How To Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A With Tom Torbjornsen

All one has to do is troll through the car auction listings on Ebay and you will see hundreds if not thousands of fraudulent listings. They stand out when you see a deal that is just too good to be true. Right now, searching through the keyword Ferrari I find many in the normal range of $100,000 plus, but there is one 2006 that is selling for $30,000. Why is it selling for less than 1/3 of its value? There is no mention of a wreck or damage and it has low miles. This is because it is most likely a fraudulent listing. There are many listings like this and this is only the start.

If there’s a market, there’ll be a supplier. The average American consumer believed what they wanted to, that the price of fuel would always be low. Compared to the rest of the world, we’ve been paying pennies per gallon when others have been paying dollars. We’re catching up to reality and the rest of the world. American auto manufacturers are experiencing hard times, hard times that have been brought on by short-term thinking and lack of foresight. The rest of the world has been driving small, economy cars for a long time and it’s going to take the American auto manufacturer, and the average American consumer, a long to catch up. Let me state again, that if there’s a market, there’ll be a supplier.

RPM – Revolutions Per Minute. How many times is the engine spinning (performing a revolution) per minute. With the press of the accelerator, the RPM increases. Different cars are able to perform and a higher RPM than others – sports cars for example.

The brake pads on light vehicles should only need to be replaced every 50,000 miles or more. Heavy SUVs, on the other hand, might need to have them replaced at 35,000 miles. The pads usually cost less than $80 and can be installed at home. However, if the rotors need to be machined, you’ll need the tools and expertise of a mechanic. Expect to pay up to $500 (and maybe more).

The Tanabe Hyper Medallion, the discontinued Tanabe G-Power Medallion and the GReddy (SP) Street Performance seem to be the quietest. At anything less than full throttle, they are no louder than stock. But at full throttle they seem to “wake up” a bit.

You will need to assess how much of the system needs to be replaced. This may mean replacing just one part of the system: the part manifold, the crossover piping, the catalytic converter recyclers, or the muffler. You may need to remove the whole system in order to replace the parts that have rusted out.

Test the acceleration. Try to accelerate quickly from a stop, a couple hundred feet is more than enough distance for this test. It should accelerate nicely, if not, you are looking at some adjustments or repairs. If it sputters and dies – this is not a good sign. It could be simple, it could be a big problem. Have a mechanic look at it before you buy if you just gotta have THIS car.

Now multiply our tire’s revolving speed, by the tire’s outside circumference, and we find that the tire is covering 18,016 feet per minute, divide that by the 5280 feet in a mile, and we find we are covering 3.412 miles per minute, now multiply that by the 60 minutes in an hour, and we find we are traveling 204.7miles per hour @ 6800rpm in 6th gear. If the engines redline is increased to 7500rpm, which it often is, because of a higher flowing turbo. Then our maximum speed would be 225.8mph, given enough power of course.