Old cars – NEMGT http://nemgt.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 08:25:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nemgt.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-2-120x120.png Old cars – NEMGT http://nemgt.org/ 32 32 Development platforms for manual and autonomous driving – EEJournal https://nemgt.org/development-platforms-for-manual-and-autonomous-driving-eejournal/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:06:43 +0000 https://nemgt.org/development-platforms-for-manual-and-autonomous-driving-eejournal/ If you love old cars, you know they have charm in their looks, but their sparse instrumentation leaves something to be desired and, of course, those old machines bear no relation to today’s wired world. Earlier this year, Berlin-based Incari announced that it had partnered with Strate School of Design Bangalore and Design 1880 in […]]]>

If you love old cars, you know they have charm in their looks, but their sparse instrumentation leaves something to be desired and, of course, those old machines bear no relation to today’s wired world. Earlier this year, Berlin-based Incari announced that it had partnered with Strate School of Design Bangalore and Design 1880 in France. The three partners plan to retrofit advanced human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in classic cars. For some car enthusiasts, it will be a sacrilege. For others, it’s a welcome update. Which side are you on?

Retrofitting old cars with modern electronics is a real thing. Classic Porsches and VW microbuses are electrified, leaving their internal combustion guts by the wayside. A new breed of classic car collectors eschews the immaculate restoration of old automotive technology in favor of the comfort and eco-sensitivity of a restomod (a modified restoration of a classic vehicle). While today’s retrofit market is primarily focused on drivetrain electrification, Incari is focused on integrating new technologies that improve the driver experience in older cars. However, this partnership is not limited to cars. It seems that any type of transport – boats, for example – is fair game.

This is not a new venture for Incari. The company has experience integrating state-of-the-art HMIs into vintage cars. For example, Incari has updated the instrument cluster into an electrified DeLorean, dubbed e-Lorean, in partnership with Wunderkind Invest. Unfortunately, Incari has not developed a flux capacitor or Mr. Fusion power source, but the e-Lorean now sports specially developed electric drive components with a unique HMI.

Incari has updated the dashboard of the e-Lorean, an electrified DeLorean.

Incari worked with Design 1880 to electrify a classic Fiat 100 (pictured below) and outfit it with a digital display, Bluetooth connection and smartphone holder with inductive charging, all while mimicking the style The original car so the mods look like it was developed during the same period as the rest of the car.

It looks like an old Fiat 100 on the outside, because it is, but it’s electrified.

A circular digital display replaces the Fiat’s analog speedometer. The screen shows battery consumption and can be customized for other functions.

The electrified Fiat 100 features a modern digital HMI integrated into the circular space previously occupied by the mechanical speedometer.

Why do all this work for a very limited market? Retrofits are not Incari’s main interest. The company offers a software development platform called Incari Studio with an “intuitive visual user interface” for designing modern HMIs. These classic car retrofits are a unique way to showcase the Incari Studio development platform.

Incari Studio supports the UI/UX creation process through a modular architecture and a drag-and-drop interface, which allows designers who lack programming skills to design complex interfaces using 3D graphics and animations. The platform then generates code from the design. The drag-and-drop design approach saves time while maintaining flexibility. The company claims development time reductions of up to 70% based on recent projects.

Of course, maximum flexibility usually comes from a programming interface, where you can do whatever the underlying programming language supports. Drag-and-drop tools with automated code generation have been around for a long time and continue to improve, but they’re never as flexible as writing code.

It seems to me that Incari’s scope is somewhat short compared to the aspirations of other automotive development platform efforts like Qualcomm’s Ride platform, which aims to develop software systems for electric vehicles (EVs). ), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automated driving (AD) and autonomous vehicles (AV). Qualcomm launched the Ride platform in January 2020 and expanded it to include the Snapdragon Ride Vision System — an open, scalable, and modular computer vision software stack — at this year’s CES. Additionally, Qualcomm is evolving the Ride platform into a more expansive offering called Snapdragon Digital Chassis.

The Ride platform goes far beyond Incari’s look-and-feel development platform. It offers a range of options for developing vision-based ADAS and AV systems that integrate perception and sensing software, which is used for static and dynamic object detection, classification and tracking. This platform can be used to develop entry-level New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front camera applications to higher levels of automation that leverage front and surround cameras.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm, BMW Group and Arriver announced that they were forming a long-term strategic cooperation agreement to jointly develop automated driving software solutions. The three companies will jointly develop software based on the current BMW AD software stack, first launched with the BMW iX in 2021. BMW will further expand this AD software stack through this cooperation agreement. Previously, BMW and Qualcomm announced that BMW’s next-generation AD system will be ported to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Ride Vision SoC and integrate Arriver’s computer vision software stack. Qualcomm then acquired Arrive.

It seems to me that something like Qualcomm’s efforts to develop ADAS and AD systems is necessary, given the size of the automotive market. Similarly, massive efforts are needed to ensure that security is built into future ADAS, AD, AV systems. There have been recent and dramatic failures of the ADAS, AD and AV systems, and it would be wise to eliminate these faults from the system as soon as possible.

The rest of the auto industry could come closer. In May, Volkswagen’s Cariad software division announced it would source chips from Qualcomm to develop autonomous driving software, which VW has made the core of its future strategy. Cariad’s platform aims to enable automated driving up to Level 4 standards, where the car handles all aspects of driving in most circumstances without human intervention. According to Volkswagen, you should expect to see cars from the company with these capabilities appearing around the middle of the decade.

