulation in the RIN market. The reforms include requirements for public disclosure if a party’s RIN holdings exceed certain thresholds and additional data collections to improve EPA market monitoring capability. These new reforms will also help EPA continue to gather the information needed to decide whether further action is needed to ensure stability in the RIN market."

Keep in mind you will need to check the labeling carefully so that you don’t accidently put E15 gasoline into a vehicle that cannot use it. E15 can cause engine damage in air-cooled engines and vehicles not designed for flex fuels. E15 is usually a little lower in cost than E10 regular gasoline.

President Trump also wanted to help coal miners and the coal industry so the EPA has rolled back the Obama-era plan limiting coal-fired power plant emissions. This change will allow states to set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. Also government officials in Glacier National Park in Montana have quietly removed signs saying the glaciers would be gone by 2020 due to climate change. In fact the glaciers seem to be a little larger than they were decades ago.

Richmond Ford Cruise In
Richmond Ford Cruise In - click to see all the photos

Texas Governor Signs Bill Banning Red Light Cameras Statewide

(We need to ban them in Virginia ~ Fred) From CBS Austin
In a video posted on Twitter, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law banning red light cameras across the state of Texas.

Those in support of the technology say it's a safety measure that keeps drivers from breaking the law and taking lives.

Downtown Austin resident Ellen Hiraoka said she is concerned there will be more accidents. "I live downtown so I like having them because it can be dangerous to be around here especially at night if you don't have that extra security," said Hiraoka.

Diana Morales, a resident from Hutto visiting the State Capitol agreed it could lead to fatalities.

"It's not a good thing, because people can go and run over people," said Morales.

Lawmakers in support of the ban argued it violates the presumption of innocence and the right to confront the accuser.

"I know I hate like barely going through the light and then like getting stopped or getting a ticket, I'm a college student I can't afford that so I don't think it's a bad thing," said Texas State University graduate Dantrel Hargers.

Drivers pay a $75 fee per violation. Millions of dollars in revenue collected from these tickets is used to fund trauma centers and city governments. The bill’s fiscal note states the ban will cut $28 million in funding over the next two years.

FORD v FERRARI | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

In Theaters November 15

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Expands the Sale of E-15 Gasoline

From SEMA:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rulemaking that allows gas stations around the country to sell E-15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15). The rule overturns the EPA’s long-standing prohibition on the sale of E-15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which was previously limited to summer sales of E10.

In the short-term, the EPA rule will face legal challenges and a court may disallow E-15 summer sales pending a decision. If deemed legal, marketplace sales may not be immediate. Instead, like E10, the number of gas stations selling E-15 may gradually expand and the availability of pure gas would continue to decline.

SEMA opposed the EPA rule allowing expanded E-15 sales. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E-15, can cause damage to vehicles manufactured before 2001, and certain high-performance parts.

A federal law called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the primary driver for E-15 sales. The EPA has turned to E-15 since the U.S. is not meeting RFS blended fuel mandates through sales of E10. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) has urged the U.S. Congress to remove or lower the mandates. The SAN will keep you informed when legislation is being considered in Congress.

Thank you to all the automotive enthusiasts who contacted the EPA in opposition to the EPA’s proposal to allow year-round E-15 sales.

46th Annual Old Dominion Meet-AACA - Click to see all the photos

Why You Need To Drive Your Classic,
And How To Get It Back On The Road

From Hagerty
I used to go to the gym five days per week without fail. My workout plan was solid consisting of both weight and cardio training. I started training back in my early twenties, but as I got older and life came into play, I found it challenging to maintain the regimen that I once called a religion. In my thirties, the gym was still very much a part of my life, but again, work, the house and family obligations, pushed it farther back in my weekly routine. Now in my mid-forties, the idea of slapping three-plates on each side of a bench press bar is foreign, but come hell or high water, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. You see I’ve been down this road before, letting my body sit idle until my mind tells me it’s time to restart its engine.

