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    Brake Parts Inc (BPI) Chief Commercial Officer Paul Ferrandino (left) and BPI President and CEO David Overbeeke pose along side the Raybestos 1953 Chevy pickup designed by Schwartz Performance. Some lucky automotive professional will win the truck at AAPEX.

    (Cover photo by Undercar Digest Editor Jim Wilder)
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  • Occasionally opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. As I was preparing to start this month’s Technically Speaking article, I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in some input or assistance from a acknowledge industry expert in the brake field. I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to listen to another’s point of view, especially when it’s an experienced professional opinion. So, I put these questions to Bob Peters, chief engineer, friction material engineering of Akebono Brake Corporation.
  • Automotive Parts Associates Awards Scholarships
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has awarded five scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year to the children or employees of APA shareholders.
    The following individuals have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship: Diana Davis of Clawson, Mich.; Neena Hernandez of Sylmar, Calif.; Joy LaCava of Somerset, Mass.; Alex Renzetti of Chicago Heights, Ill.; and Grace Ziemer of Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Technically Speaking: Washing Rotors
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Occasionally opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. As I was preparing to start this month’s Technically Speaking article, I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in some input or assistance from a acknowledge industry expert in the brake field. I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to listen to another’s point of view, especially when it’s an experienced professional opinion. So, I put these questions to Bob Peters, chief engineer, friction material engineering of Akebono Brake Corporation.
  • A Dollar Here & a Dollar There – Brings in Big Bucks
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Editor’s note: Ed Hanson, who has been bending exhaust tubing since the early days of the Huth Bender, has a habit of making a great first impression when he meets a new customer. The story he tells goes back several decades, but I was at his shop visiting a few years back when he used the same technique on a potentially new customer. It’s been paying off for years and I highly recommend that you try it, and of course, add your own personal touch to it.
  • Photo Tech: Custom Control Arms for GM Muscle Cars
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    When lowering or altering the suspension on GM vehicles such as the A-body El Camino, the first and second-generation Camaro, F-1 and F-2 GMG-body, some B-bodies and the Tri-five Chevrolet, you can easily run into control-arm-interference or strikeout problems.
  • Turn Signal Fluid - What about lane-keeping assist fluid?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    You might have heard about it from a sarcastic shop manager, or maybe just from your lame-joke dad when you were a new driver, but hopefully you’ve never purchased, sold or installed any blinker fluid.
  • Who, Me? High Performance & Collector Vehicles?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Should you be working on collector and high-performance vehicles? Well, the answer is a qualified yes! Here’s why...
  • Are You Asking the Right Questions to Prevent Comebacks?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Great communication is what can set your shop above the rest. We have seen the customer that shows up at a repair shop and asks for a transmission service or an alignment. After the customer picks up the car, they quickly return to report that the car still has a delayed first-to-second gear shift or the vibration at 55 mph is a bad as it was! Some service writers just take orders from customers. Effective service advisers fully evaluate the customer’s needs and give them the best possible advice based on all the information available. The difference between the two can be the difference between success and failure for your repair shop.
  • Your Management Consultant - What’s Your Brand?
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Branding has been around for a very long time. Ancient Egyptians are thought to have invented branding as early as 2700 BC. The purpose was to differentiate their cattle from others. Modern businesses use branding for the same purpose, to differentiate their products from others. Effective branding creates equity and adds value, so that you compete on that value and not on price. This value also creates emotional attachment with your ideal customer. When your customers feel like this, they will drive past countless other shops on their way to your shop because you have built a brand that they trust.
  • Management Matters - Hiring Without Tears (and Hopefully Lawsuits)!
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    About 11% to 12% of smaller businesses face a discrimination lawsuit every year based on a limited number of reports. According to studies, some states are worse than others for the employers. But you must assume you are at risk. That alone should make a few minutes with this article valuable.
  • Magic Machines 2018
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 3:04 PM
    Every year in the August issue Undercar Digest presents “Magic Machines,” a collection of project vehicles owned, and often-customized, by members of the automotive industry.
  • Raybestos Brakes: Fundamentals and Fun
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A pledge to build brake products that meet OE fit, form and function has become the foundation of Brake Parts Inc (BPI) and its iconic century-old brand – Raybestos Brakes. However, there is nothing that says the company can’t have a little fun along the way with a vehicle-build giveaway while still working diligently on product engineering, research and development.
  • Tech Editor Turns ‘Picker in the Weeds’
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Technical Editor Ron Henningsen can be somewhat of a “picker” when he’s on the road and he struck gold in central Minnesota in June. But Ron won’t give a location any closer than that region other than saying it is within a 300-mile radius of Minneapolis.
  • Turn Signal Fluid - What about lane-keeping assist fluid?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    You might have heard about it from a sarcastic shop manager, or maybe just from your lame-joke dad when you were a new driver, but hopefully you’ve never purchased, sold or installed any blinker fluid.

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