Besides BMW and Volkswagen, General Motors (GM) and Stellantis have also announced that they are partnering with Qualcomm to develop advanced automotive software. In January, GM announced that Qualcomm chips will power the “Ultra Cruise” driver assistance feature on a Cadillac luxury sedan – the all-electric Celestiq – next year. In April, Stellantis announced that fourteen of its automotive brands – including Fiat, Jeep, Maserati and Peugeot – will use Qualcomm’s vehicle cockpit and 5G telematics technology from 2024.

Personally, I don’t know how all of this is going to turn out given the current shortage of semiconductors. When cars ship without basic features like heated seats because there aren’t enough automotive chips to go around, I have no idea how we’ll see those wonderful ADAS, AV, and AD features show up in cars two or three years from now. However, I totally agree that my skepticism is drowned out by reality.

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People are willing to pay a large amount of money for old cars https://nemgt.org/people-are-willing-to-pay-a-large-amount-of-money-for-old-cars/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 03:35:52 +0000 https://nemgt.org/people-are-willing-to-pay-a-large-amount-of-money-for-old-cars/ Find here a selection of vintage cars whose value is currently exorbitant despite their relative unpopularity when they were new. Among the vintage cars that buyers are scrambling to get today and are willing to shell out are ten sports cars, as Carscoops reports. The list includes models such as the BMW Z8, early 50s […]]]>

Find here a selection of vintage cars whose value is currently exorbitant despite their relative unpopularity when they were new.

Among the vintage cars that buyers are scrambling to get today and are willing to shell out are ten sports cars, as Carscoops reports.

The list includes models such as the BMW Z8, early 50s Chevrolet Corvette, McLaren F1, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Jaguar D-Type, Lexus LFA, 1970 Plymouth Superbird, Tucker 48 and the 1970s BMW M1.

Now a few words about each.

BMW Z8

The first Z8 was essentially a retro-tuned 1950s BMW 507 roadster with a 395hp M5 V8 engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox. It drove like a sedan and seemed pretty quiet.

BMW Z8 2001

The car was in production in 2000-2003 and cost over $134,000. Its current price is over $350,000. By the way, the exterior design of the BMW Z8 was developed by Henrik Fisker.

1953-55 Chevrolet Corvette

The first-year Corvette C1 featured a six-cylinder engine with no manual transmission option (it appeared later) and came in Polo White color only. At that time, it cost like a Cadillac coupe, that is, it was quite expensive.

Photo Chevrolet Corvette C1
Chevrolet Corvette C1

The 1953 Corvette is a rarity now and you’ll have to shell out $166,000+, while a “younger” 1955 model powered by a V8 engine will cost around $100,000+. After 1956, the Corvette takes on its full meaning. The current price of a base 1956 Corvette with its standard V8 engine could be close to $51,000, half the price of its predecessor.

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is a modern classic. When the automaker launched it in 1992, the car was a breakthrough, but with its own weak points: lousy acceleration times and an insufficiently high price.

1993 McLaren F1 picture
McLaren F1

When McLaren ceased production in 1998, it was making 106 units, including only 64 road cars, of the 300 vehicles planned to be built. It is because of such a small production that the car is now worth a fortune – 17 million dollars.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 road car received the brand’s first all-aluminum V8 engine with a displacement of 427 cubic inches (7.0 liters) producing over 430 hp. The engine alone cost $4,160 – more expensive than the Camaro itself.

So people didn’t see the point of paying that much when there were more affordable alternatives, like the faster and cheaper 396 Camaro SS, or a 427 iron-block L72 engine at just $490.

Photo Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1969
1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet made 69 examples of the ZL1. 50 ZL1s were delivered to customers, but at least 30 of them remained unsold and redistributed through dealerships. Currently, the price of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is 10 times higher than that of an SS 396 variant and ranges from $600,000 for a decent car to $1 million for a show winner.

Lexus LFA

Toyota launched the front mid-engine Lexus LFA supercar in 2010 when it was a bad time of economic recession. Despite an incredible 552bhp carbon fiber naturally aspirated engine and other “goodies”, the LFA couldn’t compete with a capable and much cheaper Nissan GT-R. Only 500 vehicles have been sold in almost 10 years.

2011 Lexus LFA picture
Lexus LFA

Nevertheless, if in 2011 it cost $375,000, its current price is between $700,000 and $1 million, and even more with the Nürburgring package.

Jaguar D-Type

At one time, the model was not in demand and its production stopped at the end of 1956. Under the effect of three consecutive victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1955, the value of the car exploded to 5 million dollars, or even more: this is the real price of type D now.

Jaguar D-Type Picture
Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar converted the remaining D-type racer to a road car and named it XKSS. 9 of the 25 cars built were destroyed in 1957 due to fire, but the company produced 9 XKSS continuation models in 2016 based on the original chassis.

Jaguar XJ220

Originally promised all-wheel drive and a V12 engine, the supercar in its final version received a turbocharged V6 and rear-wheel drive. This fact, along with a global recession and rising prices disappointed customers, and model production ceased in 1994. Jaguar made 281 XJ220 cars out of the planned 350, but could not sell even this small amount.