Classic cars, like our bodies, are machines. They require exercise, maintenance, and fuel along with a lifetime supply of TLC to keep them running. And while they’re not always easy to maintain, a little bit of care from time to time can mean the difference between a long and healthy life, and one that’s filled with headaches and grief. It’s the same as keeping a fitness habit versus the bigger task of getting into shape.

Let me explain.

I’ve been fortunate to own a variety of vehicles, with each appealing to a different part of my psyche. I’ve acquired them over twenty years and as such; they’ve received various degrees of upkeep and maintenance. My all-time favorite is my 1968 Dodge Charger. It’s my rock and a car that I used to drive regularly. At its peak, I’d put nearly 10,000 miles on the odometer per year driving it in cross country rallies, on road courses, and even to an occasional car show. In recent years other vehicles have come in and out of my life and have taken precedence, thus leaving the Charger parked under a cover with little, if anything, in the way of maintenance being done.

To be clear, this is the exact opposite of how I usually operate. In hindsight, I may have let the Charger sit because it’s always been so reliable, or maybe it’s just that I needed a break. Either way, it’s now time to resurrect the old boy and give it the attention it deserves to turn it back into the machine I fell in love with more than fifteen years ago. On the outside, the car still looks good despite a front end that’s been peppered with rock chips during our 60,000-mile journey together. The paint overall, while still beautiful, shows some flaws and cracks. The wheels that were once polished aluminum, have now faded. Under the hood, things look okay; however, I know deep down that a thorough inspection is in order before any extended drives take place.

The fact is, regardless of their age, cars want to be driven. It’s what they were designed to do, and it keeps them in a healthy state. That’s why when it comes to classics, I’d rather road-trip a high mileage vehicle that’s been driven and maintained as opposed to a low mileage example that’s gone through life as a show pony. From a collectible standpoint I understand the allure of a well cared for, low-mileage vehicle as everything from the paint and interior are generally in better shape. There’s also the “it’s only original once” mentality, however, as someone who drives his cars, that doesn’t much matter to me. In fact, in many cases, low mileage cars have to undergo mechanical restorations due to many of their components deteriorating over time due to storage and or lack of use.

For me, extended storage is defined as anything more than a year without proper vehicle operation. That means not only starting and running the car but also driving it for some time for all the parts to reach correct operating temperature (that’s about 10-15 miles). This gives all of the vehicles rotating and dried components ample time to lubricate and swell, along with providing the battery sufficient time to charge.

Long periods of non-usage means things will start to break down. Your battery will drain, rubber hoses and fuel lines can become brittle, engine seals dry out, metal components will corrode, tires can also develop flat spots and drive belts can crack. There is also the possibility (depending on how and where the vehicle was stored) of rodent or insect infestation (which is just icky), rust, and in regards to the interior, mold or heat damage.

If you fall into this extended storage club, fear not. It’s not the end of the world. It just means you’ve got some steps to take before you crank that engine over. Follow them, and you should be fine. Ignore them, and you could very well wind up with leaks, breakdowns and even electrical fires. You’re also the only one that knows how the car was initially stored, thus, you’ll need to remember that mental checklist to determine precisely what needs to be done before you get your vehicle back on the road.

Below is a list of six steps that I would recommend to everyone who is bringing their vehicle out of long-term storage.

Step 1: Inspection

Grab a flashlight and do a visual inspection of the cabin, under the hood, and around the vehicle. What you’re looking for is anything that seems out of the ordinary. Are there any leaks, are the oil and transmission pans dry, is the rear end weeping? Do the tires have the right amount of air, is there dry rot and are the wheels torqued correctly? Then turn your attention to the wires. How do they look - are they frayed or chewed upon, and is there evidence of outside contaminants such as acorns, twigs or leaves that may indicate rodents anywhere in the engine compartment? I bring this up because what many folks don’t realize is that in some cars, the sheathing used on the wires has a soy-based coating, which tastes like popcorn to rodents, so make sure you give it a thorough once-over.

