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  • Eastwood Retail Outlet Hosts Patch Panel Training Class

    We've found that most car guys and gals are "hands on" learners. Sure you can read all the tech articles and watch all the Youtube videos in the world, but putting in the time practicing is where most of us really learn. We recently started holding small tech seminars where we let our customers learn from the professionals and get their hands dirty in the process.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • 2013 Wheels of Time Street Rod Show Macungie, PA.

    For many years the community park in Macungie, PA has been the home of some of the larger classic car events in the Mid-Atlantic. One of our favorites is the Wheels of Time Street Rod show. This event brings in hundreds and hundreds of classic cars. Don't let the term "Street Rod Show" scare you off, this show isn't all fiberglass, wild paintjobs, and billet wheels (though there is plenty!), there are classics for everyone at the show. The show is full of every type of classic car from the perfect restorations, time capsule barn finds, to traditional hot rods and customs, to a sprinkling of muscle cars.. it's all here! The show goes through Sunday the 25th and is packed with activities for the entire family! Make sure you stop and see the famous Butch Patrick AKA: Eddie Munster and the Munster Coach and Drag-u-la at the show! Check out some of our favorite sights from the show when we visited below!

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  • GM announces 2014 Corvette Stingray- Better than the original?

    Automotive blogs have been buzzing this weekend after GM debuted the new 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show. This car has all the ingredients that Corvette fans have come to expect; great looks, effective aerodynamics, amazing handling, and a big engine. Designers have really outdone themselves this time with an edgy look that has hints of Italian sports car styling to it.

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    This new model dons the iconic "Stingray" title that was first introduced in 1963. The original Stingrays have now become one of the most sought after Corvettes in the collector car and restoration world. We're a bit biased, but when we heard the Stingray name was brought back we were a bit skeptical. How much could a modern sports car have in common with the original from the 60's? After seeing the shot of the back end of the car, my tune was changed a little. It doesn't have the iconic split back window that makes them so sought after, but it does have a similar look if you squint your eyes just right. We can definitely see that GM designers had some old photos of a split window Stingray in front of them when doing their initial sketches, but it's hard to modernize an iconic classic.

    1963 Corvette Stingray

    The base model engine in the new C7 Corvettes boast the largest to ever come standard in a Corvette; a 6.2L Small Block Chevy V8 producing 450 Horsepower and 450 Torque. Corvette fans can always count on a big engine and lots of power..well sometimes. What we mean is, GM has now made cylinder deactivation standard on ALL Corvette models (including the manual transmission!). Now when you're cruising at low engine loads it will drop out 4 of the 8 cylinders. This is great for fuel economy (26-MPG highway), but bad for anyone that wants the growl of a V8 at all times. GM has even come up with a multi-valve exhaust system to tame the noise even further during four cylinder cruising. We know that MPG rules the new car market, but we didn't think it would start hitting the sports car world! I can't wait for the automotive tuning world to get ahold of the new Stingray and give owners the option to leave the exhaust open at all times and run with full power when they want!

    2014 Corvette Exhaust

    Did you miss the reveal and want to see what all the hype is about? Check out the virtual debut on the Chevrolet website here: http://www.chevrolet.com/new-2014-corvette/

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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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  • Can Malicious Software Disable Your Vehicle...Or Worse?

    This was never a problem with the classic cars most Eastwood customers work on. But with all the computer hardware and software loaded into cars nowadays, is it possible your vehicle is vulnerable to a lethal computer virus?

    Intel Corp.'s McAfee software unit, known for software that protects computers against PC viruses, is among many companies working to protect the computer systems built into every modern vehicle. Because automakers haven't always properly protected these computer systems, they may be vulnerable to attack by hackers who'd be interested in stealing cars, listening-in on conversations, even possibly causing cars to crash.

    While manufacturers won't say that that's happened yet, the Ford Motor Company, for one, charges its security engineers with making its new "SYNC®" in-vehicle communications and entertainment system as resistant to attack as possible. Also, SAE International, an association of over 128,000 tech professionals working in the aerospace and the auto industries, has an expert committee working on advising manufacturers on ways to prevent, detect and stop automotive cyber attacks.

    How could those malicious viruses possibly get into your car's computer system? Some ways include onboard diagnostics systems, wireless connections, even tainted entertainment CDs.

    But manufacturers are working on solutions with the tech security industry. Read more about it at Huffington Post.

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