Picture Jaguar XJ220
Jaguar XJ220

Today, the car is desirable and costs up to $650,000.

Plymouth Superbird

The 1970 Plymouth Superbird was a sister to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. The Superbird’s controversial appearance scared off buyers, and the car was left on dealer lots until the mid-1970s.

Picture Plymouth Superbird 1970
1970 Plymouth Superbird. Photo – Sinag

The world is changing, and today Superbirds are all the rage: sellers are asking between $175,000 and $338,000 for a car.

BMW M1

BMW wanted to have a mid-engined sports car but did not have the production capacity to build one and asked Lamborghini to make an M1. Lamborghini missed a deadline for delivery of the first batch, so BMW terminated the deal and hired Bauer instead.

Before the BMW M1 could race in Group 5 at Le Mans, 400 M1 cars had to be built. M1 racing was allowed in a single-make Procar series at every F1 event.

Image of the 1979 BMW M1
1979 BMW M1

The BMW M1 received high profile publicity, but this did not help sales, in part because the M1 with a 3.5-litre straight-six engine was too expensive, more than the Ferrari 512 BB powered by a 12-cylinder 355 hp. engine. After 454 cars rolled off the assembly line, BMW ended production in 1981.

Despite unsuccessful sales in the past, the current price of an original M1 is as high as $440,000 (quoted by Hagerty).

Tucker 48

The Tucker 48 looked like something out of science fiction. It featured fully independent suspension, disc brakes, a flat-six engine designed for a Bell helicopter, an integrated roll bar, a padded dashboard, and a pivoting center headlight.

The car suffered from an unsuccessful press launch and reckless decisions by Preston Tucker. Only 50 Tucker 48s were made before Tucker’s assets were liquidated.

Picture Tucker 48
Tucker 48

Those who want to buy one of the first 50 cars will have to pay 1.25 to 1.8 million dollars in 2022. The price of the original car was around 4,000 dollars: it was the level of a Lincoln or a mid-range Cadillac.

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Cantonment’s Velocity Restorations Give Old Cars New Life https://nemgt.org/cantonments-velocity-restorations-give-old-cars-new-life/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 11:13:41 +0000 https://nemgt.org/cantonments-velocity-restorations-give-old-cars-new-life/ When you look at a vintage car still in mint condition, you almost expect to hear at least one person say “they don’t make them like that anymore”. Out-of-block speed restores would be different. The company restores classic Ford Broncos while incorporating modern technology that would be fitted to a new car in the field. […]]]>

When you look at a vintage car still in mint condition, you almost expect to hear at least one person say “they don’t make them like that anymore”.

Out-of-block speed restores would be different.

The company restores classic Ford Broncos while incorporating modern technology that would be fitted to a new car in the field.

Since moving the company from a small store on Navy Boulevard to a 135,000 square foot store in Cantonment last July, the company has been determined to earn the same recognition from its community that it has earned from enthusiasts. cars across the country.

Velocity Modern Classic Shop Manager Will Myers inspects a finished classic Ford Bronco Wednesday, June 8, 2022, before the updated vehicle is shipped to a customer.

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To locals, Velocity Shop manager Will Myers said the business is a bit like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to Cantonment residents: No one really knows what’s going on behind the front door.

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On Venezuelan roads, old cars dominate, break down everywhere https://nemgt.org/on-venezuelan-roads-old-cars-dominate-break-down-everywhere/ Wed, 25 May 2022 05:19:00 +0000 https://nemgt.org/on-venezuelan-roads-old-cars-dominate-break-down-everywhere/ A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to transport chairs, tents and tables to rallies throughout Venezuela’s sprawling capital. The once white paintwork is slightly yellowish and the bodywork has some rust, a few knocks. The odometer was already broken when he bought it […]]]>

A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to transport chairs, tents and tables to rallies throughout Venezuela’s sprawling capital.

The once white paintwork is slightly yellowish and the bodywork has some rust, a few knocks. The odometer was already broken when he bought it 12 years ago.

And with business picking up as the pandemic appears to be slowing, he’s been putting in more miles – and making more trips to mechanics, including a recent visit to investigate a hum-like noise emanating from the left rear wheel.

Venezuela's roads are full of high-mileage, cash-guzzling vehicles, many of which predate the socialist transformation ushered in by the late President Hugo Chavez at the turn of the century.

Matias Delacroix/AP

Venezuela’s roads are full of high-mileage, cash-guzzling vehicles, many of which predate the socialist transformation ushered in by the late President Hugo Chavez at the turn of the century.

“When the mechanics ask for parts – the truck asks you – you have to buy them,” Ron said. “We can’t refuse because the truck is a resource for making money.”

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He’s philosophical about the need to keep fixing his vintage truck: “It’s not like today’s cars that have a computer and have a lot of system-level stuff. I say (older trucks) are trustworthy and more reliable because they only use gasoline and water.

Ramon Arellano repairs the brakes of a customer's car on a street in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela.

Matias Delacroix/AP

Ramon Arellano repairs the brakes of a customer’s car on a street in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela.

People like Ron are keeping the mechanics around the corner in Caracas busy these days as they try to breathe a little more life into aging vehicles in a country whose new car market has shrunk. collapsed and where few can afford to trade for a better used one.

