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New Glasses For 04 Mustang

The latest and earliest addition to the 04 Mustang GT Convertible Project Car is a new set of headlights. Tired and weather beaten, the fastest and easiest face lift was with new head lights. Price wise, it’s a great starting point to start customizing the Mustang. I chose Andy’s Auto Sports as my source for the new Mustang’s glasses.

Where to buy?

Andy’s Auto Sports has a phenomenal inventory and selection of automotive parts. Simply put, it’s staggering at all the vehicles they cover and are capable of providing components for. Thankfully, their website is easy to navigate and all the auto parts are organized under the year, model, and part category you are looking to purchase. My only complaint is that once I decided on headlights, I then had to choose from a number of manufacturers before seeing the product. I’m not familiar with some of the import part makers, so it would have been nice to see all the company’s products listed together at that point in a gallery format. However, available telephone support, fast and easy to navigate website, along with freight speeds make this a 5 Star buying experience.

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The Lincoln Lane Keeping System

The engineers at Lincoln have developed some very advanced automotive technology with one goal in mind: your safety. In this article we will look at the Lincoln Lane Keeping System which is a combination of three interacting technologies: the Driver Alert System, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid. Let’s take a look at all three and see how they work together.

Driver Alert System

This system is basically a “drowsiness detector” and senses if a driver drifts out of their lane when driving. The way it works is that a small forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror senses the position of lane marking on the road and looks for slow drift. If the system detects drift that fits the pattern of driver drowsiness, a small red coffee cup icon illuminates on the dash and a first-level chime will sound. This is a gentle indicator to alert the driver that it might be a good idea to pull over and take a break from driving. If the driver continues to drive and still seems fatigued, then another warming chime is issued. A life saver? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 40 percent of Americans say they have fallen asleep or nodded off while driving at some point.

Lincoln Lane Keeping System

Lane Keeping Alert

The Lane Keeping Alert is designed to help drivers avoid unintentional lane changes. When the system detects the vehicle drifting close to lane markings, it will alert the driver through a vibration in the steering wheel to naturally grab the driver’s attention. This vibration can be compared to the feeling that one feels when an automobile runs over highway “rumble strips”. This allows the driver time to react and steer the vehicle back into its lane. To calculate the lane position, the Lane Keeping Alert uses data from the front camera on the windshield in addition. A display in the dashboard instrument cluster lets the driver know when the system is operational as not all roads are well-marked and they system essentially pauses detection when this occurs.

Lane Keeping Aid

The Lincoln Lane Keeping Aid technology takes this previous two technologies even further by providing steering assist to alert the driver of the need to steer back toward the center of the lane. Essentially the car gives the driver an assist to steer back to where it should be. The system calculates the amount of steering required based on factors such as the distance to the lane markings, yaw angle and curve radius determined from the front camera and other sensors in the vehicle.

Lincoln Lane Keeping

Settings

The sensitivity of the three system settings can be adjusted between normal and increased, which moves the warning zones in closer to the center of the lane. The intensity of the steering wheel vibrations can be adjusted as well between low, medium and high. The last-known setting for each selection is stored so it does not have to be set each time the system is activated.

Care to try out the fascinating Lincoln Lane Keeping System? You can find a Lincoln Dealer in the Philadelphia area by clicking the link and elsewhere in the country by visiting the Lincoln factory website.

Gaming in a Ford Edge

Hurricane Sandy has absolutely been destroying New York and New Jersey and leaving countless people without power.  Luckily, there is support available to those who need it, with generators, food, housing, and all the necessities.  However, what about those non-necessities, and those hobbies that spawn out of boredom?  Plan on getting some dirty looks if you intend to hook your Xbox 360 up to a generator in a shelter.  If only there was another way?

One crafty individual hooked their Xbox 360 up to the display and power system of their Ford Edge SUV.  This allowed for some privacy, get some game time in, and escape the reality of no power, at least for a little while.  Now, not sure how long this will hold out once they realize there is a fuel shortage.

Playing 360 In Ford edge

Sedans With Power – The 2013 Ford Taurus

Each week will be highlighting a new Sedan that we have test driven, this week the 2013 Ford Taurus impressed us with the power it possessed. If you are a driver who likes to feel their head slap the head rest whenever you push the pedal, then read on!

The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO offers drivers a remarkable 365 horsepower engine, which is ironically an Ecoboost TwinTurbo. Now if you know about the other engines that come with the 2013 Taurus already, then you may know that there is another, much smaller 2.0 EcoBoost, which is a much wimpier 4-cylinder.  This is the engine that represents a distant cousin that nobody talks to at family gatherings. The V6 EcoBoost pushes out 350 pound-feet of torque at just 1500 RPMs . That’s a lot of torque for a so called family sedan.

Although the engine is something to praise about, a lot of others have made comments that they didn’t really have much fun driving the vehicle. Yes the power was great, but they weren’t too happy with how the vehicle handled, and turned. They had hoped to be able to feel more of the vehicle’s handling. Three words, ALL WHEEL DRIVE. AWD is a standard feature with the SHO. For many, having this will outweigh the minor lack of feel when steering.

Just by looking at the new 2013 Taurus you can tell it’s hiding something under that hood that could do some damage. It has a whole new presence, its muscular, its bold, and of course it’s “Built Ford Tough”. When a sedan shares the same engine as a F-150 and Explorer you kind of need to step back, and just go…WOAH!

When we took the Taurus SHO for a spin at Tindol Ford in North Carolina, we felt the Taurus accelerate underneath us, the power of the sedan radiates from the front. It is a relatively quiet ride, even with such a ravenous engine. The interior is quite large, comfortable, and the headrest offers good support to eliminate any whiplash when punching it. Now this isn’t your fuel friendly sedan you see cruising around your neighborhood. Even still we were able to get about 20 miles per gallon when pushing it hard down two lanes of freeway. Of course obeying the speed limits – the best we could.

Quick conclusion: The 2013 Taurus SHO might not be the best choice for those who want to feel the road beneath them, whenever they steer into those winding turns, but it is best suited for those that want to have that punch on the highway. Having a large V6 engine, with EcoBoost technology and standard AWD, lets just say…it had us at hello.

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Ford Car Sold For $11 Million

Who knew that Ford made a car, ever, that would be worth $11 million?  On Friday, the 17th, at a Pebble Beach auction, a 1968 Ford GT40 sold for a whopping $11 million.  It’s not just the GT40’s rarity that makes this car special, it also comes with a pretty cool life story.

The GT40 sold was actually 1 of only 2 left in existence, but also shows off some Hollywood cred.  Accomplished race car and a film car driven by Steve McQueen in the movie LeMans.  Although heavily modified for filming, the GT40 has been restored and is ripe for collector picking.

The GT40 is born of competition and a need to surpass the leaders of the pack.  Did you know that Ford researched, designed, and built the GT40 with the express goal to beat Ferrari  on the world endurance racing circuit.  That’s it, purpose built to win, in spite of a failed business dealing between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.

Sources: LA Times Article about the Pebble Beach Auction

GT40 Pictures