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What to buy the gearhead on your list

What to buy the gearhead on your list

What do you buy a gearhead/auto technician/mechanic for Christmas? If the guy is young, buy him tools. If he is seasoned, buy him gift certificates for tools like Snap On, MAC Tools or Matco Tools. If he is old, buy him a massage. I asked my Overland Park auto techs recently what would interest them and here is a Christmas list from them. 1. An engine block coffee table like this one seen on the BBC show Top Gear. Engine block table Overland Park, KS 2. A wall clock that looks either like a large gear or has seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt on it. 3. A “Rat Fink” t-shirt. The kind that depicts the popular Rat Rod. 4. Oh yes, when tailgating at the biannual NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Kansas Speedway, who could be without a Hot Rod Grill. This is basically a reproduction, small block Chevy that doubles as a gas grill, complete with smoking Zoomie headers and a temperature gauge. Hot rod grill Overland Park, KS 5. An audible torque wre ... read more

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Overland Park fall auto safety

Even though the leaves in Overland Park are just beginning to change, this week’s snowstorms in the Upper Midwest should be a reminder to us all that autumn is here. Of course this means more nighttime driving and a re-acclimation to frosty roads and foggy highways. Here are some things to keep in mind in order to switch gears to fall road conditions as safely as possible: Be aware of fading daylight. We lose one minute of daylight every day this month! Make a mental note to turn your headlights on earlier and reduce your speed in places frequented by pedestrians or wildlife. And on the other end of the spectrum, fall sunrises can be blinding.Be sure you have a pair of sunglasses handy before beginning your commute. Examine your headlights. Be sure to keep your auto headlights meticulously clean and bright for optimal performance. Wipe them down every time you clean your car’s windshield. You should also examine them for yellowing, fog or scratches, which can ... read more

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