Venezuela’s auto industry produced just eight trucks last year — and not a single car — according to the Chamber of Venezuelan Manufacturers of Automotive Products. At the turn of the century, in 2006-2007, some 172,000 vehicles rolled out of factories operated by Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and others.

Imports did not fill the gap. In 2021, only 1,886 new light vehicles were sold in Venezuela, according to estimates by LMC Automotive, an automotive industry consultancy. That was about double the number in 2020, but less than 1% of what was sold in 2007, when new light-duty vehicle sales peaked at 437,675.

A cat rests inside an abandoned, burnt-out car in the El Paraiso neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela.

Matias Delacroix/AP

A cat rests inside an abandoned, burnt-out car in the El Paraiso neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela.

Venezuela lifted a ban on used car imports in 2019. But years of hyperinflation have wiped out much of the middle class who could once dream of at least a used car, leaving wages average monthly bills under US$100 (NZ$156).

This inflation combined with government controls designed to stifle it also meant that banks were unwilling or unable to provide car loans.

So people cling to what they have. Like Eduardo Ayala’s 1999 Nissan Sentra, which was undergoing mechanical surgery at a shop in a working-class neighborhood west of Caracas.

A man tries to repair his car, parked on the side of the road that connects La Guaira to Caracas.

Matias Delacroix/AP

A man tries to repair his car, parked on the side of the road that connects La Guaira to Caracas.

“It’s not that I chose this car, it’s that I had the money for this car,” Ayala said. “I would like to buy a (Suzuki) Grand Vitara, at least a 2005, (but) you also have to adapt to your economy as much as you can.”

Elvis Hernandez discovered the problem that had left Ayala stranded on the freeway a day earlier: a month-old off-brand ignition distributor had failed.

“The vast majority of people don’t have the money to buy a car – that’s the truth. So they’d rather fix the one they have,” Hernandez said. Around him, fellow mechanics worked on d other cars, all at least ten years old.

An abandoned car with "For spare parts," written in Spanish on his windshield is parked in the San Juan neighborhood.

Matias Delacroix/AP

An abandoned car with “For Spare Parts” written in Spanish on its windshield is parked in the San Juan neighborhood.

Venezuela’s roads are full of high-mileage, cash-guzzling vehicles, many of which predate the socialist transformation ushered in by the late President Hugo Chavez at the turn of the century.

A morning commute to work, a quick trip to the grocery store, or a 20km drive to the beach all involve spotting parked cars with someone tinkering under the hood.

Venezuela – with one of the largest crude oil reserves in the world – once had the most prosperous middle class in Latin America and car dealerships boomed.

Carlos Valero repairs the exhaust system of his car, in the San Agustin district of Caracas.

Matias Delacroix/AP

Carlos Valero repairs the exhaust system of his car, in the San Agustin district of Caracas.

But a complex social, economic and humanitarian crisis began in the mid-2010s, compounded by falling oil prices, US economic sanctions against the government and – critics say – blatant mismanagement of the economy.

By 2020, about nine out of 10 families that were once classified as middle class had fallen into the ranks of the poor, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. By one measure, the monthly income of these once middle-class households has fallen from the equivalent of US$830 per month in 2012 to US$195 in 2020.

Many of the spacious dealerships that once served them still bear their logos, but are now empty or house other businesses. Those opened in the capital tend to target the upper class. A Ferrari dealership has three red cars on the floor, each costing over US$400,000.

Venezuela lifted a ban on used car imports in 2019, but years of hyperinflation and government controls have left banks unwilling or unable to provide car loans.

Matias Delacroix/AP

Venezuela lifted a ban on used car imports in 2019, but years of hyperinflation and government controls have left banks unwilling or unable to provide car loans.

Some Venezuelans have taken to YouTube for instructions on fixing their own cars.

Somewhere in Caracas is a Honda Civic with a PVC pipe acting as a pipe and a piece of wood holding the battery in place. It broke down on the motorway after a holiday weekend, stranding the four passengers in bathing suits and prompting them to improvise a repair as sweat ran down their blasted faces.

Others can still raise money to hire experts in varying degrees.

A PVC pipe is used to connect an air filter of an engine of a car being repaired on the side of the road.  Some Venezuelans have taken to YouTube for instructions on fixing their own cars.

Matias Delacroix/AP

A PVC pipe is used to connect an air filter of an engine of a car being repaired on the side of the road. Some Venezuelans have taken to YouTube for instructions on fixing their own cars.

Dozens of mechanics operate along the street in the neighborhood where Ron, the owner of an equipment rental business, had his truck repaired. They keep their tools locked away in nearby buildings or other hiding places.

Enderson Ramirez, who specializes in brake systems, said some people have put off repairs for so long that they show up with broken brake pads and badly damaged rotors.

He said some vehicle owners can repair damaged rear brakes, but “they put off doing the front brakes because their budget isn’t enough,” he said. “Well, we negotiate with them. We negotiate labor costs because…if he doesn’t do the job, we don’t get anything.

