Joined on December 12, 2009
Last Post on November 24, 2013
@ 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 dvisaggi@RubberHitsTheRoad.INFO
@ 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?
@ 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!
@ 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!
@ 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.
@ June 13, 2013 8:26 PM in You like cars?Sept 8, 9am to 4pm
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Encourage people to post there shows on our site so we can all find them!
@ June 2, 2013 1:16 PM in You like cars?We invite you to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RubberHitsTheRoad) 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?
@ 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!
@ December 8, 2012 12:06 PM in Reoccuring Sludge problemsI 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.
Inside Oil Consulting
@ October 1, 2012 11:06 PM in PRV's and new boilersAgreed. 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 boilersHi 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?
@ October 1, 2012 10:48 PM in PRV's and new boilersBob, 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.
@ October 1, 2012 3:57 PM in PRV's and new boilersI 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
@ January 19, 2010 12:29 PM in Innovative or stupid? You tell meI 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.
@ January 15, 2010 4:07 PM in Innovative or stupid? You tell meA 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?
@ 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.
@ January 15, 2010 2:22 PM in seeking steam trap sourcesI'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-dimensionI'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)