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The Joshua Center Helps Children! How About You?

Richard Singleton, owner, of Richards’ Collision Center support the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders and encourage other people who have a child or know a child with a neurological disorder to offer their support.  Richard’s son has Tourette Syndrome and him and his family have found great benefit in the services that The Joshua Center offer.

They truly care about the serious issues families face regarding neurological disorders.  How did the Joshua Center become a reality? 

“The dream of creating a place where families could find the resources they so desperately need became a reality in 1996 when the Joshua Center was created.

The Joshua Center is a local 501(c)(3) organization that provides services and support for the social, emotional, medical and educational needs of neurologically impaired children and their families, including children with Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.

We offer a variety of programs, including counseling, social skills training (including Pre-K and Young Adult programs), life skills training, school support, occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, motor coordination treatment, an accredited summer camp program at the Rotary Club Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO and education for parents and teachers.”

Please share this blog with others that you know that could benefit from the services offered by the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders.  In addition, prepare for the 31st “Joshua Center Night in Camelot” event on September 19, 2015, sponsored by the Kansas City Businessmen’s Club.  The event will be held at the Camelot Ballroom in Overland Park, KS.   

Thank you to those who find it in their heart to share and participate in this event and other events offered throughout the year to bring awareness to neurological disorders in children. 

Pickup Truck Fender Well Cancer

How do you prevent that ugly, rusty pickup truck fender well cancer?  We've all seen the dreaded damage cruising down the road following a shiny relatively new pickup that has trails of ugly rust spreading through the paint.  Who dreams of rust on their beloved pickup truck? Truth is:  most people just do not think about it being a problem until it's too late.   

The proactive, effective, preventive, remedy to the problem is to wash your pickup at least every 2 weeks and pullout your tail lights to clean out the debris to minimize the rust potential.  Follow up with a nice waxing at least once a quarter.  If you are in the middle of a nasty winter you should follow the procedures more often.  If you find that your truck already has the cancer and the damage has not significantly spread you can purchase from most auto parts store or online a Rust Resolver Gel that you can apply to eliminate or slow further rust damage.     

We also recommend checking your truck or car for dings or weak spots once a year.  Even minor hail damage and rock dings that are barely seen can develop rust.  These steps are not meant to be a complete cure all but it should extend the beauty and life of your paint job for many more years to come saving you unnecessary time, money, and hassle.  

Not sure how to pull out your pickup tail lights?  Stop by Richards' Collision Center at our convenient location in Grandview and a friendly member of our team will be happy to demonstrate how to pull out your tail lights quickly, safely and efficiently.  

Rusty Grave Yard Cars… Get Yours Now!

From once fast and furious race cars, to vintage European models, to over 700 abandoned Dodges, all the way to the end of the earth car collectors can find some of the most sought after discontinued cars and their parts. and other countless sites offer many resources for vintage car collectors to find the parts and cars that they need for their projects.   

We have eons of beautiful country littered with abandoned, rusty, damaged vehicles, once vibrantly useful, even loved and if only a car could talk?   We would hear of countless joyous travels with few happy endings in a cluttered sea of debris.  At Richards’ Collision Center we encourage people to collect these forgotten cars and their parts for restoration projects, each car once a jewel in the crown of the owner.   

For collectible car hunters salvage yards can hold a valuable diamond in the rough.  The popular show on the History Channel, Counting Cars, is a team based in Las Vegas who successfully bring life back to abandoned vintage autos among other interesting restoration projects.  Auto restoration is a rewarding hobby or business that truly cleans up our fields and restores the beauty in vintage cars. 

Where can you go to find that unique vintage car or find that one part that is no longer made?  Search online at various salvage yard sites to see if the car or part is available and can be mailed or travel to the destination salvage yard to personally rummage through the clutter.   

For instance, I have a friend from Raytown, MO who is currently searching to find an outdated Volvo part.  He may travel to Chicago from a lead that he found online.  No guarantee but they may have the part in an abandoned Volvo that he needs. That particular salvage yard does not search the yard or mail the parts.   

Social media is an excellent place to look as well:  be sure to check out the Collector Cars Facebook Page  in Taylor, Missouri, to find vintage cars/parts that date back as early as 1918.  Another fine example is an article I found online at Zeb’s Salvage Yard in Wisconsin.  This salvage yard is one of the few left in the Wisconsin area holding valuable vintage cars making it a collector’s paradise:  “2,000 cars, at least 1,500 of them range from the ’20s to the ’70s. There are over 100 cars from the ’30s alone in the collection.”   

Lastly, define your online searches for your specific target car or part including geographic location using quotes.  For example, I input:  “vintage Dodge car parts in missouri” and I found an excellent page of parts specifically in the Missouri area to reduce my online search and driving time.  If you don’t find what you need close to home simply broaden your geographic search and you will certainly find a grave yard car or part to revive!  Get yours now!


3-D Printed Electric Sports Car!

3-D Printed Electric Sports Car!

Earlier this year, Fox News reported that Phoenix, Ariz.–based Local Motors, which has in the past used 3D printing to create military vehicle prototypes, is branching out to create an electric sports car using the printing advances.