Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 2011 Monthly ACLX Meetup

The monthly meeting for the Alamo City LX Car Club gathers at Frank’s Hog Stand just south of downtown San Antonio. As usual, the ACLX monthly meetup was well attended by members of the club. I took a lot of pictures and also shot a short video.

Take a look and make plans on joining us if you own an LX Platform car. They are the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Magnum, and the Chrysler 300.

 

And if you wondered what was under the hood of these beasts:

 

The video is a bit noisy because of the “atmosphere” at Frank’s, but you can see what is going on.

 

Well, there you have it. Another monthly meeting with lots of fun and talk of cars and hemis. That is a hard combination to beat.

Stripping & Finishing Demo

Strip and finish demos are always fun for me, as is any day I get to wear jeans and tennis shoes for work.

Today was spent at a school located less than three miles from the Texas – Mexico border. They wanted to see one of our our strippers and one of our finishes so the distributor and I were happy to oblige.

Here is a photo of the end result.

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from Droid2

West Texas Wind Turbines

Yes, the wind blows in West Texas and the wind provides electricity.

Each tower is about 300 feet tall and the blades are 150 feet each. The video has a lot of wind noise, but the turbines make a lot of their own.

There are many interesting facts I’m learning this week, but won’t share now.

 

from Droid2

Alamo City LX Club May 1st Coffee & Cars

On May 1, 2007, the Alamo City LX Club met at Taco Haven just south of Downtown San Antonio for some fantastic breakfast tacos and coffee. Oh, and we talked about cars … a little. Oh, and smartphones, and software, and video-casting and podcasting … The agenda was very full.

This was a slightly smaller group than some, but we had a blast, anyway. It was more intimate and Sweetie joined us, too. She has voted for more breakfast tacos from Taco Haven.

Here are the photos from the meetup.

 

You will instantly notice that Inara, my Dodge Magnum, is missing from the photographs. That’s because the parking lot was full when I arrived and I had to park a block down and in the rear parking lot. However, I didn’t want you to miss the goodness that is the ACLX Club.

I love the new grill assembly on The Red Dragon and you’ll notice the new artwork where letters once spelled out Dragon. It looks even better in person.

And just so you know, anyone with an LX based car is welcome. That includes the Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and the Chrysler 300. And it doesn’t have to be a Hemi, but …

2007 Dodge Magnum April 2011 Statistics

ChinaGroveCityLimitsIt seems the first of the month, any month, sneaks up on me. I’ve been working on several different projects today and just realized it was May 1st. Since time permits, here is the look at last month’s statistics. April 2011 will be a complete month on Regular Unleaded and other than sluggishness, I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference.

April 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 2994
Average MPG: 23.581
Maximum MPG: 24.924
Minimum MPG: 21.885
Average $/gallon: 3.589
Expenditure: $526.06

The first statistic I notice is how few miles I drove last month. The calendar fell with me traveling only two weeks last month and working locally the rest of the month. The next stand-out is the lowered gas mileage. The drop is over 1 mpg, which is substantial for me. This is even worse than the January numbers and I don’t have a good answer.

The Regular Unleaded didn’t have this effect last month, so I’m hard pressed to blame it solely on that this month. I think I’d rather blame it on the original spark plugs that MUST be moved to the top of my to-do list.

I’m leaning toward the E3 plugs, as I’ve mentioned before. With only six plugs, its not much more expensive, but from the test results I’ve seen, It could prove a significant improvement.

The average price for a gallon of gasoline rose another $.14/gallon in the last 30 days. In January 2011, it was $3.04, which translates to a $.54/gallon increase.

There you have another month from the heart of Texas.

Be safe out there.