Monday, July 29, 2013

Being original...

A couple of things from today made me want to write about this. In todays automotive world, being original is hard. The aftermarket is so vast, and so easy, that is almost makes more sense to NOT be original. But there are an odd few like myself that stick to it as closely as possible, in some aspects. Now if you are a performance enthusiast like myself, original is basically not an option. To go faster, you have to go with aftermarket parts to do so. A new Z06  is a blistering sports car, but that only goes so far, for so long, before you want more out of your machine...and I don't blame you. However, sometimes there is a person like myself, who sticks to originality sometimes too. This is for a couple of reasons. When it comes to my daily driver, nothing is more important to me than being in original form. I sell parts for cars for a living, at a local parts house. I do not put these parts on my personal car, though. It takes a lot of engineering work, before a car hits the showroom floor at your local dealership. That car was engineered a certain way, with a certain part, and I want that part back on my car. That's not to say a part I sell, won't perform just as well. But it means more to me if I know my car has original GM parts on it. Right down to the 25$ a piece wiper blades I buy at the dealership.

When it comes to muscle cars and classic cars, I also prefer originality. Todays "pro-touring" machines are all the rage, much like "pro-street" was 10 years ago. But nothing appeals to me more than an original, or restored to original spec classic car. I'm not the only one, as events like Barrett Jackson auctions and Concours De'legance, show original still reigns supreme in the classic community. Maybe that's what drives me to be original sometimes. I am not foolish enough to think my car will be worth a lot of money sometime in the future, but it's still cool to see the original stickers and tags in various locations on the car.

Now that brings me to my next point, and a question that gets asked a lot in todays automotive world. Will my car be worth some money in the future? The general consensus is no, because too many of them were built, as opposed to limited numbers built of yester-years classics. But you never know, 20 years from now, as technology progresses, and todays cars becomes more obsolete, maybe my car will be worth some money, even if its to laugh at how outdated it is. Maybe our original form 98 Sierra will be the belle of the ball at a Concours event. I can dream right?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The blue collar truck

A few nights ago I posted a picture of a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, and called it the working mans luxury sedan. Allow me to make my point more clear.

In todays world, the fact is, most people earn a living for a few different, but select reasons. You earn a living to provide for your family, pay your bills, buy a house, buy a car, and have some left over to have fun with. That is after all the American dream to most people, to be comfortable and be free to do things you want to do. A simple google search or reading a book will reveal that buying a new car has always been apart of the "modern" way of life. Whether it be as a reward for hard work or just to show off to your friends (keeping up with the jones reference here), a brand new car is a nice way to show you've finally achieved your goals. A celebrity buys another high end model, a business man buys a new luxury car, a family buys their high school graduate a new 4 door gas saver for college, and a do it all parent buys a new mini-van. Then there is the blue collar worker...

The blue collar worker buys a truck, a truck that does it all. This truck will go from working in a field to dinner in his Sunday best, later that day. It's a unique group of people that see a brand new truck, and it feels like that ultra luxury sedan to them. Where a Doctor buys a new Mercedes, this man buys a new truck and to him, that IS a new Mercedes. It will do everything the above vehicles do, and then some. It will haul a tractor, then kids, then the Mrs to dinner. Around here, you grow up wanting a brand new truck. Our dad had trucks, our friends had trucks, our grandfather had trucks, and a lot of people around in general have a truck. The truck is a do it all machine, some things that other vehicles  cant do, or at least weren't equipped for it. Does this man want or have a sports car too? Sure. Does he have a nice sedan also? Sure. I'm one of the enthusiast driven people myself. I want a new Camaro, a Corvette, an old muscle car, a nice Cadillac. But nothing will ever take the place of the truck, and it will most likely get used the most. There is nothing like the smile on a man or womans face, when they pull up to the store in a brand new truck, and you say "nice truck".

More often than not, around here, when you see a nice new pickup and the owner smiles like that, he is seeing that truck for what it is. It is his luxury sedan, his sports car, his children hauler, vacation mobile, trailer tower, his driveway ornament, but above all his pride and joy.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Maybe it's the little things...

It's no big secret that my ultimate goal is to become a productive employee of General Motors one day. As a life long GM enthusiast, it would be a dream come true to not only work amongst my passion of cars but, at the brand that I am loyal too. I'll admit that I may be way over doing it, but I am also trying to take tiny steps to aid in finding a job with GM. Obviously my mechanical experience working on cars could come in handy, but there are a few other areas I decided to dabble in to hopefully be a more appealing candidate at some point.

1) Trying to learn a programming language is by no means easy, but surely won't hurt. GM opened brand new IT centers in a few various cities, and is looking for numerous programmers. I figure if I can teach myself the basics it can only help.

2) Not only for a prospective job, but also for myself, learning to draw. For the entire span of my recognizable life, I have been a terrible drawer. I am trying to change that, not only for myself but, wouldn't it be more appealing if I could draw on paper, the designs of a part I see in my head. What happens if I were to be elected to an engineering position in charge of designing a car. I could bridge the gap between drafters and engineers, a daunting task indeed.

Maybe it's summer time boredom, lacking the chaos of the school semester. But, I would like to be as well rounded as possible, and attempting to learn new things is something I enjoy. So books on the subjects are piling in the Amazon account, and nickel and diming my back account.

The hopeful factory test driver! :)