Archive for March, 2013
We spent the last two days exploring everything that the New York Auto Show had to offer and we must say that there was a lot to see. Between press conferences, new vehicle debuts and industry award presentations, we were kept quite busy. We’re currently working on a library of 2013 New York Auto Show videos that we’ll get posted shortly, but in the meantime we hope our photo gallery tides you over. Be sure to take a look at some of the notable New York debuts, including the Bentley Flying Spur, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru WRX Concept, Kia Soul, Kia Forte Koup, Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Porsche GT3, Hyundai Equus plus many more.
We’ve had Matthew’s 1968 Dodge Charger for a little over three months now and things are really coming together. Since our last update, the Charger has made it back to Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford for assembly. Upon arrival the first order business was to remove all the suspension components for refinishing. After stripping and a fresh coat of paint the suspension was put back in the car, complemented by new shocks and other goodies. The brakes were also tackled and rebuilt to as new condition, although it is hard to notice them hidden behind the shiny new American Racing Torque thrust wheels. Under the hood the refreshed engine and transmission has been put back in the car and the generous folks at A&T Upholstery have started tackling the interior.
The car has really started to take shape and with spring around the corner the timing couldn’t be better. We still have a lot of work ahead, but with a little luck, and a lot of elbow grease, the car should be ready before June rolls around.
Phase 3: The Roll Cage and Wrap
We’ve been hard at work restoring Matthew’s 1968 Dodge Charger and we’re excited to share the latest updates with you. The charger is currently at our body shop in Brooklyn Park where it just received a fresh coat of paint! Per Matthew’s request, we painted the vehicle Mopar Silver, and we think it was a great choice. The vehicle is slowly but surely starting to look as good as it did the day it rolled off the showroom floor. We are very excited to see Matthew’s reaction once the Charger has been fully restored.
The vehicle is currently getting upholstered and once that is finished we will begin the assembly process. Make sure to stay tuned for more coverage! Until then, take a look back on all of our restoration updates to see the progress we’ve made so far.
Minnesota winters can make traveling difficult especially during the rush hour commute. Here are a few tips for driving in winter weather conditions.
If you do plan on traveling during a winter storm, make sure you are prepared. Before heading out on the road, remove the snow from all surfaces of your vehicle to ensure visibility while driving. Make sure your gas tank is full to avoid your tank freezing, and fill your tires with air to guarantee traction on snowy road surfaces.
Once on the road, it’s important to slow down, driving too fast is the main cause of accidents when driving in the winter. Make sure to keep your distance; it takes a lot longer to stop your vehicle when the roads are packed with snow and ice. If the driver in front of you has to stop abruptly and you are tailgating, you may cause a collision. This also means that you need to take extra time and precaution when braking and accelerating due to the reduced traction.
Be extra cautious on bridges and entrance or exit ramps, which are most likely to freeze first. Be aware of other drivers around you, remember to give snowplows plenty of room and don’t pass them.
If you do happen to get stuck in the snow, turn your wheels from side to side for added traction. If you get stranded make sure to stay in your car. Prepare in advance by keeping a safety kit in your vehicle. Refer to our earlier blog post for a list of items to carry when traveling during the winter months.
If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, or one of the many automatic transmissions that allows manual gear changes, you can often use your transmission to your advantage. If you’re having a hard time moving or your wheels are spinning, shifting to a higher gear often helps gain traction to get you going. For planned stops, gradually downshifting as you apply the brakes can often slow you down quicker. You can get more vigorous with downshift to avoid an impending accident. In non-accident avoidance scenarios try to be gentle on the transmission, though, since brakes are always cheaper than transmission parts.
Most cars these days are equipped with traction control which does a great job of keeping you on the road and on the intended path of travel. However, there are situations where traction control can hinder your ability to move. If you find yourself stuck and needing to rock the car out of place, try turning off the traction control. Sometimes you need the tires to spin a little bit to get some traction.
Remember to take it slow, and use caution, weather patterns in Minnesota can change quickly. Being prepared and educating yourself on how to drive in the snow can help to make traveling in winter weather conditions easier and less stressful.
Here at Morrie’s we are proud to be able to give back to our local community and help others. When we found out about the opportunity to team up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant Matthew’s wish of having his 1968 Dodge Charger restored, we were thrilled. Earlier this year we traveled North to Canyon, Minnesota to surprise Matthew at his home and pick up the Charger. Throughout the restoration we have documented the different phases of the project through a series of posts here on our blog. Just recently, Hemmings.com, a notable online car enthusiast community featured Matthew’s story and the process of the restoration on their blog. Check out what they had to say at blog.hemmings.com.
To see the progression of the restoration process from the beginning, check out our series of blog updates here. Make sure to check back soon for update #5 where Matthew’s Dodge Charger receives a fresh coat of paint!