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American Made Ford Mustang Icon Races through Time to 2018!  

For over 50 years the American made Ford Mustang has delighted young and old alike.  The first generation (1964 ½  to 1973) production of the Ford Mustang was revealed to the public in the Ford Pavilion during the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964, the very same day that it would go up for sale around the Country.  

To everyone’s surprise the Ford Mustang was affordable and loved right out of the lot.  Ford anticipated selling approximately 100,000 models the first year, but phenomenally beat their own goal selling close to half a million! 

From the 1st generation Ford Mustang to the present 6th generation there is no stopping the fame of this beloved American made icon. To learn more about the history of the Mustang visit Edmunds.com who have an excellent article showcasing all the generational history up to 2005 in superb detail. 

How about the 2018 Mustang? Amazing like most previous generations with a slightly sportier redesign in comparison to the 2017 model. As the photo above displays, Ford offers another brilliant new color to dazzle us: Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat.

Yahoo.com Daniel Howley, Technology Editor, showcases an interesting informative video of the 2018 model along with an article with extra details including: 

"The biggest changes to the new Mustang’s front end include all-LED lights and updated hood vents. Around back, the Mustang’s rear lights have been reshaped to look like large parentheses. Ford has also outfitted the rear of the Mustang with a new quad-tip exhaust, which just plain looks cool."  

As far as cost this American icon remains beautifully and powerfully affordable for most. The 2018 base 2.3L EcoBoost will cost about the same as the 2017 model at around $27K with the GT V8 costing close to $35K.  Ready to buy one?  The wait will not be long as the 2018 models will be made available for purchase this fall. See Ford.com to receive updates and prepare for the ride of your life! 

By Gina Sifers, Bella Media Services, LLC

 

 

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. Autos.Yahoo.com 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!

 

Keep Customers in the Loop with Text Messaging - FenderBender.com

"A collision repairer invented an automated text messaging service as a way to promote his shop. Now other shops are jumping on board—and saving money doing it."  (FenderBender.com Article)

Do you like receiving text messages from businesses regarding repair service? How about special text offers? More and more businesses are utilizing mobile marketing programs from many different industries. Richards' Collision Center team is continually researching new ways of serving our customers that create even greater efficiency, convenience and overall customer satisfaction. In this day and age of increasing mobile phone usage mobile marketing can create a positive experience for both the consumer and business that offer the service.

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.