Tasty wiring aside, rodents can still make a mess of things. Example; I once found a chipmunk nest in the airbox of my old Kawasaki ZX7 sportbike. The little guys had climbed through the ram-air ducts and packed away enough nuts for the entire winter. Thus, just because you don’t see something initially, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

In regards to the interior – look underneath the dash, again, checking to see if everything looks as it should. Feel the carpets for any moisture that may have gotten in and check the interior panels for mold. When this is done, proceed to check the body itself. This is especially important if the vehicle was stored outside as moisture from the ground will rise and cause rust and rot without you ever noticing. I’ve seen cars develop rust on the rockers, floor pans and especially around the rear window and door jams after sitting outside under a cover for less than a year, so be mindful.

Step 2: Fuel

Once you’ve completed your visual inspection, it’s time to turn your attention to the fuel. Here in California, our fuel is terrible, with 91 octane being the maximum available at the pump. It also contains ethanol (as does most of the pump gas in the U.S.), which isn’t classic car friendly as it does absorb water. The problem is not the ethanol itself, but the moisture it conducts can cause corrosion in your fuel tank and carburetor, along with possibly damaging engine seals if a vehicle is stored for extended periods. Thus, if your car is stored for a year or more, I would highly recommend draining out the old fuel with a siphon, and then adding some fresh fuel before the key is turned. This may be overkill to some, however, in regards to my personal cars, I’d instead do this, and be safe than sorry.

Step 3: Suspension

Next up, suspension. Jack up the car, place jack stands underneath, then crawl under with a grease gun and attach it to anything with a grease fitting. What you're doing here is making sure that everything from your sway bars and tie rods ends, to the ball joints, are sufficiently lubricated. Once done, wipe off any excess grease and you’ll be good to go. Oh, and while you’re down there, it’s probably a good idea to check your shocks to see if there’s any leakage.

Step 4: Fluids

This one’s easy – check your fluids – oil, power steering, brake, transmission, and antifreeze. As for changing them, honestly, it’s subjective and dependent upon how you initially stored the vehicle in the first place. For instance, if the oil was changed before the car being stored, and even after a year, I’d have no problem running it. However, in the case of my Charger, I’m not sure when I last swapped it out, therefore, an oil change is in order along with a new high-quality filter. If the other fluids look okay, they’ll be topped off, and that should be that. (You’ll want to revisit some of these fluids later if you plan to keep driving the car regularly.)

Step 5: Fire it up

Now that the fluids have been checked/changed, your battery charged, tires checked, and wheels torqued, it’s finally time to turn the key. If you’re the current owner of a classic car that runs a carburetor than you know that after sitting, the initial startup might be problematic. If it doesn’t crank immediately and you’re worried about draining your battery, simply shoot a few squirts of starter fluid into the carb, and that should help to fire it up. If this doesn’t work, grab a test light and go through the checklist: spark, fuel, and compression. I’ve seen everything from coils to fuel pumps work before storage, and then for no apparent reason, crap out when the time came to enjoy the vehicle again.

Step 6: The shakedown run

Now that everything is complete and the vehicle running, it’s time for a test drive. The key here is to start slow. Get yourself out on the road and go for a leisurely ride of about five miles or so paying particular attention to your gauges. Once done, pull back into the driveway, pop the hood and check for leaks from the carburetor, power steering pump, brake lines, radiator, thermostat housing along with any other extra oil and transmission coolers that have been added to the vehicle. If everything checks out, then it’s now time for a longer run. This time, get on the gas to see if the timing is dialed in and how the car performs as a whole. Once complete, check again for leaks and if it all looks good then pull that sucker out of storage for the long haul and enjoy.

Some of you will think that the above is overkill, which is a shame, as the fact is our classics are just that–classics. In many cases, they still contain much of their original components. So while it may take the better part of an afternoon to bring your car out of hibernation properly, the payoff, if done correctly, will be great.

