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Car Collector Chronicles 07-09

Car Collector Chronicles 07-09

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Published by Dave Yaros
July edition (07/2009, 6 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.
THIS MONTH: Safety Mods (Brake Lights), Rust Prevention, Wheel Art (Hubcaps, Wheel Covers).
July edition (07/2009, 6 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.
THIS MONTH: Safety Mods (Brake Lights), Rust Prevention, Wheel Art (Hubcaps, Wheel Covers).

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Volume II, Issue 7
one another, and plugged into thepower supply.Yes, it runs off your battery, buthas an automatic shutoff to preventyour battery from draining. Anothernice feature is, if you want to movethe unit to another vehicle, you onlyContinued–P. 2I thought I would start off thismonth with a discussion of acouple of useful add-ons foryour classic car. One is safetyrelated, the other deals withpreservation.Fifty years ago, when therewere fewer folks on the road,traveling at a much slower pace,rear lighting was not as criticalas it is now. Today, in my opin-ion, every classic car should, andcan, have a 3rd brake light.Moreover, one may be installedwithout modifying the appear-ance of your ride.A simple
™ search willyield a plethora of license plateframes with 3rd brake lightsThey range in price from about$35 to $75. It is a simple 3-wireinstallation; brake light, licenseplate light and ground. A littlemeasure of safety here couldsave both big bucks and majorheartaches!The second useful add-on isthe addition of an electrical rustinhibitor system. I do not haveone on any of my classic cars. Ido have one on my daily driverpickup. If you are a “strictlystock” fanatic, this device is notfor you.Mine came fromCounterAct.It is not cheap, I paid $279.However,
it does work!
When Iinstalled it on my truck in 2003,I had a decent-sized rock chip inthe quarter panel. It was downto bare metal. 6 years later,that ding has yet to rust.The unit consists of a powersupply, 2 capacitive coupler padsand a 5-wire hook up. Thepower supply is only slightlylarger than a pack of cigarettes,and easily mounted under thehood. It is wired to the batt +/-terminals, and body ground.The adhesive backed capacitivecoupler pads are placed on theextreme front and rear bodypanels, diagonally across from
GDYNets on the Web
WHERE YOU WILL FINDGDYNets (me) on the WWW:Dave’s Den - http://GDYNets.WEBNG.comSaved 62 - http://www.freewebs.com/ jeandaveyarosCar Collector Chronicles - http://issuu.com/d.yaros
is a websitedevoted to a myriad of inter-ests. Foremost is extensiveinformation on the “Steel City”of Gary, Indiana. There are alsoofferings covering the making of steel and U.S. Steel-GaryWorks, the U.S. Marine Corps,the M14 assault rifle, of courseOldsmobile, and the tragic storyof the murder of Gary, IndianaPolice Lt. George Yaros.
is a website de-voted to my 1962 OldsmobileDynamic 88 convertible. Thesite also has a lot of informationon Oldsmobiles and its founder,Ransom Eli Olds.
you are read-ing it. It is a work in progress.
 July 2009Car Collector Chronicles
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Car collecting today
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Useful Add-ons
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have to buy new coupler pads.The logical question is, “How does it work?”The components operate to induce a nega-tive electrostatic surface charge on the vehi-cle's body. This negative surface chargeserves to interfere with the normal electro-chemical corrosion process that causes met-als to rust. Yeah, I know, it sounds likesmoke and mirrors. But, I am here to tell youI was transformed into a believer.You do not have to take my word for it. Consider this, the militaryuses them on their vehicles. I was in Motor-T in the Corps, and knowhow I abused my 6 x 6, so that speaks well for the device. The factthat CounterAct™ has been in business for nearly 2 decades alsosays favorable things about the device. Lastly, the company warrantsthe device for 5 years. If it was smoke and mirrors, my truck would bea rust bucket by now, given it has to sit out all winter in WI. It is not.What more can I say? Given all the bucks we have invested in our classics, is it not at least worth a look?
Of late I have been expending psychic energy on the topic of hub-caps, or wheel covers. To that end, I hope this article brings backsome memories of the good ol’ days.Was not one of the first things we did, in an effort to make our ridedifferent from every other car on the road, to change the hub caps? Iknow that my ‘60 Olds, at one time or another, wore at least 3 differentsets of non-stock wheel covers.Before we travel down memory lane, a bit of history is in order.Originally there was a functional necessity for the hubcap. Autowheels were made with wooden spokes, like on a buggy or wagon.The spokes connected the outer steel rim to the center hub, contain-ing the wheel bearing. The wheel bearing was packed with grease.Something was needed to cover that center hub to keep the dust out,and the grease in. What was needed was a "hubcap." So the hubcapcame into existence strictly for functional reasons.
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“Was not one of the first thingswe did, in aneffort to makeour ride differentfrom every other car on the road,to change thehub caps?” 
WHEEL ART – Cont’d. from p. 2
So, from where does the term "wheel covers" come? In 1938,Cadillac began using pressed steel wheels similar to those used to-day. They covered their wheels with luxurious full sized hubcaps, or "wheel covers." So the term wheel cover was born. Cadillac madethe full sized wheel cover a symbol of luxury and class.
End of history lesson ….Fifty + years ago, one did not know of mag or alloy wheels. Rather,we thought hubcaps, and our choice of wheel covers was mind bog-gling. A lot of it depended on the look we were trying to attain. Did Iwant custom, hot rod, racing, or just cool was the question. The an-swer determined our course of action.The first really different hubcap I recallwas the “Hollywood Flipper.” They werealso known as “Spinners.” What madethem neat was the look created when inmotion. It mattered not on what make or condition of car they were. Merely sportinga set of flippers automatically placed one inthe cool category. You were part of the car 
.Who does not remember babymoon hupcaps? They are stillpopular today. Baby moons, notbeing a full disk hupcap, fall into thedog dish category. They left a goodportion of the wheel exposed. Util-izing our definitions from above,baby moons would not be wheelcovers, as they did not cover theentire wheel. What they were, wasan inexpensive mod to any ride.If one was going for the look of speed, the wheel cover to have wasthe Moon™ Racing Disc. They were in vogue in the ‘50’s. However,they made their first appearance many decades earlier, and not on anautomobile at all. Racing discs were functional. The function was oneof aerodynamics. That explains why they were first used on WWIJenny airplanes. They did not appear on a motor vehicle until the
“Fifty + yearsago, one did notknow of mag or alloy wheels.Rather, wethoughthubcaps, and our choice of wheel covers wasmind boggling.” 
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