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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
October 2020 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

We held the 1st Annual Breakthrough Car Show and 25th anniversary of the council on Saturday September 26th. The weather people said the rain was over and they were wrong. I got to the field about 7 am and it was misting. Later it rained and rained and rained for about 3 hours. Still the vehicles came. At the end we had about 100 registered show vehicles. We had a counter at the entrance and there were over 500 people at this event. There were five antique fire trucks, a display of new vehicles by Strosnider Chevrolet, four food trucks, a silent auction that raised a lot of money, DJ Jeff, free stuff given away by Texas Road House, art for sale by Side Street Gallery and more. Considering the rain and the muddy field the show was a success.

During the award ceremony I was surprised and humbled by an award. Rusty Holcomb, National Street Rod Association rep, presented me with the NSRA Merit Award for my work on behalf of car hobbyists. I deeply appreciate this honor and will continue to do the best I can with what I have.

The show committee is going to meet in October. We will look at the money spent, the funds raised, discuss what happened at the show. We will make a presentation at the council meeting on October 26. Already people are in favor of having a second show next year. The council will discuss at the meeting.

This is the last full month of events so I urge you to get out there before the “car season” is over. It has been a rough year for car shows with the virus lockdown and lots of rain. Next month we get to vote and I urge you to vote. In California the governor wants to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035 – yes they are coming after us. And auto makers are moving toward electric vehicles. Get out there and leave a carbon footprint while you can.

~ Fred


Video of the Pamplin Park Show by Bucky327


Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) getting ready for Halloween in her Thunderbird

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 26th at 6:30 PM at Cesare's Ristorante & Pizza 13301 Rivers Bend Blvd Chester, VA 23836, phone: 804-530-1047. Click for driving directions. We will elect officers for 2021, discuss the 25th anniversary car show, discuss the auto-related bills in the special General Assembly session.

Car Hobbyist News

The special session of the General Assembly has now gone on for over a month. It could last even longer than a regular session. The General Assembly only met once every two years until the 1970s when a “short” session was added. The “long” sessions are every other year for the budget. Both the governor and the assembly can call a “special” session at any time to deal with pressing needs. In the past special sessions were called to deal with the budget. This session was called to deal with both the budget – due to the virus lockdown – and police reform. There have been four bills introduced that are auto-related.

Let’s start with the only one of the three bills to get out of committee: SB 5029 Marijuana and certain traffic infractions; possession, issuing citations. This bill passed the Senate and has now been assigned to a House committee. Here is the bill summary: Issuing citations; possession of marijuana and certain traffic infractions. Changes from primary offenses to secondary offenses the possession of marijuana and the traffic infractions of operating a motor vehicle (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (iii) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (iv) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle. A secondary offense is one for which a summons can only be issued if the offender is stopped for another, separate offense. The bill also provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully search or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana and no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding.

You can see this bill’s intend is to stop police from using minor traffic violations to allow officers to search vehicles to find more serious violations.

The next bill of interest is HB 5001 Motor Vehicles, Department of; customer service centers hours of operation. This bill, if it becomes law, would open up the DMV customer service centers. It has been stalled in a committee for weeks. The House is just not operating as well as the Senate. DMV has been using 90 day rolling appointments which mean you could wait 2 or 3 months to get something done. Here are some hints for getting your DMV needs met sooner. DMV has a 90 day window on appointments but there may be cancellations. Be sure to check every day and you may be able to get an appointment sooner. Some cities, towns and counties have satellite DMV offices with limited services. These are walk-ins so you might be able to find one near you. Call ahead and check to see if a satellite office is open and can handle your transaction. Some dealerships can handle title and license plates if you purchase a vehicle from them. Usually they have a limited choice of plates but you can always go online later and get a set plates that you want.

