Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Ford Auto Replacement Parts Take You to the Next LevelWritten by Jenny McLane
"With addition of a number of new competitive offerings, sport utility truck segment is red hot, and itís time for original to raise bar again for everyone else to try to follow," said Chris Feuell, Ford Motor Company SUV group marketing manager. "This concept magnifies all of aspects of Sport Trac that customers already love and introduces some street- savvy cues."
The Explorer Sport Trac is first sport utility vehicle with versatility of four full doors, a roomy feature-filled interior and a pickup truckís cargo box. Todayís Explorer Sport Trac is only vehicle in its segment to offer a durable color-coordinated cargo box and an available swing-over tubular bed extender that dramatically increases its capability to haul oversized cargo. The Explorer Sport Trac conceptís interior is larger and cargo bed is about 30 percent bigger than todayís model for increased cargo capacity.
Fordís exclusive Roll Stability Controlô technology features roll-rate sensing and correcting capability, assisting driver in maintaining vehicle control during extreme maneuvers. If system detects possibility of a rollover, within milliseconds, it automatically engages counter measures to help driver maintain maximum control and further reduce risk of rollover.
A micro-machined gyroscopic sensor determines vehicleís body roll angle and roll rate. This information, along with Ford-developed algorithms embedded in advanced software is used with other vehicle sensorsí inertial information on yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal accelerations to monitor vehicles roll stability condition approximately 150 times per second.
Customizing your Car- Pinstriping BasicsWritten by Carlo Morelli
Did you know pinstriping has a long history? Even before invention of automobiles, pinstriping was used as an ornamental decoration for horse and buggy carriages. Custom pinstripes started appearing on automobiles in mid-1950s. Although pinstriping had been on cars long before that, last American car to appear with auto pinstriping had been made by General Motors in late 30ís. For those individuals with muscle or sports cars, customizing their ride is an important part of owning and showcasing vehicle, and pinstriping is a final touch.
Pinstripes are commonly painted in two colors: one that sets off body color, and another, thin line, in a color contrasted with stripe to make it stand out.
Mechanical pin striping is best way to stripe larger vehicles- trucks, vans, or station wagons. The benefit is it lays down stripes of constant width, letting you focus attention on getting stripe oriented properly along your working surface. You can set up your stripe lines using magnetic pinstriping strips with center grooves designed to be paint templates. They hold fast to steel surfaces, and can also work as guidea for your hand.