10th Annual Drive It Forward
10th Annual Drive It Forward - click to see all the photos

Legislative Front Lines - From SEMA

Nevada Military Vehicle Bill Becomes Law

UPDATE: Texas Assembled Vehicles Bill Passes Legislature; Goes to Governor

Michigan Introduces Bills to Allow for Historic Military Vehicle Titling

Minnesota Pro-Hobby Bills Eligible for Reconsideration in 2020

Oklahoma Bills to Create Titling for HUMVEES Eligible for Reconsideration In 2020

Nebraska Single Plate Bill Eligible for Reconsideration In 2020

Missouri Historic Vehicle Bill Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Texas Single Plate Bills Die as Legislature Adjourns

Connecticut License Plate Bills Die as Legislature Adjourns

UPDATE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Expands the Sale of E-15 Gasoline

Texas Assembled Vehicles Bill Signed into Law

Delaware Bill to Ease Street Rod Registration Becomes Law

Rhode Island Bills to Allow for Display of a Single Year of Manufacture License Plate Each Pass Committee; Senate Version Moves to Floor and House Version Moves to Floor

Pennsylvania Introduces Pro-Hobby Bills to Reform Emissions Testing Requirements

Red Rocker Candy Cruise-In
Red Rocker Candy Cruise-In - Click to see all the photos

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
It was the mid nineties, and I was changing a flat tire on my dad's Ford Ranger. I had the truck parked at the top of his driveway which was on a long and steep hill. Before I attempted to tackle the annoying job of chocking the wheels and jacking the truck up, I decided to set the spare tire against the side of the truck. In a split second I regretted my decision as the tire started rolling down the driveway and across the road...and continued through the neighbor's yard.

And it did not stop there. The tire continued to roll into the lake alongside the neighbor's house and floated into the middle where I could not easily get to it. After a few moments of raucous colorful language, I finally got up the courage to ask my dad to borrow his canoe to retrieve the tire from the lake. The worst part was the neighbor was in his house watching everything as it happened. Of course he had to come out to see if I needed a hand. It always seems there is someone around to see the stupid things you do when you think you are alone.

David in Illinois

Vintage Bike Show at Stony Point
Vintage Bike Show at Stony Point - Click to see all the photos

Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its ‘Gone by 2020’ Signs

From Wattsupwiththat.com ~ Several sources have reported this ~ so much for global warming/climate change/green new deal ~ Fred
Glaciers Appear to be Growing, not Melting in Recent Years

By Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.,

Founder, Lysander Spooner University

May 30, 2019. St. Mary, Montana. Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030. In recent years the National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were melting away rapidly. But now officials at GNP seem to be scrambling to hide or replace their previous hysterical claims while avoiding any notice to the public that the claims were inaccurate. Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing—not shrinking—since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier—easily seen from the Going-To-The-Sun Highway—may have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)

The centerpiece of the visitor center at St. Mary near the east boundary is a large three-dimensional diorama showing lights going out as the glaciers disappear. Visitors press a button to see the diorama lit up like a Christmas tree in 1850, then showing fewer and fewer lights until the diorama goes completely dark. As recently as September 2018 the diorama displayed a sign saying GNP’s glaciers were expected to disappear completely by 2020.

But at some point during this past winter (as the visitor center was closed to the public), workers replaced the diorama’s ‘gone by 2020’ engraving with a new sign indicating the glaciers will disappear in “future generations.”

Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting. Some signs indicate that glacial melt is “accelerating.” A common trick used by the National Park Service at GNP is to display old black-and-white photos of glaciers from bygone years (say, “1922”) next to photos of the same glaciers taken in more recent years showing the glaciers much diminished (say, “2006”). Anyone familiar with glaciers in the northern Rockies knows that glaciers tend to grow for nine months each winter and melt for three months each summer. Thus, such photo displays without precise calendar dates may be highly deceptive.

Last year the Park Service quietly removed its two large steel trash cans at the Many Glacier Hotel which depicted “before and after” engravings of the Grinnell Glacier in 1910 and 2009. The steel carvings indicated that the Glacier had shrunk significantly between the two dates. But a viral video published on Wattsupwiththat.com showed that the Grinnell Glacier appears to be slightly larger than in 2009.