The next bill is HB 5004 Driver's licenses; discretionary requirement to conduct ceremony when issuing to person under 18. You may recall when you got your driver’s license you went before a General District judge in court to get your license. You may have gotten a lecture from the judge or even seen a film clip. This bill, if it becomes law, would bring that back. Because of the virus this ceremony was stopped. Like the previous bill it has been stuck in committee for weeks.

The final bill is SB 5011 Motor vehicle safety inspection program; abolishing state program, etc. This measure was defeated earlier this year in the regular session and I’m not sure who is actually for this bill. It also has been stuck in committee for weeks. As I stated before the House is just not working as well as the Senate. The Senate is meeting in person while the House is meeting online. I believe that has something to do with this.

Now let’s take a look at what has just happened in California. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an order Wednesday (September 23rd) that aims to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in the state by 2035. Newsom said in a statement that the widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to combat climate change. I wonder where they are going to find all those zero-emission vehicles.

The U.S. market share of plug-in electric passenger cars increased from 0.14% in 2011 to 0.75% in 2014, and fell to 0.66% in 2015. In the U.S. there are 3.4 plug-in vehicles per 1000 people. There are 838 vehicles total per 1000 people in the U.S. Some simple math shows that less than half of one percent of vehicles in America are plug-in electrics.

If you’ve been to a car show lately you know that attendance is up. Everyone thinks this is because we didn’t have car shows for months this year. The calendar was filled with red ink saying event were cancelled or moved. Some events have even been postponed until next year. There are plenty of October events – I encourage you to get out and have some fun before Winter.

Raise the Hood 4 Women
Raise the Hood 4 Women - click to see all the photos

Traveling in the COVID-19 Era

I wish to share my experiences traveling this summer. Things are quite a bit different than they have been in previous years due to the virus.

In late June I decided to take my wife for a two day stay at a condo in Wintergreen. I had checked Google and it said there were at least three restaurants open. My wife doesn’t want to cook while on holiday. When we got to the condo we quickly discovered that there were no restaurants or much else open. The building we were staying had about 50 condos and we were the only people there except for a guy doing work on one condo during the day. The only place to buy food was a gas station/mini-mart. We were lucky the condo had a kitchen. Lesson learned – call every single place you plan to visit before you go. Do not rely on that lying Google. In fact I’ve eaten in restaurants that Google said were closed.

In July we decided to stay a couple of days in Winchester to visit several places there. I think I set a record for getting kicked out of a motel before even getting into the motel room. I reserved the room a few days earlier and had stayed at this place for years. They did not have the room I reserved. The manager wasted no time reversing the credit card charge and sending me on my way. I was shocked and told her what I thought of this. I found out a couple of things later – that what she did was against state law and that the motel had been sold to a college. That’s why they didn’t care about me. We drove about a mile, got another motel at a lower price that ended up having better facilities. While we were in Winchester we only ate at two restaurants. The other times we got take out. Unlike this area many, if not most, restaurants were either closed or only had take out. They also had limited hours. Many stores were not open at all.

In August I drove to King George County to a car show. On 301 I spotted a couple of antique stores and we stopped. Both had large and numerous mask signs. We were the only people other than the owner at one store so we didn’t bother with the masks. The owner said we had to wear them and asked was there a problem. I said yes and he informed me that the local health department had gone to the businesses in the county and told them they would be fined $2500 per person for anyone not wearing a mask. The car show was at a hardware store in the same county and most people in the store were not wearing masks. So I don’t know if what the guy said was true or if he was just another virus nut case. The virus seems to have both driven some people nuts and given the opportunity to both governments and businesses to have lousy customer service.

September we went to Pennsylvania to see relatives. I got a room at a Hampton Inn I’ve stayed at many times. We stayed there to visit several places in the area. I noticed things were very different than Virginia. Motels were not allowed to open in Pennsylvania until July 1 and it showed. Check in was slow and when I got to the room it was 62 degrees with the AC blowing on high. Now I know some think 62 is warm but those people live in Alaska and are called Eskimos. I turned the unit to heat and it still blew cold plus my wife had discovered there was no toilet paper. I called the front desk, got toilet paper but no help on the HVAC unit. Finally I turned it off and by the time we were ready to leave the next morning it had made it up to 70. That’s when I got another surprise. The usually very good Hampton Inn breakfast with real meat was gone. Instead we got a sack with a cereal bar and bottled water. We went to Perkins and spent twenty bucks on breakfast – the Hampton Inn charged the same amount as they did last year when a real breakfast was included.

