Painful Ending For C.A.R.S. Engines
It's bad enough that the government is bankrolling a "cash for clunkers" program that not only won't help the environment but is just an expensive bandaid that won't help OEM car sales down the stretch. Now we come to find out that there is a specific process for disposing not just the vehicles this program collects but catastrophically disabling the engines in those automobiles. What does it mean to me and you? Fewer good engines in recycling yards across the country for engine swaps. It's blasphemy! Here's a look at the procedure for killing a perfectly good engine.

Engine Disablement Procedures For The C.A.R.S. Program
This Procedure Is Not To Be Used By The Vehicle Owner Perform the following procedure to disable the vehicle engine:
1. Obtain solution of 40% sodium silicate/60% water. (The sodium silicate (SiO2/Na2O) must have a weight ratio of 3.0 or greater.)
2. Drain engine oil for environmentally appropriate disposal.
3. Install the oil drain plug.
4. Since the procedure is intended to render the engine inoperative, drive or move the vehicle to the desired area for disablement.
5. Pour enough solution in the engine through the oil fill for the oil pump to circulate the solution throughout the engine. Start by adding 2 quarts of the solution, which should be sufficient in most cases. CAUTION: Wear goggles and gloves. Appropriate protective clothing should be worn to prevent silicate solution from coming into contact with the skin.
6. Replace the oil fill cap.
7. Start the engine.
8. Run engine at approximately 2,000 rpm (for safety reasons do not operate at high rpm) until the engine stops. (Typically the engine will operate for 3 to 7 minutes. As the solution starts to affect engine operation, the operator will have to apply more throttle to keep the engine at 2,000 rpm.)
9. Allow the engine to cool for at least 1 hour.
10. With the battery at full charge or with auxiliary power to provide the power of a fully charged battery, attempt to start the engine.
11. If the engine will not operate at idle, the procedure is complete.
12. If the engine will operate at idle, repeat steps 7 through 11 until the engine will no longer idle.
13. Attach a label to the engine that legibly states the following: This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.
14. File this document in the file for the new vehicle purchase.

Sly Stallone's New Movie Features Custom Trucks
West Coast Customs was charged with building three trucks for a new Stallone picture and the deadline was three weeks. One of the trucks, a '55 Ford F-100 received a ground-up restoration for Stallone himself, so the amount of work needed was pretty drastic for such a short time frame. WCC CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus tapped Wyotech graduates to help out with the project because he knew they had the talent to work with his regular crew and pull off the job. WCC already employs Wyotech graduates so the pairing was easy.

The WyoTech-Laramie campus carefully screened the students designated to graduate with top honors in the Collision Refinishing and Street Rod and Custom Fabrication programs. Owen Lubenow, Rusty McClintock, and Matt Myers were the students chosen by the faculty based on the quality of their work, their campus and community involvement as well as their ability to represent the WyoTech brand. According to Owen Lubenow, "I was speechless when I heard I was chosen and pretty excited that I had the opportunity."

According to Friedlinghaus, "Rusty, Owen, and Matt really stepped up as part of the West Coast Customs team and got the job done." In addition to the metal fabrication work, the former students helped install a 347ci Ford engine from ATK Engines, outfitted with an Edelbrock Total Power Package, into Stallone's personal truck for an impressive 428.5 hp and 411 lb-ft of torque.

Got $40K? Become A Member Of Your Own Country Club Racetrack
Atlanta Motorsports Park is a private country club that offers membership for motorsports fans looking for executive level privileges and amenities. Recently, the facility celebrated the unveiling of a design for a new 2-mile-long motorsports driving course. The track is touted as being eco-friendly, (although we haven't learned how) and will contain six challenging driving courses that will be open every day of the year. The design came from noted Formula One designers, Tilke Architects. Yeah, we've never heard of them either. But, the track will feature 141 feet of elevation changes, which sounds fun, and recreations of a few of the best turns from tracks around the globe such as Nurburgring and Sap-Francorchamps.

