Category: cars

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Right To Repair

The news from Beacon Hill recently has all been about some gambling bill, but there was also something important going on. The Senate passed a Right to Repair law in July. Unfortunately, the other...

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Toyota & Tesla

NUMMI was one of the casualties of the recent mess that hit the American car industry. It was a joint GM Toyota plant in Fremont California. It produced a lot of the joint GM/Toyota...

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Brakes

I finally finished rebuilding the brakes on the Miata today. The right rear had been dragging and the disks were getting kind of ratty, so I rebuilt everything. It didn’t go too smoothly. It...

Disabling Cars Remotely 0

Disabling Cars Remotely

Did you see this news article the other day? A car dealer in Austin fired an employee. He got mad and hacked into their computer and started disabling customers’ cars. Did you know that...

Hiding the Works 0

Hiding the Works

Apple’s release of the iPad has generated a lot of angst and gnashing of teeth amongst a certain class of geek. Ben Fry’s latest post on the subject is fairly typical. Or as Tim...

Closing Time on Route 7 0

Closing Time on Route 7

Rich Cohen wrote a nice article in The Believer recently chronicling the history of the American car industry from the point of view of the dealers. In many ways, the story of the American...

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue 0

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue

This is an interesting read in today’s climate. I was trolling around in Google Books, and I ran into an issue of The Automobile that is entirely about electric cars. The interesting thing is...

Chickens and the Auto Industry 0

Chickens and the Auto Industry

Have you been following the recent trade squabble between the US & China? The US imposed a tariff on Chinese tires, now China is threatening to respond with a tariff on US chickens. It...

2CV engine and brakes 1

Inboard Brakes

A discussion of hub motors (ala the 1899 Lohner-Porsche) on Ned’s blog, got me thinking about inboard brakes. Traditionally, making the engine (or motor) unsprung has been considered a bad idea because of ride...

John Fitch 0

John Fitch

A little bit more Lime Rock in the news this week. Hemmings Motor News had this really nice interview with John Fitch. John was an important part of Lime Rock (and all sports car...