to the Head Turnerz Car Club website. We have created a club to
enjoy the hobby of American classic cars and trucks and
socialization with others that enjoy this hobby as well. Our main
focus is to have fun with the classic car hobby, to promote courtesy
and respect within the club. We are here to assist club members and
other interested persons in obtaining, fine tuning, and the
restoration of classic vehicles. We encourage club participation in
local and non-local car events as discussed per the club members.
Our philosphy is to provide unity of thought within the club,
without discouragement of new ideas and presentations presented by
the member body. If you are interested in joining our club the
annual dues are $20.00.
Even if you are a member
of another car club, you are most certainly welcome at our
cruise-ins and club events.
~ P R E S I D E
N T ' S R A M B L I N G S ~
June was hotter than all get out!! Kind of like the members of Head Turnerz car club and their cars!!! July has left the starting line and is setting a blistering pace down the quarter mile. I want to send out a special “thank you” to club members for their willingness to help each other out with auto projects and projects directed to helping our community. Truly a family act! Some of our members may not have a top of the line, show ready ride but having the ride and working to continually improve that ride and the community is truly commendable. I am thankful the club took me in when I brought home a raggedy 74 model Olds but they welcomed me with open arms. Sure, the ribbing continues to this day but that is part of the fun of the automotive world. Some of our members have dropped back to the shadows with work, life and projects. We miss you and hope that you can find some time to meet up with us again as we enjoy your company and need a different ride to rib some. All joking aside, I am thankful for this group of folks as we keep the comradery and pride alive. Meet up with us on July 18 at Sonic on McCrays Mill road at 6pm and you will see what I mean. From rust bucket to top of the line show car, you are more than welcome to join us. Would love to have you. Thank you and have a safe July 4 holiday and a safe and fun July.
TIP OF THE MONTH
Summer Car Tips
Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance...Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!
Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.
A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly.Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
Carry some basic tools — ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.