Kamis, 10 Agustus 2017

The 2017 Ford Escape SE Trim Level First Drive

The 2017 ford escape may not be all new from the ground up but the redesign makes improvements in all the right areas. Now let's take a look at some of those features and also how well they help the SUV stack up against some of the best in the business. Twenty-nine thousand dollar compact SUV challenge the interior as a whole doesn't look very different than the outgoing 2016, except for this right here.

The 2017 Ford Escape SE Trim Level First Drive

This is all new and this is perhaps one of the best things for it could have done to improve the 2017 Ford Escape. The old escape had this massive bulky center console that had to cup holders a manual handbrake and that was about it.

The 2017 Ford Escape Technology & Features

There wasn't any storage now there's twenty five percent more storage space a much more traditional layout and an electric parking brake that frees up a ton of space for pocket items you've got. The cup holders got a little tray for your phone and then also the actual council here is 50% bigger than the outgoing escape.

If there are also two USB ports and that connects to perhaps one of the most notable and important features in the escape we're in the escape SE trim level and that's one of the most popular trim levels now part of the SE technology package is ford's sync 3. I think three was available in the 2016 model but new for 2017 is apple carplay and android auto.

Now this was the only car in our challenge test that included both and it's honestly the best way that you can pair your phone with a multimedia system connecting the same threes apple carplay is as simple as plugging your phone. There's no Bluetooth pairing there's no pairing procedures it's just plug it in and you're good to go once the screen pops up you have all of the compatible apps just right at your fingertips now also with the SE technology package you get access to the forward pass app with sink connect now that gives you smartphone function for various vehicle controls including remote start.

The 2017 Ford Escape SE Trim Level First Drive

You can schedule remote starts and you also can see how much fuel is in the car and remotely lock and unlock from your phone and the forward pass app. The escape is still the same great driving SUV that it always has been there is a new engine and some more sound insulation but really it tries fantastic very refined what's new is ace auto stop-start feature and just like everything else about how the car drives it is a very refined execution of this feature that sometimes automakers have trouble doing seamlessly fuel-economy ratings aren't changed.

But if you do a lot of city driving your real-world fuel come to results maybe a little higher than without the future now despite all of these new features or is actually / pricing on the 2017 up to nine hundred dollars on popular trims like this s ii at twenty-eight thousand three hundred dollars of this test car though you also have a blind-spot warning system as well as a power rear lift gate.

Now you don't get all wheel drive or you don't get a smart keyless access is the much push button start but it's still a bargain these features and more help the escape when cars that comes twenty-nine thousand dollar compact SUV challenge.

Senin, 07 Agustus 2017

1,800 Cars in Rural California, 65 Ford Falcon Is Very Cool

We've been invited to observe what might be the largest automotive collection maybe in the world. This is why people come to California to buy cars. Oh, look at that, Datsun 510, my baby. Hi, this is Tom CotterI've been hunting down cars since I'm 12 years oldand I'm still doing it today. Follow me in this series as we hunt down hidden classics all across America.

We've been invited to observe what might be the largest automotive collection maybe in the world. It's not known as a car collection, thoughit's known as an art installation. This was built 20 years ago by a guy named Tom Merkelhis parents were artists and he wanted to be an artistand his medium was carsso on this site is between 1,200 and 1,800 cars set up in themesand I'm not sure what those themes areI think the largest theme is like, traffic jam, it's called. Interesting guy, he was heir to the White Motor CompanyI guess his grandfather or great-grandfather built White Cars and Trucksand so he had an inheritanceand this is where he invested it. Here's a sign that explains his mission.

The Cuyama Historical Car Garden

The Cuyama Historical Car Garden

A creative preservation project based on the oriental rock garden concept of balance between form and natures memorial to the men of machines and the machines of men, a sanctuary of form time, and witness, please be respectfully invitation only, no parts sold estimated completion 1995TM Meriel, creator and timekeeper. Complex individual who is unfortunately not around for us anymore, he passed away recently, for us to talk toI'd love to talk to this guy and find out, what was his what was in his mind about doing this? But we're just gonna walk around for awhile until we get tired of walking and I'll carry my rattlesnake stick.

An Anisette, and this Anisette is known as the limit had a 600 CC motor, it had a door in the front and a door on the passenger side so this door opened up, I'm afraid what might jump out on me if I open it up. Santa Inez Airport, number 25. Apparently he would go see old vehicles in commercial businesses, like the airport and make an offer to buy I'll just take all of them from you. Nothing here is for sale no cars are for sale, no parts are for sale but if I could take one car out of here it would be this. It's a Jaguar XK 150 coupe it's not in the worst condition I've seen it's got some rust around here but I've seen worse that have been restored. This one does not have the original motor it's got an Oldsmobile engine in it and it looks like an automatic transmission probably some kind of turbo-hydramatic but I think this car could be restored. At one time, I'm told, he had a couple of these back here E-types, XK 120s, even Porsche 356s. This seems to be the only kind of exotic car left so if I could tow one car out of here, that would be it. Well, enough with rattlesnakes and '58 Chevys and 1,800 cars sitting on a mountainside, let's go.

