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New Feature - Auto and motorcycle museums

@ August 8, 2014 1:11 PM in You like cars?

We added a new feature to Rubber Hits The Road (www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO) last month. Now you can find museums through a geographic search. Currently we have museums in NY, NJ, and FL. Let us know what we are missing. If you run an auto or motorcycle museum you can post it yourself. Just create an account. It's free and easy!

Just another way we help car enthusiasts pursue their passion!

I love the 4 doors!

@ July 27, 2014 10:11 AM in Favorite Car

As I get older my taste is evolving away from the pack, which fortunately makes my car choices less expensive.

My most recent ride is a 65 4 door Bel Air. I replaced the 283 engine and 2 speed powerglide with a Chevy Performance crate engine rated at 330hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque. I converted the car from automatic to manual and added a Borg Warner Super T-10 from a 76 Corvette. I kept the bench seat and kept the single exhaust, which I upgraded from 1 7/8 pipe to 2 1/2 on each side, leading to 3 inch to an OEM muffler. I then removed the chrome valve covers and painted the engine Catepillar Biege (including the Edelbrock manifold) just to keep everyone guessing.

The car has also received power front disc brakes and a larger front anti-sway bar so it handles and stops well too.

It's a sleeper! It's quiet but breaths well and packs a punch! It shares daily driving duty with my 67 LeMans (same drivetrain) shown in the picture.

Lastly, if you like car shows, I run a website for car enthusiast that helps you find car shows, speed shops, parts (see resources page) and car clubs. Please check it out:


Anyone can post a show or a resource for free. If you think others would benefit from it, please spread the word. The more that participate, the better for all of us. We're all in this together!

Most of our geographical resources are in the northeast with some in FL & GA, but we plan to cover the whole US. If you are from an uncovered state, please put the site to use for you area.

For car enthusiasts in the tri state area and FL

@ July 19, 2014 12:27 PM in You like cars?

“I love your website. I use it all the time!”
“I loaded it onto my iPhone. I tell everyone about it.

Actual quotes from 2 car enthusiasts I met at the Moonlight Cruisers show. Maybe they’re on to something! Decide for yourself.


If you like it please "like" it. The more that participate the better for all of us.
We're all in this together!

Car Shows in NY, CT, & NJ

@ June 19, 2014 6:48 PM in You like cars?

It's car show season again in the tri-state area and we've been busy at Rubber Hits The Road. Check out our site to find car shows in your area.

And if you like what you see, tell others and feel free to "Like" it on Facebook.

Thanks for your help.

Searching for car events, shops and clubs in FL

@ November 24, 2013 11:03 AM in You like cars?

Are you from Florida? Find auto events, specialty shops, and car clubs on our webpage (www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO) in your area.

If you run a car show, specialty auto shop, or car club please post it or send me the details. It's free and easy.

You can email me at [email protected]

X-Wing Fighter or Millennium Falcon?

@ October 14, 2013 10:39 AM in You like cars?

The Millennium Falcon always resonated with the hot rodder in me. It was basically a souped up freighter. Once it was done stumbling it took off like a Bat Out of Hell leaving the X-Wing Fighters wondering, “What the hell just happened?” I’ve had a few cars like that. Mostly the stumbling part!

I also like big cars. When I was 19, I owned a 79 Camaro and a 69 Olds 98 (which cost me $100). We usually went out in the 98. It was ugly and it couldn’t go above 45 mph but it sure could hold a lot of friends.

My current “Millennium Falcon” is 65 Bel Air with 4 doors, a 4-speed, and a bench seat. I made it a 4-speed because that’s more fun to drive. The engine has 330hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque. I run a 3 inch single exhaust with an OEM muffler, which lets the car breathe while still remaining quiet. It’s quite the sleeper, which leaves others wondering, “What the hell just happened?”

I created the Rubber Hits The Road Facebook page as a place for car enthusiasts to share their wild ideas. I created the website www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO to help car enthusiasts pursue those ideas by finding specialty shops, specialty parts, auto events, and car clubs. So please participate and help others in the process.

What kind of car enthusiast are you?

1 year down!

@ September 15, 2013 10:43 AM in You like cars?

As we conclude our 1st year, we want to thank all the car enthusiasts, friends, and family for supporting www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO

This year year we broadcast about 400 auto events and 600 automotive resources (car clubs, specialty auto shops, specialty parts sources, tech info websites, etc.) We also have attended numerous car events and made new friends along the way.

Now we can truly say,
Rubber Hits The Road Is Where Car Enthusiasts Find Stuff!

Please continue to spread the word about Rubber Hits The Road. The more participants we have, the better for all of us car enthusiasts.

Urge event promoters, specialty auto shops, and car clubs to post on Rubber Hits The Road. It’s free and easy. Please also,
• “Like” us on Facebook.
• “Like” our website.
• “Share” our posts with other car enthusiasts.
• Share your events, resources, and ideas with us.

