December 6, 2019
vw, bus, van, engine

Long Live The New Engine

The Engine is Dead…Long live the New Engine! My high school buddy Paul Sullivan lovingly restored a Volkswagen camper bus from 1964. He entered it in his first show and won a prize. I was immensely happy for him. Well, he wrote to me today to say that the bus engine kicked the bucket.  The crankshaft bearings fused and the engine seized. Tough luck but life happens. We are both nearing 60 and our own “engines” are what they used to be so I wrote to him “I wish we could change our own engine or at least some body parts.” His reaction was great and quite uplifting. “That engine lasted 38 years and had been open once. The engine death has renewed my loyalty, challenged my invincibility and strengthened my resolve to keep my classic running! The engine is Dead…Long live the new engine! It will make all things […]
November 14, 2019
motorcycle, winter, snow

Preparing Your Motorcycles for Winter Storage

Prepping Your Motorcycles Fill up the fuel tank and use a fuel stabilizer. If you only follow one step after finding a storage facility make this the one. Old fuel becomes gunky and thick quickly –, especially in our harsh winter temperatures. This will get clogged up in all of your motorcycles parts, making it difficult to start your motorcycle when spring comes. In the worst-case scenario, you could end up spending a few hundred dollars having your carburettor cleaned out. Clean your motorcycle! It should not be stored while still dirty. We found an excellent specific guide on how to clean a motorbike. If your bike has a lot of chrome this will help avoid pitting. Who wants to spend the first riding day of spring scraping off five months of dirt and dead bugs from their beloved bike? That is the time you could be riding! Start your […]
February 15, 2019

Tips for Winter Car Storage

Although living in a part of the world that has four seasons does have its benefits, one thing we face in Harrisburg that people in places like California or Florida don’t have to is the need to store seasonal vehicles. Let’s face it, there are some vehicles that just don’t do well during the Pennsylvania winter months either because they don’t handle well in snow or because you just don’t want the wear and tear on them that winter can bring. Whether you are storing a collector vehicle or a lightweight convertible, there are some basics you need to keep in mind in Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Lemoyne or Summerdale. Shelter:   Make sure your vehicle is sheltered in a place that is dry, reasonably warm and preferably out of the sun. Although the sun is much weaker during the winter months, constant exposure to it is never a good thing. Maintenance: […]
February 15, 2019

Storing Your Car During Winter

Best Practices: Storing Your Car During Winter People in northern Canada know about winter. We are pleased to have Troy from Edmonton Alberta’s Auto Obsessed detailing business share his best practices for winter car storage. CLEAN – clean your car inside and out and dry it thoroughly before putting it in long-term storage.  Dirt and residue could damage your car’s finish if left on the surface for long periods. Auto Obsessed has a series of video guides to help you do this work. FUEL – Gasoline can go bad if it’s stored for months. Among other things, it can oxidize and form deposits which could ultimately clog your fuel system. Two tips for your fuel: 1) add a fuel stabilizer to your gas to prevent chemical change and 2) keep the fuel tank as close to full as possible to avoid condensation. OIL– As oil gets used, corrosive materials get suspended in […]