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  2. CARSCOOPS By Sergiu Tudose Oct 6, 2017 Forget Brabus' take on the Smart ForTwo. If you really want your puny city car to act as a sleeper in-between stop lights, consider a diesel swap. Not only has this ForTwo been fitted with a 1.9-liter TDI diesel from a Volkswagen, but the engine has been modified to put down 230 HP, which is a tremendous amount in something that weighs as much as a KTM X-Bow. This car was being showcased at the Italian Drag Racing Championship event in Carpi, Italy, where it managed a 13.1 second 1/4 mile time, at a speed of nearly 170 km/h (105 mph). Something else it managed was to leave behind a trail of large diesel particles, otherwise known as "black smoke", so at least you can forget about getting the most out of it when it comes to fuel economy. As for the noise, it's not exactly the best soundtrack you'll ever hear, but at least it makes its intentions known as soon as the driver starts revving the engine.
  3. Back when we first got our smart cars we would go to the car show held on Wortley Rd. every Tuesday night. Of course we often enjoyed a pint at the roadhouse afterwards. So for old times sake we will have our supper meet at the Roadhouse. Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  4. I grab the end of the glow plug with needle nose vise grips, then place some wood slats on the fuel supply lines, and using an extra long screw driver placed between the vise grip jaws I pry up. Works for me!
  5. Ball joint or sway bar link.
  6. I've replaced a few 451 reluctor rings. A little messier on the 451. As soon as the axle is out you will lose tranny fluid - have a rag ready to stop the flow.
  7. '' For more than a century, the toil of ordinary hands has grown Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector into an important industry. Take the Ford Motor Company of Canada. Established in 1904, just a single year after Ford began in the United States, Ford Canada was a linchpin of industrialization for the Commonwealth. If Ford put America on wheels, then Ford Canada did the same for much of the world, exporting cars as far as India and Australia. In doing so, all manner of Canadian automotive trivia was created. For instance, it’s easy to tell a Canadian-made Model T from an American one, as the former has a door on each side, the better to switch the assembly line back and forth between left-hand drive and right-hand drive. Also, as Ford of Australia was a direct subsidiary of Ford Canada, one of the Aussie factories ended up with a Canadian-style snow-shedding roof. There’s not much snow in your usual Australian weather forecast. In these early days, there were hundreds of small Canadian automakers, some dating back before the turn of the century. Among them were names lost to time such as the Russell Motor Car Company, which survives today as CCM, the manufacturer of bicycles and hockey sticks. Probably the best remembered of those early machines was the aristocratic McLaughlin-Buick. Two of these were made for the 1927 royal visit of Princes Edward and George, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Canadian Confederation. The royals so enjoyed the cars, Prince Edward had one commissioned for use as his royal limousine upon his coronation in 1936. Later, with clouds of war gathering over Europe, Edward’s brother returned to again tour Canada as the newly crowned King George VI. This time, two enormous open Buick limousines were coach-built by workers in Oshawa, men plucked right off the assembly line. “Some of these workers would go on to build De Havilland Mosquitos fighter-bombers,” said Vern Bethel, a McLaughlin-Buick collector who owns one of the Royal Buick open limousines. “There were leadworkers and woodworkers, guys who came out of retirement to put these unique cars together.” With war came a demand for materiel that saw manufacturing explode across the country. In Regina, the General Motors plant employed 1,000 workers. At the Ford Assembly plant in Burnaby, B.C., a flathead V-8 was used to provide sufficient water pressure to meet factory needs. In the postwar period, optimism combined with the 1965 signing of the Canada-U.S. Automotive Products Agreement, saw an explosion in auto sector jobs, primarily in Ontario. At the same time, as Canada-only nameplates such as the Pontiac Beaumont established a lasting fan base, Canadian automotive exports boomed tenfold; there was also a reciprocal trade boom with the importation of U.S. auto parts. Over the decades, the industry waxed and waned under the pressures of the market and world economics. The arrival of Honda and Toyota factories in the 1980s brought an increase in jobs. The Civic, Canada’s bestselling passenger car for the past two decades, is built here. Canadian workers have built more than three million Corollas for Toyota, the first of them still preserved at the factory. Elements of Japanese manufacturing philosophy were absorbed by all automakers. In the background of a photo of Bill Wallcraft and his co-workers, you can see a whiteboard with “kaizen” written on it. The word literally means “change for better,” and in manufacturing it relates to small, continuous improvements, suggested by the workers themselves. It’s not just about increasing efficiency, it’s about ownership and about pride. The pinnacle of modern Canadian automaking is the Ford GT. Built by Multimatic in Markham, Ont., the GT is a carbon-fibre supercar that’s equal to the best built by any country. More than equal: in 2016, a racing version of the Ford GT finished first in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Multimatic is not a household name, but its skill in carbon-fibre manufacturing made it a natural partner for Ford’s halo project. Johnathan Vinden, Multimatic’s director of communications, says the company is used to working behind the scenes to supply engineering expertise. “Despite shunning the limelight,” he said, “Multimatic is proud of its role in delivering this world-class supercar.” Canadian-made cars have won on a global stage. We’ve built cars for kings, minivans and crossovers for families. You can find a made-in-Canada label on a smoothly efficient Lexus RX450h hybrid, or on an unapologetically fuel-swilling Dodge Charger Hellcat. Yet wait before you wave the flag in triumph. Industry always chases cheaper labour where it can and Corolla production is winding down. With tariffs and trade wars looming, prospects for Canadian autoworkers get even gloomier. Even if these storms can be weathered, there’s always increasing automation of factories, seeking to replace man with machine. Today in Canada, we still build cars. Every factory is a village, each line has its family. People build lasting friendships with the faces they see daily. Their children and grandchildren grow up playing together. At the centre of things is the work, but so much orbits around it. If we lose this, if the factories go silent forever, we should mourn the loss. Or perhaps, on Canada Day, we should celebrate that such a way of life ever existed. That a man such as Bill Wallcraft could build a community with his colleagues, raise strong daughters, make such an impact in his work that they’d shut down the factory just to mark his passing. And that someday, 10, 15, 20 years hence, someone might be buying their dream Challenger off a used car lot. V-8. Manual. The kind of machine they don’t make any more. The kind of car that, if you looked behind the door panels and under the hood, you’d still find the fingerprints of workers like Bill, the lasting traces of people who built things with pride.