The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources. But no mainstream news outlet has done any meaningful reporting regarding the apparent stabilization and recovery of the glaciers in GNP over the past decade. Even local Montana news sources such as The Missoulian, Billings Gazette and Bozeman Daily Chronicle have remained utterly silent regarding this story.

(Note that since September 2015 the author has offered to bet anyone $5,000 that GNP’s glaciers will still exist in 2030, in contradiction to the reported scientific consensus. To this day no one has taken me up on my offer. –R.R.)

15th Annual Paw-Paw Classic Car Show
15th Annual Paw-Paw Classic Car Show - Click to see all the photos

The Briefs

Miss the old Ranchero or El Camino? Well a company in Denver sells left hand utes:"American auto enthusiasts have long cried out for the return of the Chevrolet El Camino. The half-car, half-truck model departed from America in 1987, but it still thrived in The Land Down Under (where it was started), referred to by Australians as ‘utes’. Randy Reese, owner and operator of Left Hand Utes in Denver, Colorado, realized there may be a small niche market for utes in America, and began importing Holden ute bodies from Australia as parts vehicles, then combining them with General Motors vehicles from America, thereby making them legal to be registered in the U.S." - SAM MCEACHERN, GM AUTHORITY Magazine. Visit the site at lefthandutes.com

The battery pack on one version of the Tesla Model S contains 140 pounds of lithium compounds or the equivalent to the lithium in 10,000 typical cell phones.

New York City began seizing 46 ice cream trucks in "Operation Meltdown" after operators violated traffic laws and then evaded fines for nearly a decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release. As the operators were handing out popsicles from 2009 to 2017 they also were racking up 22,000 summonses and nearly $4.5 million in fines for traffic violations, the city said. The operators had been cited for running red lights, parking near fire hydrants and blocking cross walks, among other things, the news release said. "We all know from common experience that ice cream trucks are magnets for children," said Zachary W. Carter, the city's corporation counsel. "In order to protect this particularly vulnerable category of pedestrians, our traffic laws must be strictly enforced." To get away with not paying fines, the release said, the operators created dozens of "shell" companies and systematically re-registered trucks at the Department of Motor Vehicles under the names of different corporations. By the time the city's finance department would try to collect on a debt, there would be no trace of the offending company, according to the news release. The city has filed a lawsuit against offenders who owe more than $10,000 in judgments or unpaid fines, the release said. "No New Yorker is above the law -- especially those who try to ignore public safety laws and create dangerous situations for pedestrians, bikers and drivers," de Blasio said in a statement.

President Harry S. Truman's last car was a 1972 Chrysler Newport. The Newport is maintained and displayed by the US National Park Service. Harry Truman loved his cars. From his first car, a 1911 Stafford, to his last one, a 1972 Chrysler Newport, Harry took great pride in driving and maintaining his vehicles. He had his cars washed every few days, the upholstery vacuumed, and he never allowed smoking in his cars. Parked in the garage behind the Truman Home at 219 N. Delaware, Harry Truman's last car, a light green 1972 Chrysler Newport, was purchased only six months before he passed. The car would be used by Bess until she passed in 1982. Truman traded in a 1969 Chrysler and purchased the '72 model in nearby Odessa, Missouri (always looking for the best deal). Supposedly, Harry picked the exterior color, while Bess picked the interior. With less than 19,000 miles on the odometer, the 4-door, 8-cylinder coupe is almost like new. For the license plate number, Mr. Truman asked the state license bureau for 5745, the date of VE day in Europe, May 7th, 1945, just one day before his birthday on May 8th. The plate number has been permanently retired. The car was inherited by Margaret Truman upon the passing of her mother. Margaret donated the car to the National Park Service which still maintains the vehicle today. The car is visible to visitors to the Truman home during the summer season.