We then stayed two days at the city where the family reunion event was going to take place. This was a Quality Inn that cost less. It also had a sack breakfast but it contained bottled water, bottle of orange juice, granola bar, yogurt cup, fruit cup, blueberry muffin and even a napkin. Plus the people at the motel made us coffee. While much better than the Hampton we still had a problem with the credit card style room keys. In less than a day we went through 6 of them. They would work fine on the motel exterior doors but would not open the room door. We would just keep trying them until the door would open. A guy working at the motel said the locks run on batteries and that one might need replacing and he said he would tell someone to take a look at it. We went to the reunion event and when we returned the keys still wouldn’t work right and we were out of toilet paper because the motel room only had part of a roll plus when we needed ice we had to go to the motel office to get it. Sure wouldn’t want anyone to get the virus from ice. When I confronted the manager about the key situation she told me the truth. The motel had no maintenance people so the door didn’t get fixed, sorry.

I think that might have been the problem at the Hampton Inn – motels had laid off the maintenance people because the motels had been closed for months and with hardly anyone staying at the motels it was cheaper not to rehire anyone. This Quality Inn was a big place. It was a conference center with large swimming pool, restaurant and bar – all of which were closed. The pool because of the virus and the restaurant and bar because there were so few people staying at the motel. It was like walking through a ghost motel with working lights.

A word about masks in Pennsylvania – just about every place had the same sign that said no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service and yes you have rights but we rights too. The sign should have said you had rights before the virus but not now.

What have I learned? The Boy Scout moto is “Be Prepared” and you should keep that in mind when you travel. Call every single place you place to visit or dine to make sure they are open and have not changed their hours. Take food, water and anything else you need. Don’t think you can just buy it there because “there” may not be open. And yes I am sick and tired of this virus. The week I was in Pennsylvania the New York Times published an article about COVID tests being 90% false positive. Also at that time I saw an article about a woman whose relatives got positive results on her COVID test. She died 6 months earlier and had never been tested. My wife knows a couple who went to get tested, got tired of waiting and left. A few days later they learned they had tested positive. And you might call this a modern Chinese proverb: a Chinese man was visiting in America and noticed that people here watch a lot of news. He asked an American why he watched so much TV news. The American responded by asking him don’t you watch news in China? The Chinese man said no, because it’s nothing but lies and propaganda.

13th Annual HBC Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show at Hyles Baptist Church
13th Annual HBC Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show at Hyles Baptist Church - click to see all the photos

The Briefs

Why are there bumps and bulges all over the whip antennas on some newer cars? Three reasons: helical antennas with a wire wrapped around a fiberglass core increase radio reception from a shorter length antenna, metal antennas shaped in a subtle spiral reduce wind noise, this appearance makes the antennas look more high-tech and desirable than antennas on older cars and/or competitors' new cars.

A man in Oklahoma reportedly learned that it is illegal to drive naked when he was apprehended doing so at a Taco Bell drive-thru. The suspect reportedly asked workers for extra sauce and an extra taco while not wearing any clothes. Authorities responded to a call around 9 p.m. on Saturday night about a naked man in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru, Fox 25 reports. According to police reports, 61-year-old Christopher Sale was naked in his vehicle when he ordered his food and paid for it. After paying, however, Sale reportedly requested an extra taco from the workers. He reportedly stayed in the drive-thru asking for additional items like sauce packets and napkins. At one point, he allegedly left the drive-thru, only to return and ask for more sauce. When authorities detained the man, he reportedly explained that his clothes were in the washer and that he was unaware that it was illegal to drive naked.

