Ironman's Trucks To Run AEM Filters
Ivan "Ironman" Stewart is a legendary off-road racer who started the Baja Protruck racing series. Protrucks are spec trucks that all ride on the same chassis, much like NASCAR stock cars do. Protrucks race at select Best In The Desert and SCORE races. AEM recently teamed up with Ivan to become the official air filter of Protruck. All pro racers will now use off-the-shelf AEM Dryflow filters to protect their trucks' engines.
"We are thrilled to have AEM on board!" says Stewart. "AEM's Dryflow air filters are perfect for our race trucks. They have high dust-holding capability while providing excellent airflow-exactly what our racers need for speed and reliability. Desert racing is the supreme air-filter test, and AEM's unique Dryflow technology offers amazing engine protection. This is even more important when you consider that enthusiasts can buy the exact same part at their local retailer."
For more information, contact Protruck Racing Organization at www.protruck.com.
GM Foots The Bill For E85
On a Tuesday in February, General Motors celebrated the first station to offer E85 fuel in Los Angeles by giving motorists a two-hour window to buy the fuel at 85 cents per gallon. GM has nearly 46,000 flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the area, and the promotion was designed to raise awareness of the alternative fuel's availability. E85 is an ethanol-based fuel that burns cleaner and is a renewable resource.
"At GM, we believe the biofuel with the greatest potential to displace petroleum-based fuels and help reduce tailpipe carbon-gas emissions in the United States is ethanol, and so we have made a major commitment to vehicles that can run on E85 ethanol," says Susan Docherty, general manager of GM's 16-state Western Region, which includes California.
For the Children
President Bush is expected to sign H.R. 1216, a bill that directs the NHTSA to require new-vehicle manufacturers to add some sort of alert system to cars that will tell the driver if a child is behind the vehicle. SEMA estimates that at least 1,350 children have been injured since 2000 as a result of drivers not being able to see them when backing up. Large trucks and SUVs are particularly vulnerable. The NHTSA will have three years to design the requirements, which might also include provisions to have manufacturers change the way power windows work. The windows may have to reverse direction if obstructed by something like a child's arm. Apparently, Bush is in it for the kids.
Washington State Hates Big-Blocks
State Senator Rodney Tom (or Tom Rodney, depending on how you read his e-mail address: email@example.com) introduced state legislation S.B. 6900 as a misguided effort to reduce vehicle emissions in his home state. The bill will add a progressive tax onto the next vehicle you buy depending on how big the engine is. The bigger the engine, the more you'll pay initially and subsequently at each registration renewal. That's some weak sauce right there. We all know it's not the size of the engine that determines its emission output, it's the tune-up! If you agree with us, please send Tom Rodney or Rodney Tom an e-mail.
10 Mostly Worthless Facts
1.From 1948 to 1950, Ford trucks were designated by single-digit names like F-1 or F-4. If you bought a Ford in Canada during those years, your truck was named by its weight, such as F-47 or F-65.
2.A year is exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 54.5 seconds.
3.Ford has sold over 31,569,000 F-series pickups.
4.Bulletproof vests, windshield wipers, fire escapes, and laser printers were all invented by women.
5.In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. In old England, when a customer got unruly, the barkeep would tell him to "settle down and mind your pints and quarts," which is where the phrase "Mind your Ps and Qs" comes from.
6.More people walk to work in Alaska than in any other state.
7.Early in the 19th century, turnpikes were being built across the nation to improve traffic flow. Private companies built the turnpikes and in turn charged drivers for the privilege of using the road. People who walked from town to town instead of driving, just to save a few bucks, were called "pikers."
8.The name Maytag may be famous for household appliances, but its roots trace back to 1910 when Maytag was an automobile manufacturer. Maytag produced the Model 10 Light Delivery Van, the Light Express Wagon, the Light Delivery Wagon, and the Light Delivery Car.
9.The launching mechanism that helps planes take off from a carrier ship could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
10.The non-reflective raised dots on highways are called Botts Dots, named after the engineer who invented them.
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:
Is It lame to lift your truck if you never plan to drive it off-road?
Mike: Style is king. Think about it.
Calin: I don't think so. That's like asking, "Is lowering your truck lame if you never take it on a racetrack?" There are a lot of people out there, including myself, who like the ominous look of a lifted truck but would never take it out and drag it down rocks or get it stuck in the mud. Fixing paint sucks, and it is a royal pain in the butt to detail the undercarriage after mud bogging.
Galen: I think the look is cool and if you're in an area where the streets are not as well maintained as they should be it would be an advantage, instead of replacing a wheel every other week. The down side would be increased fuel and maintenance costs. Lifting your truck creates more drag on the truck, which cuts into fuel economy and adds more wear and tear on the drivetrain and braking system. If the truck's primary purpose is to be a show truck and it has a high-end paintjob and chrome undercarriage, I think that a street-application style is the right look. If anything, it lessens the temptation to take the truck off-road and break something.
Kevin: Well, does it seem wrong that my show-ready Chevy S-10 has a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine? I don't think so, and it is kind of the same deal. People always think that my truck can go fast because it has a pretty paintjob. Not so true. My truck may not go anywhere too fast, but it looks good doing it. If you build a truck to do serious off-roading, then most likely it won't be comfortable to drive on the road. I think a lot of the time we modify our street-driven trucks for the sake of adding style, and I can dig that.
Andy: Since this question has been posed to a bunch of custom-truck nuts, the obvious answer is "No." I think a truck with a killer aggressive-looking lift by means of some really ingenious suspension system is a thing of beauty. The same could be said of a system that brings the truck closer to the ground. Now, I'd bet 20 bucks if you pose this question to some true hardcore off-roader he would probably laugh at the sight of some lifted beast that has all form and no function.
Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month
#666: Ghetto bird (ge?t'o brd) n. In the 'hood, the clich goes that there are so many police helicopters in the air flying around chasing criminals that they look like birds. That's how you get the term ghetto bird. The next time you're around a bunch of BMW-driving yuppies, go ahead and drop this on 'em: "The damn ghetto bird was circlin' the bar so I had to break out early last night."