A 1968 Mustang Fastback with the 390 cubic-inch motor mated to a manual transmission was been sold with its former owner, James. The car - in need of restoration - was sold with James in a jar on the front seat. Yes, cremated James was in a jar on the front seat. The car was later sold on Ebay and yes, James went with the car again, this time to England. The new owner plans a full resto and hopefully James will once again ride in the Mustang.

Annual auto emissions inspections could become a thing of the past in Pennsylvania. Legislation bills aimed at modernizing Pennsylvania’s way of reducing air pollution through mandated vehicle inspections were approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. The Senate Transportation Committee approved by a 9-5 party-line vote legislation that would lift the requirement for annual emission inspections, which cost about $40 on average, on vehicles up to eight years after the vehicle was manufactured. The bills are now positioned to continue working their way through the Senate. In the 25 counties where these annual inspections are required which include many of the southcentral Pennsylvania counties, it has been found that less than 2 percent of vehicles that are 8 years old or newer failed their emissions test.

The Environmental Protection Agency on June 19th said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. The move fulfills part of President Donald Trump's promise to help the coal industry, but will likely face court challenges from environmental groups and several states.

How much energy does it take to build a new hybrid compact-sized car? The equivalent of 325 gallons (1230 liters) of gasoline. (source: Sierra Magazine citing study by Argonne National Laboratory)

50th Annual Richmond Region AACA Car Show and Swap Meet
50th Annual Richmond Region AACA Car Show and Swap Meet - Click to see all the photos

Support the RPM Act

Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

2019 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2018 must be reintroduced for consideration.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below

50th Annual Richmond Region AACA Car Show and Swap Meet
50th Annual Richmond Region AACA Car Show and Swap Meet - Click to see all the photos

Car Modifications to Consider Carefully, According to You

From Hagerty:
We put the call out on the Hagerty Forums last week to tell us about the modifications and customizations you did on your car—only to regret it later. Customizing cars is a rite of passage and can be rewarding. There is nothing like being able to pick out your red coupe in a crowd because of the custom touches you have done.

However, it seems a more than a few of us—myself included—took it a bit too far at one point. Fortunately, we all learned from our mistakes (you did, right?) and are also comfortable sharing the experience so we can all chuckle a bit at our past selves. So read on to hear about the four modifications that Hagerty readers regret performing.

Loud exhaust

The lope of an open exhaust on a well-tuned engine is damn near an automotive siren song. It draws you to the parts counter to order those headers and side pipes. You slave under the car for an entire weekend and revel in the glorious sound—for about two days. A bulk order of ear plugs is simply a band-aid. Mufflers exist for a reason.

Stereo equipment

Even if you’re just trying to cover up the drone of that modified exhaust, but adding a highfalutin mix of big speakers and powerful amplifiers rarely ends well. Holes in door panels and interior sheet metal also open up holes in your wallet when you go to sell the car—or repair the damage from adding that goofy setup.

Aftermarket sunroof

All right, only one commenter admitted to this one, but it’s worth highlighting. Using a reciprocating saw as a scalpel rarely ends well, and if the patient is a 1969 Camaro, you have an uphill battle to improve on the design. Adding glass to the roof might sound nice, but it only opens up more places for water to leak in—and is mighty difficult to undo. Honorary mention to adding a shaker-style hood to just about anything that isn’t a Trans Am, Mustang, or Mopar. Ouch.

Short-shift kit

While classic car shifters can be mighty sloppy, adding a short shifter to even the sharpest functioning transmission can have adverse results. Increased shifting effort and hard-to-find gears are just two problems, but others can appear as the increased force on the shifting mechanism wears parts at an accelerated rate. Fortunately, this is the easiest to reverse (pun intended) of the modifications listed.

50th Annual Richmond Region AACA Car Show and Swap Meet
You never know what you will see at a show - removable hardtop Ford pickup

Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel

Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol.

DMV Titling Information

As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.

You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.

The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.

Antique Plate Info Flyer Online

The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.

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