The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 64
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 64

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Vintage Wheels The lowdown on high-octane gas: it's of no use in most cars Click And Clack Talk Cars TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI l ... n 4 r .-li"" . 1 ...... Dear Tom and Ray: We at the Federal Trade Commission would like you guys to help spread the word about buying and not overbuying the proper octane gasoline. For years, gasoline companies have been pitching higher-octane gasoline as a way to lower maintenance costs. We recently reached a settlement with Exxon which mandates them to run ads explaining the proper selection of octane, which is as you guys say based on the recommendation in your owner's . manual. To further emphasize this message, we have produced a new, free FTC brochure "The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline." Please tell your readers that it's available. Don Elder, Bu- " reau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission. For the free FTC pamphlet write: Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 6th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580. " Tom: Geez, Don. Don't scare us like that, will ya? When we saw a letter come in from the .Bureau of Consumer Protection, we immediately assumed that you were coming after us for our "550 warranty." : Ray: That's five minutes or 50 feet from the garage, whichever comes first. - ' ' -.. 1948 MG TC has special-made 16-inch wire wheels that are "better" for racing. Racer twice smitten by same '48 MG r , Get your daughter a bicycle built. 1 kept it in the racing tune and configuation rather than try to make it as original." Now, for instance, it sports 16-inch wheels that are better for racing (made for him by the Dayton Wire Wheel Company) rather than the original 19-inch. Even now, the MG has no problem keeping up with traffic, and will cruise nicely at 70 mph, Magenheimer said. He drives it almost weekly for short errands. "If you see me on the road, give me a wave," said the self-described car nut. "It's the same car and the same race driver as 1949." you put in a new fuse (or one that won't allow the circuit breaker to reset). Tom: And at that point, your problem will be easy to solve. A dead short is a breeze to find with a device called a short tester. Even my brother has found them this way. First aid for car seat Dear Tom and Ray: How do I remove melted hot-pink lipstick from the fabric upholstery of my '95 Nissan Maxima? The fabric was Scotchguard-ed when we purchased the car. What's more, we're talking about an entire melted tube on the front seat on a sweltering day. Ray: If memory serves me, lipstick is basically grease. So what you probably need is a grease remover. Tom: Whenever Ralph, or one of the other guys at the shop, gets his lipstick on one of our customers' seats, we use a product called Brake Kleen (made by Chemical Rubber Co.), which is an industrial-strength degreaser. Ray: Two warnings, though: 1) It's designed to take grease off brakes, and although we've used it on upholstery, I certainly wouldn't guarantee it won't ruin the fabric, and 2) It contains tetrachlor-oethylene, a nasty chemical that may kill you. Ray: But . before you get into the nasty, industrial toxics, we suggest you try these home-style remedies from Heloise. Tom: Heloise says that the first thing you need to do is scrape off the excess with a dull knife or spoon. Ray: Then go to your local hardware store and get a paintoilgrease remover. Tom: Heloise doesn't mention brand names, but when we posed this question to people in our office, they suggested several "de-greasing products" that they say work. We've never used any of these (Our wives say we've never used any cleaning products), but the names that came up are Goof Off, Dissolve-It, Sharpshooter and Les-toil. And I'm sure there are others. Ray: Whatever degreaser you choose, Heloise says to put some on a clean cloth or paper towel and blot the lipstick. Don't blot with the same part of the cloth more than once, since you'll just be blotting the lipstick back into the seat again. Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack Talk Cars co Driveways, Marketing Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700. We can't answer your letter personally but will run the best letters in the column. You can also e-mail us by visiting By LISA DOLINGER Marketing Staff Writer Cars have always been a central part of Bob Magenheimer's life. He's raced them, owned a speed shp, worked for a car dealership and the Firestone Racing Co. As for his red 1948 MG TC, he bought it twice the last time in 1981. Magenheimer first purchased the MG in 1949 and drove it to Watkins Glen, N.Y. He had to see the first sportcar races that ran through streets and state parks. "I had to be part of that," he said, "so I raced the MG in 1951 and 1952 at the Glen." He also raced the MG at Elkhart Lake, Wis. and the Strategic Air Force Command airfield races made available by General Curtis LeMay. Magenheimer now has a small museum in his garage, where he showcases the trophies, badges, helmets and other memorabilia from his racing days. In 1954, Magenheimer sold the MG to a doctor; he wanted to upgrade to a Porsche. He continued racing, though, with the Porsche and other sportscars, including Ferrari, Alfa-Romeo, Lo-, tus, Elva and Aston-Martin. Twenty-seven years later, the doctor wanted to sell it back. The car, now stored in a cobwebbed garage, had lost some of its luster, but Magenheimer consoled himself that at least it still contained all of its original parts. This time, he -did a complete restoration. "I dissected it like a frog," Magenheimer said. His off-frame restoration, which he accomplished, brought it to the pristine condition it's in today. But, he admitted, he made a few changes that aren't completely original. "I had to do a little soul-searching," he explained. "Quite frankly, I didn't like the way it was Dear Tom and Ray: I have teenagers, and I try to maintain a small fleet of used cars for them to drive. My problem with my daughter's '89 Dodge Shadow, however, has left me several hundred dollars poorer and no closer to a solution. The fuse that controls all of the dashboard gauges and warning lights has blown eight times in the two years we have owned the car. ' I've taken the car to several mechanics who . have tried to solve the problem. One specialized in automotive electronics, and told me I had a blower motor that was drawing too much power and causing the fuse to blow. We replaced the blower motor and the fuse blew again. Any suggestions? Ray: Sure. Get one of those fold-up bicycles and throw it in the trunk of the '89 Shadow. Tom: I'd go back to the automotive electronics guy and politely ask him to apply the cost of the blower motor to the work he's about to do for you. Ray: He'll probably argue that you needed the blower motor anyway, because when he tested it, it was drawing too much current and he may be telling the truth. But that obviously didn't solve your problem. So he needs to get back on the trail of this short circuit. Tom: You should ask him to put in a circuit breaker instead of the fuse. Unlike a fuse, which has to be replaced, the breaker will actually reset itself after it cools down. Ray: Then all you have to do is wait. If this is like most short circuits, it will blow more and more quickly, until it eventually becomes a dead short. A dead short is one that blows as soon as Here's an opportunity to show off your most treasured possession. Please send a photograph (non-returnable) of your car, truck, motorcycle or RV, and the details, to: DriveWays, Marketing Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700. Call (561) 820-4914, fax (561) 837-8436, or e-mail Club News Car and truck show Sunday at Delray Swap Shop Is your organization sponsoring a show? Does your group have a meeting coming up or have you elected officers? We welcome news about car, truck, motorcycle and RV clubs. Please send information to: DriveWays, Marketing Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700. Call (561) 820-4914, fax (561) 837-8436 or e-mail The Ultimate Car and truck Show will be Sunday at the Delray Swap Shop on Federal Highway in Delray Beach. Registration, which costs $15, will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. For more information, call (561) 793-1060. V iHimi It's about time everyone had a well-made car. 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