Workers at a Taco Bell in Tennessee reportedly saved a man’s life earlier this month when a motorist passed out in the drive-thru line. Workers reportedly noticed a car facing the wrong way after they checked on why the line stopped moving. Sonja Nixon Frazier went out to investigate the scene with another worker. “We opened the door and he was blue,” Frazier told a local news outlet. “I told Jonathan to park the car, and we both pulled him out and put him on the ground. I said to put him on his left side. His hands and fingertips were blue. I found a pulse, but it was real vague.” Fortunately, the workers were able to keep the man alive until emergency workers arrived and took over, saving the man’s life.

A South Carolina man is in custody after authorities say he led deputies on a pursuit through North Carolina after firing a sawed-off shotgun at several drivers before crashing his truck in Emporia. Nash County Sheriff’s Deputies said they received calls about a man shooting at vehicles with a sawed-off shotgun along I-95. the chase began on I-95 North in southern Nash County and went through Halifax County before crossing the state line into Virginia. Virginia State Police said troopers took over the pursuit from there before the truck crashed in the median near mile marker 11 in Emporia, Virginia. A VSP spokeswoman said Dangerfield was taken into custody without incident. Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said two people were injured and taken to local hospitals; at least one person was shot. Stone said the chase reached speeds of around 100 miles per hour. Franklin Joseph Dangerfield, of Ladson, SC faces several charges including assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence, reckless driving.

The U.S. Weather Bureau credited the city of Indianapolis with popularizing the word smog, a contraction of the words smoke and fog, when it adopted the term in 1926 as an official weather condition. At that time smog had been in use for some time.

Head of the Virginia State Police Association, Wayne Huggins noted in a call to a radio show that there are 312 vacancies in the State Police right now and troopers "are leaving in droves." Huggins is quoted in the RTD from the press conference said in his 50 year "career in law enforcement, I have never witnessed lower morale than there is today throughout Virginia’s law enforcement community.”

Richmond police say a suspect is being sought in several car vandalisms in the Shockoe Bottom area. According to police, sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Aug. 23, a woman said she parked her car in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Later on when she went to move her car, she discovered someone had keyed her car. Police say the suspect left her a note saying, ‘This is a loading zone, not a park however long you want zone’. Detectives believe the suspect is responsible for keying several other cars in the area.

The Trump administration has tapped David Legates, an academic who has long questioned the scientific consensus that human activity is causing global warming, to help run the agency that produces much of the climate research funded by the U.S. government. Legates, a University of Delaware professor who was forced out of his role as that state’s climatologist because of his controversial views, has taken a senior leadership role at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Bounty Cheramy, 22, smelling of alcohol and swaying back and forth, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on Aug. 30 after his Mazda allegedly struck an electronic traffic sign flashing the message, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," according to a police affidavit. Officers in Port Charlotte, Florida, said Cheramy told them he had been on his phone and "suddenly struck something" but was unsure what it was. His car sustained heavy front-end damage, and the nearby sign was wrecked, The Smoking Gun reported. The affidavit also noted Cheramy recorded a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit in two breath tests.

Dr. Devainder Goli, was watching a movie on his phone as his Tesla drove on autopilot near Spring Hope, North Carolina, early on Aug. 26, according to authorities, before narrowly missing a Nash County Sheriff's deputy and a State Highway Patrol trooper and crashing instead into both of their cruisers. "It could have been very horrific," Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone told WRAL. The officers were conducting an overnight lane closure at the time of the accident. Goli was charged with a moving violation. "We need to understand that automation cannot do everything," Stone said.