Most of the people I meet on Barn Find Hunter I've never met beforeand most of the people, I just knock on doors'cause it's cool cars in their driveway or whateverbut this guy I happen to knowI'm thinking for 32 or 33 years. Yeah. Skip Hart, he's a friend of mine. Skip knew I was a hot rodder, and he saidI got a hot rod at home. And so I haven't seen this hot rod probably in 30-something years, 31, 32 years. Well, would you show us this car again? Yes, yes, I definitely would. Cool. Oh, there we go. Oh, that's a sweetheart, man. What'd you pay for the Model A? $200.00 back in 1964. You modified it with Chevy parts, where'd you get those? Did you buy a parts car? No, I had a '58 Chevy and it caught on fireand I thought, well, I'll just take the motor and trans and the rear end, and I put it in the roadster hereand then the friend of minehe had a '64 Chevy Lumina two-speed powerglideand I took the '58 transmission out and put the powerglide in this. No kidding. Just to, for lighting-- So what'd it cost you to build this whole cardo you figure, back in the day? I probably got, probably $800.00 in it. $800.00? Yes. Well, would you consider selling it? Oh, yeah, I probably would, Tom.

'65 Ford Falcon

'65 Ford Falcon
So you've got another barn find sitting out in the driveway? Yeah, a '65 Ford Falcon, two-door hardtop Futura. Oh, well, let's take a look at that. So how long do you think you've had this? I've had this probably between 12 and 15 years. That's a pretty darn solid body on there. Yeah, this is all original. Man, look at it, there's no rust. And the body is very straight. So it's got two-speed power glide on the column. Oh, man, it's still painted factory color. Look at that floor, this car is solid. (both laugh) Animals seem to follow me. So it's got power steering, two barrel, I guess. Two barrel, yeah, two barrel, yeah. Boy, that's a solid darn car. This is why people come to California to buy cars. And I'm the third owner on this one. No kidding? Yes. If you're asking me what I think this is worth a car this solid, I mean, somebody in New England or the North would love this car'cause look, look at how solid the quarter panels are rocker panels, I would guess six grand? I mean, what an easy restoration this would be, you know? Yes. Wow. No, the body's really straight, you know and I think I've got an extra windshield in the trunk. 'Cause the windshield's broke, yeah. Yeah, that's a great car. On our way over here we passed another place that maybe is a junkyard or a towing yard. We're gonna go over there right now and check it out.

So we're in Bernard Long's yard and he's been collecting cars since he was just a little kid, and had several yardsin fact, lived right across the street from here grew up across the street and has had several yards with old cars. So do you sell these cars or just hold onto 'em? It don't make any difference. Mm-hmm, so you got lots more outside, too? Yeah, two more places full of stuff. Geez. How long have you known him, since you were a kid? Which is how you old are?

Oh, look at it, there's another white truck. They're getting larger. Yeah. Yeah, we saw the car, and a truckand now we're seeing a big truck. So this is like a '39 Ford, I think. Yeah. Franklin, you know, this is an air-cooled engine we've seen one of these before in Detroit this is an air-cooled straight six, I guess.

And when I asked Bernard if anything was for salehe said, Well, I guess so. You know, when was the last time you saw a crashed 1957 Thunderbird?

Datsun 510

Datsun 510

Oh, look at that, Datsun 510, my baby. Now, I've got a soft spot in my heart for 510s. Stock motor, it's got a single downdraft two-barrel Hitachi. So what year is this, I would say '72I think that was the year they sold the most. It's a four-door with a stick shift and it looks like something lives inside it. I bet it's a solid car, if you wanted to restore a car or a 510, there's a west coast 510. I just get the feeling there's more cars around here it seems to be very fruitful, so let's see what else we can find while we're in the neighborhood.

I was driving down this road and I saw gas pumps and street signs and car-related stuff, but I looked really carefully I didn't seen any car stuff. So I pulled in the driveway and Joseph made a pretty strong statement about You don't pull in my driveway unless you have permission. So I had to pull out of the driveway but he, we wanted to become buddies I said, I'm into old cars, and he said Well, I've got old cars, and they're in the back. So you can't see them, they're very well hidden but he's got cars in the back which I have not seen yet so lead the way, please. (Joseph mumbles) What year is this? This is a '56. Is this your driver? Yeah, this a driver, oh yeah she's insured, she's registered and insured. It's automatic what have you got for a motor in there? It's a two, everything's stocked. Stock 223, Ford automatic-- 223-6, so how long have you had this truck? Since 1984. What did you pay for it? 2,800. That was a good buy. I can show you a picture of how clean it looked and cherry, but it's been out here all these years with no cover, so all this aging is since I've been here since '88. But it's still solid, right? You don't get much rain out here, right? Not a lot, a lot. This is all the weathering that's happened to it I can show you a picture when it looks really-- So in other words, this was all blue on here?