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On Venezuelan roads, old cars predominate, break everywhere | world news https://nemgt.org/on-venezuelan-roads-old-cars-predominate-break-everywhere-world-news/ Sat, 21 May 2022 13:45:00 +0000 https://nemgt.org/on-venezuelan-roads-old-cars-predominate-break-everywhere-world-news/ By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to transport chairs, tents and tables to rallies throughout Venezuela’s sprawling capital. The once white paintwork is slightly yellowish and the bodywork has some rust, a […]]]>

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck is the workhorse of Argenis Ron’s party equipment rental business. He uses it to transport chairs, tents and tables to rallies throughout Venezuela’s sprawling capital.

The once white paintwork is slightly yellowish and the bodywork has some rust, a few knocks. The odometer was already broken when he bought it 12 years ago.

And with business picking up as the pandemic appears to be slowing, he’s been putting in more miles – and making more trips to mechanics, including a recent visit to investigate a hum-like noise emanating from the left rear wheel.

“When the mechanics ask for parts – the truck asks you – you have to buy them,” Ron said. “We can’t refuse because the truck is a resource for making money.”

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He’s philosophical about the need to keep fixing his vintage truck: “It’s not like today’s cars that have a computer and have a lot of system-level stuff. I say (older trucks) are trustworthy and more reliable because they only use gas and water.

People like Ron are keeping the mechanics around the corner in Caracas busy these days as they try to breathe a little more life into aging vehicles in a country whose new car market has shrunk. collapsed and where few can afford to trade for a better used one.

Venezuela’s auto industry produced just eight trucks last year – and not a single car – according to the Chamber of Venezuelan Manufacturers of Automotive Products. At the turn of the century, in 2006-2007, some 172,000 vehicles rolled out of factories operated by Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and others.

Imports did not fill the gap. In 2021, only 1,886 new light vehicles were sold in Venezuela, according to estimates by LMC Automotive, an automotive industry consultancy. That was about double the number in 2020, but less than 1% of what was sold in 2007, when new light-duty vehicle sales peaked at 437,675.

Venezuela lifted a ban on used car imports in 2019. But years of hyperinflation have wiped out much of the middle class who could once dream of at least a used car, leaving wages average monthly payments under $100. This inflation combined with government controls designed to stifle it also meant that banks were unwilling or unable to provide car loans.

So people cling to what they have. Like Eduardo Ayala’s 1999 Nissan Sentra, which was undergoing mechanical surgery at a shop in a working-class neighborhood west of Caracas.

“It’s not that I chose this car, it’s that I had the money for this car,” Ayala said. “I would like to buy a (Suzuki) Grand Vitara, at least a 2005, (but) you also have to adapt to your economy as much as you can.”

Elvis Hernandez discovered the problem that had left Ayala stranded on the freeway a day earlier: a month-old off-brand ignition distributor had failed.

“The vast majority of people don’t have the money to buy a car – that’s the truth. So they’d rather fix the one they have,” Hernandez said. Around him, fellow mechanics worked on d other cars, all at least ten years old.

Venezuela’s roads are full of high-mileage, cash-guzzling vehicles, many of which predate the socialist transformation ushered in by the late President Hugo Chavez at the turn of the century.

A morning commute to work, a quick trip to the grocery store, or a 14-mile trip to the beach all involve spotting parked cars with someone tinkering under the hood.

Venezuela – with one of the largest crude oil reserves in the world – once had the most prosperous middle class in Latin America, and car dealerships boomed.

But a complex social, economic and humanitarian crisis began in the mid-2010s, compounded by falling oil prices, US economic sanctions against the government and, critics say, blatant mismanagement of the economy.

By 2020, about nine out of 10 families that were once classified as middle class had fallen into the ranks of the poor, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. By one measure, the monthly income of these once middle-class households has fallen from the equivalent of $830 per month in 2012 to $195 in 2020.

Many of the spacious dealerships that once served them still bear their logos, but are now empty or house other businesses. Those opened in the capital tend to target the upper class. A Ferrari dealership has three red cars on the floor, each costing over $400,000.

Some Venezuelans have taken to YouTube for instructions on fixing their own cars.

Somewhere in Caracas is a Honda Civic with a PVC pipe acting as a pipe and a piece of wood holding the battery in place. It broke down on the motorway after a holiday weekend, stranding the four passengers in bathing suits and prompting them to improvise a repair as sweat ran down their blasted faces.

Others can still raise money to hire experts in varying degrees.

Dozens of mechanics operate along the street in the neighborhood where Ron, the owner of an equipment rental business, had his truck repaired. They keep their tools locked away in nearby buildings or other hiding places.

Enderson Ramirez, who specializes in brake systems, said some people have put off repairs for so long that they show up with broken brake pads and badly damaged rotors.

He said some vehicle owners can repair damaged rear brakes, but “they put off doing the front brakes because their budget isn’t enough,” he said. “Well, we negotiate with them. We negotiate labor costs because…if he doesn’t do the job, we don’t get anything.

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Old cars on the streets of Idaho prove I’m an old man https://nemgt.org/old-cars-on-the-streets-of-idaho-prove-im-an-old-man/ Thu, 05 May 2022 17:42:35 +0000 https://nemgt.org/old-cars-on-the-streets-of-idaho-prove-im-an-old-man/ I saw him pass by Depot Grill. Parked alone in a lot across the street. Far from the door of dingers and onlookers. I stopped and took some pictures. You see, when I was a little boy, there was a wagon like this in every third aisle in the neighborhood. This one needs a bit […]]]>

I saw him pass by Depot Grill. Parked alone in a lot across the street. Far from the door of dingers and onlookers. I stopped and took some pictures. You see, when I was a little boy, there was a wagon like this in every third aisle in the neighborhood. This one needs a bit of bodywork. Some sanding on the roof and around the wheel arches. Otherwise, he looks in great shape. Keep in mind that the steel in these older cars was very thick.

