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    • Turn Your Gasoline-Powered Classic Into Something "Green"!

      Nathan Hutchison manages Hutchison Electrics in the San Francisco area. He used to work as a repair technician for a "green car" dealer, but when that company went under, Nathan started his own electric vehicle and hybrid car service. He and his workers now convert old gasoline-powered vehicles into electric cars with motors powered by lithium batteries.

      Many times, his client's vehicle also needs a body restoration, and his company handles that too. While the gas-to-electric conversion can take 6 to 8 weeks, it might take up to 4 months if the job includes an extensive restoration as well.

      According to Hutchison, the easiest cars to convert to electric are VW and Porsche air-cooled vehicles such as the Beetle, Karman Ghia, Bus, Squareback, Fastback, Porsche 912, 911 from the 1950s to 1975+. But, Hutchison adds, "We can build you an electric car out of any car you want."

      Read a complete interview with Mr. Hutchison at cleantechnica.com.

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    • An Electric Restoration- Part 2 Installing an Electric V8 Killer.

      Since our last update Wayne of Electric Blue has been busy finishing up the suspension and brakes on the S10 Chassis. He finished off the rear, front suspension and brakes with the help of more Eastwood detail paints.

      With the chassis all buttoned up Wayne moved on to the heart of this project; the electric engine. Recently he received the power plant from the manufacturer and went right to work. He machined custom adapters to fit the engine and the stock transmission together. Wayne does pretty much everything in-house including machining up the adapters necessary to fit electric engines into most any vehicle. Wayne doesn't really care what it is, he can make it environmentally friendly AND faster than your neighbors gas guzzling muscle car!

      Now that everything bolted together Wayne mounted up the new electric drivetrain into the Chevy chassis. It's pretty amazing to see how small the electric engine is compared to the original AND how simplistic it looks! Even though it may look like something out of the inside of your washing machine, this bad boy should surprise most any street car. Next up is outfitting the truck with the batteries to power the engine (Wayne has a custom trick for this) and continue freshening up this unique project. Stay tuned for smokey, QUIET electric burnouts here soon!

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    • 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale- Top Ten Cars For Auction

      Every year the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson collector car auction gets larger. This year they've announced it'll be the largest yet with some of the most rare, valuable, and interesting vehicles for sale. The 2013 auction also has the largest number of Shelby vehicles for auction at one time. That includes the rarest Shelby Mustang of all-"The Green Hornet". We can't wait to see what some of these vehicles go for and we'll be participating in the fantasy bidding just like you! We decided to take a sneak peak at the auction list and pick out our 10 favorite vehicles (in no particular order) being offered up this year. Which one is your favorite?

      1. Clark Gables 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE

      Clark Gable Gullwing Side

      Even these days Clark Gable is a name that most everyone has heard of, he is undoubtly one of the top American actors of all time. This rare 300SL Gullwing was purchased new by him in Hollywood for under a measly $8k. The car has lived a pampered life and was professionally restored in 1989. Other than a few modifications, some of which Clark himself had done, the car is as nice as it came off the showroom floor. Whoever buys this should definitely buy the Gone With The Wind soundtrack and cruise around doing their best movie star impression.

      2. 1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SS CASTAGNA ROADSTER

      Isotta Franschini Tipo 8A S

      This car is one of the most rare and sought after antique cars in the world. These cars were the most expensive Italian cars built and only owned by extremely high profile and wealthy people. This car is 1 of 2 known and is definitely in the nicest shape. Most recently the car was in the Harrah's collection (yes like the casino/hotels) and this is the first time it has been available to the public in close to thirty years. The new owner of this probably will never drive it, but I suggest that he learns Italian and imports a driver from Italy to complete the full effect.

      3. 1986 PORSCHE 959 PROTOTYPE

      Porsche 959 Prototype

      Normally auto manufacturers don't want their prototype vehicles to get into the hands of the public and often they're destroyed. In this case, a small number of preproduction prototypes for the Porsche 959 got out to the public. Most of these cars were destroyed after the release of the 959 or during testing. This car was an ABS and chassis test mule and faired pretty well over the years. It's one of the more highly-photographed prototype 959's on many high speed road course tests throughout the world. The car still wears its original, never-released lightweight wheels and tires. We think the new owner should get some period correct race wheels and sticky tires and take it to a few track days to let the old girl stretch her legs like she was built for!

      4. 1968 SHELBY EXP 500 "THE GREEN HORNET PROTOTYPE"

      Green Hornet Shelby Mustang Prototype

      This car is the rarest of Shelby Mustangs known and it was a prototype twice. After Ford decided they didn't want to follow through with the GT/SC program, they sent this factory prototype to Shelby to use as the prototype for the EXP 500 Mustang. Again it only stayed a prototype and Carroll Shelby and crew's EXP 500 Mustang plans died with this car. For many years this car was thought to be destroyed like most prototypes, but was eventually found and restored. This is THE only Green Hornet Shelby Mustang in existence. We think the new owner should pamper this car and bring it out for special events.. as long as it doesn't stay hidden away and forgotten like it was for decades before!

      5 FATTY ARBUCKLE'S 1919 PIERCE-ARROW 66 A-4 TOURER

      Fatty Arbuckle Pierce-Arrow

      Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one the biggest comedians and actors of his time and the highest paid. He had the money to do and buy whatever he wanted. In 1919 he had this Pierce Arrow built. This car is one of those antique coach built cars that REALLY looks the money it demands. This car has been owned by many high profile owners and had a 100-point restoration during it's 90+ years. I think the new owner should be careful where and what he's driving on with those white tires!