Right-to-Repair will be on the ballot in Massachusetts: Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote for a ballot initiative that would provide them with access to their mechanical data and would permit them to share that data with the repair shop of their choice. Website Massachusetts Right to Repair

Old Dominion Late Great Chevy 2020 Annual Car Show
Old Dominion Late Great Chevy 2020 Annual Car Show - click to see all the photos

J. C. Whitney Gone

From Rod Authority
Automotive Parts Icon JC Whitney Nameplate Fades Into The Night

Much like that ever-faithful, fellow-employee who consistently shows up to work alongside folks to help them get the job done, mail-order parts warehouse mogul, JC Whitney has spent decades helping auto enthusiasts complete and upgrade their cars, trucks, jeeps, and motorcycles. And, more often than not, just like that fellow employee, their presence isn’t completely recognized – until they’re gone.

Warshawsky & Company was a Chicago-based company that used the power of mail-order catalogs to reach new customers.

Before a time when every car nut’s “reading room” had at least one copy of the JC Whitney catalog, the company’s founder, a Lithuanian immigrant named Israel Warshawsky, began his career as a scrap dealer. Opening in 1915 just as the American automobile industry was taking root, Israel began his business in the South Side of Chicago and called it Warshawsky & Company, selling parts to Model T owners to keep their cars running. Throughout World War One and the Great Depression, Warshawsky & Company grew and Israel began buying out some of the failed automotive manufacturers, which added to their growing parts inventory.

The Warshawsky catalog changed into the JC Whitney catalogs that fueled our automotive dreams all through the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

Warshawsky & Company continued to grow, and in 1934, Israel’s son Roy came on board. Roy had recently graduated from the University of Chicago and was keenly aware of the growth afforded to fellow Chicago-based company Sears through their mail-order catalog. Roy proposed that Warshawsky & Company begin their own catalog and spent reportedly $60 on an ad in Popular Mechanics. For 25-cents, customers could receive the Warshawsky & Company catalog, chock full of parts to help them work on their cars. Response to the ad was overwhelming and the Warshawsky Company soon began shipping more parts through the mail than over their Chicago sales counter.

Roy took over the company when Israel passed in 1943, and under his direction the company continued to grow and evolve into one of its most profitable stages. The Warshawsky & Company name eventually changed into the now-iconic “JC Whitney” to afford a more domestic nomenclature. The ’50s and ’60s were incredibly profitable times for JC Whitney as a company, who now offered parts to modify, customize, as well as restore and rebuild about any vehicle. Special catalogs were designed to highlight cars, trucks, Jeep, and even Volkswagen.

The catchphrase, "Everything Automotive" certainly was true during the heyday of the mail-order catalog era. Everything from engine internals, tools, hop-up parts, and many things you didn't even know you needed could be shipped to your doorstep.

Roy Warshawsky headed the company into the ’90s, until his retirement in 1991. In June of 2002, the Riverside Company purchased JC Whitney. The Riverside Company then created the Whitney Automotive Group, which oversaw other companies such as CarParts.com, StylinTrucks.com, and AllBikeSupershop.com in 2007. Three years later, the Whitney Group was then acquired by U.S. Auto Parts. In July of this year, JC Whitney was officially merged under the CarParts.com name.

Even complete engines could be purchased directly through JC Whitney, like a1956 Hudson Hornet engine, complete with dual carbs for $229!

Interestingly, the company that saw such growth and market saturation by grasping the brass ring of mail-order catalogs and had enjoyed a long life due to constantly evolving to fulfill customer needs, would eventually give up its name in a “dot-com” battle for customers’ screen time. While the absence of those catalogs in our mailbox may, or may not be, a welcome side-effect of this digital age, we’re hesitant to toss the first shovel of dirt into the soil of history where the JC Whitney nameplate resides.

Of course, a JC Whitney catalog wouldn't be the same without those staple products such as the wolf whistle, an aoogah horn, a coffee maker, a way to add-your-own whitewalls, and the fan-favorite at EVERY drive-in, the chrome footsie throttle pedal cover.

