Ed Newman

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The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

Many motorists still love the DIY oil change. If you change your own oil, avoid these five common mistakes to ensure your vehicle performs well.



What Is A Rat Rod, Revisited

What is a rat rod? Simply put, it’s a blue-collar hot rod. But, as Rat Rod Magazine Editor-in-Chief Steve Thaemert says, it’s much more than that.



Entombed 50 Years, Miss Belvedere Still Turns Heads

After 10 years of de-rusting and restoration, Miss Belvedere finally found a suitor in the form of Historic Auto Attractions, in Roscoe, Ill. The Smithsonian rejected her. And, while other auto museums offered to display her temporarily, none wanted her around permanently. Now, someone has stepped up to the plate to provide the 1957 Plymouth

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On the Road to SEMA with Chris Mangum of MAD Industries

It’s been a lot of fun going to SEMA these past 21 years. SEMA seemed big even back then when the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center didn’t exist yet. Today it’s massive and still bursting at the seams.



Spare Tire Blues: Three Tips for New Car Owners

Here’s the situation. You’re on a road trip with the family. You stop for food and fuel and you notice one of the tires is a little low. Fortunately the convenience store has an air compressor and you’re back on the road in no time.



Groundbreaking Engine Wins 2017 AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge

amsoil engine masters challenge

The AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge presented by HOT ROD is run by the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). The field may be smaller, but the competition is no less intense, and the creativity no less compelling. The 2017 AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge at UNOH in Lima, Ohio, has already seen some fascinating engine concepts that

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Your Most Common Motor Oil Questions Answered

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One thing the Internet has done is create a lot more “experts.” In the old days when you had a car maintenance question, you knew whom to ask – ‘ol Mike up the street with grease under his fingernails and a rag in his back pocket.



What to Do When Your Car is Underwater

two cars underwater in flood

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard. Tragically, reports say the hurricane claimed the lives of at least 60 people. It has also wrought devastation to countless communities and households.



What is Synthetic Motor Oil?

As most of my friends know, and you now as well, I listen to audio books during my daily commute. My current book, about history’s first billionaire, is titled “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.” It’s a massive book about a massively complex man, and it’s been a fascinating “read.”