They were thick on American roads

As I drove, I felt old. You would have to go back more than 60 years to see one in a movie. The thing is, there was a time when Ford wagons and Chevy Bel Airs were thicker on American highways than Minnesota mosquitoes. I also have a friend named Ford Wagoner. He says he was being harassed for his name, which also belonged to his father and grandfather!

Station wagons were a symbol of the American family until the early 1980s. New fuel consumption standards exempted certain trucks, and minivans were classified as trucks. The wagons weren’t, and they’ve mostly disappeared.

Holidays, groceries and wood carriers

My dad had a huge Dodge Polara wagon and it was our vacation car. It was a sand yacht. Before the energy crisis of 1973, it took us to the mountains and to Washington, D.C. They could carry supplies, wood, and sometimes several cousins ​​for a visit.

I saw a meme on social media and it shows a wagon stopped along the shoulder of a road. The gate is closed and mom is making sandwiches with a cooler. I know the drill. It was cheaper than McDonald’s. My parents love the holidays, but also pinched every penny. They could make Lincoln scream!

Good time. Long gone. The present has its moments. The future scares me a little. The past was very pleasant and becomes more so every day in my personal rear view mirror.

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WATCH: See how much gas it cost the year you started driving

To learn more about how gas prices have changed over the years, Stacker calculated the cost of a gallon of gas for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released April 2020), we analyzed the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI ) for regular unleaded gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover how much a gallon cost when you first started driving.

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From Gasoline to Electric: Companies Converting Old Cars Have Long Waiting Lists | From Wire Company https://nemgt.org/from-gasoline-to-electric-companies-converting-old-cars-have-long-waiting-lists-from-wire-company/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 06:15:00 +0000 https://nemgt.org/from-gasoline-to-electric-companies-converting-old-cars-have-long-waiting-lists-from-wire-company/ LOS ANGELES — Mark Wagner isn’t sure which he likes more: the look he gets when he pulls his old Volkswagen ragtop into an EV charger parking spot, or the look he he gets it because of what he does next. Wagner’s car rolled off a VW Beetle assembly line in 1962, the year Russian […]]]>

LOS ANGELES — Mark Wagner isn’t sure which he likes more: the look he gets when he pulls his old Volkswagen ragtop into an EV charger parking spot, or the look he he gets it because of what he does next.

Wagner’s car rolled off a VW Beetle assembly line in 1962, the year Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev played a nuclear tightrope with President Kennedy.

But Wagner’s Bug no longer sports an upgraded Cold War-era 40-horsepower engine and 12.5-gallon fuel tank. They were replaced by a Curtis C-50 Brushless electric motor and part of an 85 kWh battery salvaged from a Tesla Model S.

“People see a classic car like this go into a charging space, it’s like, ‘Well, this fool is jamming the charger,'” Wagner, 46, said. ‘back, pulls the charging cord and plugs it in, and then it’s like, ‘Wait – that’s electric? Can I see it?'”

With nosebleed gas prices and worries about climate change and pollution, interest in electric vehicles is higher than ever according to Google search trends. But supply chain issues have led to a shortage of new electric vehicles, driving up prices for used vehicles, said Mike Spagnola, managing director of the Specialty Equipment Market Assn.

As a result, converting internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles “has become increasingly popular,” especially for classic car owners, Spagnola said. “It’s a market that will continue to grow in 2022.”

“These are people who love their cars and want to keep driving them, not worrying about the scarcity of parts for those older cars,” Spagnola said. “It’s about extending their longevity and, sometimes, having less impact on the environment.”

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk can probably afford any car on the market, and he already owns a Tesla Model S and a Lucid Air, among others. But one of his favorites is the 1964 Chevy Corvette Stingray, black with a red interior, which he acquired in 2004, he says, after retiring from competitive skateboarding.

“It was the first cool sports car I saw when I was young, and it reminded me of the Batmobile,” Hawk said. “I figured I’d buy one when I was older if I could ever afford it.” But lately driving the car had become more of an exercise in frustration, so Hawk decided to make the car electric.

“As much as I love the Mopar transmission, it was always a problem starting and I could never drive it more than 20 miles without fearing it would fail,” he said.

Car enthusiasts like Wagner and Hawk are fueling a boom in electric vehicle conversions, but there aren’t enough companies to keep up with the demand. Waiting lists sometimes last two years.

For EV West, one of the most popular electric and internal combustion vehicle rebuild shops on the West Coast, it’s a lot longer.

“Our store has a five-year waiting list,” said EV West owner Michael Bream, who started his business 13 years ago, inspired in part by — you guessed it — a leap past fuel prices.

“If you call us and say to yourself, ‘Hey, Michael. I absolutely want to convert this car. We can’t get you in, so we’re going to have to send you to one of our partner stores,’ with which EV West is working collaboratively, Bream said.

On a recent afternoon, Hawk’s car was taken to a lift at EV West’s headquarters in San Marcos, outside of San Diego. This is also where Wagner’s 1962 Beetle conversion took place at a cost of $32,000.