Many times, the JC Whitney catalog wasn’t only just a place to get the parts needed to complete a project. Sometimes, it was the ONLY place to get those parts! Of course, there were always the somewhat-clever, yet cynically-engineered components like the lit-up eyeballs and tail-wagging cat decorations for your car’s rear deck. But, as Israel and Roy’s company went about purchasing components for aging cars, they were also investing in our abilities to keep those cars on the road. They also fueled our dreams of what we wanted to do, once money allowed, to make them more to our liking. Even if it did involve unnecessary items such as stick-on whitewalls, a chrome footprint for a throttle, or heaven-forbid in our “distracted driving” conscious society— a coffee maker for your car!

Performance parts were also part of the equation to bring car guys into the JC Whitney sales pages. Brand name components sweetened the deal when dealing with JC Whitney. The catalogs were not only the go-to place to keep your car running, but they were also the wish lists of the paper age for guys wanting to make their cars faster.

Perhaps you still needed to lick a stamp the last time you ordered something from JC Whitney, or maybe you have already migrated to the JCW 2.0 website at CarParts.com. Either way, not seeing that name come up in the midst of any transaction is much like hearing that a classmate from elementary school has recently passed. You may not have spoken to each other for some time, but they are part of what comprised your formative years. Now, they’re gone. You can drive by the old school, relive the memories, but you don’t recognize their children. RIP JC Whitney.

General Assembly August Special Session

The governor called a special session of the General Assembly on August 18 - and weeks later it is still in session. Below are auto related bills of interest:

HB 5001 Motor Vehicles, Department of; customer service centers hours of operation: Requires all Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers to be open and accept walk-in customers six days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. This requirement expires upon the expiration or revocation of all states of emergency declared by the Governor related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bill info is at this link HB 5001. This bill is still in committee.

HB 5004 Driver's licenses; discretionary requirement to conduct ceremony when issuing to person under 18: Makes discretionary the requirement to conduct a formal, appropriate ceremony when issuing original driver's licenses to persons under the age of 18. Bill info is at this link HB 5004. This bill is still in committee.

SB 5011 Motor vehicle safety inspection program; abolishing state program, etc: Abolishes the state motor vehicle safety inspection program. Full text is at this link SB 5011. This bill is still in committee.

SB 5029 Marijuana and certain traffic infractions; possession, issuing citations:Changes from primary offenses to secondary offenses the possession of marijuana and the traffic infractions of operating a motor vehicle (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (iii) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (iv) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle. A secondary offense is one for which a summons can only be issued if the offender is stopped for another, separate offense. The bill also provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully search or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana, and no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding. Bill info is at this link SB5029. This bill has passed the Senate and the House - there were some changes - click link to view.

You may view all of the bills introduced in the special session and see their progress at this link: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?202+lst+ALL.

1st Annual Breakthrough Car Show
1st Annual Breakthrough Car Show - click to see all the photos

1st Annual River City Cruizers Car and Truck Show
1st Annual River City Cruizers Car and Truck Show - click to see all the photos

Tesla Stock Roller Coaster

From CNN Business
Tesla (TSLA), one of the best-performing US stocks this year, endured its worst trading day since it went public 10 years ago on Tuesday (September 8).

Shares of Tesla lost 21% of their value after Standard & Poor's declined to add it to its index of 500 major US stocks. Being added to the index would have required portfolio managers who mirror the index to buy additional shares. Part of the rise in Tesla shares in recent months was on anticipation that it would get added to the prestigious index.

Tesla's market value dropped by roughly $80 billion Tuesday. That's more than the combined market cap of Ford (F) and General Motors (GM).

Tuesday's 21% tumble edged out the company's 19% slide in January 2012, less than two years after its initial public offering. The company's third- and fourth-largest one-day drops came when it lost nearly 19% on March 16, and 17% on February 5 of this year. The stock rebounded nicely from each of those sell-offs.

And that appears to be happening Wednesday: The stock closed 11% higher and is up nearly 340% for the year.

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
In 1973, I moved to Arizona to go to college. I had a green 1966 MGB. It developed a very odd problem that my friends used to love talking about. If I made a sharp left turn, the car would stall. If I then made a sharp right turn, the car would start again and continue running normally after that.

