Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Note: Count Us Green

You can't manage what you don't measure. That is why AMSOIL made a commitment to begin measuring its environmental impact in all facets of its operations.

From its inception the environmental benefits of a one year oil change instead of every three thousand miles was measurable in terms of reduced packaging waste and reduced used oil to be disposed of. AMSOIL synthetic oils kept engines cleaner also, so that there were fewer bi-products of combustion, less varnish and sludge. It was all good.

But the manner in which the company operates has also been wholly committed to numerous environmentally conscientious behaviors. One of these is to continuously reduce the amount of waste we produce so the each year we have few dumpsters going to the landfill. How low can we go? It waits to be seen but is exciting to see this company-wide initiative in action. Each year we have succeeded in reducing the number and we'll keep on it for as long as we are able. These initiatives and others like it have gained us regional recognition for our commitment to not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

A second strategy that we embrace is to use use SmartWay® shipping. Launched in 2004, SmartWay® is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. The SmartWay® Program is a public-private initiative between EPA, large and small trucking companies, rail carriers, logistics companies, commercial manufacturers, retailers, and other federal and state agencies. Its purpose is to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance (reduction of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution) of the goods movement supply chains.

Guess what? We like being green and being responsible. We hope you do to.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Update on the AMSOIL / Street Rodder Road Tour '59 Chevy

Now at Hot Rod Interiors in Phoenix, Arizona the AMSOIL / Street Rodder Road Tour '59 Chevy is under the careful hands and sewing machine of Glenn Kramer. Building a custom interior will take almost three weeks and the car will be ready for unveiling on May 17 at Hot Rods by Dean also in Phoenix.

Good progress on the first day as the trunk is finished and the headliner is going in. Colors will be Torch Red vinyl and Graphite Silver cloth followed by Blood Red loop pile carpeting spread over ample supply of Dynamat to deaden unwanted sounds and keep out unwanted heat. The front seating will be a pair of Procar buckets with a rear custom bench seat all wrapped in the red/silver combination. All of the interior appointments will come by way of Classic Industries who also supplied the exterior trim and glass while SoffSeal supplied the rubber.

Hot Rods by Dean has dropped in The Shaver Racing Engines 427-inch LS motor complete with Inglese eight stack injection and a myriad of Comp Cams components that are at the heart of this 630hp and 602ft-lb torque smooth running V-8. Nestled behind the potent "small-block" is a 4L80E tranny built by Hughes Transmissions.

All of this potent performance sits on a Roadster Shop chassis that features four-wheel-independent suspension held up by Circle City Racing wheels wrapped with a set of four bodacious monster Michelin rubber tires.

The body is painted in Ferrari, yes that Ferrari, Red and accented by replated chrome and reworked and polished stainless steel all from Sherm's Custom Plating.

The AMSOIL / Street Rodder Road Tour '59 Chevy will travel nearly 25,000 miles crisscrossing the country this summer. Be sure to stop by and take a look you will be pressed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Car Care Tip Worth Knowing


Drivers spend substantial amounts of money on their cars and light trucks every year. No expense is greater, particularly in recent years, than gasoline. But drivers can make the most of that money and help extend their vehicle’s life expectancy and efficiency by supplementing that costly fuel with a gasoline additive.

Today’s engines have tighter tolerances and run hotter than in the old days. The bi-products of combustion in this intense environment can cause deposits that interfere with performance, often resulting in lost fuel economy, poor drivability that manifests itself in surging, hesitation, stalling, and rough idle, and even engine knocking or difficulty starting.

An additive such as AMSOIL P.i. Performance Improver Gasoline Additive helps clean combustion chamber deposits, intake valve deposits and port fuel injector deposits while improving fuel mileage an average of 2.3 percent and as much as 5.7 percent, a number that can really add up when considering the amount of money drivers spend on fuel each year.

Read our performance study, and then head over the AMSOIL Online Store to fetch a couple bottles. Every little bit helps.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Car Care Kiosk Videos Empower Motorists By Showing How to Change Oil, Filters and Perform Other Routine Maintenance

Oil change video for 2008 Saturn Astra
For years the trend in auto maintenance has been toward having professionals take care of one's maintenance needs. But with the advent of the Internet, this trend may be weakening. More and more people have learned they can save money by watching a YouTube video and doing the work themselves. Whether it be replacing a toilet, a water heater or sump pump, online training videos offer a vast amount of fast, easily accessible information.

When it comes to car maintenance, Car Care Kiosk is one of the most comprehensive sources of fast, accurate information. And it's free. What kind of car do you drive? The home page has every make from Acura and Audi to Volkswagen and Volvo. Click on your car make and you'll see models and years. Go a step deeper and select Change Oil or Add Coolant, or whatever you're seeking to accomplish.

Check it out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cycle World Takes the New EBR for a Ride

Last week Cycle World magazine posted a video featuring their first ride on an EBR 1190RV Superbike. They talked about how the bike handles and how much fun it is. It's was noted that this is the first American made superbike to be competitive with Japanese and other foreign bikes. Erik Buell has something to be proud of.

When you check out the story be sure to click on the link for the First Ride report.

Earlier this year the new EBR 1190RX was featured on the cover of Sport Rider magazine. It's also the top prize in the AMSOIL Building Legends Sweepstakes. By year's end someone will be the proud owner of the remarkable piece of two-wheel technology. Here's the link to our entry form.