Bream said a typical conversion starts at around $18,000. Some of the more expensive versions, for high performance, can exceed $30,000.

For comparison, a 2022 Toyota Prius starts at $24,625; a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt starts at $31,500; a 2022 Tesla Model 3 starts at $41,940. But supply chain issues have led to a shortage of semiconductors, which means new electric vehicles can be hard to find in some markets.

After the conversion, maintenance primarily becomes a matter of maintaining the car’s vintage parts, which can be handled by the car’s regular mechanic, Bream said.

Transforming an electric car is complicated and time-consuming; it’s not just about dropping an electric motor and battery and sending the customer on their way. Each type of car, truck or van requires its own complex solution.

Bream collected a huge amount of parts on site and 3D printers are used to make other parts and for the finishing touches that make everything feel like it belongs. Some analog fuel tank gauges are there, but now the “F” through “E” shows the remaining battery charge.

For example, “this Corvette is fiberglass,” Bream said of Hawk’s car. “You don’t want to cut it. You don’t want to modify it. You want to keep it as original as possible.

Bream said the company’s engineers and technicians used a bolt-on assembly housing a Tesla Model S motor for part of the installation.

“That way you can also convert combustion back,” he said. “It is important that we keep conversions reversible. We therefore took no value from the car.

With shortages still affecting most aspects of the supply chain, it might seem likely that there would be heated competition between converter companies for the most popular batteries, which are made by Tesla. But there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of Tesla owners who have gone out and seriously wrecked their cars, while managing not to damage the batteries.

“There is no competition because everyone is very busy. We’ve helped other stores with their first builds to help them get started in the business,” Bream said. “We are on good terms with most of the other stores. We’re all on the same page, just trying to build fun electric cars.

The appeal of electrification is also strong for owners of commercial vehicles running on diesel, which is still well above the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline.

Ralph Biase, perhaps best known for his work as producer and host of the TV show “Geared Up” on Motor Trend, has more work than he can handle at Titan Car Restoration in Commerce.

“I have a two-year backlog,” Biase said. “I’m not even taking on new clients at the moment, as I already have so many on deck, awaiting restoration.”

Most of the EV conversions his company does are for utility vehicles, with customers including Adidas and Nike.

For a recent conversion of a Canadian mining company’s pickup truck, “they needed the batteries to fit between the frame rails under the bed of the truck, but there were none commercially available,” said Biase. “Everything had to be 3D scanned. I had all the drawings (computer-aided design) for the space between the frame rails, and I had, basically, a battery box made for it.

For his Beetle ragtop, Mark Wagner wanted to mimic the original car as much as possible, and the interior was carefully upgraded.

“The gas gauge is now the battery checker. They also gave me these buttons that have a real vintage feel,” said Wagner, 46. Bream said there’s about a third of the Tesla battery in the VW.

The car’s 100-mile range, when driven conservatively, is enough for him to use as a daily driver, to and from work, and for errands. He even gets driven all the way to Big Bear from his home in Irvine. A load takes him to the base of the mountain, where he stops to eat and relax a bit while his car charges for the final 30 kilometers uphill.

“It’s my car forever,” Wagner said.

Tony Hawk has some pretty definite plans for the first thing he wants to do with his completed Corvette Stingray conversion. When asked where he might take it first, Hawk replied “to and from my half-pipe!”

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Toyota’s paint stripping technology dresses up old cars, over 100 colors on offer https://nemgt.org/toyotas-paint-stripping-technology-dresses-up-old-cars-over-100-colors-on-offer/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://nemgt.org/toyotas-paint-stripping-technology-dresses-up-old-cars-over-100-colors-on-offer/ Toyota would initially only offer this service in Japan. By : HT automatic office | Updated: April 25, 2022, 07:36 The new technology will be available to consumers who use Toyota’s subscription service. Toyota Motor has announced new paint stripping technology that will enable the Japanese automaker to provide a new value-added service to its […]]]>

Toyota would initially only offer this service in Japan.

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The new technology will be available to consumers who use Toyota’s subscription service.

Toyota Motor has announced new paint stripping technology that will enable the Japanese automaker to provide a new value-added service to its customers by next year. The paint stripping technology will “dress up” old Toyota cars and repaint their bodies in one of more than 100 colors. The automaker says the new coat of paint can also be removed, allowing the original color theme to shine through again. Initially, this service will only be available in Japan.

(Also read: Toyota and Lexus issue recall for 4,60,000 vehicles due to stability control issue)

This new technology is based on statistics which indicate that people are keeping their existing vehicles for a greater number of years than before due to several factors. With the arrival of this new technology, Toyota hopes to help people own cars for even longer periods of time. In addition, this technology will allow drivers to freely choose their new color.

A report from Nikkei Asia claims that Toyota-owned Nagoya-based Kinto will be the company providing this new service to owners of individual cars as well as other vehicles covered by Toyota’s subscription. The company has yet to announce pricing for this service. The report claims that pricing details for the service as well as possible Kinto outlet locations are being determined.

Speaking of technology, Kinto claims to use a high-velocity jet of water to strip the car’s existing paint. This would avoid any likely damage to the vehicle. In other paint stripping jobs, certain specific stripping chemicals are used to do the job. The report claims that with this new paint job, the vehicle will have better protection against rain and wind.