  8. Copy and paste the sign up list: Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. Bill 3. Ron & Dot 4. Larry & Gail 5. Todd 6. Wild! 7. smartaarse? 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  9. You have a lot of patience my friend! Did you use a hoist to assist with the job?
  10. That may be true but..... you might as well hit your head against a concrete wall than to try to get around this one. It is what it is and it is not worth the effort trying to beat this system, trust us. Accept and move on.
  11. Had 16 out for dinner. The consensus - great food and service! Thanks Bill for organizing the outing!
  12. 1) Bill 2) Liz & Glenn. 3) Larry & Gail 4) Ron & Dot 5) Dave & Lu 6) Todd 7) James E 8) 9) 10)
  13. Could be the injectors or poor compression.
  14. It is a ''pretty big job''!!!! That's for sure! It was almost 7 years ago that an oil chain sprocket and chain was replaced in my shop. I fact I totally blocked it out of my mind and swore I would never do that again! And it was done without dropping the engine. At the time I was working full time and the majority of the work was done by my assistant. scroll down to post 107 As you can see approximately 40 hrs were put in but that included doing the lifters, EGR, etc The good news is that I was told the smart was still running fine last summer when it was sold by member Inno.
  15. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Liz & Glenn. 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
  16. ''Uncle Glenn'' is heading out on another vacation. This time Liz and I are heading to China on an 11 day tour that will take in Shanghai and Beijing! We will flying on a Boeing, but not the 737 We are also hoping to avoid any political situations. See you all in a few weeks!
  17. and a few more pictures that were taken by Liz (much better with the camera than I)
  18. Made it home safe and sound! No issues and had good weather! The Chinese were very friendly wherever we went and at no time did I feel unsafe. We were on an 11 day tour that cost only $1000 per person. That included the Air Canada flight, 4 star hotel accommodation, 2 meals a day, a tour guide, and some free tours. Optional tours were usually around $60. The kicker was that we visited a silk, pearl, jade,factory and tea plantation. That usually ended up with us buying something. The Chinese are great salesman, I can assure you of that. I'll soon be sleeping on silk sheets, drinking green tea and my wife will look great with her pearl and jade jewelry!!! China is one busy, booming place. Apartment buildings are everywhere and there is a lot of new construction. We rode the 1200 km elevated bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing in 4 hrs!!! It was unbelievable! From the ultra modern you also get to experience the 2700 year Great Wall of China!! (note to Trump - the wall didn't keep the Mongols out) They have also embraced the automobile and that probably doesn't bode well for the environment! Their favourites seem to be VW, Buick, Audi, MB, and BMW's. It was weird because I expected to see a lot of smaller cars. Like here, smarts are as rare as hens teeth. Maybe saw 4 in all our travels. I was also surprised to see the large numbesr of KFC's, Burger King, Starbucks, and McDonalds that were there. It was definitely an experience!!! I'm so glad we got to go and see a tiny part of this amazing country!!
  19. Not easy for us Canadians. The 451 Cdi was not available here and the dealerships probably don't have it in their listings.
  20. Morning! Ya, those ''smart'' engineers made it very difficult to change the water pump. Even with the engine lowered it is difficult! I use a combination of swivel head extensions to get at those bolts. When the water pump is removed be sure to clean the face and I use some anaerobic sealant plus the gasket supplied.
  21. Good for you! Ya, call me a fool - I shake before I use!
  22. I've heard that before and those will come out! After you make sure that it's cleared the threads you might have to lever it out. I use needle nose vise grips attached to the plug, some wood strips over the fuel lines and a long screw driver to lever up the vise grips.