Let’s work together to make this great hobby even better!

Thanks again!


The old Olds

@ June 29, 2013 1:29 AM in You like cars?

I'm liking that old Olds. Is that the '54 on the left? Wish I had 6 old cars. My next project will have to come with a driveway attached!

What kind of Gearhead are you?

@ June 28, 2013 1:41 PM in You like cars?

There is no one right way to enjoy our hobby. Nevertheless, I really identified with Frieburger’s editorial in Hot Rod Magazine this month when he described himself. Here are a few key quotes:

“I’m into performance instead of appearance, even if “performance” is defined as being a daily driver.” I agree fully. I painted my car 17 years ago and still haven’t installed the final trim pieces but if the car is not running right, I’m out of my mind until it’s sorted out. Additionally, my interest in performance has shifted from speed to “daily driver” in recent years.

“I’ll never restore a car to stock,…” For me, it’s about mixing the style and performance aspects of my eclectic taste. But mostly it’s about how things feel behind the wheel instead of how things look from the curb. I’m currently driving a 4 door Bel Air with a 4 speed and a bench seat. My taste is getting weirder every year! But no one can say it’s boring.

Lastly, for me it’s all about logging the miles. I drive my cars year-round and 80% of my mileage is in cars from the 60’s.

So get out and drive! If you need somewhere to go, you can find car shows in your area if you're in NY, CT, or FL (and a few other places) on our website (www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO). You'll also find specialty parts, car clubs and specialty auto shops in your area. If you like it please spread the word and if you don't, give me your feedback so I can make it better.

Thanks for your help.


Save The Date - 9/8/13

@ June 13, 2013 8:26 PM in You like cars?

Sept 8, 9am to 4pm

is the only East Coast Car Show whose
proceeds support free Prostate Cancer
Testing and Education on Long Island.

For more info go to:

For more car events in NY, NJ, CT, & FL go to

Encourage people to post there shows on our site so we can all find them!

The Most Interesting Car Enthusiast In the World

@ June 2, 2013 1:16 PM in You like cars?

We invite you to our Facebook page ( to share your "Most Interesting Car Enthusiast" lines. Here are some of ours.

The Most Interesting Car Enthusiast In The World:

Mosquitos aim for his windshield just for bragging rites. It never works out for them.
He always has right of way.
He can halt rust with a stern glance.
He has “driven a Ford lately” and their stock went up.
When he flies by the seat of his pants, it’s because he can.
His car’s direction signals are intuitive.
The Force is with him.
When he goes to the DMV, they are pleasant and quick.
He once wondered if it was better to drive on the left side of the road. England found out just for him.
He doesn’t always go to car shows but when he’s in NY or CT, he checks www.RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO for the events in his area.

Are you among the Most Interesting?

Find car parts

@ May 24, 2013 12:04 PM in You like cars?

Thanks Dan for telling everyone about Rubber Hits The Road.

Rubber Hits The Road is where car enthusiasts find stuff.

Find parts for your project by Brand or by Technical Area. Just go to the Resources page.

Into Caddy’s? We have dedicated salvage yards.
Like Buicks? We have loads of Buick parts suppliers.
We have tons of International Harvester specialists.
Into Model A’s or Model T’s? We have them too!

You can also find tech forums, specialty classifieds, and car magazines for whatever you’re into.

On the east coast you will find car clubs, specialty auto shops, and car events through a location search. We are adding new states every month.

Lastly, this website get’s better with participation. If you like the website, share it with others. If you’re on Facebook, go to our page and “Like” us.

Let’s work together to make this great hobby even better!

David Visaggi

Reoccuring Sludge problems

@ December 8, 2012 12:06 PM in Reoccuring Sludge problems

I recently received a question from someone at our local OESP chapter meeting and I thought I'd post it hear to see if anyone had any thoughts:

"We (the servicemen) are starting to see that rubbery black sludge clogging up lines and whistle vents again.

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas or solvents to add to minimize this. Also, specifically why this is happening.

I had a customer with 2 tanks and a clogged line twice in 10 months today.

This is frustrating for the customer as you know and doesn't help the oil industry with maintaining customers."

I certainly have thoughts on how I would address this, but I'm posting the question here to get some new ideas. Looking forward to your thoughts.

David Visaggi
Inside Oil Consulting


@ October 1, 2012 11:06 PM in PRV's and new boilers

Agreed. There are customers out there seeking to blame others and we need to protect ourselves. There other ways of protecting ourselves like making it an add-on option for the customer.

But I don't like replacing something just to cover my butt.

I prefer it if there is a technical reason for a strong likelihood of failure if I don't replace it. I was wondering if there is such a reason behind the practice of changing the PRV. If I have confidence in the part, not changing it is an opportunity to beat the competition. If we do exactly what everyone else does, how do we stand out? I don't like to compete on price unless I have a cost advantage. Not changing the PRV could give the cost advantage - assuming it's not a risky proposition.