Date of first publication: April 25, 2022, 07:35 IST

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Pay 8 times higher fees to re-register 15-year-old cars https://nemgt.org/pay-8-times-higher-fees-to-re-register-15-year-old-cars/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 03:17:31 +0000 https://nemgt.org/pay-8-times-higher-fees-to-re-register-15-year-old-cars/ In the latest development, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given a green signal to charge high amounts for re-registration and heavy penalties for vehicles over 15 years old. The new rule is part of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules Amendment, 1989, which came into force on April 1, 2022. In accordance with […]]]>

In the latest development, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given a green signal to charge high amounts for re-registration and heavy penalties for vehicles over 15 years old. The new rule is part of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules Amendment, 1989, which came into force on April 1, 2022.

In accordance with this new rule, all owners of two-wheelers, light motor vehicles, three-wheelers and four-wheelers and imported two-wheelers 15 years old will now be charged approximately 3 to 8 times the original amount charged. previously. As a result, re-registration of 15-year-old two-wheelers will cost Rs 1,000 from the current charge of Rs 300, while the same for light-duty motor vehicles has increased from Rs 600 to Rs 5,000. imported four-wheelers, the re-registration fee has been reduced from Rs 15,000 to Rs 40,000.

Similarly, the re-registration fee for 15-year-old three-wheelers is now set at Rs 2,500, while the same fee for imported two-wheelers is now Rs 10,000. re-registration limit, an additional penalty of Rs 300 per month for two-wheelers and Rs 500 for all three-wheelers and four-wheelers will be charged, regardless of the category to which it belongs. belongs.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, however, has not changed the registration fees for new vehicles, which remain at Rs 300 for two-wheelers, Rs 600 for three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 2 500 for imported two-wheelers. and Rs 5,000 for imported four-wheeled vehicles.

Fitness test fees have also increased

In addition to these, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also announced fees for testing and renewing the certificate of fitness for all types of motor vehicles over 15 years old. Advertised charges for geared vehicles are Rs 400 for two-wheelers, Rs 800 for manual three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 800 for medium/passenger vehicles and Rs 1,000 for heavy goods vehicles/passenger vehicles.

Similarly, for gearless and automatic motor vehicles, the advertised charge is Rs 500 for two-wheelers, Rs 1,000 for three-wheelers and light motor vehicles, Rs 1,300 for medium/passenger vehicles and Rs 1,500 for heavy goods vehicles/passenger vehicles. If you delay in issuing the required certificate of proficiency, an additional charge of Rs 50 will be levied for each day of delay.

While this new rule may encourage many people to scrap their old vehicles and trade them in for new ones, it will also become a financial burden for people who cannot afford a new vehicle.

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‘Big Old Cars’ attract interest from those looking for ClassicCars.com https://nemgt.org/big-old-cars-attract-interest-from-those-looking-for-classiccars-com/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://nemgt.org/big-old-cars-attract-interest-from-those-looking-for-classiccars-com/ There was a time when General Motors subdivided its management hierarchy beyond its various brands. One of these groupings was known as “BOC”. Officially, BOC was shorthand for Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, divisions that shared common vehicle components and were therefore encouraged to work together on vehicle development and production. Unofficially, BOC has been derided as “Big Old […]]]>

There was a time when General Motors subdivided its management hierarchy beyond its various brands. One of these groupings was known as “BOC”. Officially, BOC was shorthand for Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, divisions that shared common vehicle components and were therefore encouraged to work together on vehicle development and production.

Unofficially, BOC has been derided as “Big Old Cars”.

But instead of making fun of these vehicles, they are increasingly being chased and driven by people looking for vehicles on the ClassicCars.com marketplace.

In recent months, these old BOC vehicles have been climbing the list of most wanted vehicles on the online sales site. In March, Cadillac was eighth, Buick 17th and Oldsmobile 18th among searches for vehicles of all years and models.

1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

“Over the past four years or so, many class B, O, C cars had gone down a lot in value, especially the more standard models, and prices for those cars had come down a lot,” noted Andy Reid, ClassicCars.com market analyst and editor. Chief of the East Coast. “A good example are the Cadillac Series 61 and 62 cars.

“These are truly great cars, built at a time when America was actually building some of the greatest cars in the world. Their affordability made them more desirable for a whole new generation of collectors.

“This is even truer for Cadillacs built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The fact that a young collector can pick one up for less than $20,000 is worth a try.

On this all-year search, Chevrolet continues to be No. 1, followed by Ford, Mustang, Chevrolet C-10 pickup trucks, and Dodge.

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1960 Cadillac series 62

We also track searches by those looking for particular year brand model activities and again in March #1 was the 1969 Ford Mustang and #2 was the 1967 version of that same car.

There was little movement on this list, although the 1967 Chevrolet Impala fell from fifth place in February to third in March, and the 1969 Dodge Charger fell from sixth to fourth. Two Chevrolets lost a few places, the 1964 Impala and the 1969 Camaro.

Consistently, and with the exception of the mid-1950s Chevrolet BelAir, searches for make-of-the-year models are dominated by those looking for cars produced in the 1960s and very early 1970s. At any given time, there are approximately 30,000 vehicles advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com.

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