by Chris Dieterich
The 1962 Cadillac, rusted and dirty, is buried deep within the mountain salvage yard. Although there are hundreds of old cars left in this yard to die… this one is alive and waiting… waiting for someone to discover a tale of mystery and murder that spans over forty years.
Jeff Ferguson, an ex-college football player, feels about as “broken down” as the cars he now appraises at his job at the Optamum Insurance Company. Jeff, once on the fast track to play football for the NFL, was at the top of his game-until an injury stole his dreams of fame and fortune away in an instant. For Jeff, this was devastating… the prospect of living without the attention and excitement of his sports career, has led to nothing but chronic alcohol binges, daily depression, and the eventual numbness to life itself… until this strange turn of events, where fate has now given him the opportunity to engage in the most strange and provocative puzzle of small town corruption, murder and mayhem, unraveling a series of clues and events that rival any football formation.
About the Author
Chris Dieterich played football and graduated from N.C. State University, then went on to play seven years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1980-1986). After working twenty-one years as an auto appraiser, he is semi-retired and devotes much of his time to helping men trying to recover from the devastating effects of alcohol and drug addiction.
Chris also spends time volunteering for a no-kill animal shelter (Pet Haven of South Carolina). He lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with his two dogs Slinky and Snoodles.
Chris donates the proceeds of sales of this book to children and animal charities in the state of South Carolina.
(2012, paperback, 90 pages)
This Chevrolet Winston Cup Engine is built by 1992 Nascar specifications. The only exception this engine has a roller camshaft. The Pontiac Motor Sport Cylinder Heads on this engine were only used on qualifying engines at Panther Racing in the 92 Nascar season. These cylinder heads were the best of the best, used on Buddy Baker’s qualifying engine for the 1992 Daytona 500. New Valves, Valve Springs keepers. Block was de-burred inside and outside. This Engine was Prepared by Legendary Master Engine Builder Sy Earnhardt.
Pickups are more than transportation. They are economic machines – powering America’s future.
This country was built out of the bed of a pickup, and it’s going to require four-wheel drive and 32-inch Super Swapers to get this nation out of the economic mud-pit we find ourselves parked.
Chrysler Group LLC appears to be doing its patriotic part. What’s good for Ram – the truck lost its Dodge moniker four years ago – is good for the country. Seriously, it is.
In past years, the Ram was Chrysler’s best-selling vehicle, and its bread and butter. It’s beefy profit paid the bills while Chrysler pumped out nameplates like Sebring and Crossfire with little success. Now the Ram is poised to return to that position while Chrysler Group is also offering far better cars and crossovers under new owner Fiat– such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Chrysler 300.
Each month, manufacturers typically offer an assortment of promotional deals in the form of cash back (that can help increase your down payment) or low financing rates — some as low as 0% and 0.9% for a defined term. Meanwhile, particular leasing deals typically offer a choice between a low down payment or low monthly payment for a nice short term to keep your out-of-pocket automotive expenses minimal.
If you’re in the market to buy a new car this month, we suggest you shop the current manufacturer lease and finance incentives to see if a particular offer makes sense for you. A wide array of both luxury and mainstream automotive brands are offering exceptional lease and finance deals as well as a few impressive cash-back offers during the month of September as automakers attempt to move 2012 inventory off the lots to make room for 2013 models.
With the introduction of fuel injection into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season, every race car is now equipped with two wide-band oxygen sensors. There is one on each engine bank, which relay variable information on engine performance, virtually continuously, to the vehicle’s fuel management system.
O2 sensors, or oxygen sensors, help determine how the race car reacts to race conditions and are vital to obtaining maximum performance on the track. Similarly, your vehicle relies on O2 sensors to keep its engine running at maximum performance on the road.
The recently announced Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have been touted as a boon for consumers. Put aside the fact that the standards actually deliver less than they promise — the headline-grabbing 54.5 mpg is actually more like less than 40 mpg on the more familiar EPA window sticker — who wouldn’t want better gas mileage?
Looking at the vehicles consumers actually choose to purchase each month, the answer seems to be lots of people.
Out of 333 2012 model year vehicles sold in the U.S., 50 of them — including 18 hybrids, five diesels and four advanced electric-drive cars — can deliver an EPA-combined 30 miles per gallon or better. There are plenty of efficient vehicles to choose from, but millions of Americans aren’t choosing them. Why? Because fuel economy is directly at odds with other vehicle attributes such as space, comfort, performance and safety. Fuel efficiency is a great bonus, but not if it means giving up these other features.
From fuel-efficient subcompact cars to full-size pickup trucks, the auto industry reported across-the-board sales increases Tuesday during the month of August. The sales not only indicates strength in the economy, but is creating additional badly needed manufacturing jobs.
Automakers reported sales of 1.3 million vehicles last month, a year-over-year gain of 20 percent and a pace that translates to selling 14.52 million units in 2012. That would surpass last year’s sales figures by approximately 2 million units and place the industry on track for its best year since 2007, the year before the nation plunged into recession.
Fuel prices have been hovering at record levels around the United States for the past few weeks. Now is a good time to review of the best ways to improve your gas mileage and save money at the tank. I scoured dozens of web sites and read hundreds of tips — these are the best of the bunch.
Automakers are introducing mind-boggling technology that will see cars parking and driving themselves, leaving their “drivers” free to — what else — safely surf the Internet while on the move.
Earlier vehicular innovations “were all mechanical,” says Egil Juliussen of iSuppli Corp., a market research firm specializing in automotive technology trends. Now, increasingly, they’re digital and “happening in a shorter time frame,” he says.
Smart cars could also be the key to winning back younger buyers — the 20- and 30-somethings who are abandoning car ownership, no longer seeing it as a mark of independence and financial success. Their passion for technology, combined with greater driving convenience of autonomous cars, may draw them back.
Here’s a peek at what’s coming just a few years down the road.