Our "Cool Car of the Month" edition of our blogs is BACK! This month's feature is a 1988 Land Rover Defender. The vehicle was brought in early June for transmission and clutch work. Fun historical fact: The British army has used Defenders since the 1950's. What makes this truck even more cool is that the United States army utilized them in battle situations such as the Gulf War. The vehicle was actually thought to be more suitable for to operation in urban areas, and air-lifting than the American made Humvee. Take a look at these cool pics!
My first car was a Volkswagen Passat. I loved that car. When it was new, I remembered to check the fluids twice a week every single week. There was always a spare quart of oil in the trunk. When It got dirty, even if just a little, I got it washed. If, when I was driving, something felt a little off, I got it checked out. Then, early one morning on the way to work, I got ran into by someone who wasn't paying attention to the road. My car was totaled.
Thankfully, I was given a settlement for the damages that was enough to get another car. I was blessed to find another ride that I'm proud to own. As much as I love having it, I sometimes find myself slipping in terms of caring for the car. The time gaps between checking fluids have gotten exceptionally longer. There is no spare quart of oil in my trunk. A leak in the steering column needed tending to, but I kept putting it off until it was almost too late.
I admit, I NEED to make some changes. If you're like me, you should do the same. Don't take your car for granted. Check those fluids, ask someone about to see where those noises are coming from, and don't put it off until it's too late. It's human nature to get careless once in awhile, that's ok. But if you start lacking care for your ride, just remember your first car.
Are you looking to improve your take off speed? How about go faster on the freeway? The obvious answer is to change your differential gear ratio, but you're going to need to know what ratio is right for you.
What is the gear ratio, you ask? When we talk about the gear ratio, we're referring to the tooth count on the ring gear versus the number of teeth on the pinion. That number determines how much faster the revolutions of the driveshaft (which rotates the pinion) are than the revolutions of the wheels (rotated by the ring gear).
The gear ratio of your differential is also something to consider when you're thinking about changing your tire size. An unmatched tire size and gear ratio will result in poor performance and increased fuel consumption.
You also have to consider changing the gear ratio of the front and rear differentials if you have a 4x4 vehicle. The gear ratio for both differentials have to be the same.
We've decided to do something a little different for this month's blog: Cool Car of the Month! When this car came in last month to repair a leak in the transmission, one word kept coming to mind: Tiny. That's probably the same thing people thought when the Metropolitan first came out in the 1950's. In an era of stretch coupes, the Metropolitan is said to have started the smaller car trend. It may have also started the phrase, "tiny but mighty," because Road and Track tested the 1954 model's acceleration from 0-60 at 22.4 seconds. That's almost twice as most Volkswagens at the time. The car's performance was so impressive back then, that is was the car of choice by police departments. It was named "One of the greatest cars of all time" by former Motor Trend Magazine editor Jack Nerad. Pretty Cool, huh?