Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Humor response NV

Q: What goes on pages 4-5 of the Ford's user's manual? 
A: The train & bus schedule. 

Q: Why are FORD dealers giving away a dog with each FORD sold?

 A: So the owner has a companion to walk home with. 

A blonde took her car into a mechanic shop she said her 710 cap came off and fluid was spewing everywhere. The mechanic asked her to show him the problem. She game him the cap and opened the hood to show him. he replied, " Ma'am, this is an OIL cap and the fluid is oil, Thank you and have a good day.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A funny story about cars

This one time in auto shop I was working on a Ford, tearing the engine down to take out the good parts and put them on a better engine, so that it will run better. My  partner and I had to take out the "fly wheel" and as we were taking it off my partner dropped it on my finger. I started to bleed all over and I ended up getting a scar.  


Friday, February 14, 2014

Interview post

I interviewed Tony Miles, of the Fortuna High School Auto Shop. Tony has years of experience in the automotive field. He Worked at Lithia, a Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge dealership in Eureka, for 11 years. Before that he went to school to be an automotive mechanic. Tony states, "The best part of my job is teaching young adults, and helping them accomplish a big project." " When did you turn your first wrench?" I asked. " When I was going to school at Hoopa High School I was in the auto shop program.  NV

Friday, February 7, 2014

Guest blog from Isaiah Smith

            Automotive restoration guest speaker
Automotive restoration is very difficult thing to do. It can be pricy and time consuming but if you know how to do it can be easy. You may already have a vehicle to work on, but if buying one particularly for restoration keep in mind that sourcing parts for the rare makes will be more difficult and more expensive. Classic cars of the 50’s and 60’s are popular models for restorers, but any model can be re-built with time and patience. As restoration involves much more than making the exterior look good, you will need all the right tools from the wide range of them; including torque wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers as well as those for the specialist jobs of welding, polishing and painting. Almost every part will need replacing to produce a traditionally accurate and fully operating vehicle. The amount of work needed will depend on the condition of the vehicle. Clearly you may find in a junkyard will naturally need lots more muscle than one that has been garaged by a dedicated owner. The car may need entirely re-upholstering, perhaps new seats are needed or the dashboard gauges will need replacing and an original radio to be located. You will need to paint the exterior and clean the interior with a vacuum. The after some tweaking here and there you have a beautiful car that should last a life time.

Guest blog from Tanner Cordeiro

Cordeiro’s Guest Blog for Nick Vellis

            When crafting such beauty as Nicks “soon to be beauty” 68’ mustang. When you are creating a car from ground up, you need to know a little about what you’re doing, and it just takes some TLC (tender loving care). When creating an older car, you cannot just start ripping off all of the body parts, half the time the parts aren’t even being made for the car you’re working on, it’s an old car. Almost all the older cars that need some type of body work, whether it’s the frame, dints, scratches, humps, bumps, rust, corrosion etc. Typically it takes the right tools and the right technique to be able to smooth out the body and make that car look as amazing as it possibly ever could. Normally when it comes to bad rust issues, you could have to cut out metal, form new metal to weld back into place, and then take a grinder to smooth it out. For dints and dings, normally would pound out the dint with a slide hammer after welding a piece of metal to the part of the dent you’re going to pound out. To finish smoothing out the dents / dings to a complete smooth surface, normally you would use plastic filler called Bondo. People when talking about Bondo they are usually referring to the automotive filler. Bondo is a compound from a resin base resembling putty an a thick liquid hardener. When kept separate, they remain supple. Mixed with one another the compound becomes hard. Upon application the Bondo dries to a nice hard finish, it is marked to be as durable as lead itself! After application you take certain grades of sand paper, to finish and get that smooth surface across the body of your car. When sanding Bondo you can use your eyes for looking at different textures, patterns, or lines, you feel along the Bondo and the body so that you find out when it is smooth. This could take multiple layers of Bondo to get it right, but whatever it takes to make that car look amazing!