How good is this place and how elite is the treatment you'll receive if you become a member? Well, the facility scored $100,000 in new memberships before the unveiling of the new track design and then promptly took the newest members of the club for a tour of the site via helicopter. The $40,000 Family-Founding Diamond Membership secures your family a lifetime membership, no monthly dues, founding member recognition, all access to members-only amenities, two personalized lockers in the member locker room, prime pit spots, and early entry into all events. There are cheaper levels of membership, but let's face it, if you're buying into a country club just so you have a place to wring every last mph out of your auto then you aren't worried about saving a few bucks.

10 Mostly Worthless Facts
1.Barkan Designs Counter Balance pickup features a mid-mounted engine, which makes room for a trunk where the engine would be in a traditional pickup. The engine sits beneath the rear seats, which are elevated enough for the passengers to have a 360-degree view.

2. Positioned between the 4.0L V-8 and 5.7L V-8 and replacing the older 4.7L V-8, Toyota is launching an all-aluminum 4.6L V-6 engine and six-speed AOD tranny to go along with it. The engine puts out 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm and will be available in 2010 model Tundras and Sequoias.

3.In the movie Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox's character wants desperately to own a black 1985 Toyota SR-5 4x4.

4.In the movie Twister, Bill Paxton's character wants desperately to catch a tornado by driving a 1995 Dodge Ram 2500.

5.And in the movie Red Dawn, Patrick Swayze's character is desperate to escape the evil Soviets, Cubans, and Nicaraguans that have invaded the United States in passenger jets by hauling ass through the back roads of Colorado in a '78 Chevy K10 Cheyenne 4x4.

6.American Bantam cars and trucks were designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. They were built from 1938 to 1940, derived from the English Austin Seven. The truck measures just 10 feet long and is narrow enough to fit into the bed of a modern longbed full-size pickup.

7. To date, three different people have asked Mike if he had the whole "cash for clunkers" program backwards when they saw him behind the wheel of his '73 C10.

8. Calin is in love with his new toolbox. We don't blame him, it's pretty cool.

9. Mike just got a speeding ticket in the project Titan. He's going to put the tips we presented in the August issue to the test and see if he can get out of paying the man for it.

10.Our friend Mike Cotten bought an old school van for 300 bucks, and using junk he's got lying around his shop, laid it out on airbags, got it running, and is meeting us in Tennessee at a truck show in it. So far, he's dropped exactly $362 bucks into it and he's almost finished. He's a thrifty guy and we hate him for that.

Say What?
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:

It's time to gamble. Mike and Calin are taking their chances by embarking on a 4,600-mile cross-country road trip in a truck that will have about 300 test miles on it prior to departure. What are the odds they'll make it the whole nine yards, what's going to break on the truck first, and how far into the trip will they get before being stranded in the '73 Chevy?

CALIN: I'm not going to jinx us by answering this question. I'm not the gambling type. I will be packing plenty of smokes and my iPod will be fully charged just in case. Hey I thought you were going to bring the pit bike just in case we did break down. What happened to that?

Mike: I have absolute faith that if something does break we can fix it because we are gearhead ninjas, so I'm not gonna bring the pit bike with us. Besides, I'm too lazy to change the flat tire on it before we leave.

MONICA: I think they are going to make it just fine, as they have been working out any kinks on the truck these past few weeks. I am much more worried about them surviving each other for that many miles! The truck will leave CA sounding good and return to CA looking good.

ANDY: I'm putting my money on the truck surviving the trip without a hitch. I've seen the engine and everything else under the hood and it's all ready to go. Now, Mike surviving Calin after a few stops at the diners, drive-ins, and dives along the way... that's highly questionable.

Just What Is Excessive Noise Anyway?
The SEMA Action Network was successful in defeating new legislation in Connecticut that would have required "motor vehicles and devices to be operated, constructed, and adjusted to prevent unnecessary or unusual noise." Fortunately for our friends in Connecticut, "unnecessary and unusual noise" wasn't defined in the legislation and SAN not only stopped that bad idea cold in its tracks, but SAN also talked lawmakers into not passing more legislation that would have provided incentive to local law enforcement to hand out more tickets for vehicle noise regulation violations.

Obscure Vehicle Code Of The Month
California CVC 27602:
A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other, similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.

Basically you can't watch "Smokey and the Bandit" while you drive.

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