@ October 1, 2012 11:00 PM in PRV's and new boilers

Hi Bob, Directionally, I agree, with performing a complete installation and minimizing the chance of failure of an system part by proactively replacing it. That not only protects the installer's reputation but also the comfort and convenience of the customer by reducing the probability of an unscheduled break down.

However, I'm interested in what is the right balance between a proactive replacement of a part, such as a PRV, and wasteful replacement of a part, which likely would have years of life left?

Specifically, with regard to the PRV, aside from common practice, is there any reason that increases the likelihood of near term failure of a PRV once the water has been shut off and the boiler has been disconnected during a boiler replacement that makes reusing the PRV a riskier proposition than if the boiler had never been changed. I kind of remember some technical reason behind the practice but I don't remember what it was.

Separately, if the PRV was shiny and looks like it was only two years old, should it be replaced? Are we really doing a service to the customer by replacing it? Would we replace it in our own homes?

pRv's and new boilers

@ October 1, 2012 10:48 PM in PRV's and new boilers

Bob, the R stands for Reducing as in Pressure Reducing Valve. This component reduces the pressure of incoming water pressure (typically at or above 60psi) to heating system pressure (typically 12 - 18 psi) depending on height of the building.

PRV's and new boilers

@ October 1, 2012 3:57 PM in PRV's and new boilers

I recall reading once upon a time that it was prudent to change the PRV any time you change a boiler. I don't recall why and was wondering if anyone had a good justification.

In a competitive industry where price matters highly to most customers, I recommend not to sell something if it is not necessary. Aside from keeping my costs down, I believe it's the right thing to do. In the course of establishing standard boiler changing procedures for one of my clients, we were looking at the PRV and wondering if it was a good way to keep the price down or if by not changing it we were setting ourselves up for problems down the road.

Looking forward to you thoughts,

Dave @ Inside Oil Consulting

Didn't think parts were available

@ January 19, 2010 12:29 PM in Innovative or stupid? You tell me

I did not know parts were available for these traps. I've called around to several local supply houses in Westchester, NY and no one was familiar with these traps but maybe I'm just not calling the right places. I'll try these sources and see if they have anything that will fit.

If anyone knows a good source in Westchester or Bronx NY please let me know.

Good idea to close the valves. Unfortunately the rad's and convectors are piped directly with no valves.

Innovative or stupid? You tell me

@ January 15, 2010 4:07 PM in Innovative or stupid? You tell me

A customer has really poor access to the steam traps. It's the typical story of a carpenter and a tile man not respecting what he is covering up. In the bathroom radiator, the steam trap has been boxed in so that there is no enough access to remove the trap with out doing some "surgery" on the customer's finish work. The customer is reluctant to allow that. The steam trap appears to be stuck open. What if I were to remove the element and shoved a rag in the trap? Then it would effectively be stuck closed, which would be better because it would keep steam out of the return pipes and thus not interfere with proper steam function of other radiators. Probably some air and condensate would make its way past the rag, which might allow some heat from the radiator. That could be good.

If that radiator is not an important one and the heat won't be missed, isn't this a good trade off to keep steam out of the return piping? Is there a downside to doing this?

Try heating the casing

@ January 15, 2010 3:49 PM in drop-in replacement for a Trane B1 trap?

Try heating the casing of the steam trap. The casing should expand faster than the cover and thus loosen up. Be careful not to heat anyone point to much. Ideally use a heat gun, if not an even touch with a torch may do it.

seeking steam trap sources

@ January 15, 2010 2:22 PM in seeking steam trap sources

I've been changing some steam traps at a house originally equipped with traps made by Trane and stamped: Lacrosse, Wisconsin.  These are 1/2" angle traps that seem to be bigger than most available on the market today.  The vertical pipe is fairly rigid and won't be pulled up and the convector has no give to come down.  I've looked for other brands and models to replace them with and found Hoffman, Armstrong, Sarco, Mepco, and Barnes & Jones but they are all just a little bit short both vertically and horizontally.  Where else can I find alternate traps that might fit?  The only other solution is to open up the hole around the vertical nipple for some horizontal flex and also to change the vertical nipple to something longer.  That may be quite a project because access is extremely tight.  Any suggestions?


@ December 12, 2009 11:20 PM in B-dimension

I'm currently troubleshooting a gravity return 2 pipe steam job. I've been reviewing the Lost Art of Steam book regarding the B dimension and the explanation is a little different than with the A dimension. I understand that the two have different reference points - the A is based on the end of the steam supply and the B is based on the lowest trap. However the A dimension is also based on pressure DIFFERENTIAL between the boiler and the end of the supply main and the B dimension seems to be based on boiler operating pressure - not pressure differential. If the B dimension is based on boiler operating pressure, than does that assume there is a 100% pressure drop across the steam supply side? (Reference - Lost Art, Chapter 9, "The Gravity-Return "B" Dimension section - page 127)