Everything's blue I can show you a picture on my phone, what it looked like but you won't even believe the difference but this is where it's come all these years. That's a pretty one, and you drive it around, no-- Oh yeah, oh yeah. I see an El Camino over here I have seen more El Camino's in California then I've seen in a long time, '66? '64. '64, okay. Yeah, '64, 283, I've had itI work with a gentleman and for 20 years he kept telling me. Hey Joseph, I've got this El Camino. I never saw it, and after he retired, he called me up and asked me if I'd give $400.00 for it. I couldn't get my trailer together quick enough to go get it. So how long have you had it? Oh man, this one I've had about 10 years right now, the weekend I bought itI saw it pitted on the hood, there's a ding in the back-and I was able to, that weekend to find another hood and another fender for this one and a real tailgate, all the same weekend all the parts that I would need for the body to be (mumbles) cherry. Are you interested in selling any of these cars? It's possible it's possible, I haven't in the past but maybe it's time to consider that, you know.

Now this is one of my favorites. '68. I have a '68 Cougar. Oh, do you? So it's a 302? Yes, 302. Air conditioned? Mm-hmm. Two barrel air conditioning. Did you ever drive this? Yeah, my son didmy son drove for a number of years. Did he put the dent in it? Yes, he did. Yes, he did. And that's a '66 Ford? This is a '68, '66 Galaxy, man. '66 Galaxy with a 352-- I used to have the seven liter. Oh, did you reallywas it a four-speed or an automatic? It was automatic. So this is a two-door hardtoppeel all this, drop the windows, wide open. So if I wanted to buy the El Caminowhat would you ask for that? Wow, I don't know, but I guess at this point I'd be willing to negotiate.

'72 Grand Torino

Datsun 510
Okay. This is a '72 Grand Torino from again, from the front seat forward it's exactly like the vehicle. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Like a sedan. Was this in a fire, or is it just the way it rusted? I don't know, Grandpa bought it this way I think it's just the way it rusted, to tell you the truth. Yeah. Alright, that's the vehicles. I think we could spend a whole season of Barn Find Hunter just finding cars in California. Four days ago we didn't have any idea where cars were. We met people at a Cars and Coffee they gave us some ideas, if you live in California and don't think there's any cars left you're not looking hard enough. And if you don't live in California get there as soon as you can because they're gonna go quickly, happy hunting.

Sabtu, 05 Agustus 2017

2002-2006 Chevy Silverado Steering Wheel Installation

2002-2006 Chevy Silverado Steering Wheel
2002-2006 Chevy Silverado Steering Wheel

There's no part of your car or truck that you touch more often than your steering wheel. And to be honest, nothing changes the way your car feels to drive more than a steering wheel swap. But in the past, with any late model car or truck that's airbag-equipped, you got two choices. Either stick with the steering wheel you've got or replace it and get rid of the airbag and take chances. Not a great choice.

Now Grant Products has been developing steering wheels for over 40 years. Everything from race cars to the daily drivers and the Revolution Wheel has changed the game. Allowing you to change the way your car looks and feels, whilst retaining the airbag module and all of the steering wheel controls. That's why we've got this 2005 Chevy Silverado here at Power TV today to show you just how easy it is with Grant's kit to do a do-it-yourself swap really easy.

The secret Behind The Revolution

2002-2006 Chevy Silverado
2002-2006 Chevy Silverado

The secret behind the Revolution is the way it integrates the factory steering wheel's airbag module and controls into a new frame. If you precisely enter the new Revolution Wheel just like they did in the factory wheel so you keep all the safety equipment and electronic features. This kit works for the GM platform for everything from Chevy Silverados, to the Suburbans, to the Trail Blazers, Avalanches, and many more. Let's take a look at the major steps involved.

The process starts by disconnecting the battery and allowing time for the electronics to discharge. This will prevent accidental activation of the airbag module as it's being removed. The module itself is relatively easy to take out thanks to Grant's detailed instructions. While handling the airbag, make sure it's never placed face down on any surface and if you take it out of the truck it set it aside always carry it with the cover facing away from your body.

Grant recommend simply sitting it on the passenger side floor or seat facing up. Once the airbag is removed, the wiring for the horn and switches can be removed and the factory steering wheel unbolted and removed. You'll need a steering wheel puller to get it off, but many auto parts chains will loan you one for the day. The factory switches and controls get transferred to the new Revolution Wheel where they fit in the same positions as on the factory wheel.

With all the electrical hardware moved over, the Revolution Wheel is installed, tightened to the great value with a torque wrench, and the wiring is reconnected. The last step in the installation is replacing the airbag module which goes into the new wheel just like it came out of the old one. Now that the installation is complete, reconnect the battery and check to make sure the airbag indicator flashes then turns off when the ignition switch is turned to the on position.

With Grant Products Revolution kit, we've done the impossible. We've upgraded a factory airbag-equipped steering wheel in just an afternoon. And now this Silverado looks and feels completely different from the driver seat. Grant are developing new Revolution Wheels all the time for airbag-equipped cars and trucks.