      6. THE ORIGINAL #1 BATMOBILE BY GEORGE BARRIS

      The original #1 batmobile

      Batman and the Batmobile have been a staple in the modern entertainment world. Every new version of Batman produces a new Batmobile. This legacy was started with George Barris when he built the first fully functional Batmobile for the 60's Batman TV series. This car started life as a Lincoln Futura concept car that George bought for $1 directly from Ford Motor Company. He later hand built the car for the Batman series. This car defines an era and is surely going to make Batman fans go wild. George Barris himself has never let the car go and it's up for auction for the first time EVER. I'd say this car will either complete the ultimate Batman collection or start a downward spiral of owning rare Batman collector items. Either way I'd be sure to buy a vintage Batman costume and sit in the car while watching old episodes of the show and yelling "Bam!", "Pow!", "Zap!".

      7. 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L-88 OWENS/CORNING RACE CAR

      1968 Corvette Owens/Corning Race Car

      Corvettes from this era aren't exactly the most desirable, but this one is very important to Corvette racing history. This car was almost unbeatable winning podium positions in the '69 12 Hours of Sebring and the '69 and '70 wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This car has been restored back to its look from its days of 24 hours of Daytona and will make any Corvette fan have wet palms. I think the new owner should at least take it out once in a while for a track day, maybe the new owner of the Porsche 959 Prototype will want to rent laguna-seca for the day?

      8. RING BROTHERS "PRODUCER" CUSTOM 1965 MUSTANG COUPE

      Ring Brothers Producer Mustang

      The Ring Brothers need no introduction to the custom car fans. They've been building some of the most insane masterpieces of classic muscle cars we've seen and we always enjoy checking out what they're debuting at SEMA each year. This '65 Mustang coupe was nicknamed "Producer" and was debuted at SEMA 2012. This car is as mean looking as it gets, mostly because of the four inches it's been widened and those big aggressive wheels. This car swept up at the Goodguys last year and it proves again why the Ring Brothers are one of the top car builders. The new owner definitely needs to take this out to some shows and at least a couple grudge race days to cream some of the Chevy and Mopar guys! Oh and maybe a show and shine or two..

      9. 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA CONVERTIBLE

      plymouth hemi cuda convertible

      Mopar and muscle fans lust after this vehicle, it's really a unicorn and rarely ever does one show up for sale. This Plymouth Barracuda convertible is one of eleven built and it's in phenomenal condition. This car is a lot more rare when you start comparing it to the other Hemi 'Cuda convertibles. It was one of two cars built for Canadian export and the ONLY one that left the factory with the "Plum Crazy" color. If you're a muscle car collector bidding on this you'd probably have a tough time picking between this and the Green Hornet! The new owner needs to take it out with the top down on some cool summer night drives with their loved one in the passenger seat!

      10. CR1S 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM ROADSTER

      CR1S Custom Corvette Roadster

      If Chevrolet had their heads in the same place classic custom cars guys did, they'd build something like this. This '62 Corvette has been converted into a custom roadster that looks incredible, but has race car performance. This car truly pushes the custom car world and won the 2009 SEMA/GM Best Hot Rod award. This car has so many details and one off modifications it's hard to take them all in. The new owner should definitely find the buyers of the Ring Brothers Mustangs and challenge them to a track day, that'd be interesting to say the least!

      Whatever you're into, there will be something crossing the auction blocks for you. Tune into the SPEED channel today (Wednesday January 16) through Sunday (January 20) for live coverage and get in on some fantasy bidding!

      -Matt/EW

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    • E15 Ethanol Fuel Is On The Way To Your Gas Station

      Many cars can only use fuel with 10% ethanol or less. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

      Just when we were getting used to E10 automotive fuel (up to 10% ethanol added to gasoline), a recent EPA ruling that will require increased use of ethanol means that E15 fuel will eventually be showing up at your neighborhood gas station.

      As a recent Forbes Magazine article stated, "The Energy and Security Act requires that a certain amount of 'renewable' fuel must be introduced into the market each year, an amount that will rise to 36 billion gallons in 2022. EPA regulations identify petroleum refiners and importers as “obligated” parties to bring this about. The only way to meet this arbitrary quota is to add more ethanol made from corn to the mix...an additional 7 billion gallons annually."

      E15 fuel is appropriate only for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles. But what if every gas station you drive by in your classic car has only E15 fuel? And how will it affect your current daily driver?

      The Forbes article gives us 10 reasons to care about this issue.

      1) Ethanol yields lousy and expensive gas mileage.
      2) E15 may nullify your car warranty.
      3) E15 approval violates EPA’s own Clean Air Act statute.
      4) Ethanol plays havoc with boat engines and fiberglass gas tanks.
      5) The alcohol wrecks small engines.
      6) The ethanol mandate raises your food costs.
      7) Ethanol affords absolutely no net energy benefit.
      8) The mandate is environmentally destructive.
      9) Ethanol produces even more greenhouse gases than gasoline.
      10) E15 mandate exemplifies out-of-control government.

      For more of the details behind these 10 reasons, read the complete Forbes Magazine article here.

      Also, learn more about how to counter the effects of ethanol by clicking here.

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