I could not figure it out...so I eventually took the car to a local mechanic. But since the car always ran fine when I took it in, he was not able to pinpoint the cause. This went on for more than six months. Then one day, I made a left turn at a major intersection, began upshifting and the car stalled and would not start again. I put it in neutral and pushed...the shop I went to was less than a half-mile ahead. The mechanic stood there and shook his head as I pushed the car into the station.

When I went back later, the mechanic was smiling. He had found the problem! On that MGB, the electric fuel pump is on the right side of the gas tank. On the right side of the fuel pump is an electrical terminal with a thumbscrew for the power wire. That thumbscrew had come loose! With a left turn, the wire would pull away from the terminal, and the fuel pump would quit working. With a right turn, the wire went back against the terminal and everything operated normally again.

Tim in California

Mustang GT/CS Convertible
Mustang GT/CS Convertible

Important DMV Info

From www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#covid19.asp
Most DMV offices have opened for specific services by appointment only as part of a phased reopening plan. Please visit dmvnow.com/reopening for more information.

How the Appointment System Works
Three months of appointment slots are available at any time on the calendar. Each day, a new day of appointments is added to the end of the available 90-day period.

New appointment slots will be posted multiple times every hour. Cancellations can also create earlier availability in the calendar. If you do not see availability, all the posted appointment slots are currently booked.

Scheduling through the website is the most direct route to obtain an appointment. While our DMV Direct call center agents are able to schedule appointments, they also use this website and will see the same availability that you see. Our representatives do not have the ability to create new appointments outside of what is available on the calendar.

We encourage you to check back regularly for updated availability and newly opened locations. DMV is working hard to equip and safely reopen offices as quickly as possible.

CAUTION!!! - if you mail anything to DMV be sure to keep a couple of copies of everything! DMV will lose your stuff! Keep copies!!!

DMV Tips

  • DMV has a 90 day window on appointments but there may be cancellations. Be sure to check every day and you may be able to get an appointment sooner.
  • Some cities, towns and counties have satellite DMV offices with limited services. These are walk-ins so you might be able to find one near you. Call ahead and check to see if a satellite office is open and can handle your transaction.
  • Some dealerships can handle title and license plates if you purchase a vehicle from them. Usually they have a limited choice of plates but you can always go online later and get a set plates that you want.

1952 Ford
1952 Ford

Mount A Camera Inside Your Engine

From Hagerty
How the internals of an engine actually interact while the engine is running is something rarely seen in action. You can look at animations or a select few motorized cutaways that spin slowly, but seeing the whole system working in real time is a treat. Luckily, companies such as GoPro now make cameras compact and durable enough that you can stick a reasonably high-resolution unit just about anywhere on a car—including inside the engine.

YouTube channel Warped Perception recently proved that point, placing a GoPro inside the 2JZ engine of a Mk IV Toyota Supra Turbo. At first glance, the intake manifold seems like a relatively unexciting place to mount a camera. However, there are still some interesting details to note from this placement. Watching the fuel injector spray relative to the throttle blade is fascinating, as is the oily residue building up over just a short drive. You can also see the pressure dropping during the shifts and at the end of full-throttle pulls, which essentially causes clouds to form in the manifold. This vacuum spike also pulls some fuel from the intake runners back into the plenum.

In the comment section of the video, the host of channel chimes in to clarify that the red oil is from an improperly routed vent hose from the power steering pump. While I don’t want to see this car blow up, it would have been cool to see smoke used as a kind of tracer to illustrate how the intake charge is distributed.

If you could mount a camera inside an engine and get a crystal-clear view, where would you place it? For me it would have to be inside the cam cover of a car equipped with variable valve timing, to see how the system engages and manipulates the valves.

67 Galaxie
67 Galaxie

Support the RPM Act

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

The RPM Act is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect law-abiding citizens who convert cars, trucks and motorcycles into racing vehicles. The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below
www.sema.org/epa-news

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